HARRISBURG, Oct. 24 – State Reps. Leanne Krueger and David Delloso, both D-Delaware, announced today that the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority has approved a $16.45 million low-interest loan for the Central Delaware County Authority to replace sewer interceptors in Rutledge Borough. The Central Delaware County Authority said the existing sanitary sewer inceptors are 60 to 80 years old and made of reinforced concrete pipe. The pipe has many holes and cracks, which results in infiltration and inflow. Because of the increased cost of maintenance repairs, it is now more viable to re-line the interceptors rather than continuing repairs. “I am proud to have worked with the Central Delaware County Authority to secure this low-interest loan,” said Krueger. “Replacing these sewer pipes will save taxpayers money and benefit the environment be stopping untreated sewage discharge into the County’s waterways.” “The upkeep and repair for aging infrastructure costs more and more each year,” said Delloso. “Replacing this piping will benefit residents for generations to come. These repairs will protect peoples’ health by ensuring that our water systems are not polluted during wet weather.” The project will involve re-lining 60,000 feet of 8-inch to 54-inch sewer interceptors with cured-in-place piping, and 288 manholes will also be Read more
This past summer, Republicans in the Pennsylvania House and Senate rammed through a bill with several proposed constitutional amendments that would limit personal rights instead of protecting them. One of the amendments included in SB 106 would change the state constitution to say there is no constitutional right to an abortion in Pennsylvania. I spoke in opposition of the bill on the House floor the night it passed. If this proposed amendment were to succeed, it would create a pathway in our commonwealth to ban all abortions without any exceptions. A constitutional amendment goes through a different process than regular legislation. For a constitutional amendment to pass, the state House and Senate must vote on it in two consecutive legislative sessions and then it is placed on the ballot for voters to decide. Constitutional amendments cannot be vetoed by the governor. SB 106 passed through the General Assembly in July. If Republicans maintain control of both the House and Senate next year, SB 106 will likely be voted on again next session and voters could see it on the ballot as early as May 2023. This proposed amendment is dangerous, extreme and it will destroy the lives of girls and women. It is the first step to denying people the right to control their own bodies. It turns back the clock on progress and would remove protections currently in place. Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, we have seen abortion bans go into effect across the country and Read more
KENNETT SQUARE, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Christina Sappey is pleased to announce Avondale Borough has been awarded $412,125 in state funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development . The grant will be used to replace an influent pump, related pumping controls and backup equipment at the Avondale Borough Wastewater Treatment Plant. By replacing the pump and outdated piping and equipment, the borough hopes to reduce ongoing maintenance costs of the greater pump system. “This project is essential to maintaining current, well operating infrastructure within the borough,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “Improving our infrastructure will have a positive impact on our communities for years to come. I am thankful to see this state funding request approved and I am proud to have worked with Avondale Borough to secure this grant.” “Borough Council and I are grateful to Representative Sappey for her advocacy, hard work and commitment to the residents of Avondale. This grant will help us update and improve our services to our community,” said Mayor Susan Ruzcidlo, Avondale Borough. “On behalf of the Borough Council, I’m pleased that Avondale Borough is the recipient of a grant that will provide much needed updates and improvements to the water and sewer plant. We’d like to thank state Representative Christina Read more
FOLSOM, Oct. 14 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger and state Sen. John Kane will honor veterans for their service with an appreciation lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 at the American Legion Hall Post 926, 3220 Concord Road in Aston. Veterans in the 161 st Legislative District are invited, along with a family member, to enjoy a free lunch. Staff will provide information on state government-related programs and services available for veterans. The Pennsylvania Mobile Veterans’ Van will be there to help accredited veterans connect with benefits and services such as disability, health care, pension, education, career assistance and more. “The veterans of our country have sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms,” said Krueger, D-Delaware. “I am grateful for their service and sacrifice, and this lunch is a small way for Senator Kane and me to show our appreciation. This lunch is also a great opportunity for veterans to learn more about the services and benefits available to them.” “Veterans have played such a huge role not only for our entire country but in my personal life, as well, and I take every chance I get to thank them for their selfless service, said Kane, D-Chester/Delaware. “I am proud to partner with Representative Krueger to thank and give back to our veterans with an event like this, where we can show them how much their sacrifices have done for us. Read more
KENNETT SQUARE, Oct. 14 – State Rep. Christina Sappey invites veterans and their families in the 158 th Legislative District to join her for a Veterans Breakfast and Recognition Ceremony from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11 at the Kennett Square VFW Post 5467, 704 W. Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square. “This breakfast and recognition ceremony is a small token of appreciation for the veterans in our community,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “Veterans represent the pinnacle of public service. Many have made tremendous sacrifices to protect us and our freedoms. As a member of the state House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, I am committed to providing help and support to our veterans and I am proud to hold this event once again.” A free, hot breakfast will be provided as well as information on state government-related programs and services available to veterans. The keynote speaker will be Brigadier General George Schwartz (Ret.) who served as assistant adjutant general of the Pennsylvania National Guard, and as the Deputy Commandant, Reserve Affairs at the U.S. Army War College. He has been mobilized for a number of domestic emergencies and been deployed for two overseas missions. Currently, he is an assistant professor of leadership and the director of the Bachelor's Degree in Emergency Planning & Management Program at Immaculata University. Read more
PAOLI, Oct. 13 -- State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, invites residents to attend a free shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 29 at Penn State Great Valley, 30 E. Swedesford Road, Malvern, PA. “This event is a great opportunity for residents of the 157 th Legislative District to dispose of their unwanted documents,” said Shusterman. “Shredding documents is a great way to prevent becoming a victim of identity theft. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to protect yourself and keep your information out of the wrong hands.” There is a limit of three boxes for each household. There is no need to remove staples, paper clips or rubber bands. Newspapers, magazines and journals will not be accepted. Shusterman said the event will be held rain or shine and may end sooner than scheduled if the truck is full. Shredding is done on site, and all shredded paper will be recycled. Common types of unwanted items for shredding include credit card statements or applications, bank and investment statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance and health records, and retirement or pension fund information. For more information, residents may contact Shusterman’s office at 484-200-8260 or email RepShusterman@pahouse.net . Read more
UPPER DARBY, Oct. 12 – State Rep. Gina H. Curry, D-Delaware, invites seniors living in the 164 th Legislative District to a free senior breakfast and resource fair from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 28 at the Watkins Senior Center, 326 Watkins Ave., Upper Darby. “I am pleased to be able to host another breakfast for seniors,” said Curry. “We had a great turnout for our event in the spring, and I am looking forward to this opportunity to meet with residents and learn about the issues and concerns important to older Pennsylvanians living in the 164 th . We will also have information about the state, county and local resources available to them.” Curry and members of her staff will be available to help constituents with any state government-related matters, including SEPTA Keycards, unclaimed property, and household heating and water assistance (LIHEAP and LIWAP). The Delaware County office of Services for the Aging will be on hand to answer questions. There will also be information about estate planning, Medicare open enrollment, rebate scams, the new Community Action Agency of Delaware County location, and a new community center coming to Upper Darby. To register to attend, residents may contact Curry’s office at (610) 259-7016 or RepCurry@pahouse.net . Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 29 – State Reps. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila, and Manuel Guzman, D-Berks, today sent a letter to President Joe Biden requesting to waive the maritime shipment restrictions stated in the Jones Act to help restore power in Puerto Rico. In the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona, the island is struggling to get the necessary loads of fuel to move forward. The Jones Act requires that ships transporting goods between United States ports be made in America and owned by American companies. The lawmakers, who lead the Pennsylvania Latino Caucus, emphasized that this Act, also known as Merchant Marine Act of 1920, is narrowing the survival chances of victims of Fiona. “The Jones Act is one of the core factors limiting the recovery of the island against the backdrop of Hurricane Fiona. A clock is ticking for all the people impacted by this natural disaster,” Burgos said. “We urge President Biden to ease the burden for Puerto Ricans, regardless of political or statehood status, and manage this situation with the same urgency that would involve any of the 50 states in the country. This is a matter of survival and empathy.” Guzman explained that the island-wide power outrage has left an estimated 320,232 homes and business without power, relying on generators on a daily basis, which has worsened the living conditions of residents of the Caribbean Island. “As of today, according to LUMA Energy which operates Puerto Rico’s Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 23 – State Reps. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, and Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, introduced legislation on Friday that would bring more accountability to the process of hospital closures to ensure that Pennsylvanians can receive uninterrupted care and that hospital systems must honor their duty to their patients, staff, and the communities they serve. The legislation is a companion to State Sen. Carolyn Comitta’s S.B. 1324 , introduced earlier this month. “When hospitals and health care facilities close or drastically reduce services with little or no notice, their patients, doctors, nurses, and staff suffer,” Pashinski said. “We’re witnessing this firsthand in Luzerne County with the sudden announcement that First Hospital intends to close by October without any apparent plans in place to provide for continuity of care or help their staff transition. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation would be a significant step toward ensuring health care facilities planning to close provide local communities and government agencies the time, information, and opportunity they need to adequately address these significant impacts and plan for related challenges.” “Pennsylvania law needs to improve how it handles for-profit health systems, especially during shutdowns,” O’Mara said. “We need more time to study to find out the impact that closures have on communities, as well as on what Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 21 – State Reps. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, Donna Bullock, D-Phila., and Christopher Rabb, D-Phila., have introduced H.R. 229 , recognizing September 2022 as “Transcontinental Underground Railroad Month” in Pennsylvania. Sappey had introduced resolutions commemorating the month in previous legislative sessions and this year was joined by colleagues Bullock and Rabb. The language of the document was drafted with support from the Legislative Black Caucus and the House Equity Committee. “The Underground Railroad is a significant freedom movement in American history and an integral component in the advancement of African Americans,” said Sappey. “I am proud to reintroduce this resolution and pay tribute to those who have taken great risks for freedom.” The trans-Atlantic slave trade began as early as the 15th century, introducing a system of slavery that was commercialized, racialized and inherited. People were forcefully abducted from Africa, enslaved in the American colonies and exploited to work in the production of crops, such as tobacco and cotton. During the era of slavery in the United States, the Underground Railroad served as a route to freedom for enslaved African Americans from throughout the United States, including Pennsylvania. While the Gradual Abolition Act was adopted by the Commonwealth in 1780, it required individuals who were slaves before 1780 to remain enslaved, allowing the Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger announced today three grants totaling $473,816 in state funding through the Commonwealth Financing Authority . Brookhaven Borough received $211,140 through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Grant Program to i nstall field lighting at Samson and Memorial parks to allow both baseball and softball games to be played into the early evening hours. It will also allow other types of community events to take place into a later hour of the day. “I am pleased to see Brookhaven Borough receive this funding,” said Krueger, D-Delaware. “Back in February, I met with parents who advocated for field lighting so more children can play baseball and softball. This state grant will benefit everyone who uses these fields.” Nether Providence Township received $122,676 through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Grant Program for Phase I of trail development in Houston Park. This project will install a trailhead, a small parking area including an ADA-compliant space, a trail connection to the athletic fields, and the partial restoration of a historic bridge. Nether Providence Township also received $140,000 through the Watershed Restoration and Protection Grant Program for the Houston Community Park streambank restoration project along Ridley Creek. The township will restore and stabilize a portion of the streambank and Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, announced today Malvern Borough was awarded $158,249 in Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program funding for the Randolph Woods Preserve’s phase 1 improvements. The preserve is a 43-acre park within the Malvern Borough park system. The phase 1 improvements include the construction of an ADA-compliant trail and boardwalk, ADA-compliant pedestrian bridge, ADA-compliant parking area, nature-based play area, six benches, a bike rack and four picnic tables, the planting of eight trees and best management practices for stormwater control. “Randolph Woods is a personal favorite of my staff and mine, and I’m very pleased to see Malvern Borough receive this funding,” said Howard. “These planned updates include several ADA-compliant improvement projects, which will allow even more people to access and enjoy this beautiful park.” The Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program funds, provided through the Commonwealth Financing Authority , can be used to develop, rehabilitate and improve public parks, recreation areas, greenways, trails and river conservation. Anyone with questions should contact Howard’s office at (610) 251-1070 or RepHoward@pahouse.net . Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, today announced two grants totaling $239,037 were awarded to projects in the 158 th Legislative District. The funding was provided through the Commonwealth Financing Authority ’s Act 13 grant programs. Kennett Square Borough will receive $125,000 through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Grant Program to restore Red Clay Park. The borough is proposing a transformative urban green space, trail, and ecological restoration project in the heart of the community. The project includes the removal of invasive species along the creek and stabilization of the streambank through riparian buffer plantings. In addition, the borough will construct creek access and new portions of trailways with picnic tables and welcome signs. “I was happy to support Kennett Square Borough’s application for these funds,” said Sappey. “The Red Clay Park and Creek Restoration Project will provide environmental and recreational benefits in an optimal location, creating key pedestrian connections to Kennett High School, the YMCA, the new library, Anson B. Nixon Park, local businesses and more.” Over the past decade the borough, in partnership with the Kennett Trails Alliance, has advanced the Kennett Greenway, a planned 14-plus-mile pedestrian and bicycle loop to connect the borough to everyday destinations. The greenway will run through 30 Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 19 – State Reps. Manuel Guzman, D-Berks, and Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., today announced they are joining forces to help people affected by severe flooding and damages caused by Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. The lawmakers, who lead the Pennsylvania Latino Caucus, thanked Governor Tom Wolf for deploying two members of PA Task Force 1 to Puerto Rico to support Hurricane Fiona response. They also urge Wolf to use the full force of his power to help the islands of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. “The flooding has already impacted the water system and many families are now homeless. Puerto Rico is still suffering from the lingering effects of Hurricane Maria and currently experiencing an island-wide black out,” Guzman said. Guzman and Burgos call on Gov. Wolf to use PEMA to immediately offer humanitarian assistance to these islands. Pennsylvania has the fourth largest population of Puerto Ricans outside the island. “A lot of people are suffering the effects of Hurricane Fiona. As a legislator I feel compelled to work diligently to provide resources and the necessary help to people impacted by this natural catastrophe. To help them is also to help the people that I represent in my district because they are concerned about the well-being of their relatives back home in the islands,” Guzman said. Burgos emphasized that it is crucial to receive the support of PEMA because it would Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 15 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, is urging her colleagues in the legislature to vote “no” on S.B. 907. The bill would create a Domestic Animal Welfare Board to review existing laws and regulations related to the keeping and handling of animals and to make recommendations for legislative and regulatory changes. “While having a board oversee animal welfare may sound like a good thing, I fear that this board will be packed with members who represent the pet sale industry and not animal welfare experts,” said Shusterman. “We must do all we can to strengthen our animal protection legislation and letting those who support puppy mills have a say will weaken the animal protection laws we already have here in Pennsylvania. I urge my House colleagues to vote no on this legislation.” Senate Bill 907 is currently sitting in the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 13 – State Reps. John Galloway, D-Bucks, Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and Pat Harkins, D-Erie, today announced their introduction of H.B. 2810 to stop wage theft in Pennsylvania. The bill is based on recommendations from a 2022 report from the Joint Task Force on Misclassification of Employees, which was created under a bill authored in 2020. Misclassification of employees occurs when a business wrongfully classifies a worker as an independent contractor even though the nature, type and oversight of their work determines they should be considered an employee under the law. The report found that by misclassifying employees as “contractors” the workers are deprived of wages, workplace health and safety, and unemployment protections. It amounts to tax fraud and costs the commonwealth millions of dollars in lost revenue annually. Misclassification can impact industries from home health care to construction to online businesses, like Uber and Lyft drivers. “For years, I’ve been fighting to end corporate price gouging on workers in the commonwealth,” Galloway said. “Too many companies are cooking the books and using dirty tricks to take money out of the hands of workers and put it into stock buybacks, shareholder dividends, and corporate executive perks instead of putting the money back into the communities. When HB 2810 is passed, Pennsylvania’s workers will have the Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 2 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware, announced today that two elementary schools in the 161 st Legislative District were awarded grants to provide healthy snacks to children. The following schools will receive funding through the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program : $21,980 for Main Street Elementary School in Chester-Upland School District. $20,020 for Woodlyn Elementary School in Ridley School District. “I am pleased to see this funding allocated for two of our local elementary schools,” said Krueger. “Studies show better nutrition leads to better test scores. This grant will help keep students engaged and focused in the classroom.” Schools with the highest rates of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals were given funding priority. Schools must use the funding to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables and must develop a plan to establish partnerships to reduce other costs. The goal of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is to introduce children to fresh fruits and vegetables and encourage healthier school environments by promoting nutrition education. Anyone with questions can contact Krueger’s office at (610) 534-6880. Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 1 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware, and Sen. John Kane, D-Delaware/Chester, will host a collection event now through Sept. 30 on behalf of the local nonprofit, Individuals Aiding in Emergencies Foundation. Drop off boxes will be placed at three different locations: Brookhaven Borough Building, 2 Cambridge Road, Brookhaven, PA 19015. Aston Municipal Building, 5021 Pennell Road, Aston, PA 19014. Middletown Free Library, 464 S. Old Middletown Road, Media, PA 19063. “During a crisis, the last thing families want to worry about is making sure they have essentials like diapers and feminine hygiene products,” Krueger said. “I am happy to partner with Senator Kane and the IAE Foundation to provide easy-to-find donation boxes to collect items for families in need of support. I am looking forward to seeing our communities come together to help their neighbors.” “Partnering with Representative Krueger and the IAE Foundation in getting these essential items donated will tremendously help our families who are in need,” said Kane. “I want to thank Aston Township, Brookhaven Borough and the Middletown Free Library for participating to provide our community with multiple locations so folks can easily find a donation box. This is a great way to show that the neighbors in our districts are there for one another Read more
PAOLI, Sept. 1– State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, said she is inviting residents of the 157 th Legislative District to join her and her staff for an open house from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 at her district office, 42 E. Lancaster Ave., Unit A. “Getting to meet with constituents is an important part of being a state representative,” Shusterman said. “The best way to serve my district is to know what is important to them. We welcome everyone to stop by our open house and I look forward to hearing constituents’ thoughts on issues, which will help me better serve as their voice in Harrisburg.” Residents of all ages are invited to visit the office, meet Shusterman, get the latest news from Harrisburg, sign up for a SEPTA Senior Pass and check for unclaimed property. Shusterman and her staff will also be available to assist with any state-related matters. During the open house, the district office will collect new and gently used children’s books. The donated books will be given to the Paoli and Easttown libraries. For more information, call the office at (484) 200-8260 or email RepShusterman@pahouse.net . Read more
KENNETT SQUARE, Aug. 31 – State Rep. Christina Sappey today announced the approval of state funding for Stroud Water Research Center, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and Pennsylvania State University, all of which are partners in the 158 th Legislative District. This new funding will have a big local impact on: Affordable agriculture labor housing. Preparing a skilled, future-forward agriculture workforce. Stroud’s research on benefit of agriculture restoration practices. Phorid fly research funding. Safely controlling Spotted Lanternfly. Pollination in fruit orchards. “As a member of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, we have worked on numerous issues facing our farmers in PA over the last several years, so I am thrilled to see this funding for our agriculture industry,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “It’s our No. 1 industry and it’s important to fund programs and research that help us make farming safer, more sustainable and to innovate and improve the way we operate.” Penn State University was awarded $126,718 to expand the use of new integrated pest management to control phorid flies in mushroom production. “The 158 th Legislative District in southern Chester County includes most of our mushroom industry. The impact of phorid flies on residents and mushroom growers cannot be Read more
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