Galloway self-discloses potential exposure to COVID-19: Lawmaker’s last contact with Harrisburg complex was prior to potential exposure

(11 hours ago)

LEVITTOWN, Aug. 3 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, today released the following statement regarding contact with an individual who recently tested positive for COVID-19. “This morning I was informed that I have been in contact with someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19,” Galloway said. “Due to this exposure, I have my closed my district office, I have advised my staff to self-quarantine and I will be self-quarantining for the next 14 days. “Upon learning of this exposure, I immediately contacted the Democratic Caucus Human Resources Office who, in turn, notified the Chief Clerk’s office in Harrisburg. My district office will remain closed for the next 14 days. “The last time I was in Harrisburg was for legislative session on July 14, 2020, so Human Resources is not concerned about any possible transmission from this exposure to the Harrisburg complex.” Read more

 

Sen. Santarsiero, Reps. Warren and Galloway Announce $227,805 Grant to Morrisville Borough to Improve Pedestrian Safety

(Jul 17, 2020)

BUCKS COUNTY?– State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10), along with State Representatives Perry Warren (D-31) and John Galloway (D-140), announced that Morrisville Borough will receive $227,805 from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Multimodal Transportation Fund. The funding will go toward improving the pedestrian and traffic signals at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Trenton Avenue in Morrisville Borough. “This funding for Morrisville Borough will help make much-needed safety improvements at this busy intersection,” said Sen. Santarsiero. “The forthcoming changes will help keep both pedestrians and drivers safe, while improving pedestrian access to the local businesses nearby. I am pleased to support Morrisville and its continued progress to improve the community.” "The improvements funded by this grant will enhance both traffic safety and quality of life in Morrisville,” said Rep. Warren. “I was pleased to assist Morrisville Borough Council and the Mayor with their efforts in pursuing this funding for the benefit of their residents, neighbors and businesses." “This is great news for the residents of Morrisville Borough,” said Rep. Galloway. “This money can help improve the quality of life for all of the Borough.” The Morrisville Borough project is one of 27 projects announced statewide through the Multimodal Transportation Fund. PennDOT Read more

 

Bucks County state representatives announce state grants for county

(Jun 10, 2020)

LEVITTOWN/DOYLESTOWN/NEWTOWN, June 10 – State Reps. Tina Davis, John Galloway, Wendy Ullman and Perry Warren, all D-Bucks, announced today that two Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grants totaling $120,000 are being awarded in Bucks County. According to the lawmakers, $100,000 is being awarded to Network of Victim Assistance and $20,000 will go to Bucks County Commissioners Public Defender Capital Case Indigent Defense. PCCD granted $100,000 for a two-year term to NOVA so it could train and support male forensic interviewers so child victims would have a choice of the gender of their interviewer. “Child victims of abuse are among the most vulnerable groups in our society,” Davis said. “I’m glad that NOVA’s vital work with child victims of abuse will be supported and enhanced by this grant funding.” “Children can be hesitant about speaking with a person of another gender,” Ullman said. “Being able to have an interviewer of the gender of their choice will make it easier for child victims to speak about their abuse to a stranger and so ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.” The grant money will also be used for counselors who will offer evidence-based therapeutic mental health services for children who do not initially disclose at the forensic interview and their non-offending caregivers. Read more

 

Galloway Introduces two COVID-19-related financial services bills

(Jun 10, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 10 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, announced that his Covid-19 related bills, which would waive penalties for early CD withdrawals during COVID-19 (H.B. 2580) and would waive fees for remote banking and ATM charges during COVID-19 (H.B. 2581), were both introduced and referred to the House Consumer Affairs Committee on Monday. “Families across Pennsylvania have been hard hit financially from the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Galloway said. “My bills are aimed at alleviating the pains that have ensued by removing penalties from early withdrawals of CDs and by making it illegal for financial institutions to charge fees for remote transactions or uses of ATMs. “If they were enacted, both bills would be in effect until 90 days after the COVID-19 disaster emergency declaration issued by the governor has expired.” Galloway said that CDs, or a certificates of deposit, are popular products offered by banks and credit unions because they provide higher interest rates in exchange for leaving a lump-sum deposit untouched for a period of 6 months to 3 or more years.. At the end of the term, known as the maturity date, the depositor can withdraw his or her funds penalty free, and with a few dollars in earned interest on top of the initial deposit. According to Galloway, CDs are a safer and more conservative way for people to invest their money than Read more

 

Bucks County House Democrats: ‘We worked with Gov. Wolf to reopen Bucks County’: Bucks County to move to yellow phase by June 5

(May 22, 2020)

DOYLESTOWN/NEWTOWN/LEVITTOWN, May 22 – State Reps. Wendy Ullman, Tina Davis, John Galloway, and Perry Warren, all D-Bucks, praised Gov. Tom Wolf’s collaborative working relationship with the PA House Democratic Caucus , which has resulted in Bucks County moving to the yellow phase byJune 5. “Since Day One, my colleagues and I have worked with Governor Tom Wolf and the PA Department of Health toward a measured, data-driven, SAFE and EFFECTIVE reopening of the economy,” Warren said. “Today, thanks to the efforts and collective sacrifice our community has made, Governor Wolf has announced our county is moving into the yellow phase by June 5.” “Governor Wolf listened to my reasoning why it was time to reopen Bucks County,” Ullman said. “I pointed out that the data and health reports showed that Bucks County residents’ efforts during the red phase had been successful, and we were now at a point where we could safely move to the yellow phase.” “I’ve shared with Governor Wolf the stories of my hardest-hit constituents. A business owner myself, I told him how far the bottom line has dropped from under us,” Davis said. “I’m proud of my fellow Bucks County residents for their efforts during this challenging period and am ready to help them get working again.” Galloway said, “I explained to the governor that the people of Bucks County’s Read more

 

Ullman, Galloway announce Bucks County Opportunity Council received $68,341 to help prevent hunger and food waste

(May 21, 2020)

DOYLESTOWN/LEVITTOWN, May 21 – State Reps. Wendy Ullman, and John Galloway, both D-Bucks, today announced that Bucks County Opportunity Council has received $68,341 in grant funding to support its projects to fight hunger and prevent food waste. “Food banks are serving as a safety net for many families in Bucks County during this challenging time. I’m glad that this money will help food banks provide fresh food to those in need,” Ullman said. “This grant money will not only help food banks, but will also support our farmers who have suffered losses because food banks couldn’t properly store fresh produce.” “According to the Wolf administration, Feeding Pennsylvania member food banks are reporting an average increase in demand of 55% over what they were seeing one year ago today,” Galloway said. “This grant money will help Bucks County Opportunity Council to properly store the amount of food Bucks County families need during this crisis.” The grant money will be used to cover the costs of equipment purchases necessary to prepare, transport and store food acquired from retailers, wholesalers, farms, processors and cooperatives. Examples of eligible equipment that will be funded include refrigerated or non-refrigerated box trucks, industrial-sized refrigerators, pallet jacks and/or dollies. Installation and shipping costs were also eligible for support. Unused or unsold food can be Read more

 

Galloway’s children’s mental health bills voted out of committee

(May 20, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 20 – State Rep. John Galloway today announced his two bills to expand and support children’s mental health services in Pennsylvania’s schools were unanimously voted out of committee. “Our students are crying out for help,” Galloway said. “Earlier this year, Attorney General Josh Shapiro said that the majority of the 40,000 calls last year to the anonymous tip line, Safe2Say Something, concerned students struggling with mental health issues such as suicide, self-harm, depression and anxiety. “Now it’s time to expand the mental health resources available for our children in the commonwealth.” According to Galloway, approximately one in six U.S. children between the ages of 6 and 17 has a treatable mental health disorder such as depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, only half of these children receive counseling. Those left with untreated mental health disorders often: struggle with behavioral and academic issues in school, such as delinquency and dropping out; have trouble with the criminal justice system; abuse drugs as a means to cope with their illness; become dependent on social services; and, in extreme cases, commit suicide. “Children’s untreated mental health issues are one of the most pressing issues our society faces,” said Galloway, D-Bucks. “Early detection and treatment of mental health issues literally saves lives, Read more

 

Davis, Galloway sign letter of support for curbside pickup sent to governor

(May 19, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, May 19 – State Reps. Tina Davis and John Galloway, both D-Bucks, announced today they signed a letter sent by the Senate Democratic Caucus to Gov. Tom Wolf requesting that the commonwealth allow for curbside pickup at all retail locations. “At this point, we can open additional sectors of the economy while continuing to flatten the curve as long as social distancing and good hygiene is practiced, and personal protective equipment (PPE) is used,” Davis said. “It’s time to get our economy moving again,” Galloway said. “Our small businesses can have curbside pickup while using the tools and practices that will protect the public health.” In the letter, the legislators contend that the 18 counties still in red phase are close to moving to yellow, and are ready and able to take the necessary steps needed to open additional sectors of the economy in a way that is consistent with the goal of mitigation. They point to neighboring state New Jersey as an example of a state that allows for curbside pickup. Davis and Galloway said that the collective sacrifices made to protect vulnerable populations in this pandemic has led to grave economic insecurities and hardship for many in Bucks County. “As the coronavirus pandemic continues to show signs of slowing in the state, it’s time to help our struggling communities by letting them get back to work,” Davis and Read more

 

Senator Santarsiero, Representatives Warren and Galloway Call on Governor Wolf to Increase Funding for Morrisville School District

(May 05, 2020)

MORRISVILLE, May 1—State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and state Representatives Perry Warren (D-31) and John Galloway (D-140) held a virtual press conference today to discuss the critical need for funding to support Morrisville School District. They were joined by representatives of Morrisville School District and Morrisville Borough. The legislators called on Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to review demographic data that has been used to calculate the state funding Morrisville School District receives. The shortfall in funding stems from an unintended consequence in the way that both the existing and new funding formulas are calculated for Morrisville (a conclusion supported by the fact that even under the new, so-called fair funding formula, Morrisville actually receives less support from the state than under the older allocation). For the 2020-21 fiscal year, the formulas are based in part on a projected 5-year median household income in Morrisville of nearly $75,000, well above some of the most challenged districts in the state. But that number is not accurate. It is not limited to the income of people living within the municipal – and, therefore, school district – boundaries of Morrisville Borough. Instead, it includes large numbers of residents in nearby Lower Makefield Township and Yardley Borough, who share the 19067 zip code with their neighbors in Morrisville. When looking only at Read more

 

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Galloway: Bristol museum awarded $5K grant to support census outreach activities

(Mar 18, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, March 18 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, today announced the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library received a $5,000 grant to support grassroots efforts promoting awareness and participation in the 2020 Census across Pennsylvania. The funds were awarded by the Census 2020 Outreach Grant Program. The program focuses on supporting efforts to promote participation in the census that target hard-to-count populations including, but not limited to, those who do not speak English as their primary language; ethnic minority, immigrant, and rural communities; children; the elderly; the LGBTQ population; and individuals experiencing homelessness . “The Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library has played a leading role in community building in the Bristol Borough for generations,” Galloway said. “I’m glad to see its critical grassroots efforts to promote participation in the census in Bristol Borough will be supported.” The Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library is named after the sister of the late Pennsylvania state Sen. Joseph R. Grundy. The Grundy Foundation maintains and operates the senator's family home as a museum; maintains and operates a community library; and makes charitable contributions to nonprofit organizations, with a particular interest to those in Bristol Borough. Read more

 

Bipartisan Bucks County House Delegation working together to address coronavirus

(Mar 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG- March 13 . State representatives from Bucks County have come together to release the following joint statement regarding the coronavirus: “As our neighboring county, Montgomery County, moves to the mitigation phase to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we as your state representatives know our constituents are concerned. It is very important for all of us to take the coronavirus seriously and to implement commonsense measures to prevent illness. However, we need to stay calm while exercising caution in our daily lives. “We have had daily conference calls to keep us up to date. Additionally, Secretary of Health Dr. Levine has conducted daily public press conferences. We, both state representatives and senators, will head to Harrisburg on Monday to work with Governor Tom Wolf and our respective legislative leaders on the items they have identified as necessary to assist Pennsylvania in this time of need. “We will work together with our county offices and local school districts to assure that the most up-to-date information is being shared and all appropriate protocols are being met. Most importantly, we are working together as we focus on the health and wellbeing of our community. In the meantime, if you have medical questions, the PA Department of Health has set up a hotline for calls. Call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258). Online updates are here: Read more

 

Galloway: United Christian Church awarded $24K in security grants

(Mar 11, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, March 11 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, today announced United Christian Church in Levittown received a $24,016 security grant award. “This grant money will help keep the members of this faith community safe so they can worship without fear,” Galloway said. The money may be used for the following: safety and security planning; purchase of safety and security equipment or technology; safety and security training; and threat awareness and response training. The grants are provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency's Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program following the passage of Act 83 of 2019 . The act directs PCCD to administer grants to nonprofit organizations who have been or who are likely to be targets for hate crimes. Priority consideration for funding was given to organizations that indicated they – or their membership – were victims of a hate crime or had a credible hate-crime threat. More information on the program is available at this link . Read more

 

Galloway introduces bill to create mental health care services clearinghouse

(Mar 06, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 6 – State Rep. John Galloway introduced a bill in the House this week that would create a mental health care services clearinghouse to assist school personnel in connecting families to community mental health resources. “Untreated mental health issues are one of the most pressing issues our society faces,” said Galloway, D-Bucks. “Early detection and treatment of mental health issues literally saves lives, mitigating the effects of the illnesses and giving our children the skills to cope with them. “But our schools lack the resources needed to provide care and services to their students.” Approximately one in six children between the ages of 6 and 17 in the United States has a treatable mental health disorder, such as depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, Galloway said, only half of these children receive counseling in part due to the school counselor to student ratio in Pennsylvania is 1 to 387. Children left with untreated mental health disorders often struggle with behavioral and academic issues in school, such as delinquency and dropping out; have trouble with the criminal justice system; abuse drugs as a means to cope with their illness; become dependent on social services; and, in extreme cases, take their own lives. Galloway says there is a critical need for a network between schools, communities and health providers to share information about mental health care resources and programs. Read more

 

Bucks County state representatives announce $233,035 in state funding for summer internships

(Mar 05, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, March 5 – State Reps. Tina Davis, John Galloway, Wendy Ullman and Perry Warren, all D-Bucks, today announced that the Bucks County Workforce Development Board has received $233,035 in funding to provide summer internships across Pennsylvania through the State/Local Internship Program. SLIP is part of the Wolf administration’s strategic investments in workforce development to help prepare students and young adults for successful careers. “This funding will strengthen the network between employers, our youth and the Bucks County Workforce Development Board,” Davis said. “This network will ensure Bucks County has a highly trained and productive workforce that will attract high-paying jobs to the region for years to come.” “Studies have shown that on-the-job training is as important to a worker’s productivity as the classroom,” Galloway said. “These summer internships will give our youth invaluable experience that will make them highly desirable candidates on the job market.” “This grant money meets an urgent need to improve and expand workforce training in Bucks County,” Ullman said. “The more trained the workforce, the greater the workplace’s efficiency and productivity. A trained workforce is the basis for a prosperous Bucks County.” Warren said, “Development of 21st century occupational skills benefits our youth, our employers and our economy -- Read more

 

Galloway: Bristol museum awarded $4K state grant

(Mar 04, 2020)

DOYLESTOWN, March 4 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, today announced the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Museum received a $4,000 grant. The funds were awarded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program. The program provides general operating support to Pennsylvania museums and official county historical societies that are not directly supported by other state agencies operating support programs. “This grant money is well deserved,” Galloway said. “The museum reminds us both of Bucks County’s rich historical past and the legacy of a great public servant -- Senator Joseph R. Grundy -- who, through his philanthropic foundation, continues improve the lives of many in the area.” The Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Museum is named after the sister of the late Sen. Grundy. The museum brings to life the late Victorian era in which the Grundys lived. The Grundy Foundation maintains and operates the senator's familial home as a museum; maintains and operates a community library; and makes charitable contributions to nonprofit organizations, with a particular interest to those in Bristol Borough. For more information about this program, visit https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Preservation/Grants-Funding/Pages/Museum-Support.aspx . Read more

 

Bucks County state representatives announce state grants for Bucks County school districts

(Feb 26, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, Feb. 26 – State Reps. Tina Davis, John Galloway, Wendy Ullman and Perry Warren, all D-Bucks, today announced that Bucks County school districts were awarded state grant funding to address school safety and security. The grant money will help the school districts accomplish the following: performing school safety assessments; purchasing security-related technology and equipment; supporting school safety-related and behavioral-health trainings; preparing all-hazards plans; hiring school resource officers, school police officers, school counselors, social workers and school psychologists; and providing for trauma-informed approaches to education. The grant money is a part of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee approval of $53.7 million in school safety and security grants to 524 school entities throughout the commonwealth. Davis said, “As a mother and legislator, I’m glad that our school districts have received this grant money that will help increase our children’s safety at school so they can learn and thrive in the Bristol and Neshaminny school districts and throughout Pennsylvania.” “School safety continues to be a major concern for our children and their schools,” Galloway said. “I am very pleased with these grants to the Bristol Township and Borough, Morrisville and Pennsbury school districts and others.” “The children of Central Read more

 

Galloway to attend Bucks Crime Stoppers Tipster Rewards

(Feb 24, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 24 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, will accompany District Attorney Matthew B. Weintraub to tonight’s event awarding rewards for tips submitted to the Bucks County Crime Stoppers Push Out the Pusher campaign at 5:30 p.m. at Central Bucks South High School, 1100 Folly Road, Warrington. Established in 2017, the Push Out the Pusher campaign’s goal is to enable Bucks County inhabitants to take an active role in driving drug dealers out of their neighborhoods. Rewards of up to $5,000 are offered for tips that lead to the arrest and successful prosecution of drug dealers. As Crime Stoppers’ president, Galloway has been a strong promoter of the Push Out the Pusher campaign. “Push Out the Pusher empowers Bucks County residents to reclaim their streets from drug dealers, making their neighborhoods safe for everyone,” Galloway said. “I’m very pleased by the success of the Push Out the Pusher campaign to rid Bucks County of persons who are literally poisoning our neighborhoods with drugs.” The tips rewarded tonight directly aided in drug dealers’ convictions as well as the seizure of drugs. A tipster from Quakertown exposed two neighbors in 2019 who had conspired to sell drugs, including THC and methamphetamine, out of their homes. The dealers were both sentenced to county prison. Tips from Warminster helped police close a multi-million-dollar heroin and fentanyl Read more

 

Bucks County lawmakers announce $306,254 grant for criminal justice diversion programs for opioid use disorder

(Feb 18, 2020)

State Reps. John Galloway and Perry Warren announced the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs will award a $306,254 grant for the implementation of new criminal justice diversion programs and the expansion of existing programs in Bucks County for individuals with opioid use disorder. Read more

 

Galloway announces grant to fund food service equipment for Penn Valley Elementary School

(Jan 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – A grant of $5,709 will allow the Penn Valley Elementary School to purchase needed equipment for its cafeteria, including a convection steamer, state Rep. John Galloway announced today. Galloway, D-Bucks, said the grant is part of more than $925,000 in competitive grants awarded to 72 elementary, middle and high schools across the state to buy new food service equipment for their cafeterias. “This grant will ensure our students are getting healthy school lunches, which will help them grow physically and intellectually. School lunch programs are particularly crucial for food insecure students for whom their school lunch is their main meal of the day,” Galloway said. “I am glad that Penn Valley Elementary School has received assistance to help them carry out this important mission.” Funding for the grants is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Grants are awarded to schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program and have 50% or more of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Schools often use the grants to purchase new refrigerators, freezers, stoves and dishwashers to ensure safe food handling. Read more

 

Galloway self-discloses potential exposure to COVID-19: Lawmaker’s last contact with Harrisburg complex was prior to potential exposure
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Bucks County House Democrats: ‘We worked with Gov. Wolf to reopen Bucks County’: Bucks County to move to yellow phase by June 5
May 22, 2020

Ullman, Galloway announce Bucks County Opportunity Council received $68,341 to help prevent hunger and food waste
May 21, 2020

Galloway’s children’s mental health bills voted out of committee
May 20, 2020

Davis, Galloway sign letter of support for curbside pickup sent to governor
May 19, 2020

Senator Santarsiero, Representatives Warren and Galloway Call on Governor Wolf to Increase Funding for Morrisville School District
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Galloway: Bristol museum awarded $5K grant to support census outreach activities
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Mar 13, 2020

Galloway: United Christian Church awarded $24K in security grants
Mar 11, 2020

Galloway introduces bill to create mental health care services clearinghouse
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Bucks County state representatives announce $233,035 in state funding for summer internships
Mar 05, 2020

Galloway: Bristol museum awarded $4K state grant
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Bucks County state representatives announce state grants for Bucks County school districts
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Galloway to attend Bucks Crime Stoppers Tipster Rewards
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