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Burgos announces $477,000 grant for Beury Building redevelopment

(Nov 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 12 – Following approval by the Commonwealth Financial Authority, state Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., announced 3701 N. Broad LLC has been awarded a $477,400 Multimodal Transportation Fund Program state grant for its Beury Building redevelopment project. “The Beury Building is one of north Philadelphia’s greatest treasures and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places,” Burgos said. “This grant will not only help to preserve this significant structure, but also continue to revitalize our community and commercial corridors. I applaud 3701 N. Broad LLC in its efforts to create a robust north Philadelphia for years to come.” The grant will be used to install new sidewalks, ADA ramps, streetlights and trees. The total project cost is $682,000. It is part of a redevelopment project to transform the Beury Building into a hotel, residences and a business incubator space. The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth. Funds may be used for the development, rehabilitation and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities, including streetscape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, connectivity of transportation assets and transit-oriented development. Read more

 

McClinton honors veterans, connects them with veterans’ services during annual Veterans Expo

(Nov 12, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton honored 37 veterans at her annual Veterans Expo Friday, including a World War II veteran, a Korean War veteran and veterans who served in the Vietnam, Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq wars, during her annual Veterans Expo ahead of Veterans Day. “How do you say thank you to people who were willing to sacrifice their lives for your freedom?” McClinton said. “Words aren’t enough. In fact, I don’t know that we can adequately thank these brave veterans for their service to our country. But I want them to know that no matter how many years -- no matter how many decades – have passed since they returned home or since they last wore their service uniform, I will never forget what they gave. That’s what my annual Veterans Expo is about; it’s a gesture of gratitude, an acknowledgement for all they have done and an opportunity to connect them to invaluable resources.” McClinton’s Veterans Expo, sponsored by Humana and AmeriHealth Caritas, was held at Myers Recreation Center on Friday, Nov. 8. Information about veterans’ benefits was available and 15 health and wellness and veterans service organizations were in attendance, including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Minority Veterans, AARP, Aetna and the University of Pennsylvania. Representatives from the offices of U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon and state Sen. Anthony H. Williams Read more

 

Solomon presents $20,000 grant to help local organization light up business corridors this holiday season

(Nov 07, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 7 – State Rep. Jared Solomon today presented a $20,000 state grant to Castor, Bustleton and Cottman Business Association to go towards their holiday lighting program. “When our small businesses succeed, we succeed,” said Solomon, D-Phila. "Lighting up our business corridors and making them look more festive for the holidays helps bring our community closer together and attract more people to the area, giving local entrepreneurs the exposure and recognition they deserve to grow and flourish. I’m proud to work with Castor, Bustleton and Cottman Business Association to continue moving our neighborhoods forward." Solomon joined Sen. Christine Tartaglione, D-Phila., and Pearl Wang-Herrera with Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association – who played a critical part in securing the state funds for the project – outside of Nick's Roast Beef to present the grant to the business association. "As a business owner, finding new ways to bring our diverse community together is a major priority," said Matthew Rossi, owner of Nick's Roast Beef and president of Castor, Bustleton and Cottman Business Association. "The holiday lights throughout the corridors is a great example of how we are all one community." Castor, Bustleton and Cottman Business Association is comprised of area businesses with the goal of finding ways to better the neighborhoods Read more

 

Isaacson applauds New Kensington Community Development Corporation on receiving $150K state grant

(Nov 06, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 6 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., today announced that the New Kensington Community Development Corp. received a $150,000 grant through the Department of Community Economic Development for new commercial and residential spaces at 2513-15 Frankford Ave. in the 175 th Legislative District. The funds were provided through the department’s Local Share Account – Philadelphia Program, or LSA, and will be used to redevelop a vacant building owned by NKCDC into a mixed-use building consisting of two commercial storefronts and three residential apartments above. It is estimated the project will create six jobs and provide affordable rents for local businesses and residents. “NKCDC is an asset to the revitalization of the Kensington, Fishtown and Port Richmond neighborhoods through affordable business and housing opportunities,” Isaacson said. “Congratulations to NKCDC for this grant that will help promote equity and economic advancement locally.” Felix Torres-Colon, executive director of New Kensington Community Development Corp., said the grant will bring the plan East Kensington residents collectively created to bolster the community’s economic viability to fruition. “NKCDC is very excited to receive this local share grant from Pennsylvania DCED,” Torres-Colon said. “In their neighborhood plan, East Kensington residents asked for development that promotes local businesses and Read more

 

Fiedler applauds local community garden on receiving $53K state grant

(Nov 01, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 1 – State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., today announced that the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society received a $53,157 grant through the Department of Community Economic Development for renovations to the Emily Street Garden in South Philadelphia’s 184 th Legislative District. Funds are provided through the department’s Local Share Account – Philadelphia Program, or LSA, and will be used to renovate the Growing Home Community Garden, located at 728-742 Emily Street. The garden serves as an essential resource for the hundreds of Burmese and Bhutanese refugees residing in South Philadelphia to cultivate culturally significant healthy and affordable produce. “This local community garden has been integral in helping South Philly’s Burmese and Bhutanese communities rekindle pieces of their respective cultures in a foreign environment,” Fiedler said. “Congratulations to the Growing Home Community Garden for receiving this grant to help continue its purpose of cultural preservation through agriculture.” LSA distributes a portion of slot machine license fees from facilities operating in the city. Funds are available for economic development, neighborhood revitalization, community improvement and other projects in the public interest within Philadelphia. Read more

 

Solomon announces $200,000 grant to continue Carnell Elementary School Project

(Nov 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 1 – State Rep. Jared Solomon today announced that Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association is receiving a $200,388 grant to continue its Green Playscape and Community Design project at Carnell Elementary School. "Last year, we secured funds to get the project off the ground. This grant is critical in keeping the construction moving forward. I am excited to continue working closely with Carnell Elementary School, Councilwoman Cherelle Parker, and Senator Christine Tartaglione to ensure our students have a safe and welcoming place to play,” said Solomon, D-Phila. The state funds will go towards making safety improvements to the school's playground, which includes adding walkway bollards, fencing, a quiet recreation area with benches and removing dumpsters from the play area. The plan also includes converting a grassy area in front of the school to a play space with a retaining wall, decorative fence and playground equipment. The grant was awarded through the Department of Economic and Community Development's Local Share Account , which distributes a portion of slot machine license operation fees paid by casinos operating within the City of Philadelphia. Funds are available for economic development, neighborhood revitalization, community improvement, and other projects in the public interest across the city. Read more

 

Sims applauds Turning Points for Children for receiving $59,300 state grant

(Nov 01, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 1 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., today announced that Turning Points for Children received a $59,300 grant through the Department of Community Economic Development. Funds are provided through the department’s Local Share Account Philadelphia program and will be used to convert raw space located on the first floor of the South 15 th Street building into office space, a computer lab, conference room, bathroom, and a location for youth residents to shower, wash clothing, access computers and socialize. “Turning Points has been a longstanding and vital organization providing health and social resources to vulnerable children and their families, especially providing support for children aging out of the foster care system who would otherwise not have access to these resources at all,” Sims said. “Congratulations to Turning Points for Children on receiving this grant to continue delivering its mission to youth in Philadelphia.” The Local Share Account– Philadelphia program distributes a portion of slot machine license operation fees from facilities operating in the city. Funds are available for economic development, neighborhood revitalization, community improvement and other projects in the public interest within Philadelphia. Read more

 

Over 200 constituents attend Southwest Philadelphia Fall Festival

(Nov 01, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 1 – State Reps. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and Jordan Harris, D-Phila., welcomed more than 200 children and their families at the annual Southwest Philadelphia Fall Festival on Thursday. “It was such a joy bringing children and families together to enjoy fun-filled activities and receive candy in a safe and healthy environment,” McClinton said. Children were encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes and were treated to candy, family-friendly activities, food and refreshments. The event featured health screenings, including a toothbrush demonstration and giveaway by Penn Dental Medicine. Attendees also had the opportunity to gather information on a variety of local organizations and state programs. McClinton thanked the 12 th District Police of Philadelphia, The Common Place, Penn Dental Medicine, Miss Pennsylvania 2020 Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq., ASAP: After School Activities Partnerships, and various community partners. “It’s important that we keep this momentum of community cohesion, not only through family-friendly activities, but also through promoting healthy lifestyles and providing constituent services,” McClinton said. “Thank you to my colleague Representative Harris, the community at-large and our sponsors for a successful Southwest Philadelphia Fall Festival!” McClinton hosted the event in partnership with Harris, The Common Place, Read more

 

Dawkins announces $54,000 grant for his district

(Oct 31, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 31 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., announced that the Frankford Community Development Corp. is receiving a Local Share Account grant via the Department of Community and Economic Development. The corporation will use the $54,610 grant to help renovate a vacant property at 4663 Paul St. that became blighted following a fire several years ago. “The Frankford Community Development Corporation is always championing to beautify and improve the community. This grant provides the opportunity to build on those goals for the betterment of the neighborhood and its citizens,” Dawkins said. “It is always my privilege and honor to advocate to bring funding to the district and I will continue to be an advocate for more state dollars in the future.” LSA funds are used for economic development, neighborhood revitalization, community improvement and public interest projects in the City of Philadelphia. Read more

 

Donatucci, Ciresi, Policy Committee look at PA film tax credit

(Oct 31, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 31 – State Reps. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, and Joseph Ciresi, D-Montgomery, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing at the Museum of the American Resolution on the film tax credit. Donatucci and Ciresi requested the hearing to discuss the economic impacts of the Pennsylvania film tax credit program and what more the state can do to expand the film industry. They were joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Chair Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “Pennsylvania has been the backdrop of many popular movies and TV productions, and an attractive incentives program will keep it a viable option for drivers in the film industry,” Donatucci said. “The economic benefits are vast. Expanding the film industry is not only investment in the local arts culture, but also industries, such as the trades and small businesses.” Ciresi added, “When we invest in the arts and provide tax credits to filmmakers, studies show we can benefit through economic opportunity and higher civic engagement. When you consider all of the expenses that will be incurred while filming, the numbers begin to add up quickly between travel expenses and purchases from local merchants. We need to attract more leaders from the film industry to choose Pennsylvania.” Sturla said, “As today’s hearing revealed, Pennsylvania should remain competitive with the many states seeking Read more

 

Driscoll introduces legislation to help protect Pa. workers, businesses

(Oct 31, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 31 – State Rep. Mike Driscoll, D-Phila., today announced he has introduced legislation that would help protect Pennsylvania employers and their workers from payroll processing fraud. House Bill 1976 would require a payroll processing company operating in the commonwealth to be fiscally bonded to cover any financial mistakes or fraudulent activity. The businesses served by the payroll processor would be protected in the event of errors or criminal activity. “Pennsylvanians work hard, and they should not have to worry whether the proper taxes are being taken out of their paychecks. Yet, there are some payroll processors that could create errors, resulting in both workers and employers paying in the end,” Driscoll said. “My legislation is designed to help avoid such issues and make the processors be responsible for their financial mistakes.” Under the legislation, the processing company would have to report annually to the Department of Revenue to ensure proper bond coverage is maintained. If found to not have proper coverage, a payroll processor would be fined $1,000 for the first offense and $5,000 for each subsequent offense. Read more

 

Tonight: McClinton hosts community discussion on growing human trafficking epidemic

(Oct 30, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 30 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, House Democratic Caucus chair, is hosting a community discussion on protecting local children and neighborhoods from human trafficking. The discussion will take place at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Oct. 30, at Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School, 2601 S. 58 th St., 19143. The public and media are invited to attend. “Children across our nation, commonwealth and in our local communities are vanishing at alarming rates and sold like commodities into the grim world of human trafficking,” McClinton said. “To combat this growing problem, it’s important that residents and law enforcement become educated about the red flags and existing laws.” McClinton will be joined by representatives from the Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Nationalities Service Center and Richard Allen Preparatory School. The community discussion on raising awareness of human trafficking through education coincides with legislation she introduced that would require schools to implement information about human trafficking into the health curriculum Read more

 

Isaacson to introduce legislation to regulate lead in playground areas

(Oct 30, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 30 – In the wake of published reports spotlighting the high levels of lead on playground equipment and in soil, state Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., is introducing legislation that would help reduce those toxic levels. The legislation would lower the acceptable limit of lead in playground soil in Pennsylvania to 200 parts per million. Currently, the limit is 400 parts per million as set in federal regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency. “Philadelphia has a serious lead issue and as a result, our children are facing serious health risks. Lead has no place where we live, where our kids go to schools and especially where they play,” Isaacson said. “My legislation is just one way to help lower the health hazards of lead while helping families keep their children safe and healthy.” In September, Philadelphia’s Parks and Recreation Department reportedly closed the Monkiewitz Playground along with Hieztman and Samuels recreation centers due to elevated levels of lead found in the soil. The department had also reportedly shut down the athletic field at Chew Playground for similar reasons in June. Isaacson noted she has also introduced legislation ( H.B. 79 ) that would require all children in Pennsylvania to be tested for lead at ages one and two. Read more

 

Philadelphia legislators oppose bill that eliminates straight ticket voting

(Oct 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 29 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, chairman of the Philadelphia House Delegation, released the following statement on behalf of a majority of delegation members who are against S.B. 421 , which would eliminate the straight ticket voting option in Pennsylvania. “The majority of the Philadelphia House Delegation is deeply concerned with the elimination of straight ticket voting. The governor’s office has touted Senate Bill 421 as the most comprehensive change to the way people vote in Pennsylvania since suffrage. While members of the Philadelphia Delegation have supported and do support many of the individual pieces contained within Senate Bill 421, the short timeline as well as lack of funding and big picture planning make it impossible for Philadelphia to implement these changes in time for the 2020 primary and general elections. Many of our constituents already face large challenges participating in the voting process, whether they have physical disabilities or access issues, and without funding to educate voters about the dramatic change, we cannot in good conscience support this legislation. “Governor Wolf released a statement in which he agreed with our concerns on July 5: ‘This policy choice removes a convenient voting option which is used by voters of any party affiliation. To implement such a change, particularly as new machines are being used for the first time, could lead to voter Read more

 

Kenyatta selected for NCSL Task Force on Cybersecurity

(Oct 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 25 – As part of his ongoing fight to protect the commonwealth’s cyber infrastructure, state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta announced he has been selected as a Pennsylvania representative to serve on the National Conference of State Legislatures’ bipartisan Executive Committee Task Force on Cybersecurity. The NCSL task force brings together state lawmakers, legislative staff and other stakeholders to discuss how state legislatures can create sound frameworks for protecting against, responding to, and prosecuting perpetrators of cyberattacks. “I am honored to have been chosen to sit on this important committee. It’s no secret that cyberattacks are not only a major concern in Pennsylvania, but across the entire country. With everyone constantly connected on their phones, computers and other electronic devices, the amount of potential attacks will only increase,” Kenyatta said. “I look forward to working with members on the task force to learn what’s being done in other states to protect citizens from cyberattacks and bring that back to craft legislation on strengthening safeguards here in Pennsylvania.” Kenyatta is the prime sponsor of H.B. 225 , which would create a Cybersecurity Innovation Commission to safeguard Pennsylvania’s data by conducting cybersecurity audits, improving security and privacy standards and analyzing the protocols. According to the Read more

 

Donatucci, Ciresi to host Policy Committee hearing on film tax credit October 31 in Philadelphia

(Oct 24, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 23 – State Reps. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, and Joseph Ciresi, D-Montgomery, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on the film tax credit next week. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 at the Museum of the American Revolution, 101 South 3 rd St., 19106. The media and public are invited to attend. Donatucci and Ciresi requested the hearing to discuss the economic impacts of the film tax credit program and what more the state can do to grow the film industry. They will be joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Chair Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 10 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks. 10:10 a.m. Carrie Lepore, deputy secretary for Office of Marketing, Tourism and Film, DCED. 10:25 a.m. Panel One: Sharon Pinkenson , executive director, Greater Philadelphia Film Office. M. Night Shyamalan , filmmaker. Angela Miele , vice president of state tax policy, MPAA. 10:55 a.m. Panel Two: Nancy Glass , CEO/executive producer, Glass Entertainment Group. Mark Wiley , writer and producer. David Haas , member of board of directors, Wyncote Foundation. Mike McCann , board member, Pennsylvania Film Industry Association. Jeff Rotwitt , CEO and president, Sun Center Studios. 11:30 a.m. Panel Three: Thomas O’Donnell , president, Theatrical Teamsters Local 817. Read more

 

Sims hosts press conference condemning conversion therapy on minors

(Oct 23, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 23 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., flanked by House and Senate colleagues and LGBTQ advocates, today hosted a news conference to discuss legislation that would make Pennsylvania the 19 th state to ban the dangerous practice of conversion therapy on minors, which attempts to change an individual's gender identity or sexual orientation. “It is time that the commonwealth catches up to the 18 other states and numerous municipalities in the state that already ban conversion therapy,” Sims said. “This abusive practice is causing higher rates of depression among our LGBTQ youth, and even worse, it’s coming at the expense of their lives. I am honored and encouraged by the strong group of advocates that have come together to demand we outlaw this archaic and harmful practice. Over the weeks and months to come we have the opportunity to see who in the commonwealth wants to stand with us to protect children." Sims introduced legislation (H.B. 1293) that seeks to address harms associated with conversion therapy, by prohibiting a mental health professional from engaging in this so-called treatment with minors. The practice has been universally panned by accredited medical organizations across the nation. At the news conference, advocates described the painful procedures LGBTQ minors are forced to endure during conversion therapy, such as verbal and mental abuse, and electric shock therapy. Read more

 

McClinton to host Monday news conference to address prison gerrymandering

(Oct 23, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 23 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will host a news conference on ending the practice of prison gerrymandering at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 at the state Capitol Media Center. McClinton will be joined by House and Senate colleagues and advocacy partners to discuss House Bill 940 – legislation that would require Pennsylvania to count incarcerated individuals at their last residential address for the purpose of congressional and legislative redistricting. Media coverage is invited. Read more

 

Measure containing Kenyatta legislation passes House

(Oct 23, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 23 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta announced his legislation that would expand the type of businesses that could apply for a performing arts facility liquor license was amended into a bill that passed the House. Kenyatta’s bill (H.B. 1576) would allow theaters that primarily screen independent films, classic films and second-run films if they have between 100 and 350 seats to get such a license. That legislation was amended into H.B. 1589, which would permit performing arts facilities to serve alcohol prior to 1 p.m. on Sundays. Businesses would be able to move operating hours to as early as 10 a.m. “Small businesses are the backbone of communities across Philadelphia and the commonwealth. They not only keep our neighborhoods thriving, but they are a great source of jobs and feed into the local economy,” Kenyatta said. “I hope this legislation moves quickly through the Senate and onto Governor Wolf’s desk for him to sign in order to help level the playing field for small business owners in Philadelphia and beyond.” House Bill 1589 is the first bill to pass for Kenyatta as a first-time legislator. It now awaits consideration in the Senate. Read more

 

Sims to host Wednesday news conference to address prohibiting conversion therapy on minors

(Oct 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., announced that he will host a news conference on banning conversion therapy on minors at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the lieutenant governor’s balcony of the state Capitol . Sims will be joined by state legislators, mental health and LGBTQ advocates, including a representative from The Trevor Project, to discuss legislation that would address harms associated with conversion therapy by prohibiting mental health professionals from performing conversion therapy on an individual younger than 18. The list of speakers includes: Rep. Brian Sims. Daniel Walinsky, associate professor of instruction, Counseling Psychology Program, Temple University. Todd Snovel, executive director, Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs. Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta. Sen. Katie Muth. Troy Stevenson, campaign manager, 50 Bills 50 States, The Trevor Project. Media coverage is invited. Read more

 

Burgos announces $477,000 grant for Beury Building redevelopment
Nov 12, 2019

McClinton honors veterans, connects them with veterans’ services during annual Veterans Expo
Nov 12, 2019

Solomon presents $20,000 grant to help local organization light up business corridors this holiday season
Nov 07, 2019

Isaacson applauds New Kensington Community Development Corporation on receiving $150K state grant
Nov 06, 2019

Fiedler applauds local community garden on receiving $53K state grant
Nov 01, 2019

Solomon announces $200,000 grant to continue Carnell Elementary School Project
Nov 01, 2019

Sims applauds Turning Points for Children for receiving $59,300 state grant
Nov 01, 2019

Over 200 constituents attend Southwest Philadelphia Fall Festival
Nov 01, 2019

Dawkins announces $54,000 grant for his district
Oct 31, 2019

Donatucci, Ciresi, Policy Committee look at PA film tax credit
Oct 31, 2019

Driscoll introduces legislation to help protect Pa. workers, businesses
Oct 31, 2019

Tonight: McClinton hosts community discussion on growing human trafficking epidemic
Oct 30, 2019

Isaacson to introduce legislation to regulate lead in playground areas
Oct 30, 2019

Philadelphia legislators oppose bill that eliminates straight ticket voting
Oct 29, 2019

Kenyatta selected for NCSL Task Force on Cybersecurity
Oct 25, 2019

Donatucci, Ciresi to host Policy Committee hearing on film tax credit October 31 in Philadelphia
Oct 24, 2019

Sims hosts press conference condemning conversion therapy on minors
Oct 23, 2019

McClinton to host Monday news conference to address prison gerrymandering
Oct 23, 2019

Measure containing Kenyatta legislation passes House
Oct 23, 2019

Sims to host Wednesday news conference to address prohibiting conversion therapy on minors
Oct 21, 2019