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Sen. FarneseGood Morning,

After session concluded last week in Harrisburg, I had the opportunity to visit with Susquehanna University’s Young Democrats. Thanks ladies and gentlemen for the invitation and the opportunity to share some time with you. We had a good discussion about the current issues we’re working on in the legislature, what it’s like to be a state senator and some good conversation about equal rights, the role of government and the importance of civic engagement. I was struck by their enthusiasm and excitement about participating in the upcoming election. So, I wanted to remind you about some important upcoming election dates of our own:

  • November 1 is the last day to turn in your absentee ballot if you cannot make it to the polls; and
  • On November 5 we have our municipal election. 

If you forgot the location of your polling place, please visit The Office of the Philadelphia City Commissioners at

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

  • Prepare for LIHEAP season;
  • Apply for a PGW natural gas rebate;
  • Get help with your delinquent taxes; and
  • Take advantage of the Affordable Care Act.

As always, I’m here to help so feel free to call my district office at 215-952-3121, e-mail me at or visit 1802 S. Broad St., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Have a safe and enjoyable Halloween,
Sen. Larry Farnese

It’s Almost LIHEAP Time Again

LIHEAP LIHEAP The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low income families pay their heating bills with a state administered federal grant. This year the program will begin accepting applications on November 4. The income limits for the program are the same as last year and will continue to be set at 150 percent of the federal poverty level:

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For each additional person add:


Applications will be available once the program opens at and in my district office which is located at 1802 S. Broad St., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rebates for Natural Gas Customers

PGW EnergySense PGW EnergySense The Philadelphia Gas Works’ (PGW) new EnergySense rebate program can help you save money on your energy bill. 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.

Row HomeNew Program for Homeowners with Delinquent Real Estate Taxes

The City of Philadelphia’s Department of Revenue has started a new program to help homeowners with their past due and delinquent real estate taxes by allowing them to make monthly payments. For more information and to apply for the program, homeowners can call 215-686-6442, visit or stop by the Department of Revenue at 1401 JFK Blvd. in the Municipal Services Building.

Affordable Care Act Affordable Care Act Apply for Affordable Care Act Insurance

Despite having some trouble with their website (and I encourage you to be patient until the federal government gets things worked out), you can now apply for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The full federal program goes into effect on January 1, so visit or call 1-888-475-6186 to find the right plan for you and your family.

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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