Stronger Than Hate Day; Updates from Rep. Krueger

(Apr 12, 2019)

Dear Neighbor , On Wednesday, the House and Senate came together to honor and remember the victims and survivors of the Tree of Life terror attack in Pittsburgh last October. We unanimously adopted a resolution to designate April 10, 2019 as Stronger Than Hate Day across the commonwealth. The House and Senate have not held a joint session like this since September 2001, when they gathered to remember those who lost their lives on 9/11. I was extraordinarily proud to sit in the House Chamber on Wednesday. I believe that together, we are stronger than hate . Please note that all state government offices will be closed next Friday, April 19. If you need assistance, please email RepKrueger@pahouse.net and we will be happy to help you on Monday. National Library Week April 7 to 13 is National Library Week. This year’s theme is “Libraries = Strong communities” and serves as a reminder that our local libraries offer critical resources, programs, and expertise in addition to serving as a public space where community members can connect and learn. Be sure to visit the Delaware County Library System website ( www.delcolibraries.org ) for information about programs and events at your local library. Around the district On Read more

 

Updates from the district; Unclaimed property assistance

(Apr 05, 2019)

Dear Neighbor, This was my first full week in the district since January and I enjoyed visiting with constituents of all ages! On Thursday, a fourth-grade class from the Swarthmore-Rutledge School was in Harrisburg touring the Capitol and I was able to join them. We also hosted a preschool class at our district office earlier today. It’s the first time a school group has come to our district office on a field trip and we had fun planning activities to help them learn about civics and state government. Last Saturday, Wendell and I attended the Senior Wellness Fair and our staff was there with a resource table providing information for senior constituents. If you were there, thank you for attending! On Sunday, I was honored to participate in a Court of Honor for Rose Valley Troop 272 Scouts Sasha Siomades, Braden Morris and Samuel Traverso, who earned the rank of Eagle. Please join me in congratulating these young men for their achievement! On Tuesday, I toured the Child Guidance Resource Center in Havertown to learn their innovative programs for children, adolescents, and families in Delaware County with mental health, developmental disability, and residential needs. I’m grateful for the quality of care and educational services they provide. If you or Read more

 

It’s time to address climate change

(Mar 29, 2019)

Dear Neighbor, On Monday, the House witnessed a historic event -- the swearing in of the newest state Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, the first Muslim woman to serve in the General Assembly. Rep. Johnson-Harrell represents the 190th Legislative District in Philadelphia and I hope you’ll join me in welcoming her to Harrisburg! Today, March 29, is National Vietnam War Veterans Day. I want to take time to thank all of our Vietnam veterans for their service and sacrifice. My Dad served in Vietnam from 1963- 1967 and I’m grateful for his service. Keep reading for my thoughts about Chairman Daryl Metcalfe’s decision to invite a climate change denier to Harrisburg and learn about my new legislation and events around the district. Environmental Resources & Energy Committee On Wednesday, the Majority Chairman of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee invited a self-proclaimed climate change “skeptic” to deliver testimony. He was the only invited speaker. His book is self-published and he has no peer-reviewed climate research and yet, he was given a taxpayer funded platform to share his beliefs with outdated facts. The scientific community agrees that human activity is causing the Earth’s climate to warm, and yet, we’re still debating whether this is an issue which we should be paying attention. It is. I will continue to advocate for action because our future depends on it. You can watch footage of my Read more

 

Krueger: We need to address climate change

(Mar 27, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 27 – After a meeting of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee today, state Rep. Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware, voiced her concern about a guest invited to give testimony. Gregory Wrightstone, a Pittsburgh geologist and self-proclaimed climate change “skeptic,” was invited by Chairman Daryl Metcalfe to "present his research on climate science and factually debunking some of the modern myths surrounding the 'climate change' discussion,” [SIC] according to the hearing notice. “Climate change is a very real and very pressing problem here in Pennsylvania,” said Krueger following the meeting. “Severe weather events have already begun to affect us, and our agriculture and winter tourism industries are at risk. The scientific community overwhelmingly agrees that human activity is causing the earth’s climate to warm. “Yet, instead of taking action to address this, the majority chairman created an entire hearing so a climate change denier could give his testimony. We need to stop having discussions about whether climate change is real and start drafting a plan to address it. The people of Pennsylvania are trusting us to take action.” During the meeting, Krueger pointed out that Wrightstone’s book is self-published and not peer-reviewed. A video with Krueger’s remarks can be found here . Read more

 

Krueger proposes legislation to create #MeToo Pennsylvania General Assembly Act

(Mar 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 25 - State Rep. Leanne Krueger held a press conference today to discuss her new legislation creating the #MeToo Pennsylvania General Assembly Act. “The General Assembly has a duty to be a leader in the fight against sexual harassment and assault,” said Krueger, D-Delaware. “This legislation will protect members, staff and employees and hold those who harm others accountable. It is past time for sexual harassment to be taken seriously in the Capitol and for reforms to create an environment where victims feel safe enough to come forward without fear of retribution.” The legislation, introduced as H.B. 1000 in the House and S.B. 480 in the Senate, would ban non-disclosure agreements that mask the name of members who harass staffers, prohibit General Assembly members from using taxpayer funds to pay secret settlement agreements and provide for other reforms. Similar legislation was introduced as H.B. 1965 last session. That bill had the support of advocates who support survivors of sexual harassment and sexual assault. A hearing took place in the House Labor and Industry Committee in September 2018, where there was no opposition, but the majority committee chairman never brought the bill up for a vote. “This legislation is an important step in preventing sexual harassment right here in Harrisburg. I am proud to lead this fight and thank my colleagues for their support,” Krueger said. Krueger was supported by Read more

 

Chester, Delaware lawmakers urge Wolf to halt Mariner operations until safety protocols are in place

(Mar 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 11 – Pennsylvania lawmakers representing 11 House districts and three Senatorial districts across Chester and Delaware counties have signed a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf asking him to impose a moratorium on the transmission of natural gas liquids products through the Mariner East pipeline system until the mandated protocols are in place for local responders to properly manage a pipeline emergency. Chester County Emergency Services and local school districts along the pipeline, including Downingtown Area School District, Rose Tree Media School District and West Chester Area School District have requested Energy Transfer Partners' subsidiary SPLP to provide its Emergency Response Plan for the Mariner East project, which the responders and school districts need to complete their comprehensive All Hazards Emergency Response Plans and fulfill their statutory requirements under Title 35 of state law . The letter urges Wolf to preserve the health, welfare and safety of constituents who live, work and raise their families in the high-consequence areas of Chester and Delaware counties within the impact radius of Mariner East. “We have pipelines currently transporting highly volatile products through our communities, and our local first responders are not able to adequately plan their emergency response or mitigate our risk because the operator has failed to cooperate with repeated requests for their Emergency Response Plan,” said Read more

 

Free Shredding Event Coming May 4!

(Mar 07, 2019)

Are you concerned about privacy when disposing of confidential papers? If so, join us for a FREE shredding event at Leedom Elementary School on May 4, from 9 a.m. until noon. Limit 5 boxes per vehicle, no electronics will be accepted. Read more

 

Krueger Addresses Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

(Feb 12, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Leanne Krueger participated in the first of many hearings regarding Pennsylvania’s 2019-20 budget. She addressed the issue of grandparents raising grandchildren and asked the PA Department of Aging where these individuals should turn to for help Read more

 

Legislators respond to DEP decision to suspend review of Energy Transfer permits

(Feb 08, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – State Reps. Carolyn Comitta, Danielle Friel Otten, Kristine Howard, Leanne Krueger, Christina Sappey and Melissa Shusterman met with Gov. Tom Wolf and his staff last week to address the growing problems with Energy Transfer’s Mariner East project. Today, those representatives have issued the following statement regarding news that the Department of Environmental Protection has suspended review of all permit applications and other pending approvals for Energy Transfer due to noncompliance: “We applaud the unwavering efforts of community members who continue to make their voices heard and draw attention to serious hazards and areas of oversight that need improvement. "The action taken by the Department of Environmental Protection today is a step in the right direction. "We are grateful for the opportunity to have a seat at the table for our communities and we look forward to continued collaboration with our state agencies and the governor’s staff to put the interests of the people of Pennsylvania first and foremost. There is still a lot of work to be done and we will use every tool available to us to make our community’s voice heard." The same six representatives sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission earlier this week, urging action related to a recent sinkhole along the Mariner East 1 pipeline. The letter can be found here. A statement sent last week by the legislators to the Read more

 

Krueger takes on expanded leadership roles in state House

(Feb 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 1 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware, this week announced that she has been appointed to additional responsibilities in the state House while continuing to serve on the Appropriations, Environmental Resources and Energy and Labor and Industry committees. Krueger’s new responsibilities include being appointed the Democratic chair for the subcommittee on Government and Financial Oversight for the House Appropriations Committee and regional vice chair for Delaware County within the House Democratic Southeast Delegation. “With the new session comes new responsibilities and I am honored that my colleagues have entrusted me with these expanded committee and delegation leadership roles,” Krueger said. “That includes making sure taxpayer dollars are being used responsibly and as intended as the Democratic chair for the subcommittee on Government and Financial Oversight.” The Southeast Delegation, the largest in the PA House, is one of the most powerful delegations. With 35 members, 14 of whom are freshman, the delegation is also one of the fastest-growing. Members in the delegation represent eight counties: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery and York. “My appointment as regional vice chair for Delaware County is a tremendous opportunity to give Delco a strong voice in the House’s largest delegation,” Krueger said. “I look forward to continuing to work with my Read more

 

Krueger sworn in for another term as state representative

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky was sworn in for another term as state representative for the 161 st Legislative District during a Capitol ceremony today. Krueger-Braneky, first elected during a special election in August 2015, promised to continue advocating for matters of concern to her constituents. “I’m honored that residents of the 161 st district have put their trust in me for another term, and I’m excited to have the chance to continue fighting for their interests,” said Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware. “We’ve made some progress in recent years, but there’s still so much to be done. I’ll continue to fight to make sure we are putting the needs of Pennsylvanians first in Harrisburg.” In her next term, Krueger-Braneky said she will fight for the rights of workers, protect access to health care, and stand up for survivors of sexual harassment and abuse. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in ceremony corresponds with the first Tuesday in January every two years. This year marks Pennsylvania’s 203 rd legislative session. Read more

 

2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Dec 03, 2018)

Click here to download Rep. Krueger-Braneky's 2019 Capitol Scenes calendar. Read more

 

Krueger-Braneky to hold Annual Open House on Dec. 14

(Dec 03, 2018)

FOLSOM, Dec. 3 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky will hold her annual Open House from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14 at her district office. Residents of the 161 st Legislative District can stop by the free event to meet Krueger-Braneky and her staff, enjoy light refreshments and learn more about the services available. The office can help with birth and death certificates, unclaimed property filing, PACE prescription discount cards, SEPTA Key cards and more. “I enjoy the chance to connect face to face with residents of the 161 st District and make sure they know about all of the valuable services my office provides,” said Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware. The office also is collecting donations for a Toys for Tots drive. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the open house or brought to the district office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The district office is at 701 E. MacDade Blvd. in Folsom (at the intersection of MacDade Boulevard and Fernwood Avenue, a half mile from the intersection of MacDade Boulevard and Route 420). Anyone with questions can call Krueger-Braneky’s office at 610-534-6880. Read more

 

Krueger-Braneky presents $100,000 grant to Milmont Fire Co.

(Nov 28, 2018)

FOLSOM, Nov. 28 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky announced Tuesday that the Milmont Fire Co. was awarded $100,000 in state funds for building improvements. The funding was awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Keystone Communities program. “Volunteer fire companies provide crucial services to our community, so it’s important that we do everything we can to support them,” said Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware. “I was pleased to support the Milmont Fire Company’s application for this funding, and I’ll continue to look for ways we can help our first responders.” Krueger-Braneky announced the funds Tuesday evening at Milmont Fire Co. The Keystone Communities program is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors in the community, supporting local initiatives that grow and stabilize neighborhoods and communities, ensure social and economic diversity, and enhance the overall quality of life for residents. Read more

 

Fighting hunger this holiday season

(Nov 20, 2018)

With the holidays upon us, I want to remind everyone that the commonwealth offers some excellent resources to help families who may be struggling with food insecurity. Check out these links to: A list of food banks by county An interactive map of food pantries A list of state food programs A program through which hunters can share extra venison Ideas for fighting hunger in your community If you don’t need help but want to volunteer your time or resources, you’ll find plenty of opportunities in the links above. This holiday season, let’s work together to make sure everyone has blessings to count. Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more

 

Krueger-Braneky announces grant for Brookhaven to reduce waterway pollution

(Oct 16, 2018)

FOLSOM, Oct. 16 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky today announced Brookhaven was awarded a state grant to reduce pollution in local waterways. The Department of Environmental Protection awarded Brookhaven $110,000 for stormwater management work to reduce runoff pollution into Chester and Ridley creeks. Brookhaven was among 61 municipalities and agencies awarded watershed restoration and stormwater management grants, funded by a $12.6 million penalty DEP collected from Sunoco Pipeline because of permit violations related to construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline. The grants were open to projects to reduce or minimize pollution and protect clean water in the 85 municipalities along the pipeline corridor. “I’m pleased that Brookhaven will receive this funding to help keep our local waterways clean. But it’s important to remember that Brookhaven has already been affected by accidents and spills into the Chester Creek from Mariner East 2 construction,” said Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware. “I’m glad the penalty funds are being put to good use for the protection of our waterways, but there must be continued stringent oversight for Mariner East 2 to prevent more damage from occurring.” Grants were awarded for stormwater management, invasive species removal, forest restoration, farm runoff reduction, streambank restoration, and many other projects that ultimately improve water quality in Pennsylvania. Grantees include Read more

 

Krueger-Braneky announces recycling grants for local municipalities

(Oct 12, 2018)

FOLSOM, Oct. 12 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky announced today that several local municipalities were awarded grants to boost recycling and leaf collection programs. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awarded $37 million in Recycling Development and Implementation Grants to 195 county and municipal governments for recycling collections and education, as well as leaf litter pickup. The following local municipalities received grants: Aston Township - $244,808 - recycling collection program Brookhaven Borough - $37,962 - recycling collection program Nether Providence Township - $292,149 – leaf waste collection program Ridley Township - $163,018 – leaf waste and recycling collection Swarthmore Borough - $192,182 – leaf waste and recycling collection “The programs offered by our local municipal agencies make it simpler for residents to make recycling part of their daily lives,” said Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware. “We have to do everything we can to take care of our environment, and I’m pleased to see the state award these grants to encourage recycling in our communities.” Projects eligible for the grants include operating leaf compost facilities, developing web-based programs on recycling for consumers, expanding recycling processing facilities, and continuing or creating curbside recycling programs. Learn more at www.dep.pa.gov . Read more

 

Krueger-Braneky to host free shredding event Oct. 20

(Oct 11, 2018)

FOLSOM, Oct. 11 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky will host a free shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 20 at Northley Middle School. Residents of the 161 st Legislative District can bring documents that contain personal or confidential information to be shredded for free on-site. “Privacy can be a concern when trying to dispose of sensitive materials that might contain information like credit card or bank account numbers,” said Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware. “This shredding event offers the opportunity to get rid of those old papers safely and in an environmentally friendly way.” The shred event will take place in the parking lot at Northley Middle School, 2801 Concord Road in Aston. Those attending should enter from Concord Road. No electronics will be accepted. Read more

 

Krueger-Braneky to host annual Veterans Lunch Oct. 25

(Oct 10, 2018)

FOLSOM, Oct. 10 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky will host a lunch for veterans and their family members from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25. The annual lunch will be held at American Legion Hall, Post 926, 3220 Concord Road, in Aston. “We can never truly repay our veterans for all they have sacrificed for us,” said Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware. “But we can do our part to make sure they have easy access to the assistance and services they deserve. I’m happy to host this event to show our gratitude to veterans and help connect them with the resources they need.” The event includes a light lunch at 11:30 a.m. Information on state and local resources for veterans will be offered. The Pennsylvania Mobile Veterans Outreach Van will also be on hand to help accredited veterans and their families connect with needed benefits such as disability, health care, pension, education, career assistance and more. RSVP is requested. Anyone interested should call 610-534-6880 or email RepKrueger-Braneky@pahouse.net . Read more