Kosierowski: Dickson City to receive $335,000 in funding for traffic safety

(May 29, 2019)

TAYLOR, May 29 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, today announced a $335,000 grant will be coming to Dickson City to enhance traffic safety. The funding, drawn from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Automated Red Light program, will be used to install a traffic signal and pedestrian improvements at the intersection of Bowman Street and Main Street in Dickson City. “I am happy to see the state making investments into our community’s traffic safety,” Kosierowski said. “When we improve safety and reduce congestion on our roads, we all benefit. I look forward to seeing the positive impact this project has on our community.” An estimated $15.4 million in funding will be distributed to 50 safety projects in 38 different municipalities statewide. The funds are supplied by fines from red light violations at 30 intersections in Philadelphia. Since 2010, 416 safety projects totaling more than $78.49 million in funding has been awarded. Kosierowski noted and thanked Gov. Tom Wolf and his administration for their commitment to invest in community safety across Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania’s ARLE program aims to improve safety at signalized intersections by providing automated enforcement at locations where data shows red-light running has been an issue. Read more


Kosierowski: Our District Office is Ready to Serve You

(May 23, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski recently opened her district office and is ready to help area residents with any state-related questions or concerns. 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


Kosierowski: Grants will bolster local school safety and security

(May 01, 2019)

TAYLOR, May 1 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, today announced state grants totaling more than $225,000 to enhance school safety and security were awarded to two school districts in Lackawanna County Mid-Valley School District received $106,476 in state funding for counseling services, licensed social workers and school psychologists and staff training in de-escalation and positive behavior supports. Riverside School District received a grant amounting to $128,360 for security-related technology and security planning. “Ensuring safety and security in our schools is a fundamental necessity needed to foster the next generation of leaders,” Kosierowski said. “These school districts determined practices that would do just that, and I am happy to see tax dollars coming back to our district to play a critical role in executing the plans.” The grants come from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and are administered by the PCCD’s School Safety and Security Committee. The committee, which was formed last year, works to establish criteria school systems use to assess safety and security. Current project funding includes $52.5 million for schools. For a full list of recipients and their award amounts, visit the PCCD website . Read more


Kosierowski announces spring cleanup

(Apr 22, 2019)

State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, today announced her plans to host a regional spring cleanup event aimed at removing litter and winter debris from roadsides, creeks, riverbanks, parks and recreation areas Saturday. It continues a tradition begun by her predecessor, Rep. Sid Kavulich, who passed away in October 2018. Read more


Kosierowski announces $2 million in Pennvest funding for Greenfield Township Sewer Authority Treatment Plant

(Apr 17, 2019)

TAYLOR, April 17 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, today announced the Greenfield Township Sewer Authority was awarded a $2 million low-interest loan for improvements to the township sewage treatment plant. The loan, approved by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, will benefit 561 residential houses and more than 1,440 residents in Greenfield Township. The treatment plant upgrade project will include installation of a new influent screen, a fine-bubble aeration system, an automated dissolved oxygen control system and a new ultraviolet light disinfection control panel. Improvements will also be made to the chlorine contact tank. “This long-term, low-interest loan will help the authority tremendously with general upkeep and will benefit the thousands of residents who live nearby,” Kosierowski said. “The project will ensure clean water for our communities as well as decreasing facility costs after upgrades. I am happy to play a role bringing local municipalities and state government together to improve infrastructure, and I look forward to the completion of this project.” Pennvest offers low-cost loans and grants to communities throughout Pennsylvania to fund sewer, storm water and drinking water maintenance and improvement projects. More information is available at www.pennvest.state.pa.us . Read more


Kosierowski opens district office, receives committee assignments

(Apr 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 15 – Following her swearing-in last week, state Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski opened her district office and was appointed to three key House committees. Read more


Kosierowski takes oath of office, becomes 114th state House rep

(Apr 09, 2019)

HARRISBURG — Bridget Kosierowski walked onto the House floor Monday, sat down before the speaker’s podium and took a deep breath. Read more


Kosierowski Takes Oath of Office

(Apr 09, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The new representative in the 114th State House District was sworn in on Monday. Read more


Kosierowski excited to begin work in state House

(Apr 08, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 8 – Standing before family and friends in the state Capitol, Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski took the oath of office today to become the newest member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Read more


Veterans services

(Mar 29, 2019)

Below are a number of programs and services available to help veterans and their families. Please share this list with any veterans in your life. Veterans Temporary Assistance Temporary help is available for veterans and their beneficiaries who need aid for essentials such as shelter, fuel, clothing and food. If eligible, a veteran or their beneficiary can qualify for up to $1,600 in a 12-month period. The Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program Any honorably discharged veteran who is 100 percent disabled, a resident of Pennsylvania and has financial need can apply for this program, which provides real estate tax exemption on principal dwellings. Educational Gratuity Program Children of honorably discharged veterans with service-connected disabilities or children of veterans who died in service during a period of war or armed conflict qualify for up to $500 per semester/term to help defray educational costs. Military Family Relief Assistance Program Eligible Pennsylvania service members and their family members who have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control can apply for up to $3,500 in grants. This program is available for active and past service members. Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Program Grants are available for veterans’ services organizations, non-profit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans, individual eligible counties and the State Read more


Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate

(Mar 29, 2019)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2018 tax year are available – and my office staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The rebates normally are distributed by the Department of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more