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In this update:

  • School safety grants awarded in the 28th District
  • Update on York Fair incident
  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • York Area Regional Police Department is “Top Dog”
  • Discussing unfunded mandates with school officials
  • Road of Remembrance Dedication Ceremony set for Nov. 10
  • Congratulations to the 2019 Outstanding Citizen Conservationist — Mitzi Eaton
  • Money management saving tips for young adults
  • Fall weather is here and the Public Utility Commission has tips on getting your home ready for colder temps
  • Upcoming PennDOT projects
  • On deck

School safety grants awarded in the 28th District 

As part of the ongoing commitment to improve school safety throughout the Commonwealth, the Department of Education announced the recipients of competitively awarded grants to address school safety concerns throughout our county.

The 28th Senatorial District received a cumulative total of more than $270,000 for school safety programs.

Dallastown Area School District will receive $24,862 for security-related equipment.  West York Area School District will receive $17,473 for programs aimed at reducing school violence and $60,000 for school resource officers. York City School District will receive $24,946 for security-related equipment, $40,000 for school police officers, and $60,000 for school resource officers.

You can learn more about these grants here. This is one of many opportunities for local schools to obtain valuable resources to ensure the safety and security of students, teachers and administrators.

The state budget that I supported in June included over $70 million for programs, equipment, training and personnel to help address school safety concerns across the state.

Update on York Fair incident

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, which oversees the safety of amusement park rides, including those at the York Fair, concluded their investigation into the accident that happened last month.

As you may recall, I sent a letter to Secretary Redding, who leads the department, asking for an update into the investigation that left three people injured at the Giant Ferris Wheel.

You can read my letter below.

The report found an improperly installed pin holding a control arm in place. Since the error was found, the wheel from the York Fair is no longer allowed to operate in the state until the problem is resolved. Furthermore, similar Ferris wheels across the state are all required to ensure they follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper pin installation. You can read full report here.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

The numbers are frightening – more than 1,900 Pennsylvania women have died from breast cancer so far in 2019, and 12,070 new cases have been diagnosed, according to American Cancer Society estimates.

But there is hope!

Twenty-six years ago, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her message to you is that a mammogram saved her life!

Please take the time and schedule your mammogram.

Early detection saves lives!

Do not put it off!


York Area Regional Police Department is “Top Dog” 

Thank you to everyone who came out on Sunday for the 2nd Annual Top Dog event in support of York County Crime Stoppers – Pennsylvania!

Five police departments, including Northern York County Regional Police Department, York Area Regional Police Dept., Springettsbury Township Police Department, Lower Windsor Township Police Department Spring Garden Township Police Department, and York County Sheriff’s Office vied for the chance to be named Top Dog Hot Dog Master!

All of the entries were delicious, but the Judges Panel and the People agreed! Congratulations to York Area Regional Police Department!

Special thanks to York County Crime Stoppers for the pleasure of serving as a judge!

Discussing unfunded mandates with school officials 

On Thursday, I joined the Pennsylvania School Boards Association to discuss various important state-related issues impacting our public schools. I highlighted some of the cost-drivers leading to school property tax increases and my proposals to address those added costs.

I joined school directors who now serve in the General Assembly, including Representatives Jim Gregory, Mike Jones, Joe Ciresi, Wendi Thomas and Barb Gleim to discuss the transition from school board to the General Assembly. I also had a few minutes to catch up with the Dallastown Area School District School board members. 

Road of Remembrance Dedication Ceremony set for Nov. 10 

The Road of Remembrance – Trees for the Trail Dedication Ceremony will take place Sunday, November 10, at 2 p.m. at Susquehannock High School, 3280 Fissels Church Road in Glen Rock. 

The ceremony will be on the football field. 

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place indoors in the high school auditorium with overflow seating in the gymnasium. 

The ceremony for this historical event is expected to take approximately one hour and will include patriotic music and a tribute to our veterans. I hope to see you there! 

Congratulations to the 2019 Outstanding Citizen Conservationist  — Mitzi Eaton 

Congratulations to Mitzi Eaton on her award as the 2019 Outstanding Citizen Conservationist from the York County Conservation District for her work rehabilitating raptors at Raven Ridge Wildlife Center!

Mitzi was unable to attend the Annual Conservation Awards picnic this summer, but Rep. Stan Saylor and I were able to join Kim Young from the Conservation District on Monday to properly recognize her accomplishment and present her with Senate and House citations.

She even brought along Teddi, a Barred Owl, for the presentation. Congratulations, Mitzi! 

Money management saving tips for young adults 

Based on the overwhelming response I received to last week’s email about a bill I supported that would give schools the option to swap out an existing graduation credit requirement for a financial literacy course, I thought it would be helpful to share with you some information from the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities. They have a helpful guide titled, “40 Money Management Tips Every Young Adult Should Know.” While this publication is geared towards young adults, it could be helpful for individuals at any age.

The publication can alleviate the challenges of navigating financial goal setting.  The numerous choices and decisions explored range from selecting housing to managing tech expenses, while being vigilant to avoid identity fraud schemes. 

The money management tips publication’s interactive table of contents (p. 3) allows the reader to easily locate the desired topic.  Parents and guardians are encouraged to engage with their student in discussing expectations and responsibilities. 

If you would like a physical copy of this publication, please contact our local office at 717-741-4648 or email me with your address and I’d be happy to put a copy in the mail for you.

Fall weather is here and the Public Utility Commission has tips on getting your home ready for colder temps 

Early fall temperatures offer perfect conditions for weatherproofing your home, according to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC). 

Did you know that a quarter inch gap at the base of a three-foot wide exterior door is equal to the loss through a three-inch hole in the wall of your home? 

Prepare Now to conserve energy and money later with the following resources: 

Utilities are required by the PUC to offer programs and protections that help low-income customers maintain utility service. 

My office is happy to help you and your family navigate any state-related program related to home heating assistance. 

Upcoming PennDOT projects 

You can see PennDOT’s maintenance projects planned for next week here.

(Please be advised that this link is updated by PennDOT and may not be updated to reflect next week’s schedule until Monday.)

On deck

The Senate of Pennsylvania reconvenes for voting on Monday, October 21 at 1 p.m.

You can find out more about next week’s Senate session by visiting

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