Unemployment Compensation Assistance

(Jan 20, 2017)

Get more info on what you can do now that several Unemployment Compensation Service Centers have closed and longer wait times are being experienced by those looking for help. Read more

 

McNeill focusing third term on addiction, property taxes, jobs

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – During a ceremony at the state Capitol, Rep. Dan McNeill today was sworn in to begin his third term fighting for the residents of Lehigh County. Read more

 

License Your Dog in PA

(Dec 22, 2016)

All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs. An annual license is $8.50 and a lifetime license is $51.50. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50 and lifetime is $31.50. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities. The small license fee helps the millions of dogs in the state by funding the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement. Dog licenses are available from your local county treasurer and other licensing agents. Reasons for dog licensing: It’s the law. All dogs three months or older must have a current license. If your dog gets lost, a license is the best way to get him back. A license helps animal control and shelters identify your dog and get him back home safely. The cost of a license is less than the penalty for being caught without one. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog. License fees support animal control. The annual fee you pay to license your dog helps keep shelters running and supports the work of the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs, regulating dangerous dogs and overseeing annual licensing and rabies vaccinations. Read more

 

Holiday Safety Tips

(Dec 20, 2016)

As family and friends decorate their homes and gather to celebrate the holidays, Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay and Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller offer some tips to ensure everyone stays safe this holiday season. Read more

 

McNeill holds town hall on heroin and opioid epidemic in Lehigh Valley

(Oct 13, 2016)

WHITEHALL, Oct. 13 – Following Gov. Tom Wolf’s recent call for the General Assembly to act on legislation to help combat the growing heroin and opioid crisis in Pennsylvania, state Rep. Dan McNeill held his fourth town hall meeting Wednesday to address the overwhelming epidemic. Several parents brought their children to the Salisbury High School auditorium to hear from officials and experts about the dangers of drug use. Speakers included: Joe Stauffer, chief deputy district attorney of Lehigh County and supervisor of the Narcotics Unit; Joe Martellucci, Lehigh County assistant administrator for Drug and Alcohol; Bill Stauffer, executive director, Pennsylvania Recovery Organization–Alliance (PRO-A); and Donna Jacobsen, leader, Lehigh Valley Parent Group. Martellucci said more must be done in Pennsylvania to treat people who are addicted to heroin and opioids. “You don’t treat a cancer patient for only 30 days, so why do we treat those suffering from heroin and opioid addiction for 30 days?” noted Martellucci. Jacobsen recalled the story of her daughter’s battle with addiction and her struggle to finally get clean. “I never thought I would be the parent of a heroin addict. Her doctor prescribed Xanax for her anxiety but guess what? She ended up addicted to heroin,” Jacobsen said. “She comes from a loving, hardworking family. It could happen to anyone; it could happen to you.” In addition to Read more

 

Rep. McNeill to host town hall on heroin and opioid addiction at Salisbury High School

(Sep 30, 2016)

WHITEHALL, Sept. 30 – State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-Lehigh, will host his next town hall meeting on the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 in the auditorium at Salisbury High School, 500 E. Montgomery St., Allentown. McNeill noted that to date, there have been close to 100 suspected drug overdose deaths in Lehigh County alone. S peakers scheduled to appear are: Joe Stauffer – chief deputy district attorney of Lehigh County and supervisor of the Narcotics Unit ; Joe Marellucci, Lehigh County assistant administrator for Drug and Alcohol; Bill Stauffer – executive director, Pennsylvania Recovery Organization–Alliance (PRO-A); and Donna Jacobsen – leader, Lehigh Valley Parent Group. “We are making some progress in this battle, but every week we are still losing people to this epidemic,” McNeill said. “We are going to keep having these discussions to reach as many adults as we can in every part of my district. If you don’t think that it is in your community, on your block, or in your family, you are wrong. It’s everywhere.” The meeting, the fourth McNeill has hosted, will focus on how and why adults, teens and children become involved with drug use, where and how to seek treatment for those who are addicted, how to identify the signs of drug abuse, and what the community can do to fight back and prevent the use and abuse of such addictive narcotics. Read more

 

McNeill and Hanover Township, Lehigh County to host town hall on heroin and opioid addiction

(Sep 07, 2016)

WHITEHALL, Sept. 7 – State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-Lehigh, and Hanover Township, Lehigh County will host a town hall meeting on the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic that is plaguing the area. To date, there have been over 90 suspected drug overdose deaths in Lehigh County alone. The event will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Days Inn Hotel Allentown Airport /Lehigh Valley, 3400 Airport Road, Allentown. Some of the speakers scheduled to appear include: Trooper Marc Allen, CommunityServices Officer, PA State Police, Bethlehem Barracks; Scott Grim, Lehigh County Coroner; Layne Turner, Lehigh County Administrator for Drug and Alcohol; Donna Jacobsen – Leader, Lehigh Valley Parent Group; Bill Stauffer – Executive Director, Pennsylvania Recovery Organization–Alliance (PRO-A); and Nicholas Labar, Recovering addict and advocate for clean and sober living. The meeting will focus on how and why adults, teens, and children become involved with drug use, where and how to seek treatment for those who are addicted, how to identify the signs of drug abuse, and what the community can do to fight back and prevent the use and abuse of such addictive narcotics. Media coverage is invited. ### Read more

 

McNeill hosts roundtable with Secretary Tennis on addiction and treatment

(May 19, 2016)

ALLENTOWN, May 19 – State Rep. Dan McNeill today hosted a roundtable discussion with Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis on addiction and treatment services. "Addiction is a problem that is plaguing not only the Lehigh Valley but the entire state," McNeill said. "We must get a handle on this problem, and today’s roundtable at St. Luke’s continues the conversation we started at my town hall in February." McNeill, joined by state Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, said he requested this discussion to raise awareness of the human cost surrounding Pennsylvania’s rapidly growing drug problem. "We are in the midst of the worst ever overdose death epidemic and the worst public health crisis of the last 100 years," Tennis said. "Governor Tom Wolf has made addressing the epidemic a top priority, and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs has taken a lead role in helping keep Pennsylvanians alive and getting them into treatment and recovery." According to a study by the Pennsylvania Coroners and Medical Examiners, there were 2,488 drug-related deaths in 2014 with 85 of them in Lehigh County. "Pennsylvania unfortunately ranks among the top 10 states in per capita heroin and opioid deaths," Schlossberg said. "But discussions like the one hosted today by Representative McNeill are an important step in changing that reality. "What I heard today Read more

 

McNeill to co-host senior fair at Westgate Mall April 29

(Apr 22, 2016)

State Rep Dan McNeill will co-host his annual senior fair this year with state Sen. Lisa Boscola from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, April 29 at the Westgate Mall, Bethlehem McNeill said over 90 vendors will be on hand, with door prizes given out throughout the event. Free coffee, doughnuts, yogurt and water will be available, as well. “I am encouraging all senior citizens to come on out and enjoy the day with us,” McNeill said. “We will have free screenings for blood pressure, stroke, vision and other health problems.” In addition, McNeill said there will be free upper body massages and other free services, as well as important and valuable state-related information available for seniors. McNeill said the senior citizen population of the 133th District looks forward to this annual event, which, he said, he and the senator are pleased to offer. The Westgate Mall is located at 2285 Schoenersville Road. There is plenty of free parking and the mall is easy accessible from Route 22 and via LANTA bus 105 route. For more information contact McNeill’s office at (610) 266-1273. ATTENTION NEWS/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS : Media coverage of this event is invited. Read more

 

Bill would withhold pay, per diems for lawmakers until budget is passed

(Apr 12, 2016)

HARRISBURG, April 11 – State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-Lehigh, has introduced a bill that would keep lawmakers from getting paid if the state budget is not completed by June 30 each year. "As state legislators, our primary responsibility is passing a balanced state budget in time, so we can pay bills, fund schools and other services, and meet the needs of Pennsylvanians in the new fiscal year," McNeill said. "Many believe the political games and posturing that characterized this year's protracted budget effort were the result of too much focus on the narrow desires of influential special interests rather than the needs of typical Pennsylvanians.” McNeill said the pay suspension would impact senators and representatives, the governor, lieutenant governor and the governor’s cabinet officers, but would not include staff. He has worked on this legislation for over year but it has failed to move forward because of a lack of co-sponsors. He is hopeful that with the support of House Democratic leadership, his bill will finally gain some traction. "We need to fix what is broken in Harrisburg,” McNeill said. “Removing salaries and per diems for state representatives and senators while a budget remains outstanding would help incentivize us to move the budget process forward. It would remind us of who really pays the bills and who we truly work for. I believe that this would lead to more meaningful negotiations and genuine Read more

 

McNeill hosts second town hall on heroin and opioid addiction

(Mar 31, 2016)

WHITEHALL, March 30 – State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-Lehigh, today hosted recovery experts, leaders of support groups, grieving parents, addicts in recovery, and concerned citizens from across the Lehigh Valley at his second town hall meeting on the heroin and opioid epidemic plaguing the area. McNeill was joined by Detective Sgt. Jeffrey Taylor, Drug Enforcement Agency; Nancy Howe of G.R.A.S.P. (Grief Recovery After A Substance Passing); Donna Jacobsen, parent leader of the Lehigh Valley Parent and Family Support Group; Devin Reaves, Young People in Recovery; Chelsea Ruane and Sarah McCann who are addicts in long-term recovery, and parents who have lost children to fatal heroin overdoses. Several concerned parents joined the discussion to find out how their children are becoming addicted and what options are available for treatment. McNeill said he hosted a second town hall meeting because his first event in February was so highly attended, and he wants to get as many people involved in discussions about this crisis as possible. “We need to keep this conversation going in order to educate everyone about the seriousness of this issue,” McNeill said. “I am hopeful that these events give parents the courage and tools they need to seek help for their children who may be addicted. If we can prevent one young life from being lost, it will be worth it.” McNeill cited a recently-released study by the Trust for Read more

 

McNeill to host second town hall meeting on heroin and opioid addiction epidemic

(Mar 21, 2016)

WHITEHALL, March 21 – State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-Lehigh, will host a second town hall meeting on the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic that is plaguing the Lehigh Valley. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 30 at American Club Pavilion, 300 Cherry St., Coplay . McNeill said he is hosting a second town hall meeting because his first event was so highly attended, and he wants to get as many people involved in discussions about this crisis as possible. “We need to keep this conversation going in order to educate everyone about the seriousness of this issue, McNeill said. “If we can prevent one young life from being lost, it will be worth it.” Some of the scheduled speakers include: Detective Sgt. Jeffrey Taylor, Drug Enforcement Agency; Nancy Howe of G.R.A.S.P. (Grief Recovery After A Substance Passing); Donna Jacobsen, parent leader of the Lehigh Valley Parent and Family Support Group; Devin Reaves, Young People in Recovery; and Chelsea Ruane and Sarah McCann, recovering addicts. Several parents who have lost a child to an overdose have also asked to speak. Parents and students are invited to ask questions and be part of the discussion. The meeting will continue the conversation about why children get involved with drugs, how drug use can be prevented through education, and what the a community can do to fight back against such destructive behavior with often-tragic results. ### Read more

 

McNeill hosts town hall on heroin and opioid addiction

(Mar 20, 2016)

WHITEHALL, Feb. 24 – State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-Lehigh, today hosted government officials, medical experts and concerned citizens from across the Lehigh Valley at a town hall meeting on the heroin and opioid epidemic plaguing the area. McNeill was joined by Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin; Lehigh County Sheriff Joe Hannah; Lehigh County Administrator for Drug and Alcohol Layne Turner; Lehigh County Chief Deputy Coroner Andrew Kehm; Toxicologist in Emergency Medicine for Lehigh Valley Health Network Dr. Matthew Cook; Devin Reaves from Young People in Recovery; Mary Ellen Jackson from HOPE (Heroin and Opioid Prevention Education); Denise Continenza from Communities That Care/Penn State Extension; Denise Jacobsen, a parent leader of the Lehigh Valley Parent and Family Support Group; and Nicholas Labar, a recovering addict and advocate for clean and sober living. “Families across the Lehigh Valley are facing a battle every day to save the lives of their loved ones who are addicted to heroin or other opioids,” McNeill said. “I hope this meeting starts what will be the first of many steps toward ridding our neighborhoods of heroin, and I look forward to working with all concerned parties to begin solving these problems.” McNeill said he was moved to take action on this issue after seeing how widespread this epidemic has become. According to data from the Pennsylvania Coroners Association, over the past five years, heroin and opioid Read more

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms available at my office

(Feb 15, 2016)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The oft-extended deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is June 30, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Deparment of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more

 

PACE prescription programs benefit seniors

(Feb 10, 2016)

PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more

 

McNeill to host town hall meeting on heroin and opioid addiction epidemic

(Feb 10, 2016)

WHITEHALL, Feb. 10 – State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-Lehigh, will host a town hall meeting on the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic that is plaguing the Lehigh Valley. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 at Whitehall High School, 3800 Mechanicsville Road, Whitehall in the Large Group Instruction Room. Joining McNeill will be Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin, Lehigh County Sheriff Joe Hannah and medical professionals from Lehigh Valley Health Network. Parents and students are invited to ask questions and be part of the discussion. The meeting will focus on how and why children get involved with drug use, how to identify children who are abusing the drugs, and what the community can do to fight back and prevent the use and abuse of such addictive narcotics. Media coverage is invited. ### Read more

 

CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind

(Jan 29, 2016)

Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more

 

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Jan 01, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more

 

PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions

(Dec 30, 2015)

In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more

 

McNeill leads rally to call for responsible budget

(Sep 01, 2015)

WHITEHALL, Aug. 20 – State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-Lehigh, led officials from across the Lehigh Valley in calling for a responsible state budget during a rally Wednesday evening at the Westgate Mall in Bethlehem. McNeill was joined by Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski and Northampton County Councilman Scott Parsons. Also in attendance were teachers, labor members and leaders, and senior citizens who are concerned about the lack of progress in passing a responsible budget. “People across the state are being crushed by high property taxes and our children have been hurt by cuts in education funding,” McNeill said. “This rally is to show that people support the governor’s vision for our state, and we will fight for them. I organized this rally because I am really angry that our residents are suffering and we can’t accomplish what we are elected to do, which is pass a budget that helps all Pennsylvanians.” McNeill said he and his Democratic legislative colleagues are committed to passing a 2015-16 state budget that addresses the core issues facing Pennsylvania: fixing the structural budget deficit, helping a drastically underfunded school system, implementing a severance tax on natural gas drilling, and reducing rising property taxes for seniors and middle-class families. “After four years of budgets that shortchanged schools, increased property taxes and relied on gimmicks and one-time revenue Read more