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Rozzi: Demand The Window To Justice

(Sep 24, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Mark Rozzi says the time is now. Make your voice count. Let’s pass the #WindowToJustice now. Read more

 

Rozzi announces grant for Reading Public Library, Northwest Branch

(Sep 20, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi announced that the Reading Public Library’s Northwest Branch was awarded a state grant to help replace its aging heating and cooling system. The Keystone Library Grant of $77,500 will help the library replace its 39-year-old heating, ventilating and air conditioning system. The funding was among $6.8 million in library grants awarded by the state Department of Education on Thursday. “Public libraries are a fundamental part of our communities – hubs that provide an ever-growing list of services for residents. So we have to help keep our libraries in good shape,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “I’m pleased that the state awarded this grant to help the Reading Public Library complete necessary upgrades at the Northwest Branch. Keystone Library Grants are competitive grants funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. They must be matched dollar-for-dollar, and they can be used for projects such as HVAC upgrades, ADA upgrades, roof or window replacements, expansion projects and more. Read more

 

Pennsylvania lawmakers must offer those victimized as children by priests a window in which to seek justice

(Sep 14, 2018)

Pennsylvania lawmakers must offer those victimized as children by priests a window in which to seek justice Read more

 

OPINION: I call BS

(Aug 31, 2018)

Let me get this straight. The President Pro Tem of the Pennsylvania Senate directs the Catholic Church to remove predator priests, provide restitution to victims and establish a victim compensation fund “this year,” administered by a neutral third party. Then the bishop of Erie endorses Sen. Joseph Scarnati’s proposal noting that “We are days away from a short election-season session for the state legislature” and directs his lawyers to “collaborate with the Pennsylvania Legislature” to put together said fund. And, while both Scarnati and the bishop decry the pain and suffering of victims, they agree that a retroactive two-year window to access justice for those victims, would lead to “protracted legal wrangling over the constitutionality of a retroactive change” to statute of limitation laws. Wait a minute. In whose interests are they acting and in what capacity? Why do these interchangeable representatives of the religious and secular worlds insist on protecting pedophiles and their enablers at the expense of victims? Can they not comprehend that when predators harmed children, they violated the law and therefore subjected themselves to liability? Why should those victims, now adults who took years to reconcile their trauma, be subject to arbitrary deadlines? They were kids … not products and services. Do the Senate leaders and the bishops not appreciate that these restitution programs only benefit Read more

 

1A: Is it Time to Scrap Statutes of Limitations?

(Aug 30, 2018)

Rep. Rozzi was a guest on NPR's 1A to discuss statutes of limitations. Read more

 

In wake of clergy abuse report, a likely legislative fight brews

(Aug 21, 2018)

In wake of clergy abuse report, a likely legislative fight brews Read more

 

Lawmaker: Nuns taught us to be held accountable

(Aug 16, 2018)

CNN: Lawmaker: Nuns taught us to be held accountable Read more

 

Pa. clergy abuse report on Catholic church puts spotlight on statute of limitations

(Aug 14, 2018)

Pa. clergy abuse report on Catholic church puts spotlight on statute of limitations Read more

 

Rozzi: Justice delayed is justice denied

(Jul 20, 2018)

HARRISBURG, July 20 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, released the following statement in response to Judge Norman Krumenacker’s ruling today that some redacted briefs filed in the Fortieth Statewide Investigating Grand Jury be made public. “The legal maneuverings that the Catholic Church is going through to prevent the release of the statewide grand jury report is nothing short of reprehensible. “First, the bishops of the six dioceses under investigation were provided the entire 884 pages of the report, not just the portions relative to unindicted named persons. Why this concession and what did they do with it? “Next thing, scores of petitioners, represented by high-powered attorneys, filed motions with the state Supreme Court to stay the release of the report based on of all things: that reputations might be harmed. One can only imagine how the victims felt or feel about those motions. “Then, the cleric petitioners were granted the opportunity to challenge statements of sworn testifiers and make appeals for whole pages of redactions to the report, citing due process. If they want due process, that’s fine: give the victims their day in court and the predators and those who are in charge of them can go to town protecting their reputations. “There are really only two ways that victims’ voices can be heard and get to the truth: through the court room or grand jury investigations. Read more

 

Caltagirone, Rozzi announce $844,640 state grant for N. Front Street signals

(Jul 12, 2018)

READING, July 12 – Reading will receive an $844,640 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Green Light - Go grant to upgrade four traffic signals along North Front Street. “These upgrades will contribute greatly to the safety and mobility along North Front Street,” said state Rep. Tom Caltagirone, D-Berks. “I’m happy for the opportunity to help bring this funding to Reading.” “These are necessary improvements to the traffic grid in Reading, and I congratulate the city, which was one of only 70 municipalities to receive funding in this round of grants,” said state Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks. “I look forward to future upgrades and will continue to advocate for them.” The grants are provided as reimbursement to municipalities for updates to improve the efficiency and operation of existing traffic signals. Grant funding through the Green Light - Go Program can be used for a range of operational improvements including light-emitting diode (LED) technology instillation, traffic signal retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies. Read more

 

Rozzi: Child sex abuse is not just a Catholic problem

(Jun 13, 2018)

State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, led a rally at the state Capitol Tuesday to highlight the long overdue need for reform of Pennsylvania’s laws affecting victims of childhood sexual abuse. Read more

 

Lawmakers urged to abolish time limits on rape, sex assault cases

(Apr 11, 2018)

State Rep. Mark Rozzi called on fellow lawmakers to abolish the statue of limitations in rape and sexual assault cases at Capitol rally. Read more

 

Rozzi announces grant for solar array installation at Albright College in Reading

(Mar 16, 2018)

READING, March 16 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, announced today that RER Albright PPA LLC will receive a $264,091 grant for the construction of a 455.33 kW roof-mounted solar array in the city of Reading. The Solar Energy Program funding request was approved Friday by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The funding will go towards the purchase and installation of a roof-mounted solar array on the Albright College administration building located at 1801 N. 12 th St. and will provide 59 percent of the building's energy needs. Albright College will purchase the electricity generated through a 25-year agreement at $.069/kWh with a 3 percent annual escalator. The total project is expected to cost $910,660. “Congratulations to RER Albright LLC on earning this state grant to expand alternative-energy use and reduce the burden on our power grid in Redding,” Rozzi said. “Sustainable infrastructure investments are so important to our local communities, and Albright College will be able to benefit from this project for years to come.” The Solar Energy Program provides financial assistance in the form of grant and loan funds to promote the use of solar energy in Pennsylvania. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Department of Environmental Protection under the direction of the CFA. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of DCED to administer Read more

 

Rozzi to host free document shredding event Saturday, Oct. 21

(Oct 13, 2017)

READING, Oct. 13 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, will host a free document shredding event from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 in the Temple Fire Company parking lot behind his office at 4933 Kutztown Road, Temple. Personal documents will be safely shredded on site and recycled. Rozzi asks that all documents be removed from grocery or trash bags in advance to help him and his team assist constituents faster. “This is an excellent opportunity to remove sensitive papers from your home, help the environment and help keep your identity safe,” Rozzi said. “I look forward to seeing as many people there as possible.” Those seeking more information can call Rozzi’s office at 610-921-8921. Read more

 

Rozzi, Stack to host Pathways to Pardons event Nov. 9

(Oct 06, 2017)

READING, Oct. 6 – Area residents interested in learning more about Pennsylvania’s pardons process are invited to attend a meeting Thursday, Nov. 9 hosted by state Rep. Mark Rozzi and Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Mike Stack. The Pathways to Pardons meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Temple Fire Company, 4936 Kutztown Road in Temple. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The program will be interactive and questions from the audience will be welcome. Read more

 

OPINION: Latest Republican budget plan burns us all

(Sep 07, 2017)

On Tuesday, in the Capitol of the state home to the most famous unstoppable mine fire in the world, 17 House Republicans proposed cutting coal-mine and industrial site clean-up funds to avoid taxing drillers and energy companies. The irony only pales to the absurdity and recklessness of the entire plan. Also filed under heartless, mindless and gutless: Proposed cuts to the Compulsive and Problem Gambling Treatment Fund while attempting to expand gambling across the state; Cuts to the Job Training Fund, Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, Industrial Development Fund and Manufacturing Fund as the rust belt creeps farther across the state; A suggested raid on the Motor License Fund – which is made up of money drivers already paid to fix roads and bridges that are in historic disrepair. Republican budgeting has become little more than a bonfire of tea party schemes that will consume Pennsylvania, its resources, air, water, health and economy before it burns out. Soon in Pennsylvania, it won’t take an actual fire to destroy a community. It will just take not learning from one. Read more

 

Rozzi to host free Gun Safety seminar

(Jul 11, 2017)

HARRISBURG, July 11 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, along with the Berks County Sheriff’s Office, will host a free gun safety seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Muhlenberg Township building, 210 George St., Reading. Participants in the seminar will discuss firearms safety, safe firearm storage, and laws pertaining to personal ownership, concealed carry and self-defense, plus more. The event is free for local adults. Children accompanied by a parent or guardian are also welcome to attend. Space is limited. Anyone interested in participating must pre-register by calling Rozzi’s district office at 610-921-8921. Read more

 

Rozzi announces $40,030 state grant for Reading Public Museum operations

(Jun 01, 2017)

READING, June 1 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi today announced a $40,030 Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission grant for The Foundation for the Reading Public Museum. The Reading Public Museum has displays featuring science and civilizations, a planetarium and a 25-acre arboretum. It also offers educational programs for families, adults and children. The money will augment its operations. “Congratulations to all of the hard workers and volunteers at the Reading Public Museum,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “They do an outstanding job of preserving and telling the story of our regional history and culture, and their work brings great credit upon everyone who calls Reading home.” The PHMC awarded almost $2 million in grants to 141 eligible museums and official county historical societies from 57 Pennsylvania counties that met the following criteria: Museums located in Pennsylvania with annual operating budgets exceeding $100,000 (excluding capital and in-kind services) and at least one full-time professional staff person. Official County Historical Societies designated as the official historical society for the county. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the state’s official history agency. Read more

 

Rozzi Honors Reading High Boys Basketball Team

(May 24, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Mark Rozzi speaks on the house floor to recognize the Reading High Red Knights for their PIAA 6A Boys Basketball State Championship this season. Read more

 

Rozzi announces $385,643 in state grants to improve area traffic flow

(May 11, 2017)

HARRISBURG, May 11 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, today announced a total of $385,643.32 in Pennsylvania Department of Transportation grants to improve area traffic signals. The money will pay for the following: a traffic signal modernization project in the Borough of West Reading. West Reading will provide the remaining $33,634 match of the total project cost of $168,170. traffic signal upgrades in St. Lawrence Borough. St. Lawrence Borough will provide the remaining $62,776.83 of the total project cost of $313,884.15 “Countless vehicles travel through this area each day,” Rozzi said. “Improvements and investments to our roads and infrastructure are vital to our local communities, and residents of West Reading and St. Lawrence will benefit from these projects for years to come.” The grant comes from PennDOT’s Green Light – Go Program, which provides state funds for the operation and maintenance of traffic signals along critical and designated corridors on state highways. The Green Light – Go Program was created by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure investment plan passed in 2013. Read more