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Senator Anthony H. WilliamsWelcome, month of April, and hello to you!

Flowers and trees are blooming all over Philadelphia and Delaware counties, and it’s great to see. The colors and smells definitely say renewal is possible and doable.

There has been lots of renewal in the 8th Senate District, and attempts at renewal in Harrisburg, where it’s been a busy and remarkable few weeks. The next few months also promise to be full, including a primary election, April 26, which promises to be significant, in terms of the race for the White House. Remember to vote!

Thanks again for your interest, involvement, readership and support as we continue to improve your quality of life and the lives of the residents throughout Southeast Pennsylvania.



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Budget Done?

Gov Wolf Floor Remarks
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With his decision to not do anything with a supplemental spending bill that, essentially, ended the nine-month budget stalemate, the 2015-’16 budget was finally put in the books in March.

I am on record saying the state’s current fiscal position is not good, despite the governor’s action on what, definitely, is a Republican budget. Schools continue to suffer. The commonwealth’s credit rating is dropping faster than a meteor through the Earth’s atmosphere.

The governor later vetoed the budget fiscal code, which allocates line-item accounts and sets the rules for spending.

Judicial Reform

Press Conference

Two former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justices ensnared in a racist, homophobic and pornographic email ring are no longer working, but that doesn’t mean improvements to the judicial oversight process are no longer needed.

Sen. Judy Schwank joined me March 22 in front of the PA Judicial Center to renew our call for the General Assembly’s adoption of our Senate Bill 1083, which would improve the performance of our judges.

Later in the month, state Supreme Court Justice Debra McCloskey Todd urged further review of the bad emails; an action I publicly applauded.

We have work to do in this area. Two retirements do not mean we are finished making improvements that should have been in place anyway.

Read Across America

Read Across America

Read Across AmericaWhat a privilege and joy it was to visit Yeadon Regional Head Start, March 2, for Read Across America. I read Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham” to Kia Moore’s and Helana Greiss’s pre-K classroom.

I also visited the 3rd grade class at St. Barnabas and read “Oh the Places You’ll Go.”

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

Tele-Town Hall

Senator Williams

There are many ways that I communicate with you. This newsletter is one of them; telephone town halls are another.

Some 1,800 constituents joined me March 15 for my latest tele-town hall. You can listen to the meeting, if you missed it, click here.

We talked about health care, education, the budget, senior citizen issues and engaged callers with live poll questions. My next tele-town hall will happen April 19 but that meeting will happen at Harrity Elementary Mastery Charter School and will combine the traditional town hall format with our new live capabilities, so it’s a new format for us.

Even more importantly is the fact that Philly Police Captain Robin Wimberly will be joining us to deliver a monthly police update and to answer any questions or concerns you might have about neighborhood safety.

I am hoping the residents who are serviced by the 18th police district will come by or call in. A full district wide teletown hall meeting is being planned for June, so stay tuned. 

Rabbit Run

Rabbit Run

The pictures speak for themselves … but the annual Rabbit Run at the Philly Zoo, March 26, was another great event. I spoke to participants after the race and walk, as did District Attorney Seth Williams. Lots of money was raised for Parkinson’s disease.

Rabbit Run

FYI ...
Scholarship Opportunities

College StudentsThe deadline is April 8 to apply for a $1,000 award from the Beech Scholarship Fund. If you are a high school senior or are an undergraduate at Temple, Cheyney, or Lincoln universities for the fall 2016 academic school year, this is a good opportunity to get help paying tuition.

The Beech Scholarship is open only to Philadelphia students who attend or have graduated from a Philadelphia public, charter or private high school. Applicants must also be under 24 years old to qualify.

Free Summer Program for Kids

The Consortium’s S.N.A.P. Summer Program will be held this year from June 27 to Aug. 26. S.N.A.P stands for: Students Nurtured to Achieve Progress. Call 215-596-8300 to ask questions or to enroll your child. They tell me spaces are quickly filling up.



Offices of State Senator Anthony H. Williams

Open Monday thru Friday. See hours below.
Senate Box 203008
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: 717-787-5970
Fax: 717-772-0574
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Main District
2901 Island Ave. | Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19153
Phone: 215-492-2980
Fax: 215-492-2990
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
South Philadelphia
2103 Snyder Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Phone: 215-755-9185
Fax: 215-952-3375
Mon. & Wed. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Delaware County
419 Church Lane
Yeadon, PA 19050
Phone: 610-284-7335
Fax: 610-284-5955
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Judical Reform Press Conference Clean-up Norwood