Please find an update on what has been happening in Harrisburg and around the 32nd District below.
Coffee and Conversation in Somerset County
I am inviting area residents to a series of informal “Coffee and Conversation” meetings during the week of August 28th to talk about legislation, state issues and how I can better represent your interests in Harrisburg.
My top priority as an elected official has been to be open and accessible to the people I represent and to ensure their voices are heard in Harrisburg. These informal meetings are a great opportunity to meet one-on-one with folks and find out what is on their mind and how I can assist them.
Come sit and talk with me at the following locations:
Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
12:00pm - Central City Borough Office
3:00pm - BTV Motor Sports & The Ice Cream Station
6:00pm - Somerset Community Park
Thursday, August 31th, 2017
6:00pm - Wellersburg Fire Company
Please stop by one of the many locations, have a cup of coffee with me and share your thoughts and concerns. I look forward to meeting with area residents.
Those who would like to attend should RSVP at Senator Stefano’s office (814) 443-2053.
Stefano and Boscola Work to Toughen Restitution Law
This week I announced that I am joining Senator Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton) in introducing legislation that would enable government, businesses and nonprofit entities to collect restitution against criminals.
Ripping off government hurts taxpayers. Stealing from businesses can have consequences for workers and customers. Scamming a non-profit hurts its charitable mission. We cannot allow our laws to continue treating these entities like they cannot be victims.
Under the state Crime Victims Act, a victim is defined as an “individual” whom has suffered physical or mental injury, death or the loss of earnings. Following corruption cases, the state Supreme Court recently ruled that governmental entities do not fit the definition of a victim, therefore such convictions that carry restitution cannot be collected.
Senator Boscola commented in our recent statement that such a travesty is currently playing out in the Lehigh Valley where two individuals committed an $832,000 streetlight scam against Bethlehem Township; and an additional $160,000 against Coplay Borough. Despite being convicted of theft and ordered to pay restitution, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said that current state law will make it difficult to recover any funds.
There shouldn’t be loopholes in our restitution laws. It’s obvious that we need to fix our law, and do so quickly. I’m grateful that this issue is receiving the bipartisan attention that will be needed to make this change law.
Around the 32nd District
I was proud to be part of a few parades in the district recently. First, the Volunteer Fire Department & Relief association of Monessen's parade on Saturday with units from all over Western PA to Thank you to thank all who serve as volunteer firefighters. Then, it was to North Belle Vernon for the 1st Anniversary of the North Belle Vernon Community Bank Park to congratulate all the volunteers on a truly terrific project!
Great time at the Solar Eclipse Watching Party in Snowdon Square. Thanks to the Brownsville Library for organizing such a great event!!
I was honored to crown the 2017 bituminous Coal Queen. Congratulations to 4th runner up Madison Church of Central Greene. 3rd runner up Macee Chesney of Mapletown. 2nd runner up Hunter Miller of Albert Gallatin. 1st runner up Katrina Davis of Uniontown. And congratulations to Queen Kacey Furlong of Brownsville! I'm looking forward to hosting you in Harrisburg!
I stopped by the Meyersdale Police booth at the Somerset County Fair with Mayor Mike Breant where they were making ID kits for young children. Stop by my booth if you’re at the fair this weekend!
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