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Solomon heralds final passage of a bill to make Roosevelt Boulevard safer

(Oct 02, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 2 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today congratulated Rep. John Taylor and fellow colleagues in the House and Senate for passage of Senate Bill 172. The bill, which passed the Senate 47-1 on concurrence, would allow for a 5-year pilot program to install speed cameras in work zones and along Roosevelt Boulevard. “The passage of S.B.172 today marks another significant step to make Roosevelt Boulevard safer for all who use it or cross it in northeast Philadelphia,” Solomon said. “ 11 people have died already this year on the boulevard , making it the deadliest year in recent history. This is unacceptable. By passing this bill people are saying ‘enough’ and demanding a safer Roosevelt Boulevard.” Solomon thanked the families and advocates who had worked tirelessly to push this bill over the finish line, and said he looks forward to working with them, Gov. Tom Wolf, Mayor Jim Kenney and other colleagues to ensure continued safety improvements come to Roosevelt Boulevard. “The boulevard is the spine of northeast Philadelphia – connecting our residents to their place of work, their schools and to each other. But it is also a death trap,” Solomon said. “To change this will take time, but the Route for Change process quarterbacked by the mayor’s team is showing us the way. This bill follows the recent commencement of the new Roosevelt Boulevard Direct SEPTA bus service, which Read more

 

Cephas secures $39,000 planning grant to revitalize the Tustin Recreation Center

(Sep 18, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today announced a $39,100 grant will jumpstart efforts to revitalize the Tustin Recreation Center and address its deteriorating conditions. The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program funding to hire a consulting team to complete two assessment phases: Phase 1 : Consists of site and building analysis and program assessment. Phase 2 : Includes design alternatives, illustrative site plan alternatives, prepare cost estimates for proposed improvements, and propose phasing options for proposed improvements. "The Tustin Recreation Center provides a fun and safe multigenerational space for area residents to play, exercise and congregate, which is essential in building a strong neighborhood,” Cephas said. "The funding ultimately will help develop a master plan, driven by residents who will determine and prioritize the structural improvements needed to keep the center a thriving asset for our community." "This grant is a long-awaited chance for the community to get involved in what happens here and provides a great opportunity to enhance our facilities as well as our programming," said Sheldon Robinson, Tustin Advisory Council president. "This historic recreation center is the place where generations of Overbrook and West Philadelphia families call home, and we look forward to carrying on the tradition that is Tustin Read more

 

McClinton announces $1.2 million in grants for the 191st Legislative District

(Sep 18, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced more than $1.2 million in state grants have been awarded for various projects throughout the 191st Legislative District, which covers portions of Delaware and Philadelphia counties. The grants – approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority – include $250,000 for a dock expansion at Bartram’s Garden public park, $200,000 to help renovate the McCreesh Recreation Center, $424,641 to replace sewer lines in Yeadon, and $358,011 for sewer line rehabilitation in Darby. McClinton said the grant for Bartram’s Garden public park will help expand the existing dock along the Schuylkill River by 2,400 square feet and lower it closer to the water for easier access to kayakers and people with disabilities. The total cost for the project is $511,216. The grant for the McCreesh Recreation Center will assist with renovating the building’s roof, HVAC system, bathrooms, kitchen, and lighting. It will cost $287,500 to complete the project. “It’s always great for the people of Southwest Philadelphia when investments like these are made to help better our community,” McClinton said. “These grants are crucial and will help enhance our recreational areas that are utilized by many families and will provide enjoyment for years to come.” McClinton said the grant awarded to Darby will help fund the repairing of sewer lines along 13th Read more

 

Kinsey: State grant to restore historic site in Germantown

(Sep 18, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., today announced Awbury Arboretum Association will receive a $75,000 grant to restore a historic man-made pond at the arboretum in Germantown. “The arboretum’s watercourses have faced many challenges to maintain their water sources and hold onto their fragile ecosystem. This grant will help achieve a successful restoration of the site by taking a holistic approach to do it,” Kinsey said. “The Awbury Arboretum is an ecological education facility that we must preserve to diversify our classrooms, while reducing flooding and sewer overflows, and improving surface water quality.” Kinsey said the funding was provided by the Commonwealth Financing Authority through the Watershed Restoration and Protection Program. The money will go toward a series of expansions to increase the capacity of safely conveying offsite storm water to the property, with the goal of adding an additional 13.95 acres to the existing 24.8 drainage area. The total project cost is $278,971. The purpose of the WRPP is to restore, and maintain restored stream reaches impaired by the uncontrolled discharge of nonpoint source polluted runoff, and ultimately to remove these streams from the Department of Environmental Protection’s Impaired Waters list. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of DCED to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. It is responsible for Read more

 

Cruz to celebrate Puerto Rican festivities kick-off on Sept. 20

(Sep 18, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Ángel Cruz, D-Phila., will host a flag-raising ceremony at noon Thursday, Sept. 20 at Antonio Pantoja Charter School, 4401 N. American St., to mark the beginning of Puerto Rican festivities in Philadelphia. "Starting on the twentieth, and for two weeks following, hundreds of people will gather to enjoy music, dancing, and food to celebrate our heritage across Philadelphia,” Cruz said. “However, 2018 is special. We will commemorate the first anniversary of Hurricane Maria and pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 victims of the massive storm. I invite everyone to come and be part of this year's celebration to demonstrate that we remain committed to the American citizens of Puerto Rico and to rebuilding the island stronger than ever.” The Puerto Rican Day Parade – to be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway – is Philadelphia's oldest and largest outdoor event celebrating Puerto Rican and Latino heritage. The parade draws thousands to show island pride on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. This year’s theme is “Renacer de Puerto Rico,” the rebirth of Puerto Rico. Read more

 

PLBC applauds state funding for gun violence reduction initiatives

(Sep 07, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 7 – Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus applauded the announcement made today by Gov. Tom Wolf that more than $1.5 million in funding will be allocated across the commonwealth to help reduce gun violence. "The crisis created by the illegal gun violence epidemic cannot be averted without those on the frontlines of this fight having access to the resources and tools needed to do the work of healing those affected,” said state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., PLBC chairman. “The PLBC is proud to stand with Governor Wolf as we begin to ensure that our communities have the support and tools needed to begin to address this public health crisis." “The PLBC has been working hard to address gun violence in our community as a public health issue, because we understood that resources follow public health concerns. Today’s grant is a result of our collective work with Governor Wolf, city officials, and local advocates,” said state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., vice chair of the PLBC. “As a member of the School Safety and Security Committee, I hope to bring more resources to Philadelphia to address gun violence in and around our schools.” “It is no secret there is a gun violence epidemic in the commonwealth. From Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and all points in between, shootings are taking lives one or two at a time, destroying our communities and families,” said state Rep. Chris Read more

 

Neilson lauds reopening of the Frankford Avenue Bridge

(Sep 07, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 7 – After five months of construction, state Rep. Ed Neilson applauded the reopening of the Frankford Avenue Bridge that crosses the Pennypack Creek. Neilson attended the ribbon cutting for the reopening, which was officiated by PennDOT and the city of Philadelphia. “Many people have been anticipating the reopening of this bridge, myself included, and it is great to see that happen, ahead of schedule too,” Neilson said. “In the past two years, the state has invested nearly $1.8 billion in my district and surrounding areas for construction and improvement projects. The work done on this bridge is yet another great investment for the people of Northeast Philadelphia and the surrounding communities.” During the five-month closure, crews repaired part of the stone arch, reconstructed damaged stone masonry walls, rebuilt sidewalks and replaced the bridge barrier with a new crashworthy bridge barrier. Built in 1697 and reconstructed in 1893, the U.S. 13 (Frankford Avenue) bridge is a three-span stone masonry and concrete closed spandrel arch structure. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the bridge is 73 feet long, 50 feet wide and carries about 14,745 vehicles a day, including SEPTA’s Route 66 trolley. Read more

 

Fitzgerald announces $1 million grant for the Free Library of Philadelphia

(Sep 07, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 7 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald is pleased to announce the Free Library of Philadelphia and its 21 st Century Libraries Initiative has been awarded a $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program grant for renovations at the Frankford, West Oak Lane and Parkway Central branches. “Libraries are fundamental to revitalize our neighborhoods. People go to the library looking for resources and information, but they find much more. They connect, they get to know each other, share concerns and look for solutions – and that’s how you build community,” Fitzgerald said. “I thank Governor Wolf for his commitment to provide support for those who need it the most.” The project will repair and upgrade three buildings, and will reposition these three facilities with new and expanded services. Funds will be used to defray the costs of design and construction, such as hazardous material abatement, interior renovations, exterior building repairs, and new construction to support building expansion. The proposed renovations also include technology upgrades, new furniture, fixtures, and equipment. The project is estimated to cost about $37.2 million. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) is a commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. Read more

 

Kinsey: $1 million grant for WES health service hub and headquarters

(Sep 07, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 7 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., is pleased to announce that WES Corp. has been awarded a $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant to build a state of the art medical service hub and headquarters on 13th Street. “I’m thrilled to see WES getting this grant,” Kinsey said. “This money will help them fulfill and grow their mission of promoting the total wellness of our neighbors. As a state representative, it is my job to make health resources more accessible and affordable for people. I’m proud to take part in the amazing job WES is doing to improve the well-being of our communities.” The project includes a new four-story office building to hold corporate and service staff. It will also host medical offices to service behavioral health needs, outpatient clinics, patient direct services, underground parking and complementary business services including daycare and retail services. The RACP grant program is administered by the governor’s Office of the Budget to foster economic, cultural, civic and historical projects with significant potential for improving economic growth with new jobs. Read more

 

McClinton to host Senior Appreciation Fair Sept. 7

(Aug 29, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 28 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will host her “Healthy From Head to Toe” Senior Appreciation Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 at Presbyterian Homes, 2050 S. 58th St., 19143. The event will offer screenings and other health-related services, resources from area agencies such as insurance and health-care providers, a senior fitness class, dance competitions and musical guests. Seniors also will have an opportunity to have their picture taken for their SEPTA Key ID card. Lunch will be provided. "This is a great opportunity to meet with a number of agencies and companies that cater to our wisest neighbors – senior citizens," McClinton said. "I look forward to meeting many of our seniors as we pursue healthier lives together!” McClinton and her staff also will provide seniors with information and tools to help live healthy lives. For more information, constituents can call McClinton's district office at (215) 748-6712. Read more

 

McClinton annual Back to School Community Resource Fair is Sept. 4

(Aug 13, 2018)

DARBY, Aug. 13 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, will host her annual Delaware County Back to School Community Resource Fair from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 at the Darby Recreation Center, 1022 Ridge Ave., Darby. "I love seeing children so excited to start the school year," McClinton said. "I want to encourage that excitement with the school supplies giveaway. The kids aren’t just receiving pens or notebooks. They are being empowered to succeed in school, and when they succeed, we as a community succeed.” Local vendors will provide free haircuts and hairstyles in addition to the free school supplies. Refreshments will be available. “It is a priority that parents and students have access to the critical resources they need to thrive,” McClinton said. “My staff and I will be there to talk to residents about how to improve education in the district, as well as answer any state-related questions they may have.” McClinton said students must reside in the 191 st Legislative District , which includes parts of Philadelphia and all of Darby and part of Yeadon in Delaware County, and must be present to receive school supplies. For more information, call McClinton’s district office at 215-748-6712. Read more

 

McClinton, Policy Committee discuss new ideas on probation reform (with video)

(Aug 08, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 8 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing at the Philadelphia City Hall on probation reform. McClinton was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and state legislators from across the commonwealth. The committee discussed initiatives and potential legislation that would update Pennsylvania’s probation policies, reduce recidivism, create reforms and give returning citizens a second chance and save taxpayer dollars. “For far too long administrations and policymakers have enforced probation and parole as a measure of public safety, but it didn’t work. Pennsylvania has the highest parole rate in the nation and nearly one third of our prison’s beds are occupied by citizens who don’t pose a threat to their communities,” McClinton said. “We must reverse the equation by redirecting the hundreds of millions we currently spend in prisons into the resources returning citizens need to succeed.” Sturla added, “This is the beginning of a comprehensive strategy to move probation reform forward. This issue also affects our institutions as probation and parole officers struggle to manage increasing caseloads. Thanks to Representative McClinton for taking the lead on this important conversation.” The committee heard testimony from Christian Stephens, deputy secretary for field services, Pennsylvania Read more

 

Cephas, Policy Committee discuss court ruling on unions, impact on women

(Aug 08, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 7 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., and the Women and Girls of Color Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing at the District 1199 Union Hall on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and its impact on women. Cephas was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and state legislators from across the commonwealth. The committee discussed how the Janus vs. AFSCME Council 31 decision threatens worker rights and all working families, particularly women of color. Cephas said labor unions have helped women of all backgrounds close gaps in pay and career advancement. Letting government workers benefit from union representation without paying union fees would make many institutions across the country smaller and poorer in the next few years. “My mother raised four young girls on her own and struggled with her wage, leave and her rights. She couldn’t fight the battles on her own, but her union was there for her,” Cephas said. “Unions lifted my mother and other women out of poverty. They were a vehicle for women of color to gain access to the middle class. It is our duty to continue the fight against powerful corporate special interests.” Sturla added, “The U.S. Supreme Court ruling dealt a blow to unions, but that will not stop the effort of helping working people in Pennsylvania obtain health care benefits, safe working Read more

 

McClinton helps 150 constituents protect their identity

(Aug 08, 2018)

DARBY, Aug. 8 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, welcomed 150 constituents to her shredding event to help them properly dispose of old papers containing personal information. The event was held at Mercy Fitzgerald Campus and was co-hosted by state Sen. Anthony Williams. “Protecting your identity by shredding documents is a safe measure to get rid of things you no longer need,” McClinton said. “I am pleased to have partnered with Sen. Williams to co-host this event to allow constituents to dispose of important documents safely.” Constituents shredded documents containing information such as Social Security numbers, credit card or bank account numbers, credit card applications, canceled or unused checks and bank statements, among others. Read more

 

McClinton to hold Policy Committee hearing on probation reform Wednesday in Philadelphia

(Aug 03, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 3 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on probation reform. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Philadelphia City Hall, City Council Chambers (Room 400), 1400 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, 19107. McClinton requested the hearing to discuss potential legislation that would update Pennsylvania’s probation policies, reduce recidivism, create reforms and give returning citizens a second chance and save taxpayer dollars. McClinton will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 2:10 p.m. Panel: Christian Stephens, deputy secretary for field services, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Helene Placey, executive director, County Chief Adult Probation & Parole Officers Association Holly Harris, executive director, Justice Action Network 2:50 p.m. Panel: Office of the Philadelphia District Attorney Mark Houldin, policy director, Defender Association of Philadelphia Leslie Jones, policy and advocacy director, Montgomery County Public Defender Office, and member, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 3:30 p.m. Panel of parolees John Thompson Crystal Walker 3:50 Read more

 

Cephas to host Policy Committee hearing about Janus vs. AFSCME ruling’s impact on women of color Tuesday in Philadelphia

(Aug 02, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 2 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., and the Women and Girls of Color Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on how a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on unions impacts women of color. The hearing will be held at noon Tuesday, Aug. 7 at District 1199 Union Hall, 1319 Locust St., 19107. Cephas requested the hearing to discuss the Janus vs. AFSCME case and how the justices’ ruling against unions affects women of color. According to the National Women’s Law Center, Women represented by a union are paid 15 percent more than those who are not, and women of color represented by unions are closer to closing the wage gap with black women making 77 cents and Latina women making 75 cents to every dollar white men make. Cephas will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 12 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 12:10 p.m. Panel One: • Amal Bass, staff attorney, Women’s Law Project • Representative from POWER 12:40 p.m. Panel of union leaders: • Chris Woods, executive vice president, District 1199C • Bonnee Breese Bentum, board member, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers • Lynn Read more

 

Cruz seeks volunteers for districtwide tire cleanup

(Jul 30, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, July 30 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., is seeking volunteers to join him and the Philadelphia Streets Department to collect improperly disposed tires throughout the 180th Legislative District. The Tire Roundup will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 25. People who are interested will meet at Cruz’s district office at 3503 North B St., Unit 7, 19134. For more information, call Cruz’s office at (215) 291-5643. “Tires that are lying around our neighborhoods are not only an eyesore, but they are a potential health hazard. They collect water and become breeding grounds for insects that can cause West Nile virus and other illnesses,” Cruz said. “I urge everyone to join me in making our community look better and healthier by collecting tires so they can be disposed of properly.” Cruz added they are looking for residents who have a truck to help canvass neighborhoods to remove these illegally dumped tires. The Philadelphia Streets Department’s Sanitation Division developed the tire roundup program in 1995 to address the serious problem of illegally discarded tires throughout the city. Read more

 

Boyle to host National Night Out event Aug. 7

(Jul 24, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, July 24 – State Rep. Kevin J. Boyle announced he will host a National Night Out event for residents of the 172nd Legislative District. It will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 in the Fox Chase Elementary School parking lot, 500 Rhawn St., 19111. Boyle said there will be games, prizes and giveaways, music entertainment, food, information about state and local resources, and chances to meet with local police and emergency personnel. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Read more

 

Dawkins to host annual Frankford Community Day

(Jul 24, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, July 24 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins has announced that he will host his annual Frankford Community Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Gambrel Playground, 1900 Wakeling St., 19124. “I am excited to host my annual community day in Frankford,” Dawkins said. “For the past three years, I have been able to bring my community together and provide them with various resources to meet their needs. Once again, I look forward to this year’s event, meeting my neighbors face-to-face, and addressing any issues they have.” Dawkins said the free event will feature food, live music and entertainment, and local vendors. Representatives from local and state agencies also will be available to provide information about a variety of social services. For more information, contact Dawkins’ constituent service office at 215-744-7901. Read more

 

Sims: Gloria Casarez mural to be saved

(Jul 23, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, July 23 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., today announced that following talks with Midwood Investment and Development and the Philadelphia Mural Arts program, an agreement has been reached to save the mural of Gloria Casarez that adorns the former 12th Street Gym in his legislative district. Midwood purchased the property at 204 S. 12th St. several months ago, which includes the mural of Gloria Casarez. She was Philadelphia’s first director of the Mayor’s Office of LGBT affairs and passed away in 2014 after battling breast cancer. Sims stated Midwood had not solidified the future development plans for the property. “Midwood has continuously supported and invested in Philadelphia’s arts and local communities for more than 20 years. We’re committed to helping ensure that the costs needed for the mural’s relocation are provided,” said John Usdan, CEO of Midwood. Sims said, “I greatly appreciate Mr. Usdan’s commitment to ensuring the mural lives on in honor of the life and legacy of Gloria Casarez. Midwood has consistently demonstrated it is a valued partner in Philadelphia. “Gloria worked tirelessly for not only the LGBT community, but also the city of Philadelphia as a whole. It is important to memorialize the steadfast work Gloria dedicated to establishing our city's policies that made us one of the most LGBT inclusive cities in the nation,” Sims added. Read more

 

Solomon heralds final passage of a bill to make Roosevelt Boulevard safer
Oct 02, 2018

Cephas secures $39,000 planning grant to revitalize the Tustin Recreation Center
Sep 18, 2018

McClinton announces $1.2 million in grants for the 191st Legislative District
Sep 18, 2018

Kinsey: State grant to restore historic site in Germantown
Sep 18, 2018

Cruz to celebrate Puerto Rican festivities kick-off on Sept. 20
Sep 18, 2018

PLBC applauds state funding for gun violence reduction initiatives
Sep 07, 2018

Neilson lauds reopening of the Frankford Avenue Bridge
Sep 07, 2018

Fitzgerald announces $1 million grant for the Free Library of Philadelphia
Sep 07, 2018

Kinsey: $1 million grant for WES health service hub and headquarters
Sep 07, 2018

McClinton to host Senior Appreciation Fair Sept. 7
Aug 29, 2018

McClinton annual Back to School Community Resource Fair is Sept. 4
Aug 13, 2018

McClinton, Policy Committee discuss new ideas on probation reform (with video)
Aug 08, 2018

Cephas, Policy Committee discuss court ruling on unions, impact on women
Aug 08, 2018

McClinton helps 150 constituents protect their identity
Aug 08, 2018

McClinton to hold Policy Committee hearing on probation reform Wednesday in Philadelphia
Aug 03, 2018

Cephas to host Policy Committee hearing about Janus vs. AFSCME ruling’s impact on women of color Tuesday in Philadelphia
Aug 02, 2018

Cruz seeks volunteers for districtwide tire cleanup
Jul 30, 2018

Boyle to host National Night Out event Aug. 7
Jul 24, 2018

Dawkins to host annual Frankford Community Day
Jul 24, 2018

Sims: Gloria Casarez mural to be saved
Jul 23, 2018