Election Day 2019
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 is Election Day. Polling locations will be open from 7AM and will close at 8PM. For information on where to find your current polling location, please visit the Department of State’s website by clicking here.
My office will be closed on Election Day. We will reopen on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 9AM.
Local Share Agreement Grants Approved for Community Improvement, Revitalization, Public Interest
I am happy to announce that on Thursday October 31, 2019, four organizations received over $550,000 in grant funding for community improvement and revitalization.
The $200,000 grant approved for Fairmount Community Development Corporation will be used for the acquisition and renovation of commercial floor space in Brewerytown, which will become a resource hub for new and small businesses.
Friends of Bok will use a $246,692 grant for infrastructure improvements inside a vacant auditorium on 9th Street. The auditorium was constructed in 1938 as part of the BOK school and has limited functionality. The renovated auditorium will allow this former school that has emerged as a community and business hub to host events that will attract close to 10,000 attendees.
The Pennsylvania Horticulture Society will use a $53,157 grant to renovate the Growing Home Community Garden which serves more than 100 Burmese and Bhutanese refugee families in South Philadelphia.
$59,300 was awarded to Turning Points for Children to complete renovations of the top floor of a building on 15th Street. This facility supports kids that are aging out of the foster care system with no resources or family.
For more information on the grants award and for the official press release, please visit my website.
Topping Off Ceremony at Live Casino in South Philly
On Thursday, October 31, 2019 I attended the Topping Off Ceremony at Live Casino in South Philly. The casino will bring 5,000 jobs to our community (3,000 construction and 2,000 permanent). They folks at Live Casino have made a commitment to partner with our local community, community groups and civic associations, and businesses, including 50% minority owned businesses.
SB 924 – Approved by Judiciary Committee
I am pleased to announce that my bill, SB924, has unanimously passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. This bill would streamline the guardianship process and save families with medically disabled children entering adulthood from a lengthy and costly court process.
Currently, for parents of adult children to remain under guardianship, the parents must be appointed by the court as guardian, the child must be declared “incapacitated” in court on the record, and the family must pay thousands of dollars to complete this court proceeding.
SB924 would streamline this process by allowing the parents or guardian of medically disabled adult children to petition for uncontested guardianship without a hearing. However, all the protections built into the current guardianship process including the right to counsel and right to a hearing are preserved. This entire process could be completed within 20 days of the filing of the petition.
For more information about the approval of SB924 by the Judiciary Committee, please click here.
Hate Crime Legislation Introduced
On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, I joined my colleagues Senator Costa and Representatives Frankel and Gainey to discuss legislation that we have introduced to combat Hate Crimes in Pennsylvania. This package of bills will strengthen our laws and protect our most vulnerable from hate based crime.
My bill would expand protected classes to include actual or perceived ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, intellectual and physical disability.
The Tree of Life Synagogue was targeted because of a hatred towards a community and their faith. In 2019 alone, 21 transgender individuals were murdered simply because they lived as their true selves. Most of them were black trans women.
Violence towards these groups, and any vulnerable group is completely unacceptable, and we must do better in Pennsylvania to combat these crimes.
You can read more about my co-sponsorship memo with Senator Anthony Williams by clicking here or by visiting my website for the full press release.
Southport Auto Terminal and Vehicle Processing Center
On Tuesday, October 29, 2019, I attended the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the opening of the Southport Auto Terminal and Vehicle Processing Center. This $110 Million center is a great investment for our city that will generate economic activity and provide as many as 2,500 family-sustaining jobs. This VPC can fully service 1,000 cars per day.
Supporting the Port of Philadelphia has always been important to me and my constituents, and I’m happy to support this project! Thank you to Governor Wolf, Mayor Kenney, PRPA Chairman Jerry Sweeney, and members of PhilaPort for helping drive the success of the Port! Congrats to Glovis America for being a part of our community and choosing Philadelphia as a place to call home.
South Street Head House District Fall Pumpkin Fest
I had a great time on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at the annual South Street Headhouse District Fall Pumpkin Fest! Lots of activities including the annual Costume Contest. There were so many great costumes, so it was very hard to judge! Thank you to all the neighbors and families that came out to participate.
Redevelopment of John F. Reynolds School
On Friday, October 25, 2019, I was happy to stand with our community and other elected officials as the U.S. EPA Mid-Atlantic Region provided a $300,000 grant for the redevelopment of the John F. Reynolds School into housing for homeless veterans.
On Thursday, October 24, 2019, I was happy to present a $1.1 Million grant to support the creation of Maja Park. The funding was approved through the Commonwealth Greenways Trails Program, and the State’s Multi-Modal Program.
Maja Park will be a place not just for the surrounding neighborhood, but for our entire city to come together.
These types of projects are a great example of how private/public partnerships work. I want to thank Mayor Jim Kenney, Council President Darrell Clarke, Recreation Commissioner Cathryn Ott Lovell, and Ed Johnson from the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, because without their vision and leadership we would not have broken ground on this new park. I would also like to thank AIMCO’s Patty Schwayder and her incredible team. They have been true partners in the planning and creation of a brand-new city park.
Candlelight Vigil for Tree of Life Synagogue Attack
On Thursday, October 24, 2019 I joined our community at the Horwitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza for a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue attack. October marks one year since this terrible anti-Semitic attack took place in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood in Pittsburgh.
LGBTQIA+ Resource Fair
Our LGBTQIA+ Resource Fair on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 was a success! Thank you to everyone who stopped by and to all the vendors for providing services and resources!
SB 790 – I Voted “NO”
On October 22, 2019, I voted NO on PA Senate Bill 790. This bill has the potential to harm the residents of Pennsylvania and the environment by removing reporting requirements and penalties for gas spills, water and air contamination. The bill also removes the requirement for oil and gas producers to provide replacement water to Pennsylvania residents that meets the Safe Drinking Water Act Standards.
For more information and details, please visit my website.
Protect & Elect Educational Forum
On October 18, 2019, I joined Representative Joanna McClinton and CeaseFirePA at the Protect & Elect Educational Forum. Our topic was the state legislative process and the role of citizens in this process. I enjoyed the passion, drive, and engagement from everyone in the room to improve our Commonwealth. Thank you to Representative McClinton for moderating the event.
LIHEAP – NOW OPEN
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now open through April 10, 2020. LIHEAP helps low-income families pay for their heating bills. You do not need to be on public assistance, and you do not have to have unpaid heating bills. To see if you qualify or for more information, feel free to contact my office at 215-952-3121, or visit the PA Department of Human Services website for more information.
2019-2020 Senior Community Center Grants
On behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) is proud to announce a new grant funding opportunity for Pennsylvania’s Senior Community Centers (SCCs) of $2 million to be awarded for the 2019-20 fiscal year.
The grants are intended to provide funding to enhance Pennsylvania’s SCCs by increasing participation and programming, attract a new generation of older adults, and enable SCCs to provide a safe and healthy environment for participants.
The grant application period is NOW OPEN.
All required application materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 15, 2019.
Visit aging.pa.gov to access application submission instructions and required documents.
For questions, please contact the Senior Community Center Grants Program Administrator by email SCCgrants@pa.gov or calling (717) 772-2551.
For more information and details, please also feel free to contact my office at 215-952-3121.
Multimodal Transportation Fund – Applications Now Accepted
PennDOT is now accepting applications for projects under the Multimodal Transportation Fund through November 8, 2019. The fund is designed to enhance Pennsylvania roadways, bridges, transit facilities, park and ride facilities, sidewalk, crosswalk safety improvements, bicycle lanes and route designations. For more information and the link to the application, click here.
PA Farmers Market Nutrition Program
Enjoying fresh, Pennsylvania produce is easier than you think. If you have checks for Pennsylvania’s Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program or have received PA Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks during a recent WIC visit, download the FMNP Market Locator app to find your closest participating market.
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Property Tax/Rent Rebates
Applications for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available for eligible Pennsylvanians to begin claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2018. The deadline to apply for a rebate is June 30, 2019.
For more information and details, please contact my district office at 215-952-3121 or click here.
Best Day Philadelphia: 10th Anniversary – Storytelling Day on November 8, 2019
Join the Best Day of My Life So Far on November 8, 2019 from 10AM-4PM at the Philadelphia Senior Center at 509 S. Broad Street to celebrate 10 years of fighting older adult social isolation and promoting intergenerational engagement. Admission is free. Festivities will include storytelling activities, live readings and video screenings, VIP Lunch and Learn (RSVP Required), and more for all to enjoy.
For more event information and details, click here. For more information about The Best Day of My Life So Far please visit their website.
Winter at Dilworth Park – November 8, 2019 to February 23, 2020
The Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink and the Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin are back for another season of winter fun at Dilworth Park, right outside of City Hall starting November 8, 2019. Festivities will include a Deck the Hall Light Show, the holiday market, Wintergarden, and more.
For more information and details, click here.
Percy Street Project – Community Paint Day: Sunday, November 10th from 10AM-12PM
Come join the Percy Street Project for their Community Paint Day on Sunday, November 10th from 10AM-12PM. The mural alley is located on Percy Street between Reed and 9th Streets.
For more information and to RSVP for the event, please e-mail email@example.com.
Franklin Square Holiday Festival – November 14th through December 31, 2019
Starting on November 14, 2019, Franklin Square kicks off its Holiday Festival Featuring the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show that will run until December 31, 2019. They show will include festival lights, seasonal music, and winter treats daily throughout the holiday season, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is free for all ages to attend with snack and drinks available for purchase.
For more information and details, click here.
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