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MEDIA ADVISORY: Harris, Wheatley to discuss elementary school suspension legislation

(Mar 30, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 30 – State Reps. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., and Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, will discuss H.B. 715 – their bill to ban out-of-school suspensions for kindergarten through fifth-grade students for minor disobedience or misconduct – at a news conference at 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 3 in the Capitol Media Center. Harris and Wheatley co-sponsored the legislation, which arose from research showing that out-of-school suspension exacerbates behavior problems and can lead to academic setbacks. They also believe such suspensions too often leave students unsupervised at home and unable to learn appropriate behavior. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education have encouraged states to work toward the elimination of suspension and expulsion practices, and Harris and Wheatley intend to explain how their reform legislation aims to strengthen the educational foundation of the commonwealth’s young people. Media coverage is invited. Read more

 

Bradford announces grant for sewer upgrade in Montgomery County

(Mar 30, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Matthew Bradford, D-Montgomery, today announced that East Norriton Township will benefit from $88,127 in state funding awarded to his legislative district. “I am very happy that East Norriton Township has been able to get funding for this project,” Bradford said. “These funds will to aid in replacing a force main pipeline that caused an estimated two million gallons of sewage overflow into Stony Creek at the Norris City Avenue Pump Station when it failed in 2016.” The project is as follows: The project, with a total cost of $467,612, will replace 1,150 linear feet of 16 inch cast iron force main, with 1,150 linear feet of 16-inch ductile iron pipe between Swede Road and the Norris City Avenue Pump Station. The new pipe will be installed in the same location as the existing pipe, minimizing any piping conflicts. The funding was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA), an independent agency created by the legislature to administer a variety of state’s funding programs designed to help our infrastructure system. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and Department of Banking. Read more

 

Mullery worked to secure over $2.25 million in Local Share Account Funds

(Mar 30, 2017)

State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced more than $2.25 million in grants that will help local governments and various organizations in Luzerne County. “These economic and community development projects are vital to people living in Luzerne County because they help to provide a better quality of life for families,” Mullery said. Mullery said he is pleased the state will provide the necessary financial support to help fund the projects. Mullery announced the following grants: • $490,000 to Hanover Township for multiple projects, including $240,000 for Lower South Valley Council of Government to buy road restoration equipment; • $250,000 to Hazle Township for the Greater Hazleton Joint Sewer Authority for sewer overflow concerns and • $23,825 for the Association of the Blind organization to buy a van; • $300,000 to Larksville Borough for paving projects and ADA ramps on Greenwave Boulevard; • $478,198 to Nanticoke City for the Main Street revitalization program; • $39,500 to Nuangola Borough for the Nuangola Lake Pavilion Renovation Project; • $291,000 to Plymouth Borough for the Beverly Drive and Smith Rowe Stormwater Management Project; • $26,775 to Plymouth Township to buy a backhoe; • $33,939 for Rice Township for Ice Lakes dam retrofit project; • $183,725 to West Hazleton Borough for Fawn Drive reconstruction; and • $140,000 to Wright Township for paving in Walden Park. The Read more

 

Local Share Account awards contribute $2,209,385 to local communities

(Mar 29, 2017)

State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, announced today that multiple projects in the 121st Legislative District were receiving $2,209,385 in grant funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority as part of the Local Share Account. Read more

 

Deasy announces grant for water lines in McKees Rocks

(Mar 29, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, announced today that West View Water Authority will receive a $210,800 grant to help replace water lines along Thompson Avenue in McKees Rocks. The Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer grant was approved Wednesday by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The funding will support installation of 1,225 feet of water line and associated improvements along Thompson Avenue, replacing water lines that cross under railroad tracks. “The location of these very old water lines would make a potential water line break disruptive to the railroad lines and difficult to repair,” Deasy said. “Solid infrastructure keeps our communities running, and this grant is an important investment in McKees Rocks.” The Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer grants are available for the construction, improvement, expansion, rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system. Total project costs must be between $30,000 and $500,000. The Commonwealth Financing Authority was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. It is responsible for funding programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and the Department of Banking and Securities. Read more

 

Comitta announces state grant for Kirkwood Pump Station renovation

(Mar 29, 2017)

WEST CHESTER, March 29 – Commonwealth Financing Authority today awarded to Westtown Township a $210,975 PA Small Water and Sewer grant to renovate Kirkwood Pump Station, announced state Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester. According to the grant application, new controls, a grinder, meters and valves will be used to outfit the station. “The new machinery is expected to greatly increase reliability and efficiency, and that equates to better service for Westtown-area customers and increased longevity for our sewer infrastructure,” Comitta said. “Additionally, the state funding will offset sewer rates for residents. I applaud the CFA for recognizing a wise investment in our community.” Under auspices of the Department of Community and Economic Development and backed by the CFA, the PA Small Water and Sewer grant program funds activities to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system. Eligible projects must have a total project cost between $30,000 and $500,000, and funding is available for municipalities and municipal authorities. Read more

 

Pashinski, Yudichak announce $550,000 in water and sewer system grants for Wilkes-Barre, Hanover Township

(Mar 29, 2017)

Calling it a tremendous help to ease the burden on municipalities, state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, and state Sen. John Yudichak, D-Carbon/Luzerne, announced $550,000 in grants from the Commonwealth Financing Authority as part of the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer program. Read more

 

Mullery announces $450,000 in state funding for area sewer work

(Mar 29, 2017)

State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today announced that a total of $450,000 in state water and sewer funding has been awarded in the district. “This funding is great news for our area because the water treatment and sewer projects are designed to benefit our region and enhance safety,” Mullery said. The projects are as follows: • A $250,000 grant has been awarded to the Newport Township Authority to upgrade three existing pump stations which convey sewerage to the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority for treatment and discharge. All three stations were constructed 35 years ago and are in need of repairs. The upgrade will replace, motor control centers, flow meters, lighting and upgrades to the heating systems in all three pump stations. In addition, two pumps in station one will be replaced. • A $200,000 grant is for Nanticoke City to replace the sewer main on West Main Street. The city is planning to replace the sewer main on West Main Street from the intersection of West Main and West Church streets. The sewer main is over 100 years old and has deteriorated beyond repair. The funding was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. The CFA Read more

 

More than $2 million in state grants benefit Monroe County

(Mar 29, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Maureen E. Madden said seven projects in the portion of Monroe County that she represents today were approved for $2.17 million in funding by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Read more

 

Flynn says $910,000 in gaming proceeds will help local projects

(Mar 29, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Marty Flynn said nine projects in the portion of Lackawanna County he represents today were approved to receive $910,021 in funding by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Read more

 

Exploring the state pardons process focus of Bullock event tonight

(Mar 29, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, March 29 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., in partnership with Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, is hosting an event tonight to help people understand how to seek a pardon with the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons. The Pathways to Pardons event will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at the Philadelphia Technician Training Institute/Berean Institute, 1901 W. Girard Ave. "A record of a non-violent crime sometimes can be an impediment to getting a job or seeking other opportunities, even when that's not indicative of who the record holder is anymore," Bullock said. "Tonight's event is an opportunity for people to learn more about the pardons process and how they or their loved ones could benefit from this program." Those interested in attending the event may be people with a criminal past, attorneys, employers, counselors, elected officials and clergy. The program will provide an overview of the program, help residents better understand the pardon process and discuss the requirements for an application to be considered. Questions from the audience will be taken. Read more

 

Rep. DeLuca announces nearly $400,000 in local sewer grants

(Mar 29, 2017)

PITTSBURGH, March 29 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, is proud to report that two local community sewer systems will receive state grants to aid in upgrading their service. O’Hara Township will receive a grant of $313,381 to extend a sewer line to Powers Run Road. The 3,050-linear foot line will connect and provide service to a portion of Fox Chapel Borough that is dealing with capacity issues. In exchange, Fox Chapel will accept sewage from an O’Hara pump station that has been experiencing a series of operational issues. Verona Borough will receive an $80,000 grant to rehabilitate up to 2,600 linear feet of sewer lines and 15 manholes. The borough system has been dealing with inflow and infiltration issues along Second and Third avenues, Vogels Lane, the alley between Third and Fourth avenues and Wood Street. The grants are being issued through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Small Water and Sewer grant program. The funds under this grant program may be used for construction, repair or rehabilitation of a sewer or water system. "These improvements are critical for the local residents," DeLuca said. "Proper sewage treatment is essential for the health of all residents.” ### Read more

 

Parks Township to receive $105,918 in state funding

(Mar 29, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, announced today that Parks Township has been awarded a state grant for water improvement projects in its municipality. Parks Township will receive $105,918 to replace 1,250 linear feet of water line along Clarion Avenue. "This grant will help the township improve its efforts to provide public water to its residents," Petrarca said. "The existing water line on Clarion Avenue, installed more than 50 years ago, is unlined cast iron pipe and its corrosion over the years has reduced water flow. This project, which also will complete a distribution loop, and eliminate two dead ends, will improve water quality." The Small Water and Sewer grants are awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority to help with the construction, improvement, expansion, rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system. The CFA is an independent state agency that administers several funding programs designed to help grow Pennsylvania’s economy, create jobs, and improve cultural and recreational assets in communities statewide. Read more

 

Petrarca: Derry to receive $223,890 in state funding for water system improvements

(Mar 29, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, announced today that Derry Borough has been awarded a state grant for water improvement projects in its municipality. Derry will receive a $223,890 Small Water and Sewer grant to make electrical upgrades to its water treatment plant. "This grant will help the borough improve its efforts to provide public water to the community," Petrarca said. "The electrical upgrades are necessary to ensure the plant is able to continue operation, as its electrical system, originally installed more than 50 years ago, has exceeded its lifespan." The Small Water and Sewer grants are awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority to help with the construction, improvement, expansion, rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system. The CFA is an independent state agency that administers several funding programs designed to help grow Pennsylvania’s economy, create jobs, and improve cultural and recreational assets in communities statewide. Read more

 

Kulik: state funding awarded to Stowe Township for infrastructure project

(Mar 29, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny, today announced that an infrastructure project in Stowe Township was approved for a $150,000 state grant. The PA Small Water and Sewer fund grant was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, an independent state agency responsible for administering Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages, including Multimodal, Act 13 and water and sewer funds. "This funding will help to replace a sewer line along Stowe Avenue,” Kulik said. “Attention to infrastructure is a necessary spoke in the wheel of economic development, and I am pleased to see improvements coming to Stowe Township.” Specifically, the project will entail replacement of 1,600 linear feet of sewer line along Stowe Avenue to reduce flow and infiltration, the installation of 30 lateral connectors, five manholes and 1,600 linear feet of under-drain piping, along with restoration work for impacted roadways and curbs. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and Department of Banking. Read more

 

Longietti and Brooks announce $320,000 grant for Greenville water treatment system

(Mar 29, 2017)

HERMITAGE, March 29 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, and state Sen. Michele Brooks, R- Crawford/Erie/Mercer/Warren, are pleased to report that the Greenville Borough Municipal Authority will receive a $320,000 state grant to update the control system at the Greenville water treatment plant. The grant will help fund a $387,800 project to improve communication from the West End and East End tanks and the booster pump station to the water treatment plant to prevent costly overflows and the drainage of tanks. The current system relies on telephone landlines to monitor water levels in the storage tanks and has experienced failures from various causes, including tree limbs falling on the lines. The new system will ensure more reliable communication from the main control building and will provide real-time data on system water levels. Under auspices of the Department of Community and Economic Development, the PA Small Water and Sewer grant program funds activities to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system. Eligible projects must have a total project cost between $30,000 and $500,000, and funding is available for municipalities and municipal authorities. "These upgrades are way overdue," Longietti said. "Controlling the proper water levels can reduce system failures and overflows. This upgrade is a solid step forward for Read more

 

Burns: $400,000 grant to replace Jackson Township wastewater lines

(Mar 29, 2017)

EBENSBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, today announced a $400,000 state grant to the Jackson East Taylor Sewer Authority to replace sewer lines at Leisure Village Mobile Home Park in Jackson Township. Burns said the project includes installing 3,300 linear feet of 8-inch sewer main, 72 service laterals with 5,700 feet of 4-inch sewer pipe and 11 manholes, at a total project cost of $500,000. “The existing lines are undersized and have poor alignment, which results in inflow and infiltration problems,” Burns said. “I’m very happy to inform my constituents that state funding will cover four-fifths of the cost of this vital infrastructure improvement project.” The state grant arrives through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s PA Small Water and Sewer grant program, which funds activities to assist with construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system. Eligible projects must have a total project cost between $30,000 and $500,000, and funding is available for municipalities and municipal authorities. Read more

 

Mount Oliver to receive $110,000 DCED grant

(Mar 29, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, today announced that Mount Oliver Borough was approved for a state grant to replace a sewer line located along Anthony Street. The community will receive $110,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to replace 550 linear feet of the 12-inch sewer line to create more slope and increase its capacity. The funding is provided through the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Grant program. "This state funding will help Mount Oliver to repair and improve a potential hazardous line in the sewer system,” Readshaw said. “This is another effort to continue addressing sewer problems like basement flooding and overflows that have been plaguing residents for a long time.” The Borough of Mount Oliver is under a consent order and agreement with the Allegheny County Health Department and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to identify deteriorated sewers and repair sewers that are in the worst condition. The funding was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, an independent agency created by the legislature to administer a variety of the state's funding programs designed to help grow Pennsylvania's economy, create jobs and improve cultural and recreational assets in communities statewide. Read more

 

Rozzi announces grant for sewer improvements in West Reading

(Mar 29, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, announced today that West Reading will receive a $156,590 grant to replace sanitary sewer infrastructure. The PA Small Water and Sewer grant was approved Wednesday by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The funding will go to improving sanitary sewer service for customers along an alley from South Fifth Avenue to Linden Road, between Sunset and Sycamore roads. An existing fragile, vitrified clay sewer main and connections will be replaced with 1,364 feet of PVC pipe. “Heavy vehicles use this alley, so this project will prevent future sewer line leaks and breaks,” Rozzi said. “Infrastructure investments are so important to our local communities, and West Reading residents will be able to benefit from this project for years to come.” The PA Small Water and Sewer grants are available for the construction, improvement, expansion, rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system. Total project costs must be between $30,000 and $500,000. The Commonwealth Financing Authority was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. It is responsible for funding programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and the Read more

 

Krueger-Braneky announces grant for Rutledge Borough and Nether Providence Township sewers

(Mar 29, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, announced today that two Delaware county municipalities in the 161 st District have been awarded grants from the PA Small Water and Sewer Fund, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), to reline and rehabilitate sewer lines. Rutledge Borough will receive $212,500 to rehabilitate a portion of its sewer system and Nether Providence Township will receive $147,721 for relining sewer line. Krueger-Braneky said the funding was released by the Commonwealth Financing Authority as part of the grant program for water and sewer projects. Rutledge Borough will use its award towards rehabilitating its sanitary sewer system along Linden and Morton avenues, including relining 135 linear feet of 10” pipe, 4,471 linear feet of 8” pipe and rehabilitating 56 lateral lines and 15 manholes. “These awards are important investments in Delaware County’s infrastructure,” Krueger-Braneky said. “The funds awarded to Rutledge Borough will go a long way towards rehabilitating part of their sanitary sewer system that has begun to crack and see root infiltration.” “I’m grateful to Representative Krueger-Braneky and her office for their collaboration securing this much needed investment in Rutledge’s infrastructure,” Rutledge Mayor, Kevin Cunningham, said. “This is a great example of when people Read more

 

MEDIA ADVISORY: Harris, Wheatley to discuss elementary school suspension legislation
Mar 30, 2017

Bradford announces grant for sewer upgrade in Montgomery County
Mar 30, 2017

Mullery worked to secure over $2.25 million in Local Share Account Funds
Mar 30, 2017

Local Share Account awards contribute $2,209,385 to local communities
Mar 29, 2017

Deasy announces grant for water lines in McKees Rocks
Mar 29, 2017

Comitta announces state grant for Kirkwood Pump Station renovation
Mar 29, 2017

Pashinski, Yudichak announce $550,000 in water and sewer system grants for Wilkes-Barre, Hanover Township
Mar 29, 2017

Mullery announces $450,000 in state funding for area sewer work
Mar 29, 2017

More than $2 million in state grants benefit Monroe County
Mar 29, 2017

Flynn says $910,000 in gaming proceeds will help local projects
Mar 29, 2017

Exploring the state pardons process focus of Bullock event tonight
Mar 29, 2017

Rep. DeLuca announces nearly $400,000 in local sewer grants
Mar 29, 2017

Parks Township to receive $105,918 in state funding
Mar 29, 2017

Petrarca: Derry to receive $223,890 in state funding for water system improvements
Mar 29, 2017

Kulik: state funding awarded to Stowe Township for infrastructure project
Mar 29, 2017

Longietti and Brooks announce $320,000 grant for Greenville water treatment system
Mar 29, 2017

Burns: $400,000 grant to replace Jackson Township wastewater lines
Mar 29, 2017

Mount Oliver to receive $110,000 DCED grant
Mar 29, 2017

Rozzi announces grant for sewer improvements in West Reading
Mar 29, 2017

Krueger-Braneky announces grant for Rutledge Borough and Nether Providence Township sewers
Mar 29, 2017