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Guardian of Victim’s Rights

It was an honor to be recognized by the good people at Marsy’s Law for PA last month. Together we’re working toward victim’s rights in our constitution. Victims should have standing in a court of law. They should be notified when a plea deal is arranged by a district attorney. They should be welcomed at the sentencing hearing as well as being able to collect restitution. Marsy’s Law (SB149) provides that for us.

The bill is progressing through the Senate now. The goal is to get the issue on the ballot for you, the citizens, to make the final decision.  

Pictured left to right: Christa Hayburn, Karen Widdoss, Senator John Sabatina, Jennifer Riley( Marsy’s Law PA), Caitlin Collis (Executive Director, Marsy’s Law), Elona Washington and Betty Widdoss

Paper Shredding Event

Protect your identity by shredding your personal documents.

I will host a Paper Shredding event at my Parkwood Office, 12361 Academy Road, on Saturday May, 4th from 9am to noon.

Call us at (215) 281-2539 for details. 

Property Tax Rebate

Property TaxWe can help seniors (65 and older) get a rebate on property tax based on income. The rebate is also available to disabled folks over age 18 as well as widows & widowers over age 50. While the maximum rebate is listed at $650, Philadelphians can get 50 percent more due to living in a high property tax area. That means a potential rebate of $975. 

The upper threshold for annual income is $35,000 for the entire household. However the state does not count half of your Social Security income. Unfortunately not everyone takes advantage of this rebate. Last year a little more than 66,000 people in Philadelphia took advantage of the rebate. Many more were eligible. 

Help Available For Local Vetsvet services

A Veterans Service Officer will be available by appointment at Sen. Sabatina’s Bustleton Avenue District Office on the third Thursday of every month. The officer is a representative of Pennsylvania’s Department of Veterans Affairs and can assist on various issues facing those who have served their country. The service is available by appointment only. Please call (215) 695-1020 to to set up a meeting.

The Social Security Office is Moving

Social Security Office is MovingStarting April 11, the new location for the Northeast Philadelphia Social Security Office will be the Ashton Business Center at 9300 Ashton Road.

Please note that the new office will be closed from April 22 through May 5. Their office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays.

For social security services, call the toll-free number 1-800-772-1213.

Real ID

Why Would I Need a Real ID Do I Need to Have a Real ID

Karen’s Law

Senator Sabatina hosts aNamed after Karen Widdoss-Milewski, a constituent and survivor of violent crime, I introduced Karen’s Law to limit the parole re-application process for sexually violent predators. Current law allows one year to pass before a convicted sexually violent predator can re-apply for parole. Under Karen’s Law, the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole would not be required to review parole applications of those convicted of sexually violent crimes until three years after their most recent parole application.

This will provide much needed protections for victims of sexually violent crimes and works to combat the re-victimization of survivors. It is supported by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Radar Project, the Women’s Center of Montgomery County, Woman Organized Against Rape (WOAR) and countless survivors of violent crime.

Victoria’s Law

Victoria’s Law would ensure that pet stores can’t use the puppy mills as suppliers for pets. Victoria, a German Shepard who was the inspiration for Victoria’s Law, was born at a puppy mill and was mercilessly overbred for a decade. She suffered from a terminal diagnosis of Degenerative Myelopathy, a slowly progressive spinal cord disorder resembling Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) in humans. As a result, Victoria suffered from paralysis and could not walk in her later years. Sadly, she passed away in late February. 

Situations like this are why I signed on to Victoria’s Law. This law won’t affect responsible breeders, who insist on meeting the people they place pets with and would not use pet stores. Most importantly, it encourages folks to consider shelters and rescues when they plan to add a new member to the family. 

Offices to Serve You

  District Office
8016 Bustleton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19152
Phone: (215) 695-1020
Fax: (215) 695-1027
District Office
12361 Academy Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
Phone: (215) 281-2539
Fax: (215) 281-2798
Harrisburg Office
457 Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3005
Phone: (717) 787-9608
Fax: (717) 772-2162
 
 
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