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Sen. FarneseThe Pennsylvania Senate reconvened last week, so in the coming weeks I’ll do my best to keep you informed about the latest developments, important debates and pieces of legislation that we are working to pass, improve or defeat. The legislature will be in and out of session just about every week from now through the end of the year, so if you are interested in tracking our progress, contact me directly or visit

In today’s First District Connection I’d like to tell you more about:

  • Fire Prevention Week;
  • The Affordable Care Act;
  • Philadelphia’s AVI Initiative and your options;
  • PGW’s new rebate program; and
  • A local transportation celebration.

If you need help, don’t hesitate to call my district office at 215-952-3121, e-mail me at or visit us at 1802 S. Broad St., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. I also have a mobile office at the Neumann Senior Housing Center (1601 Palmer St.) from 9 a.m. to Noon on the first Wednesday of every month.

As always, thank you for your support,
Sen. Larry Farnese

Fire Prevention Week is October 6-12

Fire Prevention Week

Do you have a home evacuation plan? Do you have working smoke detectors on every level of your home? And, do you know what to do if you have a kitchen fire? If not, then you have some work to do to keep you and your family safe. For more information about Fire Prevention Week and how you can prevent and safely respond to a fire, visit Also during Fire Prevention Week, all of Philadelphia’s fire stations will host open houses between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. so please stop by to say hello, thank your local firefighter for their service and learn more about fire safety from some of our city’s finest first responders.

Affordable Care Act: Apply for Insurance

Row HomesYour opportunity to apply for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act begins on October 1, 2013, so you can take full advantage of the program when the requirements for personal health coverage go into effect on January 1, 2014. It’s an easy process that only requires your household income, monthly budget, Social Security number and health care needs. To learn more you can call 1-888-475-6186 or visit

Click here to download a checklist of what you need to apply for health insurance.

Actual Value Initiative: Your Options

Row HomesThe Crosstown Coalition of Taxpayers has two new guides to help Philadelphia property owners navigate the city’s Actual Value Initiative (AVI) and appeals process: An AVI Appeal Guide and AVI Survival Guide. The guides, which can be found at, have information on real estate tax relief programs, homeowner and tenant rebate programs, and senior citizen relief programs.

Remember, the deadline to file an appeal before the Board of Revision of Taxes (BRT) is Monday, October 7, so don’t hesitate to call my district office at 215-952-3121 if you have questions or need more information about AVI and your options.

New PGW Rebates

Energy Sense Energy Sense The Philadelphia Gas Works’ (PGW) new EnergySense rebate program can help you save money on your energy bills. The $150 professional home assessment will identify ventilation and insulation problems, reduce moisture, control pests and highlight faulty energy equipment that should be replaced. After the assessment, PGW customers can choose to move forward with the recommended work and take advantage of $3,500 in rebates and third‐party financing.

EnergySense is a suite of commercial and residential energy‐efficiency programs that is available to all PGW residential, commercial and industrial customers who own or rent their property. More information is available at or by calling 215‐764‐5468.

Celebrating Transportation MOTU Style

In 2008, Mayor Nutter founded the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) and five years later our city is recycling more, using more renewable energy, and better supports everything from motorists to transit riders. So, during October, MOTU will be celebrating transportation in the City with three signature events:

  • October 21 – MOTU@5 Report Release
    MOTU will release its five year progress report
    7:30 p.m., Free Library of Philadelphia Central Branch, 1901 Vine St.

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Offices of State Senator Larry Farnese
1802 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Phone: 215-952-3121
Fax: 215-952-3155
543 Main Capitol | Box 203001
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3001
Phone: 717-787-5662
Fax: 717-787-4531

Fire Prevention Week