March 27 COVID-19 update: Latest links and resources

(23 hours ago)

It has been 21 days — three weeks — since the first positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in Pennsylvania, and the number of positive cases of COVID-19 is still climbing here in Montgomery County, very likely as a result of increased testing. Read more

 

Community Food Cupboards: What you need to know

(Mar 26, 2020)

As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to tighten its grip on the nation, I am increasingly worried about food insecurity gripping our community as well. My office has reached out to local food cupboards with whom we work frequently to inquire about their donation and distribution hours and procedures. Read more

 

COVID-19 update: Latest links and resources

(Mar 20, 2020)

Tomorrow marks two weeks since we received the first reports of COVID-19 in Montgomery County. It feels like a lifetime. The flood of information has been relentless. Read more

 

Food bank donation and distribution

(Mar 19, 2020)

My office reached out to local food cupboards with whom we work frequently. Here are three that could use your help to help others. Read more

 

Latest statewide news and resources regarding COVID-19

(Mar 17, 2020)

With so much information being shared and distributed about the COVID-19 coronavirus, I will do my best to round up some of that key information and share it with you. Read more

 

Latest updates on COVID-19: Wolf orders statewide shutdown

(Mar 16, 2020)

This is similar to statewide shutdowns recently announced in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Ohio, among others. Wolf said he has no plans to involve the PA National Guard to enforce the shutdown. Read more

 

NO In-Office Hours for the Next 2 Weeks

(Mar 12, 2020)

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 within Montgomery County and to keep Montgomery County residents safe, Gov. Wolf, in consultation with Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. Val Arkoosh, has decided to close all schools, daycares, community centers, gyms and state offices in Montgomery County starting tomorrow — Friday, March 13th — for the next two weeks. My district office will be closed to foot traffic as well. Read more

 

McCarter announces more than $240K in safety grants for area nonprofits

(Mar 12, 2020)

“I do not need reminding, nor should any Pennsylvanian, 11 people were killed, seven people were injured and an entire community was rocked when a gunman terrorized morning Shabbat services at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue in the fall of 2018,” McCarter said. “Increasingly, we live in a time when places of worship need protection. I am very pleased that several in my own community were awarded funds to help their employees and their congregants — our friends and our neighbors — feel more secure.” Read more

 

Coronavirus/COVID-19 case ID'd in Cheltenham

(Mar 10, 2020)

This afternoon, Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh, M.D., confirmed the first presumptive positive case of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our immediate community. Read more

 

Coronavirus ID’d in Pennsylvania

(Mar 06, 2020)

This morning, Governor Tom Wolf confirmed the first two presumptive positive cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

McCarter questions cyber charter reimbursement

(Mar 04, 2020)

Watch a budget hearing back-and-forth between PA state Rep. Steve McCarter and PA Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera about the role of Rivera’s department in overseeing cyber charter school tuition reimbursements when the cost of educating a cyber charter student (an amount the local school district and taxpayers are required to pick up) is greatly inflated by the cyber charter. Read more

 

Electronics Recycling in Mt. Airy on March 21

(Mar 02, 2020)

Anything that turns on and off will be accepted for environmentally responsible recycling. Batteries are also accepted; lightbulbs are not. Read more

 

McCarter champions science in Glenside

(Feb 28, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Steve McCarter speaks about the importance of science at an e (as in environmental)-meet and greet hosted by Conservation Voters of PA and other local green groups in Glenside, Pa. Read more

 

Budget Hearings in Harrisburg

(Feb 28, 2020)

This is budget season in the Capitol, and as a member of the Appropriations Committee, I have been privy to many hours of testimony from the state’s agencies concerning their funding needs and desires. Read more

 

The Latest on COVID-19 — What You Need to Know

(Feb 27, 2020)

Scientists continue to study COVID-19, the respiratory illness that was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, and is now a global concern. Read more

 

School safety grants awarded around Montgomery County

(Feb 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – Montgomery County state representatives today announced school safety and security grants awarded to school districts throughout the county. The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee awarded a total of $53.7 million in school safety grants. Montgomery County awards are as follows: Abington School District: $455,550 Agora Cyber Charter School: $143,226 Cheltenham Township School District: $45,000 Colonial School District: $45,000 Hatboro-Horsham School District: $45,000 Jenkintown School District: $30,000 Lower Merion School District: $45,000 Lower Moreland Township School District: $40,000 Methacton School District: $221,370 Norristown Area School District: $467,756 North Montco Technical Career Center: $150,000 North Penn School District: $45,000 Perkiomen Valley School District: $45,000 Pottsgrove School District: $40,000 Pottstown School District: $490,000 Souderton Area School District: $460,437 Springfield Township School District: $40,000 Spring-Ford Area School District: $45,000 Upper Dublin School District: $45,000 Upper Merion Area School District: $45,000 Upper Moreland School District: $40,000 Upper Perkiomen School District: $40,000 Western Montgomery Career & Technology Center: $72,994 Wissahickon School District: $45,000 Below are reactions from Democratic state Read more

 

Coronavirus Considered a Global Health Emergency

(Jan 30, 2020)

Dear Friends, Earlier this week, I sent out an email concerning the coronavirus, a massive outbreak of a new respiratory illness first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, and I promised to update you as things changed. Today, they did: A 16-person panel of independent experts with the World Health Organization (WHO) met today in Geneva to assess the current situation and decide whether the spread of the coronavirus constitutes an international emergency—a declaration they were disinclined to make last week because the panel felt it did not have enough information. Today, they felt they did and declared the coronavirus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The WHO has made only five PHEICs in the last decade: the H1 virus that caused an influenza pandemic (2009), West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, polio (2014), Zika virus (2016), and the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (2019). To date, according to Chinese officials, the coronavirus has sickened more than 7,700 people in China and killed 170, most of whom have been older people with underlying illnesses. Cases have been confirmed in every province and region of the country, and as of yesterday, 68 cases had been reported around the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 20 countries, including Hong Kong, have confirmed cases of the coronavirus. The United States is one of them. As of yesterday, the CDC reports that 165 Americans across 36... Read more

 

Coronavirus Update

(Jan 28, 2020)

Dear Friends,As I’m sure you are aware, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring a massive outbreak of a new respiratory illness first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Infections caused by the virus, which is a kind of virus called a coronavirus, are being reported in a growing number of countries internationally, including the United States. The CDC reports that as of today, there are five confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the U.S. and 110 people in 26 states who are under investigation.This situation is rapidly evolving both here and abroad, and the statistics and health advisory information will likely change with it. But we can answer a few key questions now:What is a “coronavirus”?Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause infections in mammals, including humans, and birds. In humans, the virus causes respiratory infections that can range from mild, like the common cold, to deadly.What are the symptoms of this coronavirus?A fever, dry cough, shortness of breath and trouble breathing. The CDC believes the incubation period is anywhere from 2 to 14 days. Reports out of China suggest that patients may be infectious before the onset of their symptoms, although the CDC has no clear evidence of that yet here in the United States.What are its origins?Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China, reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market there, suggesting animal-to-person spread.... Read more

 

Stay Up to Date with ONE CLICK

(Jan 22, 2020)

Dear Friends, Want to stay up to date about what’s happening here and in Harrisburg? Click on the link below to continue receiving updates from my office on a whole host of issues including REAL IDs, PennDOT plans and road closings, SEPTA Key Cards—the works. According to House rules, I’m not allowed to contact you at all during a 60-day “blackout” period prior to a House election unless you indicate you want me to do so. So please, tell me to do so: Opt in to stay connected to what’s happening at the local, county and state level. As always, if you need additional information about any state government-related issue, don’t hesitate to reach out to my office at 115 E. Glenside Ave., Suite 8, Glenside, PA 19038 by calling (215) 572-5210 or emailing me at RepMcCarter@pahouse.net . Sincerely, Steve McCarter Pennsylvania State Representative Serving Cheltenham Township, Springfield Township and Jenkintown Borough Read more

 

PA House Members laud Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf as he moves his draft methane rule to the state’s Environmental Quality Board

(Dec 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 17 – Heeding the call of a majority of Pennsylvanians across the state who support immediate and multi-pronged action on climate, the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf today presented its draft methane rule to the Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Quality Board. Legislators statewide, including members of the Pennsylvania Climate Caucus, led in the House of Representatives by Co-Chair state Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, and Vice Chair state Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, have urged the governor to act forcefully on climate, as families and communities in the commonwealth experience the increasingly harmful impacts of global warming. Methane, the primary component of natural gas, is a potent greenhouse gas. Its emissions -- leaked from thousands of sources of natural gas development and infrastructure in the state -- are estimated to be five times higher than what is reported to DEP, or over 500,000 tons annually. Pennsylvania is the second-largest producer of natural gas in the U.S. “Members of the Pennsylvania Climate Caucus came together in the Capitol this fall to call on Governor Wolf to move quickly to regulate methane emissions, and we are thrilled to say today that the governor heeded that call and those of Pennsylvanians across the commonwealth by taking action and launching a rulemaking process at the EQB,” McCarter said. “This is the kind of leadership we need on Read more