Monday, October 22, 2012
In anticipation of tonight's final debate, Montgomery County Commissioners Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards spoke in support of their party's candidate, President Barack Obama, today in Norristown.
Presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will square off tonight in the third and final presidential debate, this time on foreign policy. The rhetoric is expected to be heated, and most polls have the candidates in a dead heat following their earlier sparring matches. Montgomery County Commissioners Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards took to the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse to vocie support their party's standard bearing, President Obama. The commissioners told those in attendance that when it comes to foreign policy, the president has the experience and the record needed to lead our country for the next four years. "We are electing a commander-in-chief, someone who will keep America safe," Shapiro said. "All Mitt …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Republican candidate for the 153rd Legislative District Nick Mattiacci weighs in on the Voter ID delay
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
To the editor: [The preliminary injunction of the voter ID law] is disappointing because the voter ID law is a common sense measure that will ensure the integrity of our elections, but it's clear that the Pennsylvania Department of State, PennDOT and the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners have done everything they could to accommodate people who are in need of a photo ID. However, I am pleased that the long term outcome is that photo ID will be a requirement in future elections. Nick Mattiacci Elkins Park
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Shapiro: 'Troubled' by Corbett Administration's 'inappropriate' comment
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
To the editor: Earlier this year, Pennsylvania passed a new law requiring voters to show an ID in order to vote. While at first blush, this may sound sensible to some, it will likely have the effect of suppressing the rights of certain voters who do not meet the new strict standards. In Montgomery County alone, according to a report from the commonwealth, over 49,000 people either do not have the necessary identification to be able to vote or there is some question about their ID card. While my opposition to this new law is well-documented (I voted against it when I served in the State House), as the Chairman of the Montgomery County Commissioners I took an oath to uphold all of the laws of the commonwealth —even those I disagree with. …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Tonight's special 6 p.m. meeting will include an update on the county's public safety radio system and a Voter ID proposal.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight, this time at at 6 p.m. at Pennypacker Mills at 5 Haldeman Road in Schwenksville. According to Montgomery County Communications Director Frank Custer, the commissioners will consider a proposal from the county's solicitor that, if adopted, would provide greater access to voter IDs for Montgomery County residents. Commissioner Bruce Castor will also reportedly update the board on the county's efforts to upgrade the aging public safety radio system.
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
Heat index expected to tip 100 degrees.
The Montgomery County Commissioners have declared a "Code Red" hot weather warning for Tuesday, as county health officials expect an oppressively hot air mass to generate a heat index of 100 degrees or greater in the region. The alert in scheduled to be in effect from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, unless extended by the commissioners. Temperatures are expected to reach 88 degrees by 11 a.m., and hit the mid-90s by mid-afternoon, a Weather.com forecast shows. According to a release issued by the county, heat conditions have been associated with excess mortality, heat-related stress and exhaustion. Very young children, elderly adults, and people with chronic medical conditions or taking certain medications are most at risk. Residents are urged …
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 …