O’Mara’s and Southeast Delegation members’ calls for higher-quality care in PA nursing homes recognized by Wolf administration

(1 day ago)

HARRISBURG, July 22 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, and members of the PA House Democratic Caucus’ Southeast Delegation authored a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf in April detailing the need to increase nursing homes’ minimum direct care hours. On Wednesday, July 21, the governor and secretary of health included this measure in their proposed revisions to the state’s nursing home regulations. The legislators’ letter dated April 15, 2021, advocates for the Pennsylvania Department of Health to increase minimum direct care hours in long-term care facilities from 2.7 to 4.1. O’Mara added that skilled nursing facility regulations have not been updated in more than 20 years. “Residents of long-term care facilities are burdened by this antiquated minimum established by the commonwealth. By increasing the amount of care they receive each day, we can simultaneously address the high turnover rate and consistent understaffing of Pennsylvania’s nursing homes and work toward creating manageable workloads that deliver high-quality care to residents,” O’Mara said. Secretary of Health Alison Beam noted that this is the first in a series of five packages of proposed nursing home regulations. The Pennsylvania Department of Health plans to submit the final-form regulations once all five packages of updates move through the state’s regulatory review process. “The COVID-19 pandemic showed us how Read more

 

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (July 16): Community updates from Rep. O'Mara

(Jul 16, 2021)

Over the last week, my office received lots of calls and questions about the county-wide reassessment process as tax bills began hitting mailboxes. Read more

 

Protecting workers, environmental impacts focus of House Democratic Policy Committee tour

(Jul 13, 2021)

MARCUS HOOK, July 13 – A tour of Monroe Energy and roundtable discussion with USW 10-234 steelworkers highlighted how the workers who fuel production efforts can be supported, sustaining energy demands and improving safety. Delaware County State Representatives Brian Kirkland and Jennifer O’Mara hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee and heard from both Monroe Energy officials and the steelworkers about the cumbersome burden Renewable Identification Numbers under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program place on operations. “As Pennsylvania recovers from the global pandemic, it’s critical that we make sure pieces are in place to support workers and prepare for jobs that will help us move forward,” said Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware. “I’m so glad we were able to bring Delaware County voices to this important conversation about the future of energy in Pennsylvania.” The roundtable discussion yielded great conversation on how to urge federal RINs reform and what state action could be taken to help workers, Monroe Energy and the surrounding community work together for the well-being of public health, safety and economic vitality. USW steelworkers shared that they are currently exceeding safety requirements and have additional concerns regarding oversees operations and the global environmental impacts. “I’m honored to have my colleagues join us in Delco to see the impact this facility has on our community, Read more

 

O’Mara, Kirkland to host tour, roundtable discussion on energy jobs, supporting workers

(Jul 09, 2021)

MARCUS HOOK, July 9 – Pennsylvania’s energy economy will be the focus of a House Democratic Policy Committee tour and roundtable hosted by state Reps. Jennifer O’Mara and Brian Kirkland. The tour of Monroe Energy will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 13 followed by a roundtable discussion with workers. The media is encouraged to attend and should email policy@pahouse.net to RSVP to ensure adequate safety equipment is available. This event is closed to the public. O’Mara, who serves as chair of the Southeast Delegation, and Kirkland, both D-Delaware, will be joined by Policy Chair Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss jobs in the energy sector, growth and training opportunities, and worker concerns. Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Delaware County Reassessment FAQ

(Jul 08, 2021)

What was the county reassessment process and why did it happen? The county was ordered by the courts to conduct a county wide reassessment of all commercial and residential properties. The last time this was done in Delaware County was 1999. In 2017, the process began when Delaware County Council selected the assessment company to complete the process (Tyler Technologies). It’s important to note that Tyler is one of few companies able to handle the reassessment of a county of our size. What was the purpose of the county wide reassessment? The reassessment was supposed to more equitably distribute the tax burden based on July 1, 2019 property values. It did that across the County. It doesn't mean that every property is appropriately assessed. It means that when tested against market sales data, on a county wide basis, the reassessment met the contractual requirements that were put in place to satisfy state constitutional requirements. What can I do about my taxes if I think the reassessment is off? Some houses and even some neighborhoods could be off. The best way to address that is by appealing your assessment. The deadline for this year's bills has passed, but you can appeal for next year by submitting a short form by Aug. 1. There are no fees for 2022 appeals. You can find the information for how to appeal the assessment by calling the county chief reassessor’s office at 610-891-5127 by visiting Read more

 

O’Mara applauds $84K awarded to local fire and EMS companies

(Jul 07, 2021)

SPRINGFIELD, July 7 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, applauded seven local emergency service companies for securing a collective $84,467 through Pennsylvania’s Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program. Funding has been distributed as follows: Broomall Fire Company: $15,000 Marple Township Ambulance Corps: $8,993 Morton Rutledge Fire Co.: $12,589 Radnor Fire Co. of Wayne: $15,000 Radnor Fire Co. of Wayne (EMS): $8,993 Springfield Fire Co.: $14,906 Villanova Emergency Medical Services: $8,984 “Fire and EMS companies were hit particularly hard last year by shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. These organizations lost opportunities to host fundraisers that they heavily rely on every year, so I’m proud to help bring this money home for our first responders,” O’Mara said. Examples of projects that funds may be used toward include training and certification of members, construction/renovation to company buildings, debt reduction, recruitment efforts and fire prevention educational materials for the public. “My father was a firefighter for 25 years with the Philadelphia Fire Department, so ensuring that Pennsylvania’s emergency responders are taken care of and able to effectively do their jobs is one of my biggest priorities,” Read more

 

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (July 1): Happy Fourth of July!

(Jul 01, 2021)

Late Friday evening, the General Assembly approved a $40 billion budget and sent it to the governor for his signature into law. Read more

 

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (June 17): In the community and the Capitol with Rep. O'Mara

(Jun 17, 2021)

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry recently rolled out its updated unemployment compensation system. Read more

 

O’Mara commemorates Delco Day with House citation

(Jun 09, 2021)

SPRINGFIELD, June 9 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, accompanied by Delaware County’s 10 other state representatives, will present an official House citation to Delaware County recognizing the annual celebration of Delco Day. The citation will be presented at this year’s host for Delco Day festivities, Marty Magee’s Irish Pub, 1110 Lincoln Ave., Prospect Park. Live music and activities will take place from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, June 12 into Sunday, June 13. A play on the county’s area code, Delco Day is traditionally recognized on June 10. Every year, Delco residents commemorate their community’s strong and resilient spirit by fundraising for a local charity with the help of Delco Live. This year, money raised from Delco Day festivities will benefit the HEADstrong Foundation, which provides housing to cancer patients and their families. “June 10, or 6/10, is an annual celebration of all things Delco. Whether you live in Springfield or Drexel Hill, Media or Prospect Park, it’s a day to applaud and recognize everything that unites us and truly makes us a community,” O’Mara said. “All of Delco’s state reps, both Democratic and Republican, came together to commemorate this special day with a citation from the state House of Representatives as a symbol of the sense of unity behind the observation.” O’Mara has introduced resolutions this session and in the two Read more

 

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (May 21): Election Results, Masking Updates, and Other News

(May 21, 2021)

It feels as if we’ll finally be able to put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us sooner than later. Mitigation measures will lift in just a few days on Memorial Day and half of Pennsylvania adults are fully vaccinated. Read more

 

O’Mara to host virtual town hall on problem gambling and gaming this week

(May 11, 2021)

SPRINGFIELD, May 11 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, will host a virtual town hall discussing problem gambling and gaming among teens and young adults this Thursday. This event will take place over Zoom and be livestreamed on O’Mara’s legislative Facebook page at 7 p.m. May 13. Those interested in attending must pre-register here: https://bit.ly/2RmCx0s . “Substance use disorders take many forms and do not discriminate,” O’Mara said. “Speakers from local organizations will go over the signs to look for in teens and young adults that could indicate problem gambling. We’ll also share tips on how to start difficult conversations and help loved ones move forward.” O’Mara will be joined by presenters from Springfield Cares, KeyStone Center and Holcomb Behavioral Health. For more information, call O’Mara’s office at (610) 544-9878. Read more

 

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (May 7): Are you prepared to vote on May 18?

(May 07, 2021)

We are less than two weeks away from the May 18 primary election. On the ballot, you’ll see four questions – three of which are state constitutional amendments. Read more

 

Starting a family is a human right. So why is it treated like a privilege?

(Apr 23, 2021)

Everyone deserves the opportunity to start a family, regardless of their circumstance. It’s a right, and it’s time we start treating it that way. Read more

 

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (April 23): Updates from Delco to Harrisburg

(Apr 23, 2021)

Vaccine eligibility has officially expanded to every Pennsylvania resident 16 or older. Read more

 

O’Mara applauds $97K awarded to Morton Borough

(Apr 21, 2021)

MORTON, April 21 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, today announced that Morton Borough received a $97,464 grant to retrofit the stormwater basin on County Lane. O’Mara said that the stormwater basin is no longer functional and poses a hazard due to its location behind a residential neighborhood. This grant will go toward the installation of a rain garden on Sycamore Avenue to help capture runoff from the site, and install a bioswale adjacent to the Morton Borough municipal complex woodlot on Sycamore Avenue. “Regulating stormwater runoff like this has the potential to greatly improve Darby Creek’s water quality. This is a worthwhile investment into both public safety and environmental preservation,” O’Mara said. “I’ve heard from dozens of Morton Borough residents impacted by the historic flooding over the last few summers, and I’m pleased to share that this funding will help address that.” Funding comes from the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Watershed Restoration Protection Program . For more information, constituents can call O’Mara’s office at (610) 544-9878. Read more

 

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (April 9): Community Updates from Rep. O'Mara

(Apr 09, 2021)

I am very glad to share that Pennsylvania is finally making significant progress on our vaccine distribution. I’ve heard your frustrations and concerns over the last few months, and I’ve shared in the majority of them. Read more

 

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (March 26): Together, we will make it through

(Mar 26, 2021)

Since my last email to you, there have been two mass shootings in our country. They occurred within a week of one another. One targeted Asian-American women and the other took place inside a grocery store, and that assailant’s motive remains unclear. Read more

 

Watch Live @10AM: Equal Pay Day is March 24

(Mar 24, 2021)

March 24 marks the extra amount of time into the new year that women must work until in order to earn what a man made the previous year. Read more

 

Kim, O'Mara: Letter to members of Asian-American Pacific Islander communities

(Mar 17, 2021)

A letter penned by Reps. Kim and O'Mara to Members of Asian-American Pacific Islander Communities in light of the shootings in Atlanta. Read more

 

Shusterman, O’Mara, Bullock and Davis hosting virtual press conference on Equal Pay Day

(Mar 17, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 17 -- State Reps. Melissa Shusterman, Jennifer O’Mara, Donna Bullock and Tina Davis will host a virtual news conference to discuss the gender wage gap and their legislation to help close it on Equal Pay Day, March 24. The public may livestream the event at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 24 by visiting PAHouse.com . “We’re going to talk about pay inequality on March 24 because this day marks how far into the year the average woman must work to earn what the average man earns in the previous year, regardless of experience or job type,” said Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery. “Equal Pay Day should be January 1 for everybody. Pay disparities among women, especially women of color whose Equal Pay Day does not come until later in the year, cause them to annually miss out on tens of thousands of dollars. It is long overdue that we close the gender wage gap.” “On average, a woman who works full-time in Pennsylvania earns 20% less than our commonwealth’s working men,” said O’Mara, D-Delaware. “It’s time that we discuss what contributes to this wage gap and how we can close it so Pennsylvania women can better support themselves and their families. Our commonwealth has not updated its equal pay law in half a century, so this is a topic we desperately need to revisit to ensure that working women are protected.” “I know women who were paid less than men while performing the same Read more

 

O’Mara’s and Southeast Delegation members’ calls for higher-quality care in PA nursing homes recognized by Wolf administration
1 day ago

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (July 16): Community updates from Rep. O'Mara
Jul 16, 2021

Protecting workers, environmental impacts focus of House Democratic Policy Committee tour
Jul 13, 2021

O’Mara, Kirkland to host tour, roundtable discussion on energy jobs, supporting workers
Jul 09, 2021

Delaware County Reassessment FAQ
Jul 08, 2021

O’Mara applauds $84K awarded to local fire and EMS companies
Jul 07, 2021

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (July 1): Happy Fourth of July!
Jul 01, 2021

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (June 17): In the community and the Capitol with Rep. O'Mara
Jun 17, 2021

O’Mara commemorates Delco Day with House citation
Jun 09, 2021

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (May 21): Election Results, Masking Updates, and Other News
May 21, 2021

O’Mara to host virtual town hall on problem gambling and gaming this week
May 11, 2021

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (May 7): Are you prepared to vote on May 18?
May 07, 2021

Starting a family is a human right. So why is it treated like a privilege?
Apr 23, 2021

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (April 23): Updates from Delco to Harrisburg
Apr 23, 2021

O’Mara applauds $97K awarded to Morton Borough
Apr 21, 2021

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (April 9): Community Updates from Rep. O'Mara
Apr 09, 2021

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (March 26): Together, we will make it through
Mar 26, 2021

Watch Live @10AM: Equal Pay Day is March 24
Mar 24, 2021

Kim, O'Mara: Letter to members of Asian-American Pacific Islander communities
Mar 17, 2021

Shusterman, O’Mara, Bullock and Davis hosting virtual press conference on Equal Pay Day
Mar 17, 2021