"Seniors are active and vital members of the community, and I am excited about presenting many opportunities to stay or become engaged with the community in which we live, work and play." Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 30 – State Rep. Donna Bullock was joined today by Sen. Sharif Street, former Sen. Shirley Kitchen and local ward leaders to rename a portion of 29th Street, between Master Street and Thompson Street, as the Frank L. Oliver Memorial Highway. “Frank was a pioneer and staple of this community. During his time as state representative, he played an active role as an advocate for minority hiring and inclusion, affordable housing and criminal justice reform,” Bullock said. “His inspirational fight to protect our most vulnerable populations ended in much-needed laws being passed.” The designation came to light after a bill was enacted ( S.B. 1156 ) that included Bullock’s amendment for the renaming. “With the designation of 29th Street as the Frank L. Oliver Memorial Highway, we honor Frank’s contributions and remind everyone of his hard work and dedication to the people of Philadelphia,” Bullock said. Frank L. Oliver represented the 195th Legislative District from 1973 to 2010 and retired as the most senior African-American elected official in the commonwealth and the longest-serving member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly with 37 years of service. During his tenure in the state legislature, he introduced legislation that enhanced First Amendment freedoms and benefits for women and minority civil service employees. Read more
ERIE, Aug. 30 – Fifty-two students in the Erie City School District will benefit from $18,605 in funding serving homeless children and displaced youth. The money comes from a federally funded program created to assist local educational agencies serving homeless children and youth displaced by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, or the 2017 California wildfires. “This funding is great news for students in our district whose families are facing extremely difficult circumstances that have disrupted their lives,” Harkins said. “As legislators, we want to do everything in our power to make sure all kids in Erie city schools have an equal chance to learn.” Merski agreed, noting, “As a former teacher, I’ve seen how difficult it can be for kids to learn and achieve when they’re facing homelessness or poverty. This funding should bring a measure of hope and peace of mind to these students that will reduce their stress and uncertainty and allow them to get back to the business of learning and thriving.” Grants were awarded to 17 school districts throughout Pennsylvania with displaced students ranging from 28 to 495 children. Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 30 – State Rep. Christopher Rabb, D-Phila., introduced legislation that would establish a reparations plan to combat systemic racism impacting Pennsylvanians of African descent on the 400 th anniversary of enslaved Africans arriving to Virginia in 1619. “For many other disenfranchised groups, the United States government has provided reparations and our commonwealth must follow suit,” Rabb said. “I am proud to introduce this bill for our commonwealth to atone for its role in this heinous institution that has resulted in generations of systemic racism bolstered by public policy and culture practice statewide.” Rabb said that slavery in Pennsylvania has been documented as early as 1639, with Philadelphia becoming the region’s largest port for importing enslaved Africans. “Many of the colonists who settled Pennsylvania tolerated slavery, including William Penn who owned 12 enslaved people. These people were responsible for building his colonial estate, Pennsbury Manor. Additionally, despite the Gradual Emancipation Act, passed in 1780, no enslaved person was ever emancipated, with many living and dying in bondage,” Rabb said. “Pennsylvania has always been a willing enabler of the subjugation of an entire race of people and this subjugation has been maintained statewide through institutional racism.” The bill outlines a state-based reparations plan that would have four parts: A formal Read more
LEVITTOWN, Aug. 29 – State Rep. Tina Davis will host her ninth annual Senior Expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 5 at Bristol Township Senior Center. Due to construction, Davis is asking attendees to park at St. Mary Church, 2026 Bath Road, Bristol, PA 19007, where a shuttle will take them to the Expo. “This free and fun event provides older adults with the opportunity to easily get information about the array of services and programs available for them,” said Davis, D-Bucks. Davis and her staff will join representatives from state and local agencies offering information geared toward older adults. The Bristol Township Police will also be on site to collect unused prescription drugs for proper disposal. Call Davis’ office at 267-580-2660 for more information. Read more
Reading School District was awarded $164,223, while I-Lead Charter School in Reading was awarded $10,018 through the Assistance of Homeless Children & Youth Hurricane Education Recovery grants. Read more
I-95 South Ramp to Bridge Street FULL RAMP CLOSURE from May 1-Indefintely 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. Route 63 (Woodhaven Road) LANE AND SHOULDER CLOSURES between I-95 and U.S. 1 (Roosevelt Expressway) from August 25 – September 6 from 9 PM - 5 AM, due to Guide Rail Repair. I-95 N & S LANE AND SHOULDER CLOSURES between 26th Street and Grant Avenue from August 25 – September 6 from 9 PM - 5 AM, due to Guide Rail Repair. I-76 W RIGHT LANE CLOSURE between South Street to Vine Street Expressway interchanges from September 3 – September 6 from 9 PM - 5 AM, due to Bridge Painting. I-95 N RIGHT LANE CLOSURES between Island Avenue and I-76 on September 5 from 9 PM - 5 AM, due to Sign Structure Repair. Old Skippack Road; Lower Salford Township PERMANENT SOUTHBOUND CLOSURE for 250 feet from Salfordville Road intersection. Drivers will be permanently directed around from April 24 – Indefinitely, due to Concrete Island Construction. Johnson Highway; East Norriton Township FULL CLOSURE between North Hills Drive and Rahway Avenue from May 13 - October 1, due to bridge replacement. DETOUR POSTED. North Lane Road; Whitemarsh Township Road Closure between Hector Street and Butler Pike from May 20 – October 15 from 9 AM - 3 Read more
State Reps. Ed Gainey, and Jake Wheatley, both D-Allegheny, are partnering with Brandon Flood, secretary of the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, to provide education and tips to people in the community who may be seeking a pardon. Read more
KING OF PRUSSIA, Aug. 30 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, and Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on gun safety reform legislation. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s Eastern Regional Office, 251 Flint Hill Road, King of Prussia PA. The media and the public are invited to attend. After Gov. Tom Wolf called for urgent action on specific bills to address gun violence, Briggs requested the hearing to discuss the following legislation: H.B 525, to require the safe storage of firearms from children; H.B. 673, to require universal background checks; and H.B. 1288, to require the reporting of lost or stolen firearms. He will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The agenda includes speakers from the law enforcement and the medical and social services communities. Testifiers will include U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-PA; Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele; Montgomery County Sheriff Sean Kilkenny; Dr. Steven Shapiro, chair of pediatrics at Abington-Jefferson Health; Dr. Zoe Maher, assistant professor of surgery at Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine; and Deb Shoemaker, executive director of the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society. The meeting is one in a series held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, Read more
STATE COLLEGE, Aug. 29 – $75,000 in state grants will help to fun significant improvements at the University Park Airport in Centre County, state Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, announced today. These funds, which will be used to joint seal the runway, originate from the state Transportation Department’s Aviation Transportation Assistance Program, the Aviation Development Program and the Multimodal Fund. University Park Airport is among 29 airports across the state that will receive more than $13 million in state grants. “This grant means we can continue to support jobs and other investments tied to the University Park Airport, including future economic development and growth opportunities,” Conklin said. “These grants also ensure our airports operate safely and attract more customers.” As of April 2019, Pennsylvania ranks 13 th nationwide in the total number of public-use aviation facilities, with 127 airports, heliports and seaplane bases. Read more
ERIE, Aug. 29 – A state grant of $168,750 will enable Erie International Airport to purchase additional vehicles and equipment needed for operations and maintenance, state Reps. Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, both D-Erie, announced today. The legislators noted the funding – which follows last year’s grant of $1.7 million for major renovations to the terminal building – is an important investment for the entire area. “Our airport has played – and continues to play – such an important role in our local economy, dating back to its roots early last century, when it became one of the nation’s first airports to be licensed for commercial operations,” Harkins said. “Today, it’s a thriving hub, supporting businesses, sustaining thousands of jobs, and connecting travelers with the rest of the state and the world. Investments that keep it running smoothly benefit the entire region.” Merski agreed, saying, “I’m delighted Erie International is receiving this grant, which will bolster efficient operations and enable better maintenance to the field’s turfed and paved areas. Travelers to and from our region deserve the safest, smoothest experience possible, and this funding will provide the resources needed to ensure that happens.” The funding is part of a package of grants to 29 airports statewide totaling $13.7 million and funded through the state Transportation Department's Read more
ERIE, Aug. 29 – A state grant of $168,750 will enable Erie International Airport to purchase additional vehicles and equipment needed for operations and maintenance, state Reps. Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, both D-Erie, announced today. The legislators noted the funding – which follows last year’s grant of $1.7 million for major renovations to the terminal building – is an important investment for the entire area. “Our airport has played – and continues to play – such an important role in our local economy, dating back to its roots early last century, when it became one of the nation’s first airports to be licensed for commercial operations,” Harkins said. “Today, it’s a thriving hub, supporting businesses, sustaining thousands of jobs, and connecting travelers with the rest of the state and the world. Investments that keep it running smoothly benefit the entire region.” Merski agreed, saying, “I’m delighted Erie International is receiving this grant, which will bolster efficient operations and enable better maintenance to the field’s turfed and paved areas. Travelers to and from our region deserve the safest, smoothest experience possible, and this funding will provide the resources needed to ensure that happens.” The funding is part of a package of grants to 29 airports statewide totaling $13.7 million and funded through the state Transportation Department's Aviation Read more
MUNHALL, Aug. 29 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee meeting at the Munhall Borough Building. Davis requested the hearing to discuss the state’s minimum wage, which remains lower than Pennsylvania's neighboring states of West Virginia, Maryland, New York, Delaware and New Jersey. “I wanted to make raising the state’s minimum wage a priority and keep it at the forefront of my colleague's minds,” Davis said. “Most importantly, though, I wanted to discuss how the Commonwealth would benefit from raising the minimum wage to match the current cost of living. “Today was constructive. We talked in-depth about how raising the minimum wage can empower working families, as well as create ladders of opportunity for them. We also heard from a number of panelists who concurred that it’s time to give working families a raise,” Davis said. The committee heard testimony from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry; Darrin Kelly, president, Allegheny/Fayette Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO; Diana Polson, policy analyst, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center; Bobbi Linskens, member, Restaurant Opportunities Center; James Conway, member, Restaurant Opportunities Center; Jeff Shook, associate professor, University of Pittsburgh of Social Work; LaSain Latimore, member, One PA; Jennifer Rafanan Kenney, acting executive director, Pittsburgh United; Dawn Plummer, Read more
“Investing in infrastructure is critical to our community’s economic revitalization,” Williams said. “My thanks to Governor Wolf and PennDOT for this grant to improve Chester County Airport and for committing to our commonwealth’s growth and restoration for all Pennsylvanians. These funds will help the airport complete expansions and improvements that fuel economic development in the area.” Read more
EXTON, Aug. 28 – Rep. Danielle Friel Otten was joined by more than 220 members of the public in submitting a letter to the Public Utility Commission today outlining recommendations for pipeline safety regulations. The unified statement, drafted with help from community members and signed by constituents and other Pennsylvanians, was submitted in response to the Commission’s request for public comment on proposed rulemaking regarding hazardous liquid public utility safety standards. Otten and her staff worked with constituents impacted by Mariner East pipeline construction to write the letter, which contains specific recommendations for regulations surrounding all aspects of pipeline safety, including construction methods, leak detection, public notification, liability and property rights-of-way. Maggie Quinn and Rebecca Britton of Uwchlan Safety Coalition led the efforts on the community side. “Our constituents have lived with and experienced these pipelines and the shortcomings of current regulations,” Otten said. “They shared their experiences with various aspects of pipeline construction and operation and helped us identify, research, and cite these recommendations to create a list that encompasses the most pressing concerns of Pennsylvanians impacted by pipelines.” By working with the community to create a collaborative response to the PUC, Otten hoped to make it easier for community members who want to provide public comment Read more
A state grant for $105,000 has been awarded to New Garden Airport to make improvements to the facility, state Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, announced Wednesday. Read more
EBENSBURG, Aug. 28 – Continuing his work to bolster commerce and economic growth in Cambria County, state Rep. Frank Burns today announced a total of $150,000 in state grants to upgrade and enhance the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County airport. Burns, D-Cambria, said the funds will be used toward improvements at the airport’s passenger terminal facility, including energy-efficient components. “Investments to support and create jobs and attract additional economic opportunities in Cambria County are among my top priorities as a legislator,” Burns said. “Making these needed improvements ensures the airport stays competitive and supports current and future jobs in the region.” The airport is among 29 across Pennsylvania that will receive more than $13 million in state investments from the state Department of Transportation’s Aviation Transportation Assistance Program, the Aviation Development Program and the Multimodal Fund. As of April 2019, Pennsylvania ranks 13 th nationwide in the total number of public-use aviation facilities, with 127 airports, heliports and seaplane bases. Read more
ERIE, Aug. 28 – A state grant of $168,750 will ensure that Erie International Airport/Tom Ridge Field continues to operate smoothly and safely, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced today. Bizzarro said the grant will fund the purchase of equipment needed to maintain the airport’s facilities – including the turfed and paved areas – and additional vehicles to support airport operations. “I’m so glad we were successful in our efforts to secure this funding,” Bizzarro said. “Erie International Airport is more than a convenient transportation hub. It sustains hundreds of regional jobs, supports tourism, helps bolster commerce and serves as a connection point to worldwide destinations. Funding to keep it functioning safely and efficiently is one of the most important investments the state can make.” Bizzarro noted that the funding provides an excellent opportunity to build on progress enabled by a $1.7 million grant the airport received last year for a major renovation of the terminal building. The funding is part of a package of grants to 29 airports statewide totaling $13.7 million and funded through the state Transportation Department's Aviation Transportation Assistance Program, Aviation Development Program and the Multimodal Fund. As of April 2019, Pennsylvania ranks 13th in the country in the number of public-use aviation facilities with 127 airports, heliports and seaplane bases. Read more
KING OF PRUSSIA, Aug. 28 – State Rep. Tim Briggs announced that Temple Brith Achim in King of Prussia was awarded a $63,584 grant for security improvements through the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. The grant comes through the Pennsylvania 2019 Nonprofit Security Grant program and will help the synagogue install surveillance cameras and other safety enhancements. “Freedom to express religious beliefs is a fundamental right in our country. Unfortunately, we’ve seen a rise in anti-Semitic violence in the United States and here in Pennsylvania,” said Briggs, D-Montgomery. “Temple Brith Achim is right to take that seriously and assess its security needs. The synagogue is an anchor for our Jewish community, and I was pleased to support its application for this funding.” The Nonprofit Security Grant Program is a federal program administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. Read more
MONROE, Aug. 28 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, is being credited with getting a $150,000 state aviation grant for improvements to the Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport for design replacement of the fuel farm. Madden said the airport serves thousands of travelers and business professionals each year. “I am pleased with this grant funding because it will ensure that our local airport obtains the equipment it needs for safe operation and it’s a huge transportation aviation economic investment that brings thousands of dollars in return to our area, “Madden said. Madden said most airports, such as the Pocono Municipal Airport have their own dedicated oil depots, usually referred to as” fuel farms” where aviation fuel is stored prior to being discharged into aircraft fuel tanks. Fuel is transported from the depot to the aircraft either by road tanker or a hydrant system. As of April 2019, Pennsylvania ranks 13 th in the country in the number of public-use aviation facilities with 127 airports, heliports and seaplane bases. Funded through PennDOT’s Aviation Transportation Assistance Program, Aviation Development Program and the Multimodal Fund, airport grant investments are meant to expand aviation-related operational and economic opportunities statewide. Read more
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