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Davidson, SEPTA announce plans for new parking garage at 69th Street Transportation Center in Upper Darby

(Oct 01, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 1 – State Rep. Margo Davidson joined SEPTA officials this morning to announce the SEPTA-Upper Darby partnership to construct a new, state-of-the-art parking structure for the 69th Street Transportation Center in the municipality. The 69th Street Parking Garage project will address the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority’s growing transit ridership and aid Upper Darby’s local business development and economic growth. “I am proud to have brought in over $100 million in infrastructure projects to the 164 th District,” Davidson said. “The 69th Street Parking Garage is great news for Upper Darby! It 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. Read more

 

Davidson announces state grant for Yeadon Public Library

(Sep 21, 2018)

UPPER DARBY, Sept. 21 – State Rep. Margo Davidson today announced that the Yeadon Public Library in Yeadon Borough received a $61,770 grant from the state. The Yeadon Public Library was one of 27 libraries in 18 counties that were awarded $6.8 million in Keystone Grants to improve physical facilities. The grant award the library received will be used to install efficient windows, lighting, and HVAC system, in addition to making the restrooms ADA compliant. Davidson said, “I am thrilled that the Yeadon Public Library has received these necessary funds to make the library so much more comfortable for the citizens of Yeadon. The library is a community hub for people of all ages and walks of life. It’s where toddlers get their first books and kids come to study when school isn’t in session. It’s where people from the town connect, take classes, as well as get critical information they need for school or life. I thank the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the award of this grant and its recognition of the important role that the library plays in the life of the people of Yeadon.” Keystone grants are competitive grants funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. Grants of up to $750,000 may be used for planning, acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public libraries, and must be matched dollar-for-dollar. Examples of fundable projects include, but are not limited to: ADA upgrades, new roof, Read more

 

Davidson applauds state funding for gun-violence reduction initiatives

(Sep 11, 2018)

UPPER DARBY, Sept. 11 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, said she applauds Gov. Tom Wolf for allocating $1.5 million across the commonwealth for the 2018 Gun Violence Reduction Initiative. The funding, which was announced Friday, was competitively awarded as part of a Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency program to provide municipalities money to reduce gun violence in communities. “I want to thank Governor Wolf for taking action to address this crisis,” said Davidson, vice chair of the PA SAFE Caucus. “Gun violence is an epidemic in Pennsylvania. In Upper Darby this past summer, there was an uptick in the number of shootings — a teenager killed at a house party, a storeowner nearly shot to death by a thief, a man shot while fleeing from two Upper Darby teenagers who stole his car. Last week, many parents were terrified to hear there was an online threat of a shooting at Upper Darby High School. Fortunately, someone was arrested before anything happened. “We need to urgently act in order to dramatically reduce gun violence in our area. This needed funding will empower municipalities by giving them greater access to tools and resources to fight this scourge, which is destroying our communities.” The Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ PA SAFE Caucus is committed to promoting legislation that would reduce all types of violence in society through adequate funding for mental health services, best use Read more

 

Davidson announces over $680,000 in grants for Upper Darby, William Penn school districts

(Aug 27, 2018)

UPPER DARBY, Aug. 27 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, announced today that Upper Darby School District received $160,873 and William Penn School District received $519,268 in state Department of Education grants to improve schools. The grants come from the department’s comprehensive System for District and School Improvement and fulfill part of House Democrats’ Plan4PA to help schools and improve education across the commonwealth. Only 16 school districts out of the 500 districts across the commonwealth received funding this round. “Upper Darby and William Penn deserve a hearty congratulations for successfully applying for these resources in a highly competitive grant program,” Davidson said. “I am proud to support the districts’ efforts, which reflect highly on our community and demonstrate our schools’ high-level of commitment to improvement. “On behalf of the region, we appreciate Governor Wolf’s administration for recognizing that our area is deserving of investment.” Read more

 

Davidson announces 2018 Summer Senior Celebrations

(Jun 28, 2018)

UPPER DARBY, June 28 – State Rep. Margo Davidson announced her 2018 Summer Senior Celebrations, scheduled throughout the 164 th District in the month of 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. “These events are a great way for seniors, their family members and caregivers to access information on community programs and services – all in one place,” said Davidson, D-Delaware. “I’m happy to bring together resources that can help seniors maintain healthy and active lifestyles.” The Senior Celebrations will be held: Tuesday, July 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Manor Care 14 Lincoln Ave., Yeadon Thursday, July 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Simpson Gardens 84 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne Tuesday, July 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Watkins Center 326 Watkins Ave., Upper Darby Thursday, July 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grace Court 550 S. Lansdowne Ave., Yeadon Tuesday, July 24, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Everest Urgent Care 6787 Market St., Millbourne Thursday, July 26, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Alician Senior Apartments 140 Hampden Road, Upper Darby Anyone with questions should contact Davidson’s office at 610-259-7016 or email mmcgrory@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Davidson hails passage of school safety legislation she proposed to keep schools safe

(Jun 22, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 22 – The Senate and House finally passed legislation, originally introduced in 2011 by State Rep. Margo Davidson, to provide students, teachers and parents an avenue to improve school safety across the commonwealth. The bill (S.B. 1142) would establish the Safe2Say Program, which provides methods of anonymous reporting concerning unsafe, violent or criminal activities in schools or the threat of such dangers. “I have been fighting for this ever since I first authored nearly identical legislation some seven years ago,” said Davidson, D-Delaware. “It passed the House in two legislative sessions unanimously and now finally supported unanimously by the Senate.” “The need to make our schools safe is as critical now as it was back then. The bottom line in a student’s first priority in school should be to learn not worry about their well-being. This hotline will help prevent senseless violence while giving children a secure place to learn and a place to turn when they become aware that there is danger at their school.” “I am particularly pleased that this school safety measure now comes with a budget of $60 million that will go to district schools like Upper Darby and William Penn school districts to implement a wide range of safety measures, including mental health counseling, which is another key legislative priority I have championed.” The legislation requires the state attorney general to: Read more

 

Davidson to host 5th annual Veterans Fair

(Jun 11, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 11 – State Rep. Margo Davidson will host her 5 th annual Veterans Fair from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at East Lansdowne Borough Hall. Veterans and their families can attend to learn more about the services and benefits available to them, including topics such as health care, housing, employment and education. The Pennsylvania Mobile Veterans’ Outreach Van also will be on site. Free notary service will be available, and other state services will be provided. “Our veterans sacrifice so much to protect our freedom, and I’m happy to do anything I can to help them in return,” said Davidson, D-Delaware. “It’s a small way to show appreciation for everything they’ve done for us.” East Lansdown Borough Hall is at 155 Lexington Ave., East Lansdowne, Pa. 19050. Anyone with questions, or anyone wanting to RSVP, should call 610-259-7016 or email abrazington@pahouse.net . Read more

 

New Mobile Office

(May 01, 2018)

State Rep. Margo Davidson and her staff will host a mobile office Saturday, May 5 at Sellers Public Library located at 76 S. State Rd. in Upper Darby from 10 a.m. to noon. Read more

 

Davidson’s 8th annual Community Health Fair is May 24

(Apr 26, 2018)

YEADON, April 26 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, will hold her 8 th annual Community Health Fair from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 24 at Everest Urgent Care, 6787 Market St., Millbourne. “The community health fair is a perfect opportunity for residents of the 164 th Legislative District to receive free screenings – and get lots of health questions answered – by making just one visit,” Davidson said. “I think it’s very important for the health and safety of my constituents who may not have access to health care that my office provides this service.” Health care and program experts will be on hand to answer questions about federal and state health care programs, as well as to perform screenings and answer questions. The health fair will include: Free health screenings. Information on health wellness from providers, state and county agencies and nonprofits. Door prizes and giveaways. For more information about the health fair, those interested can call Maureen McGrory at 610-259-7016 or email mmcgrory@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Davidson: extended statute of limitations for discrimination needed in Pa.

(Apr 24, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 24 – State Rep. Margo Davidson today told members of the House Labor and Industry Committee that Pennsylvanians need her H.B. 2286 , which would extend the statute of limitations for filing complaints with the state’s Human Relations Commission. H.B. 2286 would extend the statute of limitations for filing a complaint with the HRC from 180 days to two years and provide plaintiffs a right to trial by jury. It also would provide that punitive damages and the award of attorney fees would be granted to a prevailing plaintiff. “This bill would ensure that victims and survivors have laws that represent substance in this fight against volatile workplace environments,” said Davidson, D-Delaware. “This bill also helps the many victims who hesitate to come forward due to fear of retaliation and fear of not being heard or believed. Workplace safety includes creating a culture where every employee feels safe and comfortable going to work.” Davidson presented testimony on her bill during a special Labor and Industry Committee hearing that examined a package of bills to reduce workplace discrimination and sexual harassment across the commonwealth. Davidson also referenced her #TimesUp legislation, which would expand the authority of the state Ethics Commission to investigate and take action on allegations of sexual harassment perpetrated by elected officials on all levels – including state and Read more

 

Davidson: Give Victims More Time

(Apr 24, 2018)

At a House Labor and Industry Committee hearing, Pa. state Rep. Margo Davidson testifies about harassment and sexual misconduct in the workplace, discussing her bill which would extend the statute of limitations on complaints submitted to the PA Human Relations Commission from 180 days to two years. Read more

 

PHEAA Reminds Students of Approaching 2018-19 PA State Grant Application Deadline

(Apr 23, 2018)

The 2018-19 PA State Grant application filing deadline is Tuesday, May 1. This deadline applies to all renewal applicants and first-time applicants who plan to enroll in colleges, universities, or a college transfer program at 2-year public or private colleges (except community colleges and designated Pennsylvania Open Admission institutions). Additionally, unlike a student loan, a grant is gift aid which does not have to be repaid. To apply for a PA State Grant, applicants must first complete the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants can access this form online by clicking here or here . In addition to completing the FAFSA, first-time applicants must also submit a completed PA State Grant Form. First-time applicants who submit the FAFSA online will be automatically redirected to the SGF by following the onscreen prompts on the confirmation page. First-time applicants who have already submitted their FAFSA but have not completed the SGF will receive an email directing them to PHEAA’s secure Account Access site for completion. Both applications are free to submit. First-time applicants who plan to enroll in a community college, business, trade, or technical school, a hospital school of nursing, a designated Pennsylvania Open Admission institution, or a non-transferable 2-year degree program at a community, 2-year or 4-year college have until Aug. 1, 2018 to complete their PA State Grant application. Students and families are Read more

 

Davidson supports sexual harassment, discrimination protections for Pennsylvania workers

(Apr 05, 2018)

State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, joined fellow House and Senate Democrats today to announce legislation that would strengthen protections against sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Davidson invites area residents to International Dining Days

(Mar 26, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 26 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, invites area residents to celebrate "International Dining Days" April 13-22 by sharing a meal with people of various backgrounds and cultures at local restaurants in the 164 th Legislative District. For the eighth straight year, Davidson and Destination Delco have sponsored the event that “celebrates diversity through food” and features restaurants serving cuisines from around the world throughout the 164 th Legislative District, including all five municipalities – East Lansdowne, Lansdowne, Millbourne, Upper Darby and Yeadon. "I have sponsored this celebration as a result of the "Eat 4Peace" concept, inspired by the unique experiences of Anthony Lucidonio Jr., known as ‘Tony Luke,’ who has restaurants in Delaware County and all over the world,” Davidson said. “I’m excited to continue this tradition that harvests healthy and positive relationships among the diverse people that I serve, where over 83 languages are spoken in our schools and cuisines from all over the globe can be found here locally.” Participation is open to all restaurants in the 164 th District, and this year more than 30 restaurants will take part in the celebration. “This event is an opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate our different backgrounds while sampling the various foods and learning about the Read more

 

Davidson announces mental health system reform legislation

(Mar 15, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 15 -- State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, announced today she will reintroduce mental health system reform legislation in order to strengthen community mental health crisis response systems and treatment programs to ensure individuals with debilitating mental illness receive treatment. Davidson stated her agenda was set to change the conversation surrounding mental health. That is why she also joined several House colleagues and mental health advocates this week for a special news conference to discuss the relationship between mental health and school safety. Participants stressed the need to have this discussion without adding stigma or reinforcing negative stereotypes on those with a mental health issue. The package of legislation she will propose includes four bills designated to address specialized treatment programs for those living with serious mental illness, incarceration and inadequate care. The first bill would codify the standards and guidelines for assertive community treatment created by the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services within the Department of Human Services. Specifically, the legislation would provide for the establishment, organization, treatment, and evaluation of assertive community treatment services. The second bill would amend The Insurance Company Law, which would expand coverage beyond the three types of treatment currently serviced -- hospitalization, partial-hospitalization and intensive out Read more

 

Financial Fitness Forum

(Mar 12, 2018)

State Rep. Margo Davidson set to host annual Financial Fitness Forum at Saint Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for local residents. Read more

 

Pennsylvania’s women and families deserve a raise

(Feb 08, 2018)

By state Reps. Margo Davidson and Ed Gainey When most Americans think about what they want for their families, they think about things like a brighter future for their kids, putting food on the table, and being home in time to have a family meal. Yet for many Pennsylvania parents, those basic goals are becoming harder and harder to attain. As everything from groceries to health care to housing becomes more expensive, families’ incomes stay the same. That’s why we must put families first. We are supposed to have a government of, by, and for the people, yet the conservatives in Congress just ignored the needs of working families and passed a tax scam that lined the pockets of the super-rich. They gave away trillions of dollars in revenue that should have been used to watch out for children and seniors, modernize our public schools and create good jobs and better wages. That means we as state legislators have to fight even harder for working families. In the Pennsylvania General Assembly, we can take two steps right now to boost family paychecks and ensure more working families can earn a good life: raise the minimum wage and ensure women earn equal pay for equal work. The issues of equal pay, the minimum wage, and earning a spot in the middle class are intertwined. Women are the head of household in over a half-million households in Pennsylvania, and women make up nearly two-thirds of all minimum wage workers . Anyone who has tried to pay their bills while Read more

 

Davidson, Miccarelli urge action on gun safety legislation

(Feb 05, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, and state Rep. Nick Miccarelli, R-Delaware, urged House leaders today to move bipartisan gun-safety legislation and announced a plan to create a temporary background-check permit for buyers to use at gun shows, among other new commonsense procedures to protect Pennsylvanians from gun violence. Read more

 

Financial Fitness Month- Part 1 - Free Tax Prep

(Jan 30, 2018)

State Rep. Margo Davidson will hold a free tax preparation event in her District office throughout February and March. Read more

 

Mobile Office

(Jan 30, 2018)

State Rep. Davidson will open a mobile office to bring constituents services to the Yeadon area on Saturday, Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Read more