Senator Pennycuick E-Newsletter

View this email in a browser

Dear Friends,

My recent focus in Harrisburg has been protecting schools and critical infrastructure. I’m sponsoring legislation to impose harsher penalties for those who make false threats against schools and those who vandalize or target critical infrastructure like our power grid. Closer to home, in the 24th District, I recently met with the Salvation Army in Pottstown. We discussed ways to better support our homeless population, and I’m proud to have secured a state grant to help them continue their vital work.

Please note, tomorrow (April 23) is the Primary Election here in Pennsylvania. I encourage you exercise your right to vote.


In this Update:

  • Honoring a Hero: Sisca Community Park & Garden Groundbreaking Ceremony
  • Grant Awarded to Help Pottstown Homeless Population
  • Increasing Penalties for Reporting False Threats at Schools
  • Senate Approves Bill to Protect Critical Infrastructure
  • Meeting with Berks County VA Director
  • Eagle Scout Adam Canigiani Jr
  • International Spring Festival
  • Youth Fishing Derby!
  • FREE Replacement License Plate Event
  • Primary Election Day is Tuesday, April 23
  • New Crime-Fighting Tool for the Public
  • Youth Leadership Camp to be Held June 9-15
  • Five Steps to Safer Digging

Honoring a Hero: Sisca Community Park & Garden Groundbreaking Ceremony

On Saturday, Trappe Borough held a heartfelt ceremony to mark the groundbreaking of the Sisca Community Park & Garden. This space will be a permanent reminder of Officer Branden Sisca’s bravery and service. The Sisca Community Park & Garden will provide a space for families to connect, children to play, and everyone to reflect on Officer Sisca’s positive impact on our community. He gave his life in the line of duty, and his sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Grant Awarded to Help Pottstown Homeless Population

I recently joined Rep. Joe Ciresi on a tour of the homeless encampment in Pottstown. Our visit highlighted the critical role organizations like The Salvation Army of Pottstown play in our community. Their 44-bed shelter provides vital housing assistance, employment and childcare support, and life skills training. I’m proud to have helped secure a $225,000 grant to ensure this essential service continues operating in Pottstown.

Increasing Penalties for Reporting False Threats at Schools

In the wake of a school shooting tragedy and an uptick in hoax reports, the Senate approved legislation to enhance criminal penalties for false threat reports. Senate Bill 975 now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.

The bill would make knowingly reporting a false threat at schools and higher education institutions a felony of the third degree, resulting in a prison sentence of up to seven years and a fine of up to $15,000. It would also allow courts to sentence anyone convicted to pay the costs of an evacuation or response that resulted from the threat.

These costs may include supplies, equipment or materials to respond to the threat; food that went unused because of the evacuation or diversion from standard operations of a school; and salary and wages – including overtime pay – for those who respond to the threat and any teacher, administrator or other educational facility employee who was paid despite the diversion.

Senate Approves Bill to Protect Critical Infrastructure

The Senate approved legislation to increase fines and penalties against those who intentionally vandalize or attack critical infrastructure, like the power grid. The bill now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Under Senate Bill 819, those who willfully damage, destroy, vandalize, deface or tamper with equipment in a critical infrastructure facility will face a minimum of third-degree felony charges that come with a prison sentence of one to five years and a fine of no less than $10,000, along with the potential to face civil suits for damages to personal or real estate interests.

A destabilized power grid brings national security risks and disrupts our day-to-day activities – particularly among vulnerable populations. With the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security warning of increasing foreign and domestic threats to the power grid, protecting our critical infrastructure is more important than ever.

Meeting with Berks County VA Director

The weight of service shouldn’t be carried alone. I recently met with our newest Berks County Department of Veterans Affairs Director, Jay Ostrich, to discuss veteran suicide treatment. Our veterans deserve our unwavering commitment. Together, we’re ensuring they have the resources they need to thrive.

Eagle Scout Adam Canigiani Jr

I recently attended the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Adam Canigiani Jr. from Troop 105 in Schwenksville. Adam’s story is truly remarkable. Over the past two years, he’s battled through many health challenges while still demonstrating incredible resilience and dedication.

Despite these challenges, Adam never lost sight of his goal of becoming an Eagle Scout.  His commitment culminated in a fantastic service project – a toy drive benefiting The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where Adam has received incredible care.

Adam’s perseverance, not only in achieving Eagle Scout but in giving back to his community, is a powerful testament to the strength of the human spirit. Congratulations, Adam!

International Spring Festival

On Saturday, I was immersed in the vibrant atmosphere of the 35th Annual International Spring Festival! This event beautifully reflects the cultural richness of our community. This is a highlight of the year for so many!

Youth Fishing Derby!

This weekend, I will be hosting my annual Youth Fishing Derby at Bergey Park (675 Bergeys Mill Road, Schwenksville, PA 19473) on Saturday, April 27, 2024 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

This free event is a fantastic opportunity for children (14 and under) to enjoy a fun morning of fishing in the park’s scenic stream while learning about Pennsylvania’s diverse wildlife and the importance of environmental conservation.

Participants will have the chance to learn from experts, compete for fun prizes, and enjoy snacks and refreshments. Educational material will also be provided. Please find the event flyer here.

Pre-registration is required and can be completed online or by calling my Red Hill office at (215) 541-2388. I look forward to seeing you there!

FREE Replacement License Plate Event

Attention Drivers! I will be hosting a FREE License Plate Replacement Event on May 15, 2024 at Topton Borough. Is your license plate:

  • Faded or peeling paint?
  • Cracked or damaged material?
  • Reduced reflectivity?

An unreadable plate can be a safety hazard and lead to citations. This event provides a convenient opportunity to replace your plate at no cost. Register NOW!

Primary Election Day is Tuesday, April 23

Primary Election Day is early this year: Tuesday, April 23, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you are not registered to vote using a mail-in ballot but need to do so because of an emergency situation – such as an unexpected illness, disability or last-minute absence from your municipality – you may request an Emergency Absentee Ballot. The deadline to submit an Emergency Absentee Ballot Application to the County Election Board is April 23 at 8 p.m.

If you’re not sure where to report to vote, check here using the Department of State website. In addition to providing the address of your polling place, it will also tell you if you are an annual mail-in or absentee voter.

Voters who requested a mail-in ballot but would prefer to vote in person can do so if they bring their ballot and the pre-addressed outer return envelope to their polling place to be voided. If you do not surrender your ballot and return envelope, you can only vote by provisional ballot at your polling place.

New Crime-Fighting Tool for the Public

PSP Tips offers the public a new way to share information related to active investigations, cold cases, the apprehension of unwanted persons or locating missing persons. It includes information about nearly 100 cold case homicides, missing persons and other unsolved crimes. New cases will be added frequently.

Featured cases include the 1973 homicide of an eight-year-old girl in Greene County, the unsolved killing in 1977 of a high school junior in Blair County, the 1981 disappearance of a Lackawanna County teenager and the search for the children of Susan Reinert, a Montgomery County teacher found murdered near Harrisburg in 1979. All cases in which the Pennsylvania State Police requests public assistance can be viewed on Facebook and Twitter.

Your tip could provide investigators with a long-awaited breakthrough that will finally bring closure and justice for the victims’ families. All information submitted to PSP Tips can be provided anonymously, if desired. Submit information using the toll-free phone number, 1-800-4PA-TIPS (1-800-472-8477) or online.

Youth Leadership Camp to be Held June 9-15

Teenagers who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement or the military are encouraged to apply to participate in a leadership camp to be held June 9-15 at Messiah University in Mechanicsburg.

The Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania National Guard and Pennsylvania American Legion staff the camp. Cadets work on team-building exercises, physical fitness training, classroom activities involving police and military careers, and a marksmanship course. They will also visit the State Police Academy and Fort Indiantown Gap National Training Center.

The camp offers three $1,000 scholarships at the end of the week. Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 17 prior to entering the camp and may not reach age 18 during the camp. Applicants should be physically fit, in good health and have a strong academic record. There is no cost to participants as their local American Legion post sponsors their attendance. Learn more and fill out an application here by May 15.

Five Steps to Safer Digging

April is Pennsylvania 8-1-1 Safe Digging Month, which is the perfect time to review the five steps for safely preparing for any outdoor project that requires excavation so you don’t hit an underground utility line.

Mark your proposed work site with white paint, flags or chalk. Then, as required by state law, contact PA One Call at least three to 10 business days prior to excavation. Pennsylvanians can dial 8-1-1 to connect with the One Call system and out-of-state residents or businesses can call 1-800-242-1776. Wait to begin work until the lawful start date. Track the progress of your request through the email that details what each utility company did to mark the location of their underground lines. Dig carefully.

Following the five steps to safer digging minimizes risk to the contractors or homeowners who are doing the digging; to utility workers and emergency responders who are mobilized to deal with the damage; and to bystanders who live, work or travel near the locations of the incidents. Learn more here.


If you are not already subscribed to this newsletter please sign up here.

Facebook Twitter/X Instagram LinkdedIn Website

2024 © Senate of Pennsylvania | | Privacy Policy