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You don’t have to wait any longer – the much-anticipated PA budget debate season is finally here. With the June 30th budget deadline looming, my staff and I are eager to get back up to Harrisburg and fight for progress on so many critical issues. We’re facing so many things that for too long have not been dealt with. We have a student-loan crisis, expanding poverty, a shrinking middle class and huge environmental challenges. I’m hoping we can tackle these issues and many more. Always feel free to call my office at 610-768-4200 or write us at leach@pasenate.com with your budget priorities! Please see the pdf below which highlights several priorities of Governor Wolf’s budget proposal for 2020-2021.

March will be a busy month for other reasons too. Towards the end of the month I plan to roll out the language for my ban on fracking. My team and I have worked closely with many concerned Pennsylvanians on this and we’re looking forward to having this really important conversation. Also be sure to keep an eye out for my yearly newsletter which you should receive in your mailboxes shortly and this month’s Blueprint which will feature info on our fracking bill.

I’m of course passionate about all the issues we’re working on in Harrisburg, but one of my top priorities is spending time with you, my constituents, right here in the 17th district. This past weekend I was thrilled to host my annual Unsung Hero Award ceremony in Villanova. There are many people doing awesome things for our community and sometimes those people go unnoticed. It was an honor to present them with this award and recognize them for their efforts. And this week, on Thursday, we’ll be at Cabrini University for our annual Good Government event, where local high school students gather for a day to try to pass and lobby legislation through a mock senate. I’m hoping I get to cast a tie-breaking vote again!

Finally, I was proud to sign my name onto the Joint Proclamation of the Senate Democratic Caucus recognizing February 15, 2020 as “Love is Love” Day to support LGBTQ+ youth throughout the Commonwealth, especially during a time of year when love is often being spoken about. We hope this will encourage youth and families to better address how they are feeling, deal with life challenges and utilize community resources.

Always feel free to contact my office with any questions about events, legislation or services. I hope you enjoy these last few weeks of winter, and as always, please let me know if there is anything I can do to better serve you.

Sincerely,
Daylin

    

Summer Camp Fair

Whitpain Town Hall

On Thursday, February 20th my office held our 5th Annual Whitpain Town Hall at the Wissahickon Valley Public Library. A number of community members came out for a lively discussion about the state budget and other legislative priorities. We were also joined by Mike Shorr from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development who spoke about available state grants. I always enjoy meeting constituents and keeping them up to date on what’s happening in Harrisburg. If you would like to have a town hall in your township or borough, contact my office at 610-768-4200.

Whitpain Town Hall

Rent Rebate Forms and Preparation

Tax Time

A limited supply of 2019 Rent Rebate Forms are available at my District Office. If you need assistance filling out your paperwork, my staff is available to help. Please call 610-768-4200 with any questions or to make an appointment.

Unsung Hero Awards

Unsung Hero Awards

This past Saturday, February 22nd, my office held our annual Unsung Hero Award Ceremony at the stunning Inn at Villanova University in Wayne, PA. I was truly honored to be joined by so many community members who selflessly devote their time to help make District 17 a better place. It was humbling to meet award recipients, their families and to hear stories about their inspirations and future aspirations. During troubling times, it’s always nice to know there are still great people doing great deeds.

Unsung Hero AwardsThis year’s Unsung Hero Award recipients included:

  • June Coleman
  • Gloria Cugini
  • Rochelle Culbreath
  • John Deiley
  • Brooke Goodspeed
  • Devon Grievous
  • Dalbert Harrison
  • Barbara Kaufman
  • Steve Monahan
  • Aidan Peterson
  • Diane Reilly
  • Arthur L. Scott, Sr.
  • Marcus Stokes
  • Lily Walker

Congratulations to all the honorees. My office is already looking forward to next year’s event!

Radnor Mobile Hours

Radnor Residents! Do you have a question for me or my staff? Have an issue that you need assistance with? Then stop by our mobile hours every second Tuesday of the month from 9:30 AM to noon at Radnor Memorial Library. A staff member will be on hand to answer questions, hand out literature and process SEPTA Senior Key Card applications. For more information, call 610-768-4200.

Visiting Local Firefighters

Norristown Hose Fire Co

It’s always fun hanging out with the Norristown Hose Fire Co., especially hanging out with the volunteer crew that rides Quint 27. I joined them and the nonprofit Kind Hearts earlier this month for Firefighter Day at the Norristown Recreation Center.

This was a great idea and an excellent way to educate the community on fire safety and careers in firefighting. All of the fire stations in the 17th district are in need of volunteers. If interested, call my office at 610-768-4200 and we’d be happy to point you in the right direction.  

Voting Changes

Voting changes are coming to PA. Learn more about them with the PDF below. Do not hesitate to reach out to my office if you have any questions!

Voting Changes

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Household Hazardous WasteCitizens Police Academy: Understanding Through Education

Join the Citizens Police Academy to learn more about the Lower Merion Police Department and its officers. The academy gives citizens first-hand information on how and why the Department operates; examining the culture of police work and the organization. Classes are taught by Lower Merion police officers who provide an accelerated overview of the various operations within the Department.  It provides an excellent opportunity for citizens to interact with Department members.  Attendees will get hands-on experience working a mock crime scene and are encouraged to participate in a ride-along with a Lower Merion police officer.

If you have any questions, please contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 610-645-6240 or police@lowermerion.org.  Applications can be submitted via email to police@lowermerion.org or submitted at the Lower Merion Police Department.

 

One District One Cause Volleyball Tournament

Volleyball Tournament

Join the Upper Merion Area School District for the second One District One Cause Volleyball Tournament on Friday, March 6th at 5 PM. Proceeds from the fundraising (tournament entrance, raffle baskets, event food sales) will benefit the UMAEA Family Assistance Fund. Entrance to the tournament is $3 per person or free if you are wearing the 2020 ODOC shirt. Raffle tickets for the gift baskets will be on sale at the event in sheets of 25 for $20. They will have pretzels, tomato pie and hot dogs for sale. The event is cash only. For more information, call 610-205-6400.

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Spotted Lanternfly

Spring is almost here, which means that soon our community will see young Spotted Lanternflies begin to hatch.

Spotted lanternflies (SLF) originate from China, India, and Vietnam. They were first discovered in Pennsylvania in Berks County and have since spread to other communities in the southeast portion of the state.

This particular insect is troublesome because it can cause massive damage to Pennsylvania businesses including agricultural crops like grapes, apples, hops and logging. If we can stop its spread and remove the existing population, it would avert a threat that has a potential $18 billion-dollar impact.

According to PSU, who is spearheading research and control efforts, homeowners should walk their properties between September and May to check for SLF egg masses on trees, decks, rocks, and any other hard surfaces. A recently laid egg mass is shiny and smooth but over time it loses its luster and forms cracks like the egg mass pictured below. A single egg mass could hold 30 to 50 eggs. If you find egg masses, you can scrape them off using a plastic card or putty knife. Scrape them into a bag or container filled with rubbing alcohol. Egg masses can also be smashed or burned.

Spotted Lanternfly

Please take time to walk your properties now! This will help control their populations come spring. For more information, visit https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly.

Last year my office held a series of Spotted Lanternfly Presentations for Kids throughout District 17 featuring Luke Hearon from Morris Arboretum. Children are some of the best advocates for mother nature and we saw a unique opportunity to teach them about spotted lanternflies and provide them with engaging tools they can use to get involved in protecting their homes and communities from this pesky species.

The presentations were a lot of fun and free for all. If you would like to hold an event in your community, please reach out to my office and let us know.

 
 

Offices of State Senator Daylin Leach

www.senatorleach.com
  DISTRICT OFFICE
601 S. Henderson Road, Suite 208
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 768-4200 | Fax: (610) 768-4204
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
HARRISBURG OFFICE
543 Main Capitol | Box 203017
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3017
(717) 787-5544 | Fax: (717) 705-7741
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.