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Delaware County state officials applaud $1 million grant to William Penn School District

Delaware County state officials applaud $1 million grant to William Penn School District

(Dec 06, 2019)

UPPER DARBY, Dec. 6 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, chair of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Southeast Delegation, announced today that a collective effort among area state senators and representatives secured a $1 million state grant for the William Penn School District. “I’m proud that our collective efforts on behalf of the William Penn School District have helped to garner this funding,” said Davidson, D-Delaware. “This grant money will help level the playing field, giving the children of Delaware County the chance at an education they deserve. This funding is a critical investment in our children and our society’s future.” “For the second year in a row, I’m grateful and humbled to have played a part in securing this important Ready to Learn grant funding for the William Penn School District,” said state Rep. McClinton, D-Phila. “We know that children in lower Delaware County are underserved due to unfair education funding. This grant is a step in the right direction toward fixing that imbalance.” “Unfair funding has unfortunately had a large impact on the students of William Penn School District, and grants like this help bridge the gaps,” said state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila. “Every bit of extra funding helps to offset the negative effects that these children have experienced as a result of inequitable school funding.” "No school district in the Read more

 

Davidson to discuss Pennsylvania renewable energy on Dec. 5 in Drexel Hill

(Nov 26, 2019)

UPPER DARBY, Nov. 26 – State Rep. Margo L. Davidson, chair of the House Democratic Southeast Delegation, will hold an event with PennEnvironment and Darby Creek Valley Association to discuss her renewable energy and climate change priorities. The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at Garrett Pub & Restaurant, 2312 Garrett Road, Drexel Hill 19026. “It’s time that Pennsylvania steps up to become a leader in fighting climate change,” said Davidson, D-Delaware. “Like so many issues, climate change and other environmental hazards disproportionately impact low-income communities and communities of color – and that is why it’s important for us to come together and have our voices heard. “We must not be left out of the conversation or left behind as we begin transitioning to renewable energy to arrest greenhouse gas effects on our air, water and land pollution in Pennsylvania. This transition will not only benefit the environment and our families’ health but also will provide for the creation of family-sustaining jobs . “We Pennsylvanians have a constitutional right to clean air and water.” Davidson has been lauded for her 100% pro-environment voting record. Read more

 

PLBC lauds accreditation for Cheyney University

(Nov 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 26 – Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus released the following statements after the announcement of Cheyney University receiving accreditation: “The retention of Cheyney University’s accreditation is not only welcoming news for the university, but also for African American students here in the commonwealth and across the country. The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus has historically worked with Cheyney University over the years and is committed to doing what we can to foster the education process and success of all people across the commonwealth. With this accreditation, Cheyney University will remain a viable educational resource to students now and for years to come. I’m proud of the work our legislative leaders have done to support the efforts of Cheyney University and thank the leadership of Cheyney’s President Aaron Walton along with Governor Tom Wolf, Senate Appropriation Chairman Vincent Hughes, House Democratic Whip Jordan Harris, House Democratic Education Chairman Jim Roebuck,” said Rep. Stephen Kinsey, PLBC Chairman. “As a former chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, the PLBC and I were very involved in investigating and helping to form solutions to right the ship at Cheyney and I’m proud that that same passion has been continued by current PLBC Chairman Stephen Kinsey and his leadership team. Collectively, we’ve been working with leaders in state Read more

 

Davidson-sponsored bill to help breast cancer survivors passes the House

(Nov 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 18 – A bill co-sponsored by Southeast Delegation Chairwoman Margo L. Davidson, D-Delaware, to provide insurance coverage for custom breast prosthetics (H.B. 1457) overwhelmingly passed the House today . “The enactment of this bill would make a positive difference in many breast cancer survivors’ lives,” Davidson said about the bill she co-sponsored with Rep. Meghan Schroeder, R-Bucks. “That’s why I was proud to spearhead this bill through the House.” Currently, most insurers cover reconstructive breast surgery and off-the-shelf breast prosthetics for women post mastectomy surgery. There are some situations where neither of these two options are reasonable. Off-the-shelf prosthetics are not always possible if a woman has an irregular chest wall post mastectomy surgery and not every woman is a good candidate for reconstructive surgery. Though women post mastectomy surgery have an additional option with custom breast prosthetics, some insurers may not always provide coverage. The enactment of H.B. 1457 would enable women post mastectomy surgery to be able to choose the option that best serves them. “The successful passage of House Bill 1457 is a direct result of increasing gender parity in the House,” Davidson said. “This isn’t a Democratic or Republican issue; it’s a women’s issue. Female representatives from both parties came together to help pass a bill that will Read more

 

Davidson to hold public forum on scams, internet safety Nov. 14

(Nov 12, 2019)

UPPER DARBY, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Margo Davidson will host her fifth annual public safety forum, this year entitled: Internet Safety: Avoiding Scams During the Holidays. The forum will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 50 E. Plumstead Ave., Landsdowne, PA 19050. “With online shopping at a peak during the holidays, people are particularly vulnerable to cyberthieves,” said Davidson, D-Delaware. “I’m holding this forum so that people are informed and protected from falling prey to internet scams.” The event will feature important discussions from members of local law enforcement, the police, state officials and community advocates. Scheduled speakers include: • George Dillman, Pennsylvania Department of Banking • Habibah Smith, Human Trafficking Task Force • Jessica Tobin, Pennsylvania State Trooper • A Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General representative • Kelly Ace, Family Support Line Staff will be present to offer state services. For more information and to register, those interested can call 610-259-7016 or email jcarey@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Davidson announces $250K grant for Millbourne Borough infrastructure project

(Nov 12, 2019)

UPPER DUBLIN, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, announced Tuesday that WRD Sears L.P. has received a $250,000 state grant to fund an intersection improvement project located in Millbourne Borough. Davidson and others have long been working to secure this funding and now that Children’s Hospital is attached to the project, she said, it can finally move forward. WRD Sears L.P. plans to develop a former Sears department store into a new warehouse and office facility on behalf of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, located at the corner of 63 rd and Market streets. To facilitate this project and ensure public safety, the company will install a new traffic signal and intersection at the entrance of the site, as well as a new crosswalk. lt is anticipated 100 jobs will be created at the project site. “Children’s Hospital is a world-class institution and a prestigious tenant. After years of hard work together with Millbourne Borough and the developer, it is very exciting to see this project moving forward. This development project will help enhance the borough's economic vitality by bringing in new jobs,” Davidson said. “I’m very glad that this grant money was awarded to ensure motorist and pedestrian safety at what will be a very busy intersection." The funding that Davidson announced Tuesday was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding Read more

 

Burns, Davidson introduce legislation to stop medical transport changes

(Oct 30, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 30 – Life-sustaining medical transportation would be kept in the hands of local providers, alleviating confusion for riders and instability for transit agencies, under legislation introduced by state Reps. Frank Burns and Margo Davidson. House Bill 2008 would remove a mandate in state law that requires public transit services for Medical Assistance recipients to shift to a regional or statewide contractor. Local transit agencies currently provide this transportation along with other shared rides and subsidized transportation options. Burns, D-Cambria, and Davidson, D-Delaware, noted that outsourcing to a third-party contractor adds a layer of bureaucracy and unnecessary confusion for users. Taking these trips out of local hands also creates financial strain for already cash-strapped transit agencies. “For nearly 40 years, these rides have been coordinated by local transit authorities who know their riders and their needs. We refuse to allow the state to tear apart a system that works, just because some bureaucrats believe they can save money,” said Burns. “Without our bill, local agencies would be forced to increase rates while cutting services and hours of operation. This would be devastating to residents in Cambria County and across the state who rely on these services.” “I want to thank Representative Burns for his leadership and partnership on this important legislation to assist our most Read more

 

Powerful House Democratic Southeast Delegation Express Opposition to Eliminating Straight Ticket Voting

(Oct 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 29 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, chair of the House Democratic Southeast Delegation, sent a letter on behalf of the delegation to Gov. Tom Wolf requesting that he veto S.B. 421 if it lands on his desk, because the bill would eliminate straight-ticket voting, which the delegation writes is an act of voter suppression on minorities, low-income communities and individuals with disabilities. The bill passed the House today (138-61). The bill heads back to the Senate for concurrence in amendments. Davidson, D-Delaware, said, “The elimination of straight-ticket voting is a form of voter suppression — a blatant violation of the U.S. Constitution, the Voting Rights Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Minorities, low-income communities and people with disabilities are going to be the people negatively impacted by the elimination of straight-ticket voting. These communities have historically been among our most vulnerable citizens, and we must preserve their constitutional right to vote.” The letter outlines three principal concerns: Eliminates freedom of choice for voters -- voters have traditionally been able to choose to vote either straight ticket or cast individual votes for over a century in Pennsylvania. Additional voter suppression -- the elimination of straight-ticket voting would act as a form of voter suppression in high-density precincts – which predominantly comprise people Read more

 

Davidson, Zabel: $25,000 in school safety grants awarded to Upper Darby School District

(Oct 18, 2019)

“I’m very happy that Upper Darby School District has received this important grant as our children need to be in safe environments in order to learn. This funding will help ensure that the students, faculty and staff in our schools are safe and secure.” Read more

 

Davidson, SEPTA talks progress on 69th Street Transportation Center

(Oct 18, 2019)

Davidson, SEPTA talks progress on 69th Street Transportation Center HARRISBURG, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Margo Davidson joined SEPTA officials this afternoon to discuss the progress of the construction of the SEPTA-Upper Darby’s new state-of-the-art parking structure for the 69th Street Transportation Center in the municipality. The 69th Street Parking Garage project addresses the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority’s growing transit ridership and would aid Upper Darby’s local business development and economic growth. “I am pleased to stand with SEPTA officials today to announce the progress on the 69 th Street Parking Garage, which is a direct result of my vote for Act 89.” Davidson said. “The 69th Street Parking Garage will make commuting easier and develop business opportunities in Upper Darby. This is an example of good government at work.” The parking structure is part of the “Rebuilding the SEPTA System” capital improvement plan to make long-needed upgrades in Pennsylvania’s infrastructure. It is funded by Act 89 of 2013, which Davidson voted for and championed. Read more

 

Davidson creates Intergovernmental County Legislative Summits to increase transparency on federal, state & county issues

(Oct 10, 2019)

UPPER DARBY, Oct. 10 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, in her role as chair of the House Democratic Caucus Southeast Delegation, has launched an intergovernmental public forum to increase transparency on federal, state and county issues in southeastern Pennsylvania. These intergovernmental forums are held on a county-by-county basis, with the first taking place in Delaware County in June and the second in Montgomery County last week. At the summit, Montgomery County Democratic elected officials met with members of the public to give updates about county-wide improvement projects and participated in discussions concerning critical issues facing the commonwealth, including the economy, education, jobs, health care and the environment. Montgomery County regional vice chair, state Rep. Liz Hanbidge, executed Davidson’s plans for the Montgomery County Legislative Summit and leveraged the experience of a wide range of state and federal officials from Montgomery County for an informative and wide-ranging summit. Davidson and Hanbidge welcomed U.S. Congresswoman Madeleine Dean, Montgomery County members of the House Democratic Caucus' Southeast Delegation, state senators, county leaders and members of the public Monday for the first-ever Montgomery County Legislative Summit. "As chair of the House Democratic Caucus Southeast Delegation, I understand the critical role this summit plays in achieving the delegations' Read more

 

Southeastern PA lawmakers: Pennsylvania must join RGGI states now

(Oct 03, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 3 – A plan to finally add Pennsylvania to the Northeast’s carbon trading market is being met with praise from state lawmakers in southeastern Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Wolf this morning announced that his administration will put its weight behind adding the commonwealth to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the nation’s first competitive carbon-credit market to incentivize clean emissions across the northeast states’ energy-industry sector. Companies that innovate and produce clean energy will keep credits in the market, which are ante’d by all participants and lost by those that fail to meet modern benchmarks on pollution. “I applaud Governor Wolf for his leadership,” said state Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester. “We must take strong action to stop climate change and shape a healthy future for our children. Joining RGGI positions Pennsylvania to protect our children’s future while strengthening our economy.” Comitta is one of 31 early sponsors of House legislation that backstops the governor’s order. “It’s time that Pennsylvania steps up to become a leader in fighting climate change and grow our economy through this partnership with neighboring states,” said state Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, chair of the House Southeast Democratic Delegation. “RGGI is a win for the environment, our neighbors and families and our economy.” Read more

 

Delaware County receives over $600,000 in grants for countywide services

(Sep 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 12 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, chair of the Southeastern PA Democratic Delegation, announced today that critical Delaware County initiatives to reduce gun violence and provide aid to victims of abuse were awarded $623,963 in state funds by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. “When the state invests in programs that work directly with people, they help lift up not just individuals, but the communities in which they live,” said Davidson, D-Delaware. She said that the grants will expand a gun violence initiative and protect victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child sexual abuse and senior abuse. The grants were approved by PCCD at its meeting Wednesday. The following grant was funded with money from the Gun Violence Reduction Initiative through PCCD: Delaware County District Attorney's Office, for its gun violence initiative: $250,000. The following grants were funded with money from Pennsylvania’s Victims of Crime Act through PCCD: Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County Inc., for services for victims of domestic violence: $95,795. Family Support Line of Delaware County Inc., for child sexual abuse treatment: $60,314. Delaware Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania Legal Services, for sexual abuse victims: $228,321. CASA Youth Advocates Inc. for child victim advocacy: $71,422. Delaware County for senior victim services: $18,111. Read more

 

'It’s time to end the violence:'

(Aug 16, 2019)

UPPER DARBY, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, announced her strong support of Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order to address the public health crisis of gun violence in Pennsylvania, saying it was a necessary first step. “I applaud the governor’s decisive leadership to halt the epidemic of gun violence in Pennsylvania,” Davidson said. The executive order makes widespread changes to executive branch agencies and programs to reduce the number of suicides, homicides and mass shootings in Pennsylvania. The order names Charles Ramsey, chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, to lead a new Office of Gun Violence Prevention within the agency, and the office will contain a Special Council on Gun Violence which will meet within 60 days to begin developing a plan to reduce gun violence in Pennsylvania. The executive order also creates a Division of Violence Prevention within the Department of Health. Together, the two offices will address gun violence from the gun safety and public health perspectives. They will establish new oversight and data sharing, reduce community gun violence, combat mass shootings, and stop domestic violence related and self-inflicted shootings. In her roles as chair of the powerful Southeast Delegation and as a consistent leader in the PA Safe Caucus, Davidson said, "I will continue to lead the charge to enact commonsense gun safety reforms that will protect the lives of Read more

 

'It’s time to end the violence:'

(Aug 16, 2019)

UPPER DARBY, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, announced her strong support of Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order to address the public health crisis of gun violence in Pennsylvania, saying it was a necessary first step. “I applaud the governor’s decisive leadership to halt the epidemic of gun violence in Pennsylvania,” Davidson said. The executive order makes widespread changes to executive branch agencies and programs to reduce the number of suicides, homicides and mass shootings in Pennsylvania. The order names Charles Ramsey, chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, to lead a new Office of Gun Violence Prevention within the agency, and the office will contain a Special Council on Gun Violence which will meet within 60 days to begin developing a plan to reduce gun violence in Pennsylvania. The executive order also creates a Division of Violence Prevention within the Department of Health. Together, the two offices will address gun violence from the gun safety and public health perspectives. They will establish new oversight and data sharing, reduce community gun violence, combat mass shootings, and stop domestic violence related and self-inflicted shootings. In her roles as chair of the powerful Southeast Delegation and as a consistent leader in the PA Safe Caucus, Davidson said, "I will continue to lead the charge to enact commonsense gun safety reforms that will protect the lives of Read more

 

Register now for Davidson’s annual Back-to-School Bookbag Giveaway

(Aug 06, 2019)

UPPER DARBY, Aug. 6 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, and Upper Darby Councilwoman-At-Large Barbarann Keffer are inviting parents to register now for the representative’s 9th Annual Back-to-School Bookbag Giveaway. Free bookbags will be provided while supplies last but parents must register by Aug. 31 to guarantee a free bookbag for their children. The pre-registration is first-come, first-serve while supplies last, so it is important for families to pre-register before the Aug. 31 deadline. Residents of all ages from across the 164th Legislative District – Yeadon, Upper Darby, Millbourne, Lansdowne and East Lansdowne – are invited to Davidson’s 9th Annual Community Picnic & Back-to-School Bookbag Giveaway, which will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Second Ward Playground, 747 Crosley Ave., Upper Darby, across the street from Fernwood Cemetery on Church Lane. "We'll have free barbecue and drinks, family games, entertainment, state resources and information for students and families. We provide this service every year so that families can have a successful school year," Davidson said. “Since I have been in office, I have provided over 5,000 bookbags to children and families in the 164 th district.” Pre-registration is mandatory to receive a free bookbag and is first-come, first-served while supplies last. To pre-register, parents can call 610-259-7016, email Read more

 

Davidson announces 2019 Summer Senior Celebrations

(Jul 03, 2019)

UPPER DARBY, July 3 – State Rep. Margo Davidson announced her 2019 Summer Senior Celebrations, scheduled throughout the 164 th District in July. The events will feature resources for seniors, assistance with state services like the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, help with SEPTA Senior Key ID card applications, refreshments and more. “I’m excited to host these events that give seniors, their family members and caregivers access to information on community programs and services – all in one place,” said Davidson, D-Delaware. “It’s important that our seniors have all the tools needed to maintain healthy and active lifestyles.” The Senior Celebrations will be held: Thursday, July 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Simpson Gardens, 84 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne Tuesday, July 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Watkins Center, 326 Watkins Ave., Upper Darby Thursday, July 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Alician Senior Apartments, 140 Hampden Road, Upper Darby Tuesday, July 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grace Court, 550 S. Landsdowne Ave., Yeadon The date of the Senior Celebration at ManorCare Health Services in Yeadon is yet to be determined. This event will be open only to ManorCare residents. Anyone with questions should contact Davidson’s office at 610-259-7016 or jcarey@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Delaware County receives $1.4M for countywide services, including for women

(Jun 13, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 13 – Members of the House Democratic Southeast Delegation today lauded the announcement of more than $1.4 million in grants for Delaware County family, women, victim and related countywide services. “The public investments coming to our communities in Delco reflect the hard work and collaboration among its citizens and public servants first and foremost,” said state Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware. “I’d also like to thank the Wolf administration for putting public money back into the hands of the people.” The grants were approved by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency at its meeting Wednesday. “Helping a victim become a survivor is the kind of work we must support with all our might,” said Rep. Mike Zabel, D-Delaware. “It is not easy work, and it often comes at a price that exceeds what local taxes can support. Any time that the state invests in the systems working on the ground directly with people, we’re delivering literal hope to those who need it most.” “I have been to visit service providers here in Delaware County and have seen firsthand the need for these services. The difference this funding makes is truly life-changing for survivors, women, children, their families and our community,” said Rep. Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware. “I will always fight for survivors.” “Congratulations to these hardworking groups that go to work for Read more

 

Davidson and fellow legislators propose anti-sexual harassment and workplace discrimination package

(Jun 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 10 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, today led a news conference regarding the introduction of her two bills addressing sexual harassment in the workplace, “Preventing Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace” and “#TimesUP - Sexual Harassment by Public Officials.” These bills together carry a bipartisan group of over 50 co-sponsors. The first bill would extend the amount of time a person has to file discrimination complaints with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission in order to give victims and whistleblowers more time to come forward. “The majority of sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace goes unreported,” Davidson said. “Potential whistleblowers may fear the threat of retaliation or be uncertain whether the incident qualifies as harassment or discrimination. Often, it takes time for whistleblowers to build up the courage to come forward, but it is vitally important to the safety and productivity of our workplaces that they do so.” The second bill would expand the duties of the State Ethics Commission, an independent state agency, to include investigating sexual harassment claims against officials and public employees at all levels of government in Pennsylvania. “For those who commit sexual harassment, we say, ‘Time’s Up,’” Davidson said. “Victims of sexual harassment involving people in positions of power must have the Read more

 

Davidson Community Health Fair is Thursday

(May 17, 2019)

UPPER DARBY, May 17 – State Rep. Margo Davidson will host a Community Health Fair on May 23 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Upper Darby Watkins Senior Center, 326 Watkins Ave., Upper Darby, 19082. “My Community Health Fair is a great way for my neighbors in the 164 th Legislative District to find out what they need to do to get on the right track health wise,” said Davidson, D-Delaware. The event will include: Free health screenings. Giveaways. Health and wellness resources for the whole family. For more information, contact Davidson's office at (610) 259-7016. Read more

 

Delaware County state officials applaud $1 million grant to William Penn School District
Dec 06, 2019

Davidson to discuss Pennsylvania renewable energy on Dec. 5 in Drexel Hill
Nov 26, 2019

PLBC lauds accreditation for Cheyney University
Nov 26, 2019

Davidson-sponsored bill to help breast cancer survivors passes the House
Nov 18, 2019

Davidson to hold public forum on scams, internet safety Nov. 14
Nov 12, 2019

Davidson announces $250K grant for Millbourne Borough infrastructure project
Nov 12, 2019

Burns, Davidson introduce legislation to stop medical transport changes
Oct 30, 2019

Powerful House Democratic Southeast Delegation Express Opposition to Eliminating Straight Ticket Voting
Oct 29, 2019

Davidson, Zabel: $25,000 in school safety grants awarded to Upper Darby School District
Oct 18, 2019

Davidson, SEPTA talks progress on 69th Street Transportation Center
Oct 18, 2019

Davidson creates Intergovernmental County Legislative Summits to increase transparency on federal, state & county issues
Oct 10, 2019

Southeastern PA lawmakers: Pennsylvania must join RGGI states now
Oct 03, 2019

Delaware County receives over $600,000 in grants for countywide services
Sep 12, 2019

'It’s time to end the violence:'
Aug 16, 2019

'It’s time to end the violence:'
Aug 16, 2019

Register now for Davidson’s annual Back-to-School Bookbag Giveaway
Aug 06, 2019

Davidson announces 2019 Summer Senior Celebrations
Jul 03, 2019

Delaware County receives $1.4M for countywide services, including for women
Jun 13, 2019

Davidson and fellow legislators propose anti-sexual harassment and workplace discrimination package
Jun 10, 2019

Davidson Community Health Fair is Thursday
May 17, 2019