Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Montgomery County Commissioners Bruce Castor and Leslie Richards react to the news that Judge Robert Simpson has upheld Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law.
Montgomery County Commissioners Bruce Castor and Leslie Richards were in Norristown at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Elmwood Park Zoo's new parking lot expansion when news that Judge Robert Simpson upheld Pennsylvania's controversial Voter ID law requiring voters to present a valid photo ID at the polls in order to vote. When they learned of the decision, Castor and Richards offered their thoughts on the news to Patch.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Montgomery County Commissioners and the county's election board will host a public informational meeting on the new ID required on Thursday, July 26 at 7 p.m. at MCCC Blue Bell.
Voters heading to the polls this fall will find the new Voter I.D. law in place all across Pennsylvania. Many have heard by now they’ll need to have identification to exercise their right, but few can keep up with the ever-changing rules regarding the update. And, to date, it is estimated that more than 10 percent of the state’s voters still do not have the acceptable I.D. According to a press release from the Montgomery County commissioners and the county’s election board, there are more than 45,000 voters in the county alone that “do not have identification that meets the law’s requirements.” The county’s offices have been busy trying to get the word out, distributing flyers like the PDF attached at right to notify residents of the …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Forfeited bail dating to 2008 and earlier could represent a potential "windfall" for Montgomery County.
Hundreds of people who have neglected to show up for a Montgomery County court date in recent years may soon receive an unpleasant phone call. The county's Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved a plan by the county's Clerk of Courts and the county solicitor's office to enlist the help of collection agencies and other third parties in recovering several years' worth of bail forfeited by defendants who had failed to appear before county judges. "It's been sitting out there and no one's been taking any actions to recover it," Montgomery County solicitor Ray McGarry said. When a judge releases a defendant on unsecured bail, no money is collected from the defendant, who essentially agrees to an I.O.U. for the prescribed bail amount. That …
Monday, July 16, 2012
HB 2552 proposes that new revenue generated by the Valley Forge Casino and Resort be distributed to local parks and heritage sites and non-profits.
On Monday, July 16, the Montgomery County Commissioners, along with state Representatives Marcy Toepel (R-147), Mike Vereb (R-150) and Todd Stephens (R-151), held a press conference to reveal new legislation that would redistribute casino revenue from the county’s share assessment. If House Bill 2552 is passed, the casino would give 2% of its gross revenue back to the community – 75% of that will be going to maintenance and refurbishment services of parks and heritage sites, while the final 25% would be split evenly between local nonprofits Laurel House and Mission Kids. "An estimated $1.2 million will be generated. $900,000 to the parks and heritage sites, and $150,000 each to Mission Kids and Laurel House," explained Toepel. Currently, …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
County officials say convicted murderers and those imprisoned for other serious crimes are 'less likely' to be housed in the Eagleville facility.
The Montgomery County Correctional Facility in the Eagleville section of Lower Providence will house an indeterminate number of state Department of Corrections inmates on work release, following an agreement approved Thursday by the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. Uri Monson, the county's chief financial officer, said the state is seeking multiple avenues to reduce "severe overcrowding" in its prisons and that the Department of Corrections will reimburse the county at the maximum allowable rate of $65 per day per prisoner. Monson said neither he nor the state was yet certain exactly how many inmates would be transferred to the county under the agreement, but he stressed that only inmates suitable for work release programs would …
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Shapiro-Richards unveils student vet assistance plan; Castor-Brown calls DVRPC to account on 422 studies.
Shapiro, Richards appear at MCCC to propose assistance program for student vets Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards, the Democratic ticket for majority control of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, appeared at Montgomery County Community College yesterday afternoon to propose an assistance and psychological support program for veterans who are enrolling at the school. "Almost half of military veterans enrolled in college have contemplated suicide, and almost 20 percent have planned to kill themselves," said Richards, citing a study presented this summer at a conference of the American Psychological Association. "The transition from the military to college campuses is very challenging for [veterans], which is why a Shapiro-Richards …
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Would require approval in state legislature
The Brown-Castor campaign for Montgomery County Commissioner has its eyes on the coming Valley Forge Casino Resort. Specifically, on the revenue it's expected to generate. Right now, that money is slated to go to the state, not Montgomery County. "If we have to deal with the hassle of having a casino, it is just not right that we don't get with any of the revenue," Castor said earlier this week, according to a PhillyBurbs.com report. The campaign on Friday called on the state legislature to pass a law that would let the county collect a "host fee" that it says could be used to help fund improvements on U.S. Route 422. The casino will be situated alongside the highway, which runs roughly parallel to the Schuylkill River through central and …
Thursday, September 15, 2011
The Democratic candidates for county commissioner say they would 'begin at zero' and make each organization in county government 'make its case.'
Democratic candidates Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards said today that they would not increase county taxes if elected to County Commissioner seats in November. The tax promise was made as part of the candidates' fiscal platform, which they announced to gathered members of the media at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown this morning. The announcement came two days after the Republican candidates for County Commissioner, Jenny Brown and Bruce Castor, announced their own fiscal platform. The two candidates said they have spent the past few months campaigning throughout Montgomery County by attending 67 community events, 37 house parties, visiting eight senior centers, and making 12,000 phone calls to prospective voters. They …