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 today will enhance leisure opportunities and transportation in Center City and along the Delaware River,” […]

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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 this meeting at a time when we’re talking about this on a national level and […]

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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, November 1 at 10:30 am in Courtroom # 676 at Philadelphia City Hall, 1401 John F […]

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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 to the local share assessment. The local share assessment drafted by Farnese includes a $10 […]

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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 crimes statute. Pending legislation in the Senate (SB 96)  and House (HB 505) would reenact […]

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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 SLAPP suits to silence community opposition to development and to discuss Farnese’s anti-SLAPP legislation. Farnese’s […]

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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, and said he looks forward to swift consideration by the House of Representatives.

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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 organization. “I am so proud to stand with the wonderful staff from the Mazzoni Center […]

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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 Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia). “These projects speak to the core of what makes Philadelphia the vibrant […]

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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 renovation of a Center City building at Broad and Bainbridge Streets, where the agency will […]

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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 the caucus as Leader,” Costa said. “We face many challenges moving into the new session […]

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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 by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA), State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) said today. “The new […]

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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 funded through the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). The Independence Visitor Center located in […]

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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 have the chance to bring grant funds home that provide recreational opportunities for families and […]

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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,” Farnese said.  “It’s all about opportunity. “Through just this one loan we’re helping a business […]

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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 be used to spark development, state Senator Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) said. “Key aspects of the […]

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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 by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). The CFA is an independent state agency responsible for […]

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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 allow our seniors to remain active and involved in the community,” Farnese said. “These grant […]

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HARRISBURG, May 11, 2016 – At a news conference held at the state capitol today, State Senator Art Haywood joined Senate Democratic colleagues and community leaders calling for tax reform to protect middle and low-income Pennsylvanians. At the event, Haywood introduced legislation – Senate Bills 1257 and 1258 – that would reduce the tax burden […]

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Harrisburg, PA — March 15, 2016 — Tourism industry and government leaders today discussed the findings of an independent analysis of Pennsylvania’s tourism marketing budget. The analysis, conducted by Tourism Economics and commissioned by the Pennsylvania Tourism Coalition, revealed that Pennsylvania ranks last in the country for state tourism funding relative to industry size, 36th by dollar […]

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