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Legislators Announce Reading School District Receives School Violence Prevention Grant

READING, October 17, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs has awarded the Pennsylvania Department of Education $1 million to equip students and educators across the state with strategies to prevent school violence, State Sen. Judy…...Continue reading »

Schwank Announces Nearly $2 million in Grants for Berks County

Harrisburg, October 12, 2018  − Today the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced that nearly 200 county and municipal governments will be getting a boost to their recycling and leaf collection programs this year, thanks to $37 million in Recycling…...Continue reading »

Schwank Announces Kutztown School District Grant

Harrisburg, October 5, 2018 – The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools has selected Kutztown Area School District to receive $10,190 for programming to address school violence, State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) announced. Specifically, the district was the…...Continue reading »

Schwank Announces Exeter Approved for State Grant

Harrisburg, October 2, 2018 − Exeter Township will receive $2.9 million in Multimodal Transportation Fund grant funding approved today by PennDOT, Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) announced. The funds will strengthen the township’s efforts to increase safety along Perkiomen Avenue. Exeter Township…...Continue reading »

PA Partnerships for Children Honors Sen. Schwank for Dedication to Children’s Issues

HARRISBURG, PA – October 1, 2018 – Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (PPC) today presented Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) with its annual “Be Someone for Kids” award in recognition of her work to enact public policies that benefit the commonwealth’s children.…...Continue reading »

ESU Names Judith L. Schwank Legislative Fellow for 2018

East Stroudsburg, PA − September 27, 2018 − East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania announced the selection of its 2018 Legislative Fellow, State Senator Judith L. Schwank, at a breakfast held in her honor on Thursday, September 27. ESU President Marcia…...Continue reading »

Sextortion Legislation Passes Senate

Harrisburg, September 26, 2018 – The Pennsylvania Senate today approved a bill introduced by Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) to criminalize the coercion of sexual conduct. Senate Bill 1134, which Schwank and Vulakovich introduced earlier this…...Continue reading »

Schwank Announces Additional Funds to Berks Heim

Reading, September 20, 2018  − Due to the privatization of a York County home, the Berks Heim is estimated to receive an additional $596,000 during the 2018-2019 fiscal year, State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) announced. “The Berks Heim has a…...Continue reading »

Schwank Applauds New Dairy Grant Funding

Reading, September 20, 2018  Gov. Tom Wolf recently announced the availability of $5 million in grant funding to help Pennsylvania dairy farmers overcome challenges and capitalize on new opportunities. This historic funding, made available for the first time under the…...Continue reading »

Legislators Announce Three Projects Approved for State Grants 

HARRISBURG, September 18, 2018 – Three local recreation and conservation projects were approved today for grant funding totaling $375,000 by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, according to Sen. Judy Schwank and Reps. Thomas Caltagirone and Mark Rozzi.   The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved grants for:  Berks…...Continue reading »

Sen. Schwank Announces Thirteen Berks Municipalities Approved for State Grants 

HARRISBURG, September 18, 2018 – Thirteen Berks County municipalities will receive a total of $1.325 million in new state investments for their ongoing efforts to improve water and sewer services.  Sen. Judy Schwank today said the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved Small Water and Sewer System grants for:  Robeson Township…...Continue reading »

Legislators Announce $500,000 to Berks Community Health Center

READING, September 11, 2018 – Gov. Tom Wolf approved $500,000 in grant funds from Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) for The Berks Community Health Center to open a new location in Northeast Reading, State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) State…...Continue reading »

Schwank Hosting BCTV Show on Dairy Industry

Reading, August 17, 2018 State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) is hosting a live telecast on BCTV on Monday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. The program is on the dairy industry and will include a panel conversation between Pennsylvania Department of…...Continue reading »

Schwank Hosting Aging Parent Conference to Honor Late Mother

Reading, August 1, 2018  State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) is hosting a free Aging Parent Conference on Sept. 5, 2018, at the McGlinn Conference Center, 460 St. Bernardine Street, adjacent to Alvernia University. The conference is inspired by Schwank’s late…...Continue reading »

Schwank Applauds Gov. Wolf’s Traffic Signal Improvements Announcement

Reading, July 12, 2018  State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) was encouraged by Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement that 70 municipalities will receive more than $31 million to support traffic signal upgrades. Funding comes through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s “Green Light-Go”…...Continue reading »

Schwank Resolution to Study Dairy Industry Passes Senate

Harrisburg, June 18, 2018  − Legislation sponsored by Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) to study the Commonwealth’s dairy industry was approved by the Senate today. Senate Resolution 384, which Schwank introduced last week, directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to…...Continue reading »

Schwank Bill on SNAP Trafficking Approved by Senate

Harrisburg, June 6, 2018 − Legislation sponsored by Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) that would increase penalties against merchants or vendors who exploit the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by trafficking SNAP cards was approved by the…...Continue reading »

Schwank Hosting Farmer Roundtable Discussion

Reading, June 1, 2018 State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) is inviting Berks farmers to a roundtable discussion with Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding on Wednesday, June 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Berks County Agricultural Center Auditorium at…...Continue reading »

Schwank Invites Constituents for Coffee at the Wyomissing Restaurant and Bakery

Reading, May 21, 2018 − Sen. Judy Schwank is inviting constituents to meet her for coffee, doughnuts and conversation at the Wyomissing Restaurant and Bakery at 1245 Penn Avenue in Wyomissing from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, May…...Continue reading »

Spotted Lanternfly Informational Videos Available on Senator Schwank’s Website

Reading, May 8, 2018 − In conjunction with Penn State Extension, Sen. Judy Schwank has released six instructional videos relating to the identification and control of the spotted lanternfly. In the videos, three Extension educators – Emelie Swackhamer, Amy Korman and Don…...Continue reading »

Schwank Applauds Gov. Wolf’s Opportunity Zones Announcement

Reading, April 20, 2018 − State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) was encouraged by Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement that 300 census tracts across the commonwealth have been nominated as Qualified Opportunity Zones. Qualified Opportunity Zones are a tool for promoting long-term…...Continue reading »

Schwank, Vulakovich Introduce Sextortion Legislation

Harrisburg, April 18, 2018 – Senators Judy Schwank (D-11) and Randy Vulakovich (R-38) have introduced legislation that aims to criminalize the coercion of sexual conduct. Senate Bill 1134 would establish sextortion as a specific criminal offense with consequences comparable to similar…...Continue reading »

Schwank Hosting Tax Workshop for Working Families

Reading, April 2, 2018  Sen. Judy Schwank and Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella are hosting an event to help working families find money they are entitled to this tax season. The event, Financial Freedom for Working Families, is part of a…...Continue reading »

Gender Diversity Encouraged Through Senate Resolution 255

Harrisburg, March 27, 2018 – Sponsored by Senator Judith L. Schwank (D-Berks County), the Executive Women’s Council of Pittsburgh (EWC) has been instrumental in bringing Senate Resolution 255 to the forefront. The Resolution, titled “Encouraging equitable and diverse gender representation…...Continue reading »

Schwank Votes in Favor of Bills Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence

Harrisburg, March 21, 2018– State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) voted in favor of a package of bipartisan bills pertaining to domestic violence. The bills are aimed to empower victims of domestic violence by helping them leave their abusers and controlling…...Continue reading »