Fitzgerald, Kinsey to host public forum on Philadelphia’s education system

(Apr 04, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, April 4 – State Reps. Isabella Fitzgerald and Stephen Kinsey, both D-Phila., announced they will host an event for people to talk and learn what’s being done on a state and local level to support public education. The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at Martin Luther King High School, 6100 Stenton Ave., 19138. Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera and Otis Hackney from Mayor Jim Kenney’s Office of Education, along with a representative from the School District of Philadelphia, will be in attendance to offer insight and answer questions. “From a proposed increase in education funding to a new local school board, a quality education for all of our students remains a top priority on the state and local levels,” Kinsey said. “This forum will allow people to engage in meaningful dialogue that is critical to our children’s future.” Fitzgerald echoed Kinsey’s comments. “We are seeing great things for the School District of Philadelphia, thanks to Governor Wolf’s budget proposal to provide more funding for education,” Fitzgerald said. “We are also seeing a switch in leadership from the School Reform Commission to a school board that will be appointed by the mayor.” Read more


PLBC scholarships available for students of color

(Mar 05, 2018)

Scholarships from the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus are now available for high school seniors and first-year college students who will be enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year Pennsylvania college or university. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, April 30. Students applying for the $1,000 scholarships must be a minority student, have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, reside in the legislative district of and be sponsored by a PLBC member, and demonstrate leadership qualities. A 500-word essay on the student’s academic plans and career goals also must be submitted. Only the first 250 applications submitted will be considered. To obtain an application and more details about the program, students can visit . Read more


Fitzgerald co-hosting Family Fun Night Feb. 22

(Feb 09, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 9 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald will be joined by state Reps. Jared Solomon and Jason Dawkins, along with Councilwoman Cherelle Parker, for an event to celebrate family and community. The Family Fun Night will take place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 at Olney Recreation Center, 6001 A St., 19120. Fitzgerald said this free event will feature activities and information on city and state services for the entire family. “This event is a perfect opportunity to gather the family and spend some time together for an evening,” Fitzgerald said. “There will be something for everyone, so I encourage all to attend.” For more information, call Fitzgerald’s office at (215) 649-0220. Read more


Fitzgerald: Wolf budget proposal would help the 203rd District

(Feb 06, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., outlined how Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for the 2018-19 fiscal year would help move the 203rd Legislative District forward: “I applaud Governor Wolf for investing in initiatives that would help to move my district forward and provide my constituents with more of the resources and services that they need. Every Pennsylvanian deserves access to a quality education, high-quality child care, and a living wage. I look forward to working with my colleagues to see that these initiatives are signed into law.” Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal includes: $100 million increase in basic education; $40 million increase in Pre-K Counts and Head Start; $20 million increase for special education; A proposal to increase Pennsylvania minimum wage to $12 per hour; $25 million investment in state funds to expand access to high-quality childcare; and Proposals to protect Pennsylvania women and families by closing the gender wage gap, guaranteeing sick leave, and protecting people from sexual assault. “Children and families would benefit the most if this budget is passed,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s time to put their needs first and invest in solutions to the problems that so many Pennsylvania families face. Another one of these concerns includes addressing the gun violence epidemic that has impacted our communities for far too long. I am grateful to the Read more


Fitzgerald hosting office open house Feb. 9

(Feb 06, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 1 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., announced she will host an open house at her district office for constituents of the 203rd Legislative District. The free event will take place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 at 7178 Ogontz Ave., 19138. Fitzgerald and her staff will be available to answer questions and provide information on the SEPTA Photo ID program, Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, unclaimed property and many other state-related services and programs. For more information, contact Fitzgerald’s office at (215) 549-0220. Read more


Your current driver’s license is still good for domestic travel

(Jan 19, 2018)

As you may know, Pennsylvania is under an enforcement extension from the Department of Homeland Security to comply with federal REAL ID requirements. This means that your current driver’s license or ID card are still valid forms of identification for boarding commercial aircraft or entering federal facilities. According to PennDOT, the Department of Homeland Security had listed Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, as the date air travelers with licenses issued by a state that is not yet compliant with REAL ID and that has not received an extension would need to show an approved alternative form of identification for domestic air travel, such as a passport. Pennsylvania is currently under a REAL ID extension, therefore residents with PennDOT-issued driver’s licenses or ID cards may continue to use their licenses as usual. A federally-accepted form of identification (whether it's the forthcoming Pennsylvania REAL ID driver's license or ID card, a U.S. Passport/Passport Card, a military ID, etc.) must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building on and after October 1, 2020. PennDOT anticipates that REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and ID cards will be available to customers who want them in spring 2019, and will continue to apply for extensions from DHS until becoming REAL ID compliant. More information about REAL ID, including frequently asked questions and information on documents required for REAL ID , Read more


Fitzgerald to host MLK Day community celebration

(Dec 21, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 21 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., announced she will host an event to celebrate community volunteers while remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy. The MLK Day of Service will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 at the West Oak Lane Senior Center, 7210-18 Ogontz Ave., 19138. “While many people see January 15 as a day off from work or school, we see it as a day on and a great opportunity to commemorate our community and honor the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday,” Fitzgerald said. “I hope everyone will join us in celebrating people who help make a difference in our neighborhoods.” Fitzgerald added she and her staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on state services. Attendees can also meet with staff from the offices of: Councilwoman Cherelle Parker Rep. Stephen Kinsey Sen. Art Haywood Congressman Dwight Evans Fitzgerald said representatives from Nicetown CDC NAC & Energy Center will be distributing information on weatherization and weatherization kits. Read more


Fitzgerald Stands Against Sexual Harassment and Abuse

(Dec 11, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Izzy Fitzgerald joined her female colleagues from the House and Senate to fight back against sexual harassment, and ensure these demeaning acts in the workplace are not simply swept under the rug. Read more


Kinsey, Fitzgerald to host Feeding 1,000 for Thanksgiving event

(Nov 06, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 6 – State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Isabella Fitzgerald, both D-Phila., have announced that they will host the “Feeding 1,000 for Thanksgiving” event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Corinthian Education Center, 6100 N. 21st St. Residents of the 201st and 203rd legislative districts in northwest Philadelphia will be able to receive a free meal while learning more about state-related programs and services. The event is free and open to the community. ### Read more


Fitzgerald to host housing conference and job fair

(Oct 16, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 16 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., announced she will host a housing conference and job fair for constituents of the 203rd Legislative District. The events will take place from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at the West Oak Lane Charter School, 7115 Stenton Ave., 19138. Fitzgerald said constituents can attend workshops on various aspects of home buying and ownership, including how to obtain good credit, tangled titles and reverse mortgages and more. “Everyone should have the opportunity to become a home owner, so it’s crucial they get as much information as possible,” Fitzgerald said. “This event will provide some great tools for those people thinking about buying a home in order to help them make informed discussions.” Fitzgerald added there will also be a job fair with dozens of employers looking to hire. “I encourage everyone to bring copies of their resume and dress to impress,” Fitzgerald said. For more information, constituents can call Fitzgerald’s office at (215) 549-0220. Read more


Fall 2017 newsletter

(Aug 28, 2017)

Read Rep. Fitzgerald's Fall 2017 newsletter. Read more


Fitzgerald to host Unclaimed Property Day in district office

(Aug 17, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 17 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., today announced she is inviting residents to discover if they have any unclaimed property waiting for them. The representative will host an Unclaimed Property Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30 in her district office at 7178 Ogontz Ave., 19138. Fitzgerald said her staff will search the database for residents to see if they have unclaimed property belonging to them. Residents can also get assistance with filling out their claim forms. “My staff is happy to help residents go through the process to find out if they have any property that rightfully belongs to them,” Fitzgerald said. "It’s a good idea for residents to check annually if they are owed money as the Treasurer's Office estimates that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property." The Pennsylvania Treasurer's Office reports it is currently holding $2.3 billion in unclaimed property, which includes things such as closed bank accounts, uncashed checks, lost stocks and bonds, contents of safe deposit boxes, and unexpired gift certificates and gift cards. Read more


Bipartisan effort to enact Homeless Bill of Rights in Pennsylvania

(Jul 25, 2017)

HARRISBURG, July 25 – State Reps. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., and Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery/Phila., announced they introduced legislation to enact a “Homeless Bill of Rights” to protect fundamental civil and human rights of homeless people. “Homelessness continues to be an issue in many communities across the Commonwealth. Local codes that outlaw loitering, vagrancy, sitting or lying on the sidewalk, begging, eating in public, and other behaviors disproportionately affect homeless people,” Fitzgerald said. Fitzgerald said House Bill 1664 would protect the homeless population’s rights to move freely in public spaces, and receive equal treatment by all government agencies, employers and health care providers. The legislation would also shield their right to vote and the confidentiality of personal records and information. “Homelessness involves not only individuals but entire families. On any given day, over 15,000 Pennsylvanians are known to be homeless. During one school year, our education system serves approximately 13,000 homeless children,” she added. Murt emphasized there are key rights the homeless population needs to have protected. The Homeless Bill of Rights would establish that no person should suffer unnecessarily, be denied basic rights or be subject to unfair discrimination based on their homeless status. “As the burdens of joblessness grow and the pressures on public resources increase, we have Read more


Fitzgerald urges lawmakers to return to Harrisburg to finalize budget

(Jul 18, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, July 18 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., released the following statement urging Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, to call the House back to Harrisburg to wrap up the 2017-18 state budget: “On June 30, I voted for a budget that would increase education funding in Philadelphia by $34 million. While I have worked with my colleagues to find a way to pay for it, House Republican leaders have failed to come up with any clear solutions. However, Democrats have presented several solutions to generate new and more reliable streams of revenue our Commonwealth needs. “We can start by raising the minimum wage and implementing a shale tax on wealthy gas drillers. A minimum wage worker in Pennsylvania would have to work 83 hours a week in order to rent a modest one-bedroom home without any assistance. Not only would increasing the minimum wage give Philadelphia families more money in their pockets, but it would even save our Commonwealth about $50 million. “I am ready to get back to work and fight to balance our budget and make sure that Pennsylvanians receive the services they need. The Republican leadership needs to return to Harrisburg and let us do our jobs. Because if they don’t, our children who need that $34 million will be hurt the most.” ### Read more


Fitzgerald to host National Night Out event Aug. 1

(Jul 18, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, July 18 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila. today announced she will host a National Night Out event for residents of the 203rd Legislative District. It will be held 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1 at Masjidullah, Inc., 7433 Limekiln Pike, 19138. Fitzgerald said there will be games and activities, food, information about state and local resources and a chance to meet with officers from the 14th and 35th police districts. “Public safety is one of my top legislative interests, so I felt it was fitting to host this event,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s great to have the community come together and have some fun while getting to know the law enforcement in their neighborhood. “This event is a great way for everyone to work together and help crack down on crime.” National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Read more


Kinsey, Fitzgerald applaud ‘stop-and-go’ bill passage in the House

(Jun 27, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 27 – State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Isabella Fitzgerald, both D-Phila., today applauded the passage of a bill in the House of Representatives that would address the issue of nuisance establishments that sell alcohol and disrupt communities. House Bill 1547 would allow the state Liquor Control Board to designate saturated nuisance market areas, where violations would be subject to enhanced penalties, fines and suspensions, and allow the board to remove licenses from those areas. Kinsey, who held a public meeting in March with Fitzgerald on the issue of these nuisance establishments, said this legislation is a major step in addressing how these stores disrupt local communities. “The residents of Philadelphia deserve to have the best quality of life possible without the problems caused by stop-and-go issues,” Kinsey said. “I applaud Rep. Jordan Harris and my fellow colleagues from Philadelphia for joining forces to combat this issue head-on with this legislation. “I am encouraged to continue the conversation and bring an end to these unwanted businesses.” Fitzgerald echoed her colleague’s comments. “Between the public meetings and the tireless work by my colleagues, we are moving forward to take action and eliminate the problems with these nuisance establishments,” Fitzgerald said. “I remain committed to working with state and local agencies to reverse the negative trend of consequences Read more


Pa. Turnpike four-week partial amnesty program on toll violations opens July 5

(Jun 19, 2017)

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is offering a 28-day partial amnesty program if you have outstanding violations, including all tolls and fees. If you have outstanding violations and do not make amends or seek amnesty, you are risking suspension of your vehicle registration. A new law that takes effect Aug. 4 allows PennDOT to suspend the vehicle registration of any Pennsylvania motorist who has state toll violations, including tolls and fees, totaling $500 or more or six or more separate instances of violation. Once a driver’s registration has been suspended, violators will owe all outstanding tolls and fees to the turnpike and an additional $91 fee to PennDOT for registration reinstatement. Under the partial amnesty program, toll violations that are newer than 60 days can be settled by paying in full the outstanding toll amount. All other fees will be forgiven. Toll violations older than 60 days that have been referred to collections may be settled by paying in full the outstanding toll amount and a portion of the outstanding fees. In certain situations, payment plans may be available. Please call 1-877-736-6727 to take advantage of the program from July 5 through Aug. 4. Not sure if you have outstanding violations? Please click here for unpaid tolls, but you will need your license number to check. More information about the amnesty program is available by clicking here . Read more


Fitzgerald introduces bill to provide Pa. students with full day of kindergarten

(Jun 05, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, June 5 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., has introduced legislation that would require school districts across the commonwealth to implement full-day kindergarten. A similar bill was introduced in the last legislative session. The bill would require each school district to establish and maintain a full-day kindergarten program for children between the ages of three and five by the start of the 2018-19 school year. It would also call for the creation of a Full-Day Kindergarten Implementation Advisory Committee. The committee would be responsible for developing and implementing a state plan for full-day kindergarten, advising each school district on how to best implement a full-day kindergarten program, and providing technical assistance and other resources to school districts. “Educating and preparing Pennsylvania students for the world is not a part-time job and it should not be treated as one,” Fitzgerald said. “It is vital that we provide our students with a quality education as early as possible. Only offering half-day kindergarten programs is a disservice to students and robs them of the opportunity to successfully compete with their peers from other states and around the globe.” The state plan prepared by the Full-Kindergarten Implementation Advisory Committee would be required to include a description of the full-day kindergarten program that would be developed, a statement of the program’s goals, a Read more


Rabb, Fitzgerald to host free shredding events June 10

(May 30, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, May 30 – State Reps. Chris Rabb and Isabella Fitzgerald, both D-Phila., announced they will host shredding events in their respective districts. The events will be held 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 10 at the following locations: New Covenant Campus, 7500 Germantown Ave., 19119 West Oak Lane Charter School, 7115 Stenton Ave., 19138 The event will allow people to protect themselves from identity theft by disposing of unwanted documents that contain personal information, such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and bank account numbers. Residents may bring up to two large bags of documents to shred. Read more


4/11/17 – Concerns For People With Intellectual Disabilities – Philadelphia

(Apr 17, 2017)

Testimonies from House Democratic Policy Committee hearing hosted by State Rep. Stephen Kinsey and State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald. Read more