Press Releases

New Grant Program for Non-Profit Security Accepting Applications

Reading, January 15, 2020  The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) today opened the application window for a new Non-Profit Security Grant program, which stemmed from language sponsored by State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-11) to address security needs and…...Continue reading »

Legislators Announce Reading Muhlenberg CTC Awarded $50,000

READING, December 19, 2019 –The Pennsylvania Department of Education awarded $50,000 to Reading Muhlenberg CTC to purchase new equipment aligned to training students in high-demand occupations, State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks), State Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-126th District) and State Rep.…...Continue reading »

Schwank Hosting Free Information Session on Holiday Scams

Reading, December 10, 2019  State Sen. Judy Schwank is teaming with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General to bring a free information session on holiday scams to The Heritage of Green Hills at 200 Tranquility Lane in Cumru Township at…...Continue reading »

Schwank and Rozzi Hosting Free ACA Event Nov. 22, Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner to Speak

Reading, November 19, 2019 – State Sen. Judy Schwank and State Rep. Mark Rozzi are hosting a free Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Muhlenberg Township Building at 210 George Street on…...Continue reading »

Sen. Schwank and Rep. Gillen Announce $2 Million State Investment in Berks

HARRISBURG, November 12, 2019 – A Wyomissing Borough development/transportation enhancement project will receive a much-needed boost thanks to $2 million in Multimodal Transportation Fund grant funding approved today by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Multimodal Transportation Funds are meant to improve…...Continue reading »

Schwank Applauds Senate Vote to Expand Absentee Voting Rights

Harrisburg, October 30, 2019 – All Pennsylvania voters would be able to vote by mail under legislation approved Monday by the Pennsylvania Senate. The bill includes language proposed by Sen. Judy Schwank (D-11th district), who has been a leading advocate…...Continue reading »

Legislators Announce School Safety Grants Awarded to Berks Schools

READING, October 17, 2019 – The Pennsylvania Department of Education has awarded nearly $200,000 to Berks County schools to prevent and reduce violent incidents, to purchase safety and security-related equipment, and to provide for the training and compensation of school…...Continue reading »

Schwank Applauds Wyomissing for Securing Traffic Signal Improvements Funds

Reading, October 4, 2019 − State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) was encouraged by Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement that 24 municipalities will receive more than $5 million to support traffic signal upgrades. Funding comes through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s “Green…...Continue reading »

Schwank Dairy Industry Study Released by State’s Legislative Budget and Finance Committee

Harrisburg, September 25, 2019 − The Pennsylvania General Assembly’s Legislative Budget and Finance Committee today released a study of the Commonwealth’s dairy industry which was prompted by legislation sponsored by Sen. Judy Schwank (D-11th District). The legislation, Senate Resolution 384,…...Continue reading »

Legislators Announce Two Projects Approved for State Grants

Reading, September 17, 2019  The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved $252,821 in grant funding through the Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program to support recreation improvement efforts, according to Sen. Judy Schwank and Reps. Thomas Caltagirone and Mark Rozzi.  The Commonwealth Financing…...Continue reading »

Legislators Announce Berks County to Receive More Than $800,000 in Grants

READING, September 12, 2019 – The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s Criminal Justice Advisory Committee has granted Berks County more than $800,000 across six projects aimed to address drug court initiatives and projects to help victims of crime, State…...Continue reading »

Senator Judy Schwank Sponsoring Two College Financial Aid Events

Reading, September 10, 2019  On Thursday, September 26, beginning at 6 p.m., Senator Judy Schwank is sponsoring her annual College Financial Aid Awareness Seminar in the Commissioners Board Room of the Muhlenberg Township Building, 210 George Street, Reading, Pennsylvania.  And,…...Continue reading »

Schwank, Jozwiak: Reading Airport to Receive $300,000

READING, August 28, 2019 – Gov. Tom Wolf approved $348,750 in grant funds through PennDOT’s Aviation Transportation Assistance Program, Aviation Development Program, and the Multimodal Fund for Reading Airport to make infrastructure and equipment upgrades State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks)…...Continue reading »

Legislators React to Grand Jury Report Calling for New System of Investigating Sexual Misconduct Claims

HARRISBURG, August 26, 2019 – After a months-long review of a sexual misconduct complaint against a former Pennsylvania House member, a Dauphin County grand jury has called for the Pennsylvania Legislature to create a new, independent Office of Legislative Responsibility…...Continue reading »

Schwank Hosting Second Aging Parent Conference

Reading, August 8, 2019  State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) is again hosting a free Aging Parent Conference on Sept. 5, 2019, at Muhlenberg Middle School, 801 E Bellevue Avenue. The conference is aimed to serve the adults who already are…...Continue reading »

$1.5 Million Awarded to Rehabilitate Reading Building

Harrisburg, August 1, 2019 − Today Gov. Tom Wolf awarded $1.5 million Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) to rehabilitate the Berks County Trust Company Building in Reading, State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) announced. The grant was awarded to the…...Continue reading »

Joint Statement On Wolf Administration Efforts To Increase Protection of Vulnerable Populations

HARRISBURG — July 31, 2019 — In response to Governor Wolf’s announcement of Executive Order 2019-05 and directives intended to increase protection of vulnerable populations, Senator Lisa Baker (R-20th) and Senator Judy Schwank (D-11) said they were pleased the administration…...Continue reading »

PA Senate Democratic Caucus Decries Changes to SNAP Program, Urges PA Congressional Delegation to Oppose

Harrisburg, Pa. – July 29, 2019 – Members of the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus sent a letter to the state’s congressional delegation, urging that the federal Department of Agriculture does not end automatic eligibility for Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)…...Continue reading »

PennDOT Agrees to Deploy Automated Speed Enforcement Unit in Fall in I-78 Work Zones

HARRISBURG, July 29, 2019 – State Senators David Argall (R-29) and Judith L. Schwank (D-11) announced today that PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards has agreed to their joint request to deploy automated speed enforcement units in work zones along Interstate 78…...Continue reading »

Schwank Sponsoring Legislation to Allow Municipalities to Limit Fireworks

Harrisburg, July 17, 2019  State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) is proposing legislation to grant municipalities the authority to regulate and limit the use of fireworks in their cities, boroughs and townships. Schwank has received many complaints about the use of…...Continue reading »

Schwank Pleased with Overall Budget, Disappointed by Lack of Movement in Property Tax Reform

Harrisburg, June 27, 2019 -- The Pennsylvania legislature passed a $34 billion budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) voted for the budget and was pleased with several aspects of it, like the $25 million increase in…...Continue reading »

Schwank Proposal Naming Fleetwood Borough Road, ‘Alex J. Szoke Highway’ Approved by Senate

Harrisburg, June 26, 2019 − A bill containing a proposal by state Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) that would name the first block of West Main Street in Fleetwood Borough, Berks County, as the “Alex J. Szoke Highway” has been approved…...Continue reading »

Members of Pa Senate Democratic Caucus Request Disaster Declaration on Gun Violence

Harrisburg, Pa. − June 24, 2019 − Members of the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus today jointly sent a letter to Governor Tom Wolf requesting a disaster declaration for gun violence in the Commonwealth. “We believe it is necessary to raise…...Continue reading »

Schwank Warns of Scam Targeting Senior Citizens

Harrisburg, June 18, 2019 − State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) is warning residents of a scam targeting Property Tax or Rent Rebate recipients. Schwank’s office was notified of a scam that consists of unsolicited calls from a person claiming to…...Continue reading »

Senate, House Members Unveil Elections Reform Proposals

Harrisburg PA – June 4, 2019 – State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) and Rep. Sara Innamorato (D-Pittsburgh) led House and Senate Democrats in announcing several voting reform proposals Tuesday in the Main Capitol Rotunda.  The legislators were joined by a…...Continue reading »