Lower Makefield traffic projects receive $319,000 in state funding

(Jun 12, 2017)

YARDLEY, June 9 – State Rep. Perry Warren announced today that Lower Makefield Township will receive $319,000 in Pennsylvania Department of Transportation funding for area traffic improvements. Projects were selected by an eight-member committee based on criteria such as benefits and effectiveness, cost and local and regional impact. Awards are: $59,000 to re-time and interconnect with fiber communication the traffic signals at the intersections of Yardley-Newtown Road at Mirror Lake Road and Creamery Road. $260,000 to upgrade the existing traffic signal at the intersection of Route 2024 (Big Oak Road) and Makefield Road by installing emergency pre-emption and upgrading pedestrian facilities between school zones. “The state has again recognized Lower Makefield Township as an excellent investment for infrastructure improvement,” Warren said. “These projects will help continue to grow our community into a regional residential and economic leader, while keeping motorists and pedestrians safe.” Read more

 

Warren touts bipartisan effort in pension reform

(Jun 08, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 8 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, today announced the passage of a pension reform bill, Senate Bill 1, by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “Today, I joined 142 of my colleagues in passing the first meaningful pension reform bill in seven years,” Warren said. “This bipartisan, bicameral effort represents a big step toward ending the gridlock in Harrisburg while supporting our schools and saving taxpayers money.” Senate Bill 1 is the product of months of discussion and compromise between Democratic and Republican legislators. “I wish we had more lawmakers like Perry Warren,” said Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. “He approached this decision seriously and listened to many people before casting his vote. The bipartisan pension reform bill that he supported will continue to pay down our debt, protect taxpayers by shifting risk and reducing Wall Street fees, provide long-term relief to school districts and provide workers with a fair retirement benefit. It’s a bipartisan pension solution that Perry Warren helped to move forward by voting to send this bill to the governor.” Republican Leader Dave Reed said during remarks on the bill today that its passage would not be possible without bipartisan support. “Passing the budget bill in April and now sending a public pension reform bill to the governor shows we are serious about changing how Pennsylvania government Read more

 

Travel Advisory - Week of June 11

(Jun 08, 2017)

The following information was recently issued by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Land-based preparatory work and early 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 11. The following list of scheduled project-related travel restrictions in the vicinity of the Scudder Falls (I-95) Bridge are currently scheduled for the week: I-95 north PA only – right lane and shoulder closure, overnight, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next day) Monday, June 12, and Tuesday, June 13. I-95 south PA – right lane and shoulder closure, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (next day), Monday, June 12, Tuesday, June 13, and Wednesday, June 14. (Note – No lane closures on bridge or I-95 in New Jersey next week). Woodside Road closed between River and Taylorsville roads, 68 hours with posted detours via Mt. Eyre Rd. (north) or E. Afton Ave. (south), 10 a.m. Monday, June 12, to 6 a.m. Thursday, June 15. (Note: Park-and-ride lot will be open, but the canal towpath will be inaccessible from the park-and-ride lot during the closure period. Canal towpath will remain open to thru-users. Closest parking access to the canal at Washington Crossing Park (north) and Yardley Borough (south). NJ Route 29 north – single-lane pattern, off-peak, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, Monday, June 12, through Friday, June 16. Route 332/Yardley-Newtown Rd. Interchange (Exit 49) Read more

 

Warren, Levine, advocates spotlight bill to help schools, parents communicate over eating disorders (w/Video)

(Jun 06, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 6 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, Pennsylvania Physician General Rachel Levine and members of the National Eating Disorders Association spotlighted Warren’s bill to bring awareness to eating disorders during a Capitol news conference today. House Bill 531, which has received bipartisan support, would require schools to annually provide information regarding eating disorders to parents with children in grades 5 through 12. Its companion in the Senate, S.B. 730, was introduced by state Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, R-Bucks, and also has bipartisan support. Additionally, both bills would create guidelines for local school boards to pursue the optional development of an eating-disorder screening program, specify training requirements for personnel and volunteers, and provide the framework for parental notification procedures in the event of a positive indication of an eating disorder. “People, especially children, who struggle with eating disorders, need to seek, or be provided with, professional help,” Warren said. “The earlier a person with an eating disorder seeks treatment, the greater the likelihood of physical and emotional recovery.” “Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder are serious conditions that can lead to significant, even life threatening, medical complications,” Levine said. “Treatment involves a multi-disciplinary team, and the Read more

 

Department of Homeland Security Extends REAL ID Enforcement Grace Period for Pennsylvania

(Jun 06, 2017)

Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a REAL ID enforcement grace period through July 10, 2017, which means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities through that date. This grace period goes into effect on Wednesday, June 7, and applies to states, including Pennsylvania, currently under compliance extensions set to expire today, June 6. Other states with June 6 extension expirations include Oregon, Washington, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Virginia, Alaska, and South Carolina. Within hours of Governor Wolf signing SB 133 (Act 3 of 2017) on May 26, which repealed previous REAL ID nonparticipation legislation and allows the commonwealth to provide REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards at the customer’s option, PennDOT submitted an extension request to DHS and is currently awaiting DHS response. DHS has confirmed that REAL ID extension decisions are pending final review, and federal agencies have been advised to continue accepting driver licenses and identification cards through the grace period. The enforcement grace period applies only to entrance to federal facilities. There is no enforcement on commercial air travel until January 22, 2018. Preliminary work on REAL ID has begun, and PennDOT estimates REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards will be available at the customer’s option in 2019. This will allow ample time for customers who Read more

 

Warren: End Lunch Shaming

(Jun 05, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Perry Warren is fighting to eliminate lunch shaming from schools, where school administrators take away lunches from students, and in some cases publicly shame those children, because of overdue lunch fees. Read more

 

Legislators, hunger-fight leaders push Pa. 'lunch shaming' ban

(Jun 05, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 5 – State legislators and leaders in the fight against hunger spoke at a Capitol news conference today about bipartisan legislation that would stop "lunch shaming" in Pennsylvania schools. The term includes a wide variety of practices by a school to embarrass a child whose family is behind on their lunch payments, such as: ordering cafeteria workers to throw away the hot lunches of children who owe money – "yes, this actually happens!" said state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., the lead sponsor of the House bill to ban lunch shaming ( H.B. 1403 ); making the children work to pay off the debt; and publicly stigmatizing a student who cannot pay for a meal or who owes a meal debt by, for example, requiring that the child wear a wristband or hand stamp. "These things often result in children being humiliated and embarrassed in front of their peers. These things often result in tears. Of course we all want parents to stay current on their children's lunch accounts, but publicly shaming the child to collect that debt is shocking and completely unacceptable. And we need to help parents to apply if their kids qualify for free or reduced-price lunches," Bullock said. "Lunch shaming is counterproductive. It is cruel. And it only hurts a child's ability to learn. Under my bill, based on a recently enacted New Mexico law, these practices would be banned and schools would be required to direct Read more

 

Warren, Levine, eating-disorder awareness advocates to speak Tuesday

(Jun 02, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 2 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks; Pennsylvania Physician General Rachel Levine and the National Eating Disorders Association will present a Capitol news conference regarding Warren’s bill to bring awareness to eating disorders at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Capitol Media Center. House Bill 531 would require schools to distribute annually information with resources on eating disorders to parents of students in grades 5 through 12. Members of the media may also listen to the news conference by calling 717-787-9903 through 9910. Scheduled to speak are: Dr. Rachel Levine , physician general for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine. Hon. Perry Warren , state representative of the 31st Legislative District and prime sponsor of House Bill 531. Emily Rosenberg , advocacy intern for the National Eating Disorders Association, Pennsylvania resident and eating disorder survivor. Tamie Gangloff , eating disorder treatment specialist, Monte Nido’s Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia. In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from eating disorders at some point in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder. Read more

 

Update on Lower Makefield Twp. quiet zones

(Jun 01, 2017)

My office received the following update on the Lower Makefield Township “quiet zones”: CSX is expected to complete the installation of the indicator lights at the three crossings – Heacock, Edgewood and Stony Hill – by mid-June. CSX and SEPTA will then have 30-days to notify their engineers, conductors and other personnel of the restrictions. According to this schedule, train horns will begin refraining from sounding as per the quiet zone regulations around mid-July. However, the train’s conductor still has discretion to use the horn if he or she feels danger is imminent. Read more

 

Warren releases statement on Elcon application return

(May 30, 2017)

YARDLEY, May 30 – The following statement is attributable to state Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, in response to the report that Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has returned Elcon Recycling Services, LLC’s Phase II application for a commercial hazardous waste treatment and storage facility proposed for Falls Township as administratively incomplete. “I’d like to thank Secretary McDonnell and the DEP staff for its administrative review of Elcon Recycling Service’s request to operate a commercial hazardous waste treatment and storage facility in Falls Township. Today after taking the full 90-day review period, the DEP sent back Elcon’s request for further clarification. “Although it is unknown whether Elcon will reapply with the deficiencies addressed, this illuminates the fact that the DEP is deeply involved in every step of the process. “Back in January I requested that the DEP hold public hearings on ELCON and I am pleased that Secretary McDonnell and the DEP responded to that request. If Elcon were to reapply and have its administrative review accepted, the 10-month technical review stage would begin and that’s when public hearings would be scheduled. “I will continue to monitor Elcon’s applications to ensure that all of the correct procedures are followed and that everyone’s voice is heard.” Read more

 

Oxford Valley Road/U.S. 1 interchange nears completion

(May 26, 2017)

As may know you, PennDOT has been working since November to rehabilitate the Oxford Valley Road bridge over U.S. 1. The repairs were needed due to an oversize truck damaging the interchange in 2015. PennDOT is projecting a late-July completion date for the project. Many of our constituents have asked why the project is taking as long as it has. It was explained to us that PennDOT could have completed the project in a fraction of the time if it were to have closed both U.S. 1 and Oxford Valley Road. However, it was determined that road closures would hurt commercial interests if one or both were shutdown. During the initial work, PennDOT discovered that the bridge deck was in poor condition and added that repair as well. A concrete overlay will be placed on the entire deck to extend its service life. Once repairs are complete, PennDOT will bill the trucking company for the costs to fix the damages from the collision. Read more

 

Tax Amnesty deadline approaching

(May 25, 2017)

Monday, June 19 is the final day for delinquent taxpayers to take advantage of the Pennsylvania Tax Amnesty program. Applying is easy: Visit www.backtax.pa.gov or call 844-PA-STATE-TAX ( 844-727-8283 ), submit an application and file all required returns. Businesses and individuals that make the full payment by June 19 will have all penalties waived and interest cut by half. Eligible taxpayers who do not participate will have a 5 percent penalty added to what they owe and the Department of Revenue will continue billing and enforcement efforts that collect more than $600 million a year. PA Tax Amnesty was included in the state budget enacted last summer to generate an estimated $100 million in net revenue for the General Fund. To get more information or apply, visit backtax.pa.gov or call the Tax Amnesty toll-free hotline at 844-PASTATE-TAX ( 1-844-727-8283 ) from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Read more

 

Warren: Legislature passes measure to comply with Real ID law

(May 24, 2017)

HARRISBURG, May 24 – The state House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a revised Senate bill that will move Pennsylvania toward compliance with federal Real ID regulations to ensure that state residents don’t face difficulty using their IDs for air travel or visits to federal facilities. “I’m pleased that the legislature worked cooperatively on a bipartisan, bicameral basis to find a solution on this issue. No one wants to see our community members encounter problems trying to travel by plane or enter federal buildings for work or other reasons,” said Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks. “This bill will authorize the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to move forward in complying with the federal Real ID Act.” Pennsylvania had been given a deadline of June 6 to come into compliance with the federal Real ID Act, which set minimum standards for issuing identification cards. Otherwise, residents could be prohibited from using their state-issued identification to board a plane, starting in 2018, or enter certain federal buildings, starting this summer. A 2012 state law prohibited state agencies from complying with the federal Real ID law. The new bill, S.B. 133, repeals the 2012 state law and requires the Department of Transportation and other agencies to comply with the 2005 Real ID Act. PennDOT would be required to provide eligible applicants the option of receiving a standard driver license or photo Read more

 

U.S. 1 Weekday Lane Closures Scheduled Next Week for Overhead Bridge Rehabilitation in Bucks County

(May 18, 2017)

King of Prussia, PA – Daytime lane restrictions are scheduled on northbound and southbound U.S. 1 between Interstate 95 and Stony Hill Road in Falls, Middletown and Lower Makefield townships, Bucks County, on Monday, May 22, through Friday, May 26, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, for the rehabilitation of the structurally deficient Oxford Valley Road overpass, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the construction area because slowdowns will occur. The work schedule is weather dependent. Crews began construction on November 14, 2016, to rehabilitate the Oxford Valley Road bridge over U.S. 1. The bridge remains open to traffic while the contractor repairs structural damage sustained when the bridge was struck by an oversized truck on June 29, 2015. Crews will replace two steel beams and repair three steel beams. Construction on the bridge is scheduled to finish in July 2017. The three-span, steel-I beam bridge was built in 1972. It is 167 feet long and 90 feet wide. The structure carries 31,000 vehicles a day. The work is part of PennDOT’s $11,766,000 project to rehabilitate four structurally deficient bridges in Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, and replace six structurally deficient culverts in Bucks, Chester and Delaware counties. Over the last two months, the bridge carrying Torresdale Avenue over Academy Read more

 

Warren announces $212,959 traffic grant

(May 11, 2017)

YARDLEY, May 11 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, today announced a $212,959 traffic grant for Yardley from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The grant will provide intersection traffic signal improvements for Main Street and Afton Avenue. Yardley Borough will be responsible for the remaining 20 percent match of the total project cost of $266,199. "I am glad to see our state funds at work with immediate benefits directly serving the community," Warren said. "This is an important infrastructure investment that will help to reduce area congestion, accidents, and improve overall safety for local commuters." Pennsylvania’s Municipal Signal Partnership Program, also known as the "Green Light-Go Program," was designed to provide state funds for the operation and maintenance of traffic signals along critical and designated corridors on state highways. As a relatively new state grant, this program allows eligible projects to include study and removal of unwarranted traffic signals; traffic signal retiming; development of detour, special event and operations plans; LED replacement; asset management; real-time monitoring of the signals; maintenance; innovative technologies and communications upgrades and other traffic signal improvements. Read more

 

Second Trenton Airport Master Plan meeting is May 24

(May 10, 2017)

The second public meeting for the Trenton Airport Master Plan will be held Wednesday, May 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 1000 Sam Weinroth Rd, Ewing Township, N.J. 08628, inside the Element Hotel. The purpose of the meeting is to summarize the draft recommendations of the ongoing Trenton Mercer Airport Master Plan Update. Components of the overall project will be presented including the alternatives analysis and recommended plan for the Trenton Mercer Airport. This meeting will be conducted in a casual workshop style format. A formal presentation will not be conducted. Representatives from Mercer County, the Airport and consultant team will be available to answer questions and receive comments and input from the public. Please attend anytime between 6:00PM and 8:00 PM. For more information regarding this meeting please contact Julie Wilmot (609) 278-7137. Please note this is a different venue from the previous public meeting, location and directions can be found here: Read more

 

PECO to Restrict Route 32 (River Road) Weekdays in Lower Makefield Township and Yardley Borough for Trench Restoration

(Apr 19, 2017)

King of Prussia, PA – PECO Energy is planning weekday lane restrictions on Route 32 (River Road) between Woodside Road and Florence Avenue in Lower Makefield Township and Yardley Borough, Bucks County, on Thursday, April 20, through Friday, April 28, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, for trench restoration, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today. Traffic will be controlled by flagging. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through this area. The work schedule is dependent on the weather. PECO Energy will complete the project under a PennDOT Highway Occupancy Permit. For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by Act 89, or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov . Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com . 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website. For more PennDOT information, visit www.penndot.gov . Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPhilly , and follow the Read more

 

Warren works to keep firearms out of the hands of suspected terrorists

(Apr 04, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 4 – State Rep. Perry S. Warren, D-Bucks, has introduced legislation that would keep suspected terrorists from buying or owning a firearm in Pennsylvania. House Bill 528 would require Pennsylvania State Police to determine whether someone is on the FBI’s terrorist watch list, which includes the no-fly list, before that person would be allowed to purchase a firearm or obtain one by transfer. Anyone denied would still have the right to appeal. Numerous polls, including some conducted after the 2016 terrorist attack on an Orlando nightclub, have shown that the vast majority support taking such steps to keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists. Warren said the bill, which was originally introduced in 2015-16 by previous state Rep. Steve Santarsiero, is a commonsense measure that will help reduce senseless gun violence. “Someone who can’t board a plane because of suspected involvement in terrorism shouldn’t be allowed to purchase a firearm, either,” he said. The bill, which has co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle, has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee. Read more

 

Warren to tour district roads, discuss improvement priorities with PennDOT

(Mar 29, 2017)

YARDLEY, March 29 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, announced today that he will tour state roads and bridges throughout the 31 st Legislative District with Transportation Department District 6 Executive Ken McClain, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 31. “I look forward to discussing the short- and long-term transportation needs of our district with Executive McClain,” Warren said. “Improving our transportation infrastructure will increase safety and benefit everyone in the district. While I have several areas of interest I’d like to discuss on the tour, I encourage constituents to reach out and let us know their priorities for state road, bridge and other infrastructure improvements.” The tour will begin at Warren’s district office, 91 S. Main St., and will focus primarily on the Newtown-Yardley-Lower Makefield-Morrisville area. Constituents interested in sharing their local transportation priorities should contact Warren’s office by calling (215) 493-5420 or going to www.pahouse.com/warren/contact . Read more

 

Overnight single-lane closure on I-95 South at Scudder Falls Bridge Tuesday thru Thursday

(Mar 27, 2017)

EWING, NJ – I-95 southbound will be reduced to a single lane in the vicinity of the Scudder Falls Bridge during overnight hours for three consecutive nights starting Tuesday, March 28, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today. The single-lane travel restriction is needed for the clearing and hoisting of trees off a river island that will be affected by upcoming construction of the Scudder Falls Replacement Bridge. When in effect, the scheduled single-lane travel pattern will begin near the Bear Tavern Road/Route 579 interchange (Exit 2) in Ewing, N.J. and continue to the southern end of the bridge in Lower Makefield, PA. The times and dates will be as follows: 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, to 6 a.m. Wednesday, March 29; 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 29 to 6 a.m. Thursday, March 30; and 8 p.m. Thursday, March 30 to 6 a.m. Friday, March 31. More information and videos on the bridge replacement project are available at www.scudderfallsbridge.com . Read more

 

Lower Makefield traffic projects receive $319,000 in state funding
Jun 12, 2017

Warren touts bipartisan effort in pension reform
Jun 08, 2017

Travel Advisory - Week of June 11
Jun 08, 2017

Warren, Levine, advocates spotlight bill to help schools, parents communicate over eating disorders (w/Video)
Jun 06, 2017

Department of Homeland Security Extends REAL ID Enforcement Grace Period for Pennsylvania
Jun 06, 2017

Warren: End Lunch Shaming
Jun 05, 2017

Legislators, hunger-fight leaders push Pa. 'lunch shaming' ban
Jun 05, 2017

Warren, Levine, eating-disorder awareness advocates to speak Tuesday
Jun 02, 2017

Update on Lower Makefield Twp. quiet zones
Jun 01, 2017

Warren releases statement on Elcon application return
May 30, 2017

Oxford Valley Road/U.S. 1 interchange nears completion
May 26, 2017

Tax Amnesty deadline approaching
May 25, 2017

Warren: Legislature passes measure to comply with Real ID law
May 24, 2017

U.S. 1 Weekday Lane Closures Scheduled Next Week for Overhead Bridge Rehabilitation in Bucks County
May 18, 2017

Warren announces $212,959 traffic grant
May 11, 2017

Second Trenton Airport Master Plan meeting is May 24
May 10, 2017

PECO to Restrict Route 32 (River Road) Weekdays in Lower Makefield Township and Yardley Borough for Trench Restoration
Apr 19, 2017

Warren works to keep firearms out of the hands of suspected terrorists
Apr 04, 2017

Warren to tour district roads, discuss improvement priorities with PennDOT
Mar 29, 2017

Overnight single-lane closure on I-95 South at Scudder Falls Bridge Tuesday thru Thursday
Mar 27, 2017