Delaware County receives $1.4M for countywide services, including for women

(Jun 13, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 13 – Members of the House Democratic Southeast Delegation today lauded the announcement of more than $1.4 million in grants for Delaware County family, women, victim and related countywide services. “The public investments coming to our communities in Delco reflect the hard work and collaboration among its citizens and public servants first and foremost,” said state Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware. “I’d also like to thank the Wolf administration for putting public money back into the hands of the people.” The grants were approved by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency at its meeting Wednesday. “Helping a victim become a survivor is the kind of work we must support with all our might,” said Rep. Mike Zabel, D-Delaware. “It is not easy work, and it often comes at a price that exceeds what local taxes can support. Any time that the state invests in the systems working on the ground directly with people, we’re delivering literal hope to those who need it most.” “I have been to visit service providers here in Delaware County and have seen firsthand the need for these services. The difference this funding makes is truly life-changing for survivors, women, children, their families and our community,” said Rep. Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware. “I will always fight for survivors.” “Congratulations to these hardworking groups that go to work for Read more

 

Car seat safety check event June 8

(May 28, 2019)

DREXEL HILL, May 28 – State Rep. Mike Zabel, D-Delaware, is hosting a car seat safety check event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8 in the front parking lot at Drexel Hill Middle School. Zabel said Upper Darby Township police officers and the Pennsylvania State Police will be there to perform safety checks and help install car seats. He and his staff also will be there to help residents with any state-related matter. According to Zabel, Pennsylvania’s child passenger safety law requires children under the age of 4 to be restrained in an approved child safety seat anywhere in the vehicle. Children under 2 must be secured in a rear-facing car seat until they outgrow the maximum height and weight limits designated by the car seat manufacturer. Children ages 4 through 7 must be restrained in an appropriate booster seat. Children ages 8 to 18 are required to wear a seat belt, though children through age 12 who do not fit in a seat belt properly are encouraged to remain in a booster seat. No RSVP is required for the safety check. More information is available by calling Zabel’s office at 484-200-8262. The Drexel Hill Middle School is located at 3001 State Road. Read more

 

Zabel lauds work of Pennsylvania Innocence Project in Capitol

(May 14, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 14 – The state House of Representatives today unanimously approved Rep. Mike Zabel’s resolution marking the 10-year anniversary of the founding of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, whose experts have helped exonerate eight Pennsylvanians since 2009. Pennsylvania has marked 67 exonerations in its history, according to the National Registry of Exonerations and according to the project, the wrongfully convicted served over 800 years of prison time while innocent. Since 2009, the project’s experts have exonerated cases for eight Pennsylvanians. “Thanks to fantastic public collaboration, including from the state, the project has accomplished nothing short of miracles for wrongfully convicted Pennsylvanians and their loved ones,” Zabel said. “Few can imagine the horror and terror of serving time for a crime you did not commit, and the project will work until no one has to.” The project also provides clinical training to tomorrow’s law, journalism, criminal justice and forensic science professionals while collaborating with law enforcement agencies and the courts to address systemic factors of wrongful convictions. Attending Monday's ceremony were Pennsylvania Innocence Project Executive Director Marissa B. Bluestine, members of the board of directors Jeffery Bresch from Pittsburgh and Board President Howard Scher from Philadelphia, as well as founding board members David Richman and Read more

 

Sen. Kearney Announces $1.5 Million State Grant for Drexeline Shopping Center

(May 02, 2019)

UPPER DARBY – May 2, 2019 – State Sen. Tim Kearney, D-Delaware, today announced the award of $1.5 million to fund the development of the Drexeline Shopping Center. “The closing of the shopping center left a void in the community” Kearney said. “This new development will be a major improvement on the site, not only through a brand new 75,000 square foot ShopRite with state of the art green energy and building improvements, but it will finally address the storm water management issues that have plagued this property for years. I’m particularly thrilled that it will include walkable and bike-able amenities in a densely populated area for my constituents.” State Road Foods plans to demolish the existing, aged shopping center and replace it with the new, 75,000 square foot grocery store that will anchor the revitalized shopping center. Added state Rep. Mike Zabel, D-Delaware: “I am excited for this opportunity that invests in and grows our local economy. I’m grateful for Senator Kearney’s collaborative efforts to bring this grant to our community.” The new location will be designed with a 68% increase in selling space from the existing facility and will offer the Upper Darby community access to healthy foods. The new design will augment existing departments and allow for the addition of an in-store pharmacy. This project will retain the jobs of the 178 current employees and will create 142 new, direct Read more

 

Zabel congratulates Upper Darby School District for $2.2M school safety grant

(May 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 1 – State Rep. Mike Zabel, D-Delaware, today congratulated Upper Darby School District for earning a $2.2 million school safety grant from the state School Safety and Security Committee. “School safety is an issue I take seriously because safe classrooms are just as important as academics,” Zabel said. “I am happy to see this grant used to help ensure that students in the Upper Darby School District are educated in safe, secure environments.” The School Safety and Security Committee is a subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, established by Act 44 of 2018. School districts across the Commonwealth were able to submit applications to the committee for evaluation. Approved schools can use the funding for a variety of services, including purchasing security-related technology, hiring school resource officers, school police officers, school counselors, social workers and school psychologists or supporting school safety-related trainings. The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will discuss the award and specific projects with the school district in days to come. A full list of approved school districts and more information about the committee can be found on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security webpage. Read more

 

Reducing our e-waste and more

(Apr 16, 2019)

Dear Neighbor, Last week, I joined some of my colleagues to unveil a package of bills called Zero Waste PA, aimed at addressing single-use plastics, litter, and the environmental harms of being a “throwaway” society. My legislation addresses the growing electronic waste problems in the commonwealth by updating our outdated laws that deal with it and using proven best practices from other states to make Pennsylvania a leader. I thank my colleagues for their support and for their innovative ideas to help reduce our environmental impact. Click the video below for more information and visit my website for a full list of bills proposed. Visit to the Sonshine Academy On Friday, I visited the Sonshine Christian Academy for their first ever Trike-A-Thon to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and they raised over $5,456. Congratulations to the organizers for a successful event! Working for you on the Judiciary Committee I’m proud to announce my recent appointment to the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Corrections. Issues related to crime, corrections and criminal justice reform are wide ranging and I am looking forward to Read more

 

Zabel joins in ‘Zero Waste PA’ bill package to address single-use plastics, litter and a ‘throwaway’ society

(Apr 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 10 – State Rep. Mike Zabel today joined other lawmakers and PennEnvironment to announce a package of bills aimed at addressing single-use plastics, pervasive issues of litter and the various environmental harms caused by a "throwaway" society. Legislation in the “Zero Waste PA” package works to address issues created by a disposable society including single-use plastics such as straws, plastic bags and Styrofoam takeout food containers, electronic waste, funding Pennsylvania’s recycling programs and more. “Electronic waste is a growing problem that needs to be addressed,” said Zabel, D-Delaware. “My legislation will reform and modernize electronic waste recycling, and make Pennsylvania a national leader on this issue.” “Every day, unwitting Pennsylvanians are barraged with products that we’re expected to purchase and use, and then throw away. Only, there is no ‘away,’” said PennEnvironment Executive Director David Masur. “Instead, it ends up in landfills where it can cause water pollution, in incinerators that cause air pollution, or blowing around in our neighborhoods in the form of litter. Nothing we use for a few minutes should pollute our environment, neighborhoods, rivers and oceans for centuries to come.” The measures that would be addressed in the package include: Prohibiting food establishments from using polystyrene containers to Read more

 

Zabel Appointed to Subcommittee on Crime and Corrections

(Apr 08, 2019)

State Rep. Mike Zabel, D-Delaware, announced his appointment to serve on the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Corrections for the 2019-2020 legislative session. The subcommittee provides a more specialized look at issues related to crime, corrections and criminal justice reform. The subcommittee may work with issues involving the Board of Probation and Parole, Department of Corrections, Commission on Sentencing, Pennsylvania State Police, as well as the Attorney General. “Working to ensure the fairness of our justice system and safety of our neighborhoods is one of the reasons I ran for office,” said Zabel. “Issues related to crime, corrections and criminal justice reform are wide ranging and I am looking forward to working with other members on this subcommittee to take a comprehensive look at these issues and work together for the benefit of all Pennsylvanians.” Zabel, a first-term state representative, also serves on the Commerce Committee and Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. Read more

 

Zabel Holding REAL ID Event

(Mar 12, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Zabel provides an update to REAL ID and invites his community to his informational event aimed at clearing up confusion about the process. Read more

 

Zabel: Modernize our Absentee Ballot Process

(Feb 26, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Zabel joined the House Democratic Policy Committee in Allentown for a roundtable discussion on protecting voting rights in Pennsylvania. The roundtable focused on a new legislative package from the House Democrats titled Your Vote Counts, which would allow for early voting, additional time for absentee ballots to be submitted, time off to vote, and mail-in ballots Read more

 

Reps. Margo Davidson, Mike Zabel to co-host free shredding event Feb. 27

(Feb 14, 2019)

UPPER DARBY, Feb. 14 – State Reps. Margo Davidson and Mike Zabel, both D-Delaware, will host a free shredding event from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Barclay Square Center Shopping Center parking lot, 1500 Garrett Road. Residents of the 163 rd and 164 th Legislative Districts can bring documents that contain personal or confidential information to be shredded for free on-site. “I want to help my constituents protect themselves from identity theft by offering a safe and free way to dispose of sensitive materials like bank statements, credit card statements, credit card applications, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance records and retirement or pension information,” Davidson said. The event is part of Davidson’s Financial Fitness Month offerings to support constituents’ financial health. “Identity theft can damage your finances and your credit score. I encourage everyone in my district to take advantage of this opportunity to get rid of those old papers safely and in an environmentally friendly way,” Zabel said. No electronics will be accepted. Read more

 

Zabel appointed to House Judiciary, Commerce, Environmental Resources and Energy committees

(Jan 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Mike Zabel today announced that he was appointed to three House committees, including the powerful Judiciary Committee. Zabel also was appointed to serve on the Commerce Committee and the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. “I am honored to be placed on the Judiciary, Commerce, and ERE committees. My constituents elected me to ensure that their neighborhoods are safe, the justice system fair to all, the environment protected, and the economy strong with good jobs,” said Zabel, D-Delaware. “I will reach across the aisle to ensure that the needs of my community are met.” The Judiciary Committee reviews bills related to law enforcement and corrections, and the committee provides oversight for a number of state agencies, including the Pennsylvania State Police, Department of Corrections, and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The Commerce Committee reviews legislation involving the banking and financial services industries. It has oversight of the Department of Banking, Department of Community and Economic Development, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, the Securities Commission, and the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority. The Environmental Resources and Energy Committee works with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to establish regulations on environmental issues, including air and water quality, and waste Read more

 

Zabel to host open house Feb. 1

(Jan 24, 2019)

DREXEL HILL, Jan. 24 – State Rep. Mike Zabel, D-Delaware, invites residents to his open house from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at his district office at 5248 Township Line Road, Drexel Hill 19026 . “I welcome residents to come by and learn about all that my office can do for them,” Zabel said. “My staff and I are here to cut the red tape so we all have the tools to succeed and improve our lives and communities. I look forward to hearing from my constituents directly about the issues that matter most to them.” Zabel said he and his staff will be available to discuss the ways his office can connect people to state-related programs and services, such as the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. They will also provide updates and information on how to get a Real ID in Pennsylvania. No RSVP is required. For more information, contact Zabel’s office at 484-200-8262 . Read more

 

Zabel: Upper Darby, William Penn, Haverford schools to receive funding for computer science programs

(Jan 18, 2019)

DREXEL HILL, Jan. 18 – State Rep. Mike Zabel, D-Delaware, announced today that Upper Darby, William Penn, and Haverford school districts will receive the first-ever dedicated state grants for computer science classes and instructor training. “By 2030, seven in 10 jobs in Pennsylvania will require workers to use computers and new technologies,” he said. “We need to ensure that our schools are teaching our students the skills needed for emerging high-demand jobs.” These targeted grants are part of the Wolf administration’s PASmart Initiative, which will provide $20 million to bring high-quality computer science and STEM education in elementary, middle and high schools, and professional development for teachers. Funding was secured for the following schools: Upper Darby High School Penn Wood Middle School Penn Wood High Schools (Cypress and Green campuses) Chatham Park Elementary School Chestnutwold Elementary School Coopertown Elementary School Lynnewood Elementary School Manoa Elementary School Haverford High School Funding can be used for a variety of reasons, including staff training, certification exam reimbursements as well as eligible hardware and products purchases to implement computer science teaching in the classroom. “I am proud to support initiatives that will help our students acquire the skills needed to succeed in the 21 st century workplace,” Zabel said. To learn more about the Read more

 

Zabel begins first term representing 163rd Legislative District

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – Calling it a tremendous honor, state Rep. Mike Zabel was sworn in during a Capitol ceremony today to represent the 163 rd Legislative District in Delaware County. F ormerly an assistant district attorney and a teacher at the middle school, high school and college levels, Zabel also currently serves as an attorney in private practice. “As a lifelong resident of Delaware County, I am looking forward to fighting for what’s best for the residents of the 163rd: strong schools, good jobs, and a fair economy,” he said. Zabel’s legislative concerns in the next session include fair funding for William Penn, Haverford and Upper Darby school districts, addressing the opioid crisis as a critical public health issue, enacting tax reform and establishing economic policies that put working families ahead of big business, and passing laws that meaningfully address gun violence in Pennsylvania. His efforts blend with the broader Plan for PA , which seeks to build a stronger economy for working families instead of serving special interests. Constituents can visit Zabel’s website at www.pahouse.com/Zabel for information on state-related services and programs. Zabel also maintains a legislative Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RepZabel and is on Twitter @RepZabel . The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in corresponds with the first Tuesday in January every two years. Read more

 

Veterans services

(Dec 01, 2018)

Below are a number of programs and services available to help veterans and their families. Please share this list with any veterans in your life. Veterans Temporary Assistance Temporary help is available for veterans and their beneficiaries who need aid for essentials such as shelter, fuel, clothing and food. If eligible, a veteran or their beneficiary can qualify for up to $1,600 in a 12-month period. The Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program Any honorably discharged veteran who is 100 percent disabled, a resident of Pennsylvania and has financial need can apply for this program, which provides real estate tax exemption on principal dwellings. Educational Gratuity Program Children of honorably discharged veterans with service-connected disabilities or children of veterans who died in service during a period of war or armed conflict qualify for up to $500 per semester/term to help defray educational costs. Military Family Relief Assistance Program Eligible Pennsylvania service members and their family members who have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control can apply for up to $3,500 in grants. This program is available for active and past service members. Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Program Grants are available for veterans’ services organizations, non-profit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans, individual eligible counties and the State Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Dec 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more