Madden brings back $680,726 for school safety programs

(May 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 1 – Two Monroe County school districts were awarded Pennsylvania school safety and security grants totaling $680,726, according to state Rep. Maureen Madden. Read more


Reps Madden, McNeill to reintroduce banning pet leasing

(Apr 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, APRIL 18 – States Reps. Maureen Madden, D- Monroe, and Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, are circulating a legislative memo requesting cosponsors to reintroduce their pet safety legislation. The representatives want to stop pet stores from luring customers into buying cute but expensive pets through lease agreements. Under the terms of lease contracts, customers enter into a long-term payment agreement, which often results in them paying far more than what they would have by purchasing the pet outright, with large balloon payments at the end of the lease. “Unfortunately, customers eventually discover that they were deceived when they signed the pet lease,” Madden said. “Sadly, when a customer lacks the financial ability to make a payment, their pet is repossessed and often finds its way back to a shelter.” According to the Federal Trade Commission, pet leasing is not considered illegal; however, companies may be held responsible since they have an obligation to clearly state that customers are entering into a lease agreement. “We need to protect pet owners from the unnecessary stress and trauma of losing a pet should they be unable to make payments and lose a pet due to repossession,” McNeill said. “For many of us, pets are more than just companions, they are family.” Madden said other states such as California, Nevada and New York have enacted legislation to ban the practice. Madden and McNeill said Read more


Madden: $2.4 million awarded to East Stroudsburg

(Apr 17, 2019)

State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, helped to obtain a $2.4 million Pennvest low-interest loan to perform extensive work on the Middle Dam in East Stroudsburg. The Middle Dam provides the drinking water to East Stroudsburg residents. The existing water supply piping is over 100 years old. “The major benefit of this project is to improve water service to thousands of people in my district due to failing water lines,” Madden said. “This Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority funding will help to defray the cost of the $8 million dollar project.” Madden said the work will involve replacing the existing raw water supply intake and transmission pipeline from the intake structure of Middle Dam to the East Stroudsburg Water Filtration Plant. “One of my top priorities since taking office is to address the district’s outdated and crumbling infrastructure and this $2.4 million is included on my list of projects that will help to improve people’s lives,” Madden said. Read more


Rep. Madden appointed to lead Subcommittee on Recreation

(Apr 10, 2019)

State Rep Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, recently was appointed Democratic chairwoman of the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee’s Subcommittee on Recreation for the 2019-20 legislative session. Madden said tourism is a $40 billion industry in Pennsylvania and Monroe County contributes to that. “I am thrilled to be named chair of the Recreation Subcommittee,” Madden said. “I represent Monroe County and we are in the heart of the Poconos where people visit from in and out of state to ski our slopes, visit our water parks and casinos, shop at our stores and go to our state parks, so I will continue to build on what we already have in the tourism industry.” House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny, said Madden was appointed to the committee because she fully supports and promotes the tourism industry, not only in Monroe County, but across the state. “Maureen Madden has earned this new leadership role and its responsibility,” Dermody said. “She puts people first and makes sure that Monroe County has a strong voice in Harrisburg.” Rep. Mark Longietti is Democratic chairman of the House Tourism and Recreation Development Committee. “Representative Madden works with great dedication and energy to broaden resources and enhance life for the residents of her district,” Longietti said. “I’m delighted that she will chair the Subcommittee on Recreation because I know she will Read more


Rep. Madden joins SEIU at state Capitol rally for better workers' rights

(Apr 09, 2019)

State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, members of the Service Employees International Union and legislative colleagues rallied in favor of raising the minimum wage, safe workplaces and for union rights. The Keystone Worker Protection Pledge was unveiled. “I believe that all Pennsylvania workers deserve a living wage, a safe work environment and the freedom to form unions,” Madden said. Along with her colleague, state Rep. Tom Mehaffie, Madden has reintroduced her Workplace Freedom Act legislation (H.B. 1178) that would allow public sector workers to form a union with a simple majority card check vote, rather than the lengthy bureaucratic process that workers currently have to go through. Madden first introduced the legislation in 2018 in response to the Janus vs AFSCME Supreme Court decision, an unprecedented attack on the right to organize. “We stand together in an effort to strengthen and expand the rights of Pennsylvanians so they can join a union, be paid a living wage and be employed in safe workplaces,” Madden said. Read more


Madden Disappointed in Vote to Outsource Pocono Mountain School District Transportation Jobs

(Apr 03, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden says she is extremely disappointed that the Pocono Mountain School Board didn't stand with their community and voted to fire 200 people with their decision to outsource transportation services. Read more


Madden Talks Criminal Justice Reform at East Stroudsburg University

(Mar 30, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden visited East Stroudsburg University to discuss the importance of criminal justice reform here in Pennsylvania. Madden says putting a stronger focus on education and helping our children succeed would go a long way to reducing our prison population. Read more


Madden Promotes Restore Pennsylvania Initiative

(Mar 28, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden toured the old International Boiler Works building in East Stroudsburg, which is being considered for funding through Gov. Wolf's Restore Pennsylvania program to redevelop the property and revitalize the area with new businesses and jobs. Read more


Madden: Your Rights Don’t Get Smaller Because Your Employer Does

(Mar 26, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden joined advocates in Harrisburg to fight back against workplace discrimination. She explains how her legislation would help protect all Pennsylvanians. Read more


Rep. Madden brings home over $1.85 million to the 115th District for area projects

(Mar 26, 2019)

State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, today announced that the115 th Legislative District will benefit from $1.85 million in state funding. “Working alongside my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate, I am proud to announce this funding for essential projects in my district,” Madden said. The projects and awards are as follows: $650,484 to East Stroudsburg Borough to rehabilitate the Middle Dam. < > to the Monroe County Industrial Development Authority to upgrade the lighting systems of the Mountain Center in Coolbaugh Township, Monroe County. $238,492 to Stroudsburg Borough to purchase solar compacting garbage cans in downtown Stroudsburg, Monroe County. $217,524 to the Monroe County Industrial Development Authority, on behalf of East Stroudsburg University, for a community health education and simulation center. $215,000 to the Monroe County Industrial Development Authority, on behalf of the Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport Authority to replace the airport’s aviation fueling system. $105,000 to the Monroe County Industrial Development Authority on behalf of Coolbaugh Township Volunteer Fire Co. to upgrade an existing firehouse to use as an emergency shelter for residents in case of a natural disaster. $7,663 to Stroudsburg Borough to purchase solar parking garage lights for a two-story parking lot between Ann Street and Hood Alley located in the borough. The first grant is from Read more


Pennsylvanians Deserve a Living Wage

(Mar 20, 2019)

Many Pennsylvanians making $7.25 per hour can't afford basic things like rent and child care. Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden says it's time to Raise the Wage and give workers a paycheck that reflects the dignity of their work. Read more


Madden Fights for Parental Rights

(Mar 13, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden speaks out against a bill that would make it easier for incarcerated parents to give up their parental rights. Read more


Monroe Matters with Rep. Maureen Madden

(Mar 11, 2019)

On this episode of Monroe Matters, Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden discusses Gov. Wolf's budget proposal and how investments in education, infrastructure, agriculture, and raising the minimum wage would benefit the people of Monroe County. Madden also highlights her Workplace Freedom Act, which makes joining a union easier in Pennsylvania. Read more


Madden Recognized in Honor of Women's History Month

(Mar 06, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden was recognized by the Monroe County Women's Commission and the Monroe County Commissioners for her work as a state legislator. Madden received a citation along with several other local women in honor of Women's History Month. Read more


Basic LGBT Center

(Mar 05, 2019)

BRADBURY-SULLIVAN LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER SUPPORTIVE SERVICE REFERRAL GUIDE For more information about services, contact Isaiah Zukowski / Supportive Services Coordinator Email: Phone: (610) 347-9988 x107 Monthly Services: Free HIV and STI Testing 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 4 to 6PM. Free, non-judgy, drop-in testing for HIV and other sexuallytransmitted infections (STIs). Quarterly HIV testing is recommended for anyone engaging in higher-risk activities. No insurance or residency requirements. Free LGBT Legal Clinic 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 4 to 6PM. Free half-hour consultations with attorneys about a variety of LGBT legal needs, including employment and housing discrimination, family law questions, legal name changes, wills, and neighborhood harassment. Please check our events page to see which needs the clinic is covering that day. Free Computer Classes and Resume Clinic 4th Wednesdays from 4 to 6PM . Free walk-in computer classes in basic Microsoft and Google office software like Word and Powerpoint, as well as free resume consultations. Schedule an appointment with the Supportive Services coordinator or simply stop by. Medical Marijuana Enrollment Assistance 2nd Tuesdays from 4 to 6PM. Free walk-in assistance with navigating the PA Department of Health web-application for a Medical Marijuana state ID card. Professionally led Support Groups: STAR Read more


Madden Fights for Quality, Affordable Health Care

(Feb 28, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden participated in a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Wilkes-Barre focused on making health care more affordable for all Pennsylvanians. Read more


Madden Fights for Union Rights

(Feb 28, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden stood with union workers to promote her Workplace Freedom Act legislation that would allow public sector workers to form a union with a simple majority card check vote, rather than the lengthy bureaucratic process that workers currently have to go through. Read more


Rep Madden gets support for bill to make joining a union easier

(Feb 28, 2019)

State lawmakers are re-introducing a new bill that aims to ease the process of creating a union.Its called the Workplace Freedom Act.Democratic State Rep. Maureen Madden along with Republican State Rep. Tom Mehaffie are sponsoring the bill.Madden held a news conference Wednesday along with members of the SEIU in Scranton.It would allow public sector workers to form a union with a simple majority check vote, rather than going through a card check and secret ballot election. Read more


Rep Madden's workers rights bill getting attention

(Feb 28, 2019)

A number of people attending a rally in downtown Scranton tonight on the workplace freedom act legislation. State Representative Maureen Madden and other lawmakers were joined by members of unions to push for the legislation. Madden and State Representative Tom Mehaffie, plan to re-introduce the act that allows workers to form a union with a simple majority card check- rather than a lengthy process. Read more


House Democrats fight to protect your right to work without fear

(Feb 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 11 – To better protect workers, independent contractors and even volunteers at businesses of all sizes, House Democratic lawmakers announced new proposals today to help end workplace discrimination and harassment. The “Work Without Fear – It’s Your Right” plan is designed to give people the tools they need to protect themselves and their coworkers while also helping companies make sure everyone knows the rules. The plan includes: The PA Fairness Act – sponsored by Rep. Dan Frankel, Allegheny County – finally brings Pennsylvania into line with surrounding states by making sure nobody can be fired from a job or denied housing because of who they are or who they love. Until now, we’ve been counting on individual counties and cities to do the right thing and people and our economy has suffered. Give Victims Time for Justice – sponsored by Rep. Margo Davidson, Delaware County, and Rep Mary Isaacson, Philadelphia – gives victims the power to choose when to seek justice and guarantees them a right to trial by jury to seek damages by extending the timeline to file a complaint beyond the current 180 days. Ignorance is No Excuse – sponsored by Rep. Melissa Shusterman, Chester & Montgomery counties, makes sure workers and employers have the facts by requiring Employment Fair Practices notices posted in the workplace to include clear descriptions and examples of abuse so everyone is on the Read more