Rep. Herrin’s Statement on the Potential Overturning of Roe v. Wade

(May 04, 2022)

While not an official ruling, the draft decision coming out of the Supreme Court overturning Roe vs. Wade is a deeply concerning attack on reproductive freedom. It is part of a concerted, decades-long effort by a minority of people to overturn legal precedent and interfere with a woman’s ability to make personal health decisions. History has made it very clear: A sole focus on criminalizing abortion will never end it. This draft ruling instead threatens the most vulnerable and marginalized women in our society, forcing their life decisions and putting them at risk. I have long been a proponent of making sure abortion is safe, legal, and rare. By creating a culture of life after birth – a society that provides affordable early childhood education, quality public education for every child, affordable college tuition, essential healthcare, accessible family planning/contraceptive services to all women, and a minimum wage that allows full-time workers to put a roof over their children’s heads and food on their table – we can support women and children while making abortion rare. In my first year and a half as a legislator, there has been no authentic attempt by the state's legislative majority to even begin to create such a culture of life in Pennsylvania. And I have voted against many harmful, demeaning, and restrictive Republican bills aiming to restrict reproductive choice. If not for our current Governor, those Read more

 

Herrin announces $4.5 million in new funding for Cheyney University

(Apr 27, 2022)

THORNBURY TOWNSHIP, April 27 -- State Rep. Dianne Herrin, D-Chester, today announced the awarding of $4.5 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding slated to improve existing infrastructure and technology on the campus of Cheyney University. “Cheyney University has been an integral part of our region’s history for nearly 200 years as America’s first institution of higher education for African Americans,” Herrin said. “Cheyney continues to mold the minds of ambitious students who seek to make a positive impact on our world. This funding ensures these students are able to learn in a comfortable, modern environment as they progress through their academic careers.” The funding consists of two awards. The first award consisted of $3 million to assist with the ongoing revitalization of Cheyney University, including improving HVAC systems, updating antiquated plumbing, installing new windows, upgrading electrical capacity, and performing other necessary upgrades to make buildings on the campus more efficient and environmentally friendly. The second $1.5 million award is earmarked to assist in the conversion of the Wade Wilson building to the Wade Wilson Workforce Development Center. These dollars will be geared toward renovating the second story of the building to house a technology and data center with the underlying goal of helping undergraduate students obtain and retain employment after Read more

 

Herrin: Assistance available to households for broadband costs

(Feb 23, 2022)

WEST CHESTER, Feb. 23 -- State Rep. Dianne Herrin, D-Chester, is reminding internet customers in lower income households that assistance is available for broadband costs through the Affordable Connectivity Program. “Now more than ever, home internet accessibility is a vital utility for our children’s education and for better economic opportunities,” Herrin said. “I urge anyone struggling to meet internet costs to use this resource.” The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. This program was made possible through funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law signed by President Joe Biden in November. For more information on the application and eligibility for the Affordable Connectivity Program, go to fcc.gov/acp or call the ACP Support Center at (877) 384-2575. Read more

 

Herrin: Heating Assistance Available for Local Residents

(Feb 01, 2022)

Herrin: Heating Assistance Available for Local Residents Read more

 

Herrin, Comitta and Sappey Announce $2.1 Million for Chester County Hospital

(Jan 18, 2022)

WEST CHESTER, Jan. 18 -- State Rep. Dianne Herrin, State Sen. Carolyn Comitta, and State Rep. Christina Sappey announced today that they have secured more than $2.1 million in total state funding to support expanding inpatient and emergency department capacity at Chester County Hospital. The funding, made available through the federal American Rescue Plan, comes at a crucial time as communities across the county face Tower Health’s abrupt decision to close Jennersville Hospital in southern Chester County and impending plans to close Brandywine Hospital in the Coatesville area at the end of this month. “Chester County Hospital stepped up and helped lead our community through the pandemic from day one, providing vaccinations and emergency services that we very much needed,” said state Rep. Herrin. “This financial support is so well deserved, as the hospital now faces growing urgent care and mental health demands resulting from the new COVID-19 variants and the closure of the two Tower Health facilities. This will further our collective goal to ensure high-quality care for all of our residents.” Comitta, who serves on the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, said the funds will significantly help Chester County Hospital and its emergency department deal with an expected influx of patients due to the closure. “These are vital and timely investments in our public healthcare and emergency care Read more

 

Herrin announces $1.5 million award for further development of Oakbourne Park

(Dec 30, 2021)

WESTTOWN TOWNSHIP, Dec. 30 -- State Rep. Dianne Herrin, D-Chester, today announced the awarding of a $1.5 million grant to support the ongoing development of Oakbourne Park. Read more

 

End of Year Legislative Update and Happy Holidays!

(Dec 21, 2021)

End of Year Legislative Update and Happy Holidays! Read more

 

Herrin and Sappey announce It’s On Us PA grant for West Chester University

(Dec 10, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec.10 – State Reps. Dianne Herrin and Christina Sappey, both D-Chester, announced today that West Chester University will receive $24,725 through the It’s On Us PA grant program, a statewide campaign to protect students from sexual violence. "The college years should be a time of self discovery, personal growth, and relationship development. Sadly, every 1 in 5 college-aged women and 1 in 20 college-aged men experience a trauma," Herrin said. “The It's On Us program helps address this reality and will give WCU more resources to take a proactive stance in combatting sexual assault by recognizing and addressing the warning signs.” “These funds help ensure the proper education and equipment to keep students safe on campus grounds,” said Sappey. “We all have to do our part to stop sexual violence. This grant will help West Chester University continue to challenge students, teachers, faculty, staff and more to say something when they see something .” The grants will provide funding from January 2022 through May 2023 to implement safety strategies on campuses, such as improving awareness, knocking down barriers that prevent survivors from reporting and/or accessing resources, and changing campus culture. The It’s On Us campaign is a national initiative to raise awareness about sexual assault. Its goal is to teach students that non-consensual sex is a form of Read more

 

Jennersville and Brandywine hospitals in Chester County to close

(Dec 10, 2021)

Jennersville and Brandywine hospitals in Chester County to close Read more

 

Tower Health Calls Off Sale, Brandywine and Jennersville Hospitals Set to Close

(Dec 10, 2021)

Tower Health Calls Off Sale, Brandywine and Jennersville Hospitals Set to Close Read more

 

2 Chester County Tower Health Hospitals Closing In Move ‘Devastating For Our Community’

(Dec 10, 2021)

2 Chester County Tower Health Hospitals Closing In Move ‘Devastating For Our Community’ Read more

 

Herrin: Jennersville and Brandywine Hospitals proposed closures devastating for Chester County

(Dec 09, 2021)

WEST CHESTER, Dec. 9-- State Rep. Dianne Herrin, D-Chester, released the following statement regarding the proposed deal for Tower Health to sell Jennersville and Brandywine Hospitals to Canyon Atlantic Partners falling through. “Today, a proposed deal for Tower Health to sell Jennersville and Brandywine Hospitals to Canyon Atlantic Partners fell through, and now these hospitals are set to close. “This is devastating news for Chester County, as Brandywine Hospital is the only hospital in our county that houses a behavioral health facility for those with mental illness. At a time when our country is facing a severe mental health crisis, and during the holiday season when mental health incidents are known to increase, this is a giant step backwards for public health and for the safety and well-being of the people of Chester County. “Chester County legislators are getting together to work for solutions and strategies to protect access to vital health services. Healthcare is a human right, and we will not stop working until affordable and accessible services are available to all residents.” For more information, residents may contact Herrin’s office at 610-696-4990. Read more

 

Chester County officials share ideas for sustainable living at Thirsty for Justice panel discussion at West Chester University

(Dec 09, 2021)

Chester County officials share ideas for sustainable living at Thirsty for Justice panel discussion at West Chester University Read more

 

Herrin applauds $1 million award to local tech company

(Dec 06, 2021)

EAST GOSHEN TOWNSHIP, Dec. 6 -- State Rep. Dianne Herrin, D-Chester, today announced the awarding of $1 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding to Communications Test Design Inc. as they reconfigure, enhance and expand their workspaces and operational output. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. “This is a monumental investment in ensuring this vital employer has the ongoing and necessary support needed to remain competitive right here in Chester County,” Herrin said. The award will be used to demolish and convert existing space to a clean and modern warehousing area, large open workspaces for technical repair of electronics, and an assembly area where CTDI will build its test platforms. CTDI will also build a technical research and development lab. “Because I am given the privilege of representing the 156 th Legislative District, I will continuously advocate for these types of state resources to help make our community thrive,” Herrin said. “Investments like this expand on our collective mission of creating family-sustaining careers and incentivizing employers to do business in the Commonwealth.” RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance Read more

 

Celebrate the Holiday Season at my District Office Open House

(Dec 02, 2021)

Celebrate the Holiday Season at my District Office Open House Read more

 

Herrin hosting open house this week at West Chester district office

(Nov 29, 2021)

WEST CHESTER, Nov. 29 -- State Rep. Dianne Herrin, D-Chester, invites residents of the Greater West Chester Area to her district office, located at 21 W. Washington St., Suite A, for an open house this Friday. The open house will be held from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Attendees are welcome to walk to the West Chester Borough tree lighting ceremony at the historic courthouse on High Street with the representative after the open house. Herrin encouraged residents to come out and enjoy everything the community has to offer during this holiday season! “I look forward to kicking off the holiday season by opening up my office so I can meet you and understand the issues that matter most to you,” Herrin said. “Come enjoy some light refreshments, meet my district office ‘dream team,’ and let them know how they can be of assistance.” To RSVP, residents can call Herrin’s district office at 610-696-4990 or send an email to RepHerrin@PAHouse.net . Read more

 

Herrin applauds $200K award to Westtown Township

(Nov 19, 2021)

WESTTOWN TOWNSHIP, Nov. 19 -- State Rep. Dianne Herrin, D-Chester, today announced that Westtown Township received two $100,000 grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, both which will go toward local conservation and rehabilitation efforts. The first $100,000 grant will benefit Goose Creek. Funding from the Watershed Restoration Protection Program will help retrofit the 36-year-old dry detention basin on Sage Road into a water quality basin. This will reduce Goose Creek’s sediment load by more than 4,000 pounds per year and will help the township meets its Department of Environmental Protection MS4 permitting requirements. “This project will improve the quality of the Goose Creek runoff and have a tremendous impact on its aquatic ecosystems and the area’s overall environmental health,” Herrin said. The second $100,000 grant will help fund improvements at Oakbourne Park. This funding from the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program will help the township cover some of the engineering and design costs associated with its plan to install ADA-compliant access and trails, improve stormwater management, rehabilitate and expand the game court, and upgrade the pavilion, seating, and parking areas. “Rehabilitating Oakbourne Park is a great way to bring our community together, especially since the park has important regional and cultural Read more

 

Standing up for clean water in Harrisburg

(Nov 05, 2021)

Last week, I was proud to join my colleagues Senator Katie Muth and Representative Danielle Friel Otten in our ongoing effort to advocate for clean drinking water. Read more

 

Herrin invites residents and their pets to “Hike with Herrin” at East Goshen Township Park

(Nov 01, 2021)

WEST CHESTER, Nov. 1 -- State Rep. Dianne Herrin, D-Chester, announced the latest event in her “Hikes with Herrin” series. The series gives residents the opportunity to discuss with the representative some of the pressing issues facing our commonwealth while enjoying the best public open spaces our community has to offer. The upcoming event, on Saturday, Nov. 6, will focus on current animal protection laws and new legislation to protect the health, safety and welfare of pets in our commonwealth. “Our four-legged friends deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and I look forward to speaking with our neighbors about legislation that improves protections for our animals,” Herrin said. Pets are welcome to this event. The hike is scheduled to launch at 11 a.m. at East Goshen Township Park, 1661 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA 19380. Those interested in attending should RSVP by contacting Herrin’s office by email at RepHerrin@pahouse.net or by calling 610-696-4990. More information is available by contacting Herrin’s office at 610-696-4990. Read more

 

Brown Water In Faucets Drives PA Legislators' Demand To Wolf, DEP

(Oct 29, 2021)

HARRISBURG, PA — Three Chester County legislators convened a gathering in Harrisburg today to show Energy Transfer's pipeline construction permits need to be pulled and to call on Gov. Tom Wolf and the DEP to do it. Read more

 

Rep. Herrin’s Statement on the Potential Overturning of Roe v. Wade
May 04, 2022

Herrin announces $4.5 million in new funding for Cheyney University
Apr 27, 2022

Herrin: Assistance available to households for broadband costs
Feb 23, 2022

Herrin: Heating Assistance Available for Local Residents
Feb 01, 2022

Herrin, Comitta and Sappey Announce $2.1 Million for Chester County Hospital
Jan 18, 2022

Herrin announces $1.5 million award for further development of Oakbourne Park
Dec 30, 2021

End of Year Legislative Update and Happy Holidays!
Dec 21, 2021

Herrin and Sappey announce It’s On Us PA grant for West Chester University
Dec 10, 2021

Jennersville and Brandywine hospitals in Chester County to close
Dec 10, 2021

Tower Health Calls Off Sale, Brandywine and Jennersville Hospitals Set to Close
Dec 10, 2021

2 Chester County Tower Health Hospitals Closing In Move ‘Devastating For Our Community’
Dec 10, 2021

Herrin: Jennersville and Brandywine Hospitals proposed closures devastating for Chester County
Dec 09, 2021

Chester County officials share ideas for sustainable living at Thirsty for Justice panel discussion at West Chester University
Dec 09, 2021

Herrin applauds $1 million award to local tech company
Dec 06, 2021

Celebrate the Holiday Season at my District Office Open House
Dec 02, 2021

Herrin hosting open house this week at West Chester district office
Nov 29, 2021

Herrin applauds $200K award to Westtown Township
Nov 19, 2021

Standing up for clean water in Harrisburg
Nov 05, 2021

Herrin invites residents and their pets to “Hike with Herrin” at East Goshen Township Park
Nov 01, 2021

Brown Water In Faucets Drives PA Legislators' Demand To Wolf, DEP
Oct 29, 2021