Senator Stefano E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Roadwork on Crawford Avenue Bridge Begins
  • 108th PA Farm Show Held in Harrisburg
  • Ribbon Cut on Expansion at Fayette Business Park
  • Hearing Held on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
  • 2023 Review: Empowering Parents with Their Children’s Education
  • 2023 Review: Supporting Pennsylvania Veterans
  • Check Out My New Website
  • PA Youth: Become a Litter Hawk
  • Helping First Responders Access Federal Dollars
  • Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Roadwork on Crawford Avenue Bridge Begins

The rehabilitation of the Crawford Avenue Bridge, also known as the McCray Robb Bridge, began on Tuesday, Jan. 9. According to PennDOT, roadwork is expected to last through late 2024. The project will add a shared-use path to the structure, allowing for safe pedestrian and bicycle access.

During that time, my Connellsville district office will remain open, and operating hours will not change. Constituents traveling to the office from West Crawford Avenue are encouraged to take the official, 1.7-mile detour on U.S. Route 119 North, and exit south on Pittsburgh Street.

Shuttle service is available for pedestrians who walk or bike the bridge. According to PennDOT, planned stops are on West Crawford Avenue at First Street and West Crawford Avenue at North Meadow Lane, which is across the street from my office. For shuttle arrangements, call 724-317-1428.

108th PA Farm Show Held in Harrisburg

Great to see so much representation from the 32nd at the Farm Show this week! Agriculture is the number one industry in Pennsylvania and it’s amazing to see the innovation behind it at the Farm Show every year.

Congratulations to Kenzie Mowry of Mill Run! Kenzie received a scholarship from the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation to continue her agricultural education studies at Penn State.

Somerset Area FFA students held demonstrations on wreaths and apple cider making. Great work!

Ribbon Cut on Expansion at Fayette Business Park

Congratulations to Montgomery Medical and Frontier Clinical Research! Last week, they cut the ribbon on their new 18,346-square-foot facility at the Fayette Business Park in Smithfield. Great to see this expansion for medical care in Fayette County.

Hearing Held on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

The Senate Majority Policy Committee met in Pittsburgh to receive testimony on human trafficking in Pennsylvania. Testifiers discussed what can be done to fight back against this dark underground industry.  You can watch the hearing here.

2023 Review: Empowering Parents with Their Children’s Education

Just as Senate Republicans led efforts to help students, we also focused on increasing parents’ involvement in the education of their children. After all, the people who know their child best and love them most should not be barred from playing an active role in their lives in any environment.

We passed a bill to empower parents to protect their own child from accessing sexually explicit content at school, without impacting the books available to other students. Schools should not have the ability to show our children content adults are barred from viewing at their jobs if their parents don’t support it. Another bill would expand parents’ access to what students are learning.

A new law makes it easier for parents to enroll their children in school when they move because of the family’s involvement in the military. It would help students avoid delays that can require them to take summer classes or graduate later than expected.

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 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.

Helping First Responders Access Federal Dollars

Federal assistance grants are available to support firefighter and emergency medical service organizations, but only a fraction of the first responders who apply do so successfully.

Giving organizations the information they need to access this critical funding for vehicles, gear and more will help local governments avoid raising taxes to cover the costs associated with keeping our communities safe.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers free webinars about how to apply for funding under the Assistance to Firefighters grant program and workshops covering the Assistance to Firefighters grant program, Fire Prevention and Safety grant program and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grants. Learn more.

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.


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