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Veterans’ Specialist at District Offices
I will host a veterans’ specialist at both my Rochester and New Castle District Offices to assist constituents with various issues related to their military service.
Stephanie Bengoa of the American Legion Veterans Assistance Program will be available, beginning in July, on the third Wednesday of each month at the New Castle Office (1905 W. State St. New Castle, PA 16101) and, beginning in August, on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Rochester District Office (488 Adams St. Rochester, PA 15074). She will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and no appointment is necessary.
Ms. Bengoa can assist veterans and their families understand the benefits they have earned, enroll in the V.A. health care system, assist with the appeals process, and much more. Please bring any documentation and paperwork you may need.
For more information, contact my New Castle District Office at 724-654-1444.
Senate Adopts Resolution Calling for Study of Election Technology
Last week, the Senate adopted Senate Resolution 394, a measure I introduced establishing an advisory task force within the Joint State Government Commission to discuss and make recommendations for the future of casting and counting of ballots in Pennsylvania.
The need for this task force was brought to my attention by multiple directors of voter registration and elections in my district who were concerned with a number of issues regarding the equipment used to count ballots. In many cases, this equipment is aging and well behind in the terms of technology. I believe this is an appropriate time to consider all of the options that are out there and to prepare for the future. I believe we need to have some type of plan in place when these aging machines need to be replaced.
National Disability Voter Registration Week
On Monday, July 11, the Senate adopted my resolution designating July 11 through 15, 2016 as National Disability Voter Registration Week in Pennsylvania. Click the accompanying pictures to read the resolution in its entirety.
Free Professional Assistance for Drinking Water Systems
Small and medium-sized drinking water systems can get free professional engineering help from the state Department of Environmental Protection for certain tasks.
Under the Professional Engineering Services Program, water systems can receive assistance that supports a capital improvement project or consolidation with another system.
Beaver, Butler, Lawrence County Bridge Projects to Begin This Summer
The Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the private sector, will begin replacing a significant number of bridges in all three counties of the 47th Senate District this summer as part of a three year project to replace 558 aging bridges across the Commonwealth.
The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, made possible by Act 88 of 2012, allows PennDOT to contract with private partners to design, construct, and maintain these bridges for 25 years, resulting in significant savings for Pennsylvania taxpayers.
Click the following links to view all upcoming and ongoing projects:
Help Beaver County Humane Society Win!
The Beaver County Humane Society is participating in a national fundraising challenge and first place nationally is awarded a $50,000 prize.
It's more important now than ever to support our local Humane Society!
Let's see if we can all chip in and make Beaver County the top dog in this fundraising challenge!
Unclaimed Property Awaits Rightful Owners
The Treasury reports it began 2016 seeking the legal owners of $2.5 billion in unclaimed property. Claimants are encouraged to file a claim form, free of charge, with the Bureau of Unclaimed Property rather than pay the 15% maximum finder’s fee.
One in 10 residents have unclaimed property. The increased popularity of gift certificates and gift cards can also bring an increase in unclaimed property, as Pennsylvania requires those with an expiration date and/or any fees to be reported as unclaimed property. Search the Treasury’s Unclaimed Property data base or call the toll-free number, 800-222-2046, for information and assistance.
Pennsylvania State Archives
History buffs can find valuable public records and papers of citizens and organizations at the Pennsylvania State Archives in Harrisburg. The documents belong to the people of Pennsylvania and are open to all to view and enjoy a piece of PA history. View in person or online.
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