PHILADELPHIA, September 15, 2020 — Cultural and historic organizations in Pennsylvania’s 1st Senate District will receive more than $5 million in grants to offset the cost of COVID-19 restrictions, state Sen. Larry Farnese announced today. “Philadelphia is the birthplace of the nation and Pennsylvania’s leading tourist destination,” Farnese said. “That tourism is foundational to the […]

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Harrisburg – September 14, 2020 – The Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a virtual public hearing to focus on issues impacting the arts, cultural and historical institutions across Pennsylvania. “COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our lives, and that includes those folks in the arts, and those who work tirelessly to preserve the expansive […]

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PHILADELPHIA, August 13, 2020 –  Low-income housing projects in Pennsylvania’s 1st Senate District have been awarded more than $7 million in tax credits and other state funding, state Sen. Larry Farnese announced today. “These projects range from major construction to modest renovation and community education. They represent the diversity of effort being made in my […]

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Harrisburg – August 3, 2020 – At the request of state Senators Tim Kearney (D-Chester/Delaware), Maria Collett (D-Bucks/Montgomery), Andrew Dinniman (D-Chester) and Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held an online public hearing on strategies for schools to safely reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA − July  20, 2020– Projects in the 1st Senate District have been awarded more than $300,000 from a state program that encourages alternative energy for vehicles, state Sen. Larry Farnese announced today. “Moving Pennsylvania toward a cleaner, more sustainable future has been a policy priority of mine,” Farnese said.  “I’m grateful that there […]

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PHILADELPHIA, July 16, 2020 – An on-going traffic safety project in the Old City District has been awarded a $2.7 million state grant, state Sen. Larry Farnese announced today. The grant was one of 27 awarded statewide through PennDOT’s Multimodal Transportation Fund, and will go toward traffic improvements and bike-lane access on Market Street from […]

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Philadelphia – July 15, 2020 – State Senator Larry Farnese delivered the following remarks on Senate Bill 14:  Thank you Mr. President and thank you to my colleagues here today who worked together to find a path we could take forward to make our penal system less punitive and our justice system more just.  In […]

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HARRISBURG, July 14, 2020 – State Rep. Joe Hohenstein, D-Phila,. and Senator Larry Farnese announced today that Richmond Elementary School has been awarded a grant of $651,868 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Alternative and Clean Energy High Performance Building program to construct a two-story LEED certified addition to the school. “This grant will help Richmond […]

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HARRISBURG – June 10, 2020 – Today, members of the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus announced plans for a comprehensive package of legislation to reform policing in Pennsylvania. Two years ago, members of the caucus introduced police and community relations reform bills in the wake of Antwon Rose’s death, but those bills did not move. George […]

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PHILADELPHIA, June 5, 2020 − Seven more businesses in Pennsylvania’s 1st Senate District have been approved for funding under the state’s program for COVID-19 recovery, bringing the total to 27, state Sen. Larry Farnese announced today. More than $2 million has been awarded to SD1 businesses since the state approved $61 million in emergency funding […]

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HARRISBURG, May 28, 2020  – State Sen. Larry Farnese released the following statement regarding his “no” vote today on the General Appropriations Bill: “Last June, I voted against the state budget agreement because it lacked a commitment to remediate the dangerous and unhealthy conditions inside Philadelphia’s aging public schools, including asbestos, lead, and mold. “Over the past […]

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Harrisburg, May 7, 2020 − At the request of state Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) the Senate Democratic Policy Committee held an online hearing to study the impact of overzealous and unsafe construction in Philadelphia’s burgeoning neighborhoods. “The city’s iconic neighborhoods are seeing a redevelopment boom that has stirred mixed feelings among both longtime residents and […]

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State Senator Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) will co-chair an online Senate Democratic Policy Committee hearing this Thursday to learn more about the impact of unsafe construction methods by untrained and inexperienced developers. “Philadelphia’s iconic neighborhoods are seeing a redevelopment boom that has stirred mixed feelings among long-time residents,” Farnese said. “In addition to worries about gentrification, […]

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HARRISBURG, April 8, 2020  – With the legislature’s majority focused on redundant oversight and scaling back mitigation efforts, state Sen. Larry Farnese and Rep. Joe Hohenstein today introduced their bills to provide emergency paid sick leave for Pennsylvania workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak. “Our response to this crisis must be focused on workers and […]

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Harrisburg, PA − April 8, 2020 − The Senate adjourned Tuesday afternoon after the House Republicans indicated they would not be taking up Senate Bill 841, legislation that would have enabled local municipalities to hold their meetings remotely, permitted e-notary use; lengthened the time period a property tax payer can receive an early payment discount […]

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PITTSBURGH, April 2, 2020 – Alarmed by disturbing warnings that racist attacks on Asian Americans are increasing in Pennsylvania and across America during the coronavirus crisis, a group of Pennsylvania lawmakers, the Pennsylvania State Police and other stakeholders today held a press conference to alert the public and to urge vigilance against this rising evil.

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Philadelphia, PA − March 20, 2020 − State Senator Larry Farnese, along with Mayor Jim Kenney, State Rep. Maria Donatucci and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson released the following statement: “We stand with the more than 600 -32BJ contracted airport workers from the Philadelphia International Airport laid off due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.  These workers are skycaps, […]

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PHILADELPHIA, March 17, 2020 – With the federal response still clouded by politics, state Sen. Larry Farnese and Rep. Joe Hohenstein will introduce state legislation to provide emergency paid sick leave for Pennsylvania workers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and response. “While drastic action was necessary to stem the spread of this dangerous virus, equally […]

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