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Fitzgerald introduces full-day kindergarten bill

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

 

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

 

Fitzgerald Fights for People with Intellectual Disabilities

(Apr 12, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing today at SpArc Philadelphia to discuss concerns for people with intellectual disabilities. Read more

 

Policy Committee listens to concerns for people with intellectual disabilities

(Apr 11, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, April 11 – State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Isabella Fitzgerald, both D-Phila., hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing today at SpArc Philadelphia to discuss concerns for people with intellectual disabilities. "This hearing is an opportunity to hear from those on the front lines,” said Kinsey, a longtime advocate for individuals living with disabilities. “At the end of the day, it is incumbent upon us as a lawmaking body to help the thousands of disabled Pennsylvanians who are disadvantaged get the support and services they need and deserve. I look forward to continuing this conversation by working with my colleagues and finding ways to ensure that we are providing the necessary means to support the needs of our most vulnerable citizens here in the commonwealth." “It’s our responsibility to help each individual, regardless of disability, to reach their maximum level of achievement and independence, given their specific circumstances,” Fitzgerald, cohost of today’s hearing, said. “We’re here to empower people with disabilities and provide them equal access to opportunities. They need to be treated fairly because they certainly have a lot to teach us and a lot to offer to society.” “As policy makers, we need to work together with all stakeholders to pinpoint where the greatest needs lie. From there, we can establish ways to ensure those in need receive the care and support Read more

 

Kinsey, Fitzgerald, Rabb to host Policy Committee hearing on concerns for people with intellectual disabilities Tuesday in Philadelphia

(Apr 06, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, April 6 – State Reps. Stephen Kinsey, Isabella Fitzgerald, and Chris Rabb, all D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on concerns for people with intellectual disabilities. The public hearing will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 11 at SpArc Philadelphia, 2350 W. Westmoreland St., Philadelphia. Kinsey, Fitzgerald, and Rabb requested the hearing to collect input from local groups about how state government can better address concerns of the intellectual disabilities community. The current agenda is: 10:00 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks 10:10 a.m. Panel from Philadelphia Intellectual disAbility Services Larry Pace , director of operations Liat Richardson Owens , program manager 10:30 a.m. Panel Two: Kathy Brown-McHale , CEO, Special People In Northeast, Inc. Marsha Drenth , program director, Deaf-Blind Living Well Services Marian Baldini , president and CEO, KenCrest Services 11:10 a.m. Panel Three: Audrey Coccia , co-executive director, Vision for Equality Ed McNicholas , advocacy manager, Vision for Equality Marian Baldini , consumer and family satisfaction team manager, Vision for Equality Boyd Carroll , resident, Inglis House 11:50 a.m. Closing Remarks Read more

 

Fitzgerald/Kinsey host public meeting on 'Stop-and-Go' issues

(Mar 23, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, March 23 – Philadelphia state Reps. Isabella Fitzgerald and Stephen Kinsey today hosted a public meeting on the issues relating to stop-and-go establishments that sell alcohol and how they impact surrounding communities. "This is an opportunity to address this issue head on. Bringing everyone together under one roof allows concerns to be addressed and provides an avenue for all of us to be part of the solution," Fitzgerald said. "I remain committed to working with local and state agencies and organizations to reverse the negative trend of consequences associated with the nuisance establishments that are taking advantage of the state's liquor laws." In addition to discussing the effect of these stop-and-go establishments on a state level, the public meeting also addressed how these stores may disrupt local communities. "Overwhelmingly, this boils down to a public safety issue. The residents of northwest Philadelphia, south Philadelphia, northeast Philadelphia and the entire city deserve to live their lives without the problems caused by stop-and-go issues," Kinsey said. "I am encouraged by the actions taken today to ensure that we continue the conversation on how we can answer the public's call to provide them with the best quality of life as possible." Among the testifiers were Inspector Anthony L. Washington, Northwest Police Division commanding officer and personnel from Pennsylvania State Police Read more

 

Fitzgerald to host town hall meeting

(Mar 15, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, March 15 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., announced she will host a town hall meeting to discuss quality-of-life issues impacting residents in the 203rd Legislative District. The meeting will take place 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 23 at Simons Recreation Center, 7200 Woolston Ave., Philadelphia, 19138. Fitzgerald said government officials and community organizations that provide quality-of-life services in area neighborhoods will be on hand, including law enforcement and public safety, neighborhood beautification, public health, youth advocacy and senior services. “The purpose of this event is to provide a platform for our residents to learn about the services available to them in our community,” Fitzgerald said. “I encourage everyone to come out and become engaged in this informative event.” For more information, constituents can call Fitzgerald’s district office at (215)-549-0220. Read more

 

Fitzgerald/Kinsey to host public meeting on 'Stop-and-Go' issues

(Mar 15, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, March 15 – Philadelphia state Reps. Isabella Fitzgerald and Stephen Kinsey will host a public meeting on the issues relating to stop-and-go convenience stores that sell alcohol and how they impact surrounding communities. It will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 23 at the Oak Lane Library, 6614 N. 12 th St., 19126. Along with the representatives, personnel from the Liquor Control Board and Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement will be on hand to address concerns and discuss potential solutions. For more information, constituents can call Fitzgerald’s district office at (215) 549-0220 or Kinsey's district office at (215) 849-6592. Read more

 

Avoid having your utilities shut off, apply for LIHEAP today!

(Feb 28, 2017)

If you or someone you know received notice that you are delinquent on your PECO account, you may be eligible for assistance with grants from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP offers one-time cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to your utility company, and crisis benefits of $25 to $500 for households in immediate danger of losing heat. Income guidelines do apply . As one example, if you’re living in a household of four people with total income less than $36,450, you qualify for LIHEAP. You can apply now online using Pennsylvania’s COMPASS website. Read more

 

Fitzgerald hosting office open house Feb. 25 (with video)

(Feb 21, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 21 – 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 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7178 Ogontz Ave., Philadelphia, 19138. “I’m thrilled to take this opportunity to have my constituents stop by the office, meet me and my staff and learn how we can assist them with any state-related program and service,” Fitzgerald said. Refreshments will be served. Fitzgerald added people can visit her website – www.pahouse.com/Fitzgerald – which has links to information on state services and includes a form that enables constituents to email her. Fitzgerald also maintains a legislative Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RepIzzy and Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/RepIzzy . Read more

 

Fitzgerald Office Ready to Serve

(Feb 08, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Izzy Fitzgerald has a constituent service office now open and ready to serve the people of West Oak Lane, Olney and Lawncrest in North Philadelphia. Fitzgerald's office at 7178 Ogontz Ave. can help with a variety of issues related to state government. Read more

 

Save the date for the Family Health Fair and Fun Day -- Feb. 18

(Feb 01, 2017)

State Rep. Izzy Fitzgerald would like to invite you to her Family Health Fair and Fun Day on Saturday, Feb. 18. Read more

 

Fitzgerald to introduce legislation to insure breast density screenings

(Jan 26, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 26 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., announced she is currently seeking co-sponsors for her first piece of legislation as state representative. The legislation would extend mandated insurance coverage for ultrasound screening and an MRI if a mammogram indicates dense breast tissue or if a woman is believed to be at increased risk of breast cancer due to family history, or because of her prior personal history of breast cancer, positive genetic testing or other factors as deemed necessary by a physician. “Whether it’s a mother, sister, daughter, wife or a friend, everyone in Pennsylvania has known someone or has been impacted by someone who has battled breast cancer,” Fitzgerald said. “My legislation would allow women to easily get these life-saving screenings to prevent this deadly disease.” Fitzgerald said if her legislation became law, Pennsylvania would be among the first states in the nation to require full insurance without co-pays for all breast screenings and supplemental imaging, including MRI and breast ultrasound, for women with dense breast issue. Read more

 

Fitzgerald receives 2017-18 committee assignments

(Jan 24, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 24 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., announced that she has been appointed to serve on several key House standing committees for the 2017-2018 legislative session. The freshman legislator said she was selected to serve on the Aging and Older Adult Services, Children and Youth, Local Government; State Government; and Urban Affairs committees along with the Committee on Committees. “I am pleased to have been appointed to these important committees and I am eager to get to work with my colleagues on issues that impact my constituents and all Pennsylvanians,” Fitzgerald said. Fitzgerald said while all these committees are crucial in dealing with matters concerning the commonwealth, the Children and Youth and Urban Affairs committees are two that coincide with her community involvement and her neighborhood. “As a member of an organization that is working to effectively and positively impact the lives of our youth, I am committed to actively engaging in dialogue to keep children first in Pennsylvania,” Fitzgerald said. “While children and their well-being is one of my main priorities, I will also work to keep public safety top of mind.” Fitzgerald added residents can stay up-to-date with her work on her committees by signing up for her periodic e-mail updates through her website, http://www.pahouse.com/Fitzgerald . Fitzgerald represents the 203rd Legislative District , which consists of a portion of Read more

 

Fitzgerald sworn in for first term at state Capitol

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – During a ceremony at the state Capitol that opened the 2017-18 legislative session, Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald took the oath of office to represent northwest Philadelphia in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “I am honored to have the opportunity to represent the residents of the 203rd Legislative District,” said Fitzgerald, who takes office after serving as legislative assistant for former state Rep. Dwight Evans, who now represents the area in Congress. “I’m excited to start working on the issues and problems confronting the constituents in my district and the people of Philadelphia.” Fitzgerald’s legislative interests include youth and public safety; pre-k, basic and higher education; and economic development. “In addition to making these issues a priority in Harrisburg, I am working on legislation that would financially assist women who are in need of more intensive breast screening beyond the mammogram,” said Fitzgerald, D-Phila. “I will fight to continue to bring resources and services to my constituents and keep the agenda moving forward.” Fitzgerald’s constituent service office is up and running at 7178 Ogontz Ave., Philadelphia, 19138. The number is 215-549-0220. She also invites people to visit her website – www.pahouse.com/Fitzgerald – which has links to information on state services and includes a form that enables constituents to email her. Read more

 

Fitzgerald to host Unclaimed Property Day in district office
Aug 17, 2017

Bipartisan effort to enact Homeless Bill of Rights in Pennsylvania
Jul 25, 2017

Fitzgerald urges lawmakers to return to Harrisburg to finalize budget
Jul 18, 2017

Fitzgerald to host National Night Out event Aug. 1
Jul 18, 2017

Kinsey, Fitzgerald applaud ‘stop-and-go’ bill passage in the House
Jun 27, 2017

Fitzgerald introduces bill to provide Pa. students with full day of kindergarten
Jun 05, 2017

Rabb, Fitzgerald to host free shredding events June 10
May 30, 2017

Fitzgerald Fights for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Apr 12, 2017

Policy Committee listens to concerns for people with intellectual disabilities
Apr 11, 2017

Kinsey, Fitzgerald, Rabb to host Policy Committee hearing on concerns for people with intellectual disabilities Tuesday in Philadelphia
Apr 06, 2017

Fitzgerald/Kinsey host public meeting on 'Stop-and-Go' issues
Mar 23, 2017

Fitzgerald to host town hall meeting
Mar 15, 2017

Fitzgerald/Kinsey to host public meeting on 'Stop-and-Go' issues
Mar 15, 2017

Avoid having your utilities shut off, apply for LIHEAP today!
Feb 28, 2017

Fitzgerald hosting office open house Feb. 25 (with video)
Feb 21, 2017

Fitzgerald Office Ready to Serve
Feb 08, 2017

Save the date for the Family Health Fair and Fun Day -- Feb. 18
Feb 01, 2017

Fitzgerald to introduce legislation to insure breast density screenings
Jan 26, 2017

Fitzgerald receives 2017-18 committee assignments
Jan 24, 2017

Fitzgerald sworn in for first term at state Capitol
Jan 03, 2017