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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


House Democrats fight for seniors and families by delivering on Promise of Care

(Mar 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 20 – House Democratic lawmakers, in response to widespread concerns about patients and clients in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and long-term care homes not getting the quality care they deserve, announced a comprehensive package of bills to protect seniors and give family members the vital information they need to make the right choice for their grandparents and parents. As pension plans increasingly become a thing of the past and families become smaller and unable to care for elderly relatives in their own homes, House Democrats believe people need to know the long-term care options for their loved ones are the best possible – because, someday, we’ll all need a place to call home. While most facilities do a good job caring for patients and clients, as well as providing a stable place of employment for healthcare professionals, seniors, families and potential employees need the facts and protections these bills would deliver. The Promise of Care package includes: Making a Home truly a Home (Sponsored by Rep. Angel Cruz): A long-term care home shouldn’t feel like a hospital ward. This bill creates a voluntary Culture & Quality of Life Certification Program that would reward homes that go the extra mile to offer a rich, life-affirming program that treats residents like the individual people they are. Reporting Requirements when a Resident Passes (Two bills sponsored by Rep. Frank Burns): People Read more


Cruz helping seniors apply for SEPTA ID cards

(Mar 15, 2019)

State Rep. Angel Cruz and his office are offering free help for seniors 65 and older who are interested in applying for a SEPTA Key photo ID card. Read more


Free home heating assistance available

(Mar 15, 2019)

Free home heating assistance is available through the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP. For those interested, state Rep. Angel Cruz's office can help with the application process. Read more


Need a Puerto Rico birth certificate? Cruz can help

(Mar 15, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Angel Cruz is providing assistance for anyone in need of a Puerto Rico birth certificate. Read more


Cruz appointed to PHEAA Board of Directors

(Feb 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., has been appointed to the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency Board of Directors by House Speaker Michael Turzai. "PHEAA is a national leader in creating greater access to higher education," Cruz said. "I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the board of directors and begin working to make higher education more affordable for every Pennsylvanian." Cruz has represented the 180 th Legislative District since 2001. Currently he also serves as the Democratic chairman of the House Human Services Committee. The PHEAA Board of Directors consists of 20 members: eight from the Senate, eight from the House, three non-legislative members and the Secretary of Education as a member ex officio. Board members serve six-year terms, with the possibility of reappointment. Read more


Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate

(Jan 24, 2019)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2018 tax year are available – and my office staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The rebates normally are distributed by the Department of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more


Cruz to host information sessions on Medicare changes

(Jan 07, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 7 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., will host two information sessions to discuss Medicare benefits changes starting in 2019. The events will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 18 and Feb. 4 at his district office, 3503 North B St., Philadelphia, 19134. “Medicare provides critical health benefits for thousands of seniors in Philadelphia. And whether they’re new to the program or are already enrolled, 2019 will bring many changes. With this event, we will make sure that seniors are up to date with premiums, prescription and therapy costs, deductibles, home health care, and many other topics so they can get the most out of their coverage,” Cruz said. Cruz’s staff will be on-site providing information and answering questions on the state-related concerns people may have. For more information, contact Cruz’s office at (215) 291-5643. Read more


Cruz announces $100k supporting Proposed Heart of Kensington Project

(Dec 19, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 19 – On Monday, state Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., announced $100,000 in tax credits approved through the Neighborhood Assistance Program to support Impact Services Corp. with their proposed Heart of Kensington Project. “I can’t wait to see the progress we will be able to make with the money for this project,” Cruz said. “This project builds on our neighborhoods’ existing strengths, and the collaboration between residents creates stronger ties within the community. Each of these geographic zones bring their own sets of challenges, but if we can get the community and city agencies on the same page and working together, we will create the change we want to see. Enriching lives in the process.” Impact Services Corp. will receive $100,000 to support the proposed Heart of Kensington Project encompassing five census tracts around the Heart of Kensington, at the intersection of Kensington and Allegheny Ave. The five geographic zones being focused on include Hope Park, Indiana Avenue Corridor, McPherson Square, Tioga-Harrowgate, and the K&A Commercial Corridor. In order to provide a healthier and safer community for residents, an outreach strategy building on community resilience will build on health and safety, education, economic opportunity, housing, and a connected community. Some examples include community Narcan training, the Kensington CLEAN campaign, new investments and development of the K&A Read more


Cruz and Burgos announce $200k supporting revitalization projects

(Dec 19, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 19 – On Monday, state Rep. Angel Cruz and state Rep.-elect Danilo Burgos, both D-Phila., announced $200,000 in tax credits approved through the Neighborhood Assistance Program to support community revitalization projects for Nueva Esperanza, Inc. and Hispanic Association of Contractors and Enterprises, Inc. “It’s always exciting to see money going back into the community,” Cruz said. “Thanks to these tax credits, HACE and Nueva Esperanza will be able to stand by their commitments to helping low-income communities with meaningful projects that promote economic and community development. I will continue my fight for meaningful investments for the future success of our neighborhoods.” “We’re building on progress that’s already being made here,” Burgos said. “Some of these areas are at the epicenter of the opioid crisis and require urgent care. It’s going to take coordinated efforts between the City of Philadelphia, Conrail, and the community to continue the resident engagement, beautification, and stabilization of these projects and neighborhoods.” HACE will receive $120,000 to continue implementation efforts of its Good Lands 2025 Neighborhood Plan in the Fairhill and St. Hugh neighborhoods of Philadelphia. This community was already struggling with poverty, unemployment, and crime, and has recently become a hot-spot for opioid abuse. In 2017, the land was cleared and fenced, Read more


Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more


Lawmaker calls for random drugs tests in House, Senate

(Oct 10, 2018)

State Rep. Angel Cruz says he offered his proposal, House Bill 620, as an amendment to Senate Bill 6, a measure that would require drug testing of people who receive public assistance benefits. Read more


Cruz urges lawmakers to lead by example with drug testing legislation

(Oct 09, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 9 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., held a news conference today to discuss his legislation that would require members of the House and Senate to be tested for illegal drugs. Cruz introduced his legislation as House Bill 620 and as an amendment to Senate Bill 6, which would make changes to the government assistance system in Pennsylvania, including a requirement to drug test individuals who receive those benefits. Cruz stated that he believes members of the General Assembly should be drug tested because they are paid with taxpayer money, as well. “I’ve introduced this legislation in three legislative sessions and I will continue to introduce it in future sessions, if necessary,” Cruz said. “If we are going to say that recipients of taxpayer money should be drug tested, then that should extend to us as well.” House Bill 620, and the corresponding amendment to Senate Bill 6, would require members to receive drug testing within three months of taking the oath of office. Under the proposal, any members who fail a drug test, refuse to take one or show evidence of tampering with a test would be subject to an ethics investigation. Testing would occur again for members during each subsequent term in office. Read more


House adopts Cruz resolution designed to acknowledge multi-culturalism

(Sep 26, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 26 – The state House of Representatives today unanimously adopted two resolutions introduced by Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., aimed at bringing awareness to Pennsylvania’s cultural diversity. House Resolution 1016 designates Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 as “Hispanic Heritage Month” in Pennsylvania while H. R. 1017 commemorates October 2018 as “Indigenous Peoples’ Month” and the week following the second Monday in October as “Indigenous Peoples’ Week,” in Pennsylvania. “Indigenous people are the foundation of this Commonwealth and our nation, so it is important to always remember their sacrifices and honor their contributions,” Cruz said. Cruz noted that Latinos are the largest minority ethnic group in the U.S. today, with about 900,000 residing in Pennsylvania in 2016. “Unfortunately, in today’s climate and throughout history, the contributions of minorities have often gone unnoticed in our country. My resolutions ensure that we recognize Pennsylvania’s rich history of diversity.” ### CONTACT: Daniel Bixler House Democratic Communications Office Phone: 717-787-7895 Email: dbixler@pahouse.net Read more


House adopts Cruz resolutions to promote awareness of child diseases

(Sep 26, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 26 – The state House of Representatives today unanimously adopted resolutions introduced by Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., that are designed to draw attention to newborn screening of treatable childhood conditions. All three resolutions designate the awareness for September 2018 in Pennsylvania: H.R. 1013 for “Newborn Screening Awareness Month;” H.R. 1014 for “Leukodystrophy Awareness Month;” and H.R. 1015 for “Krabbe Disease Awareness Month.” “As part of my continued advocacy on behalf of children and families affected by these diseases, I want to raise awareness about Krabbe, leukodystrophies and the necessity of newborn screening,” Cruz said. “It is essential that families and health professionals are aware of the importance of early detection.” If caught early, many diseases which are screened for can be treated and symptoms mitigated. Cruz noted that his newborn screening legislation, Act 148 of 2014, expanded newborn screening in Pennsylvania and he continues to push for additional screening, as well as a more efficient newborn screening program in Pennsylvania. ### CONTACT: Daniel Bixler House Democratic Communications Office Phone: 717-787-7895 Email: dbixler@pahouse.net Read more


Cruz Remembers Victims of Hurricane Maria

(Sep 25, 2018)

Representative Angel Cruz leads The PA House of Representatives to observe a moment of silence to honor the victims of Hurricane Maria one year later. Read more


Cruz to celebrate Puerto Rican festivities kick-off on Sept. 20

(Sep 18, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Ángel Cruz, D-Phila., will host a flag-raising ceremony at noon Thursday, Sept. 20 at Antonio Pantoja Charter School, 4401 N. American St., to mark the beginning of Puerto Rican festivities in Philadelphia. "Starting on the twentieth, and for two weeks following, hundreds of people will gather to enjoy music, dancing, and food to celebrate our heritage across Philadelphia,” Cruz said. “However, 2018 is special. We will commemorate the first anniversary of Hurricane Maria and pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 victims of the massive storm. I invite everyone to come and be part of this year's celebration to demonstrate that we remain committed to the American citizens of Puerto Rico and to rebuilding the island stronger than ever.” The Puerto Rican Day Parade – to be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway – is Philadelphia's oldest and largest outdoor event celebrating Puerto Rican and Latino heritage. The parade draws thousands to show island pride on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. This year’s theme is “Renacer de Puerto Rico,” the rebirth of Puerto Rico. Read more