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Dear Constituent,

Sen. FarneseAfter last summer’s water main break at 21st and Bainbridge, I started looking at the 1980 law (Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act – 42 Pa. C.S. §8553) that created a $500,000 cap on recoverable damages from municipalities. I came to the conclusion that the current cap, which hasn’t changed in 30 years, is due for an overhaul, so I introduced Senate Bill 1065 to increase the cap to $2 million.

Since there have been several high profile water main breaks since then, Councilman Johnson has decided to hold a hearing February 11 at 1 p.m. in room 400 of City Hall to address water main breaks citywide and the 21st and Bainbridge incident  to ensure that homeowners are compensated for their losses. I’m looking forward to participating and, if you would like to voice your concerns, I encourage you to join us.

Additionally today I’d like to tell you about:

  • The Longtime Owner Occupants Program (LOOP);
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP);
  • The Year of the Bard; and
  • Author Events at the Philadelphia Free Library.

I hope you have a good week. If there is ever anything I can do to help, please 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.

All my best, 
Sen. Larry Farnese

LOOP LOOP Philadelphia’s New Longtime Owner Occupants Program

The City of Philadelphia’s new program to help longtime homeowners manage large increases in their property taxes is now up and running. The Longtime Owner Occupants Program (LOOP) is designed to help the 80,000 residents the city believes will qualify for the program. If you have questions, want more information or need help, call 215-686-9200, visit LOOP’s website or stop buy my district office.

LIHEAP LIHEAP Help Yourself – Get Free Money from LIHEAP

The federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now accepting applications. So, submit your application today. The income limits for the program this year are:

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For more information, contact Pennsylvania’s LIHEAP hotline at 866-857-7095, Monday through Friday (individuals with hearing impairments can call the TDD number at 1-800-451-5886) or stop by my district office.

ShakespeareCelebrate William Shakespeare During the Year of the Bard

The Free Library of Philadelphia, in partnership with The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, is presenting the Year of the Bard: Shakespeare at 450 – a year packed full of exciting programs and events. Each month in 2014 will feature lectures, digital and live exhibitions, pop-up and theatrical performances, and a big birthday bash on April 23. Stay tuned to for upcoming events.

Author Events at the Free Library

Free Library of PhiladelphiaIf you’re interested in spending time with some of our region’s most interesting authors, the Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) has some events for you. From Ezekiel Emanuel’s book The Reinvention of American Health Care to Philadelphia’s very own Jane Golden’s book Philadelphia Mural Arts @ 30 there is something for everyone, so take advantage of the FLP’s upcoming author events. The lectures are held in the Montgomery Auditorium at the Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.. Seating begins 45 minutes prior to the event and all lectures end with a book signing. More information is available at


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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
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