McNeill Refuses to Support Terminating Disaster Declaration

(1 day ago)

Pa. state Rep. Jeanne McNeill expressed her reasons for voting against a House Republican resolution that would terminate the governor's emergency disaster declaration. She called the proposal political theater and ironic, as made apparent by the revelation that House Republican leaders failed to disclose a member of their Caucus tested positive for the virus, putting many lives in danger. Read more

 

McNeill: Bill brings much needed aid to volunteer fire, EMS companies statewide

(May 28, 2020)

State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, joined her colleagues in unanimous passage of S.B. 1122 to provide one-time crisis grants to each volunteer fire and emergency medical services company across the state to assist in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

 

McNeill calls on schools to apply for funding

(May 07, 2020)

WHITEHALL, May 7 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, is encouraging area school districts to consider applying for funds to assist them in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Education submitted an application to the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Once the state’s application is approved, school districts will need to apply for the funding. “These are valuable dollars that will aid the effort to ensure our children are able to continue learning and growing,” McNeill said. “We’ve already seen the extraordinary work our schools have done during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, and I encourage district leaders apply for the anticipated funding outlined below.” McNeill said area school districts are anticipated to receive the following amounts of funding: Bethlehem Area School District: $3,218,394 Catasauqua Area School District: $511,707 Salisbury Township: $183,244 Whitehall-Coplay School District: $814,494 The U.S. Department of Education is expected to approve the application within a week and is working on a streamlined application process to ensure the funds can be available to school districts as quickly as possible. The funding may be used for a wide range of purposes, Read more

 

McNeill Thanks Nurses For Sacrifice & Service

(May 06, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Jeanne McNeill offers a message of thanks to nurses on National Nurses Day, May 6, 2020. Read more

 

McNeill: $17,300 state grant will ensure students are equipped for remote learning during pandemic

(May 01, 2020)

WHITEHALL, May 1 – A state grant totaling $17,300 will help put computers and other remote-learning tools into the hands of students who are unable to afford them in the Whitehall-Coplay School District, announced state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh. “During this pandemic, our students are learning online but not everyone can afford or has access to the technology needed for consistent and effective remote learning,” said McNeill. “These grant dollars will help ensure, regardless of their income, our children all have an equal opportunity to continue their public education from home.” The Continuity of Education and Equity Grants – administered by the state Department of Education – are designed to help provide access and inclusion for all learners by bridging the gap for students who are currently limited in their ability to participate in continuity of education. The grants may be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets and internet hot spots, or to provide instructional materials, such as paper lessons and coursework. Schools with the highest percentages of students lacking access to resources were given priority in receiving the grants. Read more

 

McNeill: Unemployment Benefits Soon Available

(Apr 14, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Jeanne McNeill says independent contractors or the self-employed that have been hit hard by the impacts of the coronavirus will soon be able to file for unemployment compensation benefits from the federal government. Read more

 

McNeill, Boscola postpone Senior Fair

(Apr 02, 2020)

WHITEHALL, April 2 – In an effort to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus known as COVID-19 and to adhere to Gov. Tom Wolf’s Stay-at-Home order for the commonwealth, state Rep. Jeanne McNeill and state Sen. Lisa Boscola announced today their annual Senior Fair, scheduled for April 17, is postponed until a yet-to-be determined date. “Because Pennsylvania is under a statewide Stay-at-Home order, and since our event is so popular with seniors throughout the area, we decided it was better to postpone it rather than cancel it outright,” McNeill said. “This will give everyone the opportunity to stay home and stay safe, yet visit us later when we’ll have all of the great resources that our Senior Fair has become known for in previous years.” When the free annual event is rescheduled, it will take place at the Whitehall Mall. “Seniors are at higher risk of contracting this coronavirus, and we encourage our seniors and all Pennsylvanians to stay indoors and away from others as much as possible,” Boscola said. “We will make sure the rescheduled date of this year’s Senior Fair is adequately advertised ahead of time, so no senior misses out on the valuable information that is available through local organizations and county, state and federal agencies.” Both legislators’ offices are continuing to serve the public, with staff available in their Read more

 

Fill out the 2020 census!

(Mar 30, 2020)

In Pennsylvania, everyone counts and April 1 is National Census Day! If you haven’t already, don't forget to fill out your census form. Our population count determines our voice in government and how much federal funding we’ll receive for education, health care, transportation and more. Whether you respond online, mail or by phone , participate and help shape PA’s future. Your responses are anonymous and protected by law. To learn more, visit pa.gov/census #PAcounts #2020Census Read more

 

COVID-19 Helpful Resources

(Mar 26, 2020)

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting Pennsylvania, we wanted to provide you with the following resources and information to help you and your family in the days ahead. Please note that this webpage will be updated as needed with additional information and resources. State Services and Resources The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has created a COVID-19 guide to assist everyone. It includes information on social distancing, mental health resources, unemployment, food assistance, changes from PennDOT and resources for small business: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/ For individuals : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForIndividuals For families : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForFamilies For businesses : https://dced.pa.gov/resources COVID Support for PA Businesses : The following provides information and and links to federal, state, local and private resources. https://www.pahouse.com/News/?id=113388 **Self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers: Apply here for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits .** https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForBusinessesUtilities Information from the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry on the federal CARES Act: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/CARES-Act/Pages/default.aspx The following link provides you with Read more

 

McNeill offers response to Stay at Home Order for Lehigh County

(Mar 25, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 25 -- State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, issued the following response after Gov. Tom Wolf and Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine added Lehigh County to the governor’s Stay at Home order. “These are decisions that are difficult but needed to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, and I support the action taken today by Governor Wolf and Secretary Levine,” McNeill said. “We see the numbers continuing to rise and understand the importance of doing what we all can to protect our communities and commonwealth.” The Stay at Home order now includes 10 counties: Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton and Philadelphia. The amended order for Lehigh and Northampton counties takes effect at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 and will continue until April 6. The full Stay at Home Order is available to view here . Guidance on permitted activities under the order is available here . “The important thing in the coming days and weeks is that we do our part to slow the spread,” McNeill said. “We need to stay home, stay safe and ask ourselves before leaving if that trip outside of our homes is really essential.” Read more

 

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 ra-dcexemptions@pa.gov . Other questions about closures can be directed to ra-dcedcs@pa.gov . For more COVID-19 business information, DCED has set up a web site that continually will be updated as information becomes available: https://dced.pa.gov/resources . Read more

 

McNeill Fighting for Increased Animal Safety Laws

(Mar 12, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Jeanne McNeill visited the Lehigh County Humane Society to promote several pieces of animal welfare legislation, including her bill which would ban the use of pet crates on top of or behind vehicles. Read more

 

McNeill: Saint Elizabeth Catholic Church awarded state security grant

(Mar 11, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 11 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, today announced the Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, Whitehall, received a $20,029 state security grant. “Saint Elizabeth has been in our area for nearly 100 years and sadly it has recently become a target for burglars,” McNeill said. “I am pleased to see this funding approved to ensure Saint Elizabeth can take measures to prevent future break ins and continue worship services for its congregation.” The funding may be used for the following: the acquiring of safety and security equipment or technology; safety and security training; threat awareness and response training; upgrades to existing structures; and/or safety and security planning. The grants are provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency's Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program following the passage of Act 83 of 2019 . The act directs PCCD to administer grants to nonprofit organizations who have been or who are likely to be targets for hate crimes. Priority consideration for funding was given to organizations that indicated they – or their membership – were victims of a hate crime or had a credible hate-crime threat. This was one of 114 grants totaling over $5 million, which were awarded to organizations across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Animal protection supported by Schweyer, Schlossberg, McNeill

(Mar 11, 2020)

ALLENTOWN, March 11 – Today, state Reps. Mike Schlossberg, Peter Schweyer and Jeanne McNeill joined leaders from the Lehigh County Humane Society and The Humane Society of the United States in a call to advance legislation to better protect animals from abuse in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Lehigh Valley school districts awarded $625K in school safety grants

(Feb 27, 2020)

Lehigh Valley, Feb. 27– State Reps. Bob Freeman, D-Northampton, Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, and Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton, announced that seven school districts in Northampton and Lehigh counties have received a total of $625,000 in school safety and security grants. The following school districts were awarded funding: Bethlehem Area School District -- $385,000 Catasauqua Area School District -- $35,000 Easton Area School District -- $45,000 Salisbury Township School District -- $35,000 Saucon Valley School District -- $40,000 Wilson Area School District -- $40,000 Whitehall-Coplay School District -- $45,000 “This funding will go far with enhancing anti-violence efforts in schools,” Freeman said. Lawmakers said the funding will be used to fund a counseling psychologist and for mental health and behavioral services and for other security system programs. “We can’t take anything for granted anymore in schools as far as safety is concerned so our teachers and students must be prepared,” McNeill said. Samuelson said the demand for school safety funding is a priority. “A safe learning environment ensures the overall development of a child,” Samuelson said. The funds will be provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee. This committee is the result of Act 44 of Read more

 

McNeill: $2.5 Million Grant Redeveloping Iron Works Catasauqua

(Feb 21, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Jeanne McNeill and Catasauqua officials discuss the Iron Works redevelopment project along Front and Bridge streets. Read more

 

McNeill Works To Help Survivors of Sexual Assault & Rape

(Feb 05, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Jeanne McNeill thanks her colleagues for supporting her effort to ensure help is affordable and accessible for survivors of sexual assault and rape. Read more

 

McNeill Applauds Governor’s State Budget Address

(Feb 05, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Jeanne McNeill supports Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Read more

 

Rep.McNeill announces nearly $61,516 local fire department, EMS grants

(Jan 17, 2020)

LEHIGH, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, today announced the award of $61,516 in state grants to five fire and ambulance companies in the 133 rd Legislative District. “Our volunteer firefighters and EMS organizations do a fantastic job helping our local communities,” McNeill said. “Our organizations really need this funding to stay open and continue to provide lifesaving service in the Lehigh Valley.” The grants in McNeill’s district are as follows: $13,152.60 - Eastern Salisbury Fire Ambulance and Rescue. $12,604.88 – Fountain Hill Fire Department. $11,509.46 – Han-Le-Co Volunteer Fire Co. $12,194.10 – Hokendauqua Fire Co. $12,057.17 – West Catasauqua Fire Company No. 1. The grants are made possible by the state’s Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, and can be used toward repairing, building or renovating facilities. The money can also be applied toward the purchase of new equipment, training and certification of staff, or toward repayment of equipment purchases or facility building and maintenance. Read more

 

McNeill: $35,000 grant to advance science and technology education to Whitehall-Coplay School District

(Jan 17, 2020)

LEHIGH, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, has announced that a $35,000 PAsmart grant has been awarded to Whitehall-Coplay School District to expand computer science classes and teacher training. The grant will be put to good use by helping students from low-income families who may not have a computer at home to learn the necessary computer skills that can help them find successful employment upon graduation,” McNeill said. According to McNeill, the grant will also be used to provide educators from pre-kindergarten through 12 th grade with training to teach computer science. McNeill said she supports the efforts of Gov. Tom Wolf to ensure resources and funding for computer education to students and schools across the commonwealth, especially underprivileged students. Wolf announced a total of $5.7 million in PAsmart Targeted grants to expand computer science classes and teacher training at 163 school districts, charter schools and intermediate units. Over the next 10 years, 71 percent of new jobs in Pennsylvania will require employees to use computers and new technologies. The Targeted grants represent one component of the governor’s innovative PA smart initiative, which provides funding to bring high-quality computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in elementary, middle and high schools and professional development for teachers. Read more