Senator Farry E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Satellite Office Hours
  • Providing Critical Information in Emergencies
  • Helping Communities Fight Illegal Dumps
  • Grants Available for Emergency Service Training Centers
  • DELAYED: Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers
  • Download PA’s Happy Traveler Guide for Summer Fun

Satellite Office Hours

To better serve the communities in the 6th Senatorial district, I offer weekly satellite office hours.  Staff will be on site to assist with state government services; Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications, birth & death certificate applications, SEPTA Senior Key card registrations and renewals, unemployment issues, and more.

The locations and upcoming dates are:

  • Bensalem Township —Municipal Building, 2400 Byberry Rd., Bensalem. First Wednesday each month, 9 a.m.-Noon, upcoming dates, 6/7, 7/5
  • Warminster Township —401 Gibson Ave., Warminster, Second Wednesday each month, 9 a.m.-Noon, upcoming dates, 6/14, 7/12
  • Warrington Township —(Tradesville Room), 852 Easton Road, Warrington, Third Wednesday each month, 9 a.m.-Noon, upcoming dates, 6/21, 7/19
  • Warwick Township —(Caucus Room), 1733 Township Greene, Jamison, Fourth Wednesday each month, 9 a.m.-Noon, upcoming dates, 6/28, 7/26

Our Langhorne district office, located at 370 East Maple Avenue, Suite 203, is open Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm.  Please call 215-638-1784 with any questions.

Providing Critical Information in Emergencies

Pennsylvania offers two free voluntary programs to save the lives of residents in emergency situations: the Yellow Dot program and the Emergency Contact Information program.

PennDOT’s Yellow Dot program allows participants to fill out the program form with emergency contact, medical contact and medical information, insert it in the program’s folder and then place it in their vehicle’s glove compartment. A yellow dot sticker affixed to the rear window alerts emergency responders to the availability of information to help them provide better care to crash victims.

The Emergency Contact Information program offers Pennsylvania driver’s license and PennDOT-issued ID holders the opportunity to log into a secure database and list two emergency contacts. Participants can update their records as needed, but only law enforcement officials can view the information in the system. In an emergency, law enforcement can use a participant’s ID to find his or her emergency contact information.

The Yellow Dot program is used only in vehicle crashes, but the Emergency Contact Information program can be used in other emergencies as well as crashes.

Helping Communities Fight Illegal Dumps

To limit public health hazards that negatively impact property values, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection have launched the Illegal Dump Free PA Program. It will help communities curb illegal dumping by exposing those who commit this crime.

To avoid costly cleanups that average $3,000 per site, grant recipients will receive, as a temporary loan, three cameras to capture evidence of illegal dumping. Equipment includes wireless technology to capture photos of vehicle license plates and illegal dumpers, even at night. One camera uses wireless technology to email pictures when triggered, providing almost instant results.

Municipalities, counties and nonprofit organizations can apply for grants here. If you know of an illegal dump or graffiti site, you can anonymously report it here.

Grants Available for Emergency Service Training Centers

Because of legislation passed by the Senate last November, emergency services training centers, community colleges, county-owned facilities, municipal or fire department-owned facilities and nonprofit countywide associations can apply for grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000. 

This grant program was made possible from my fireworks safety legislation, which redirected the tax collected from the sale of consumer fireworks to be used to help fund EMS and firefighter programs. I was recently appointed co-chair of the Senate Fire and Emergency Services Caucus and will continue to work to provide recommendations and changes designed to support the challenges our first responder’s face in the Commonwealth.

Through the Emergency Service Training Center Capital Grant Program, funds can be used to establish or modernize facilities that house firefighting equipment, ambulances or rescue vehicles and to repair or purchase firefighting, ambulance or rescue equipment.

The application period runs from June 1-30.

DELAYED: Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture reports that, due to vendor issues, the mailing of Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program and Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers will be delayed until the end of June. Vouchers are good until Nov. 30.

Eligible participants will receive five $10 vouchers and a list of participating farmers and farmers’ markets where vouchers can be used to purchase Pennsylvania grown fruits and vegetables. Call your County Aging office to find out when and where it will distribute the vouchers. Learn more here.

Download PA’s Happy Traveler Guide for Summer Fun

Pennsylvania has thousands of places for summer fun, and the state’s official travel guide, the Happy Traveler Guide, is available for downloading here.

Categorized by region, the guide includes nearly 100 pages of attractions, lodging options, dining and many other recreational activities all across the state. Things to see and do are grouped by area, taking the work out of planning a vacation.

Tourism is one of the state’s largest industries. In 2021, Pennsylvania welcomed 180 million travelers, which generated more than $66 billion and supported nearly half a million jobs.

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