Government’s First Duty is to Protect Its Citizens January 18, 2011—Senator Larry Farnese today called for hearings, increased funding for State Police DNA testing and DNA testing when inmates enter prison instead of when they are released. “Government’s first duty is to protect its citizens,” said Senator Farnese. Countless people could be hurt or killed […]

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Expansion is Right Direction for Region; Will Expand Jobs and Regional Commerce January 6, 2011—-State Senator Larry Farnese today said that he is pleased that the Federal Aviation Administration has approved plans to expand Philadelphia International Airport. “The expansion of the airport is the right direction for the Philadelphia region,” said Senator Farnese. “The airport […]

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November 29, 2010 — Senator Larry Farnese will not keep the automatic 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment that goes into effect Wednesday December 1, 2010. “Given today’s economy, I don’t think this is the right time for a salary increase,” said Senator Farnese. “Many people are out of work, retirees have gone two years without a […]

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November 4, 2010 —- Senator Larry Farnese today announced that he has secured $100,000 in funding for the restoration of the Philadelphia Police Mounted Unit. Senator Farnese joined Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, Mayor Michael Nutter and other officials at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School to announce a fundraising drive to bring back the Philadelphia […]

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Senator Farnese Ranks Highest on Environmental Scorecard November 1, 2010 —Sierra Club and Clean Water Action have named State Senator Larry Farnese an “Environmental Hero” for his support of bills and initiatives that protect the environment. “It is very important that we take very seriously our stewardship of the environment,” said Senator Farnese. “ We […]

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“Operation Touch of Home” Collects Soccer Balls and Pre-Paid Phone Cards to Send to our Troops Serving Around the World August 29, 2010 — State Senator Larry Farnese ‘tossed the coin’ prior to the Philadelphia Independence vs. Boston Breakers women’s professional soccer game at John A. Farrell Stadium in West Chester. The coin toss is […]

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Wall Project Addresses Residents’ Safety and Sound Concerns Philadelphia August 24, 2010 — State Senator Larry Farnese and Whitman Council President Mark Squilla today met at Front and Tasker sts. with PennDOT officials for an update on PennDOT’s sound and safety barrier project along elevated I-95 in South Philadelphia. “The issue here is safety as […]

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PHILADELPHIA, August 18, 2010 – – State Senator Larry Farnese today released the following statement in conjunction with today’s actions taken by the DRPA Board of Commissioners: “The actions taken by the DRPA board today to increase transparency and accountability are a necessary step to restore confidence to the commuters who pay bridge tolls and […]

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Health, Safety and Environmental Concerns are Top Priorities August 2, 2010 — State Sen. Larry Farnese got a firsthand look and discussed his environmental and health concerns with energy industry officials as part of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee tour of a Marcellus Shale and Atlas Energy gas drilling site near Smithfield in Fayette County. […]

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Neumann Senior Center celebrated the 50th Anniversary of HUD Section 202 with a celebratory event July 15 in Fishtown. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Section 202 provides affordable housing for elderly people and allows them to live independently. I believe that our seniors are our country’s aristocracy. HUD Section 202 is an […]

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HARRISBURG, June 30, 2010 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today offered the following comments following the Senate passage of the state’s 2010-2011 budget: “I voted yes for this budget because I am committed to the public safety and welfare of the people of Pennsylvania,” Farnese said. “I believe this budget proves Pennsylvania’s commitment to […]

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Harrisburg, June 29, 2010 – – The state Senate has unanimously adopted state Sen. Larry Farnese’s (D-Philadelphia) resolution urging the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to reexamine its recommendations on mammograms for women beginning at 40 years of age. “The issue of cancer prevention is one that is very personal to me and my family […]

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Drive Underway to Collect Pre-Paid Phone Cards and Deflated Soccer Balls to Send to Troops Philadelphia, May 20, 2010 — State Senator Larry Farnese; Tracy Carter Dougherty, Board Chair for the USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey; Dave Debusschere, Chief Financial Officer for Philadelphia Union; David Halstead, owner of the Philadelphia Independence; Dave Dougherty, […]

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HARRISBURG, MAY 3, 2010 — Several lawmakers today called on Gov. Ed Rendell to drop his budget proposal to expand the sales tax to include some professional services. Under the governor’s budget proposal, a 4 percent sales tax would be levied on accounting, financial, legal, medical and architectural services. State Sens. Mike Stack, Larry Farnese, […]

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Several Hundred Senior Citizens Expected to Attend PHILADELPHIA, April 22, 2010 – – State Senator Larry Farnese today hosted Senior Expo 2010 at the Philadelphia Senior Center, 509 South Broad St. Several hundred senior citizens from the First Senatorial District attended. This is the second year that Senator Farnese has hosted the Senior Expo, and […]

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Philadelphia, April 15, 2010 – – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) announced today that the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) has received two state grants totaling $350,000 to help with the development of potential new industrial and manufacturing business sites. “These funds provide the opportunity to attract new businesses to the area and provide a […]

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Buy-in loophole unfair to taxpayers, police and firefighters April 7, 2010 – Senator Farnese today announced that he is drafting legislation that would prohibit city employees from using time earned in other jurisdictions to buy into the Philadelphia’s pension system unless they have worked for the City of Philadelphia for at least 5 years. It […]

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Suitable Location Crucial for Second License in Philadelphia April 12, 2010—–State Senator Lawrence Farnese today called for radical change in the casino licensing process in light of last week’s collapse of the proposed Steve Wynn/Foxwoods agreement. “We need to have a process that is going to produce a suitable location to build a casino,” said […]

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Mobile Office Open to Serve Constituents Every First Tuesday of the Month Beginning April 6, 2010 March 31, 2010 — Senator Larry Farnese today announced that his Center City Philadelphia Mobile Office will open Tuesday April 6, 2010 at the Philadelphia Senior Center, 509 South Broad St. The office will be open for walk-in service […]

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Order and Safety Must Return to Center City March 30, 2010—-Senator Larry Farnese today called for the restoration of the Philadelphia Police Mounted Unit. “We have a public safety emergency,” said Senator Farnese. “The Mounted Unit would go a long way in restoring order and safety to Center City. We must regain public confidence so […]

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