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Climate Caucus members call on the legislature to act during Climate Action Week

Krajewski: Holding Polluters Accountable

(Sep 21, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Rick Krajewski is recognizing Climate Action Week by prioritizing communities and people over businesses and profits. He knows that 1 out of 5 children suffering from asthma due to air pollution in Phila., and he saw first hand the impacts that fracking has had in Pennsylvania. He's working to establish a comprehensive task force to study the public health impacts of fracking and provide solutions to the negative impacts of careless and deadly polluters. He is doing everything he can to hold these polluters accountable and demand justice. Read more

 

Climate Caucus members call on the legislature to act during Climate Action Week

(Sep 20, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – State Reps. Rick Krajewski, D-Phila., and Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, and state Sen. Carolyn Comitta, D-West Chester, led a Climate Caucus news conference celebrating Climate Action Week Tuesday in the Pennsylvania Capitol Rotunda. “One of the biggest issues facing Pennsylvania is that our polluters are not held accountable for their actions and the effects they have on public health,” Krajewski said. “We have an underfunded and under-resourced DEP that has had to make significant staffing cuts, whilst the fracking industry the DEP is tasked to regulate has flourished with the aid of technology. This has become a growing problem that demands concrete actions and I believe H.B.1467 is a step in that direction.” “Every day in the news, we see stories that should serve as red-flag warnings about the very real and present impacts of climate change,” Otten said. “Seeing the devastation in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Fiona; the growing threats throughout the United States from historic droughts, fires and floods; and the communities that are too often impacted first and hit the hardest by the economic and public health effects of climate change, we need to expand the conversation and the scope of what climate action means. During Climate Week, we’re lifting up the dozens of bills and solutions proposed by Climate Caucus members that would help Pennsylvania advance environmental justice, hold Read more

 

Krajewski responds to unconstitutional attacks on Phila. DA Larry Krasner

(Sep 15, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 15 – State Rep. Rick Krajewski, D-Phila., today issued the following statement in response to the House Republican majority’s efforts to impeach and undermine Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, most recently holding Krasner in contempt for failing to comply with a subpoena. “The Republican Party’s recent attacks against Larry Krasner are just another attempt to disenfranchise Black and brown voters and further a racist narrative on criminal justice,” Krajewski said. “I stand in support of District Attorney Larry Krasner and condemn these attacks against his office. “The Republican Party launched an impeachment process against Krasner simply because they don’t like his policies. The recent subpoena inquiry is illegal and is being properly challenged in court. By requesting that the DA provide grand jury testimony to the House Select Committee – notably, grand jury testimony about a police prosecution – the committee is asking DA Krasner to break the law. Until the Commonwealth court rules, Krasner and the Philly DAO don’t have to produce anything before the state legislature. “Republicans who live hundreds of miles away of Philadelphia have identified no grounds under which they can impeach Krasner. They cite ‘rising crime’ in Philadelphia while ignoring crime in other counties. They don’t experience the violence our Read more

 

Summer 2022 Newsletter

(Sep 12, 2022)

Hello Neighbor, Summer is coming to an end, and I want to let you know what we’ve been up to around the district and in Harrisburg over these past few months. I always enjoy meeting with young people, and I spent some time speaking to two different youth summer programs about the sciences, democracy, and voting rights. Our office held a job fair in July at Christy Recreation Center and in August we co-hosted a backpack giveaway. Legislators from Harrisburg came to Kingsessing Rec Center for a policy hearing to discuss the need for funding our community infrastructure. On Your Porch is back for a second season and we are still looking for hosts. Read more

 

Krajewski announces $1.1M for recreation and community revitalization projects

(Sep 08, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 8 – State Rep. Rick Krajewski, D-Phila., today announced $1.1 million in Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants for projects in his district that will help create new recreational opportunities, conserve natural resources, and help revitalize local communities. “I’m excited to share the news with my neighbors that our community is about to receive $1.1 million to develop the Kingsessing Recreation Center and add more community gardens,” Krajewski said. “Governor Wolf has prioritized funding for parks and open spaces, which is a priority that I share. This money means the Kingsessing Rec Center gets to have state of the art facilities for our children and ADA access so that every child has a chance to learn, grow and play together. It also means we get to have more community gardens, to grow our own food and help alleviate the food deserts and lack of accessible nutritious foods. These are big changes that better our communities, and I am happy to help bring this money back home.” The grants approved allocate: $900,000 for the Philadelphia City Treasurer Managing Directors Office to be used in the rehabilitation and further development of Kingsessing Recreation Center in Philadelphia. Work will include construction of pedestrian walkways, synthetic turf multi-sport fields and stormwater management measures; installation of Read more

 

Policy Hearing: Healthy Parks and Open Spaces

(Aug 15, 2022)

Ideas to support and grow local parks and other open spaces took center stage during a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing Monday afternoon in Philadelphia. Read more

 

Legislators applaud budget’s investment in housing

(Jul 08, 2022)

"Housing is a human right,” Krajewski said. “Having the Whole Home Repairs funding included in the state budget is a huge step in ensuring that all Pennsylvanians have a safe, secure place to call home. This is transformative change that protects our communities from environmental wear and profit-driven overdevelopment." Read more

 

Krajewski speaks out against Krasner Impeachment efforts

(Jun 30, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Rick Krajewski doesn’t think the legislative majority should be introducing measures that undermine the will of Philadelphia voters to elect their own District Attorney. He believes that we need to solve gun violence by passing stronger gun laws and passing a budget that robustly funds our public institutions – our schools, our parks, our recreation centers, and homes. Read more

 

Housing is a Human Right

(May 24, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Rick Krajewski is working to allow whole home repairs to invest in existing housing supplies and alleviate pressure on the housing crisis. According to Krajewski, housing is a human right. Many long-term residents, especially seniors, are facing historic financial hardships, and the legislature must take action to prevent dangerous living conditions, displacement of seniors, low income families, and people of color. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Substance use disorder, violence prevention, and suicide prevention funding opportunities

(May 13, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Eligible practitioners with the capacity to provide SUD treatment or SCA-funded case management services at approved practice site(s) and can demonstrate a minimum of two prior years of experience in the SUD field as well as a service commitment of two additional years. Use : To support the supply, distribution and retention of individuals delivering SUD treatment and SCA funded case management services. Funds : Varies by award. Application Deadline : May 26, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.ddap.pa.gov/Documents/Funding%20documents/GIFA%2022-02%20LoanRepayment_applicationguidance.pdf . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Enhancing Services to Culturally Specific Populations Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : A nonprofit organization for which the primary purpose of the organization as a whole is to provide culturally specific services to one or more of the following racial and ethnic communities: 1) American Indians (including Alaska Natives, Eskimos, and Aleuts); 2) Asian Americans; 3) Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; 4) Blacks; and 5) Hispanics. Use : To establish, expand, or Read more

 

PHMC Cedar Campus receives state funding for renovations

(Apr 22, 2022)

HARRISBURG, April 22 – State grant funding for $1.75 million will help improve the PHMC Public Health Campus on Cedar in Philadelphia, state Rep. Rick Krajewski, D-Phila., said today. The Public Health Management Corporation was awarded $1.75 million in state funding to create a new Public Health Campus and for renovating the former hospital. “Neighborhoods we can be proud of start with investments we can be proud of, and we are certainly happy that the administration came through for our community with this award,” Krajewski said. “When Philly and the state work together, amazing projects like this can come to life.” Specifically, this project funding will help fund major electrical and plumbing upgrades, new lighting and ceilings, wall coverings, landscaping, facade upgrades, and the creation of new office suites and conference rooms. The building also requires a new roof, windows and substantial mechanical improvements. Exterior improvements include new entryways, renovations to the parking lot and sidewalks, and ADA compliance work. The funding, through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, supports critical expansion projects, provide opportunities for job creation and employment training, and community development and revitalization. Read more

 

Krajewski, Fiedler call for funding parks, recreation centers in PA

(Apr 14, 2022)

HARRISBURG, April 14 – State Reps. Rick Krajewski and Elizabeth Fiedler introduced the Pennsylvania Recreational Infrastructure Revitalization Act this week. The bill, which is in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives awaiting a vote, would allocate $500 million from American Rescue Plan funds to repair and invest in parks and recreational spaces throughout the state. Krajewski and Fiedler said that they believe that this funding is important to improve community safety and well-being. “The young people and community of West and Southwest Philadelphia deserve a park and recreation center where they can safely play, recreate, meet, learn and have fun,” Krajewski said. “With gun violence ravaging our communities, we need to invest in our public spaces to allow at-risk youth to enjoy community and leisure.” During the pandemic, the usage of parks and recreational spaces increased by 20%. Parks and recreation centers are valuable public resources that provide opportunities for children, youth and families to play and recreate. Research finds that well-designed and -maintained urban parks can reduce gun violence, improve safety, and keep residents healthier, while poorly designed and maintained parks lead to more crime, according to the bill’s co-sponsorship memo. “Parks are a valuable part of our communities. It gives people a place to be outside, exercise and socialize,” Fiedler said. “As the usage of parks Read more

 

House and Senate Lawmakers Announce Relief Plan for Rental Assistance Fund

(Feb 22, 2022)

HARRISBURG , Feb. 16 -- Lawmakers from the state House and Senate held a news conference today to outline plans to restore Pennsylvania’s depleted Emergency Rental Assistance Program and help thousands whose incomes were affected by the pandemic. State Senators Vincent Hughes, Art Haywood and Nikil Saval, along with Reps. Elizabeth Fiedler, Rick Krajewski and Sara Innamorato, were joined by housing experts from the state’s largest counties to discuss their legislation that will direct $500 million into ERAP to provide relief for tens of thousands of renters and landlords whose applications were stalled when their counties ran out of funds. “President Biden, Vice President Harris and Congressional Democrats made providing rental assistance to low- and middle- income families a top priority through two COVID-related bills; unfortunately, the need for assistance has far outpaced available funds,” said Hughes, Democratic Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “Our proposal is tailored to get additional resources to those communities where the need is greatest and there is the greatest number of applications without funding.” Philadelphia shut down applications for ERAP in the first week of January, estimating that more than 50,000 applications were still pending when funding ran out. Berks County shut down their program in 2021. Allegheny County is expecting to run out of funds with 30,000 Read more

 

2022-23 Budget Letter

(Feb 11, 2022)

The pandemic has laid bare the crucial role that schools, homes, and parks and recreation centers have played in ensuring residents’ mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Investing in these facilities and spaces is an investment into the survival and long-term health of the people in this Commonwealth as we fight through a third year of a global pandemic and a rapidly changing climate. Read more

 

Winter 2022 Newsletter

(Feb 10, 2022)

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Judging justice: The mechanics of criminal sentencing

(Jan 20, 2022)

The House Democratic Policy Committee's Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People explored the current state of sentencing, the human consequences, and steps the state legislature could take to bring about change and needed services, while taking real steps to keep communities safe. Read more

 

Fiedler, Innamorato and Krajewski introduce legislation to keep Pennsylvanians in their homes

(Jan 14, 2022)

Philadelphia, Jan. 14 – State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., announced today that, with colleagues Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, and Rep. Rick Krajewski, D-Phila., she is introducing legislation to allocate $500 million in federal funds to keep people across the state in their homes. The legislation would invest $500 million in American Rescue Plan dollars to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Thus far, 179,915 applications have been received across the commonwealth, but the need has far exceeded the existing ERAP funding. Fiedler said that by distributing $500 million in ARP dollars to counties whose funds have been exhausted, these Pennsylvanians can get the help they need. This is a companion bill to legislation being introduced by Sen. Vincent Hughes and Sen. Nikil Saval, both D-Phil., and Sen. Art Haywood, D-Philadelphia/Montgomery . In many counties, including Philadelphia, Delaware and Berks, more applications have been received than funding is available. The lawmakers said this funding shortfall has a very human cost: leaving people who rent unable to pay their bills and vulnerable to becoming homeless during the pandemic. Fiedler said, “Funding the Emergency Rental Assistance Program is a good investment in public health and in the people of Pennsylvania. Investing this money in rent assistance will help ensure people who pay rent, and their children, can stay in their homes.” Read more

 

Krajewski announces $60,000 grant for Kingsessing Library

(Jan 12, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Rick Krajewski, D-Phila., announced today that the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has awarded Kingsessing Library $60,000 for improvements. “Kingsessing Library is a hub of resources in our community, and I am excited to see $60,000 in grant funding coming back to my district to help Kingsessing Library with costs for improvements that will benefit all the neighbors in the Kingsessing neighborhood,” Krajewski said. Kingsessing Library plans to use the funds to cover the costs of furniture, equipment and other physical improvements to its facility. “The Kingsessing Library is overjoyed to receive this grant, thanks to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and our state representative, Rick Krajewski," said Ben Remsen, library manager for the adult/teen section. "These funds will allow us to replace outdated furniture to make the library more warm and welcoming and allow us to update the technology to help us close the digital divide, which is a major issue in the Kingsessing community." Read more

 

Krajewski announces $2.9 million in redevelopment funding for three projects in his district

(Dec 07, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – State Rep. Rick Krajewski, D-Phila., announced today that three projects in his district have been awarded a combined $2,917,713 for redevelopment projects. “Redevelopment grants pay dividends beyond the actual award amount because they contribute to the creation of jobs and the betterment of facilities and programs in our community, which our residents will benefit from long after the projects are completed,” Krajewski said. “I’m glad to see this funding returning to my district, and I’m excited to see the projects they will support continue toward completion.” The three projects in Krajewski’s district that have been awarded funding are: $250,000 for The Woodlands to make improvements to the entrance, including installing a crosswalk connecting the front gates to the trolley portal, restoring the front entry gatehouses, and improving site lighting and entry/road improvements; and improvements to the Stable building will be transformed into a welcoming hub for visitors to the site, allowing for increased programming, including visitor orientation, education and meeting space, and rental and event space. Additional renovations include roof demolition, carpentry and installation of new metal roof, systems installation including fire protection, plumbing, HVAC and electrical. $667,713 for the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia to improve ADA accessibility through renovation in three Read more

 

Krajewski announces $25K awarded to Kingsessing Recreation Center to install new, safe playground equipment

(Nov 23, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 23 – State Rep. Rick Krajewski, D-Phila., announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded a $25,000 Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program grant to Kingsessing Recreation Center to replace outdated, unsafe playground equipment. “I’m thrilled to see this funding returning to our district to benefit the children at Kingsessing Recreation Center,” Krajewski said. “This will make the playground safer for the children who use the equipment, and investments in our children are investments in our future.” The funding for the grant comes from Act 13 of 2012, which established the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects using the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. The program allows funds to be used for projects which involve development, rehabilitation and improvements to public parks, recreation areas, greenways, trails and river conservation. Contact Krajewski’s office at 215-724-2227 for more information about the grant. Read more

 

Krajewski: Holding Polluters Accountable
Sep 21, 2022

Climate Caucus members call on the legislature to act during Climate Action Week
Sep 20, 2022

Krajewski responds to unconstitutional attacks on Phila. DA Larry Krasner
Sep 15, 2022

Summer 2022 Newsletter
Sep 12, 2022

Krajewski announces $1.1M for recreation and community revitalization projects
Sep 08, 2022

Policy Hearing: Healthy Parks and Open Spaces
Aug 15, 2022

Legislators applaud budget’s investment in housing
Jul 08, 2022

Krajewski speaks out against Krasner Impeachment efforts
Jun 30, 2022

Housing is a Human Right
May 24, 2022

Now open for applications: Substance use disorder, violence prevention, and suicide prevention funding opportunities
May 13, 2022

PHMC Cedar Campus receives state funding for renovations
Apr 22, 2022

Krajewski, Fiedler call for funding parks, recreation centers in PA
Apr 14, 2022

House and Senate Lawmakers Announce Relief Plan for Rental Assistance Fund
Feb 22, 2022

2022-23 Budget Letter
Feb 11, 2022

Winter 2022 Newsletter
Feb 10, 2022

Judging justice: The mechanics of criminal sentencing
Jan 20, 2022

Fiedler, Innamorato and Krajewski introduce legislation to keep Pennsylvanians in their homes
Jan 14, 2022

Krajewski announces $60,000 grant for Kingsessing Library
Jan 12, 2022

Krajewski announces $2.9 million in redevelopment funding for three projects in his district
Dec 07, 2021

Krajewski announces $25K awarded to Kingsessing Recreation Center to install new, safe playground equipment
Nov 23, 2021