Warren to host Policy Committee hearing on emergency services Thursday in Yardley

(Sep 17, 2018)

YARDLEY, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on emergency services issues at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Station 80, 652 Stony Hill Road, Yardley. Warren requested the hearing to highlight the drastic need for volunteers and the importance of state programs that provide vital funding assistance to local emergency services. Warren will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including State Rep. Chris Sainato, Democratic Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee. The current agenda is: 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. Dylan Ferguson Director of Bureau of Emergency Medical Services Pennsylvania Department of Health 10:40 p.m. Panel of Local Emergency Responders: Evan Resnikoff , president, Newtown Ambulance Squad Larry Newman , president, Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Glenn Forsyth , fire chief, Newtown Township Emergency Services Department 11:20 a.m. Closing Remarks The meeting is one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which focuses on people first and working together to build a stronger Pennsylvania through good jobs, affordable health care, quality schools and a fair economy. Visit plan4pa.com for additional information about the Democrats’ plan and www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for Read more

 

Warren honors Heather DiPrato of Yardley in Year of the Pennsylvania Woman ceremony

(Sep 12, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 12 – State Rep. Perry Warren today honored Heather DiPrato of Yardley during a Capitol ceremony marking 2018 as the Year of the Pennsylvania Woman. A Bucks County native, DiPrato is the co-founder and publisher of Yardley Living and Newtown Neighbors. Prior to launching those publications, she rose from an entry-level position to become a senior vice president in a 25-year marketing career. DiPrato graduated from Neshaminy High School and attended Bucks County Community College. According to the Center for American Progress, only 25 percent of executive and senior level officials and managers are women. Business ownership is a growing sector. There are nearly 10 million women-owned businesses in the U.S., and more than 2 million businesses have been opened by women in the last 10 years. According to the National Women's Business Council, women-owned businesses across the nation generated $1.4 trillion in receipts and now represent some 38 percent of all U.S. businesses. “A champion for her community, Heather is at the heart of so much success for our local businesses,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “Her work embodies what makes women leaders so valuable: energy, strength and the ability to connect with people over what’s most important to them and their businesses." DiPrato also serves as president of the Yardley Business Association, helping local businesses create effective campaigns to increase Read more

 

Warren honors Eileen Steele Slezak of Newtown in Year of the Pennsylvania Woman ceremony

(Sep 12, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 12 – State Rep. Perry Warren today honored Eileen Steele Slezak of Newtown during a Capitol ceremony marking 2018 as the Year of the Pennsylvania Woman. A Newtown native, Slezak is the business manager and co-owner of Rick Steele’s Gulf Services in Newtown, a three-generation family business opened by her father in 1970. Slezak graduated from Council Rock High School and Goldey-Beacom College with a degree in small business management. According to the National Women's Business Council, women-owned businesses across the nation generated $1.4 trillion in receipts and represent some 38 percent of all U.S. businesses. In Fortune 500 companies, firms that had at least three women board directors for at least five years, outperformed those with no women board directors on return on sales, return on invested capital, and return on equity. “Pennsylvania needs women business owners more than ever because they bring a fresh and unique perspective to entrepreneurship while setting an example to girls and women looking to excel in what’s typically been a male-dominated industry,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “Eileen started as a teenager learning the ropes of her family’s business and mastered the skills necessary to keep a successful business not only running, but flourishing. “Eileen was an easy choice for being honored today because she stands out not only in succeeding in an industry dominated by Read more

 

Morrisville Authority receives $1M grant for sewer treatment plant upgrades

(Sep 12, 2018)

NEWTOWN, Sept. 12 – The Morrisville Municipal Authority was awarded a $1 million state grant to improve its wastewater treatment plant, state Rep. Perry Warren announced today. The plant serves most of Lower Makefield Township, all of Morrisville and Yardley boroughs and parts of Falls Township. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant is the result of work among the Morrisville Authority, Warren’s office and the Wolf administration. “The plant upgrades will help protect natural resources and save ratepayer money,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “It’s a prime example of the critical role that infrastructure plays in advancing public health, and improving it will positively affect thousands of people here in our communities.” “This award reflects careful planning among the Morrisville Authority, Representative Warren and my administration to address critical infrastructure needs in Lower Makefield, Yardley and Morrisville,” Gov. Tom Wolf said. “The priority of my administration is creating stronger communities, and this project will go a long way toward improving the everyday lives of residents of these communities.” Funding will cover the design, bidding and construction of a pump station and infrastructure conveyance system, including installation of a 30-inch force main, a 42-inch gravity main and road restoration. Warren toured the facility in May with Superintendent Richard Dulay, Read more

 

Warren tours the Delaware River Basin with legislative committee

(Sep 07, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 7 – State Rep. Perry Warren joined other state legislators aboard the historic A.J. Meerwald Tall Ship Friday to tour the Delaware River Basin. Warren, D-Bucks, was among the members of the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee on the legislative briefing and tour, setting out from Bristol Wharf. The day’s events included educational briefings from the Delaware River Basin Commission on managing the flow of the Delaware River, water quality monitoring programs, and the water supply and permitting process, as well as a presentation from the Bayshore Discovery Center. “The Delaware River Basin plays an important role in our community and the state, and this tour was an excellent chance to learn more and get a deeper understanding of the issues affecting the river and the water we drink,” Warren said. “Conservation of our water and waterways is one of our top priorities.” Read more

 

Warren introduces bill to require near-universal background checks in Pa.

(Sep 05, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 5 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, today announced he has introduced H.B. 2621, which would expand background check requirements in Pennsylvania by eliminating all exceptions to the requirement except for family transfers. Currently, the Crimes Code requires background checks for the sale of all handguns, or sales conducted by a federally licensed dealer. Background checks are not required for the private sale of “long guns.” “I’ve introduced this legislation to ensure that we are doing everything we can to protect the residents of the commonwealth by preventing unauthorized people from purchasing firearms,” Warren said. “As a representative and vice-chairman of the House PA SAFE Caucus I have always been – and will continue to be – an advocate for legislative initiatives that respect the Second Amendment while promoting gun safety.” House Bill 2621 contains language from H.B. 1010, introduced in the previous session, including the elimination of most background check exemptions or the “gun-show loophole” and would require that all firearm sales, regardless of the barrel length, be conducted in front of a licensed importer, manufacturer, dealer or county sheriff. Private sales currently exempted from background checks include “any shotgun with a barrel length of less than 18 inches, any rifle with a barrel length of less than 16 inches or any firearm with an Read more

 

Warren congratulates BCCC on state funding for expansion

(Aug 16, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 16 – The Pennsylvania Department of Education awarded more than $3 million to nine community college improvement projects across the state, including Bucks County Community College, state Rep. Perry Warren announced today. Bucks County Community College will receive $229,839 for construction of its new academic building. The total cost of the project is $14.1 million and will help to increase classroom space on the campus. “Congratulations to Bucks County Community College for landing this funding,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “The college plays an outstanding role in our district and in the lives of its graduates. This investment will help the school complete work on its current addition while keeping costs down.” Read more

 

Warren congratulates Council Rock School District on chemical cleanup efforts

(Aug 06, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 6 – State Rep. Perry Warren congratulated Council Rock School District for participating in the Department of Environmental Protection’s 2018 chemical cleanout. Council Rock is one of 11 schools or districts in seven counties to participate in the 2017-18 Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign . To be eligible to apply for a one-time cleanout, schools must complete the Department of Environmental Protection’s chemical management training and complete a laboratory chemical inventory. The department then coordinates a chemical cleanout event over the summer, when hazardous and nonhazardous wastes are transported to the appropriate permitted disposal facilities. “I’m pleased to see Council Rock School District taking the proactive steps to participate in this program,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “Proper training to ensure chemicals are handled, stored and disposed of properly will help protect students and staff and keep our schools safe.” The Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign is provided by DEP at no cost to schools, and training for 2018-19 will begin in October. Read more

 

Warren resolution commemorates 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

(Jul 09, 2018)

State Rep. Perry Warren, recognized the 150 th anniversary of the 14 th Amendment with H.R. 999. House Resolution 999, was introduced by Warren and adopted by the House of Representatives, commemorating the 150 th anniversary of the ratification of the 14 th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on July 9. Originally ratified in 1868, the amendment granted rights that previously had been denied based on race and has been used to combat other various types of injustice. “Now more than ever we must recognize the importance of upholding equality and moving society forward,” Warren said. “Honoring this part of our nation’s history reinforces the idea that we must continue to champion those efforts diligently.” Read more

 

Warren: N.J. bill to protect tax pact with Pa. is welcome news for commuters

(Jun 22, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 22 – A bill protecting the New Jersey-Pennsylvania tax reciprocity pact passed the New Jersey General Assembly on Thursday and is on its way for New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s review. The agreement at the heart of New Jersey S.B. 878 allows Pennsylvania residents who work in New Jersey to pay their income taxes in Pennsylvania and vice versa. Under the bill, should Murphy sign it, it would take an act of the New Jersey state legislature to undo the pact, which has been in place on good faith for more than 30 years. “This issue almost amounted to a tax grab on Pennsylvania residents when Governor Chris Christie threatened to break it a few years back, but thanks to cooler heads, it didn’t happen then, and with this bill the pact should be shored up and our residents can rest a little easier knowing that their tax obligations won’t shift on a political whim,” said Pennsylvania state Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks. Warren earlier wrote the New Jersey State Legislature expressing his support in protecting the tax pact. “There are 46,000 Bucks County residents who work in New Jersey and would be adversely affected financially if this tax reciprocity agreement were terminated,” Warren said. “With the approval of NJ S.B. 878, my constituents will be able to budget and make work and life plans without fear that they will be compelled to pay New Jersey income taxes.” Read more

 

Warren recognizes ‘Community Theatre Week’ in Pennsylvania

(Jun 06, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 6 – State Rep. Perry Warren recognized the significant impact of community theatre organizations throughout Pennsylvania and welcomed several local community theatre representatives to the Capitol on Wednesday. House Resolution 916, introduced by Warren and adopted unanimously by the House of Representatives, recognizes June 3-9, 2018, as “Community Theatre Week” in Pennsylvania. “Community theatre organizations bring the arts to life for audiences of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “The passionate individuals who make up these organizations introduce us to new worlds and help us understand the human experience.” On Wednesday, Warren recognized the following local community theatre representatives in the House chamber. From Newtown Arts Company, in Newtown: Marcia Wittmann, president of the board of directors and an actor and producer and Lisa Reiser, vice president of the board and a producer, costumer and social media chairwoman. From ActorsNET, in Morrisville: Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski, president of the board of directors, and an actor, director, choreographer and producer and Hayley Rubins-Topoleski, board of directors and director of marketing, actor, producer and director. “We appreciate the efforts of everyone, from the actors on stage to the behind-the-scenes crew, who put together community programs that educate and enrich our lives. I’m pleased Read more

 

Warren announces PUC hearing in Newtown on proposed PECO rate increase

(Jun 04, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 4 – State Rep. Perry Warren announced today that the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission will hold a hearing in Newtown on a proposed rate increase request from PECO Energy Company. The PUC hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at Bucks County Community College. It is one of five hearings being held regarding the proposed rate increase. “Our communities experienced substantial power outages in March from winter storms Riley and Quinn. In light of that, I requested that one of the public hearings on the proposed rate increase be in my legislative district, so that residents have a chance to weigh in and ask questions,” said Warren, D-Bucks. Warren also requested that the Pennsylvania Office of the Consumer Advocate, which is representing the interests of consumers in the case, review any improvements that could help mitigate or reduce the likelihood, frequency and duration of any future power outages. “PECO reported that the power outages during and following winter storms Riley and Quinn exceeded the number of outages in 2012 caused by Hurricane Sandy. I hope that through this process we are able to work with PECO to find solutions and ensure we are watching out for residents’ best interests,” Warren said. Warren represents the 31 st Legislative District, consisting of Lower Makefield Township, Morrisville Borough Wards 1, 2, and 3, Newtown Borough, Newtown Township and Yardley Borough. Read more

 

Rep. Warren talks roads, bridges and jobs during telephone town hall

(Jun 01, 2018)

Listen to the conversation as Rep. Warren hosts a telephone town hall with hundreds of area people talking about building a better Pennsylvania Read more

 

Warren to discuss jobs, infrastructure during May 31 telephone town hall

(May 23, 2018)

YARDLEY, May 18 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, will host a telephone town hall centered on job creation and infrastructure improvement at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 31. Residents of Warren’s 31st Legislative District will receive a phone call at the start of the meeting. Residents can listen, take part in touch-tone surveys and ask questions by staying on the line. Those who want to make sure that they will receive the call can register here: https://tthm.wufoo.com/forms/youre-invited-to-a-telephonetown-hall-on-531/. “I look forward to talking with as many constituents as possible,” Warren said. “State government is a huge influencer in creating jobs and fostering private-sector growth, which is why we need to talk openly and honestly about what is being done for you in Harrisburg.” Read more

 

Warren congratulates Lower Makefield Township on funding for trail expansion

(May 08, 2018)

HARRISBURG, May 8 – State Rep. Perry Warren congratulated Lower Makefield Township today for being awarded state funding to expand a multi-use trail in the township. Lower Makefield Township was awarded $700,000 for 3,500 feet of multi-use trail that will connect existing trails to several township facilities, parks and schools. “Using alternative transportation methods is good for the environment and good for your health, and we should be encouraging it,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “Whether you’re biking or walking, this project will make it easier and safer to get around to a number of spots in Lower Makefield Township, and I’m pleased the state was able to award this funding.” The funding is part of $68.8 million awarded by the state through the Surface Transportation Block Grant program Set-Aside, or Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside. The program provides funding for projects and activities defined as “transportation alternatives,” such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects, trails that serve a transportation purpose, and safe routes to school projects. Read more

 

Warren: Early childhood education is an investment in kids and communities

(May 04, 2018)

HARRISBURG, May 4 – State Rep. Perry Warren said Friday that early childhood education programs are an investment that will put more kids on paths to bright futures and save Pennsylvania taxpayers in the long run. Warren participated in the Bucks County Education vs. Incarcerate Roundtable, hosted by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids on Friday morning. The roundtable included a bipartisan group of legislators, as well as representatives of area law enforcement agencies, corrections facilities, schools and early learning centers. “It’s clear from decades of research that investing in high-quality early learning programs is good for our youngest learners and good for our communities,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “High-quality pre-K helps ensure children are ready to succeed when they enter kindergarten and increases the likelihood that they’ll graduate from high school. In addition to that, conservative estimates have shown that for every $1 spent on early education, the commonwealth would save another $7 on special education needs, public welfare and prison funding. “But in Bucks County, 74 percent of children eligible for publicly funded, high-quality pre-kindergarten do not have access to such a program. That’s unacceptable,” Warren said. Warren said he supports Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal for a $40 million increase in next year’s budget to expand access to publicly funded pre-kindergarten statewide. The governor Read more

 

PHEAA Reminds Students of Approaching 2018-19 PA State Grant Application Deadline

(Apr 23, 2018)

The 2018-19 PA State Grant application filing deadline is Tuesday, May 1. This deadline applies to all renewal applicants and first-time applicants who plan to enroll in colleges, universities, or a college transfer program at 2-year public or private colleges (except community colleges and designated Pennsylvania Open Admission institutions). Additionally, unlike a student loan, a grant is gift aid which does not have to be repaid. To apply for a PA State Grant, applicants must first complete the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants can access this form online by clicking here or here . In addition to completing the FAFSA, first-time applicants must also submit a completed PA State Grant Form. First-time applicants who submit the FAFSA online will be automatically redirected to the SGF by following the onscreen prompts on the confirmation page. First-time applicants who have already submitted their FAFSA but have not completed the SGF will receive an email directing them to PHEAA’s secure Account Access site for completion. Both applications are free to submit. First-time applicants who plan to enroll in a community college, business, trade, or technical school, a hospital school of nursing, a designated Pennsylvania Open Admission institution, or a non-transferable 2-year degree program at a community, 2-year or 4-year college have until Aug. 1, 2018 to complete their PA State Grant application. Students and families are Read more

 

Warren announces grant for Lower Makefield Township road project

(Apr 20, 2018)

YARDLEY, April 20 – State Rep. Perry Warren announced today that Lower Makefield Township was awarded a $300,000 Keystone Communities Public Improvement grant to help upgrade a portion of Oxford Valley Road. The grant, awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, will be used to reconstruct more than a half mile of Oxford Valley Road, from Mill Road to Edgewood Road, including full-depth reclamation of the road, and the construction of concrete curbs and ADA-compliant curb ramps where there are none. “It’s important to keep our highly traveled roads in good condition to ensure that community members can get around easily and safely,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “This project will improve the travel conditions for drivers and pedestrians alike, and I’m pleased that the state awarded these funds.” The Keystone Communities program is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors that jointly support local initiatives, such as the growth and stability of neighborhoods and communities, social and economic diversity, and a strong and secure quality of life. Read more

 

Warren announces grant for Morrisville Senior Servicenter

(Apr 20, 2018)

YARDLEY, April 20 – State Rep. Perry Warren announced today that the Morrisville Senior Servicenter was awarded a $145,329 state grant for job training and transportation needs. The senior center was among the recipients of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s 2017-18 Senior Community Center grants, totaling $2 million in funding from the Pennsylvania Lottery. “The Morrisville Senior Servicenter is a hub of activity in our community, providing valuable resources and engagement opportunities for the seniors here,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “The center truly makes a difference in the lives of older adults, and I’m pleased to see that work continue with the help of this grant.” There are more than 500 senior community centers throughout Pennsylvania, and just 41 received grants. “Perry Warren didn’t miss any chance to remind both me and the governor about the need to support the Morrisville Senior Center,” said Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. “His determination paid off handsomely, because Morrisville is getting one of the largest grants awarded to any senior center in the state.” The Department of Aging grants are designed to help centers provide services that attract a new generation of participants. Read more

 

Crowds call for an end to political gerrymandering

(Apr 16, 2018)

The Capitol Rotunda was packed to the rafters today in support of the ORIGINAL House Bill 722 to end political gerrymandering in Pennsylvania. When I co-sponsored the Fair Districts bill, House Bill 722, I was excited because it represented a chance to fairly draw the lines for our legislative districts. As originally written, the legislation would take the power away from politicians and give it to the people by establishing an Independent Redistricting Commission to provide a nonpartisan process for redistricting in the Commonwealth for State Senate, State House and Congressional districts. However, last week the House State Government Committee, on a vote on partisan lines, passed an amendment to the bill that eviscerates the intent of House Bill 722. Instead of allowing people to draw district lines through an independent commission, the State Government Committee amendment gives sole power to draw district lines to the leaders of the majority party in the legislature. Gov. Wolf called this amendment, “partisan politics at its worst,” and it represents gerrymandering at its worst. Well, the public spoke today. The ground floor, the steps, and the second, third and fourth floors of the Capitol Rotunda were filled with Pennsylvanians who joined me and several other co-sponsors of the original fair districting bill in supporting the prime sponsors, Rep. Samuelson (D-Northampton) and Rep. Roe (R-Chester) in calling for fair districting in Pennsylvania. I Read more

 

Warren to host Policy Committee hearing on emergency services Thursday in Yardley
Sep 17, 2018

Warren honors Heather DiPrato of Yardley in Year of the Pennsylvania Woman ceremony
Sep 12, 2018

Warren honors Eileen Steele Slezak of Newtown in Year of the Pennsylvania Woman ceremony
Sep 12, 2018

Morrisville Authority receives $1M grant for sewer treatment plant upgrades
Sep 12, 2018

Warren tours the Delaware River Basin with legislative committee
Sep 07, 2018

Warren introduces bill to require near-universal background checks in Pa.
Sep 05, 2018

Warren congratulates BCCC on state funding for expansion
Aug 16, 2018

Warren congratulates Council Rock School District on chemical cleanup efforts
Aug 06, 2018

Warren resolution commemorates 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Jul 09, 2018

Warren: N.J. bill to protect tax pact with Pa. is welcome news for commuters
Jun 22, 2018

Warren recognizes ‘Community Theatre Week’ in Pennsylvania
Jun 06, 2018

Warren announces PUC hearing in Newtown on proposed PECO rate increase
Jun 04, 2018

Rep. Warren talks roads, bridges and jobs during telephone town hall
Jun 01, 2018

Warren to discuss jobs, infrastructure during May 31 telephone town hall
May 23, 2018

Warren congratulates Lower Makefield Township on funding for trail expansion
May 08, 2018

Warren: Early childhood education is an investment in kids and communities
May 04, 2018

PHEAA Reminds Students of Approaching 2018-19 PA State Grant Application Deadline
Apr 23, 2018

Warren announces grant for Lower Makefield Township road project
Apr 20, 2018

Warren announces grant for Morrisville Senior Servicenter
Apr 20, 2018

Crowds call for an end to political gerrymandering
Apr 16, 2018