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Cruz: Nearly 1.5 million awarded for local projects

Dawkins, members of House Philadelphia Delegation announce $100K grant for Tacony Creek Park

(Nov 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 21 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, chairman of the House Philadelphia Delegation, along with delegation members Reps. Joseph C. Hohenstein, Danilo Burgos, Angel Cruz, and Isabella V. Fitzgerald, announced that the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation received a $100,000 state grant to launch development plans for the Tacony Creek Park. Dawkins said the city will use the grant, funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Recreation and Conservation Grant Program, to prepare a master site development plan for the 300-acre park, which lies in portions of the 177 th ,197 th , 180 th , 203 rd Legislative Districts, including Dawkins’ 179 th District. “It’s imperative for public servants to shoulder responsibility in ensuring greenspaces like Tacony Creek Park remain healthy and viable,” Dawkins said. “As public servants, it is always our privilege and honor to advocate to bring funding to the district and we will continue advocating for more state dollars in the future.” Hohenstein, who represents the 177 th Legislative District, agreed. “It is certainly our responsibility as state legislators,” Hohenstein said. “We are obligated to ensure the preservation of our natural resources and this grant fulfills that obligation.” Burgos, who represents the 197 th District added, “Rich in history and biodiversity, the Tacony Creek Park is an Read more

 

Reps. Isaacson, Hohenstein and Cruz announce $75K in tax credits for revitalizing Kensington

(Nov 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 20 –State Reps. Mary Isaacson, Angel Cruz and Joseph Hohenstein, all D-Phila., today announced that $75,000 in tax credits were awarded to the New Kensington Community Development Corp., to allow NKCDC to combat the opioid crisis and gentrification in the Kensington area of Philadelphia, which spans across the 175 th , 177 th and 180 th legislative districts. The tax credits were funded by the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s Neighborhood Assistance Program. The tax credits will allow NKCDC to continue tackling poverty, joblessness and homelessness through housing advisors that provide financial coaching to increase homeownership rates and reduce foreclosure rates; and to create open space management and community engagement teams to stabilize vacant lots and convert them for community use. The community engagement teams will also help local youth and adults connect with support services. Lastly, NKCDC will create an economic development team to leverage resources from local businesses to develop self-sufficiency skills. “Kensington is the epicenter of the opioid crisis and, like a shockwave, it has crippled the community’s ability to not only thrive, but move forward,” said Isaacson, who represents the 175 th district. “This tax credit will help NKCDC to rebuild and revitalize this community by addressing substance abuse disorder, poverty, affordable housing and economic Read more

 

Cruz to recognize Newborn Screening Awareness Month Tuesday

(Sep 23, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Human Services Committee, announced he will participate in a newborn screening awareness rally Tuesday at the Capitol. The rally will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 in the East Wing Rotunda . Cruz said the event is part of an awareness campaign, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Newborn Screening Technical Advisory Board and family advocates, to bring awareness to the importance of Pennsylvania’s Newborn Screening and Follow-up Program. Cruz will discuss his resolution, H.R. 475, recognizing September 2019 as "Newborn Screening Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania. “Early detection allows for early intervention to ensure all babies have a chance to live healthy lives,” he said. “It’s vital that we raise awareness of the importance of these screenings.” In addition to the resolution, Cruz' legislation to provide early detection of treatable disorders in newborns (H.B. 730 and H.B. 1220) was approved unanimously by the Human Services Committee last week. Read more

 

Cruz’ legislation to combat illegal tire dumping unanimously passes the full House

(Sep 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., announced that legislation he authored to combat the increasing illegal dumping of waste tires in Philadelphia, unanimously passed the full House this week. “An increase in such acts leads to environmental, health and safety hazards, which adversely impacts the overall quality of life for both citizens and visitors of Philadelphia,” Cruz, who also serves as Democratic chairman of the Human Services Committee, said. “I am thankful for the bipartisan support on the passage of this bill to take the necessary steps to address illegal waste tire dumping in Philadelphia that could also be a model for all of Pennsylvania.” The bill, H.B. 342, imposes a penalty of no more than $500 per tire for violators caught illegally dumping waste tires. The bill would also require businesses dealing in waste tires and waste tire haulers to keep records of their inventory, provide waste tire enforcement to encourage recycling, expand waste tire disposal programs and enforce compliance with the Waste Tire Disposal Act. Cruz said current measures for enforcement, as outlined in Act 227 of 2004, have been rendered ineffective because the illegal dumping of other materials, not waste tires, are only addressed and the resulting penalty is a minor criminal offense. Cruz added, “We need stronger, more stringent enforcements to hold all violators accountable and to cause potential violators to think Read more

 

Cruz Applauds House for Passing Illegal Dumping Bill

(Sep 19, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Angel Cruz thanks his colleagues for unanimously passing his legislation to crackdown on illegal dumping. He explains why his bill is critical to communities across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Cruz’ newborn screening bills unanimously pass House Committee

(Sep 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D- Phila, Democratic chairman of the House Human Services Committee, today announced that two pieces of legislation he authored, H.B. 730 and H.B. 1220, to provide early detection of treatable disorders in newborns, unanimously passed out of committee. House Bill 730 seeks to expand the list of mandatory screenings done at birth and to create a dedicated funding source for Pennsylvania’s Child Screening and Follow-up Program. Under current law, Cruz said, the state Department of Health operates the program between two lists: a short list of mandatory screenings and a longer list of optional ones. “While some hospitals and families choose to screen for the optional diseases, many Pennsylvania newborns are only screened for diseases on the short, mandatory list,” Cruz said. “This has created a system in which the health of Pennsylvania newborns is dependent on where they are born or whether their parents have knowledge of those diseases.” The expansion measure in H.B. 730 specifically calls for merging the two lists, mandating that every baby born in Pennsylvania is screened for every recommended disorder. “I attempted to address this issue with Act 148 of 2014 by expanding the list of mandatory screenings, however, the health department was unable to fully implement that law due in part to the lack of funding,” Cruz said. “In response, I have worked closely with Read more

 

Cruz congratulates child advocacy group for $70,000 state grant

(Sep 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 16 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., today announced that the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance secured a $70,493 grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to help Philadelphia victims of child sex abuse. “Congratulations to the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance for this grant and I am proud that the PCCD recognizes their important work,” Cruz said. “The Philadelphia Children’s Alliance is an invaluable asset for our entire city and provides a ray of hope in gray situations.” Cruz, who serves as Democratic chair of the House Human Services Committee, said the state grant will be used to fund the organization’s victims’ services component, in which an assigned counselor assesses families’ needs, provides crisis counseling and education about the investigation process, and offers referrals for medical or mental health treatment and support groups . “Children who are victims of abuse relive the traumatic episodes when retelling their experiences to investigators, making the criminal justice process incredibly difficult to solely endure,” Cruz said. “This grant will be used to ensure that these children and their families are provided the proper resources.” Read more

 

Cruz to host new voting machine demonstrations Sept. 6

(Aug 21, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 21 – With voters soon going to the polls and casting their ballots on new voting machine technology, state Rep. Angel Cruz will host an event where people can become familiar and comfortable with these new machines. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 at Cruz’s district office at 3503 North B St., Unit 7, 19134. Representatives from the Philadelphia City Commissioner’s Office will be in attendance to provide demonstrations on how the new machines operate. For more information, constituents can call Cruz’s office at 215-291-5643. Read more

 

Cruz: Nearly 1.5 million awarded for local projects

(Aug 05, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 5 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., announced today that three local projects will receive a total of $1.48 million in state grants. Esperanza Health Center was awarded two grants totaling $1 million. Half of the funds were awarded for Esperanza’s new medical care and wellness campus in Kensington, which will be comprised of a health center to expand access to behavioral health services, substance abuse therapies, primary medical care and dental treatment. The remaining $500,000 was awarded to convert a former bank building at 861 E. Allegheny Ave. into a new community medical center. The site will expand Esperanza’s medical and dental care capacity by 33% over the existing site. Additionally, the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation received $480,000 for repairs and safety upgrades to the two library buildings. The renovations will include technology upgrades, an ADA-compliant ramp, and expanded security features. “Renovations and repairs like these are crucial for protecting the safety and well-being of our community,” Cruz said. “I am thrilled to see this funding come to the 180 th district to help create new jobs while enhancing medical and library services for residents.” The grants were awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program. The program provides funding for regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects. Read more

 

Republicans vote to kill emergency assistance

(Jun 20, 2019)

House Bill 33 will leave our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians without crucial assistance, which is why I voted against it. The bill would eliminate the modest emergency funds — typically less than $205 per month — paid to more than 11,000 people. These citizens, including veterans who were wounded in service to our country and pregnant women, count on this assistance to make ends meet. HB 33 robs them of that security. Read more

 

Cruz calls for standardized training for poll watches in proposed legislation

(Jun 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 17 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., is introducing legislation (H.B. 1643) that would require the Secretary of the Commonwealth to develop a mandatory professional certification and poll watcher training program to be used by county election officials. “The only lawful requirement for a poll watcher is that they must be a registered voter in the county of the polling place and certified by their county board of elections, but there is no official training process. Insufficiently trained poll watchers can lead to chaos, disorder and disruption of an election,” Cruz said. “In fact, the haphazard training poll watchers do receive is from their candidate, a political party or organization which, in today’s political climate, could easily result in voter intimidation and suppression. We must do all we can to prevent that from happening.” Cruz’s legislation would establish a state mandated uniform training and certification procedure to be used by all 67 county election boards. It would also limit poll watchers to perform election activities in the district they permanently reside in. “Election tampering has been reported in many areas in our commonwealth, and nationally,” Cruz said. “It’s important that the basic American cornerstone of representative democracy- the right to vote- is protected at all costs.” Read more

 

House Urban Affairs Committee sends Cruz’ waste tire bill to full House

(May 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 15 – The House Urban Affairs Committee this week unanimously voted to curb illegal dumping of waste tires in Philadelphia and sent state Rep. Angel Cruz’ bill to the full House for consideration. “I’m thankful the committee understood the need for and merit of House Bill 342 to better address the serious problem of illegal tire dumping in Philadelphia,” said Cruz, D-Phila. “The legislature last addressed illegal dumping when I championed legislation in 2004, but the law did not include waste tires, which caused the problem to build to a critical point in the city. If we are going to protect the health and wellness of our neighborhoods, then we need to provide enforcement of all trash laws, including waste tires.” “My House Bill 342 works to make sure we enforce ordinances, rules and regulations prohibiting dumping or disposal of waste, trash or debris, as well as fine those who violate them. Furthermore, by providing enforcement of trash laws, we better protect the health and wellness of our neighborhoods.” Cruz said when the legislature last addressed illegal dumping in 2004, the law did not include waste tires, which caused the problem to build to a critical point in the city. House Bill 342 would set penalties for illegal dumping of waste tires at no more than $500 per tire and require documentation and recordkeeping by businesses dealing in waste tires and waste tire haulers within Philadelphia. Read more

 

Cruz reacts to announcement on legal action against Purdue Pharma in opioid crisis

(May 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 15 – State Rep. Angel Cruz D-Phila., today applauded Attorney General Josh Shapiro for seeking legal action against Purdue Pharma for its role in the opioid crisis, an act mirroring legislation Cruz announced earlier this year. Cruz announced in early April his intent to introduce a resolution (H.R. 344) that would urge the attorney general to file a lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies, distributors and manufacturers that have contributed to the state's opioid addiction and overdose crisis, and pursue wrongful death suits on behalf of families. His legislation followed a letter that he and members of the Human Services Committee sent to the Attorney General urging action. He said applauds the attorney general for his efforts to address the epidemic. Shapiro announced the lawsuit against Purdue Pharma , the creator of prescription painkiller OxyContin. The announcement occurred earlier this week in Philadelphia, one of the area’s most devastated by the opioid crisis, much of which Cruz has seen firsthand. “I’m glad the attorney general is now pursuing legal action on behalf of the thousands of Pennsylvania families who have lost loved ones to this epidemic,” Cruz said. “With nearly 5,500 drug-related deaths in 2017 alone, holding those who contributed to and created the opioid crisis is not only responsible, but the best step forward. I further urge the Attorney General to continue to explore Read more

 

House Human Services Committee approves Cruz resolution on cognitive disabilities, opioid bills

(Apr 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 16 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, Democratic chairman of the House Human Services Committee, said the committee unanimously approved a legislative package today that would fight the ongoing opioid epidemic and ensure equal rights for people with cognitive disabilities to technology and information access. “I’m very thankful that we could approve these bills in committee and allow the full House to vote on these important issues,” said Cruz, D-Phila. “My House Resolution 74 , works to make sure we close the gap on the vast majority of people with cognitive disabilities who have limited or no access to the comprehensible information and usable communication technologies that most of us today have in the palm of our hands. When we have these tools at our disposal, we can make better educated decisions about our health and wellness as a result.” Nearly 30 million citizens in the United States are living with some form of cognitive disability, whether an intellectual disability, severe mental illness, learning disability, brain injury, and many others such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. Other measures approved by the committee include H.R. 216, H.B. 596, and H.B. 1024: House Resolution 216 would establish a task force on overdose recovery and direct the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study on warm hand-off to treatment for people with substance abuse disorder in the commonwealth and Read more

 

House Human Services Committee writes letter to Attorney General Josh Shapiro urging action on opioid crisis

(Apr 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 12 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila. and Democratic chairman of the House Human Services Committee, today announced a letter has been written and signed by members of the House Human Services Committee to urge the state attorney general to explore all legal avenues, including wrongful deaths lawsuits, against pharmaceutical companies, distributors and manufacturers that have contributed to the state’s opioid addiction and overdose crisis. “I’ve sponsored legislation, and now we as a committee are acting together to call on the attorney general to pursue wrongful-death suits on behalf of the thousands of Pennsylvania families that have lost loved ones to this epidemic,” Cruz said. “We cannot thank the Attorney General’s Office enough for the actions that they have already taken, but it is time to join with other states and pursue legal action over this opioid crisis. Pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers and distributors need to answer for the role that they play in this crisis.” Nearly 5,500 drug-related overdose deaths occurred in Pennsylvania in 2017 alone. Purdue Pharma recently settled its first lawsuit with Oklahoma on March 26. Cruz noted that Pennsylvania needs to act now to save as many lives as possible. More information about Cruz's legislation and other state-related matters is available by contacting his Harrisburg office at 717-705-1925. ### Read more

 

House Human Services Committee letter to Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

(Apr 12, 2019)

House Human Services Committee Letter to Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Opioid Crisis Read more

 

Cruz sponsors bill to urge Attorney General action on opioid crisis

(Apr 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 4 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., today announced legislation that would urge the attorney general to file a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies, distributors and manufacturers that have contributed to the state's opioid addiction and overdose crisis. “I am urging the attorney general to pursue wrongful-death suits on behalf of the thousands of Pennsylvania families that have lost loved ones to this epidemic,” Cruz said. “Great strides have been taken -- including a statewide disaster declaration and making naloxone available to everyone to help save thousands of lives from overdose death. But Pennsylvania is one of only a handful of states that has yet to pursue legal action over this opioid problem. We need to get to the root of the problem, and that started decades ago with the questionable and possibly illegal marketing and sales of these opioids.” Nearly 5,500 drug-related overdose deaths occurred in Pennsylvania in 2017 alone. Purdue Pharma recently settled its first lawsuit with Oklahoma on March 26, 2019. Cruz noted that Pennsylvania needs to act now to save as many lives as possible. More information about Cruz' legislation and other state-related matters is available by contacting his Harrisburg office at 717-705-1925. ### Read more

 

Cruz sponsors bill to require diverse culture and history lessons in schools

(Apr 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 4 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., today announced legislation that would require African American, Native American and Hispanic history, culture and diversity to be included in history curricula in public schools. “Many of us were taught history in school, but from a homogeneous perspective,” Cruz said. “Other races are often portrayed in negative, over-simplified, or victimized ways. I want to ensure that our schools give a more complete picture of history. History should include all stories, regardless of culture or race.” Cruz noted that research has shown that inclusive lessons lead to fewer absences, higher grades and better graduation rates. Additionally, inclusive lessons help to bridge differences that exist in experiences and perspectives, building tolerance and understanding in communities. More information about Cruz's legislation and other state-related matters is available by contacting his Harrisburg office at 717-705-1925. ### Read more

 
 

Cruz: $750k grant approved for MaKen City improvements

(Mar 27, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, March 27 – State Rep. Angel Cruz announced today that a $750,000 grant was approved for 956 Erie Partners LLC to improve the transportation infrastructure around MaKen City at the 900 block of East Erie Avenue. “If we can improve the pedestrian, bicyclist and vehicle accessibility around MaKen City, imagine the kind of foot traffic and commerce we might be able to produce,” Cruz said. “With improvements like this, safety can be assured for the folks who frequent these streets. It’s all about creating spaces where people feel comfortable, and can easily get from point A to point B without any fear.” Along G Street, East Erie Avenue and I Street, the sidewalk and 2,231 linear feet of curbing will be replaced. Four SEPTA bus shelters will be installed along G and I streets. A bicycle lane will be demarcated along G Street. A chain link fence will be installed along the south side of the block along the railroad tracks to restrict pedestrian access for safety purposes. A vehicle entrance ramp will be constructed in the public right of way for entrance onto the property. Lighting and streetscaping will be completed to improve the pedestrian areas. The grant was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority under its Multimodal Transportation Fund. The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure safe transportation is available to all Pennsylvania residents. ### Read more

 

Dawkins, members of House Philadelphia Delegation announce $100K grant for Tacony Creek Park
Nov 21, 2019

Reps. Isaacson, Hohenstein and Cruz announce $75K in tax credits for revitalizing Kensington
Nov 20, 2019

Cruz to recognize Newborn Screening Awareness Month Tuesday
Sep 23, 2019

Cruz’ legislation to combat illegal tire dumping unanimously passes the full House
Sep 20, 2019

Cruz Applauds House for Passing Illegal Dumping Bill
Sep 19, 2019

Cruz’ newborn screening bills unanimously pass House Committee
Sep 18, 2019

Cruz congratulates child advocacy group for $70,000 state grant
Sep 16, 2019

Cruz to host new voting machine demonstrations Sept. 6
Aug 21, 2019

Cruz: Nearly 1.5 million awarded for local projects
Aug 05, 2019

Republicans vote to kill emergency assistance
Jun 20, 2019

Cruz calls for standardized training for poll watches in proposed legislation
Jun 17, 2019

House Urban Affairs Committee sends Cruz’ waste tire bill to full House
May 16, 2019

Cruz reacts to announcement on legal action against Purdue Pharma in opioid crisis
May 15, 2019

House Human Services Committee approves Cruz resolution on cognitive disabilities, opioid bills
Apr 16, 2019

House Human Services Committee writes letter to Attorney General Josh Shapiro urging action on opioid crisis
Apr 12, 2019

House Human Services Committee letter to Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors
Apr 12, 2019

Cruz sponsors bill to urge Attorney General action on opioid crisis
Apr 04, 2019

Cruz sponsors bill to require diverse culture and history lessons in schools
Apr 04, 2019

Cruz working to combat opioid crisis in Pa.
Apr 03, 2019

Cruz: $750k grant approved for MaKen City improvements
Mar 27, 2019