A very good morning!
I hope everyone has enjoyed the last few months of summer and made memories for years to come with family and friends.
From Phillies games, to many area parks and museums and who can forget the Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia has something to offer everyone.
As you know the legislature has been recessed since early July, giving me the opportunity to meet with all of you in our offices here in Philadelphia and attend so many great events around the city. Joining you, your families, friends and neighbors at these events truly speak to the heart of my role as a legislator. I cannot thank you enough for including me in your celebrations and informational gatherings.
The Legislature will return to session in just a few weeks. There are many issues in front of us that I’m hopeful we’ll be address and bring to fruition, including the important work that has been done to eliminate discrimination and bias in our communities. My staff and I will keep you updated as things hopefully move forward.
And as always, if you have questions or need help with anything please don’t hesitate to reach out. Our staff are available by phone, 215-952-3121, or if you’re in the area, stop by the office at 1802 S. Broad St.
Are You Ready 2Vote
Everyone knows we live in a digital world, where information and services are thankfully, right at your fingertips when you need them the most. I for one, know that I couldn’t make it through the day without being able to connect with people, including all of you, through Facebook, Twitter and email.
But now, thanks to the Wolf Administration, technology just took us one step further. You can now register to vote right from your phone. Say hello to 2Vote.
The deadline to register to vote in the November 8 General Election is October 11. If you aren’t registered yet, simply text the word “PA” (72) to “2Vote” (28683) from your smartphone. In response to your text, you’ll receive a direct link to the online voter registration application, voter registration status, polling place locater and link to contact for county offices and the Department of State.
Approximately two million eligible Pa residents aren’t yet registered to vote – don’t be one of them. Be part of the process and make sure your voice is heard and that your vote counts! Text 2Vote to register today.
Be the Difference
If you’re looking for a meaningful career that gives you the opportunity to help others and make a difference in your community, here it is – the Philadelphia Police Department.
Philly PD is actively recruiting qualified candidates now through October 7. Interested candidates need only have a high school diploma or equivalent and be 22 years old on the date of their appointment to the police academy.
For more information and to apply online visit www.JoinPhillyPD.com.
Be Prepared for Fall/Winter
Even though we’re just coming down off another string of 90 plus degree days, the cooler, even colder temperatures are waiting just around the corner.
As the calendar turns, many seasonal programs, like the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) become available to assist those in need.
While we don’t have an exact date that the LIHEAP program will open yet, now is the perfect time to visit the Department of Human Services website for more information about the program and what you need to do to qualify for the program this year. Please don’t wait until you and/or your family are in an emergency situation to get information or apply. Take steps to educate yourself now and be prepared once the thermometer drops.
More information is available at www.dhs.pa.gov/citizens/heatingassistanceliheap or by visiting the COMPASS website.
Property Tax/Rent Rebates Still Available
Don’t forget that the deadline to apply for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program for older adults and those with disabilities has been extended until December 31. More than 600,000 Pennsylvanians are eligible and if you’re one of them, apply today.
Remember, the rebates benefit eligible Pennsylvanians who are over the age of 65, are widows/widowers over 50 and people with disabilities over the age of 18 with an income of $35,000 for homeowners and $15,000 for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded.
While the maximum rebate is normally $650, qualified homeowners can receive supplemental rebates to increase the total received to $975.
Rebate forms and information are available online at www.revenue.state.pa.us or by calling toll-free 1-888-222-9190. You can also pick up applications at any Department of Revenue office, your local Area Agency on Aging, most senior centers or at my office.
Drought Watches and Warnings
The long, hot summer we’ve had this year has taken its toll on the water supply in many communities, leaving streams low and groundwater levels on the decline. As a result, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued drought watches and warnings for 38 counties across Pennsylvania. Just last week, four more counties, including Philadelphia, were added to the watch list.
Counties included on the watch list are asked to observe a voluntary 5 percent reduction in non-essential water use. Remember, that includes us in Philadelphia.
The DEP has some great tips on its website for reducing the amount of water you use in your homes. You can find them at www.dep.pa.gov/drought.
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