Let me begin by saying that the citizens of Boston, the marathon runners and volunteers, and the friends and families of the victims of the explosions at yesterday’s Boston Marathon bombing are in my thoughts and prayers again today. Additionally, I hope that the Philadelphians who were either running or attending the Boston Marathon return home safely.
Earlier this month state Rep. John Taylor, who represents Pennsylvania’s 177th Legislative District, joined with me in announcing new legislation to increase the penalty for illegally carrying a gun in Philadelphia. Senate Bill 801 and House Bill 1091would increase the sentence for illegally carrying a firearm in Philadelphia to a third degree felony and it would add a mandatory minimum sentence of at least two years of total confinement. I’d be interested to know what you think about the legislation and the announcement, which you can watch by clicking here.
I’d also like to share a few other updates with you:
- Condolences to a fallen hero;
- My Annual Business Leadership Series; and
- SEPTA’s new smart card.
As always, thank you for your support and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need any further information.
All my best,
Sen. Larry Farnese
This spring, Philadelphia lost a hero: Philadelphia Fire Captain Michael Goodwin. I’d like to once again extend my condolences to his family and friends. His reputation as a cherished husband, devoted father and dedicated public servant of almost 30 years is inspiring and heartwarming. Saying goodbye is never easy, and when someone like Captain Goodwin is tragically taken from us it is harder still. I offer my deepest condolences to the Goodwin family, the Philadelphia Fire Department and to the City of Philadelphia.
If you are interested in making a donation, you can help the family of Captain Goodwin through the Firefighter's Widow's Fund (c/o Local 22, 415 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123) and you can assist the families who were displaced by the fire through the Queen Village Neighbors Association’s Fabric Row Fire Relief Fund at www.wepay.com/donations/851620093.
My Annual Business Leadership Series
On April 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., I will be holding the next installment of my Annual Business Leadership Series. This year we will focus on small business funding and opportunities. So, if you or an area small business owner are interested in attending, please RSVP at 215-952-3121or firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch will be provided.
SEPTA Smart Card FYI
In the coming months, SEPTA will begin installing its long-awaited Smart Card fare collection system. Their plan is to make it available later this year on subways, buses and trolleys and fully implemented for the regional rail system in 2014. The new card will accept a variety of payment options including credit and debit cards, devices or fare cards that use a smart chip, the PATCO Freedom card, and some cell phones. Tokens will be phased out, but cash will still be accepted. To keep informed about the changes, visit www.septa.org/fares/npt/.
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