PHILADELPHIA, September 15, 2020 — Cultural and historic organizations in Pennsylvania’s 1st Senate District will receive more than $5 million in grants to offset the cost of COVID-19 restrictions, state Sen. Larry Farnese announced today. “Philadelphia is the birthplace of the nation and Pennsylvania’s leading tourist destination,” Farnese said. “That tourism is foundational to the […]

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Harrisburg – September 14, 2020 – The Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a virtual public hearing to focus on issues impacting the arts, cultural and historical institutions across Pennsylvania. “COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our lives, and that includes those folks in the arts, and those who work tirelessly to preserve the expansive […]

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PHILADELPHIA, August 13, 2020 –  Low-income housing projects in Pennsylvania’s 1st Senate District have been awarded more than $7 million in tax credits and other state funding, state Sen. Larry Farnese announced today. “These projects range from major construction to modest renovation and community education. They represent the diversity of effort being made in my […]

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Harrisburg – August 3, 2020 – At the request of state Senators Tim Kearney (D-Chester/Delaware), Maria Collett (D-Bucks/Montgomery), Andrew Dinniman (D-Chester) and Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held an online public hearing on strategies for schools to safely reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA − July  20, 2020– Projects in the 1st Senate District have been awarded more than $300,000 from a state program that encourages alternative energy for vehicles, state Sen. Larry Farnese announced today. “Moving Pennsylvania toward a cleaner, more sustainable future has been a policy priority of mine,” Farnese said.  “I’m grateful that there […]

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PHILADELPHIA, July 16, 2020 – An on-going traffic safety project in the Old City District has been awarded a $2.7 million state grant, state Sen. Larry Farnese announced today. The grant was one of 27 awarded statewide through PennDOT’s Multimodal Transportation Fund, and will go toward traffic improvements and bike-lane access on Market Street from […]

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Philadelphia – July 15, 2020 – State Senator Larry Farnese delivered the following remarks on Senate Bill 14:  Thank you Mr. President and thank you to my colleagues here today who worked together to find a path we could take forward to make our penal system less punitive and our justice system more just.  In […]

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HARRISBURG, July 14, 2020 – State Rep. Joe Hohenstein, D-Phila,. and Senator Larry Farnese announced today that Richmond Elementary School has been awarded a grant of $651,868 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Alternative and Clean Energy High Performance Building program to construct a two-story LEED certified addition to the school. “This grant will help Richmond […]

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PHILADELPHIA, June 5, 2020 − Seven more businesses in Pennsylvania’s 1st Senate District have been approved for funding under the state’s program for COVID-19 recovery, bringing the total to 27, state Sen. Larry Farnese announced today. More than $2 million has been awarded to SD1 businesses since the state approved $61 million in emergency funding […]

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HARRISBURG, May 28, 2020  – State Sen. Larry Farnese released the following statement regarding his “no” vote today on the General Appropriations Bill: “Last June, I voted against the state budget agreement because it lacked a commitment to remediate the dangerous and unhealthy conditions inside Philadelphia’s aging public schools, including asbestos, lead, and mold. “Over the past […]

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Harrisburg, May 7, 2020 − At the request of state Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) the Senate Democratic Policy Committee held an online hearing to study the impact of overzealous and unsafe construction in Philadelphia’s burgeoning neighborhoods. “The city’s iconic neighborhoods are seeing a redevelopment boom that has stirred mixed feelings among both longtime residents and […]

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Harrisburg, PA − April 8, 2020 − The Senate adjourned Tuesday afternoon after the House Republicans indicated they would not be taking up Senate Bill 841, legislation that would have enabled local municipalities to hold their meetings remotely, permitted e-notary use; lengthened the time period a property tax payer can receive an early payment discount […]

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PITTSBURGH, April 2, 2020 – Alarmed by disturbing warnings that racist attacks on Asian Americans are increasing in Pennsylvania and across America during the coronavirus crisis, a group of Pennsylvania lawmakers, the Pennsylvania State Police and other stakeholders today held a press conference to alert the public and to urge vigilance against this rising evil.

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Philadelphia, PA − March 20, 2020 − State Senator Larry Farnese, along with Mayor Jim Kenney, State Rep. Maria Donatucci and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson released the following statement: “We stand with the more than 600 -32BJ contracted airport workers from the Philadelphia International Airport laid off due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.  These workers are skycaps, […]

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Harrisburg – March 11, 2020 – Sen. Larry Farnese (D- Philadelphia) today announced the award of $543,427 in grant money for the for the 1st Senate District. A total of $455,927 in state grant money was awarded to bolster security for 10 nonprofits, as well as $87,500 from the Bryne Justice Assistance Grant. “The Nonprofit Security […]

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PHILADELPHIA − February 26, 2020 −State Sen. Larry Farnese today released the following statement on Safehouse’s sudden decision to site a facility in South Philadelphia: “If Safehouse intends to operate their facilities the same way they conducted their siting process, we cannot allow it in South Philly and we should not allow it anywhere in Pennsylvania. […]

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    Harrisburg, PA − February 4, 2020 − State Sen. Larry Farnese released the following statement regarding today’s 2020-21 budget address by Gov. Tom Wolf: “In his budget address today, Gov. Wolf stood up for two top priorities in my district. “His $1 billion plan for ending the plague of toxic schools is a […]

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PHILADELPHIA − January 23, 2020 − With the help of a state grant, dairy processing will make a return to a historic Philadelphia facility, state Sen. Larry Farnese announced today. Pennsylvania’s Dairy Investment Program awarded Perrystead Dairy LLC $126,039 to  help restore the former Harbison’s Dairy in Kensington to serve the growing need for high-end milk […]

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Harrisburg, PA – December 17, 2019 – Philadelphia’s historic district will become more cyclist and pedestrian friendly through $1.5 million in new state funding for bike lanes and intersection improvements, state Sen. Larry Farnese announced today. “For me, transforming Philadelphia into a 21st century city that welcomes bicycles and foot traffic has been a priority,” […]

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Harrisburg – December 17, 2019 – State Sen. Larry Farnese, a long-time advocate for Philadelphia’s cyclists and pedestrians, has been appointed to the Senate Transportation Committee, Senate leadership announced today. “I think we are overdue in rethinking the way we do transportation in Pennsylvania and I’m excited for the opportunity,” Farnese said. “For too long, […]

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