Warren to host House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on state efforts to battle opioid abuse Thursday in Newtown

(Nov 27, 2017)

NEWTOWN, Nov. 27 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, announced today that he will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on state efforts to battle opioid abuse at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Chancellor Center, 20 N. Chancellor St., Newtown. Warren requested the hearing to discuss the state’s progress on expanding opioid treatment offerings and how public policy can help battle the epidemic in Bucks County and throughout the state. Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will be in attendance with other committee members from across the state. The current agenda is: 11:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 11:10 a.m. Jennifer Smith, Acting Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs 11:50 a.m. Panel One: • Jacqui Redner, president, Pennsbury School Board • Pam Garozzo, local resident 12:20 p.m. Panel Two: • George McClay, chief of police, Morrisville Borough • Milt Warrell, sheriff-elect, Bucks County 12:50 p.m. Closing Remarks Media coverage is invited. Read more

 

Warren, Galloway announce $19,994 Safe Schools grant for Pennsbury School District

(Nov 17, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 17 – State Reps. Perry Warren and John Galloway, both D-Bucks, announced the approval of a Safe Schools Program grant to address school safety and violence within the Pennsbury School District. “Congratulations to Pennsbury School District on their grant award,” Warren said. “These funds will go a long way in keeping students safe from violence, which has grown into a priority given the epidemic of gun and school violence across the country. My goal as a representative is to support wise investments of public dollars and ensure that students can go to school ready to learn. This award helps accomplish both tasks.” The Department of Education awarded Pennsbury School District $19,994 to support the following areas: Conflict resolution or dispute management; Positive behavior support; Risk assessment or violence prevention curricula; Classroom management; Development of Student Codes of Conduct; Training to undertake a district-wide assessment of risk factors that increase the likelihood of problem behaviors among students; Development and implementation of research-based violence prevention programs addressing risk factors to reduce incidents of problem behaviors among students including, but not limited to bullying; De-escalation and behavior interventions; and Comprehensive, district-wide school safety, violence prevention, emergency preparedness and all-hazards plans, Read more

 

Improvements on northbound U.S. 1 scheduled

(Nov 17, 2017)

PennDOT announced a travel and safety improvement on northbound U.S. 1 through the interchange with U.S. 13 and Route 32 in Falls, Middletown and Lower Makefield townships. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2018 and be completed in summer 2018 The improvement will allow northbound motorists two through-lanes while maintaining an exit to Route 32, thereby removing the existing "exit only" lane for northbound. In addition, a concrete barrier will be placed between U.S. 1 north and the on-ramp from U.S. 13 to eliminate the substandard weave condition that currently exists when U.S. 13 drivers enter U.S. I and weave through traffic to reach the Route 32 exit ramp. Additional improvements include an additional auxiliary lane will be constructed along northbound U.S. 1 at Oxford Valley Road, milling and overlay with a high-friction surface treatment on U.S. I south in the area of Route 32, and replacement of overhead signs throughout the project area. This improvement project is paid for with federal funds. Read more

 

Warren requests 8 p.m. noise curfew on Scudder Falls Bridge work

(Nov 17, 2017)

YARDLEY, Nov. 17 – On behalf of residents of nearby neighborhoods, state Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, requested that contractors cease noise-intensive work on the Scudder Falls Bridge replacement project by 8 p.m. each evening. Warren sent the letter of request to the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission today. “Many residents who live in neighborhoods close to the construction site have early morning commutes to the New York metro area,” he wrote in the letter. “Also, Pennsbury High School buses pick up its students in these neighborhoods as early as 6:30 a.m. I realize that construction on this much-needed project needs to be completed, and I do not wish to impede on its progress. However, the intense noise to as late as 11 p.m. is disrupting the lives of our residents. Limiting construction work after 8 p.m. to quieter activities should allow the project to continue on schedule while affording some quiet to our residents. Warren said he looks forward to action on the request and that he’ll keep constituents updated on developments. Read more

 

Warren congratulates Morrisville Borough on grant for river study

(Nov 14, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Perry Warren congratulated Morrisville Borough on receiving a grant for a study that will inform repairs of a levee along the Delaware River. The $140,000 grant, awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, will help fund a Hydrologic Engineering Center’s River Analysis System study. Morrisville Borough will use the study’s findings to update the design and repair of a 4,000-foot levee along the Delaware River and achieve accreditation of the levee supported by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Environmental Protection. The study area will include the riverfront from Bridge Street to the Calhoun Street Bridge, and homes and land between the levee and the Delaware Canal. “I’ve been working with local and state officials on possible solutions for the high flood insurance costs that some Morrisville residents face,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “This grant is a step forward in our joint attempts to help alleviate those high premiums and I’m pleased that Morrisville Borough received the funding to move the work along.” The Commonwealth Financing Agency, an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development, is responsible for the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. Read more

 

Warren issues statement on Elcon application update

(Oct 23, 2017)

YARDLEY, Oct. 23 – The following statement is attributable to state Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, in response to Elcon Recycling Services, LLC’s revised administrative completeness letter to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The Elcon letter was received by DEP on Oct. 13 as part of Elcon’s Phase II application for a proposed commercial hazardous-waste treatment and storage facility in Falls Township. “I would like to thank Secretary [Patrick] McDonnell and the DEP staff for their continued diligence in reviewing Elcon’s Phase II application. “Elcon responded to the DEP’s administrative completeness letter on Oct. 13, and the DEP has 90 days to determine if the application is complete. Elcon’s previous application was determined ‘incomplete’ on May 30. “If the DEP were to accept Elcon’s application, then a 10-month technical review would begin. I have previously requested public hearings if and when the technical review proceeds, and I have been assured by Secretary McDonnell that they will occur. “I wrote a resolution opposing the proposed facility when I was a Newtown Borough Council member in 2016, which passed unanimously, and I will continue to monitor the hearings as a state representative.” DEP’s full press release can be read here . Read more

 

Warren recognizes Newtown American Legion Junior Prep baseball champs

(Oct 16, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 16 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, honored the Newtown American Legion Morrell Smith Post 440 Junior Prep state championship baseball team Monday at the state Capitol. The Newtown team took the state title – the team’s first – with an 8-5 win over the Plumstead team Aug. 2 at Berwyn Paoli Area Little League complex. The team was 32-3 overall with a record of 22-2 in the regular season. The team took first place in the Lower Bucks League. “This team posted several dramatic come-from-behind wins, and they attribute their success to the hard work all 15 members of the team put in,” Warren said. “It’s great to see such wonderful teamwork and spirit, and I’m pleased to be able to recognize them in the House chamber. Congratulations to the team, coaches and those who supported them.” Read more

 

Warren reaffirms support for gun safety legislation following Las Vegas shooting

(Oct 04, 2017)

YARDLEY, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, released the following statement on gun safety legislation in light of Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas. “Long before the mass murder in Las Vegas, I fully supported meaningful gun safety legislation in Pennsylvania (and nationally). I write today to share some of my legislative initiatives that respect the Second Amendment while promoting sensible gun safety. “I am a vice-chair of the House PA SAFE Caucus and am the sponsor of House Bill 528 , the ‘no fly, no buy’ bill, which would ban gun sales to suspected terrorists on the ‘no-fly’ list. “Moreover, I am a co-sponsor of House Bill 1400 , the universal background check bill. That bill was first introduced several years ago by former Rep. Santarsiero. This year a bipartisan and geographically diverse group consisting of a Republican representative, a former Pittsburgh chief of police and the chair of the PA SAFE Caucus joined together as the prime sponsors of the reintroduced bill. Their sponsorship of the bill increased its exposure and its likelihood of moving forward, and I became the first co-sponsor.” “In addition, I have supported other gun safety bills, including gun violence restraining order legislation and legislation proposing background checks on individuals attempting to purchase ammunition, even when the purchase of a firearm is not involved. “Further, I voted and argued Read more

 

Warren recognizes Morrisville Little League softball team

(Sep 26, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 26 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, recognized the Morrisville Little League 12-and-under softball team in the state House of Representatives on Tuesday for the team’s state championship win. Morrisville clinched the state title July 16 in a 15-0 win over Clearfield. The Morrisville team, led by coach Joe Sesar, previously won the District 21 and Section 8 titles and went on to make it to the final four of the Eastern Regional Tournament. Warren and Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, congratulated the team on the floor of the House on Tuesday. “Our community is very proud of these talented athletes, and I’m grateful to their coaches and families for supporting them throughout their outstanding season,” Warren said. “It’s a pleasure to be able to congratulate them on a job well done.” Read more

 

Warren presents petition to reduce truck traffic to PennDOT

(Sep 13, 2017)

State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, on Tuesday submitted a letter and a petition with over 1,100 resident signatures to PennDOT requesting weight restrictions for trucks traveling on SR-2071 (Main Street/Taylorsville Road/Yardley-Morrisville Road/Pine Grove Road) and SR-31 (River Road/Delaware Avenue) in Yardley and Lower Makefield. Warren personally delivered the package to the office of Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation Leslie Richards. “As the state representative for the 31 st Legislative District, it is my responsibility to advocate for the safety of the residents, motorists and pedestrians on our state roads,” Warren said. “These two roads pass through residential neighborhoods and a downtown business district and receive an extraordinary amount of truck traffic.” Warren began the petition in July after hearing concerns from his constituents. Lower Makefield and Yardley officials and the Yardley Action Coalition for Traffic Safety helped raise awareness of the petition. Included with Warren’s letter and petition to PennDOT were written requests from Yardley Borough and Lower Makefield Township requesting that PennDOT perform a traffic study on the roads. There have been two recent accidents that involved trucks colliding into buildings on Yardley's Main Street. “Trucks cut through downtown to avoid the I-95 weigh station, the traffic on I-95 or the Route 1 toll bridge, or just because their GPS tells them to, Read more

 

Warren seeks applications for fall internship

(Aug 18, 2017)

YARDLEY, Aug. 18 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, is seeking applications from local students for a fall internship in his Yardley district office. Duties will include assisting with handling constituent relations, answering phones, planning events and engaging the community of the 31st Legislative District. "This is a great opportunity for students who are excited to learn more about Pennsylvania's legislative process," Warren said. "Interns will become familiar with a variety of legislative issues facing Pennsylvania, which will provide them with valuable experience." Interns must be 18 or older and a high school or college student. Those interested can contact P.J. O’Brien at POBrien@pahouse.net with a resume attached. Read more

 

PennDOT Opens All Lanes on Oxford Valley Road Over U.S. 1 in Bucks County

(Aug 17, 2017)

King of Prussia, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) this morning reopened all lanes on the bridge carrying Oxford Valley Road over U.S. 1 in Falls, Lower Makefield and Middletown townships, Bucks County. PennDOT’s contractor worked since November 2016 to rehabilitate the 167 foot-long bridge by replacing two steel beams; straightening four steel beams with the use of high heat; performing full-depth concrete bridge deck repairs; placing a new latex concrete overlay on the bridge deck; and repairing concrete support abutments. The work also included new expansion dams as well as upgrades to Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) components. Following its rehabilitation, the bridge is no longer categorized as structurally deficient. Some ancillary work remains to be completed, and for that reason, northbound and southbound U.S. 1 is scheduled to close at the Oxford Valley Road Interchange in Falls, Lower Makefield and Middletown townships, Bucks County, from Sunday, August 20, through Friday, August 25, from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM, for shielding removal, painting and cleanup. During the closure, U.S. 1 motorists will exit at Oxford Valley Road and then re-enter the highway at the entrance ramps at the interchange. Crews began construction on November 14, 2016, to rehabilitate the Oxford Valley Road bridge. The structure remained open to traffic while the contractor repaired structural damage sustained when the bridge Read more

 

Oxford Valley Road/U.S. 1 bridge deck to open Aug. 18; repaving to come

(Aug 01, 2017)

My office recently received the following updates from PennDOT regarding two area road projects. Weather-permitting, the U.S. 1/Oxford Valley Road interchange’s bridge deck will be fully opened on Aug. 18. There will be additional work performed at night under the bridge for approximately two-to-three weeks afterwards, but it will not impact traffic entering and exiting U.S. 1. My office also was updated on the much-needed repaving of Oxford Valley Road, north of Edgewood in Lower Makefield and Reading Avenue in Yardley. The contractor that was awarded the bid is currently working on two other projects with the Oxford Valley/Reading job next on its list. Weather permitting, repaving will begin Aug. 14, but could be pushed back to Aug. 21 if the contractor is delayed on its current work due to weather. The project is expected to take two to three weeks. I will update you as more information becomes available. Read more

 

Warren: State Route 32, Main Street should be off limits to trucks

(Jul 25, 2017)

YARDLEY, July 25 – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation should consider the need for weight restrictions on two local roads in Yardley and Lower Makefield Township, according to an online petition being circulated by state Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks. Warren said that he is trying to show that State Route 32 beginning at the intersection with Woodside Road and continuing to the intersection at East Ferry Road, and Main Street beginning at the interchange with Interstate 95 and continuing to the intersection at Big Oak Road, are unsafe for through truck passage. “These roads are very narrow in spots, and they wind through residential neighborhoods and busy business districts, placing pedestrians and residents in danger,” he said. “In just over a week, 415 people have signed the petition.” The first-term state representative representing Lower Makefield Township, Morrisville, Newtown Borough and Township and Yardley wrote legislation that would prohibit the truck through traffic. However, in reviewing the proposed legislation, House Transportation Committee and PennDOT representatives advised Warren that, because the local roads had 10 years ago been deemed safe for through traffic and the roads adequate to handle the traffic, the legislation likely would not survive a legal challenge. Accordingly, Warren's petition asks PennDOT to reconsider the determination that the route is safe. Since March 2016, there were two separate Read more

 

DRJTC: Uninterrupted lane shift along I-95 South could be established

(Jul 07, 2017)

Weather permitting, construction crews for the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project are poised to establish a new travel pattern TONIGHT along the Pennsylvania I-95 southbound segment between the current bridge and the Rte. 332/Newtown/Yardley interchange (Exit 49). The lane shift will be to the outside of the roadway, where the shoulders were strengthened in recent weeks to carry highway-speed traffic on a regular basis. Once in effect, the resulting travel lanes will be slightly narrower with concrete barriers along the entire left lane and at warranted locations on the right. The new travel configuration will remain in effect on a 24/7 basis for an extended period, allowing for work in the highway median that will widen the roadway from two travel lanes to three travel lanes. A similar traffic shift in the northbound direction is expected to be put in place at a yet-to-be determined date later in July. Lane transitioning activities in the southbound direction currently are scheduled to begin after 8 p.m. tonight and are expected to be completed around 6 a.m. tomorrow. (Note: If the traffic pattern shift does not occur tonight, the work will be rescheduled for overnight hours on Tuesday, July 11.) The above-mentioned travel advisory is subject to change due to weather, emergency, traffic, and project-mobilization considerations Motorists are urged to reduce speeds and exercise caution whenever traveling through active work zones. Due to changing travel Read more

 

PUC: Repairs needed at Heacock Road train crossing

(Jul 06, 2017)

My office is working with Lower Makefield Township and the Public Utility Commission on safety concerns at the rail crossing at Heacock Road. The PUC inspected the crossing during the holiday weekend and determined that repairs are needed due to damaged wood creating a danger for motorists. The township is currently working with CSX to schedule those repairs. We will update with more information when it becomes available. Read more

 

Project-related travel restrictions lifted for fourth of July holiday travel period

(Jun 29, 2017)

I recieved the following information from the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. I hope you find it useful. Project-related travel restrictions lifted for fourth of July holiday travel period All roadway lanes along I-95 and in the vicinity of the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project work area will be open for the upcoming Fourth of July travel period, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission said today. Project-related travel restrictions are suspended in anticipation of heavier than normal holiday traffic. AAA is predicting this weekend to be the “most traveled Independence Day holiday” ever. AAA predicts that 44.2 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home, with the vast majority on the road. That's an increase of nearly 3 percent from the year before, or more than a million people. The final roadway restriction in the project area – a single-lane traffic pattern along I-95 south in the vicinity of the Scudder Falls Bridge – will be in effect 8 p.m. this evening to 6 a.m. tomorrow morning. After that, project-related travel restrictions are not scheduled to resume until after the morning job commuting period ends on Wednesday, July 5. A separate advisory on post Fourth of July travel restrictions will be issued by the Commission tomorrow. More information and videos on the bridge replacement project are available at www.scudderfallsbridge.com . Read more

 

Warren congratulates Pennsbury state championship baseball team

(Jun 27, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 27 – State Rep. Perry Warren welcomed the Pennsbury High School baseball team to the Capitol on Tuesday to recognize the team’s state championship title. The Pennsbury team won the PIAA Class 6A title on June 16 in a 1-0 victory over Dallastown High School at Penn State’s Medlar Field. The team claimed the first state title in the program’s history. Pennsbury had a 14-6 regular season and won the Suburban One League National Conference before winning the District I title. The team was led by Head Coach Joe Pesci and Assistant Coach Kurt Kramp and Captains Billy Bethel, Tyrone Hodges Jr. and Dave Murphy. “The Pennsbury Falcons displayed amazing skills throughout the state tournament in batting, pitching and defense, holding their opponents to only one run in their four state championship tournament games” Warren said. “The team and coaches have worked hard all season, and their families have been there to support them. I’m very proud to have such talented student-athletes in our community.” Read more

 

I-95 resurfacing in Bucks County to start this summer

(Jun 23, 2017)

We just received notification from PennDOT that 13 miles of I-95 will be resurfaced in Bucks County, from Bensalem to the Newtown-Yardley Road (Route 332) exit, beginning this summer. Under the project, PennDOT will: Mill, overlay and rehabilitate the road Make base repairs Replace damaged traffic signs Make minor bridge deck repairs Install rumble strips and delineators There will be overnight lane restrictions as the project, which is expected to be completed in late 2018, progresses. The remaining I-95 exit in Bucks County at Taylorsville Road in Lower Makefiled, is being rehabilitated as part of the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project. Read more

 

Travel Advisory - Week of June 18

(Jun 16, 2017)

I received the following information on travel restrictions scheduled next week for the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project: Land-based preparatory work and construction activities related to the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project will require a series of travel restrictions in New Jersey and Pennsylvania during the week of June 18. The following project-related travel restrictions are scheduled for the 4.4-mileproject area: Pennsylvania side I-95 north PA – single-lane travel pattern Rte. 332/Newtown-Yardley interchange (Exit 49) to Taylorsville Road/Yardley-New Hope interchange (Exit 51), OFF-Peak, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 19 to Friday, June 23. I-95 south PA – single-lane travel pattern Taylorsville Road/Yardley-New Hope interchange (Exit 51), OFF-PEAK, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, June 19 to Friday, June 23. River Road/Route 32, Lower Makefield, PA – short-term single-lane travel patterns 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 19 and Tuesday, June 20. New Jersey side Route 29 south – single-lane pattern at I-95 interchange (Exit 1) 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 19 to Friday, June 23. Route 175/River Road – alternating single-lane traffic pattern controlled by flaggers daytime and early evenings and full closure in vicinity of I-95 overpass OVERNIGHT, 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) starting Wednesday, June 21 and continuing daily through the weekend into the following week. On-ramp to I-95 will be inaccessible Read more

 

Warren to host House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on state efforts to battle opioid abuse Thursday in Newtown
Nov 27, 2017

Warren, Galloway announce $19,994 Safe Schools grant for Pennsbury School District
Nov 17, 2017

Improvements on northbound U.S. 1 scheduled
Nov 17, 2017

Warren requests 8 p.m. noise curfew on Scudder Falls Bridge work
Nov 17, 2017

Warren congratulates Morrisville Borough on grant for river study
Nov 14, 2017

Warren issues statement on Elcon application update
Oct 23, 2017

Warren recognizes Newtown American Legion Junior Prep baseball champs
Oct 16, 2017

Warren reaffirms support for gun safety legislation following Las Vegas shooting
Oct 04, 2017

Warren recognizes Morrisville Little League softball team
Sep 26, 2017

Warren presents petition to reduce truck traffic to PennDOT
Sep 13, 2017

Warren seeks applications for fall internship
Aug 18, 2017

PennDOT Opens All Lanes on Oxford Valley Road Over U.S. 1 in Bucks County
Aug 17, 2017

Oxford Valley Road/U.S. 1 bridge deck to open Aug. 18; repaving to come
Aug 01, 2017

Warren: State Route 32, Main Street should be off limits to trucks
Jul 25, 2017

DRJTC: Uninterrupted lane shift along I-95 South could be established
Jul 07, 2017

PUC: Repairs needed at Heacock Road train crossing
Jul 06, 2017

Project-related travel restrictions lifted for fourth of July holiday travel period
Jun 29, 2017

Warren congratulates Pennsbury state championship baseball team
Jun 27, 2017

I-95 resurfacing in Bucks County to start this summer
Jun 23, 2017

Travel Advisory - Week of June 18
Jun 16, 2017