Upcoming Community Events

(Sep 06, 2019)

I want to alert you about four upcoming events in the community—opportunities for you to receive a naloxone kit for free, turn in any guns you want to get rid of, learn more about the 2020 U.S. Census and shred those important documents you’ve set aside for special disposal. Naloxone Distribution and Education Event: Tuesday, September 17 from 6 PM to 8 PM The Montgomery County Department of Health & Human Services Offices of Drug & Alcohol and Public Health are sponsoring free quarterly Naloxone distribution events—they’re giving out one Naloxone kit per family for free. The first event is from 6 PM to 8 PM on Tuesday, September 17 at St. Anthony’s of Padua Parish, 259 Forest Avenue, Ambler, PA 19002. Registration is required. Click here to register . Gun Turn-In Event: Wednesday, September 18 from 4 PM to 8 PM Saturday, September 21 from 9 AM to 1 PM The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office is sponsoring free gun turn-in events on Wednesday, September 18 and Saturday, September 21 at the Jenkintown Police Department, 700 Summit Avenue, Jenkintown, PA 19046. All unloaded firearms, including handguns, rifles and Read more

 

Helping Our Global Neighbors

(Sep 06, 2019)

We are only just beginning to learn the extent of the crushing devastation wrought by Hurricane Dorian. The first major hurricane of the 2019 storm season slammed into the Bahamas as a powerful Category 5 storm. Its forceful winds and heavy rains caused unprecedented flooding and damaged countless homes and businesses on the islands. The death toll is still largely unknown and is expected to rise. My heart goes out to the citizens of the Bahamas and to all those along the South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia coasts along the storm’s northward path. In our increasingly global community, we are all neighbors. And neighbors help neighbors. Here’s some information on how you might be able to lend a hand to our global neighbors in need: Before giving any monetary donation, you can conduct research on what charities are responding to the storm aftermath by clicking on these links: Charity Navigator Click on “Hot Topic” and then “Hurricane Dorian” to find a list of highly-rated organizations providing aid and relief. Pennsylvania Department of State database for charitable organizations American Red Read more

 

RSVP Today for Tuesday's McCarter Town Hall

(Sep 05, 2019)

I, too, am going back to school this month, and I’m hoping you will join me. Next Tuesday, September 10, I will be holding a town hall meeting at Wyncote Elementary School, 333 Rices Mill Road, Wyncote, PA 19095. Among other things, I will talk about funding for public education and, in particular, how cyber charter school funding affects the stream of money flowing to traditional public schools like Wyncote. Larry Feinberg, founder of the Keystone State Education Coalition and a strong advocate for public education at the local, regional, state and national levels, will join me for this discussion. Please save the date—and to help my office plan accordingly, RSVP by clicking the button below or by calling (215) 572-5210 or emailing RepMcCarter@pahouse.net . RSVP Beyond discussing cyber charter funding reform and why it is desperately needed in Pennsylvania, I will answer any questions you may have and discuss what you feel are the most important issues facing our state and how best to deal with them. If you have any questions about this or any other state government-related matter, please don’t hesitate Read more

 

Fighting for Workers' Rights

(Sep 03, 2019)

Yesterday was the 125th anniversary of Labor Day, a holiday day that celebrates the enormous contributions the American worker has made to the strength and prosperity of our country and to the wide proliferation of its freedoms. It is a day of well-deserved picnics and parades—a day to celebrate victories such as paid sick leave, the federal Equal Pay Act and the American with Disabilities Act. With fellow legislators at the 2019 Philadelphia Labor Day Parade. But it is not a day to rest on our laurels. Here in Pennsylvania, we need to further support our workers by: Raising the minimum wage. At $7.25 an hour, Pennsylvania’s minimum wage is the lowest in the Northeast. Raising the minimum wage could help up to 1.2 million Pennsylvanians (many of them women), put nearly $2 billion back into workers’ pockets and create more than 6,000 jobs. I am a co-sponsor of the One Fair Wage bill, which would raise the minimum wage incrementally to top out at $15 per hour in 2024 and would also set the tipped wage to the same level, ensuring that all workers get paid a living wage. Banning discriminatory Read more

 

McCarter Holds 7th Annual Senior Fair

(Sep 03, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Steve McCarter hosted his seventh annual senior fair, helping more older Pennsylvanians than ever (700-plus this year!) live happier and healthier lives. Read more

 

DON’T MISS IT! Rep. Steve McCarter’s 2019 SENIOR FAIR is THIS THURSDAY

(Aug 27, 2019)

STAY INFORMED HOW WE VOTED CONTACT ME Dear Friends, My seventh annual Senior Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. THIS Thursday, August 29, at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Rd., Elkins Park, 19027. RSVP if you haven’t already! RSVP Read more

 

THIS SATURDAY: Grab a Coffee with Rep. McCarter!

(Aug 22, 2019)

Dear Friends, Please join me for a cup of coffee from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. THIS Saturday, August 24th at Dunkin’ Donuts, 1403 W. Cheltenham Avenue in La Mott, 19027. RSVP to (215) 572-5210 or RepMcCarter@PAHouse.net. Hear about what’s brewing in Harrisburg and locally, ask me any questions you’d like and talk to me about your concerns. There will be no speeches, no agenda. Just good coffee and good conversation. This Coffee with McCarter event is the second of several I’m holding this summer and fall throughout the district. If you have a favorite neighborhood coffee place, let me know. I will look into hosting a coffee there next. If you have any questions about Coffee With McCarter or any state government-related matter, don’t hesitate to reach out to my office . Sincerely, Steve McCarter Pennsylvania State Representative Serving Cheltenham Township, Springfield Township and Jenkintown Borough Read more

 

DON’T MISS: Special Evening Office Hours TOMORROW, Wednesday, August 21, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

(Aug 20, 2019)

Dear Friends, My office and United States Congresswoman Madeleine Dean’s office will be staying open late tomorrow, Wednesday, August 21st from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. to allow constituents who are unable to visit our offices during normal business hours full access to state- and federal government-related services. Evening Office Hours: Wednesday, August 21, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. My staff will be on hand to help with unclaimed property, REAL ID questions, SEPTA Senior Key ID cards, birth and death certificate requests, PACE, PennDOT problems and all other state government-related issues. U.S. Congresswoman Dean’s staff will be available to answer questions and address concerns involving Social Security, Medicare, veterans’ benefits, federal student loans, passports and visas, IRS issues and any other federal government-related issue. No appointments are necessary. Simply come to 115 E. Glenside Ave., Glenside, PA 19038. My office is in Suite 8; U.S. Congresswoman Dean’s office is just steps away in Suite 1. Don’t hesitate to call (215) 572-5210 if you have any questions. Sincerely, Read more

 

TIME IS RUNNING OUT: RSVP for Rep. Steve McCarter’s 2019 SENIOR FAIR

(Aug 13, 2019)

Dear Friends, Save the date—and time in line! RSVP for my seventh annual Senior Fair, which will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 29 at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, 19027. RSVP Nearly 100 exhibitors—including representatives from federal, state, county and local agencies such as Transnet, PECO and the Aging and Adult Services and Veterans Affairs offices of Montgomery County as well as non-government exhibitors—will be there to offer information on health care, educational and volunteer opportunities, REAL ID, prescription-drug plans, identity theft, unclaimed property and much more. Seniors can also apply for SEPTA Key Senior Photo ID cards (with a state license or state non-driver’s photo ID), receive flu shots (with proof of insurance), get Montgomery County Veterans’ Photo ID Discount cards (with discharge papers—a DD214 or DD256) and dispose of unwanted or expired medications onsite. Last year’s event was a tremendous success. Check out the brief video below to get an idea of what you can expect. Read more

 

TIME IS RUNNING OUT: RSVP for Rep. Steve McCarter’s 2019 SENIOR FAIR

(Aug 13, 2019)

Dear Friends, Save the date—and time in line! RSVP for my seventh annual Senior Fair, which will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 29 at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, 19027. RSVP Nearly 100 exhibitors—including representatives from federal, state, county and local agencies such as Transnet, PECO and the Aging and Adult Services and Veterans Affairs offices of Montgomery County as well as non-government exhibitors—will be there to offer information on health care, educational and volunteer opportunities, REAL ID, prescription-drug plans, identity theft, unclaimed property and much more. Seniors can also apply for SEPTA Key Senior Photo ID cards (with a state license or state non-driver’s photo ID), receive flu shots (with proof of insurance), get Montgomery County Veterans’ Photo ID Discount cards (with discharge papers—a DD214 or DD256) and dispose of unwanted or expired medications onsite. Last year’s event was a tremendous success. Check out the brief video below to get an idea of what you can expect. Read more

 

We Must Address Gun Violence and Extremism

(Aug 06, 2019)

Dear Friends, Legislation pending in the House and Senate includes bills to ban assault weapons, address access to guns for people at risk of violence to themselves or others and close the loophole for gun background checks, among others. These bills deserve a vote in Harrisburg. I and other members of the PA Safe Caucus are demanding it. Less than 24 hours apart, the mass shooting rampages in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, left 31 dead, many more injured and a nation reeling. Like many of you, I have been grieving for those killed, for their families and for the communities in Texas and Ohio in which they reside. I am also remembering the recent victims of gun violence much closer to home—in Philadelphia, in Allentown and in Pittsburgh, where a gunman terrorized morning Shabbat services at the Tree of Life Synagogue just shy of two years ago now. I am grieving for those families and those communities, and for us all, all over again. But grief is not enough. We must act. The PA Safe Caucus, a bicameral body of 70 members dedicated to reducing gun violence, of which I am a member, today requested that Gov. Wolf convene a special joint session of the legislature to address the epidemic of gun violence and the violent ideology that has rocked our nation. Mass Read more

 

Salus University Awarded $500,000 in State Grants

(Aug 02, 2019)

Dear Friends, I’m pleased to announce that Salus University has been awarded $500,000 in state grants to help develop its Physician Assistant Program. I also wanted to remind you that my office is accepting food donations throughout the month of August and to let you know about my upcoming Coffee with McCarter on Saturday, August 24, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. RACP Grant Awarded to Salus University I’m proud to report that Governor Wolf has released $500,000 in grant funds to Salus University’s Physician Assistant Program from the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). This deserving project will help develop Pennsylvania’s healthcare delivery team by preparing graduates to be physician assistants. The RACP funds will help renovate two 50-seat traditional, lecture-style classrooms into collaborative learning environments, renovate its clinical procedures lab, and add a patient treatment simulation lab. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program helps spur economic growth through regional economic, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. Mark Your Calendar for Coffee with Read more

 

McCarter: $500,000 grant awarded for Salus University program

(Aug 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 1 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, today announced a $500,000 grant has been awarded to Salus University’s Physician Assistant Program from the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. “I am pleased to see the state make a meaningful investment in our community,” McCarter said. “This project will help to develop Pennsylvania’s health care delivery team by preparing graduates to be physician assistants.” The RACP funds will help renovate two 50-seat traditional lecture style classrooms into collaborative learning environments, renovate its clinical procedures lab and add a patient treatment simulation lab. RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity. RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs. Read more

 

SEPTA Plans Major Expansion of Jenkintown-Wyncote Train Station

(Aug 01, 2019)

Dear Friends, I wanted you to know about SEPTA’s plans for expanding the Jenkintown-Wyncote Train Station—including accessibility improvements—and the Open House SEPTA is hosting next week where you can hear more and ask questions. SEPTA and JOSS Realty will be holding an open house next week to share and discuss their plans for expansion and retail development for the Jenkintown-Wyncote Train Station. T he open house will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 7 at the historic Jenkintown-Wyncote Train Station at 2 Greenwood Avenue. Representatives from SEPTA and JOSS Realty will be there to answer questions on their proposed improvements. If you have any questions, I encourage you to bring them with you to the open house. On any and all matters related to state government, don’t hesitate to call (215) 572-5210 or email RepMcCarter@PAHouse.net . Sincerely, Steve McCarter Pennsylvania State Representative Read more

 

McCarter Working to Save Hospitals and Healthcare Jobs

(Jul 23, 2019)

I'm working with the House Democratic Policy Committee on answers to how the state can keep hospitals from ceasing operations, ensure access to quality healthcare for all and continue to develop new doctors for Pennsylvania's communities. Read more

 

A Bill That Opens the Door to Arming School Employees Passes the House

(Jun 28, 2019)

Yes, we need to make our schools and our society safer. But the hardening of schools and the proliferation of guns in our country will not do that. In fact, I fear, it will make our children and our society far less safe. Read more

 

The Supreme Court got it wrong on gerrymandering

(Jun 27, 2019)

With all due respect, the Supreme Court got this one wrong. Voters should be picking their elected officials. Elected officials should not be picking their voters. Read more

 

Why I voted 'NO' on 2019-20 state budget

(Jun 26, 2019)

I am in Harrisburg to fight for the commonwealth and for the people within it. Budgets are opportunities to do what’s right. There’s simply not enough right about this one. Read more

 

Rep. McCarter reacts to budget spending plan

(Jun 25, 2019)

The purpose of our budget is to set the priorities to move the commonwealth forward. That includes putting our seniors, children, schools and environment first. This proposal fails to do so, and I voted no. Read more

 

Beware of scam calls targeting Property Tax & Rent Rebate recipients

(Jun 21, 2019)

If you received a scam call and provided banking or other personal information, call your bank to report the potential fraud. Read more