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Northeast Notes

Welcome to the 'New' Northeast Notes

Nearly four years ago, then-state Sen. Mike Stack created Northeast Notes as a convenient and cost-effective way of keeping in touch with constituents about happenings in the 5th District and in the Capitol.

As many of you know, Sen. Stack is now Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor, and I now have the privilege of representing the 5th District and continuing Northeast Notes.

I was sworn in as a member of the Senate on June 9, just in time to participate in the annual budget countdown, but my years in the House have prepared me well for the transition and I’m eager to participate in the debates over issues critical to Philadelphians, including increased help for our underfunded school system.

Click here for all of the contact information for my district and Harrisburg offices.  They will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. Please don’t hesitate to reach out about the things that concern you.

Funding Report Should Mean Help for Philly Schools

A little more than a year ago, the General Assembly created the Basic Education Funding Commission with the passage of House Bill 1738 (Act 51 of 2014).  The commission was created to study Pennsylvania’s education funding system, and recommend changes that would create equal opportunity for every student.

The commission’s report was released last week, and it contains good news for Philadelphia school students. The report recomments taking into account the effect of poverty, trauma and language barriers when considering the fair cost of educating a child.

The consideration of “trauma,” such as exposure to violence, extreme poverty and neglect, should have a positive impact on hundreds of schools across the state, many of them here in Philadelphia.  That the bipartisan commission recognizes these challenges and recommends increased funding to account for them is an important milestone for Pennsylvania.

To read the full report, click here.  To read my full statement on the report, click here.

Protect yourself by staying informed on the latest scams and schemes through Pennsylvania State Police Community Awareness Bulletins.
Click the image to read the June edition, titled 'Spring Scams.'

Fighting Discrimination in Organ Transplants

Surrounded by hundreds of Pennsylvanians with disabilities and their advocates, I announced last week that I will duplicate my effort from the state House of Representatives by introducing “Paul’s Law” in the state Senate.

To read more about this important effort, click here.

Stay in Touch on Social Media

Follow me on Facebook and Twitter to stay involved and receive live updates on issues and events.

Help for Local Veterans

Former Marine Joseph Buckley, who has extensive experience in veteran outreach, will be available every Friday morning by appointment at my district office at 8016 Bustleton Ave. to help veterans and their families with various issues, including housing for homeless vets, access to medical services, obtaining deceased vets’ medals for surviving families and more.

To make an appointment, call my district office at 215-695-1020.


Photo Galleries

Annual Portuguese Heritage Festival at Penn's Landing
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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