Op-ed By Larry Farnese Much has been written lately about mismanagement, waste, fraud, patronage, and political favoritism at the Delaware River Port Authority. But these revelations raise bigger questions: What exactly does the DRPA do? And how does management of port and transportation assets affect our economy and infrastructure? The DRPA operates four bridges linking […]

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Health, Safety and Environmental Concerns are Top Priorities August 2, 2010 — State Sen. Larry Farnese got a firsthand look and discussed his environmental and health concerns with energy industry officials as part of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee tour of a Marcellus Shale and Atlas Energy gas drilling site near Smithfield in Fayette County. […]

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Neumann Senior Center celebrated the 50th Anniversary of HUD Section 202 with a celebratory event July 15 in Fishtown. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Section 202 provides affordable housing for elderly people and allows them to live independently. I believe that our seniors are our country’s aristocracy. HUD Section 202 is an […]

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HARRISBURG, June 30, 2010 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today offered the following comments following the Senate passage of the state’s 2010-2011 budget: “I voted yes for this budget because I am committed to the public safety and welfare of the people of Pennsylvania,” Farnese said. “I believe this budget proves Pennsylvania’s commitment to […]

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Harrisburg, June 29, 2010 – – The state Senate has unanimously adopted state Sen. Larry Farnese’s (D-Philadelphia) resolution urging the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to reexamine its recommendations on mammograms for women beginning at 40 years of age. “The issue of cancer prevention is one that is very personal to me and my family […]

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Drive Underway to Collect Pre-Paid Phone Cards and Deflated Soccer Balls to Send to Troops Philadelphia, May 20, 2010 — State Senator Larry Farnese; Tracy Carter Dougherty, Board Chair for the USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey; Dave Debusschere, Chief Financial Officer for Philadelphia Union; David Halstead, owner of the Philadelphia Independence; Dave Dougherty, […]

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HARRISBURG, MAY 3, 2010 — Several lawmakers today called on Gov. Ed Rendell to drop his budget proposal to expand the sales tax to include some professional services. Under the governor’s budget proposal, a 4 percent sales tax would be levied on accounting, financial, legal, medical and architectural services. State Sens. Mike Stack, Larry Farnese, […]

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Several Hundred Senior Citizens Expected to Attend PHILADELPHIA, April 22, 2010 – – State Senator Larry Farnese today hosted Senior Expo 2010 at the Philadelphia Senior Center, 509 South Broad St. Several hundred senior citizens from the First Senatorial District attended. This is the second year that Senator Farnese has hosted the Senior Expo, and […]

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Philadelphia, April 15, 2010 – – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) announced today that the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) has received two state grants totaling $350,000 to help with the development of potential new industrial and manufacturing business sites. “These funds provide the opportunity to attract new businesses to the area and provide a […]

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Buy-in loophole unfair to taxpayers, police and firefighters April 7, 2010 – Senator Farnese today announced that he is drafting legislation that would prohibit city employees from using time earned in other jurisdictions to buy into the Philadelphia’s pension system unless they have worked for the City of Philadelphia for at least 5 years. It […]

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Suitable Location Crucial for Second License in Philadelphia April 12, 2010—–State Senator Lawrence Farnese today called for radical change in the casino licensing process in light of last week’s collapse of the proposed Steve Wynn/Foxwoods agreement. “We need to have a process that is going to produce a suitable location to build a casino,” said […]

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Mobile Office Open to Serve Constituents Every First Tuesday of the Month Beginning April 6, 2010 March 31, 2010 — Senator Larry Farnese today announced that his Center City Philadelphia Mobile Office will open Tuesday April 6, 2010 at the Philadelphia Senior Center, 509 South Broad St. The office will be open for walk-in service […]

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Order and Safety Must Return to Center City March 30, 2010—-Senator Larry Farnese today called for the restoration of the Philadelphia Police Mounted Unit. “We have a public safety emergency,” said Senator Farnese. “The Mounted Unit would go a long way in restoring order and safety to Center City. We must regain public confidence so […]

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PHILADELPHIA, March 18, 2010 – – Pennsylvania State Senator Larry Farnese and the Pennsylvania SPCA today announced the first “Have a Heart for the Animals” blanket and towel collection drive. “I am pleased to partner with Pennsylvania SPCA CEO Sue Cosby,” said Senator Larry Farnese. “Warm blankets and towels will mean so much to the […]

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Senator’s Bills Would Stiffen Penalties for Hit and Run Convictions Philadelphia, March 11, 2010 — State Senator Larry Farnese today heard testimony from families, law enforcement and victims advocates at a public hearing about the devastating effects of hit-and-run crashes. The Senator is prime sponsor of two bills that would stiffen the penalties and increase […]

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Bill Would Fulfill State-Mandated Requirement to Ban Future Elected Officials From Participating in DROP February 25, 2010–State Senator Larry Farnese today issued the following statement in support of City Council’s bill that would prohibit future elected officials from participating in DROP: “I strongly urge City Council to pass this bill to prohibit future elected officials […]

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February 18, 2010 – The First Senatorial Distict came together Wednesday February 17, 2010 for the 2010 CCRA Chili Challenge and Community Supper at the Radisson Plaza Warwick Hotel. This annual event showcases Center City’s vibrant restaurant community with some of the best chili Center City has to offer. This year, I put my chili […]

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HARRISBURG, February 9, 2010 – – Speaking on the $29 billion 2010-2011 state spending plan introduced today by Gov. Ed Rendell, state Sen. Larry Farnese expressed his readiness to begin negotiating the state budget. Farnese lauded the governor’s plan to not increase broad-based taxes. “We all recognize that Pennsylvania is still facing serious budget shortfalls,” […]

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PHILADELPHIA, February 4, 2010 – Senator Lawrence Farnese will appear Sunday February 7, 2010 with host Natasha Brown on the CBS 3/CW57 public affairs show “Speak Up.” The 30-minute show airs at 8am on broadcast UHF channel 57. Senator Farnese will discuss several of his initiatives, including helping shelter animals through a partnership with the […]

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PHILADELPHIA, February 4, 2010 – Senator Lawrence Farnese will join Rhea Hughes, Angelo Cataldi, Al Morganti and the 610WIP Morning Team Wednesday February 10, 2010 at 7:30am to discuss his first annual Valentine’s “Have a Heart for the Animals” partnership with the Pennsylvania SPCA. Senator Farnese’s partnership will help shelter animals through a warm blanket […]

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