HARRISBURG, Sept. 12 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, chair of the Southeastern PA Democratic Delegation, announced today that critical Delaware County initiatives to reduce gun violence and provide aid to victims of abuse were awarded $623,963 in state funds by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. “When the state invests in programs that work directly with people, they help lift up not just individuals, but the communities in which they live,” said Davidson, D-Delaware. She said that the grants will expand a gun violence initiative and protect victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child sexual abuse and senior abuse. The grants were approved by PCCD at its meeting Wednesday. The following grant was funded with money from the Gun Violence Reduction Initiative through PCCD: Delaware County District Attorney's Office, for its gun violence initiative: $250,000. The following grants were funded with money from Pennsylvania’s Victims of Crime Act through PCCD: Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County Inc., for services for victims of domestic violence: $95,795. Family Support Line of Delaware County Inc., for child sexual abuse treatment: $60,314. Delaware Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania Legal Services, for sexual abuse victims: $228,321. CASA Youth Advocates Inc. for child victim advocacy: $71,422. Delaware County for senior victim services: $18,111. Read more
NEW CASTLE, Sept. 12 – Two state grants totaling $140,828 will fund Lawrence County programs to help abused children and residents victimized by domestic violence, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. Sainato said the grants – administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency – will fund programs that can make a critical difference to residents whose lives have been shattered by violence and abuse. “The programs funded by these grants provide essential services such as medical care, intervention, counseling and advocacy for children who have been abused and residents who have been traumatized by domestic violence,” Sainato said. “When someone in our community falls prey to violence or abuse, the impact extends far beyond the immediate victim. Everyone – children, parents, grandparents – even future generations – can feel the effects. “The funding awarded by PCCD will provide services that allow those traumatized by violence or abuse to heal. It will allow adults to return to productive lives in the community, and it will give children who have been abused the protection they need, and importantly, a chance at a new future. In the end, our entire community grows stronger.” Sainato said the grants include $70,414 each to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lawrence County and the Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County. Both grants are funded under the Victims’ Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 12 – A state grant of $88,884 to the Women’s Center of Beaver County will help the agency provide support and services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. The grant is administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and is funded under the Victims’ Service Advisory Committee 2019-20 Victims of Crime Act. “When members of our community are traumatized by domestic violence, abuse or assault, our entire community feels the effects,” Matzie said. “Domestic violence is insidious. In addition to traumatizing its victim, it can take away parents, shatter the lives of children and even leave an imprint on generations to come. That’s why I’m so glad we were successful in our efforts to secure this funding. We’re restoring and empowering those who were victims, and in the process, we’re strengthening our entire community.” Matzie said the center provides a wide range of essential services, including crisis intervention, emergency shelter, counseling, legal and medical advocacy, prevention education and other resources. PCCD provides planning, coordination and technical assistance to the state’s criminal justice system and serves as a clearinghouse for state and federal grants to support criminal and juvenile justice efforts. Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 12 – State grants totaling $376,741 will bolster Erie programs aimed at reducing gun violence and supporting victims of domestic violence and abuse, state Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, all D-Erie, announced today. The funding – administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency – includes three grants totaling nearly $127,000 under the Victims of Crime Act and one grant of nearly $250,000 under the 2019/20 Gun Violence Reduction Initiative. “In addition to helping victims of domestic violence and abuse rebuild their lives, this funding will benefit our entire community by reducing gun violence and the shadow of fear it casts,” Bizzarro said. “The Gun Violence Reduction Initiative being funded is based on a deterrence model that has proven successful by targeting high-risk individuals and groups through direct communication, enforcement and outreach. I’m hopeful that we’ll see meaningful results in Erie.” Harkins added that the funding will also make a difference for those victimized by domestic violence or abuse. “More than anything, innocent residents whose lives have been shattered by domestic violence or abuse need to feel safe and free from the ongoing threat of violence,” Harkins said. “The PCCD funding will go toward programs that help victims free themselves from the specter of ongoing violence or abuse by obtaining protective Read more
SCRANTON, Sept. 12 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, announced today that two Lackawanna County outreach organizations have received $280,801 in Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency funding. Flynn said the following agencies were awarded the grant funding: $182,869 - Women’s Resources Center, Inc. $104,832 - Employment Opportunity and Training Center of Northeast Pa. The Reconnect Program “ It’s important that these outreach centers be adequately funded to serve our most underserved citizens in my district,” Flynn said. The grants will give qualifying people the chance to be trained for employment and provide disadvantaged women the chance to receive guidance and training in order to lead productive lives. Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 12 – The Cambria County Child Advocacy Center will receive a $24,985 grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to assist in its efforts to help child victims of abuse, state Rep. Frank Burns announced today. Burns, D-Cambria, said the Victims of Crime Act funding from PCCD will fund the continuation of the center’s multidisciplinary team coordinator, who facilitates the center’s response to child victims of abuse. The funds will also be used to update the center’s forensic interview recording equipment and to continue providing timely and appropriate victim services. "These victim service providers play an invaluable role in helping these young victims heal and receive the vital services they need and deserve,” Burns said. “I strongly support investments like these in our community that will help children heal in the aftermath of crime.” PCCD provides planning, coordination and technical assistance to the state’s criminal justice system and serves as a clearinghouse for state and federal grants to support criminal and juvenile justice efforts, including supporting victims of crime. Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 12 – Approximately $365,000 in state grants have been awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to entities in Armstrong, Indiana and Westmoreland counties to help victims of crime and support one county’s drug court, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced today. The following victim service providers received Victims of Crime Act funding from PCCD at its recent quarterly commission meeting: Armstrong County: Helping All Victims in Need - $25,000. Indiana County: Alice Paul House - $25,042. Indiana County: The Care Center of Indiana County - $24,815. Westmoreland County: Blackburn Center - $239,571. In addition, Westmoreland County received $50,712 in federal funds from PCCD to support its drug court. Drug courts –one of several problem-solving courts in Pennsylvania – work via a partnership with prosecutors, public defenders and other criminal justice system personnel with offenders who have successfully completed drug treatment programs and abstained from the behaviors that had originally led them into the criminal justice system. “As a commission member, I fully support these investments in our communities to help our local victim service organizations provide services to help victims heal in the aftermath of crime,” Petrarca said. “I’m also pleased to support evidence-based criminal justice efforts – like drug courts – which have been Read more
I-95 South Ramp to Bridge Street FULL RAMP CLOSURE from May 1 - Indefinitely, due to water main break. DETOUR POSTED. U.S. 1 N & S (City Avenue) LANE CLOSURE between Route 23 (Conshohocken State Road) and Monument Road. Weeknights from August 12 - December 31 from 7 PM - 3:30 AM, due to Utility Work. I-95 N (Girard Point Bridg e) RIGHT LANE CLOSURE between SR 291 to I-76 (Exit 13) and Broad Street (Exit 17) interchanges from September 4 - September 14 from 9 AM - 3 PM, due to bridge inspection. I-95 N (Delaware Expressway) TWO LEFT LANE CLOSURES between mile marker 31 to 33 from September 9 – September 20 from 9 AM - 5 PM, due to road work. I-76 E FULL CLOSURE between 30th Street and South Street from September 13 - September 16, due to bridge removal and repairs. I-76 E FULL CLOSURE on Walnut street on ramp to SR76 Eastbound from September 13 – September 16 from 9 PM – 5 AM, due to bridge removal and repairs. I-95 N & S MOVING OPERATIONS between Bleigh Avenue and Route 63 (Woodland Avenue) on September 16 from 10 PM - 5 AM, due to pipeline inspection. U.S. 1 N & S (Roosevelt Boulevard) MOVING OPERATIONS between Bleigh Avenue and St. Vincent's Street on September 16 from 10 PM - 5 AM, due to pipeline inspection. U.S. 1 N & S (Roosevelt Boulevard) MOVING OPERATIONS between Ridge Avenue and Roberts Avenue on September 16 from 10 PM - 5 AM, due to pipeline inspection. U.S. 1 N & S (Roosevelt Read more
DOYLESTOWN, Sept. 12 – State Rep. Wendy Ullman announced today that the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency awarded $1.2 million in state grants to Bucks County initiatives serving vulnerable and underserved victims. She said that the grants will expand critical domestic violence services and protect vulnerable populations from elder abuse and financial exploitation. “I want to congratulate these programs because they serve some of the most hurt populations in our community,” said Ullman, D-Bucks. “It’s critical that these programs have sufficient funds to perform their vital work.” The following grants were funded with money from Pennsylvania’s Victims of Crime Act through the PCCD: A Woman’s Place, to deliver services to victims $300,000 Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA), to enhance services to underserved populations $263,253 SeniorLAW Center’s Keeping Elder Victims S.A.F.E., to protect seniors from abuse $648,562 Read more
POTTSTOWN, Sept. 12 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on the economic impact of the arts at the Steel River Playhouse. Ciresi requested the hearing on the arts to learn how to ensure that arts organizations are financially stable, promote attendance and participation in arts programs, and determine what overall work can be done to broaden support for the arts. Ciresi was joined by legislators from across the state. “Today’s hearing was a great example of how we can work together to learn from one another in order to create policy decisions that benefit all Pennsylvanians,” Ciresi said. “With the information we have shared with each other today, we will be able to grow our arts programs and move towards an age of ingenuity, creativity and excitement. The arts lead to higher civic engagement, child welfare, and lower crime and poverty rates. They bring about social awareness and a better understanding of our cultures and the world around us. By introducing our children to the arts, and continuing to stay creative in our older age, we create lasting memories and the foundations for skills that can last a lifetime. In addition, the arts provide for three percent of the nation’s GDP alone, an $800 billion industry. When you consider traveling expenses and local merchants that benefit from strong art programs, the numbers begin to add up quickly economically too.” Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 12 – On Wednesday, state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, plans to introduce legislation that has the potential to earmark more than $100 million for senior citizen property tax relief. DeLuca will roll out his legislation, H.B. 1565, at a news conference at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the Capitol Media Center. Funding for property tax relief would come from taxation on advertisements, DeLuca said, referencing the vast amounts of money spent on advertisements each year. “Advertisements are not taxed, and that’s a giveaway to big business,” DeLuca said. “Why not capture some of the millions of dollars large corporations are paying for ad time and direct that revenue to much-needed relief to our senior citizens?” If enacted into law, DeLuca said the taxing of advertisements could generate an estimated $135 million for senior citizen property tax relief. Read more
In an effort to make roads safer and protect pedestrians and drivers, state Rep. Steve Malagari will soon introduce multiple pieces of legislation to improve roadway safety. He has proposed increasing fines for texting while driving, requiring drivers to stop at crosswalks when pedestrians are waiting to cross a street and allow farmers to grant easements on their land for recreation trails. Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 12 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, today invited seniors to attend a senior fair from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at the White Rose Senior Center, 27 S. Broad St., York, PA 17403. “I’m excited to see our seniors and hear from them how we can best benefit their lives,” Hill-Evans said. “When it comes to our older years, we should be focused on our health and total wellness. With this in mind, I have invited several health and wellness vendors to help provide services, including free health screenings for our older adults. The health and safety of our seniors always comes first.” This senior fair event includes: Free health screenings. Free door prize giveaways. Free health information from vendors. An array of companies and organizations participating. For more information, call Hill-Evans' office at 717-848-9595. Media coverage is invited. ### Read more
“We must get to the point where people who need medicine are able to purchase that medicine without the fear of going broke. The gouging of prices for life-saving drugs needs to be curbed, which is why I’m introducing legislation to cap insulin prices.” Read more
RADNOR, Sept. 11 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, and Delco Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 27 President John Fitzgerald and Detective John Santoliquito presented the Radnor Township Police Department with a $40,000 check at the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night. O’Mara said the funding comes from grants administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency , acting on recommendations by various advisory committees. The Radnor police department was selected as a grant recipient so it can purchase body cameras. “I’m extremely grateful that Radnor police department was selected to receive these funds,” O’Mara said. “I have watched them work through many serious incidents and tragedies this year with great integrity and professionalism, all while maintaining an active presence in the community. I know these body cameras will only reinforce the trust between the officers and the residents they protect. I congratulate them for securing these funds and thank them for everything they do for us.” Click here to see photos of the check presentation. Read more
WEST CHESTER, Sept. 11 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, will host her annual senior expo this Saturday at West Chester East High School. The expo is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon and will feature over 50 vendors providing information on health and wellness, state and local resources that benefit seniors, transportation and more. Attendees will also have multiple chances to win a door prize, with one being raffled off every hour. “My senior expo is a valuable, one-stop-shop type of event for not only seniors, but also caregivers and the family members and friends of seniors,” Comitta said. “There are many resources out there dedicated to helping seniors lead healthy and productive lives, and I’m happy to introduce my constituents to them and answer any questions they may have.” This event is free and open to the public. Please contact Comitta’s office at 610-696-4990 or email email@example.com with any questions. Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 11 – State Rep. Pat Harkins, D-Erie, joined union leaders, legislators and workers’ rights advocates at Philadelphia’s City Hall today to rally on behalf of his legislation that would guarantee Pennsylvania’s public employees the same workplace safety protections afforded private sector workers. Harkins’ H.B. 1082 – the Jake Schwab Worker Safety Bill – would provide a state safety plan to protect Pennsylvania’s 570,000 public sector workers, who, unlike their counterparts in private industry, are not covered by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act. The bill is named for the 48-year-old Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority worker who died after equipment he was using malfunctioned. “It’s hard to fathom that our state’s public employees – including front-line rescue workers who willingly put themselves in harm’s way to protect the rest of us in an emergency – are denied the same basic safety protections afforded private sector employees because Pennsylvania has yet to pass a workplace safety law protecting them,” Harkins said. “Jake Schwab should have gone home to his wife that evening. Instead, he has become a symbol in the fight for equal protection for public workers.” Harkins has been fighting to bring equal safety protections to the state’s public workers for nearly five years. He first introduced the bill the year after Jake Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 10 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., chairman of the Philadelphia Delegation in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, has issued the following statement in response to news that Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery executives were given $4.6 million in bonuses before declaring bankruptcy: “The decisionmakers at PES were closing the refinery and preparing to lay off most of the 1,100 employees, while simultaneously paying out millions in bonuses to just eight individuals. It is absolutely disgusting that these executives would lay off their employees without severance pay and health benefits, while stuffing their own pockets. “At a time when we are fighting so hard to eradicate poverty in Philadelphia, it is disappointing to see a company act so heartless towards its employees. These families will be losing vital income and be at risk of facing astronomical costs should they need medical care without health insurance. “The economic impact of this closure will be felt in Philadelphia for some time, but the added insult of paying out bonuses to key officials while the fire was still burning really highlights how unfairly the employees have been treated in this process. “It shows me that there were never plans to fight for the hardworking people who kept that facility running day in and out.” Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 10 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, recently announced a $40,000 grant for the Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center in Limerick. Funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, this Career and Technical Education (CTE) Supplemental Equipment Purchase grant will boost job readiness and training. “I has been my privilege to serve the students of my district by helping them obtain this grant,” Ciresi said. “This money will go towards creating a job training program specifically designed for single mothers to land an entry level job in an auto shop, on top of transporting high school students to co-op jobs for hands-on learning and experience. With these jobs in high demand, we can ensure that we are filling these positions and getting more people to work. I am looking forward to continuing my work with WMCTC to make sure it remains a leader in providing technical skills and opportunities.” For more information about this grant, call Ciresi’s office at 484-200-8265. ### Attention Editors: Photos can be found here . Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 10 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus today held a joint hearing with the House Democratic Policy Committee on youth perspective on criminal justice. The PLBC requested the hearing to give youth an opportunity to express their views on the current criminal justice system. “I am grateful to the young people who were present for today’s hearing, as we are working to make changes to our society, including our criminal justice system, so that they will grow up in a better, more just world,” Kinsey said. “We know our system is flawed and unfair but hearing from the experts who testified today gave us invaluable information and insight that can be used to make much-needed improvements. I hope our young people know, after attending this hearing, that their voices are valued.” “Criminal Justice Reform is one of the important Civil Rights issues of our time,” Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., said. “Additionally, many of our young people are affected by it as participants themselves or as a family member of a participant. It’s important to hear their voice as we continue to address this important issue.” The Philadelphia Community Youth Court sits in Harris’ district and is located at the Universal Institute Charter School, where the hearing took place. They were joined by state legislators from across Read more
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