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Legislative Update

Philadelphia recently experienced another large water main break at Sansom and Juniper Streets due to our city’s old and ailing infrastructure. Unfortunately, we have seen an increasing number of similar breakdowns in our water lines in recent years, causing significant damage to homes and businesses.  In 2012, a water main break at 21st and Bainbridge caused nearly $2.5M in damages to residences and utilities in the area.

Due to a law that has gone unchanged since 1980, homeowners and business owners are hobbled when trying to recover costs from municipalities if significant enough damage is sustained.  Currently, the Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act caps damages recoverable from the city to an aggregate $500,000 per incident. 

In January 2017, I reintroduced Senate Bill 26 to increase the cap from $500,000 to $2 million with an annual adjustment based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI). It is important to note that under the act, any benefits a claimant is eligible to receive from a municipality is off-set by homeowners or other insurance policies. My legislation would not change this provision, but would better protect property owners when losses sustained and incurred by fault of the municipality are not recoverable by their insurance policies.

Upcoming Events

Screening Under the Stars at Penn’s Landing – July 5th – August 30th, 2018 Screening Under the Stars at Penn’s Landing

Penn’s Landing at the Delaware River waterfront will hold a weekly free movie under the stars. The movies start at dusk, around 8-8:30pm. The weekly movies will continue through August 30th, 2018. The upcoming movies for July include:

  • July 12: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  • July 19: Mission: Impossible III
  • July 26: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

For more information, click here.

Bring It! Live – Saturday, July 14, 2018

The stars of Lifetime’s reality dance show, Bring It, featuring Miss D and her Dancing Dolls, will take the stage at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on July 14, 2018. This dance performance will feature never-before-seen numbers and audience participation.

For more information and tickets, click here.

The Oval+, July 18 – August 19, 2018

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s resident pop-up park, The Oval+, will open for all visitors and locals for the summer on July 18, 2018. Guests can enjoy cold drinks in the tree-shaded beer garden, enjoy food from a rotating roster of food trucks, games and special programing including free movie nights and concerts.

For more information, click here.

Summer Fest Live! 2018 at XFINITY Live! – Saturday July 21, 2018

XFIINITY Live! Will be holding Summer Fest Live! on Saturday July 21, 2018. This Craft Beer Festival will be featuring an unlimited sampling of 175+ of the best summer and early fall beers from 100+ breweries while enjoying live music and a numerous food trucks.

For more information and tickets, click here.

SEPTA Updates

Key Card Purchase Fee & Fee Reimbursement

As of May 4th, 2018, purchase of a SEPTA Key Card cost a fee of $4.95. You can purchase a Key Card, along with a SEPTA Transit fair at any SEPTA Sales Office or Fare Kiosk. If your card is registered within 30 days of purchase, the $4.95 fee will automatically be applied to your Card Travel Wallet. By registering your Card, it is protected against loss or theft. Register your Card online at or by phone at the Key Customer Call Center (1-855-567-3782). For more information, click here.

Sale of Paper Transfers Ends Effective Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The sale of paper transfers for continuing travel on buses, trolleys, trackless trolleys, and subways will be discontinued permanently at the end of service on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Starting on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, customers must have a SEPTA Key Card with money loaded on the Travel Wallet. For more information, click here.

PA Senior Citizen Transit ID Cards No Longer Accepted for Travel Effective September 1, 2018

Effective September 1, 2018, the yellow and blue Senior Transit cards will no longer be valid to travel on SEPTA. A Senior Key Card or PA Driver’s License/ Identification Card with the magnetic strip on the back will be needed to travel on SEPTA. For more information, click here.

National Health Center Week August 12-18

In celebration of “National Health Center Week,” Fairmount Primary Care Center (FPCC), located at 1412 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130, will sponsor its “National Health Center Week Health Fair” on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. The fair will be held from 10AM – 2PM.

The second week in August is dedicated to recognizing the services and contributions of community, migrant, homeless and public housing health centers in providing access to affordable, high quality, cost-effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people in the U.S. The theme this year is “Celebrating Health Centers: Home of America’s Health Care Heroes. This theme highlights over 50 years of health centers providing health care to all people, regardless of their ability to pay.   

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Offices of State Senator Larry Farnese | Contact Me
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

Bring it Live The Oval Summer Fest Live!