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Senator Anthony H. WilliamsWelcome to the early June edition of Straight From the 8th.

As you may imagine, June is an exceptionally busy month in Harrisburg.  The General Assembly and governor have to agree on a state spending plan for 2016-17.  It’s clear to me that no one wants a repeat of last year when the consideration of the budget dragged on for nine months past the June 30 deadline.  I sense that there is renewed confidence that all parties will come together and agree to a state budget before the deadline.    

As a member of Senate Democratic leadership and a regular participant in budget discussions, I will keep you posted on the status of the budget in future editions of Straight From the 8th. 

In addition to the budget, there are plenty of other key legislative items to consider. 
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In a report earlier this year, I talked about the legislation I was working on with Reps. Jordan Harris and Cheryl Delozier called Clean Slate.  This measure will help people with minor criminal offenses to have the records closed-off from public perusal.  My plan is to keep the pressure on and work to see that this measure is signed into law. 

Beyond the work in Harrisburg, there are a number of community activities to report to you.  On June 18, I will team with Rep. Joanna McClinton to host a free paper shredding event at Cobbs Creek Shopping Center.  In addition, my Healthy Awareness 2016 season is coming to a close.  As you know, there were six weeks of free classes beginning May 1 and extending into early June. 

Keep in mind, while National Gun Violence Awareness Day was on June 2, we can all still support a future free of gun violence.  Working together, all year round, we can help end gun violence. 

Thank you for your interest and support as we partner in making life better for residents of Southeast Pennsylvania.



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Senate State Government Committee Hearing on Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

Senator Anthony H. WilliamsAs a result of media reports concerning the allegations of harassment, discrimination and retaliation, the Senate State Government Committee, at my request, is holding a hearing to examine the operations of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC).  Learning what happened at the PHRC is critical.  The former-Chairman Gerald Robinson was removed by Gov. Tom Wolf following the reports. 

The hearing is on Tuesday, June 7 from 9:30 a.m - 11:30 p.m in Harrisburg.  The hearing will be streamed live and can be seen from a link on

Good Day Philadelphia

Good Day Philadelphia

I was pleased to take part in Fox 29’s Good Day Philadelphia program.  Good Day Philadelphia focuses on different neighborhoods in Philadelphia highlighting the uniqueness of the city and its people.  The segment I participated in was based in the Cedar Park neighborhood at 49th and Baltimore Avenue on Friday, June 3. 

60th Street West Market Street Business Association

Coobs Creek Community FestivalTo help further local business interest, I was invited to be a featured speaker at the 60WMBA 2nd Annual Cobbs Creek Community Festival on June 4.  The festival features gospel, jazz, reggae and hip-hop artists.  Arts-and-crafts vendors were on hand plus community resources, job opportunities, food, children’s activities and giveaways. 

Williams, McClinton Shredding Event Scheduled for June 18 at Cobbs Creek Shopping Center

Shredding EventAlong with state Rep. Joanna McClinton, I am hosting a free paper-shredding event on June 18 at Cobbs Creek Shopping Center in Philadelphia from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This is an excellent opportunity for area residents to properly dispose of old tax forms, financial records, medical reports and other personal information.  The shredding of old records that includes personal information helps prevent identification theft.

The shredder will be set up next to AutoZone in the Cobbs Creek Shopping Center.  The community sponsor of the event is The Fresh Grocer. 

The event is intended to help individuals shred unneeded papers and is not for businesses.  All paper clips should be removed from the papers that are being shredded.

Cobbs Creek Shopping Center is located at 58th Street and Baltimore Avenue in Philadelphia.

To receive more information about the event, residents are encouraged to stop in or call my office at 2901 Island Avenue (215) 492-2980 or Rep. McClinton’s office at 6027 Ludlow Avenue Unit A.  Rep. McClinton’s office can be reached by phone at (215) 748-6712.

Senator Williams to Host Tele-Town Hall

Senator WilliamsOne of the great new ways of connecting with you is via telephone town hall meetings. You stay home and I call you (or you can dial in on a toll-free number).

My next tele-town hall will happen on June 14 at 6 p.m. Participants will be able to ask me questions as well as listen to a discussion about important issues in the district and around the state. Click here to participate or call in toll-free to 1-877-229-8493 and enter the pin number 112765.

Healthy Awareness - Not to Late to Join the Movement

Healthy Awareness

My Healthy Awareness 2016 season is coming to a close.  Since May 1, free classes have been held featuring personal training, line dancing, jazzmat pilates, dancercise, tai chi and hip-hop.  There are a couple weeks left to join in these activities. The last session is June 13th.

For more information contact Desaree Jones at 215-492-2080 or contact my office.

Every Monday – 7 p.m. • West Philadelphia High School • 4901 Chestnut Street • June 6, 13

Every Tuesday – 5:30 p.m. • Eastwick Recreation Center • 80th St. & Mars Place • June 7

Every Wednesday – 6 p.m. • Yeadon Borough Hall • 600 Church Lane • Yeadon • June 1, 8

DANCERCIZE (Zumba with a twist)
Every Thursday – 6 p.m. • Kingsessing Recreation Center Gym • 4901 Kingsessing Avenue • June 2, 9

Every Saturday – 9 a.m. • Collingdale Gym • 800 MacDade Boulevard • Collingdale • June 4, 11

Every Saturday – 1:30 p.m. • Universal Audenried Charter High School • 32nd & Tasker Streets • June 4, 11 • Routines by former Eagles Choreographer Dwayne Townsend

Senator WilliamsGateway to a Healthier You Senior Fair

I am partnering with Gateway Health to present Gateway to a Healthier You Senior Fair. This free event will be held on Thursday, June 23 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. at the Hardy Williams Veterans Center, 7100 Grovers Avenue, Philadelphia, PA.

Join us for free give-a-ways, health screenings, line dancing and zumba, a summertime smoothie station and more. There will also be a physician on-site for health question.

For more information, call Desaree Jones at 215-492-2980 or e-mail

APPRISE Download Flyer Medicare Help – DelCo Apprise Movement

Counselors will be on hand once again, June 21st, at my Yeadon, Delaware County, office to help people navigate the Medicare application process and resolve outstanding questions or issues.

The Delaware County Apprise program is a good neighbor to many people and they take away the stress that sometimes grows as people seek the best care available to them. Take advantage of this opportunity, if you need it. Call Glenda Radical at 484-494-3769 to register.


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
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Main District
2901 Island Ave. | Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19153
Phone: 215-492-2980
Fax: 215-492-2990
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
South Philadelphia
2103 Snyder Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Phone: 215-755-9185
Fax: 215-952-3375
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Delaware County
419 Church Lane
Yeadon, PA 19050
Phone: 610-284-7335
Fax: 610-284-5955
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Shredding Event Cobbs Creek Community Festival Senior Fair The 40th Street Summer Series