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Friends And Family Celebrate Life Of Jerry Mondesire

October 14, 2015 | CBS

Many were sharing laughs and stories as they entered the church.State senator Anthony Williams says Mondesire was a polarizing figure whose impact on city of Philadelphia will be felt for many years to come.“He’s the person who built a bridge across the city of Philadelphia to a variety of communities that would never understand the plight of the under privileged. He’s done it in an eloquent, effective and sometimes fiery way.”…..Read more here

Sen. Williams’ ‘wonderful’ Senior Expo delivers info, positive steps

September 24, 2015 |

COLLINGDALE– More than 150 senior residents from Philadelphia and Delaware counties attended state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams’ “Navigating Life After 55+ Expo” Sept. 17. Many, like Martha Yates of Yeadon, said the event was, “Wonderful!” “Very interesting, very educational and everything just goes well,” Yates added. “Anthony Williams, you did a wonderful, wonderful thing to help seniors.”….. Read more here

HEARD ON THE HILL/IN CITY HALL: Sen. Williams Asks Lincoln University To Discipline Rogue Professor

August 20, 2015 | Philly Public Record

State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams (D-W. Phila.) has called on the administration of Lincoln University to discipline a rogue professor whose anti-gay, victim-shaming, and terrorist-defending social media posts have drawn international scorn to the university……Read more here

Editorial: Reform overdue for Pa. civil asset forfeiture law

June 9, 2015 | Delco

Cheers to Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon, for making good on a promise from earlier this year to introduce legislation reforming civil asset forfeiture in Pennsylvania. He and co-sponsor Sen. Anthony H. Williams, D-8, who represents Philadelphia and parts of Delaware County, propose several major reforms to the system of seizing property from drug dealers and others suspected of crimes……Read more here

This Bill Would Transform Civil Asset Forfeiture in Pa.

June 3, 2015 |

Folmer and Williams are introducing a bill today that would change the rules of the game. Under the proposal, authorities could still seize property before winning a conviction if they show probable cause that it is tied to a crime, according to a copy of the legislation provided by the ACLU (below)……Read more here

Senators grill Wolf’s state police nominee

June 3, 2015 |

State Sen. Anthony H. Williams, a Philadelphia Democrat, blamed a “good old boys network” for stirring the opposition. He praised Brown’s commitment to diversify the state police force in Maryland.”That alone should confirm you,” Williams said, later adding: “You need to be commended, not interrogated.” …..Read more here

New Hardy Williams Center Will Serve Homeless Veterans

November 13, 2014 |

State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams (D-W. Phila.), Congressman Bob Brady (D-Phila.), and other officials dedicated a new facility at 7100 Grovers Avenue on Veterans Day to address homelessness among the Philadelphia area’s veterans and seniors.Named after the Senator’s father – a veteran of the Korean War who was a former State Senator and political trailblazer in Philadelphia…..Read more here

Center for homeless veterans dedicated

November 13, 2014 |

“Speaking on behalf of my constituents and the city as a whole, I am thankful to HELP USA and its ongoing efforts to serve and honor our veterans,” Williams said. “Speaking as a proud son of a veteran, I’m thrilled that this aspect of my father’s legacy is being recognized this way. He was devoted to service, much like the members of HELP USA.”…..Read more here

Kicking healthy beats at Audenried

October 23, 2014 |

With hopes of improving those numbers and setting residents on the path to a healthier lifestyle, state Sen. Anthony Williams has developed a six-week fitness program with seven free, weekly classes, including hip-hop at 1 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 8 at Universal Audenried Charter High School, 3301 Tasker St. The other classes span his district, including parts of Southwest and West Philly, as well as a stretch of Delaware County…..Read more here

School employee sex misconduct bill passed

October 23, 2014 |

State Sen. Anthony Williams introduced the measure in January 2013. The so–called “Passing the Trash” bill now goes to Gov. Tom Corbett for his signature before becoming law.Williams said the bill originated as Senate Bill 46, the crucial elements of which were included in the measure passed by the House……Read more here

School trash: A bipartisan bill cans classroom child abusers

October 20, 2014 |

A merger of bills offered by state Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia, and Rep. David Maloney, R-Berks, targeting abusive teachers or other education staff who migrate to other schools after getting into trouble, is a rare case of bipartisan common sense in the often fractious General Assembly……Read more here

Students Create ‘Fear No Bully’ App

October 20, 2014 |

The “Fear No Bully” app was revealed in Delaware County by a team of students…..View story here

Penn Wood High School students unveil award-winning anti-bullying app

October 18, 2014 |

The group of seniors, along with 2014 graduates Dagmawe Berhanu, Iris Freely, Allyn Johnson, and Giselle Marston, began work on the idea back at the end of April and into May, and submitted it as an entry in senator Anthony William’s first “Anti-Bullying Mobile App Challenge.” They were named the winners back in June and each received iPad 2s as a prize……Read more here

Bill to prevent abusive teachers from moving districts awaits governor’s signature

October 17, 2014 |

If signed into law, Pennsylvania would become the third state in the nation to enact what is called “Pass the Trash” legislation. Oregon and Michigan have similar laws on the books. Jay Pagni, spokesman for Gov. Tom Corbett, said he is expected to sign the legislation but has 10 days to review it……Read more here

In Delco, Students Design a Winning Anti-Bullying App

October 17, 2014 | CBS Philadelphia

YEADON, Pa. (CBS) — Penn Wood School and state senator Anthony Williams today honored a group of students who won a contest that challeneges kids to design an anti-bullying mobile “app.” Williams came up with the contest last spring for students in his district, to bring more awareness to the issue of bullying……Read more here

Pennsylvania Senate approves bill to allow gun groups standing to sue municipalities

October 16, 2014 |

“This is a mess!” said Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia.”They are doing special interest’s business, not the business of the people of Pennsylvania,” he added……Read more here

Darby celebrates ribbon cutting for new municipal building

October 14, 2014 |

After years of planning and hard work, Darby Borough has a new municipal building in which to serve the public.Last week, Darby Mayor Helen Thomas welcomed the community to the ribbon cutting ceremony announcing the opening of the new Borough hall in which its police and other administrative staff can work. The new building is located at 1020 Ridge Ave……Read more here

State Senate approves tougher school hire checks

October 9, 2014 |

A bill to prevent sex predators from landing new jobs in public and private schools was approved unanimously Wednesday by the Senate in an eleventh hour effort to wrap up work on the issue this session.Enactment of the “pass the trash” measure now depends on whether the House and Senate can agree on a common bill in the final two session days of bill-passing action next week. The measure next faces a House vote. Caucus spokesmen said both chambers are working together on the bill……Read more here

Philly smokers to fund Philly schools under new law

September 24, 2014 |

“We gotta fix this problem,” Senator Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) said, “not just for Philadelphia kids but for every Pennsylvania child that’s screaming out from Erie to Philadelphia that they need to have their school prepared to make them a part of this next century of greatness.”……Read more here

Pa. Senate Panel Mulls Allowing Teachers To Carry Guns

September 17, 2014 | CBS Philadelphia

Senators debated the idea during a hearing on allowing school employees to carry guns before the Senate Education Committee. Philadelphia Democrat Anthony Williams expressed concerns that it could have unintended consequences. “The best of intentions can have a tragic result by shooting at someone who’s unarmed by mistake,”…..Read more here

Residents Older Than 50 Will be Focus Friday During Sen. Williams’ Senior Expo

September 17, 2014 |

Pennsylvania State Senate Democrats issued the following news release on the behalf of Pennsylvania State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams:From Social Security issues to workshops on energy choices, state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams’ annual, free “Navigating Life After 50+ Expo” will open at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 19, at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital……Read more here

Bill allowing teachers to carry firearms in school vetted by Senate committee

September 16, 2014 |

Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia, seemed disinclined to support it, particularly in the schools he represents where he said violence is a daily occurrence.”We’re putting a firearm in the hands of someone even with certified training, that’s not their responsibility on a daily basis. That’s not the way they think,” Williams said……Read more here

Expunging arrest records in Philly

July 21, 2014 |

The one-day event in Southwest Philadelphia sought to help people erase the records of crimes for which they were arrested but never convicted, thus removing an often imposing barrier to employment.”Anyone who has been involved with the criminal-justice system, and has not been convicted, deserves a second chance,” said City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, who organized the event with State Sen. Anthony Williams, Rep. Jordan Harris, and the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia……Read more here

Families chill out during fun day at Nile Swim Club

July 19, 2014 |

YEADON — A record crowd attended the festive pool party at the fourth annual Summer of Peace Family Fun Day at the Nile Swim Club, Union Avenue, Saturday. State Sen. Anthony H. Williams, D-8th District, and State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-164th District, joined forces with Barber Money Team for the event that drew almost 700 children and adults……Read more here

Penn Wood High School Students create anti-bullying mobile app

July 16, 2014 |

Students of Penn Wood High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance/No Place for Hate student group developed a concept for a mobile app that would let reporting instances of bullying easier to report to district administrators, a project that landed them a first place victory in state Sen. Anthony Williams’ (D-8, of Philadelphia) 1st Anti-Bullying Mobile App Challenge……Read more here

Cautious optimism on final passage of cigarette tax

July 9, 2014 |

Williams said amendments stripped from the bill by the House could make passage in the Senate challenging, although not ultimately fatal. He also said some Philadelphia lawmakers were uncomfortable with language that would allow proposed charter operators to appeal to the state if rejected by the School Reform Commission. But he doesn’t view that as a stumbling block to passage……Read more here

Pa. budget, related bills remain in Harrisburg limbo

July 9, 2014 |

The Pennsylvania budget deadline has come and gone, with critical pieces of legislation still in limbo – including the fiscal blueprint itself and the much-anticipated Philadelphia cigarette tax – and tension rising again in the Capitol. A week after its passage by the legislature, Gov. Corbett has yet to sign the $29.1 billion general appropriations bill for 2014-15……Read more here

Cigarette tax for Philly schools bill hung up by House, Senate fight

July 9, 2014 |

Every week that goes by without its approval diminishes the immediate financial value of the cigarette tax to Philadelphia’s schools. Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia, said the delay costs $1.6 million per week…..Read more here

Pa. Senate to Vote on Philly Cigarette Tax for Schools

July 8, 2014 | NBC

The tax, first proposed in 2013 by Democratic State Sen. Anthony H. Williams, is expected to provide $45 million in additional funding this year and $83 million by this time next year for the School District of Philadelphia, state officials said……Read more here

Philadelphia Politicians Hopeful As Pa. Senate Prepares to Vote on Cigarette Tax

July 7, 2014 | CBS Philadelphia

State senator Anthony “Hardy” Williams (D-Phila.) says the future of the cigarette tax is by no means a slam dunk in the state senate. “While there has been a lot of backslapping and clapping and ‘We finally got it done,’ we have not gotten it done,” he warns. The House-passed version contained an amendment expanding the appeal rights of charter school applicants who have been rejected by the School Reform Commission — something Williams says not all in the Philadelphia delegation were happy about……Read more here

Sen. Williams Wins Senate Approval of $2/Pack Cigarette Tax Amendment

July 2, 2014 | University City Review

State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams won overwhelming approval tonight on an amendment that would allow the City of Philadelphia to levy a $2-per-pack cigarette tax and raise $83 million in new annual revenue for the School District of Philadelphia……Read more here

SRC adopts $2.5B budget; Pa. budget still in limbo

July 1, 2014 | Philly

The cigarette tax would generate an anticipated $83 million in first-year revenue for the School District of Philadelphia. An amendment introduced by State Sen. Anthony H. Williams for the levy won overwhelming approval on Monday night, and must now return to the House for consideration.

Williams said, “I am delighted that the children and parents of Philadelphia can begin to see that we are moving down the path of supporting them.”…..Read more here

A Rally In Harrisburg For Philadelphia School Funding

June 25, 2014 | CBS Philly

There’s a conversation about a number of revenue enhancing elements as we speak today,” State Senator Anthony Williams said. “A cigarette tax is certainly a part of that and on a track to actually being…..Read more here

A rapper who is more than just talk

June 19, 2014 |

“I hope that it rallies people together so that they can see the positive in themselves,” said Williams. “They don’t have to resort to gun violence to solve their differences and celebrate their likenesses.”…..Read more here

Forum Held At UPenn Over Legalizing Marijuana

June 14, 2014 |

The legalization of marijuana in Pennsylvania , was a heated topic in University City on Friday.The forum at UPenn’s School of Law comes as the state general assembly is moving forward on legislation to legalize medical marijuana……Read more here

‘Great Marijuana Debate’ in Philly to take look at legalization, revenue potential

June 13, 2014 |

Most surprising, through, may be one local legislator’s recent move on full-scale legalization. State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams has put together something he’s calling “The Great Marijuana Debate,” tomorrow at Penn, which will discuss how “potential revenue from a tax on legal marijuana would help Pennsylvania increase its investments in education and impact the state’s pension problem,” according to a press release……Read more here

Policy options can help fund schools in Pa.

June 11, 2014 |

State Sen. Anthony Williams (D., Phila.) has introduced Senate Bill 944, which would provide state authorization for Philadelphia to levy a $2-a-pack tax on cigarettes, with the money going to the School District. This levy would raise an estimated $83 million in the first year for public schools in Philadelphia……Read more here

With revenue lagging, lawmakers eye higher cigarette tax

June 3, 2014 |

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Some state lawmakers have eyed a severance tax on natural gas extraction as the revenue hero that could swoop in at the last-minute to save Pennsylvania’s struggling budget.But could it have a sidekick, too?Monday, state Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia, raised the possibility that hiking the state’s cigarette tax to $2 a pack has bipartisan appeal and, like a severance tax, could be gaining traction…..Read more here

Penn Partners Break Ground on FMC Tower at Cira Centre South

May 15, 2015 | PennNews

FMC Tower at Cira Centre® South rises today as the lynchpin between Penn, University City, and Center City Philadelphia,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann. “It will create an extraordinary gateway to our campus, a stunning entrance to West Philadelphia and serve as a vital connector to Center City. But even more importantly, it is a visible symbol of the vitality that is taking root in our city and region and the great future that exists for our community……Read more here

Rally Pushes for School Scholarship Tax Credits

May 8, 2014 |WESA.FM

On the 13th anniversary of the Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC), State Senator Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) feels supporters still need to fight for the program. “Do not assume that EITC will survive this budget or the next budget. It requires every year for us to be back here,” said Williams during a rally for the EITC on the capitol steps Wednesday……Read more here

Sen. Anthony Williams introduces ethics bill on gifts

April 23, 2014 |

Following recent allegations that elected officials accepted gifts from lobbyists and others but did not report them, state Sen. Anthony H. Williams is introducing a bill aimed at tightening Pennsylvania’s ethics act.

Williams, a Democrat representing parts of Philadelphia and Delaware counties, said his proposal would ban cash gifts to public officials from anyone seeking business with that public official, limit non-monetary gifts worth more than $100 from a single donor per year……Read more here

Senate committee hosts roundtable on college affordability

April 16, 2014 |

Publicly funded institutions of higher learning need to be accessible to all Pennsylvanians — not just the residents capable of affording the increasing tuition costs, said state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, D-8, of Philadelphia. “Poor people in America can’t get to Penn State,” Williams said. “They can’t afford it. We’re out-pricing them.”…..Read more here

Officials urge state House to require schools to report abuse

April 10, 2014 |

Williams, the sponsor of Senate Bill 46, which passed in the Senate last year, was joined Thursday by Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan and Darby Township Police Chief Len McDevitt. They urged the House to send the bill to Gov. Tom Corbett for his signature. “This is not a Democrat-Republican issue. It is not a Philadelphia-suburban issue. It is a Pennsylvania issue so necessary to protect our children,” Williams said……Read more here

Phila. State Senator Addresses Need For Legislation To Keep Child Predators Out Of Schools

April 10, 2014 |

A Philadelphia state senator concedes he’s willing to support a house bill mirroring legislation he wrote that would curb sexual predators from getting into the classroom. Flanked by Delaware County D.A. Jack Whelan and Darby Township Police Chief Len McDevitt, Sen. Anthony Williams got their endorsement for his bill, passed in the Senate, to prevent school districts from hiding sexual misconduct allegations against teachers……Read more here

“A Little League of Our Own”…48th & Woodland gives birth to a Youth Baseball League

April 5, 2014 |

On a bright and sunny Saturday morning, on April 5, several members of the Johnson Advisory Council Board and State Senator Anthony Hardy Williams were on hand to help run the ground-breaking ceremony of the Philadelphia Athletics Youth Association tee ball and baseball league that showcases 4 tee-ball teams…..Read more here

State Senator. Anthony Williams advocates school choice

March 25, 2014 |

Penn Democrats hosted Pennsylvania State Senator and Democratic Whip Anthony Hardy Williams Monday night in the LGBT Center as part of their Fireside Chat speaker series. The discussion centered on the current situation of education in Philadelphia, among other topics related to current and future legislation in Pennsylvania…..Read more here

Pa. House panel OKs sex abuse bill aimed at schools

March 20, 2014 |

Terri Miller, president of the advocacy group S.E.S.A.M.E., or Stop Educator Sexual Abuse Misconduct & Exploitation, spoke Wednesday at the Capitol in support of the Senate bill, on which her group worked along with the office of its sponsor, state Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia.“One of the most evil practices that happens in our schools when a teacher sexually offends a child is that the system insulates itself and totally disregards the trauma and the victimization of a child,” Ms. Miller said in an interview……Read more here

Two Legislators Create Bills to Stop Schools from Hiring Abusers and Sexual Offenders

March 20, 2014 | WESA.FM

“If it results in victory for these children, I will support it,” Williams said. The bills call for a stop to school districts “passing the trash” – or allowing educators with histories of abuse to be hired by other school systems without thorough background checks.“We all should be working for the collective will of the people,” Williams said. “It’s about protecting these children from the scars that they will have to deal with, with the rest of their lives.”…..Read more here

Williams’ bill aims to crack down on witness intimidation in Pa

March 4, 2013 |

Pennsylvania.State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams said wants to make it safer for people to cooperate with police during criminal investigations. So he has reintroduced legislation that could send people behind bars for up to 10 years for publishing the confidential names of witnesses and victims as a way of intimidation…..Read more here

Senate resolution condemns African law persecuting gays

February 4, 2014 | Philadelphia Gay

On Feb. 4, Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Eighth Dist.) introduced SR 285, a resolution that denounces recent bills passed in Uganda and Nigeria that criminalize LGBT organizations and same-sex relationships. The resolution urges leaders in those two countries to repeal the laws……Read more here

Pa. Sen. Anthony H. Williams & Pat Toomey calls for action on bill strengthening school employee background checks

January 31, 2014 |

On another day when a school-related sex crime was grabbing misstate headlines, a pair of Pennsylvania lawmakers issued calls for action at the federal and state levels on what might be called a “One Strike” bill for teachers and school employees. As in – if you ever molest a child – you are not coming back to work into the education field……Read more here

Aiming to halt predators in schools, ‘passing the trash’ measure stalls in Pa.

January 31, 2014 |

A Pennsylvania lawmaker is frustrated that his bill to prevent child abuse in schools has been mothballed by the state House. The measure aims to end what’s called “passing the trash,” said state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, D-Philadelphia.”Known adults, who have been involved in sexual misconduct with children have been caught at schools— but because…..Read more here

What about perv teachers?

January 29, 2014 |

In Pennsylvania, state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams has made a valiant effort to stop the practice.His Pa. Senate Bill 46 would require schools to find out whether a potential hire was ever subject to an investigation for sexual misconduct or abuse by the state’s Child Protective Services. It also would require a district to learn whether an applicant had been disciplined, discharged, nonrenewed or asked to resign from a job (or to surrender a teaching certificate) while a probe or allegations were pending……Read more here

‘Legacy Project’ seeks Holocaust survivors.

January 29, 2014 |

Among those in at­tend­ance at the pro­gram were state Sen. An­thony Wil­li­ams and state Reps. Brendan Boyle and Ed Neilson. Wil­li­ams and Boyle spoke about their bills that would re­quire the teach­ing of the Holo­caust and gen­o­cide in Pennsylvania middle and high schools. New Jer­sey, New York, Illinois, Flor­ida and Cali­for­nia have sim­il­ar laws……Read more here


January 19, 2014 |

“We knew when this law was proposed as a bill that it was unconstitutional and it would one day find itself below a tombstone with the epithet: ‘Unconstitutional.’ Not this commonwealth, not any state, not even the country can pass a law like this and expect it to survive the test of the U.S. Constitution or the Pa. Constitution,” said State Sen. Anthony Williams……Read more here

Holocaust education in Pa.: A must, not a may

January 12, 2014 |

The Pennsylvania Senate could vote as early as Monday on a potentially historic piece of legislation, the newly amended bill to mandate Holocaust education.Nearly 70 years after the Nazi death camps of World War II were liberated, and with genocide still occurring in our explosive world, it’s past time for our educators to teach the lessons of the Holocaust…..Read more here

PA lawmaker blasts ASA for academic boycott of Israel

January 10, 2014 |

A Pennsylvania lawmaker this week blasted the American Studies Association’sacademic boycott of Israel, calling it an example of anti-Semitism that should be condemned by the state and educational institutions alike.“It’s the only country that was established as a Jewish state, so they targeted them,”State Sen. Anthony H. Williams, D-Philadelphia, said. “So I can only attribute that to some level of anti-Semitic perspective.”……Read more here

Teplitz Unveils Pay Equity Bill as Part of Pa. Agenda for Women’s Health

December 11, 2013 |

Senate Bill 1212, which Teplitz co-sponsored with state Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D-Phila./Delaware), would strengthen Pennsylvania law to eliminate the gender wage gap by increasing the protection to employees who have filed a complaint against an employer. It also prohibits retaliation against employees for discussing wages…..Read more here

New charter school bill in State Senate won’t be any easy sell

December 8, 2014 | Delco

State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, D-8, of Philadelphia, said Michigan-based studies show universities provide an array of resources that goes beyond those the public can provide. The studies also found universities have a great impact on under-performing schools, he said…..Read more here

Passing The Trash

December 8, 2013 |Pocono

Williams, a Philadelphia Democrat, has been championing Senate Bill 46, colloquially called the “SESAME (Stop Educator Sexual Abuse Misconduct and Exploitation) bill.””The timing is ironic,” Williams said. “People think I’m pushing this through because of (Jerry) Sandusky, but because people are increasingly aware of this issue, it requires greater coverage and a greater demand of the law.”….. Read more here

In Phila. area, Mandela recalled as source of inspiration

Posted: December 6, 2013 |

Political leaders across the Philadelphia region Thursday praised Nelson Mandela as an iconic figure whose struggle for justice inspired the world. State Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D., Phila.) said Mandela “was more than a legendary hero in a distant land. He embodied a universal affirmation that we all worked toward, that all people – regardless of color, income, ethnicity, orientation, history, or faith – deserve to participate and be respected in society.” …..Read more here

Leaders, Activists Pitched In To Provide Turkey Dinners For Needy

November 27, 2013 | The Philadelphia Public Record

IN ADDITION to delivering turkeys for needy households, State Sen. Anthony Williams remembered emergency responders of Phila. Fire Dept., providing these selfless servants (who often must work on Thanksgiving) with pies and cookies…… Read more here

Inaugural Dorys Erving Fit Youth Foundation Celebration

Posted: November 18, 2013 |

The star-studded evening included a reception and silent auction. Celebrities at the event included Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Tommy Davidson, of “In Living Color,” performer and songwriter Marsha Ambrious, and Jeffrey Osborne. Several local politicians also attended the event, including Congressman Bob Brady and State Sen. Anthony H. Williams…..Read more here

Death of student prompts investigation

Posted: November 17, 2013 |

The state Department of Health and the Philadelphia Police Department are looking into the girl’s death. State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams and the Pennsylvania state chapter of National Action Network, a civil rights organization, are also calling for a further review of the student’s death……Read more here

Pass the Trash’ closes sex offender loopholes

Posted: November 17, 2013 |

State Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Phila., and State Rep. Will Tallman, D-193rd District, are closing a critical loophole in the laws banning both suspected and identified sex offenders from working in schools and disallowing inappropriate teacher-student relationships……Read more here

Saluting Our Veterans Across Philadelphia

Posted: Novermber 14, 2013 | The Public Record
CONGRESSMAN Bob Brady, right, seen with State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams and Maria Cuomo, chairwoman of HELP USA, watch as flag is furled at dedication of additional veterans homes in S.W. Phila. Photo by Harry Leech…..Read more here

Fighting To Save Sweet Jobs

Posted: Noverber 13, 2013
STATE SEN. ANTHONY WILLIAMS was recognized as a friend of the Holocaust Awareness Museum in Northeast Philadelphia. The museum society gathered for their annual dinner at the Philmont Country Club. Williams was recognized for his legislation…..Read more here

Bill would make guilty teachers pay districts’ legal fees

November 13, 2013 |

Tallman’s bill will be a companion to Senate Bill 46, introduced by state Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Delaware and Philadelphia counties, and awaiting passage in the House after having unanimously passed the Senate earlier this year……Read more here

State Sen. Anthony H. Williams Honors Veterans During Unveiling of Renderings for Hardy Williams Veterans Center

Posted: November 11, 2013 | CBSLOCAL.COM

The Hardy Williams Veterans Center at HELP Philadelphia IV, which will break ground in December 2013, will be a 61-unit apartment building providing permanent, affordable housing to Philadelphia Veterans and other formerly homeless individuals. The new center will be named after former trailblazing Pennsylvania State Senator and decorated Army Veteran Hardy Williams and will be HELP USA’s fourthPhiladelphia residence…. Video Clip

Philly attractions host events, promotions honoring vets on Veterans Day

Posted: Novemeber 10, 2013 |

Plans for the new Hardy Wiliams Veterans Center, which will include 61 permanent housing units for veterans and is slated for completion in 2014……Read more here

Phila. tax initiatives bogged down in Harrisburg

Posted: November 6, 2013 |
State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams (D., Phila.) recently acknowledged what many people were saying – that there were “hard feelings” after Parker’s speech that delayed the passage of the AVI bills……Read more here

Ring the bell for school safety

Posted: October 30, 2013 |

If passed, SB46 – dubbed the SESAME bill (as in “Stop Educator Sexual Abuse, Misconduct and Exploitation”) – could prevent school employees accused of sexual perversions from hurting kids the way a sicko teacher hurt Roy Bell’s son, Jeremy…..Read more here

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Hosted a Beam Signing Ceremony and Announced its Building Hope Campaign for the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care

Posted: October 30, 2013 |

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia hosted a beam signing ceremony today and announced the beginning of a public appeal for funding assistance as part of the Building Hope campaign for the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care, a $400 million world-class outpatient facility slated to open in 2015……Read more here

U.S. House passes bill to prevent ‘passing the trash’

Posted: October 29, 2013 |

The Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act would require background checks for applicants for most positions in public schools, and would prohibit school districts from hiring or retaining teachers or other employees convicted of rape, sexual assault, child pornography or other violent crimes……Read more here

Hispanic Choice Awards 2013

Posted: October 24, 2013 |

HISPANIC Choice Awards brought out many luminaries including Tomás Sánchez and his wife, City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, and State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams and his wife Shari….. Read more here

Bill to curb educator sexual misconduct with students advances in Pa. House

Posted: October 22, 2013 |

The committee’s bi-partisan passage of the Stop Educator Sexual Abuse, Misconduct and Exploitation bill, sponsored by Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia, brings it as close as the proposal has gotten to becoming law since it was first introduced in 2011. It passed the Senate on June 3 by a 50-0 vote…… Read more here

How the American gun-control debate plays out in one state

Posted: October 22, 2013 | The Philly Weekly

“I think things have gone backwards in the legislature,” says state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, who represents the Eighth District in West and Southwest Philly. “The reality is: Republicans are the majority, we’re the minority. There are a number of Southeastern legislators who apparently don’t drive the conversation because we’re in….. Read more here 

District: ‘It is paramount that we find out what happened to cause this tragic death’

Posted: October 18, 2013 |

The District has said it does not plan to use the added funds to bring back school nurses, whose ranks have been slashed over the past three school years in Philadelphia. Bryant’s part-time nurse was not at the school the day of Laporshia’s death. On Thursday, State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams sent a letter to Superintendent William Hite, calling for a formal investigation. He wrote:….. Read more here

State grant will bring back 400 school employees

Posted: October 17, 2013 |

State Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Phila., criticized Corbett for holding up the money, saying the delay caused “months of unnecessary uncertainty, distrust and disruption” for the schools……Read more here

Local business hosts roundtable in state capitol

Posted: October 17, 2013 |New Pittsburgh Courier

Community leaders, politicians, entrepreneurs and concerned citizens from across the state gathered in Harrisburg in early October to address health care reform, education, job training, immigration and many other issues effecting African-Americans and Latinos…….Read more here

Property Tax Linked To Other Thorny Issues

Posted: October 16, 2013 |

“We can go through a list of probably the top four,” said Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia), referring to issues intertwined with school property tax, “and all this stuff is going to revolve around this.” There’s still much debate over how to ease property tax increases for Pennsylvanians. The same plan to eliminate such levies was rejected by the state House….. Read more here

Anthony Williams Gladly Accepts ZOA Award

Posted: October 16, 2013 |

State Sen. Anthony Williams spent the bulk of his acceptance speech at the Zionist Organization of America’s annual gala and awards dinner last week blasting those who had implored him not to attend….. Read more here

Sen. Williams’ health initiative focuses on body & mind.

Posted: October 9, 2013 |

Members of the community gathered at the Urban Art Gallery, 52nd and Irving Streets in West Philadelphia to join members of Sen. Anthony H. Williams’s office in a Yoga exercise class.The Urban Art Gallery, now the only gallery of the kind on 52nd street business corridor.People came from various parts of the city to exercise both their bodies and minds as part of Williams’ health initiative which is being conducted throughout various parts of West Philadelphia……Read more here

Let’s get small business owners using technology: State Sen. Anthony H. Williams

Posted: October 4, 2013 |

“There are a number of small business owners in my district that sit on the sidelines and think that technology is only for the big guys,” said Williams, who represents parts of South Philadelphia, Southwest Philadelphia, West Philadelphia and Delaware County……Read more here

Relocating sexually abusive teachers would be more difficult under PA Senate bill

Posted: September 27, 2013 |

It’s called “passing the trash” — moving an abusive teacher to a different school district, often with glowing recommendations. And if Pennsylvania lawmakers approve Senate Bill 46, it’s going to be more difficult for school districts to do it……Read more here

Bill would make it more difficult for perverted teachers to find new schools

Posted: September 27, 2013 |

Pennsylvania’s Senate Bill 46, sponsored by Sen. Anthony Williams, would require prospective employers to contact previous school districts to determine if a candidate has a history of sexual misconduct, and requires previous employers to divulge such information, the PA Independent reports…..Read more here


Posted: September 26, 2013 | The Phila Public Record

More than 300 residents of State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams’ (D-W. Phila.) district filled the Mercy Eastwick Wellness Center on Sep. 19 to learn more about living a fuller, more-satisfying and safer life during his “Navigating Life After 50+ Expo.”“The event was very informative,” said Constance Johnson, a 77-year-old Center City resident who attended the event. “I loved the food and thought it was the best expo ever!”…..Read more here

Radio host E. Steven Collins warmly remembered

Posted: September 22, 2013 |

At an emotional memorial service, the list of guest speakers resembled a who’s who of regional power players, from Mayor Nutter to U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and State Sens. Vincent Hughes and Anthony H. Williams……Read more here

South Philadelphia Senior Expo Draws Hundreds of Active Elders

September 19, 2013 |CBS Philly

A “senior expo” drew hundreds of attendees this morning in West Philadelphia. The “Navigating Life after 50 Expo,” hosted by state senator Anthony Williams at the Mercy Eastwick Wellness Center, is designed to bring those who provide services to senior citizens to the folks they serve…..Read more here

Lawmakers to push for ban on gay conversion therapy

Posted: September 19, 2013 |

State Rep. Brian Sims and state Sen. Anthony Williams, city Democrats, appeared at an LGBT youth center yesterday to outline their plans to introduce a bill outlawing the practice of using therapy to turn gay kids into heterosexuals. Williams has already introduced a similar bill in the state Senate……Read more here

Pa. legislators aim to ban anti-gay conversion therapy

Posted: September 18, 2013 |Metro

Pennsylvania would become the third state in country, joining California and New Jersey, in banning the controversial technique used to reverse gay children’s sexual orientation.State Sen. Anthony Williams (D, Philadelphia/Delaware) is among those leading the push in Harrisburg to ban conversion therapy. He has introduced a bill banning the anti-gay practice in the Pennsylvania Senate…..Read more here

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Seek To Ban Homosexual Conversion Therapy

Posted: September 18, 2013 | CBS Philly

Conversion or reparative therapy has been on the decline for decades since major medical organizations declared that homosexuality is not an illness. California and New Jersey have banned the practice. A Federal appeals court upheld the California ban, so Pennsylvania state senator Anthony Williams, sponsor of a ban bill, hopes to have the practice on the run…..Read more here

Pa. Lawmakers To Target Gay “Conversion” Therapy

Posted: September 17, 2013 |CBS PITTSBURGH

Democratic lawmakers want to bar Pennsylvania mental-health providers from trying to change the sexual orientation of gay minors…..Read more here

Pa. lawmakers to introduce bipartisan bill to ban coversion therapy on minors

Posted: September 17, 2013 | LGBTQ Nation

Sims, along with state Rep. Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne, Pa.) announced the House measure at a news conference Tuesday. A similar bill has already been introduced in the Senate by state Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D-Phila.)…..Read more here

Gay conversion therapy’ challenged by Rep. Sims and Sen. Williams at the Attic Youth Center

Posted: September 17, 2013 |Philadelphia Weekly

During a press conference at the Attic, an LGBT youth center in Center City, state Rep. Brian Sims and state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams stressed the importance of passing a ban on “gay conversion therapy” in the state of Pennsylvania—and noted that it can and should be done during this session of the Legislature, with this governor…..Read more here

Bridge Foundation hands out $200,000 in scholarships to Delco kids

September 12, 2013

The program has enjoyed bipartisan support throughout the years, as evidenced by both Pileggi and fellow state Sen. Anthony H. Williams, D-8, of Philadelphia, being present Thursday.”Greater than political affiliation is where you come from,” Williams said. “We both represent Delaware County.” …..Read more here

Federal panel urged to reform election rules

Posted: September 5, 2013 |

State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams (D., Phila.) said the state spent $6 million on its voter ID law that could have been better spent on election efficiency and poll-worker training. Enforcement of the controversial 2012 law awaits the outcome of a prolonged court fight……Read more here

 Corbett rejects plea on Phila. school funding

Posted: August 15, 2013 |

The district has been counting on $124 million in union concessions and savings to help close a $304 million deficit. The current contract expires at the end of this month and negotiations are continuing.The dispute over the $45 million state grant comes as Mayor Nutter and City Council wrestle over another piece of the $140 million package hashed out in Harrisburg last month to address the district’s shortfall…..Read more here

Philly to Corbett: We’d like that $45 million now, please!

Posted: August 14, 2013 |

WITH A LOCAL solution to the school district’s funding crisis proving elusive, city leaders are calling on Gov. Corbett’s administration to release a $45 million grant that could allow schools to open on time next month…..Read more here

City, State at Stalemate Over School Funds

Posted: August 13, 2013 |NBC 10

Philadelphia officials are calling on the governor to release $45 million in promised aid so that city schools can open on time.City and state lawmakers including Mayor Michael Nutter and State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, held a news conference Tuesday urging Gov. Tom Corbett to release the money….Read more here

Countdown, Day 27: Philly’s elected officials want $45 million now; Zogby says no

Posted: August 13, 2013 | The Note

The rhetoric at the press conference got heated. State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams said that schoolchildren and parents were being “held hostage” by the state. Williams, the Senate Democratic whip and a vocal supporter of charter schools, said that it was unprecedented for the state to require an acceptable labor agreement from a specific union before releasing money that has already been budgeted……Read more here

Dispute over meaning of ‘reform’ stalls $45M in aid for Philly schools

Posted: August 13, 2013 | News

“There’s nothing in the language [of Act 71] that said ‘PFT,'” state Sen. Anthony Williams said, adding that the state was setting a bad precedent by withholding school funding based on the results of one union’s collective bargaining agreement. “No governor, no mayor, no General Assembly has ever established that as a precedent,” Williams said…..Read more here

Lawmakers push to resolve schools funding crisis.

Posted: August 9, 2013 |

State lawmakers claim there is still time to look to Harrisburg for some salvation.”I’m not talking about the sales tax. I’m talking about the $45 million one-time appropriation that the governor said was a part of the solution to the problem. When is it coming?” asked State Senator Anthony Williams….Read more here

Across Philly, Neighbors Take A ‘Night Out’

Posted: August 8, 2013 | The Public Record

NATIONAL Night Out hosted by Julia Chinn and Concerned Block Captains of W. and S.W. Phila. on 6000 block of Spruce Street. Attendees included Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, State Sen. Anthony Williams, State Rep….Read more here

Phila and State Leaders head effort to lure Democratic convention to Phila.

Posted: August 8, 2013 |

Among the people at the meeting were Josh Shapiro, chair of the Montgomery County commissioners; City Council President Darrell L. Clarke; and State Sens. Vincent Hughes and Anthony Hardy Williams, both Philadelphia Democrats. Williams said the convention was “not only something the city can do, it’s something the city should do.””The question that was left on the table was how diverse an economy would be included,” he said. “We need to have a plan so if there’s going to be a benefit to Philadelphia economically that all neighborhoods for the first time” benefit….Read more here

Area Leaders Consider Pitching Philaldelphia for 2016 Democratic Convention

Posted: August 7, 2013 |

The Democratic Party is expected to issue a request for bids next month.   Among those at the meeting who would like the city to pursue the convention was Pennsylvania state senator Anthony Williams (D-Phila).

“It’s not only something that the city can do,” he said, “it’s something that the city should do,” Williams says……Read more here

Local Black and Jewish ­Leaders Tour Israel Together

Posted: July 31, 2013 By: Bryan Schwartzman

Robert Bogle, longtime president and CEO of the Philadelphia Tribune, the African-American newspaper that has been around since 1884, has visited Israel several times and has not been shy about criticizing the Jewish state’s treatment of the Palestinians and the expansion of settlements.

Now, after spending time in the Jewish state with local black and Jewish leaders, Bogle said he hasn’t totally changed his thinking, but he’s developed a new appreciation for the complexity of the conflict. He’s also convinced that the Israelis are serious about making peace. Read more →

Crowd marches for peace in Point Breeze

Posted: July 30, 2013 |

PEOPLE IN Point Breeze – hell, people all over – are tired of living with violence, tired of milling around at vigils, tired of wondering when things will change for the better…..Read more here

Yeadon celebrates ‘Summer of Peace’ event

Posted: July 21, 2013 |

“It’s about bringing the community together in a positive environment,” said Marlene Henkin, director of operations for the office of State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, D-8, who sponsored the event. “We want to help reduce violence during the summer months and promote communication and relationships among youths in different towns throughout the district…..Read more here

Community Day set at West Nile Swim Club in Yeadon.

Posted: July 18, 2013 |

YEADON – State Sen. Anthony Williams, D-8, will sponsor a community day for residents at Nile Swim Club on Saturday, July 20, 2013. The event, called “N2N Summer of Peace 2013,” is billed as a “day of service and fun” and will include moon bounces, free food, pool and a basketball tournament…..Read more here

Sen. Williams aims for peaceful summer

Posted: July 14, 2013 |

Williams kicked off this component of his ongoing community-based campaign to counter violence in the 8th District and across the city by declaring that “all kids must play.”“Peace in our community begins in our neighborhoods with the simple notion that children can grow and learn in a safe environment,” he said…..Read more here

Sen. Williams outraged by ‘appalling’ Google app.

Posted: July 12, 2013 |

“‘The Angry Trayvon’ Google app appalled and disgusted me on so many levels that it’s hard to imagine something so repulsive actually was in the public sphere. The only heartening aspect to its outrageous existence is that decent citizens repudiated this crass attempt to divide and inflame,”…..Read more here

HEARD ON THE HILL / IN CITY HALL: Keller Bill Aids Unemployed

Posted: July 11, 2013 | The Public Record

State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams (D-W. Phila.), Democratic whip, said the new budget did help in some areas. He said, “I’m happy we were able to secure more money for public education…..Read more here

William H. Gray III helped empower black politicians

Posted: July 8, 2013 |

Eulogies for William H. Gray III, the minister and former congressman who died last Monday, will pay tribute to his fight against apartheid, his rise to majority whip in the U.S. House of Representatives, his service as head of the United Negro College Fund
Read more at …..Read more here

Many in Philly protest as Pa. House acts on school funding

Posted: July 2, 2013 | Newsworks

The Republican-controlled House approved legislation that gives the school district a one-time infusion of $45 million in state funds, which were previously owed to the federal government, but now have apparently been forgiven…..Read more here

Explaining Corbett’s school funding plan

Posted: July 1, 2013 |Thenotebook

What sources of new money does the governor’s plan include?
For this year, it includes $45 million in a one-time federal infusion. Another $50 million comes from additional borrowing against money that will start flowing to the District next year from extending the 1 percent city sales tax surcharge beyond 2014 and diverting proceeds to the schools….Read more here

Pa. plan to bail out Philadelphia schools shifts

Posted: June 30, 2013 | 6abc

Democratic Sen. Anthony Williams said Sunday that Gov. Tom Corbett and Republicans who control the Legislature instead are considering allowing Philadelphia to divert up to $120 million in city sales tax revenue to its schools…..Read more here

Philadelphia school funding package hits snag

Posted:  June 30, 2013 |

Sen. Anthony Williams (D., Philadelphia) said in an interview Sunday that the proposed $2-per-pack cigarette tax that would have raised roughly $45 million for Philadelphia’s schools “is probably not going to be part of the solution.”…..Read more here

New Plan to Bail Out Philly Schools

Posted:  June 30, 2013 |NBC10

Democratic Sen. Anthony Williams said Sunday that Gov. Tom Corbett and Republicans who control the Legislature instead are considering allowing Philadelphia to divert up to $120 million in city sales tax revenue to its schools.Philadelphia officials had sought $120 million in additional state aid and $45 million from increased cigarette taxes to help bail out a $304 million school budget deficit and reverse thousands of layoffs…..Read more here

Philadelphia ‘Fast For Safe Schools’: 15 Politicians Join The Hunger Strike

Posted: June 28, 2013 | Huffington Post

“While my participation may be symbolic, the cause for which we are all standing is very real,” said state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams in a statement. “Without adequate funding, the consequences of inaction stand to be devastating to our schools. Safety is the one area where no one should be willing to compromise when it comes to our kids.”…..Read more here

Toomey And Williams – A Not-So-Odd Couple

Posted: June 26, 2013 |The Public Record

ANTHONY WILLIAMS to kick off the Summer of Peace youth basketball and other programs designed to find constructive activities for neighborhood children. Toomey and Williams were joined by COUNCILWOMAN JANNIE BLACKWELL whose district includes the Myers Center. Other Philadelphia politicos included US Congressman and head of the Philadelphia Democratic Party BOB BRADY…..Read more here  Summer Of Peace Action Shot —->link

Reactions to the ruling.

Posted: June 26, 2013 |

What some said about the court ruling that halts use of a key provision in the Voting Rights Act: State Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D., Phila.): “As a child of the civil rights movement, as an American, I’m saddened today.”….Read more here

Pa. Senate panel OKs four Phila. bills

Posted: June 26, 2013 |

The state Senate Finance Committee passed three bills Tuesday related to Philadelphia’s property-tax reform, as well as a bill authorizing the city to create a $2-a-pack cigarette tax.All four could be heard as early as Wednesday in the Appropriations Committee before going to the full Senate. The cigarette tax bill would have to pass the House as well….Read more here

Teachers’ union still reluctant on salary givebacks

Posted: June 25, 2013 | Newsworks

The Philadelphia School District has been desperately seeking help from the city, state and labor unions in order to plug a $304 million budget gap.The city government is pledging extra money, though part of that still requires state-enabling legislation……Read more here

State leaders raise hopes of Phila. school rescue.

Posted: June 19, 2013 |

Sen. Anthony H. Williams said odds of finding additional federal dollars for the schools, which U.S. Rep. Bob Brady (D., Phila.) had been striving for, look slim – “like a Hail Mary,” Williams said….Read more here

Pa. Senate weighs aid for Minersville Area and 6 other districts in Northeast.

Posted: June 18, 2013| The Republicanherald

Senate Democratic leaders said lawmakers need to address the issue before they leave for the summer. “This can’t be put off until the fall,” said Sen. Anthony Williams, D-8, Philadelphia, adding that some struggling districts may run out of money before the end of the next academic year……Read more here

State leaders raise hopes of Phila. school rescue.

Posted: Jun 18 2013 |Thenotebook

Sen. Anthony Williams points to the Philadelphia School District, which is laying off nearly 3,800 workers, and says other financially distressed districts will join it soon if the state doesn’t send more money…. Read more here

Thomas Fitzgerald: Pa. measure to split electoral votes is hard to size up

Posted: June 18, 2013 |

Senate Bill 538 just might be one of the oddest pieces of legislation in the Harrisburg hopper this session.Republican leaders say: Move on, there’s nothing to see here. Don’t worry about it. It’s not going anywhere…..Read more here

Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency to Host Event for Struggling Homeowners.

Posted: June 17, 2013 |

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency is sponsoring a day – long event to help Delaware County homeowners struggling with their mortgages on June 21 at Yeadon Borough Hall. This event will run from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.This event is being led in partnership with state Senator Anthony H. Williams…..Read more here

Project links Cobbs Creek Park to Bartram’s Garden

Posted: June 12, 2013 |The Phila Tribune

Sen.SWPSouthwest Philadelphia has added 1.5 additional miles to a bike trail, which is a part of the 58th Street Greenway project, connecting Cobbs Creek Park to Bartram’s Garden, during a ribbon cutting ceremony outside Francis Myers Recreation Center on Saturday…..Read more here  

No more ‘passing the trash’

Posted: June 10, 2013 |The Altoona Mirror

State Senator Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia/Delaware, deserves praise for continuing to push legislation to close the loopholes that have been allowing school districts to hire employees who had once been under investigation in connection with child abuse or sexual misconduct allegations……Read more here

Pa. Senate passes $2.5 billion transportation bill

Posted: June 7, 2013 |

The state Senate approved a $2.5 billion transportation-funding bill Wednesday, aimed at repairing thousands of aging bridges and miles of roads while pumping more money into transit, setting the stage for a fight over the bill’s fate in the House……Read more here

Senator highlights pitfalls of payday loan-friendly bill

Posted: June 6, 2013 | The Phila Tribune

paydayloansWilliams, whom some thought would endorse SB 975, said he based his “nay” on the bill not doing nearly enough to address other related issues concerning payday loans. “While I can’t lend my voice to how detrimental passage of the bill would be, my concern is that people are still getting payday loans. My concern was, if we’re going to do something constructive, let’s not do a little bit better than bad, but let us do good….. Read more here   

Pa. Senate Passes 2 Bills To Prevent Child Abuse By Teachers

Posted: June 4, 2013 |CBS3

harrisburgThe state Senate has sent the House a pair of bills designed to protect school children from misconduct and sexual abuse by teachers.One bill, sponsored by Democratic Senator Anthony Williams of Philadelphia, would close a loophole that allows school districts to hire employees despite a history of investigations….. Read more here

Charters join Phila. School District in seeking aid

Posted: May 24, 2013|The Inquirer

School fundingThe drumbeat for more money for Philadelphia’s taxpayer-funded schools continued to rumble across the city Thursday.At a West Philadelphia rally, leaders from more than 20 city charter schools, who at times have been at odds with the district, joined its campaign to obtain more state and city aid to cover a looming $304 million shortfall…..Read more here 

Local Non-Profit Awards Scholarships To Young Social Activists

Posted: May 19, 2013 |CBS3

CollegeGrantWilliamsThe Hardy Williams Education Fund awarded scholarships to six students in Philadelphia interested in careers in government, law or social action….Read more here 

School tax plan: Drinks, smokes

Nutter said revenue collections would also get a push.

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013|The Inquirer
To raise money for the desperate Philadelphia School District, Mayor Nutter proposed Wednesday to tax cigarettes at $2 a pack and raise the city’s liquor-by-the-drink tax from 10 percent to 15 percent…….Read more here

Pennsylvania state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams discusses opportunities for small businesses in the region

Posted: May 13, 2013|
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sen & Councilman CurtIn this interview Senator Williams, who has served the 8th District since 1998, shares insights into how strengthening small business is the key to lowering poverty rates.

Read more here.

Pa. high court upholds redistricting plan.

Posted: May 09, 2013|

HARRISBURG — After a protracted legal battle, the state Supreme Court upheld Pennsylvania’s latest legislative redistricting plan, saying the new maps comply with the state constitution.….Read more here …..The Senator Responds

City and schools: Not world-class…. Written by ANTHONY HARDY WILLIAMS

Posted: May 01, 2013|

GETTING a budget boost during tight times is never easy and often seems like a fool’s errand.

But with the School District of Philadelphia sitting on the brink of absolute collapse and nearly a quarter of a million of our children and their families facing an immediate future without school, we’d be foolish not to take on that task.…….Read more here

School district crisis impacts our children…. Written by  Anthony Hardy Williams

Posted: Tuesday, 30 April 2013 11:39|Tribune

School District at brink of collapse…. By Senator Anthony H. Williams

Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013, 3:01 AM |Philadelphia Inquirer

The School District of Philadelphia is tipping toward the brink of absolute collapse. That’s reality.

Read more here

Pa. Lawmaker Proposes Tuition Incentive For Illegal Immigrants Who Are Striving

March 19, 2013 | CBS Philly

The state senate bill is sponsored by a Republican from Lancaster County and co-sponsored by Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Phila.), who says it not only is the right thing to do but would also benefit the state….Read more →

No way to treat women


Being respectful doesn’t make you weaker. It makes you stronger. And strong men know that when they’ve done wrong, one of the first things they need to do is apologize.

Aida Guzman, like the rest of us, is still waiting for an apology….Read more →

2 W. Philly females teach a neighborhood and a city the power of community and justice

February 20, 2013 | By ANTHONY HARDY WILLIAMS

I’ll admit that since this case occurred, I’ve had difficulty sleeping. As more details became public, it was clear that a horrific act was visited upon a child and, as a husband and father of two daughters, it disturbed me, realizing the numbers of women and girls out there, dealing with similar circumstances.

But it bothered me almost as much to think that this could happen here.

I grew up and still live in the area where the little girl was abducted. Some faces have remained the same, but through the years different people, different personalities have joined the mix. The implicit trust I held as a child that my neighbors would look out for me when my parents were not present is no longer a universal one and, sadly, not always even expected among children now.

In the days and weeks since the abduction, I, like many, have wondered what type of people, what type of community would allow this to occur. The resolve of these two females – one younger, one older – and their inspiration demonstrated what type….Read more →

Toomey again has Democratic guest at State of the Union

February 13, 2013
By COLBY ITKOWITZ | The Morning Call Washington Bureau

Williams admitted in an interview this week he had prejudged Toomey, a well-known fiscal conservative who couldn’t be further apart from Williams on the political spectrum. But after an initial meeting in early 2011, Williams found Toomey to be thoughtful, pragmatic and even aligned with him on topics like school choice and small business in urban areas….Read more →

PA politicians bridge partisan divide at State of the Union

February 12, 2013 | philly.comsotu

“There is a sense of partisan paralysis and petty bickering that’s immobilizing the country, and my constituents are bothered by it. I’m bothered by it,” he said.”I hope what Senator Toomey and I are modeling will demonstrate to others that where there are shared interests, common ground can be found – if we try hard enough, and put the people’s business ahead of our own.”…Read more →

New principal named at school where girl was kidnapped

January 29, 2013 | ABC Action News

State Senator Anthony Hardy Williams, who has long had concerns about security at Bryant, was pleased with the changes. “Things have changed. I think that, unfortunately, it’s been a long time waiting. I’m grateful that the Superintendent has been so responsive and so direct and so blunt,” Williams said….Read more and watch video →

Reward jumps to $75,000 in Phila. school kidnapping

January 25, 2013
By DAN CUELLAR | ABC Action News

“I will work night and day from now until the time this person’s condemn to hell,” said State Senator Anthony Hardy Williams….Read more and watch video →

Pennsylvania bill would change how judges are chosen

January 25, 2013
By CHRIS MONDICS | Inquirer Staff Writer

The bill, introduced by State Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D., Phila.) and Republican State Sen. Richard Alloway, who represents Adams, York, and Franklin Counties, would end contested elections for state appellate judges, as well as members of the Supreme Court….Read more →

Merit selection getting another try in a Senate proposal

January 24, 2013
By MARY WILSON | WITF Capitol Bureau Chief

In a bill introduced this week, Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) has proposed to create an appointed commission that would select judicial candidates. Under the bill, the governor would make a nomination out of that group and the state Senate would confirm. Regular, nonpartisan, uncontested retention elections would follow….Read more →

Exercise Fit for a Senator – And Everyone Else

November 1, 2012
By TONY WEST | The Public Record

This year, Williams’ “Health Season,” as he calls it, has become the most-elaborate community-outreach program – for any issue – organized by any state lawmaker in the Philadelphia delegation….Read more → 

Close Reporting Loopholes

October 14, 2012 | Tribune-Review

Sponsored by Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia, the SESAME Act would immediately end “passing the trash,” an all-too-common practice plaguing our education system and deliberately putting children in danger. District officials “pass the trash” by negotiating with educators who are sexual abusers, allowing them to resign with a clean record so they can move to a new school setting without attention, legal enforcement, scandal and cost. A typical offender will pass through three different schools before being stopped and can leave dozens of victims in his/her wake….Read more → 

Forum Cites Gas Drilling Benefits

October 7, 2012
by Garland L. Thompson |  The Philadelphia Tribune

“I started out largely hearing about ‘fracking’ through documentaries and news reports,” Williams said. “I was not persuaded so much by Governor Corbett as by the real-life stories of people living in the ‘wasteland’ of Western Pennsylvania. I looked at the poverty in those communities and the jobs being produced, and that, more than anything else, persuaded me to support the impact fee….Read more → 

Free health events around West Philly to promote health awareness

October 1, 2012 |

A series of free health-minded events is scheduled in various locations around West Philadelphia from Oct. 1 through mid-November as part of “Health Awareness Season” sponsored by State Sen. Anthony H. Williams.

“A healthy lifestyle is something we can all strive toward, whether we resolve to make better food choices, exercise more or maintain regular check-ups with our physician. We don’t have to make huge changes, but even little lifestyle improvements make a major difference,” Williams said. “These events will help folks learn new forms of exercise while having fun, all for free.”…Read more → 

Students ‘Feel the Power’ of anti-bullying message

October 1, 2012
By Laura Wiseley | Delaware County Daily Times

Thursday’s appearance at Evans Elementary was scheduled with the help of state Sen. Anthony Williams D-8, of Philadelphia, and the National Character Education Foundation in Pittsburgh…..Read more → 

Is today the beginning of the end of the voter-ID nightmare?

September 28, 2012 | Philadelphia Daily News Editorial

Exhibit B: State Sen. Anthony Williams has just released some research results on voter activity in the April 24 primary, which was supposed to be a “trial run” of the voter-ID law. A Swarthmore researcher polled people exiting the polls. Key findings: Only 59 percent were asked for an ID. And only 59 percent had a driver’s license; half of those age 60 and older did not have a license; 4 percent did not have any required forms of ID, and all of those were people of color…..Read more → 


September 26, 2012 | The Philadelphia Tribune

State Sen. Anthony H. Williams recently hosted a special local pre-screening of a new film, “Won’t Back Down,” which follows parents and teachers who challenged the status quo and instituted public schools for their families and community….Read more → 

Lansdowne Theater rehab expected to spark rebirth in town

September 16, 2012
By Kathleen E. Carey | Delaware County Daily Times

Recently, the organization acquired $3 million from state Rep. Nicholas Micozzie, R-163, of Upper Darby and $1 million from state Sen. Anthony Williams, D-8, of Philadelphia through the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program and a $75,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant….Read more → 

Ethiopian Jew who became and Israeli politician meets wht black leaders in Philly

September 11, 2012
By Stu Bykofsky | Philadelphia Daily News

STATE SEN. Anthony H. Williams was telling a story about his first visit to Israel, about 15 years ago….Read more →

Philly state legislators still not unified on city property tax reform

June 01, 2012

State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams said Thursday that fellow members of the Philadelphia legislative delegation needed to speak with “one voice” to pass bills essential to enacting Mayor Nutter’s property-tax changes, which also could provide desperately needed funding for schools….Read more →

Voter-ID law is a pig in lipstick

May 29, 2012 | Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial

In response to the court challenge, Republicans instead are seeking to slow down the legal review. But as state Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D., Philadelphia) noted last week, it was GOP lawmakers who engaged in a “hastily implemented, poorly designed” voter-ID law that’s now prompting them to attempt repairs….Read more →

Tighten abuse reporting and background checks on educators

May 24, 2012
By TERRI MILLER | Patriot- News Op-Ed

State Sen. Anthony Williams’ proposed S.E.S.A.M.E. Act, which unanimously passed through the Senate Education Committee this month, would end the widespread culture of secrecy by requiring schools to obtain prospective employees’ work records….Read more →

Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, Rep. Brendan Boyle focus on genocide education

May 23, 2012

Surrounded by survivors of one of the worst mass slaughter of humankind, state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams declared that Pennsylvania children and adults should “never forget,” announcing introduction of Senate Bill 1523….Read more →

Springfield Superintendent Supports Legislation Aimed to Prevent Child Abuse

April 19, 2012 | SPRINGFIELD PATCH

State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams testified at a hearing held by U.S. Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick and Patrick Meehan (R-PA) April 16 to spotlight the practice known as “Passing the Trash” and focus attention on ending it by state and federal means.

“Passing the Trash” is a disturbing reality, whereby educators who engage in sexual abuse or misconduct are allowed to escape prosecution with light, if any, penalties and even relocate to another school district….Read more →

Rebuilding after the education storm

February 12, 2012 | By ANTHONY H. WILLIAMS

The twin twisters of the astounding deficit facing the School District of Philadelphia and the upheaval under way at archdiocesan schools are proof that we are indeed in the midst of climatic change when it comes to how we educate children in this city. Yet this disruptive change need not scar us, or scare us…

We have the chance to again summon our strength and our history, to pledge that every child in Philadelphia will have access to a quality education, no matter the zip code. We must take action and prove that we can rebuild after the storm….Read more →

State contest winner pushing child-support bill

January 2, 2012
By MATTHEW SANTONI | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

A citizen’s suggestion could help parents prove they made their child-support payments, if the Legislature passes the winner of one state senator’s “There Ought to be a Law” contest.

Nicole Crawford, 36, of Southwest Philadelphia, made the proposal through Sen. Anthony H. Williams’ contest, which allows people from across the state to submit their ideas for legislation….Read more ->


Pa. lawmakers, veterans’ advocates join forces to get more vets working

December 8, 2011

Pennsylvania lawmakers and advocates for veterans met Thursday for a state Senate Democratic Policy Committee round-table discussion of how to help returning soldiers find work.

Resolving the issue, said Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, “requires a public policy plan in place.”

“That means tax credits, working with the private sector, governmental programs, a whole slew of things we need to do,” he said. “Out of this, we hope that we’ll develop legislation and policies.”

Williams recently authored legislation that would create a tax credit for businesses that hire veterans…. Read more ->


Our view: Education reform needs bipartisan support

November 3, 2011 | Erie Times-News

Bipartisanship is still alive, at least when it comes to lawmakers looking at ways to reform education.

At the federal level, Republican U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson and Democratic Sen. Bob Casey issued a joint news release on Oct. 12 in which they pledged their support for changes to the No Child Left Behind Act. . . . . Read more →


Summer of Peace – Philadelphia Weekly

BY MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG | Philadelphia Weekly

September 7, 2011

While the law-enforcement aspect of Mayor Nutter’s strategy to combat youth-mob attacks and other violence has been on prominent display around Philadelphia the past month, the other crucial element of his plan—keeping at-risk kids occupied with more positive pursuits—has thus far mostly amounted to keeping recreation centers open a few extra hours at night….. Read more →


Vouchers seen as a way out of bad schools

October 26, 2011
By MORGAN ZALOT | Philadelphia Daily News

FOR LIZ GRANT’S granddaughter, a third-grader on the honor roll at North Philadelphia’s Joseph C. Ferguson Elementary School, an “opportunity scholarship” to attend private or parochial school would mean a more challenging curriculum.

“She’s very smart,” said Grant, 63. “She needs a school that’s gonna keep up.”…. Read more


Youth, police team up to fight crime in Darby

August 7, 2011
By LAURA WISELEY | Times Correspondent

DARBY BOROUGH — A half-dozen Darby youths went on a shooting spree at the borough’s recreation center on Saturday afternoon — and Officer Mike Miller couldn’t have been happier about it. . . .  Read more


Darts & Laurels

August 6, 2011
Delaware County Daily Times Editorial Board

LAUREL: To state Sen. Anthony Williams for organizing a youth basketball tournament in Darby Borough as part of his “Summer of Peace” campaign. Here’s hoping they can keep the coarse language to a minimum.  Read more


Darby collects 57 guns at buyback event

July 28, 2011
By Shannon McDonald |

Fifty-seven guns were collected Saturday during a two-and-a-half-hour window at the Darby Borough Police Department. . . . Read more


Overwhelming success for Darby gun buyback

July 24, 2011
By KATHLEEN E. CAREY | DelCo Daily Times

DARBY BOROUGH — People lined up 45 minutes before the doors opened at the gun buy-back program at borough hall Saturday and at the end of the 2½ hours, 57 guns had been collected.
“We’re overwhelmed,” Darby Borough Mayor Helen Thomas said of the town’s first buy-back event. . . . Read more


Are you smarter than a legislator?

July 19, 2011
Radio Smart Talk -WITF

No, it’s not a TV show but it is a contest.  Democratic State Senator Anthony Williams of Philadelphia is running a contest through his website.  The object is for regular, everyday Pennsylvanians to suggest their ideas for a law.  Sen. Williams has agreed to sponsor the winning legislation in the state senate.  In fact, the contest winner may get an opportunity to testify for their proposal in a senate hearing. . . Read more


State senator hosting gun buy-back event in Darby

July 18, 2011
By FRANK OTTO | DelCo Daily Times

DARBY BOROUGH — Although the police curfews were lifted in Darby Borough and Darby Township, the specter of gun violence remains.

Hoping to combat that, state Sen. Anthony H. Williams, D-8, of Philadelphia, is hosting a gun buy-back from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Darby Borough Police Department, 821 Summit St.

“If we want to stop the body count from rising and literally save lives, getting guns off the street is crucial,” said Williams in a release. “I encourage everyone who wants to be a part of the solution to turn in your guns. . . .” Read more


Prospect hires four new police officers

July 18, 2011
By Laura Wiseley | Delaware County News Network

. . . Also at the borough’s business meeting, Harris announced that Prospect Park officials are hoping to secure a $2,000 grant from Sen. Anthony H. Williams to put toward a video camera for Park Square. The camera is expected to cost a total of $2,250. . . Read more


The Morning File: Now you can prove you’re just as smart as a state legislator

Monday, July 11, 2011
By Gary Rotstein, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

We don’t usually put Philadelphia politicians up on a pedestal. They’re often even worse, believe it or not, than Western Pennsylvania politicians. . . . Read more


‘Write your own’ law idea might be interesting

Sunday, July 10, 2011
McLean Publishing Co.

We rarely find anything to endorse in ideas advanced by state office-holding Democrats from Philadelphia. But state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams has an idea that could be fun to explore – and might actually improve government in Pennsylvania. . . . Read more


Williams wingding fills Stinger Square

June 30, 2011
JIM TAYOUN | The Public Record

More than 1,000 people gathered at Stinger Square in South Philadelphia for the Neighborhood to Neighborhood Summer of Peace Kickoff Cookout last Saturday hosted by State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams (D-W. Phila.), Youth Action, and Peace Not Guns. . . . Read more


Sen. Williams suspends festival, uses $$$ for charity

June 23, 2011
JIM TAYOUN | The Public Record

As community organizations charged with promoting youth development and curbing violence continue to sustain severe budget cuts amid a dour economy, State Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D-W. Phila.) announced he will suspend a signature annual event, opting instead to redirect funds this year to community-based projects. . . . Read more


Education Nation: School Choice Faces Major Test in Harrisburg

June 12, 2011 – NBC10 @ Issue with Steve Highsmith

School choice advocate State Sen. Anthony Williams said the Pa. budget process will likely result in significant funding cuts for state education spending. SB 1, providing financial assistance for families looking for education options, has bi-partisan backing in Harrisburg. Lawmakers are facing a June 30 deadline to pass the state budget. . . . . Watch →


Pennsylvania school vouchers: Your child, your choice!

March 23, 2011 | By ANTHONY H. WILLIAMS

THE CONCEPT of school choice is simple. You, the parent, decide where your child goes to school. It’s very basic, and the time has come to embrace it. That’s why state Sen. Jeffrey Piccola (R-Dauphin/ York) and I have introduced Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Opportunity Scholarship and Education Improvement Tax Credit Act.

The legislation will let low-income parents choose where their kids attend school so that children across Pennsylvania have the opportunity to receive a quality education regardless of where they live or their financial circumstance. And the tax-credit component of SB 1 provides financial assistance to middle-income and working-class families seeking educational options for their children.. . . . . Read more →

School Choice. Why Every Pennsylvania Family Should Support It.

March 6, 2011 – Patriot News

“It’s time to admit that public education operates like a planned economy, a bureaucratic system in which everybody’s role is spelled out in advance and there are few incentives for innovation and productivity. It’s no surprise that our school system doesn’t improve.”

Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, D-Philadelphia, supports school vouchers
These are not my words or those of my colleague, Sen. Jeff Piccola, but those of Albert Shanker, former union president of the American Federation of Teachers, who said them in 1989. .. . . . Read more →


Fatimah Ali: Why Fatimah Ali changed her mind on Philadelphia school vouchers

February 15, 2011 – Philadelphia Daily News

WHEN state Sens. Anthony Williams and Jeffrey Piccola introduced a bill to allow parents whose children attend the city’s worst schools in the poorest neighborhoods to apply state funding to tuition at private schools, I was dead-set against it.. . . . Read more →

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