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Marsy's LawMarsy’s Law

Pennsylvania is one of only nine states that does not protect crime victim’s rights in its constitution. As a former assistant district attorney in Philadelphia I know full well how important it is to keep victims informed as the criminal justice process plays out.

That’s why I’m proud to sponsor Marsy’s Law in the Pennsylvania Senate. Stay tuned as we are trying to get this important bipartisan issue on the ballot for voters to decide.

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 set up a meeting.

InnovageHealthcare options

If you’re 55 and older please take advantage of the opportunity to learn about your healthcare options. Every 2nd Wednesday of the month (starting April 10) the good folks from InnovAge will be at my Bustleton Office. Call InnovAge at 1-855-898-5030 to make an appointment. Please call first. The InnovAge staff will not be able to handle walk-ins.

LIHEAPLIHEAP Deadline April 12

If you need assistance with paying your heating bills there are grants available throughout the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Contact one of my offices to see if you’re eligible.

Breast Cancer ScreeningBreast Cancer Screening

My Parkwood office is hosting the Fox Chase Mobile Mammography Van on March 1 at 10am. It is for women over 40, who’ve not had a mammogram in 12 months.

You will need a prescription from your doctor. Other conditions apply so contact Linda Hammell at 215-728-3554 or

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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
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