Sunday, December 9, 2012
State Rep. Pamela DeLissio elected to statewide Democratic leadership position.
Citizens in the 194th District might get a little more clout when it comes to Harrisburg this legislative term. State Rep. Pamela DeLissio (D-194) was chosen by her peers to be a vice-chairman to the Southeast Pennsylvania Democratic Caucus in the General Assembly. DeLissio represents Philadelphia (Roxborough-Manayunk) and Lower Merion Township (Bala Cynwyd-Belmont Hills). She joins three of her peers in leadership roles in suburban Philadelphia. Rep. Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, will serve as chairman of the delegation. Reps. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, and Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery will join DeLissio as vice chairmen. Additionally, Rep. Matthew Bradford, D-Montgomery, was elected treasurer, and Rep. Maria Donatucci…
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Roxborough resident continues to represent the 194th District.
With nearly all precincts reporting, State Rep. Pamela DeLissio won victory by a large margin in the 194th District Tuesday night. DeLissio, the freshman lawmaker representing Roxborough-Manayunk and Bala Cynwyd and Belmont Hills in Lower Merion Township, defeated Republican challenger Linda Wolfe-Bateman, capturing 77.4 percent of the vote. In Philadelphia, unofficial election returns from 96 percent of precincts showed DeLissio capturing 15,155 to Wolfe-Bateman's 4,190, according to the City Commissioners. Lower Merion Township produced a much closer tally—with DeLissio up 508-232, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
State representative talks about public welfare at Oct. 24 town hall.
Pamela DeLissio has experienced many sides to the long-term care issue for seniors. The Democratic state representative managed nursing homes and care facilities before working in Harrisburg. Now, she faces first-hand how to care for her elderly father and aunt. Her aunt, who still lives independently in Upper Darby, will call her with questions on how to negotiate the convoluted senior services process. "She says, 'What do people do who don't have a family? You're experts on this and you're confused,'" DeLissio said. "We need to look at some ways to make this system user friendly and how to increase accessibility." During her quarterly town hall meeting Wednesday at Roxborough Memorial Hospital, the freshman lawmaker discussed budget …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Government, police and fire officials raise awareness Wednesday in Roxborough.sd
Supermarkets fight hunger by providing community members with a place to buy food. At the Brown's ShopRite in Roxborough, that commitment to feeding the hungry extends beyond paying customers. As part of the Gov. Corbett-decreed "Official Day to Help Fight Hunger," ShopRite invited local police, fire and government officials to its Ridge Avenue location to serve as guest baggers, and raise money and awareness for hunger. State Rep. Pam DeLissio (D-194) joined Josh Cohen, an aid for Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. (D-4), 5th District Police Community Relations Officer Charles Kline and Philadelphia firefighters in stocking grocery bags and taking donations for the ShopRite Partners In Caring, hunger charity. "Jeff Brown and the folks at …
Friday, September 7, 2012
State representative warned to check identification's validity.
Leading up to the passage and now implementation of the Pennsylvania Voter ID Law, state Rep. Pam DeLissio (D-194) has been an outspoken critic about the "irresponsibly quick" timeline. That speedy runup prior to the November 2012 election almost cost DeLissio a chance to vote for herself. DeLissio, like 4,600 registered voters in the 194th District, recently received a letter from the Department of State warning that her identification may be invalid. The freshman lawmaker seeking reelection this fall felt troubled but also confused: the letter didn't specify what the problem was. "If the constituents are like me, they were saying, 'Hey, how am I supposed to fix something, if I don't know what the issue is?'" she said before the Ridge …
Monday, July 9, 2012
The state rep. announces quarterly meetings.
Continuing her string of quarterly town hall meetings, state Rep. Pam DeLissio (D-194) announced dates and locations for July meetings. DeLissio, a freshman lawmaker, represents parts of Roxborough, Manayunk, Bala Cynwyd and Belmont Hills as part of the 194th district. "The focus of these meetings will be property tax reform and education funding, including vouchers and charter schools. These issues will continue to be the focus of legislative initiatives in Harrisburg. Of course my constituents will also have the chance to talk about whatever concerns them," DeLissio said in a news release. "Often public policy is set in Harrisburg and it is my job to help the citizens of the 194th understand how policy affects their everyday lives." …
Monday, July 2, 2012
Linda Wolfe-Bateman faces off against incumbent Rep. DeLissio this fall.
Republican state representative candidate Linda Wolfe-Bateman claims to hold moderate political stances. Talking to her for a few minutes, you'll get that impression. The Roxborough resident vying to sway voters from incumbent Rep. Pamela DeLissio (D) in the 194th District this fall is quick to criticize Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, credit Democratic Mayor Michael Nutter, and holds liberal social positions—she doesn't feel the government should interfere with issues like abortion and gay marriage. However, as a life-long Republican and long-time government employee, Wolfe-Bateman says she can give constituents from Roxborough, Manayunk, Belmont Hills, and Bala Cynwyd a better stake in what happens in Harrisburg by being a member of the …
Friday, May 25, 2012
Rep. DeLissio held hearing on state budget Thursday.
Although the state Senate returned some cuts to Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed budget, nonprofit organizations beseeched one Pennsylvania lawmaker Thursday to consider further additions. Rep. Pam DeLissio (D-194) held a budget hearing at West Laurel Hill Conservatory Thursday, allowing citizens a voice in the budget process. The state House returns to session June 4, and the budget is atop the agenda. "The people who are living the day-to-day of these budgets need to have their voices heard... This information is invaluable for me to take back to Harrisburg," DeLissio said. The public hearing was open to anyone, and many nonprofits who rely on state funding took the opportunity to demonstrate the heartache Pennsylvanians will feel if their …
Monday, May 14, 2012
State representative holds meeting May 16 in Bala Cynwyd.
State Rep. Pamela DeLissio (D-194) says jobs are out there, but that citizens need help qualifying for positions. "There are good-paying jobs available in southeastern Pennsylvania," DeLissio said in a news release. "However, many unemployed or underemployed citizens do not possess the skills to obtain these positions." The state House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, 215 Belmont Ave., Bala Cynwyd, to focus on workforce retraining. DeLissio, who represents portions of Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties, called the hearing and will co-chair it. "The focus of the hearing will be retraining and the development of new career pathways," DeLissio said. "With the wide economic shifts in …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
State rep. discusses Harrisburg'ss status and her own priorities.
One week before state Rep. Pam DeLissio's first reelection test, the General Assembly member presented herself as a Harrisburg outsider, still bent on altering the system. "After 17 months in the state Legislature one clear observation that I want to impart is about the process or lack thereof. If we had a different process we would have a different and better outcome," DeLissio (D-194) said. In a quarterly town hall meeting held at Roxborough Memorial Hospital, DeLissio discussed statewide issues in advance of the April 24 primary, where she faces a challenge from Ray Bailey, Jr., a local Democratic Committee person. Since taking office in January 2010, DeLissio has introduced only one piece of legislation. She attributes that to the …