Isaacson announces more funding for local redevelopment projects

(Oct 31, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 31 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., has announced two state grants awarded to the 175 th Legislative District for a combined total of more than $2.5 million. The recipients of these grants are: New Kensington Community Development Corp., receiving more than $1 million for the renovation of 2917-21 Kensington Ave. WHYY Inc, receiving $1.5 million for renovations to its facility. “I am excited to see this funding awarded to two very deserving recipients,” Isaacson said. “WHYY and Kensington Ave are crucial parts of the 175 th district, and I can’t wait to see how these renovations improve both places.” The funds are from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenue or other measures of economic activity. Read more


Isaacson secures $14 million in funding to benefit her district

(Oct 27, 2022)

State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., has secured a total of $14 million for 10 separate projects throughout the 175 th Legislative District. The Sunday Breakfast Association of Philadelphia gained $1.5 million for renovations in their building as well as transitional living spaces and a new dining hall. Isaacson said she believes that robust outdoor recreation is a must for any city and the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. was awarded $2 million to repair the bulkhead along the trail, install lighting, and for repaving and stabilizing the trail. Old City District received $1 million to connect Philadelphia’s historic district to the riverfront as well as educate the nearly 4 million visitors each year about the Lenni Lenape nation, the first people to live on the land before William Penn. Isaacson said it’s her steadfast belief that mental health is equally important to physical health, and we need to provide better access to quality physical and mental health. Temple University Hospital was awarded $2 million to modernize its Behavioral Health Facility to help people with substance use disorder. Isaacson said to enhance Philadelphia’s stellar reputation regarding the arts, the Pennsylvania Association/Philadelphia Ballet received $1.5 million to expand and complete its existing facility – the Center for Dance, as well as construction of new studios, a dancer wellness/physical therapy center, a costume shop, classroom and a gallery Read more


Online higher education takes center stage at House Dem Policy hearing

(Oct 26, 2022)

The House Democratic Policy Committee convened a hearing Wednesday morning in Harrisburg to discuss the affordability and accessibility of online higher education options across Pennsylvania. Read more


Isaacson secures funds for enhanced safety measures on Frankford Avenue Corridor

(Oct 25, 2022)

State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., secured $2.8 million in funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for safety enhancements to the Frankford Avenue Corridor. The intersections include: • Carteret Drive. • Rhawn Street. • Sheffield Avenue. • Tyson Avenue. • Harbison Avenue/Devereaux Avenue/Hawthorne Street. • Wakeling Street. • Oxford Avenue/Margaret Street/Arrott Street. • Tioga Street. • Ontario Street. • Allegheny Avenue. • Clearfield Street. • Ann Street. • Orleans Street. • Cambria Street. • Somerset Street. • Lehigh Avenue. “I am grateful to PennDOT for funding this project. It will be a massive improvement to safety concerns and save countless lives along the Frankford Avenue Corridor,” Isaacson said. “I am always happy to bring resources back to our community that will enhance safety and improve the quality of life of Philadelphians.” Under this project, PennDOT will replace traffic signals and related equipment, updated signage at intersections, LED light installation and restoration of pavement markings. Construction for the Frankford Avenue Signal Improvements project is slated to begin this fall and finish in spring 2024. Read more


Isaacson Discusses Stormwater Management

(Oct 04, 2022)

Reflecting on the current difficulties facing those affected by Hurricane Ian, Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson discusses the need for proper stormwater management and regional planning. Read more


Isaacson announces legislation on menstrual education in schools

(Sep 28, 2022)

According to reports, 79% of teenage students feel they need more education on menstruation. Many young students report that their first period was “embarrassing, traumatic, scary and confusing” and that they felt dirty during their period. Read more


Isaacson Working for Safer, Cleaner Environment

(Sep 27, 2022)

The coal mines that once fueled Pennsylvania’s industrial growth are still impacting many communities across the Commonwealth. Recognizing the environmental and safety hazards that abandoned mines pose to their neighbors, Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson and the House Democratic Policy Committee are looking at clean, creative ways to repair these scars left on the land. Read more


Isaacson announces new grant for Crease Street Garden

(Sep 20, 2022)

State Rep. Mary Isaacson said she is elated to announce a $210,000 state grant to Neighborhood Gardens Trust. “There are not that many preserved green spaces in this part of the city because of the rapid development and construction happening on every block, which is why this project was so important to me,” Isaacson said. “I am proud to have helped bring home this funding to help purchase this garden so that it can become a permanent community backyard for all residents to enjoy today and for years to come.” This funding will help preserve the Crease Street Garden, which is operated and maintained by residents through Friends of Crease Street Garden. The proposed project includes Neighborhood Gardens Trust purchasing the 3,000 square feet of green space. The trust and Friends of Crease Street Garden will enter into an agreement for the ongoing stewardship and maintenance of the garden. “The community regularly gathers at the picnic tables, flower gardens and under the trees, and I am thrilled that they can now do so without fear of losing this vital green space to additional development,” she said. Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program funds, provided through the Commonwealth Financing Authority, can be used to develop, rehabilitate and improve public parks, recreation areas, greenways, trails and river conservation. The Commonwealth Financing Authority was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department Read more


Isaacson Working to Stop Youth Suicides

(Sep 20, 2022)

After hearing about a young constituent’s death by suicide, Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson introduced legislation that would help keep harmful information out of the hands of those who could use it to harm themselves. Read more


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(Sep 12, 2022)

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Isaacson applauds Gov. Wolf’s historic investment in green spaces

(Sep 07, 2022)

State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., is pleased to announce that two green spaces in the 175 th Legislative District have received a portion of the historic $90 million in state funding for recreational opportunities and conservation efforts from Gov. Tom Wolf. Neighborhood Gardens Trust was awarded $400,000 for the conservation of Orkney Park, while the DRWC Land Conservancy received $2 million for the acquisition of approximately 4.8 acres in Fishtown/Port Richmond for a waterfront park and a quarter-mile segment of the Delaware River Trail. “Outdoor spaces in an urban environment are an extremely important investment in our communities,” Isaacson said. “Conservation, rehabilitation and construction of green spaces throughout the city have always been a priority of mine, as they are proven to reduce violence and ensure a better quality of life. I am proud to have worked to help bring resources to our area, so constituents can enjoy lavish green spaces throughout our district.” The $90 million investment is the largest single investment in Pennsylvania recreation and conservation in agency history and will go to more than 330 projects across Pennsylvania that will create new recreational opportunities, conserve natural resources and revitalize local communities. Read more


Isaacson Working to Stop Harmful Anti-abortion Centers

(Sep 07, 2022)

“They call themselves crisis pregnancy centers, but let's call them what they really are: anti-abortion centers,” said Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson in a joint House and Senate Democratic Policy Committee hearing. She was referring to clinics that receive state taxpayer funding but offer pregnant women little actual medical care or advice. Instead these CPCs work to spread misinformation about abortion and contraception in many of Pa.’s most vulnerable communities. Read more


Isaacson appointed to new Basic Education Funding Commission

(Aug 16, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 16 -- State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., was appointed to become a new member of Pennsylvania’s Basic Education Funding Commission. The commission was established within the Public School Code , and is reestablished with members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly every five years. Members of the commission evaluate the distribution of basic education subsidies and the fair funding formula, used to provide public school funding, to ensure that it provides adequate public education, as enshrined in Pennsylvania’s constitution. The commission will also be charged to see if cost-saving measures can be achieved, and to rely on experts at public hearings to determine the best fiscal route for schools to take. “So much has changed economically across Pennsylvania since the Basic Education Funding Commission was convened in 2015 and it is our students who are quite literally paying the price due to the zip code they live in,” Isaacson said. “I am excited to serve on this commission to not only make the fair funding formula more equitable, but to fight to ensure that all of our education funding in Pennsylvania is actually passing through that formula. It is past time that our legislature stop shortchanging our kids.” The commission will issue their first report in November 2023. Read more


Health care providers detail complications, difficulties in post-Roe PA

(Aug 11, 2022)

“As we heard today, and as we heard throughout this series of hearings, there’s no easy answers when it comes to restricting abortion,” Isaacson said. “If abortion is restricted, the education throughout our state for health care professionals changes and alters their experience in performing lifesaving procedures – putting our residents’ lives at risk.” Read more


Isaacson: Fusion Promises to Bring Clean Energy, Jobs to Pa.

(Aug 10, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson and the House Democratic Policy Committee speak with key players in the fusion energy industry to discuss all the ways Pa. stands to benefit from the clean energy source. Isaacson says that in the face of global climate change having technology like fusion energy would allow manufacturing and industry to continue to grow in the Commonwealth. Read more


Isaacson Hears Concerns of Firefighters

(Aug 09, 2022)

Recognizing the importance of #firedepartments to our communities, Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson talks about what can be done at the state level to ease the financial burden on those who protect our lives and properties. Isaacson says an initiative that would offer a tax credit to firefighters who purchase their own equipment is a good place to start, but more needs to be done. Read more


Isaacson Fights for Cleaner Environment, Improved Infrastructure

(Aug 02, 2022)

In a hearing of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson voices her opposition to a resolution that would put Pa. out of compliance with the federal #CleanAirAct. She says the clean #environment promised to Pennsylvanians by their state constitution is not the only thing at stake. Federal funding already earmarked for interstate highway improvements around Philadelphia could be lost if Pa. refuses to comply with federal standards. Read more


Isaacson: Abortion and Healthcare Access

(Jul 27, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson continues the conversation on access to abortion care in today's Pa. House Democratic Policy Hearing. She is working to make sure that everyone understands the current state of abortion and healthcare for women in Pa. She was honored to have Planned Parenthood's executive director speak to the committee about all of the services and healthcare they provide. Read more


Policy hearing identifies facts and fiction of post-Roe Pennsylvania

(Jul 19, 2022)

The House and Senate Policy Committees convened a hearing Tuesday morning to explore what the future of healthcare looks like in Pennsylvania after the Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe v. Wade. Read more


Isaacson ‘appalled’ by U.S. Supreme Court ruling to slash emissions oversight

(Jul 01, 2022)

HARRISBURG, June 30 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to slash emissions oversight : “Access to clean air is a constitutional right, but the Supreme Court clearly hasn’t shown any regard to such things lately. Climate change is not something ‘new and big,’ but apparently the understanding of it and the EPA’s responsibilities are bigger than the Supreme Court’s comprehension and grasp. “This decision is a grave mistake with even worse consequences we cannot recover from. Addressing the climate crisis is a fight we showed up to late and this court ruling now ties our hands behind our backs. “Credible scientists have been sounding the alarm about this crisis for decades, and the EPA has been using its granted powers to successfully lower greenhouse gas emissions these past few years. The ability to fight global warming is directly linked to the ability to regulate and curb carbon emissions – and doing so has not only saved our country money but has helped save the planet. “As a member of the PA House Environmental Resources Committee, I am appalled.” Read more