Closure List Exemptions

(Mar 20, 2020)

The PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has established a new resource account where businesses and staff can submit questions on exemptions regarding the closure of physical locations for non-life-sustaining businesses in the Commonwealth. Businesses seeking exemptions from closure: Please contact . Other questions about closures can be directed to . For more COVID-19 business information, DCED has set up a web site that continually will be updated as information becomes available: . Read more


Rep. Madden announces changes to district office operations effective March 13

(Mar 12, 2020)

MONROE, March 12 – State Rep. Maureen Madden D-Monroe, is alerting residents that her district offices will close to the public and operations will be by phone, mail and email only starting Friday, March 13 to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 and for the safety of the public. Madden said constituents can email her at . “My office will be closed starting tomorrow and we will reassess the situation as warranted,” Madden said. “We have access to voicemail, and we will be responding to messages and email.” Madden’s phone numbers are: (570) 420-2850 in the Stroudsburg Office. (570) 894-7905 in the Tobyhanna Office. Residents are also advised to take precautions to protect themselves from COVID-19, such as the following: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (time to sing Happy Birthday song twice). Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow or use a tissue. Do not use your hands . Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available. Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes, door handles, stair rails and other frequently touched items. Avoid touching your hands to your face, eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Clean and disinfect surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or Read more


Rep. Madden: Most Holy Trinity Parish gets $74, 482 for safety and security

(Mar 11, 2020)

CRESCO, March 11 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, said the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church has been awarded a $74,482 safety and security grant to establish security enhancements in the facility. “Violence is becoming all too familiar to us and this funding is a great mechanism to help prevent cases of violence targeting faith-based institutions and other situations that could harm members of our community,” Madden said. The grants, administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, are for organizations that serve communities that fit into one of six hate crime categories as defined by the FBI: race/ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and gender and gender identity. Madden said faith-based institutions and nonprofits could use the money for a variety of security planning, equipment and technology needs, including surveillance cameras, emergency communications equipment, electronic locksets, threat assessments and building upgrades. The Nonprofit Security Grant Program was established by Act 83 of 2019 and has made $5 million available to faith-based institutions and nonprofits that serve individuals, groups or institutions and have been deemed vulnerable to hate crimes across Pennsylvania. Read more


Rep. Madden brings $248,664 to her district for summer intern jobs

(Mar 09, 2020)

MONROE, March 9 - State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, said today that a $248,664 Workforce Development grant was awarded to the Pocono Counties Workforce Development Board to fund summer internship jobs. “Internships are a proven way to gain relevant knowledge, skills and experience while establishing important connections in the job field,” Madden said. “Young workers from my area will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience and get paid while they work.” The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development awarded more than $4.7 million to local workforce development boards for the State/Local Internship Program (SLIP) to provide nearly 1,500 summer internships across Pennsylvania. The 2020 SLIP will operate for an eight-week period between May 1 and Aug. 28. The program will offer wages at a minimum of $10.35 an hour for young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 years. For more information, those interested can visit . Read more


Rep. Madden gets $4K for Monroe County Historical Association

(Mar 04, 2020)

STROUDSBURG, March 5 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, today announced that the Monroe County Historical Association has been selected to receive $4,000 in grant funding from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. “I am very appreciative of this funding so the society can continue to preserve Monroe County’s history and to promote our community investments,” Madden said. Cultural and Historical Support Program grants provide general operating support to Pennsylvania museums and official county historical societies that are not directly supported by other state agency operating support programs. An eligible museum must have an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000 and at least one full-time professional staff person. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the official history agency of the commonwealth. Read more


Rep. Madden brings home $921K to three school districts in region

(Feb 26, 2020)

EAST STROUDSBURG, Feb. 26 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, said East Stroudsburg School District will receive $449,969, Pocono Mountain School District will get $426,240 and Stroudsburg School District will receive $45,000 in school safety and security grant funds for a total of $921,209. Madden brings home $921K to three school districts in region EAST STROUDSBURG, Feb. 26 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, said East Stroudsburg School District will receive $449,969, Pocono Mountain School District will get $426,240 and Stroudsburg School District will receive $45,000 in school safety and security grant funds for a total of $921,209. The school safety grant program was made available for school districts to address safety and security issues. "Our schools must be safe places to learn and where students can feel comfortable and supported, so these grants are designed to meet those needs and challenges within the school districts,” Madden said. Madden said Pocono Mountain school plans to hire a trauma informed project coordinator and behavioral and health sciences specialists. East Stroudsburg Area School plans to purchase security cameras, bus cameras, and conduct other professional development projects for school safety. The grants are made available from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to support community violence prevention/reduction in school districts. Read more


Rep. Madden's 2020 Winter Newsletter

(Feb 25, 2020)

Read Rep. Maureen Madden's 2020 winter newsletter Read more


February Monroe Matters

(Feb 25, 2020)

On this episode of Monroe Matters, Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden reacts to Gov. Tom Wolf's 2020-21 state budget proposal and discusses the role that this year's census and redistricting reform plays in bringing dollars and resources home to Monroe County. Read more


Madden: $88K awarded to East Stroudsburg School District for cafeteria equipment

(Jan 28, 2020)

EAST STROUDSBURG, Jan 28 – State Rep Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, announced today that $88,571 is coming to her legislative district in the form of grants to five schools in the East Stroudsburg Area School District to purchase new food service equipment for cafeterias. “Nutrition plays a critical role in a child’s ability to succeed academically, and these grants can help purchase needed equipment in order to serve well-balanced meals to students each day,” Madden said. The following schools each received grant funding: $17,151 to Bushkill Elementary School – Double Stacker Steamer $11,396 to J M Hill Elementary School – Hot/Cold Server Line $35,795 to Middle Smithfield School – Walk in Box Freezer $17,151 to Smithfield Elementary School – Double Stack Steamer $7,077 to East Stroudsburg Elementary Madden said funding for the grants is made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is 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. More than $925,000 in competitive grants were awarded to 72 elementary, middle and high schools across Pennsylvania through the PA Department of Education. Read more


Rep Madden brings home over $2 million to district for local projects

(Jan 22, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D- Monroe, said the Commonwealth Financing Authority today approved 11 projects in her legislative district totaling $2,549.909. “The economic development projects are the continued growth of the Poconos and they help to improve the standard of living and local quality of life for our residents,” Madden said. “I am truly appreciative of state Senator Mario Scavello and my fellow colleagues for sitting down at the table and working out details of projects that are beneficial to our area.” The Local Share Accounts grants include: $500,000 for road improvements along Route 447 in East Stroudsburg Borough, Smithfield Township and Stroud Township, Monroe County. The total project cost is $2.1 million. $400,000 to Stroudsburg Area School District to purchase computers for students in the school system. The total project cost is $1.2 million. $315,000 to the Pocono Mountain Regional Emergency Medical Services for building renovations to the ambulance station in Coolbaugh Township. The total project cost is $673,500. $308,165 to St. Luke’s health network to construct a family medical clinic inside the Mountain Center facility located in Coolbaugh Township. $324,061 to the Lehigh Valley Economic Investment Corporation to extend natural gas to existing homes on Lindbergh Avenue; Queen Street; Avenue A, B, C; Horizon Drive; Red Maple Read more


Rep. Madden brings home $47,000 grant for child victims

(Dec 12, 2019)

State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, has worked to secure a $47,000 grant for the Child Advocacy Center of Monroe County for services to child victims and their non-offending caregivers in the community. Madden said the grant will promote community awareness of child abuse issues, assist members with training on issues in the field, and facilitate efficient and meaningful case review. “I am happy to secure grant funding for our child advocacy center to help victims of abuse and for other programs in Monroe County,” Madden said. Madden said it is critically important that some of the funding be used for workers to continue their education and training in conjunction with the local Judge’s Children Roundtable. The $47,000 grant comes from the Children’s Advocacy Center Funds Act (Act 28 of 2014), which highlighted the importance of Children’s Advocacy Centers and established a dedicated funding stream for CACs and the training of mandated reporters. Centers are eligible to receive up to $47,000. Madden is a member of the House Human Services Committee and the Early Childhood Education Caucus. Read more


Transportation woes continue at Pocono Mountain School District

(Dec 12, 2019)

Transportation woes continue at Pocono Mountain School District Read more


12/3/19 – College Affordability – East Stroudsburg

(Dec 05, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Maureen Madden. Read more


Rep. Madden, Policy Committee look at college affordability

(Dec 03, 2019)

State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, today led a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at East Stroudsburg University to discuss college affordability . Madden was joined by several of her legislative colleagues from across the state to hear testimony about the financial concerns of college students and what more the state can do to help keep them in college. “One of the most troubling challenges students and families are facing is the skyrocketing cost of higher education,” Madden said. “We need to make college more affordable for students because Pennsylvania’s per capita funding for higher education ranks 47 th in the nation. Today’s hearing showed we need to do better than this.” Madden added “Nearly 70% of Pennsylvania students graduate with debt. We must close the gap that has made getting a college degree unattainable for many low- and middle-income students.” The panel of testifiers included a group of East Stroudsburg University students; Dr. Jeff Weber, associate provost for academic affairs, East Stroudsburg University; and Ken Mash, president, Association of PA State College & University Faculties. The meeting was one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA , which focuses on legislation that promotes good jobs, affordable and accessible health care, quality schools and job training, and a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is Read more


Rep. Madden to host policy committee hearing Tuesday on college affordability

(Nov 26, 2019)

State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, will host a Democratic Policy Committee hearing to discuss college affordability at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 at East Stroudsburg University, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, Room 336, 562 Independence Road. Joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, the committee will discuss college student debt and college affordability. The hearing agenda is: 3 p.m. - Welcome and opening remarks 3:10 p.m. Panel of East Stroudsburg University students Leila Bouchekouk , president, Student Government Association Shelby Jimcosky, academic affairs chair, Student Government Association Alex Reincke, school director, Stroudsburg Area School District 4:00 p.m. Panel Two: Dr. Jeff Weber , associate provost for academic affairs, East Stroudsburg University Ken Mash, president, Association of PA State College & University Faculties 4:50 p.m. Closing remarks Media coverage is invited. Read more


Rep. Madden supports legislation for better workers' rights at state Capitol rally

(Nov 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, joined union officials and House and Senate colleagues at a Capitol news conference to promote her legislation (H.B. 1178) and a series of other bills designed to strengthen workers’ rights in Pennsylvania. Madden’s legislation would allow public sector workers in Pennsylvania to form a union with a simple majority card check vote, rather than the lengthy, bureaucratic process that workers have to go through now. “It’s time to stand up to all those who would deny hardworking Pennsylvanians the right of a paycheck that reflects the dignity of their hard work and I am proud to stand and fight with union members for as long as it takes,” Madden said. Participating in the news conference are members of the State Employees International Union (SEIU) and Pennsylvania AFL-CIO and AFSCME. “Our workers in Pennsylvania deserve to earn a decent living wage, work in a safe environment that is free of harassment and intimidation, and the right to form and join a union,” Madden said. Madden said she first introduced the legislation in 2018 in response to the Janus v. AFSCME U.S. Supreme Court decision. Janus v. AFSCME was a landmark labor law decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled that collecting mandatory union fees in the public sector violated the First Amendment rights of workers. Read more


Rep. Madden brings home $500,000 grant for pedestrian and bike safety improvements in Stroudsburg

(Nov 12, 2019)

MONROE, Nov.12 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, said she is pleased to announce that a $500,000 grant has been awarded to Stroudsburg in Monroe County for bike and pedestrian improvements to the downtown area. Madden said a bike lane will be added to 12 blocks of Main Street and the sidewalks will be improved for pedestrians. “The new bike lanes will make driving, biking and walking in downtown Stroudsburg safer,” Madden said. “The borough is making Bank Alley a one-way auto alley at low speeds and the other portion of the alley will be restriped to allow a bike lane to connect Stroud Greenway and downtown.” Additionally, Madden said, a bike lane parallel to Main Street will be added through an existing alleyway. Construction is set to begin on I-80 and the I-80 Task Force requested the borough come up with alternative modes of transportation for the 5-year project. In addition, Monroe County Transit Authority is installing nine bus stop/bike posts locations along Main Street. “ We are so proud of our beautiful downtown area and this grant will contribute to a sense of community pride with additional recreational and transportation options for everyone, young and more mature,” Madden said. The funding comes from Pennsylvania’s Multimodal Transportation Fund Program. Total project cost is $1,083,014. The funds were approved by the state’s Commonwealth Financing Authority. The Read more


November Episode of Monroe Matters

(Nov 07, 2019)

On this episode of Monroe Matters, Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden discusses local efforts to curb the opioid addiction epidemic, the PA Farm Bill and its ties to hemp farming, and an up-close look at an innovative outdoor classroom. Read more


Rep. Madden: Career and technical education bill signed into law

(Nov 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 7 -- State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, said her support for a statewide educational program that now expands access to career opportunities for students is another step toward helping students make decisions about their future. Gov. Tom Wolf signed Act 76 which makes the governor’s PAsmart website part of the law and establishes provisions that support career and technical education and workforce development in Pennsylvania. “I continue to be a staunch supporter of our career and technical education programs in Pennsylvania that offer our students the opportunity to develop skills through hands-on learning experiences and classes which can lead to good-paying, family sustaining jobs,” Madden said. Madden said the PAsmart website consolidates Pennsylvania’s education, training and job search tools for people pursuing an education or career in Pennsylvania. “The state is investing much of its resources such as $70 million in funding for the workforce development initiative with $30 million into job training,” Madden said. Madden said vocational training is like a job apprenticeship because students get vocational education and training in a short time compared to other educational programs which require three or four years of extensive studies to earn a degree. According to the Pennsylvania Vocational Pubic Schools Report for the 2019-20 school year, there are 82 top vocational public Read more


Madden: $100,000 in Safe Schools grants awarded

(Oct 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – State Rep. Maureen Madden said she is pleased that nearly $100,000 in Safe Schools Targeted Grants today were announced for schools in her legislative district. Read more