2015 Update—July 6th to July 19th

On Monday the 6th I met with a woman who is working to help provide needed school supplies to students from low-income homes, and also participated in a workshop of the state’s budget process hosted by ADA, Americans for Democratic Action, at the Newark Free Library. On Tuesday the 7th I fasted during the day and that evening joined the American Turkish Friendship Association’s 7th annual friendship dinner as part of their Ramadan observance. I hosted the monthly coffee on Wednesday, and that afternoon attended the meeting of the Newark Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners. On Thursday the 9th I was interviewed by WDDE’s Tom Byrne for their The Green Program, with the state budget as the primary topic. You can read about the interview, and listen to it, at http://delawarepublic.org/post/green-july-10-2015 . Afterwards I attended the bill signing for Senate Bill 10, which makes permanent the excellent Stand By Me financial literacy program. On Saturday I attended the Welcome Home Ceremony for the Detachment 1 Company F 1/126th AVN Soldiers of the DE National Guard, and that evening stopped by the Sierra Club’s Dog Days of Summer fundraiser at the Newark Bike Project.

On Tuesday the 14th I drove along with DelDOT through Nonantum Mills, to identify the sections of road most in need of milling and repaving. On Friday the 17th I met with several individuals to identify a good path to improve Delaware’s care for those who are near the end of their lives. Yesterday I began my 2015 door knocking. I have identified several communities that I had not been able to visit last year, and am hoping to visit each this summer.

Email Update

I shared, with residents who had raised concerns earlier, information on HB 1 and HB 215, which address reporting of sexual assaults on campus.

I fielded many emails from those who were concerned with what ended up being funded and not funded, especially within the Grant in Aid bill which funds non-profits. I also fielded emails from those who were concerned with the spending of over half of the one-time money to plug budget gaps on June 30th.

On behalf of members of the Aetna fire company, I reached out to the DMV to learn what lights are permitted and prohibited, for fire police volunteers’ vehicles.

On roads, I have reported potholes throughout the district, discussed additional speed bumps in Chapel Hill, drainage issues in Chapel Hill and in the Estates at Corner Ketch,

I have responded to individuals who wished to learn more about my House Concurrent Resolution 47, which requests that the Public Service Commission restrict renewable energy state incentives to projects which actually use renewable energy.

I reached out and learned about the renovations underway at the Main Towers, renovations that have at times required shutting down water service for blocks of time.

I was able to get Verizon to address a utility line fire along Corner Ketch Road on Saturday night the 11th.

On behalf of a district resident, I have asked the state Department of Education to review a delay in receiving benefits under the Speech Language Pathology Incentive Loan Program.

I am worked to explore how the White Clay Creek’s Tri-Valley Trail, which has already been delayed, can best get back on track.