Senator Vogel E-Newsletter

View this email in a browser

In this Update:

  • Happy Easter to You and Your Family
  • Voter Registration Deadline is April 8
  • Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8
  • Recent State/Federal Grants Awarded in the 47th District
  • Highlights in the 47th
  • Pre-Register Today for Our Kid’s Extravaganza on May 18
  • Free Tax Resource for Pennsylvanians
  • Supporting Firefighters, Community Safety
  • Senate Votes for Athletic Trainers to Provide Important Care

Happy Easter to You and Your Family

Warmest wishes for you and your family as we celebrate the holy holiday of Easter. While we reflect on the hope and love the day symbolizes, may you enjoy time surrounded by loved ones. Happy Easter!

Voter Registration Deadline is April 8

The deadline to register to vote in Pennsylvania’s April 23 primary election is Monday, April 8. Your county election board must receive your application for a mail-in or absentee ballot by Tuesday, April 16, at 5 p.m.

To legally register, individuals must be a citizen of the United States, reside in their local voting precincts at least 30 days prior to the election and be at least age 18 on Election Day, Tuesday, April 23. Once registered to vote, you are not required to register again unless you change your residence, name or political party affiliation.

Voter registration forms, mail-in ballot applications and absentee ballot applications are available here or from your local county’s Board of Elections. You can also use the site to check your registration status.

Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8

On Monday, April 8, the continental United States will experience its last total solar eclipse until 2044. As it travels from the southwest to the northeast, the eclipse will cross through a portion of northwest Pennsylvania, including Erie, Crawford, Warren and Mercer counties. For nearly four minutes around 2:30 p.m., the afternoon sky will go dark. The sun will slowly reemerge, and by 4:30 p.m., it will be as if nothing happened.

You must be in the path to see the sun totally eclipsed by the moon. Most of Pennsylvania lies within the 90% coverage range, so there will be excellent viewing across the state, weather permitting, even outside the path of totality. Before the total solar eclipse, many state parks have free eclipse educational programs.

To safely view the eclipse, do not look directly at the sun with the naked eye, through an unfiltered camera lens or with any kind of standard sunglasses. Find more information about safety and what to expect here.

Recent State/Federal Grants Awarded in the 47th District

Recently, over $1.9 million in state and federal grants have been awarded to local projects and initiatives in our area. These investments allow for our communities to continue to be revitalized, maintained, and kept safe.

The projects and initiatives that received funding include the following:

The City of Aliquippa received a $148,500 Strategic Management Planning Program state grant which they will use to enter Phase 1 to transition from Act 47 to achieve long-term financial sustainability.

Ambridge Area School District received a $583,370 federal Stronger Connections Grant and can use this funding to promote the social, emotional, physical, and mental well-being of students and staff; address family and community engagement; and promote equitable and inclusive policies and practices.

White Township (Beaver County) received a $200,000 Multimodal Transportation Fund state grant for roadway improvements throughout the township.

Cranberry Township (Butler County) received a $625,000 Multimodal Transportation Fund state grant to install safety and connectivity upgrades at the intersection of Brandt Drive and PA Route 19 located in the township.

Evans City Borough (Butler County) received a $200,000 Multimodal Transportation Fund state grant for the replacement of the Harrison Street culvert located in the borough.

Lancaster Township (Butler County) received a $230,000 Multimodal Transportation Fund state grant for road repairs and upgrades throughout the township.

Highlights in the 47th

While in Harrisburg for March session, I had the pleasure of meeting with Michael Oliverio with Pennsylvania Advocates and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disabilities who came all the way from Zelienople!

I joined the Beaver County Commissioners during their recent press conference where they announced broadband access has been extended to more than 200 sites in Big Beaver Borough and South Beaver, Darlington and Hanover townships!

I commend the commissioners for not only making it possible for more Beaver County residents to receive increased internet access through the completion of two early action projects, but for achieving this milestone years ahead of schedule!

Read more here:

Pre-Register Today for Our Kid’s Extravaganza on May 18

Don’t forget to pre-register for our 13th Annual Kid’s Extravaganza on Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at CCBC – Athletics and Events Center, 1 Campus Drive, Monaca, PA 15061.

You can pre-register here.

Plenty of fun activities will be offered for kids to enjoy, including face painting, a bounce house, balloon artist, a photo booth/selfie station, coloring contest, and western themed games, while parents can learn more about local family services that are available.

Families are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for a chance to compete in our cow milking contest. Winner gets to compete against me in the final round of the competition!

For more information, contact our Cranberry Township District Office at 878-978-2575.

Free Tax Resource for Pennsylvanians

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue myPATH site is a free resource all Pennsylvanians can use.

Using the website, residents can file their PA personal income taxes, make a payment and check the status of their refund. There is also an option to verify your tax refund to expedite processing.

Anyone who needs some extra help using myPATH can access video tutorials explaining how to create a profile, file a personal income tax return and use a smart device to access myPATH.

Supporting Firefighters, Community Safety

Applications for the federal Fire Prevention and Safety Grant and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs will be accepted until Friday, April 12. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is offering webinars to assist in the process.

The Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is to reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations.

SAFER Grants were created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, front-line firefighters available in their communities. SAFER’s goal is to enhance the local fire departments’ abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards.

Senate Votes for Athletic Trainers to Provide Important Care

Two bills modernizing the capabilities of athletic trainers in Pennsylvania were passed by the Senate and moved to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Senate Bill 559 and Senate Bill 560 would allow athletic trainers to deliver a wider scope of health care services to more individuals.

The bills would permit athletic trainers to practice specific invasive procedures under a written protocol with a licensed physician. Some of the procedures include medication injections, blister and nail care, administration of Naloxone and any other procedures authorized by the State Board of Medicine.


Please contact me to provide input on any state-related matter, or to receive help in dealing with a state agency.

Facebook Twitter Instagram Website

2024 © Senate of Pennsylvania | | Privacy Policy