Press Releases

Farnese: Grant Financing for Two Local Projects Announced

Harrisburg, September 18, 2018 – Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) said today that local projects proposed by the Schuylkill River Development Corporation and the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation have been approved and will receive significant state grant funding.   The…
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Senator Farnese Announces $1.5M Grant for Gotham Building Project

Philadelphia, September 5, 2018 – Senator Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) today announced $1.5 million in state grant funding for the Gotham Building project in Philadelphia. The funding was approved through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). “The extensive restoration and re-use…
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Statement from Representative Brian Sims & Senator Larry Farnese on Mazzoni Center

Philadelphia, PA − August 24, 2018 −We have closely followed the recent press reports regarding the firing of Kay Martinez, who served as Mazzoni’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Additionally, we spoke directly with Nefertari Sloan, a staff member, who…
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Farnese Issues Statement on Catholic Dioceses Grand Jury Report

Philadelphia – August 14, 2018 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) issued the following statement concerning the investigative Grand Jury report detailing sexual abuse of children in six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania.  Farnese’s comments follow: “The Grand Jury report…
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Governor Appoints Farnese to Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs

Harrisburg – August 7, 2018 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) issued the following statement concerning his appointment to the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs. Farnese was appointed to the 40-member Commission by Gov. Tom Wolf. The goal of the…
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Farnese Seeks Changes in Voter Registration Process to Spur Engagement

Harrisburg – July 23, 2018 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) today announced that he is sponsoring legislation to make it easier for young people to engage in the political process.  Farnese’s bill would permit 16- and 17-year olds to…
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Farnese: Ban “Gay and Trans Panic” Defense in Murder Cases

Harrisburg – July 18, 2018 − Assailants charged with murder against LGBTQ individuals would be prohibited from using “gay panic” and “trans panic” defenses to avoid conviction or mitigate punishment, if legislation authored by state Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) is approved.  “It…
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Senator Farnese Announces $3.5 Million in Grant Funding to District Transit Projects

Harrisburg, May 8, 2018 – Senator Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) announced that nearly $3.5 million was awarded to his district through PennDOT grants to improve transportation alternatives, as well as enhance public accessibility. Projects in the 1st Senatorial District include: $1,000,000…
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Hughes, Farnese Call for Creation of Pennsylvania Center for Gun Violence Research

Harrisburg – May 3, 2018 – Horrific school shootings have prompted calls for banning assault weapons, posting armed guards in school buildings and other school safety upgrades. Two Philadelphia senators say we need to do more.     Sen. Vincent J.…
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Farnese’s Bill Requiring Certification of Property Assessors in Philadelphia Clears Senate

Harrisburg – April 25, 2018 – Legislation requiring assessors in Philadelphia’s Office of Property Assessments (OPA) be certified has cleared the Senate on a unanimous vote, according the proposal’s sponsor, Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia). “There simply is no reason that…
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Farnese: On Lok Center for Seniors Receives Community Center Grant

 Harrisburg – April 23, 2018 – Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) said the On Lok Center for Seniors in Chinatown has received grant funding to expand and improve their services. “The services and programs provided through On Lok encourages seniors to…
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Farnese: Philadelphia Housing and Financial Projects Approved for PHARE Grants

Harrisburg, April 16, 2018 – Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) announced that eight projects in Philadelphia have been awarded funding to assist with housing and financial education programs. “Funding for these projects is essential to improving our region,” Farnese said. “Increased…
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Farnese Calls for Action on Anti-Discrimination Legislation

Philadelphia –April 5, 2018 – Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) joined Governor Tom Wolf and lawmakers from both the Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives for a news conference today to discuss legislation to combat sexual harassment. Farnese’s anti-discrimination legislation, Senate…
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Farnese Highlights Apprenticeship Grants Awarded to Philadelphia

Harrisburg – April 4, 2018 – Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) announced that six local organizations have received grant funding to improve and expand their apprenticeship programs and services. “These grants are a great investment in the possibilities of Philadelphia’s workforce,” Farnese…
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Farnese Applauds Funding for Two Developing Businesses

HARRISBURG, March 16, 2018 – Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) announced that Triple Bottom Brewing Company and Alliance HSP Philadelphia, two growing businesses in his district, have received grant and loan funding to support economic development projects in the area. Triple Bottom…
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Sen. Farnese Announces Pennsylvania Pursue Your Hoppiness Grant from PLCB

HARRISBURG, March 1, 2018 − Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) today announced a new grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) that will promote the development and marketing of beer brewing in Pennsylvania. One of the grantees is Pennsylvania Pursue Your Hoppiness,…
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Farnese: $3 Million State Grant Approved for Philadelphia Museum of Art

Harrisburg, February 8, 2017 – A $3 million grant for a transportation project at the Philadelphia Museum of Art has been approved, state Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) said today. The funding will improve roadway and pedestrian access to the museum…
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Senator Farnese: PA at Risk of Losing Amazon HQ2 Due to Lack of LGBT Protections

Philadelphia, Pa. – February 3, 2018 –  A recent report in Philly.com highlights an ad campaign against Pennsylvania in the Amazon Headquarter hunt due to the state’s lack of LGBT protections. A group of LGBT activists have begun an ad campaign…
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Farnese Calls on Governor to Protect Net Neutrality

Harrisburg – January 26, 2018 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) called on Gov. Tom Wolf to use an executive order to protect net neutrality for all Pennsylvanians.  In December, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to dismantle regulations guaranteeing…
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Senator Larry Farnese Introduces Legislation to Protect Net Neutrality in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia − January 22, 2018 − Senator Larry Farnese introduced legislation that would mandate transparency from broadband internet providers. “I believe that everyone should enjoy free access to the internet and since the federal government will no longer ensure that,…
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Farnese: Massive $20 Million State Investment in Philadelphia Projects to Spur Economic Growth

Harrisburg – December 22, 2017 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) hailed today’s announcement of more than $20 million in state investment for an assortment of projects in Philadelphia, including the Walnut Street Theatre, a new manufacturing center at the…
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Harrisburg University Unveils 38,000 Square Foot Location in Philadelphia

Philadelphia − December 8,2017 − Harrisburg University, along with Hussian College, unveiled a new, 38,000 square foot location to expand their Philadelphia campus. The expansion expands on the Philadelphia presence Harrisburg University has had for the past three years. Prior to…
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Farnese: $2.1 Million in State Financing Approved for Philadelphia Transportation Projects

Harrisburg – November 14, 2017 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) said today that $2.1 million in state grants were approved for six greenways and transportation-related projects in Center City and along the Delaware Waterfront in Philadelphia.  “The funding approved…
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State Senate Committee Discusses Ways to Prevent Street Harassment

Philadelphia – November 1, 2017 – At the request of state Sen. Lawrence Farnese (D-Phila.), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a roundtable discussion at City Hall on strategies for preventing street harassment. “It is really important to have…
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State Senate Committee to Discuss Ways to Prevent Street Harassment

PHILADELPHIA, October 30, 2017 − At the request of Senator Lawrence Farnese (D-Phila.), the state Senate Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public roundtable discussion this Wednesday in Philadelphia on strategies for preventing street harassment. The hearing will be held this Wednesday,…
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Senator Farnese Applauds Passage of Gaming Legislation, Economic Development Funding for Philadelphia

Harrisburg, PA – October 26, 2017 – Senator Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) voted for the omnibus gaming bill that is on its way to the Governor. The bill, House Bill 271, is an important piece of the budget and included the fix…
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Elected Officials and Advocates Stand Together for Expanded Hate Crimes Legislation

Harrisburg, PA – October 24, 2017 – This morning, elected officials stood with advocates to push for an expansion of Pennsylvania’s hate crime definition. As state law currently stands race, color, religion or national origin are protected classes under the hate…
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Farnese, Delaware Riverkeeper Network News Conference on Anti-Slapp Suit Legislation

Philadelphia – September 12, 2017 – Sen. Larry Farnese and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network will hold a news conference on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 10:30 a.m. in the Mayor’s Reception Room of Philadelphia City Hall to discuss the misuse of…
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Farnese Applauds Senate Passage of Anti-SLAPP Legislation

Harrisburg, April 25, 2017 — Focused on protecting the rights of people and organizations against frivolous lawsuits aimed at stifling free speech, state Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) today thanked his colleagues for their support of his legislation, Senate Bill 95,…
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Farnese Announces $1.5 Million Grant for Mazzoni Center

Harrisburg – January 17, 2016 – Lauding the efforts of the Mazzoni Center to provide health care services for members of the LGBTQ community, State Senator Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) today announced a $1.5 million state investment in the Philadelphia based…
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Farnese Announces Significant State Grant Funds for Local Projects

Harrisburg – December 6, 2016 – More than $2 million in state grant funds were approved today to support three local projects aimed at providing for safe and healthy recreational opportunities for Philadelphia residents and their families, announced State Senator…
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Mazzoni Center Receives $1.5 Million in State Funding for New Building Through State RACP Program

Philadelphia, PA – November 29, 2016 − Mazzoni Center is pleased to announce it has received an award of $1.5 million through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).  The funds are designated to support the purchase and…
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Senate Democrats Announce Leadership Team

Harrisburg – November 16, 2016 – Senate Democrats today elected leaders for the 2017-18 legislative session. State Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) was re-elected Democratic Floor Leader. “It is an honor and a privilege to once again be chosen to serve…
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Farnese: State Funding for Fairmount Park Project and Yards Brewing Relocation

Harrisburg – October 24, 2016 – A $180,000 grant to create a connecting trail to the Schuylkill River Trail in East Fairmount Park and a $2.5 million loan to help with the relocation and expansion of Yards Brewing was approved…
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Farnese Announces $3M in Grants for Center City Projects

PHILADELPHIA, October 14, 2016 – Two Center City redevelopment projects will receive $3 million in assistance from a state program aimed at fostering cultural and economic growth, Sen. Larry Farnese announced today. The grant funding for the projects will be…
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Farnese Announces More Than $1.7 Million in Grant Funds for First Senatorial District

Harrisburg – October 14, 2016 –  Two popular cycling and outdoor recreation trail projects will receive more than $1.7 million in grant funds needed to improve safety for residents, state Senator Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) announced today. “It’s exciting when we…
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Farnese: State Investment Sparks Job Growth, Business Development

Harrisburg, September 7, 2016 − A $2.5 million state investment has been approved for Yards Brewing, LLC, a Philadelphia-based craft brewery, State Senator Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) announced today. "Investing in local businesses has an immediate and dramatic effect on our community,"…
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Farnese: Waterfront, Film Tax Credits to Help Spark Investment

Harrisburg – July 13, 2016 – Closing out the 2016-17 budget, the Senate addressed a $1.2 billion hole in the recently passed $31.5 billion spending plan with a new revenue package that includes waterfront and film tax credits that can…
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Farnese Announces Nearly $1 Million in Grant Funds for First District Projects

Harrisburg – July 1, 2016 – State grant funds were approved today for three local community projects aimed at making Philadelphia more accessible and vibrant for area residents and families, announced State Senator Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia). The grants were funded…
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Sen. Farnese Announces Senior Community Center Grant Award for South Philadelphia Older Adult Center

HARRISBURG, June 14, 2016 – Senator Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) today announced that more than $80,000 in Senior Community Center grant funds have been awarded to the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center. “Our senior centers provide vital programs and services that…
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