It has been a busy time in the First Senatorial District as the Senate reconvened last week and I had the pleasure of celebrating two exciting ground breakings.
The first groundbreaking was Project HOME and Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation’s affordable, supportive housing residence at 810 Arch St. The second was Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the City of Philadelphia’s relocation of two existing clinics and the creation of a new home for the South Philadelphia Branch Library and Disilvestro Recreation Center to all be located at the same site.
Unfortunately, the news has not all been good because a gay couple was brutally attacked on Sept. 11 near Rittenhouse Square. It is important to not only thank the law enforcement and LGBT communities for working together and for being an important resource to Philadelphians, but to encourage each and every one of us to stand up against hate. This heinous act has no place in Philadelphia, so if you see something or want to report a crime, call the Philadelphia Police Department at 215-686-TIPS (8477), text a tip to PPD TIP (773847), or visit PhillyPolice.com.
I also want to tell you about:
- Today's Press Conference
- The extended deadline for filing a Homestead Exemption;
- Local library fun;
- A clean up on the Delaware River waterfront;
- National Hispanic Month; and
- Becoming a Philadelphia Police Officer.
Have a great end of September and call my district office at 215-952-3121, e-mail me at email@example.com or visit 1802 S. Broad St., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for any assistance.
Sen. Larry Farnese
Sen. Farnese, Lawmakers, Advocates Call for Better Protection of PA’s LGBT Citizens Under Current Hate Crime Statute
Today we held a press conference in the capitol to push for the passage of Senate Bill 42 and House Bill 177 which would expand the commonwealth’s hate crime protections to include lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) citizens. I’m proud that so many members of the Senate and House, LGBT advocates and champions of equality from all over the state came together because there is no place for hate in Pennsylvania.
Homestead Applications Now Accepted Through Dec. 1
The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Property Assessment will now accept Homestead Exemption applications through Dec. 1. Applications can be submitted by calling the Homestead Hotline (215-686-9200), online, or with a paper application that you can download at www.phila.gov/opa.
As always, if you need help or have questions about your eligibility call my office at 215-952-3121 or visit us at 1802 S. Broad St., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Free Library of Philadelphia always has something fun for you and your family to do, so if you are looking for some excitement don’t hesitate to visit a library branch near you:
Help Clean Up The Delaware River Waterfront
Join the Central Delaware Advocacy Group (CDAG) on Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pier 68 to clean up between Piers 70 to 53. To get there, access the staging site behind Walmart, which is off of Christopher Columbus Blvd. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or need more information.
National Hispanic Month
The Maria De Los Santos Health Center, on 5th and West Allegheny streets, will be hosting an enrollment and Medicaid expansion information day in advance of the next open enrollment period. The Health Resources and Services Administration will also be at the event on Sep. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day is open to anyone in the area and is an opportunity for you to speak to a counselor to better understand your healthcare options.
The next open enrollment period runs from Nov. 15 through Feb. 15. For more information about the information day, call 215-291-2500.
Become a Philadelphia Police Officer
It takes a special kind of person to be a Philadelphia police officer and to meet the challenges of doing an incredibly tough job well. If you think you are up to the task, applications are now being accepted.
All police officer recruits receive high-quality classroom instruction and hands-on training at the academy. The position offers paid medical, prescription, dental, legal and life insurance plans. For more information, visit www.phila.gov/personnel or call 215-683-COPS.
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