Senator Farry E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Preparing for The Next Storm
  • 2023 Review: Supporting Pennsylvania Veterans
  • Check Out My New Website
  • PA Youth: Become a Litter Hawk
  • Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Preparing for The Next Storm

I want to thank all the first responders, road crews, and PECO workers who braved the storm earlier this week, working in severe conditions to keep the public safe.  Since the storm, PECO crews have been working around the clock to ensure all repairs are made, and service is restored. 

Our community suffered a tragic loss after a fire took a life of a Lower Southampton Township resident that night of the storm. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time. 

As more high winds and flooding is in the forecast for our area tonight, Friday January 12, please be prepared and follow safe practices.  The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and PECO provided safety tips ahead of the storm. 

  • Pay attention to changing forecasts
  • Be aware of places that are prone to flooding along your route.
  • Do not drive through flooded roadways. Turn Around. Don’t Drown!
  • Don’t travel if there’s a flash flood warning.
  • Report outages to your power company: or 1-800-841-4141
  • Always assume a downed power line is energized. Stay at least 100ft away and report them immediately.
  • Use flashlights instead of candles to light your home.
  • Charge your cell phones, portable chargers and other electronic devices prior to the storm so they’re ready to use in case of an emergency.

2023 Review: Supporting Pennsylvania Veterans

Our military members and veterans made the selfless decision to serve our country and preserve the American way of life we hold so dear. The Senate passed several measures in 2023 to support military families and veterans.

Act 13 of 2023 ensures Pennsylvanians entering military service can retain professional licenses and certifications. Previously, veterans had a much more challenging transition from military life to civilian life because certain skills they obtained during the service were not recognized. Now, veterans don’t have to waste time duplicating the training they already received.

Senate Resolution 46 ,which I cosponsored with Sen. Pennycuick, establishes the Task Force on Women Veterans’ Health Care, which will study the unique health care and access issues facing female veterans and make recommendations to the governor and General Assembly for action.

Other measures we passed exempt disabled veterans’ benefit payments from income eligibility calculations for government programs, provide educational support for children of National Guard and Reserves members, establish the Veteran-Owned Business Loan Guarantee Program and more.

Check Out My New Website

I recently redesigned my website to improve its speed, make it more user-friendly – particularly on mobile devices – and give it a fresh look so it is easier for you to get the state-related information you need. My goal is always to make your experience dealing with your government as positive as possible, whether you prefer to interact online or in person.

My offices are available to serve you with all sorts of things, including status reports on legislation, applications for Pennsylvania birth and death certificates, state tax forms, PACE/PACENET applications, voter registration forms and more.

PA Youth: Become a Litter Hawk

Kids in grades kindergarten through sixth grade who want clean places to live and play are invited to become litter hawks to help people see how litter and trash hurt the environment through art, words or video.

Individuals, school classrooms, homeschoolers, scout groups, clubs and other organized groups are all welcome to participate. Prizes will be awarded to two entries per grade. Categories are poster (K-4), essay (5) and video (6). Apply online by Jan. 31, and winners will be announced in May.

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a time for reflection on his peaceful contributions to the civil rights movement. Many people also spend time honoring Dr. King’s legacy by participating in community service to better their neighborhoods. No matter how we spend the day, let us remember his desire to unify our country as he shared in his historic speech in Washington, D.C. more than 60 years ago.

In observance of the holiday, my office will be closed on Monday, January 15.


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