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1st District Connection

Senator FarneseDear Constituent,

I’m happy to share another edition of the First District Connection with you.  Today, I’d like to update you about:

  • Safety in our communities;

  • New sex crime legislation;

  • The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP); and

  • Emergency Food Boxes.

I hope you had an enjoyable Columbus Day weekend, and as always, thank you for your continued support.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need any further information.

Sen. Larry Farnese 


Fighting to Keep Our Communities Safe


(L to R) Rep. Kenyatta Johnson; myself; Captain Anthony Washington of the 17th Police District; J. Whyatt Mondesire, President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the NAACP; and community leaders and residents from the Point Breeze and Grey’s Ferry sections of Philadelphia came together to call for an end to the recent wave of violence.  I’d like to once again thank the hard working police and community activists for fighting to keep our neighborhoods safe, and I’m working hard to force Harrisburg to enforce our existing gun legislation, increase penalties for people who commit gun violence, end straw purchases and close the Florida Loop Hole.

Stopping State and Municipal Workers Convicted of Sex Crimes Against Minors from Collecting Public Pensions

Last week I introduced legislation that would keep state and municipal workers who are convicted of a sex crime against a minor from collecting their public pension.  Senate Bill 1290 would amend the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act and is companion to legislation introduced by State Representative Brendan Boyle (D-Phila./Mont.) and State Representative Kevin Boyle (D-Phila.).

LIHEAP: Free Money to Pay Your Heating Bills

If you want to get a head start on managing your winter energy bills take advantage of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  LIHEAP grants are determined by household size and income, and grants range from $100 to $1,000.  If you received LIHEAP last year, or are receiving assistance, check your mail for a preprinted State application.  If you did not receive an application in the mail you can submit your application after Tuesday, November 1, 2011.

For more information, contact the State’s LIHEAP hotline at 866-857-7095, Monday through Friday (individuals with hearing impairments should call the TDD number at 1-800-451-5886).

Hungy?  We can help.

logoI’ve partnered with Philabundance to provide Emergency Food Boxes (Eboxes) to families in need.  Eboxes are Philabundance’s way of helping people who need immediate, emergency access to food.  The boxes are available by calling 800-319-3663 for a referral.  Once you have a referral you can pick one up at my District Office which is located at 1802 South Broad St.

Eboxes weigh 30 pounds and contain shelf-stable food for three meals for a family of four for about three days. The contents vary, but they usually contain:

  • Hot and cold breakfast cereals;

  • Shelf-stable milk;

  • Canned meat and fish;

  • Canned fruits and vegetables;

  • Peanut butter and jelly;

  • Bagged/boxed grains; and

  • Macaroni and cheese.

The boxes also contain information on agencies available for food assistance.


Offices of State Senator Larry Farnese