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Up-To-Date Information about the Allentown State Hospital

(Nov 29, 2018)

Here you'll find a webpage about the Allentown State Hospital, updated as often as new information becomes available. Read more

 

Schweyer, Schlossberg invite constituents to free Senior Fair

(May 07, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, May 7 – State Reps. Peter Schweyer and Mike Schlossberg, both D-Lehigh, will host a Senior Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, May 18 at the East Side Youth Center, 1140 E. Clair St., 18109. Read more

 

2018 Newsletter

(Apr 24, 2018)

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Browne, Schlossberg Strive to Keep Children Safe on and off School Buses

(Apr 19, 2018)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, and state Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, are spearheading a legislative effort aimed at curtailing the issue of vehicles illegally passing school buses in Pennsylvania. Both legislators have introduced identical companion bills. Browne, who introduced S.B. 1098 , said that the legislation is designed to place stop-arm cameras on school buses to catch drivers illegally passing school buses. “Protecting students as they get on and off of the school bus is critically important,” Browne said. “Parents shouldn’t have to worry about the safety of their children traveling to and from school.” Schlossberg, sponsor of H.B. 2225, said that unfortunately some motorists ignore the flashing red lights and stop signs on school buses. “Every day, thousands of Pennsylvania students take the bus to school,” Schlossberg said. “Our children’s safe arrival to and from home is on the minds of parents, bus drivers and teachers so we must keep them as safe as possible during their daily journey.” The Lehigh County legislators said that stop-arm cameras would allow police to use technology similar to red light cameras to capture violations and issue traffic citations. This legislation would not mandate that cameras be installed, but would allow for them to be used. “This legislation provides police Read more

 

Lt. Gov. Stack, Reps. McNeill, Schlossberg, and Schweyer to Host Pathways to Pardons

(Apr 18, 2018)

Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack and local state Reps. Jeanne MCNeill, Mike Schlossberg, and Pete Schweyer will host a community event April 26 in Allentown to explain the process for obtaining a pardon or expungement of a past criminal conviction in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Schlossberg/Schweyer announce $266,673 for rail project in Lehigh County

(Mar 28, 2018)

Schlossberg/Schweyer announce $266,673 for rail project in Lehigh County State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, Lehigh County, have announced that 1.2 miles of track leading into and within RJ Corman’s Allentown yard will be refurbished in the near future. Schlossberg said the replacement of ties and ballast and track surfacing to maintain the track’s condition are planned. “Moving freight by rail not only reduces truck traffic but is fuel-efficient and has the lowest possible impact on the environment and also stimulates economic development of the Lehigh Valley area,” Schlossberg said. Schweyer said the grant program uses state General Fund money to preserve existing essential rail freight service by building and expanding rail freight capacity basically throughout Pennsylvania. “I am proud to see so many companies investing in a better future by railroad shipping and we are proud to do our part in Harrisburg to make sure these grants come to our area,” Schweyer said. The Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) provides financial assistance for investment in rail freight infrastructure. The intent of the program is to: preserve essential rail freight service where economically feasible, and preserve or stimulate economic development through the generation of new or expanded rail freight service. Read more

 

Mental health and school safety deserve equal discussion, Schlossberg says

(Mar 13, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 13 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg today joined several of his House colleagues and mental health advocates for a Capitol news conference to discuss the relationship between mental health and school safety. Read more

 

Schlossberg, Schweyer react to Pawlowski guilty verdict

(Mar 01, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, March 1 – State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, both D-Lehigh, issued the following statements after the guilty verdict in the trial of Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski. Rep. Peter Schweyer: “The people of Allentown are some of the proudest and toughest folks in all of Pennsylvania. We have seen ups and downs, good times and bad. Today’s announcement that Mr. Pawlowski has been found guilty by an impartial jury of breaking the public’s trust is certainly a sad day for my hometown, but gives us the chance to move forward. “There has been a cloud hanging over City Hall over the last few years which caused tension and frustration for city employees, business and everyday citizens. But the illicit activity perpetrated by Mr. Pawlowski has not hurt our strong neighborhoods, has not curtailed our economic recovery and hasn’t stopped the remaining dedicated city workers from working hard for each and every one of us. “I’m a lifelong Allentownian and I am fully confident that our best days are ahead of us. We will do today what we do best: roll up our sleeves and get to work on building a better community. You have my word that I will be right there with you. “ Rep. Mike Schlossberg: “Today is not a joyful day, it’s the conclusion of a tragedy. But hopefully, and more importantly, today marks the end of a painful chapter for the people of Allentown. Read more

 

Rep. Schlossberg lauds increased education and investments in children in state budget

(Feb 06, 2018)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, released the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for the 2018-19 fiscal year: “Governor Wolf deserves a great deal of credit for continuing his commitment to strengthening our schools and improving Pennsylvania’s economy. The students and families of the Allentown and Parkland School Districts stand to benefit from this commitment and I look forward to working with the governor to accomplish this. “More than ever, Pennsylvanians need jobs that put more money in their wallets. Governor Wolf’s plan to increase training career and technical education, computer science education, apprenticeships, job training and high demand job readiness will go a long way to restoring the American Dream for Pennsylvania’s workers. At the end of the day, workers want jobs that pay better wages, good health care coverage, a comfortable place to live and some savings for college and retirement. This is the core of the promise we must deliver for Pennsylvania.” Schlossberg said the governor's proposals go hand in hand with the House Democrats' Plan For PA, which includes supporting quality schools, good jobs and fair taxes for all Pennsylvanians. More information about the Plan For PA is available at http://planforpa.pahouse.com . Read more

 

Schlossberg, House Democratic Policy Committee talk Plan4PA, jobs at roundtable discussion

(Jan 11, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, Jan. 11 –State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable discussion on jobs at PA CareerLink Lehigh Valley. Schlossberg was joined by Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, legislators from across the state and local policy experts. “At some point, we have to stop pretending that the jobs of the past few decades will be the jobs of tomorrow. If we want to have a serious conversation about jobs, we have to have a serious conversation about the future. Work is changing; government must change with it,” explained Schlossberg. Sturla added, “While it may seem tempting to put Band-Aids on current employment issues, it is imperative that we take future employment needs into consideration and train a workforce that is prepared for today and tomorrow’s challenges. Representative Schlossberg understands the importance of looking forward and I thank him for hosting today’s roundtable.” Panelists included: Nancy Dischinat, executive director, Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board; Michelle Griffin Young, executive vice president of Government and External Affairs, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce; Don Cunningham, president and CEO, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp.; Anthony Durante, program manager of Bridgeworks Enterprise Center, Allentown Economic Development Corp.; Diane Lewis, manager of Business Development Services, Read more

 

Schlossberg asking ‘Where are the jobs?’ at House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable Thursday in Allentown

(Jan 08, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, Jan. 8 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable to discuss jobs. The roundtable discussion will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11 at PA CareerLink Lehigh Valley, PPL Room, 555 Union Blvd., Allentown. Schlossberg requested this meeting to discuss employment trends with local policy experts and state legislators from all over the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 10 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. Discussion with Panelists: Nancy Dischinat , executive director, Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board Michelle Griffin Young , executive vice president of Government and External Affairs, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Don Cunningham , president and CEO, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. Anthony Durante , program manager of Bridgeworks Enterprise Center, Allentown Economic Development Corp. Diane Lewis , manager of Business Development Services, Manufacturers Resource Center Edward Hozza, Jr. , mayor, Whitehall Township Chris Naylor , legislative and political director, UFCW Local 1776 Noon Closing Remarks Visit http://planforpa.pahouse.com for additional information about the Plan4PA and www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for Policy Committee materials. Read more

 

Schlossberg Update On Allentown State Hospital

(Dec 27, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Schlossberg gives an update on the possible sale of the Allentown State Hospital site after the Governor recently signed legislation allowing the state to sell it. Read more

 

Schlossberg calls for resignations and policy changes in light of sexual harassment reports

(Dec 19, 2017)

ALLENTOWN, Dec. 19 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg issued the following statement regarding reports of sexual harassment by members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. “The behavior of the accused is abhorrent. I say this, not as a father or husband, but as a human being, one who believes in decency and who respects the rights of individuals to be safe and secure in who they are and where they work. “To the victims: As a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, I am sorry. I am sorry for what these "men" put you through, sorry that this institution failed to protect you from enduring this behavior to begin with, and sorry that we have not done better by you. “I also pledge that we will do better in the future. “The behavior of the accused is beyond the pale. The accusations levelled against Tom Caltagirone and Daylin Leach are extremely serious, credible and well-supported by the facts. “Tom Caltagirone should resign. “Daylin Leach should resign. “I strenuously object to using taxpayer dollars for sexual harassment settlements, and I will advocate to stop the use of taxpayer dollars in such a manner in the future. It is clear to me the House of Representatives needs to adopt Representative Leanne Krueger-Braneky’s #MeToo legislation, which I signed on to co-sponsor weeks ago. That legislation would, among other items, ban non-disclosure agreements. “We have to do better, and Read more

 

Allentown State Hospital closer to sale of its grounds

(Dec 14, 2017)

Direct negotiations on the sale of the Allentown State Hospital are one step closer to happening. Read more

 

Pennsylvania Legislature OKs sale of Allentown State Hospital

(Dec 14, 2017)

“Since before I took office, the status and future of the Allentown State Hospital has been a concern for residents as vacant buildings and neglected property stand to attract unwanted activity and result in blight. I look forward to working with Sen. Browne to ensure the sale of the state hospital enhances the quality of life of the East Side.” Read more

 

Schlossberg and Browne usher through the General Assembly legislation to allow for the sale of the Allentown State Hospital grounds

(Dec 13, 2017)

Legislation that would allow direct negotiations on the sale of the Allentown State Hospital grounds is headed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk for his signature following passage by the General Assembly, according to state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, and state Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh. “Passage of this legislation is an essential step in allowing the Department of General Services to negotiate the sale of this highly important and valuable piece of state property within the city," Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne said. "The proper development of this site is vital to the continued economic growth and well-being of Allentown and something we will monitor closely as this process moves forward.” Schlossberg said he believes it is his duty to keep constituents informed on the status of this highly visible anchor property on the East Side. “Since before I took office, the status and future of the Allentown State Hospital has been a concern for residents as vacant buildings and neglected property stand to attract unwanted activity and result in blight,” Schlossberg said. “I look forward to working with Senator Browne to ensure the sale of the state hospital enhances the quality of life of the East Side.” According to Schlossberg and Browne, this legislation gives the state three years to come to an agreement with the buyer for the property. The buyer would need to comply with all Read more

 

2017-18 PA Grant & Resource Directory

(Nov 27, 2017)

Please call the district office (610-821-5577) to learn how to obtain a printed copy. Read more

 

Schlossberg, Schweyer and Browne announce grants for trail expansion

(Nov 14, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, both D-Lehigh, and Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, announced the approval of $353,500 in state grants to install street lights, improve sidewalks and ramps, and create a multi-use trail in Allentown. Read more

 

Rep Schlossberg issues statement on the passage of gaming expansion legislation

(Oct 26, 2017)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg issued this statement on the passage of the gaming expansion bill by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives as part of the 2017-18 state budget. "This will be a strange statement, as I dedicate most of it to explaining how much I dislike the bill I just voted on. “Indeed, I can think of countless aspects on House Bill 271 that I dislike including the expansion of Video Gaming Terminals, iGaming, and the Category 4 licensure expansion for ‘mini casinos.’ Indeed, I do not favor just about every aspect of this bill. “That being said, I still voted yes on this bill and here’s why: Last year's Supreme Court decision had the potential to nullify a host fee that the city of Allentown receives, which amounts to approximately $5 million in annual funding. This is a major dilemma for the city’s budget. Without this legislation, property taxes would need to be increased by about 2.5 mills, or 40 police officers and firefighter positions would need to be cut. “I represent the people of Allentown and South Whitehall. A ‘no’ vote would have stuck my constituents with a major property tax increase or put their public safety at risk. “As a member of the legislature, you don't get to vote ‘yes’ on some parts of a bill and ‘no’ on others. I can only vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on the particular legislation in front of me. The impact that Read more

 

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg issued this statement on the recent 2017-18 state budget vote

(Oct 18, 2017)

“This proposal helps to balance the bipartisan budget, which increases our commitment to job growth and our community schools. It will also help to maintain tuition breaks for Pennsylvania residents who attend some of our great universities like Penn State, Pitt and Temple. “This is not a perfect plan. We will need to wrestle with a structural deficit going into 2018. We need to enact a tax on gas drillers, close corporate tax loopholes which allow companies doing business in Pennsylvania to avoid paying their fair share and raise the minimum wage with a commitment to use revenue generated from new wages to balance the budget. “That being said, this was a compromise. This allowed us, this year, to finish the job. Real challenges remain, but it came down to the reality that the people of Pennsylvania and the 132 nd District deserve a completed budget,” Schlossberg said. Read more

 

Up-To-Date Information about the Allentown State Hospital
Nov 29, 2018

Schweyer, Schlossberg invite constituents to free Senior Fair
May 07, 2018

2018 Newsletter
Apr 24, 2018

Browne, Schlossberg Strive to Keep Children Safe on and off School Buses
Apr 19, 2018

Lt. Gov. Stack, Reps. McNeill, Schlossberg, and Schweyer to Host Pathways to Pardons
Apr 18, 2018

Schlossberg/Schweyer announce $266,673 for rail project in Lehigh County
Mar 28, 2018

Mental health and school safety deserve equal discussion, Schlossberg says
Mar 13, 2018

Schlossberg, Schweyer react to Pawlowski guilty verdict
Mar 01, 2018

Rep. Schlossberg lauds increased education and investments in children in state budget
Feb 06, 2018

Schlossberg, House Democratic Policy Committee talk Plan4PA, jobs at roundtable discussion
Jan 11, 2018

Schlossberg asking ‘Where are the jobs?’ at House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable Thursday in Allentown
Jan 08, 2018

Schlossberg Update On Allentown State Hospital
Dec 27, 2017

Schlossberg calls for resignations and policy changes in light of sexual harassment reports
Dec 19, 2017

Allentown State Hospital closer to sale of its grounds
Dec 14, 2017

Pennsylvania Legislature OKs sale of Allentown State Hospital
Dec 14, 2017

Schlossberg and Browne usher through the General Assembly legislation to allow for the sale of the Allentown State Hospital grounds
Dec 13, 2017

2017-18 PA Grant & Resource Directory
Nov 27, 2017

Schlossberg, Schweyer and Browne announce grants for trail expansion
Nov 14, 2017

Rep Schlossberg issues statement on the passage of gaming expansion legislation
Oct 26, 2017

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg issued this statement on the recent 2017-18 state budget vote
Oct 18, 2017