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New Life: Redeveloping PA Factories and Mills

(Oct 15, 2019)

EASTON, Pa. (WLVT) - The Simon Silk Mill is hard to miss. It was built in 1883 and abandoned in the 1960s -- but now, it's home to residents and businesses. Read more

 

$52,000 in Pa. Farm Bill grants received in Easton

(Oct 02, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 2 – State Rep. Robert Freeman said two Urban Agriculture Grants totaling more than $52,000 were awarded today to Easton-area projects. Read more

 

House passes Freeman bill to extend participation in Main Street program

(Sep 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 25 – The state House of Representatives today unanimously passed legislation that would allow communities to extend their participation in the state’s Main Street program from five years to 10 years, announced the bill’s author Rep. Robert Freeman. Read more

 

House votes to mandate ethics requirements for Act 47 coordinators

(Sep 23, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 23 – The state House of Representatives today passed legislation that would require compliance with ethics statutes for Act 47 coordinators appointed to assist financially distressed municipalities, according to the bill’s sponsor Rep. Robert Freeman. Read more

 

Freeman bill would promote redevelopment of abandoned factory buildings

(Sep 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – New state tax incentives would be created to promote redevelopment and reuse of vacant factory or mill buildings in municipalities in Pennsylvania, under legislation reintroduced by state Rep. Robert Freeman. Read more

 

Freeman announces $70,000 grant awarded to Lafayette College greenways project

(Sep 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, today announced $70,000 in state funding has been awarded to Lafayette College for its greenways study project. The grant, approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, will allow Lafayette College to complete a 10-month study to analyze and design options for the development of trails, parks, and surrounding greenways along the Bushkill corridor in Easton. “This grant will play a vital role in creating new trails, parks, and green space for the local community and visitors alike to use and enjoy,” said Freeman. “This greenway project will enhance the quality of life in the Easton area and will build upon the success of the wonderful natural resource that is the Karl Stirner Arts Trail.” The project is a collaboration between Lafayette College, the Karl Stirner Arts Trail Inc., and the city of Easton to transform the former Easton Iron Works and Metal Co. site into usable and thriving public space. The total cost of the project is $82,760. Read more

 

$3.75 million awarded for Easton redevelopment projects

(Aug 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 1 – Two building renovation projects will bring housing and commercial development to downtown Easton, thanks in part to $3.75 million in grants awarded today, according to state Rep. Robert Freeman. Read more

 

Freeman pleased with $1 million housing grant in Easton

(Jul 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 11 – The Mill at Easton project will benefit from a $1 million grant awarded through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation fund, announced state Rep. Robert Freeman. Read more

 

Freeman bill would make state-offered health insurance an affordable option

(Jun 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 28 – Permitting the State Workers’ Insurance Fund to sell health insurance would make health insurance more affordable, under legislation (H.B. 1679) introduced by state Rep. Robert Freeman. Read more

 

Freeman bill would establish tutoring program in all Pa. public schools

(Jun 27, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 27 – Although the school year ended several weeks ago, state Rep. Robert Freeman is looking ahead to improving academic performance in future school years. Under legislation introduced by Freeman, students in 11th and 12th grade would receive academic credit for tutoring elementary school-aged children. Read more

 

Freeman bill would help communities with high percentage of tax-exempt properties

(Jun 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 26 – Municipalities with high levels of tax-exempt property, such as major universities, nonprofit medical facilities, government offices or state forests and game lands would be eligible for special financial assistance from the state, under legislation introduced by Rep. Robert Freeman. Read more

 

Historic preservation grant provided to D&L National Heritage Corridor

(Jun 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 5 – The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor today was awarded a $25,000 state grant, announced Rep. Robert Freeman. Read more

 

State legislators announce more than $500,000 in state funding for Lehigh Valley Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center

(May 22, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 22 – State Reps. Jeanne McNeill, Peter Schweyer, Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh and Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, today announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved $501,500 in state funding for maintenance and improvements at the Lehigh Valley Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center. “In an era of incredible technology at our fingertips, we need to be smart about fighting crime, using resources wisely to keep our communities safe,” Schlossberg said. “I am excited to have worked with my colleagues to secure this funding and see the people of the Lehigh Valley benefit from this support.” “Allocating grants that help innovate and improve our law enforcement agencies equates to safer, better communities for all,” Freeman said. “I am always grateful to see tax dollars come back to our district, and I look forward to seeing how this funding will help our area.” The grant will assist covering costs at the center for personnel as well as annual software support, maintenance and development. The center, overseen by the Lehigh County District Attorney, is a regional law enforcement initiative supporting local, state and federal law enforcement partners in both Lehigh and Northampton counties. ‘I am proud to have worked with my fellow legislators to ensure this funding was allocated to such an important policing program,” McNeill said. “Communities around the Lehigh Read more

 

Freeman announces local state grants

(May 22, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 22 – State Rep. Robert Freeman today announced that four projects in his legislative district were awarded $192,283 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Read more

 

Learn more about climate change

(May 17, 2019)

Join state Reps. Robert Freeman, Steve Samuelson, environmental organizations, and local community leaders for a Climate on Tap happy hour! You will learn more about climate change impacts and solutions in the Lehigh Valley, discuss ways you can take action, and meet friends and allies in this fight. Read more

 

REAL IDs are now available

(May 16, 2019)

As you may know, REAL ID is now available for Pennsylvanians who want one. Effective October 1, 2020, Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID to enter federal facilities that require identification, a military installation and board a domestic commercial flight. To get your REAL ID, gather the following documents: Proof of identity: (original or certified copy of a birth certificate or valid, unexpired U.S. Passport or passport card. Social Security Card Two proofs of current, physical PA address: examples include current, unexpired PA license or ID, PA vehicle registration, auto insurance card, or utility bill with the same name and address. Proof of all legal name changes: Certified marriage certificate, court order or divorce decree issued by your county’s family court. Visit one of the 12 PennDOT REAL ID Centers to receive your REAL ID at the time of service or your local PennDOT Driver License Center to receive your REAL ID within 15 business days. You DO NOT need a REAL ID to: Drive. Vote. Access hospitals. Visit the post office. Access federal courts. Apply for or receive federal benefits, such as Social Security or veterans’ benefits. A REAL ID driver's license or photo ID costs a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee ($30.50 for a four-year, non-commercial driver's license or photo ID). More information on REAL ID is available here . Read more

 

House committee OKs extended participation in Main Street program

(May 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 16 – The House Local Government Committee unanimously approved legislation authored by Rep. Robert Freeman that would allow communities to extend their participation in the state’s Main Street program from five years to 10 years. Read more

 

Improvements proposed to historic preservation tax credit program

(May 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 15 – State Reps. Robert Freeman, Lee James and state Sen. David G. Argall said a report about the state’s historic preservation incentive tax credit program shows it is successful but that it should be enhanced. Read more

 

Auditor general would examine legislature’s expenses, under Freeman bill

(Apr 30, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 30 – The state auditor general would be required to audit the General Assembly’s expenses and its legislative services agencies annually, under legislation introduced by state Rep. Bob Freeman, D-Northampton. Read more

 

Freeman bill would permit extended participation in Main Street program

(Apr 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 16 – Communities would be allowed to extend their participation in the state’s Main Street program an additional five years, for up to 10 years, under legislation introduced by state Rep. Robert Freeman. Read more

 

New Life: Redeveloping PA Factories and Mills
Oct 15, 2019

$52,000 in Pa. Farm Bill grants received in Easton
Oct 02, 2019

House passes Freeman bill to extend participation in Main Street program
Sep 25, 2019

House votes to mandate ethics requirements for Act 47 coordinators
Sep 23, 2019

Freeman bill would promote redevelopment of abandoned factory buildings
Sep 18, 2019

Freeman announces $70,000 grant awarded to Lafayette College greenways project
Sep 17, 2019

$3.75 million awarded for Easton redevelopment projects
Aug 01, 2019

Freeman pleased with $1 million housing grant in Easton
Jul 11, 2019

Freeman bill would make state-offered health insurance an affordable option
Jun 28, 2019

Freeman bill would establish tutoring program in all Pa. public schools
Jun 27, 2019

Freeman bill would help communities with high percentage of tax-exempt properties
Jun 26, 2019

Historic preservation grant provided to D&L National Heritage Corridor
Jun 05, 2019

State legislators announce more than $500,000 in state funding for Lehigh Valley Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center
May 22, 2019

Freeman announces local state grants
May 22, 2019

Learn more about climate change
May 17, 2019

REAL IDs are now available
May 16, 2019

House committee OKs extended participation in Main Street program
May 16, 2019

Improvements proposed to historic preservation tax credit program
May 15, 2019

Auditor general would examine legislature’s expenses, under Freeman bill
Apr 30, 2019

Freeman bill would permit extended participation in Main Street program
Apr 16, 2019