Ciresi announces $1M in redevelopment funding for Royersford Borough

(Dec 06, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 6 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, was instrumental in securing a $1 million state grant for Royersford Borough’s Riverfront at Royersford LLC redevelopment project. Ciresi said the funding, awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, will help realize the plans for the Riverfront at Royersford LLC, a mixed-use development that will include living, restaurant and entertainment venues and retail opportunities. “I’m very proud that I was able to secure this $1 million redevelopment grant that will help bring back social life and economic opportunity to this stretch of Schuylkill riverfront,” Ciresi said. “This state grant money will help transform what was once industrial brownfields into a vital economic, leisure and residential hub for the 146 th District. The Riverfront at Royersford will be a pioneer of mixed-use development in southeastern Pennsylvania, while expanding amenities and opportunities for all area residents.” “We are extremely thankful to Representative Ciresi for his unwavering advocacy of this project and to the borough council, mayor and staff for being excellent public partners in this process,” said Richard Lewis, president & CEO of The Lewis Group. "This team has repeatedly proven its commitment to the continued revitalization of Royersford through careful collaboration and action to mitigate barriers to Read more

 

PUC Announces New ‘835’ Area Code Assigned to Parts of Southeast PA

(Dec 02, 2021)

The Commission voted 3-0 to approve a petition filed by the North American Numbering Plan Administrator, which is the neutral third-party entity that allocates telephone numbering resources. Read more

 

Guenst announces $1.650M state grant for Willow Grove Interchange Area Intersection and $300K to Hatboro Borough to install a wider sidewalk

(Nov 22, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 22 – Rep. Nancy Guenst, D-Montgomery/Phila., announced today that the Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded $1.65 million to support improvements at the Willow Grove Interchange Area Intersection and has awarded Hatboro $300,000 to install a wider sidewalk along a section of North York Road. The grants come from the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund. “This state money will help alleviate the growing traffic at the Willow Grove Interchange due to increased development,” Guenst said. “This is state funds being used to plan for the future. I’m also glad to see that a sidewalk in Hatboro Township will be enlarged and extended, making it ADA compliant and all-around safer for people to walk on it. Thanks to this money, our area will be safer for motorists and pedestrians alike.” Upper Moreland Township plans to conduct the preliminary and final engineering design for improvement to the Willow Grove Interchange. The design will focus on the replacement of the Route 611 bridge over the Pennsylvania Turnpike ramps and the installation of a second southbound exit lane along Route 611 to enter the Turnpike ramps. The improvements are expected to alleviate traffic congestion, which is anticipated to increase with continued development in the area. Hatboro is proposing to widen and extend the sidewalk Read more

 

Williams announces more than $91,000 in funding for Coatesville organizations

(Nov 10, 2021)

COATESVILLE, NOV. 10 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, announced today that Coatesville 2 nd Century Alliance was awarded $80,000 in funding and Habitat for Humanity Chester County $11,250 through the state’s Neighborhood Assistance Program. “I’m glad to see this funding coming to help downtown Coatesville’s revitalization efforts and to provide housing to those in need at a critical period in the city’s history,” Williams said. “ At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted economic life and made it more difficult for people to get by, Coatesville’s ongoing revitalization will be supported and housing-insecure residents given shelter thanks to the innovative NAP’s public-private partnerships.” The Coatesville 2 nd Century Alliance will use the funding to continue its revitalization plan for the downtown commercial district of the city of Coatesville by awarding three façade improvement grants to enhance the existing building stock and entice new businesses to the district and establish a systemized, reliable and regular cleanup program to mitigate the weeds and litter that line the streets. Habitat for Humanity Chester County will use the funding to complete an affordable housing development in the city of Coatesville. NAP encourages private sector investment into projects that will help improve distressed communities by providing Read more

 

Ciresi and Guzman applaud bipartisan infrastructure bill’s passenger rail funding

(Nov 10, 2021)

Ciresi and Guzman said they both view the restoration of a passenger rail service as the best way to alleviate this critical infrastructure issue and increase southeastern Pennsylvania’s economic growth. Read more

 

Ciresi announces $93,750 in funding to Pottstown community organizations

(Nov 09, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 9 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, announced today that Pottstown organization Genesis Housing Corp. was awarded $75,000 to improve blighted areas and Children Advocacy Center of Montgomery County $18,750 to help open a new child advocacy center through the Neighborhood Assistance Program. “This state funding from NAP will continue the efforts to remediate Pottstown’s blighted properties and provide greater safety to its children suffering from child abuse,” Ciresi said. “At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing public health disparities, the innovative NAP will support Pottstown’s ongoing revitalization and provide a critical lifeline to residents through public-private partnerships that will lead to community improvements and a better quality of life.” The funding to Genesis Housing Corp. will be used to address neighborhood revitalization and blight remediation through smaller-scale improvement projects and façade funding, including exterior renovations, housing counseling services, improved community gardens, accessible community arts programs, and other social justice and community improvement programs. Genesis Housing Corp. serves as the coordinator of a partnership for this effort including Pottstown Community Action, Habitat for Humanity, Mosaic Community Land Trust, and Hobart’s Run. The Children Advocacy Center of Read more

 

Sturla, Muth introduce Pennsylvania Water Resource Act

(Nov 08, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 8 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and state Sen. Katie Muth, D-Chester/Montgomery/Berks, announced today that they have introduced the Pennsylvania Water Resource Act in both the House ( H.B. 20 ) and the Senate ( S.B. 868 ) to improve water quality. Their legislation would charge extraordinary water users a nominal per-gallon fee for removing water from Pennsylvania waterways, either 1/100 of a cent per gallon ($0.0001) for those who return the water or 1/10 of a cent per gallon ($0.001) for those who never return it. Thus, a 10,000-gallon withdrawal would cost $1 per day and $10 per day respectively. “For too long, Pennsylvania has allowed its precious water resource to be used for free by extraordinary water users who take over 8 billion gallons of water every day. Our legislation would raise $350 million annually to help state agencies, municipalities, watershed organizations and authorities improve water quality throughout our commonwealth,” Sturla said. “I am grateful to work with Representative Sturla on companion legislation to establish the Pennsylvania Water Resource Act and to ensure that our most precious natural resource is protected and safe to drink,” Muth said. “Our bill would allow the Commonwealth to invest in water improvement and stormwater management projects without placing any financial burden on residential and agricultural water consumers. Improving the quality and accessibility Read more

 

Sainato, Wheatley, Pisciottano, Webster unveil new bills to boost Pa. veterans

(Nov 08, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 8 – As Pennsylvania prepares to celebrate Veterans Day, state Reps. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence; Jake Wheatley and Nick Pisciottano, both D-Allegheny; and Joe Webster, D-Montgomery, joined fellow lawmakers at Soldier’s Grove to unveil a package of bills aimed at improving the lives of those who have served. Sainato, Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, said he is proud to be part of a bipartisan effort to shape policy and legislation for the commonwealth’s large and active veteran population. “Our veterans deserve the most vigilant, responsive lawmaking we can provide,” Sainato said. “There is always more we can do to improve the laws in ways that address their concerns. It’s what motivated us to introduce legislation to improve the professional licensing process, so boards better understand how military skills and experience translate to civilian license requirements and veterans have an easier time getting those licenses.” Wheatley, who is Democratic chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee and a Marine veteran, said, “I want to thank my fellow members for working with me to get this bill across the finish line in the House. This bill will help veterans, service members and their families as they transition to civilian life, smoothing the path for them to join the work force or start their own Read more

 

State Rep. Sappey to testify with Chester County residents against water rate hikes at Nov. 10 hearing

(Oct 29, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 29 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, has planned an in-person event to support southern Chester County communities in testifying against Aqua Pennsylvania Inc.’s proposed water rate increases of over 17% at a telephonic public input hearing. The in-person event hosted by Sappey and Rep. John Lawrence, to be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10 at the Penn Township building in West Grove, is happening in response to the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission’s Oct. 21 decision to not hold in-person hearings and instead hold six virtual hearings to collect input from the public on Aqua’s proposed increases. The purpose of the in-person event is to assist seniors and people with technological difficulties who would still like to testify. “Those without adequate access to the internet or comfort with technology deserve to be heard as well as those who do,” Sappey said. Sappey made the initial request for a public hearing through a letter to the PUC on Oct. 6 . “Hundreds of constituents have contacted me expressing strong opposition to Aqua’s increase request,” Sappey wrote. “Many of them are seniors living on fixed incomes and are still recovering from the financial impact of the pandemic. The timing of this increase is egregious and unfair.” After the virtual hearings were announced, Read more

 

After Berks County sent out Spanish instructions for mail-in ballots with wrong date, activists want Nov. 18 deadline honored

(Oct 29, 2021)

“It doesn’t matter how many folks were sent the incorrect information,” Guzman said, pointing out that races could be decided by just a handful of votes. “Even if one person was disenfranchised because they received the incorrect information — that’s one person too many.” Read more

 

Shusterman awarded National Association of Social Workers’ Legislator of the Year

(Oct 28, 2021)

PAOLI, Oct. 28 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman was recently recognized by the National Association of Social Workers for Legislator of the Year. “We appreciate her commitment to tackling social inequality, including her efforts on college students experiencing homelessness, expansion of expungement, and addressing food deserts,” NASW said in a statement regarding the award. “Representative Shusterman addresses problems not only through legislation, but also helps constituents through her district office and hosts public events and media promotions to bring awareness to the issues.” The award recognizes outstanding service and contributions of an elected official. NASW said Shusterman won the award because she has been a voice of the people. The organization believes that legislators represent society’s collective values and recognize when they enact policies that fight for social justice and against injustice. This legislative session Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, has introduced the Child and Adult Care Food Program Supplement, which would provide funds for food to care facilities for children and adults. Shusterman also introduced legislation to combat littering, promote recycling and was a co-sponsor on a bill called the LEVEL UP for ID/A Act. LEVEL UP for ID/A would change provider payments based on outcomes of individuals with disabilities and autism, instead of services provided. This bill has many components which are all Read more

 

Herrin, Muth and Otten host event to protect water rights for Pennsylvanians affected by Mariner East

(Oct 27, 2021)

“Two years of testing and two years of DEP coming out, and they blame it on everyone else,” Patrick Robinson said, an Indiana County Naval veteran and ex-Halliburton employee whose water became contaminated days after drilling began on his property back in 2017. “When is this job going to be done, and when is it going to be corrected? How many people are going to have to suffer?” Read more

 

Guzman pushes to restore turnpike jobs and ensure proper toll collection

(Oct 27, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, is planning to introduce legislation that would bring back in-person tollbooth jobs on the Pennsylvania Turnpike during peak hours to prevent motorists without an E-ZPass from riding toll free, which happened for about half of those motorists in 2020. “We lost more than $104 million in turnpike tolls last year due to a flawed, all-electronic tolling system. That is unacceptable,” Guzman said. “The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission laid off nearly 500 tollbooth workers and prematurely converted to an all-electronic system, resulting in this catastrophic loss. The commission needs to be held accountable.” Guzman is proposing a hybrid system that would bring back tollbooth workers during the road’s busiest hours so that the electronic system can be improved without incurring further revenue losses. “The benefits of a functioning all-electronic system are undeniable,” he said. “However, last year’s blunder demonstrated that the commission needs more time to develop a working system.” About 11 million trips without tolls occurred on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in 2020, according to an internal turnpike report obtained by the Associated Press. After eliminating in-person toll collection last year, a 45% rate increase was implemented for non-E-ZPass drivers. E-ZPass tolls accounted for over $1 billion of the PTC’s $1.3 billion total tolls Read more

 

Guenst elected secretary of House Democrats’ Southeast Delegation

(Oct 26, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 26 – State Rep. Nancy Guenst, D-Montgomery/Phila., was elected by her peers to serve as secretary of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus’ Southeast Delegation. The Southeast Delegation is the Pennsylvania House’s largest delegation, comprising legislators from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Berks, Lancaster, York and Dauphin counties . The secretary is tasked with keeping accurate records and minutes of meetings of the delegation. “I am very happy to serve the caucus in any way I can,” Guenst said. “I appreciate the support of my colleagues in the Southeast Delegation and look forward to continuing to work together to represent the needs of our region.” Guenst represents the 152 nd District, which includes part of Philadelphia, as well as Bryn Athyn, Hatboro, Lower Moreland Township, Upper Moreland Township and part of Upper Dublin Township in Montgomery County. She serves on the House Agriculture, Children and Youth, Game and Fisheries, and Human Services committees. Read more

 

Lawmakers, activists discuss bill to protect Chester Water Authority customers

(Oct 26, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 26 – State Reps. Leanne Krueger and John Lawrence were joined by local activists and union representatives at a news conference Tuesday at the state Capitol, where they discussed legislation to protect the customers of municipal and authority-owned water or wastewater systems in the acquisition process. Krueger, D-Delaware, and Lawrence, R-Chester/Lancaster, have introduced legislation ( H.B. 1936 ) to amend Section 1329 of the Public Utilities Law to prohibit the use of that section for the sale of municipal or authority-owned water or wastewater systems to private companies using the valuation procedure outlined there unless the system is in financial and/or operational distress. Chester Water Authority is a financially stable utility being pursued by Aqua Pennsylvania for acquisition. “Sales through Section 1329 always drive up rates for customers, so those sales should be limited to distressed systems that truly need assistance,” said Krueger. “Chester Water Authority is not in financial or operational distress. If passed, this bill would prevent Aqua from marking up an offer price to take over CWA and passing those costs on to ratepayers. I will continue fighting to protect CWA customers.” “Chester Water Authority’s Board unanimously rejected a buyout offer,” said Lawrence. “Thousands of CWA ratepayers have spoken out against a Read more

 

Shusterman, Hill-Evans to introduce Child and Adult Care Food Program Supplement to help feed care facility participants

(Oct 25, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 25 – State Reps. Melissa L. Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, and Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, have announced they will introduce a bill to provide additional food funds for care facilities enrolled in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, a federal program that compensates care facilities for meals served to participants. “Care facilities across the state deal with incredibly high operating costs,” Shusterman said. “Unfortunately, the federal program meant to help them feed our neediest citizens does not go nearly far enough to alleviate the extraordinary costs they face. It’s time for Pennsylvania to supplement this vital program.” Hill-Evans agreed. “Pennsylvania’s economy is stronger when our most vulnerable residents have access to essential resources,” Hill-Evans said. “By ensuring our care facilities have adequate funding, we would enable more Pennsylvanians to enter the workforce.” According to the PA Department of Education’s website , participating facilities are eligible to be reimbursed for up to two meals and one snack per participant, per day. The new bill introduced by Shusterman and Hill-Evans would expand that. Currently, participating facilities also receive federally donated commodities, nutrition education materials and annual training workshops. The following care facilities are eligible to participate in the CACFP: Licensed, nonprofit, non-residential Read more

 

Cruz calls on Berks County officials, Department of State to correct mail-in ballot instruction error affecting 17,000 Latino voters

(Oct 21, 2021)

Berks County recently sent 17,000 Spanish-speaking voters mail-in ballots with an instruction page that says their ballot should be returned by Nov. 18, instead of the actual upcoming municipal election date of Nov. 2. Read more

 

Ciresi announces $3.7 million grant to replace Pottstown lead service lines

(Oct 21, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, announced today that the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority has approved a $3.71 million grant to fund the Pottstown Borough Authority’s 2021 Lead Service Replacement Project. The project will replace lead lines in older homes, eliminating exposure to lead materials. “I am very glad that PENNVEST has made this investment in the future of Pottstown Borough as this funding will ensure that my constituents will have a modern and safe infrastructure for years to come for something as fundamental as drinking water,” Ciresi said. “This work to eliminate lead and other harmful contaminants from drinking water is crucial to the health and well-being of our residents, children, and future generations.” The funds will be used to fund a project to replace approximately 8,400 linear feet of lead service lines and 700 linear feet of water service curb stops throughout Pottstown Borough. The authority has already contracted work in 2019 and 2021 to replace some of the existing lead service lines throughout the borough to provide safe drinking water to the residents of the area. The 2021 Lead Service Replacement Project will complete this effort in the remaining sections of the borough that are designated as being in critical condition. “This grant provides the funds necessary to continue the efforts of the Pottstown Read more

 

Ciresi introduces legislation to fund PPE in schools, ensure safe in-person instruction

(Oct 19, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 19 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, introduced legislation today to establish a grant program for the 2021-22 school year that would allow schools to purchase face masks, other additional personal protective equipment, and cleaning and sanitizing supplies, as well as allow them to make modifications necessary to ensure appropriate social distancing. “There are over 3,000 people hospitalized with COVID-19 right now and we’ve lost too many over the course of this pandemic,” Ciresi said. “We’ve got to remain vigilant and do everything we can to make sure our schools are safe spaces for our children. That’s why I’ve introduced this legislation, which would help schools provide effective, high-quality masks for their students and staff, as well as any other PPE or supplies they need to hinder the transmission of the virus and create a safe environment for learning.” Ciresi’s legislation is similar to Act 30 of 2020, which created grants for schools to purchase PPE and cleaning supplies in the previous school year but has since expired. Funding would be available to help both public and nonpublic schools. Read more

 

Galloway introduces legislation to include digital wallets in Breach of Personal Information Notification Act

(Oct 18, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 18 – As a longtime proponent of consumer protections, state Rep. John Galloway is introducing legislation that would seek to include digital wallets in the Breach of Personal Information Notification Act. “Digital wallets have made it so easy for us to pay for everyday things, but there is a great risk that digital wallets could be easily hacked, and our savings stolen from us,” Galloway, D-Bucks, said. “My legislation would protect Pennsylvanians by making sure that they are notified as soon as their wallets have been hacked so they can begin to take steps to protect any other electronic data that may have been exposed as well as immediately start the process of repairing the damage caused by the hack.” The legislation is now being circulated for co-sponsors and will be introduced soon. Read more

 

Ciresi announces $1M in redevelopment funding for Royersford Borough
Dec 06, 2021

PUC Announces New ‘835’ Area Code Assigned to Parts of Southeast PA
Dec 02, 2021

Guenst announces $1.650M state grant for Willow Grove Interchange Area Intersection and $300K to Hatboro Borough to install a wider sidewalk
Nov 22, 2021

Williams announces more than $91,000 in funding for Coatesville organizations
Nov 10, 2021

Ciresi and Guzman applaud bipartisan infrastructure bill’s passenger rail funding
Nov 10, 2021

Ciresi announces $93,750 in funding to Pottstown community organizations
Nov 09, 2021

Sturla, Muth introduce Pennsylvania Water Resource Act
Nov 08, 2021

Sainato, Wheatley, Pisciottano, Webster unveil new bills to boost Pa. veterans
Nov 08, 2021

State Rep. Sappey to testify with Chester County residents against water rate hikes at Nov. 10 hearing
Oct 29, 2021

After Berks County sent out Spanish instructions for mail-in ballots with wrong date, activists want Nov. 18 deadline honored
Oct 29, 2021

Shusterman awarded National Association of Social Workers’ Legislator of the Year
Oct 28, 2021

Herrin, Muth and Otten host event to protect water rights for Pennsylvanians affected by Mariner East
Oct 27, 2021

Guzman pushes to restore turnpike jobs and ensure proper toll collection
Oct 27, 2021

Guenst elected secretary of House Democrats’ Southeast Delegation
Oct 26, 2021

Lawmakers, activists discuss bill to protect Chester Water Authority customers
Oct 26, 2021

Shusterman, Hill-Evans to introduce Child and Adult Care Food Program Supplement to help feed care facility participants
Oct 25, 2021

Cruz calls on Berks County officials, Department of State to correct mail-in ballot instruction error affecting 17,000 Latino voters
Oct 21, 2021

Ciresi announces $3.7 million grant to replace Pottstown lead service lines
Oct 21, 2021

Ciresi introduces legislation to fund PPE in schools, ensure safe in-person instruction
Oct 19, 2021

Galloway introduces legislation to include digital wallets in Breach of Personal Information Notification Act
Oct 18, 2021