WEST CHESTER – At her first town hall after taking office this year, State Representative Dianne Herrin, D-156th from West Chester, told voters on Thursday she could do a lot for them.
“We’re going to wear the rubber on the soles of our shoes,” the rep said, with a smile, at the virtual event.
Herrin referred to the “sometimes long and arduous process” of getting legislation passed.
“It’s not as easy as we can hope,” she said. “A single individual can kill a beak on the vine.
“One or two people control the whole process.”
The first-year rep said the changes couldn’t be made overnight.
“We need to change these rules so that bills can be voted on and heard by the whole body.”
Herrin’s staff – those she calls the “Dream Team” – have been busy.
Kevin Burk, Voter Services Advisor, said 460 elderly residents without access to a computer had been registered by Herrin’s office with the Chester County Health Department for COVID-19 vaccinations, helping to make of Chester County a leader in immunization. He also spoke about COVID trends.
Kevin Carson, director of constituent services, said 97% of the 266 unemployment cases had been successfully resolved with the Department of Labor and Industry since the office opened in December.
Constituent Services Advisor Bria Hughes noted that seniors have received over $ 18,000 in rent discounts and Herrin and her staff “are advocating with PennDOT to ‘give us a little bit of attention,’ Herrin said. .
District Office Director Emily Pisano provided a summary of upcoming events, including a virtual exhibit for seniors on June 3, “Hike with Herrin” on public trails across the district, and a back-to-school season. Lightly used sports equipment and uniforms, as well as new back to school supplies.
Local grants won: $ 1 million for the expansion of the Fame Fire Company; $ 500,000 to the University of West Chester to build on the National Science Foundation-funded Education for Sustainability Philly educational leadership program and $ 175,000 for new Everhart Park playground equipment, designed by children and accessible to people with disabilities.
Herrin answers questions from voters.
A voter asked about the recently lifted ban on evictions. Herrin said she would support proposed legislation to protect tenants.
Herrin said she would seek funds from President Joe Biden’s proposed $ 1.9 trillion infrastructure bill to “bring this money back to our district.”
Herrin noted that lawmakers need to understand that needs vary from district to district and that “we have to work together.”
The Herrin’s West Chester district office is located at 21 W. Washington St., Suite A.
Call 610-696-4990 or email [email protected]
Office hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.