Local legislators join fight to bring clean energy solutions

Daily Local News, 7/26/18

State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-156, right, Mayor Dianne Herrin, and West Chester University Director of Sustainability, Bradley Flamm, take questions at a clean energy forum promoting clean energy solutions Wednesday night.

West Chester >> On Wednesday night, PennEnvironment was joined by state Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19, state Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-156, Mayor Dianne Herrin, and West Chester University Director of Sustainability, Bradley Flamm, to hold a clean energy forum promoting clean energy solutions and calling on Pennsylvania to transition to 100 percent renewable energy as quickly as possible.

Almost 90 Chester County residents joined the panelists Wednesday night at Mitchell Hall at West Chester University, filling the room to the point of standing room only. Event attendees submitted questions for the panelists, and an engaging discussion ensued about how residents can work together to push for clean energy and ensure a healthy, livable climate for all.

With record heat waves and torrential downpours hitting the state and wildfires burning across the West Coast, the need for clean energy solutions and moving off of fossil fuels to solve climate change could not be any clearer.

“As Pennsylvanians, we have a constitutionally-protected right to ‘clean air, pure water and the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment.’ We must continue to assert ourselves in defending and supporting those rights,” said Dinniman.

The state-elected officials in attendance both cosponsored legislation in the General Assembly that would require Pennsylvania to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. This legislation is HB2132 in the state House and SB1140 in the state Senate. Continue reading

“Families Belong Together” rally, West Chester, June 30

Our elected representatives were there in force, all speaking eloquently to the crowd of about 600. Some highlights:

West Chester Mayor Dianne Herrin:

“We are here because we are facing a crisis that transcends politics.”

“We will not be accomplices to this cruelty that is before us.”

“We are going to insure Liberty and justice until we win.”

156th district representative in Harrisburg Carolyn Comitta serves on the Governor’s Commission on Women, which together with the Commission on Latino Affairs, Asian Pacific American Affairs, and African American Affairs has issued a joint statement denouncing the separation of families and the use of children as “political pawns.”

See the text at “Governor’s Advisory Commissions Urge Reunification of Immigrant Families,” 6/26/18.

State Senator Andy Dinniman (D-19) noted that he has spoken many times on the court House steps, but never thought he’d be there protesting the separation of families by the US government.

His remarks received sustained applause, including “It’s cruel, it’s immoral, it’s wrong, and we’ll make sure that it stops” and “We are here today to reclaim the soul of America.”

See the full video of the rally, courtesy of Chester County Community TV Live, here. And don’t miss WCDem singer par excellence Stephanie Phillips, in the video at 7:50.

180 U.S. Mayors Call for Use of Solar Power

PennEnvironment, April 5, 2018 (West Chester Mayor Dianne Herrin is among the 5 Chester County mayors to sign the resolution.)

More PA mayors sign solar power letter than any other state

[Philadelphia, PA] — A bipartisan group of 180 U.S. mayors, representing 42 states including Pennsylvania, are speaking out in support of solar energy. Pennsylvania had more support than any other state in the nation, with 43 signers from municipalities across the Commonwealth.

In a letter released today by the citizen-based non-profit environmental advocacy group PennEnvironment, the mayors resolve to make solar power a key element of their communities’ energy plans and call on others to embrace clean energy from the sun.

“Support for solar power continues to gain traction in the eyes of the public,” said Kelly Flanigan, Global Warming Solutions Associate for PennEnvironment. “We applaud Pennsylvania mayors for hearing that call to action and rising to the occasion.”

43 Pennsylvania mayors signed the letter, including Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia, Mayor William Peduto of Pittsburgh, Mayor Theodore Streeter of Gettysburg, and Mayor Matthew Shorraw of Monessen….

read more at PennEnvironment

Dianne Herrin elected mayor of West Chester

By Bill Rettew Jr., Daily Local News, 11/07/17

WEST CHESTER >> Energy efficiency consultant Dianne Herrin overwhelmingly defeated Realtor Tommy Ciccarone Jr. in Tuesday’s election and will become the borough’s next mayor.

With all but one precinct counted, Herrin, a Democrat, collected 1,863 votes, or 72 percent of the vote, while Republican Ciccarone finished with a tally of 700 votes for 27 percent.

All vote totals are unofficial until certified by the county board of elections.

Herrin will take over the reins from Mayor Jordan Norley, who decided not to run….

read more at Daily Local News

Herrin for Mayor’s Borough Briefs: Tomorrow is Election Day!

Tomorrow is election day, and I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you why I hope you will vote Herrin for Mayor! My campaign manager, a WCU senior majoring in political science, and I have knocked 1,000 doors since we started this campaign in January.

We have experienced firsthand our diverse community.

We have heard great ideas and been inspired by the time and effort so many of you give to our community every day, simply because you care.

As your next Mayor, I will celebrate this greatness.

I will also seek balanced, smart solutions to our issues.

I will work to unite, not divide, us and improve our quality of life.

The only way I can be your Mayor is if you VOTE for HERRIN tomorrow (Tuesday Nov. 7)!

See the summary below, which demonstrates my commitment to West Chester.

Thank you for your support!!

With Gratitude,

Dianne

DIANNE HERRIN: SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE

Borough Resident 17 years.

Current Employment
VP, Practical Energy Solutions, a Borough-based energy efficiency consulting firm in operation for 12 years.

Supporters + Endorsements
Carolyn Comitta, Holly Brown, Richard May, Ray Ott, Kate Shaw, and 30+ more.

Read their statements here.

Service to West Chester Borough Government
12 years as Chair/member of 4 government committees.
12 years as a successful advocate for residents’ quality of life.
Member, Comprehensive Plan Task Force.
Public Education
Member, West Chester VOTE campaign, which brought bipartisan excellence to our school board.
Board Member, West Chester Area Education Foundation.

Community Involvement
Member, Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce.
Charter Member since 2015, Friends of Marshall Square Park.
Member/Past Vice Chair, West Chester Food Cooperative.
Member, Melton Center #PoolTogether.
Member, Save the Y. This group successfully advocated to keep the in-town YMCA open.
Member, West Chester Borough Diversity in Action Committee.
New Member, West Chester NAACP.

Help Save the Historic Tax Credit

from Herrin for Mayor’s BOROUGH BRIEFS, October 31, 2017

Arguably, the UPTOWN! Knauer Performing Arts Center would not have been possible without the federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC). It’s the most significant investment the federal government makes toward preserving historic buildings, and it was a key financial incentive for investors who helped make UPTOWN! possible for our community.

Unfortunately, several tax reform proposals circulating in Congress recommend a repeal of the HTC – even though it stimulates economic growth and returns more to the Treasury than it costs, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The HTC is an important tool for West Chester, as we work together to preserve our history. Without it, historic rehabilitation projects can face lender and investor bias because they often have higher costs and greater design challenges.

Add your name to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s campaign to save the HTC and protect West Chester’s historic brand! Sign on here. Thank you!

‘Herrin’s Heroes’ saluted at Melton Center

By Bill Rettew Jr., Daily Local News, 10/24/17

WEST CHESTER >> Democratic candidate for mayor Dianne Herrin applauded seven community heroes at a fundraiser Saturday night at the Charles A. Melton Center.

Jim Salvas shot pictures at the event and nominated businesswoman Holly Brown.

“Bringing people together is what Dianne does best,” Salvas said. “Look at the range of people: young and old; men and women; black and white; Republican and Democratic.

“Dianne, you will be a mayor for everyone.” …

read more at Daily Local News

SEEKING ANSWERS: Leaders call on Costello to explain his vote to cut EPA’s budget

By Fran Maye, Daily Local News [online only in e-paper], 9/30/17

“Without the EPA’s protection, communities would be unable to argue that our constitutional rights to a clean environment should be protected. We need to set the example and demand that our legislators stand up for the environmental rights that our laws allow.” — Carol Armstrong, The Way Forward

WEST CHESTER » In a rally at the old courthouse Friday afternoon, community leaders called on U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello (R6th Dist.) to answer for his vote to cut $800 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Interior’s budgets.

State Rep. Carolyn Comitta speaks to a crowd in West Chester on Friday, calling on U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello to answer for his vote to cut $800 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Interior’s budgets.

“As a former county commissioner, I am sure Congressman Costello knows Chester County has a strong record supporting environmental protection,” said Diane LeBold, West Chester council president. “But with his vote to cut the EPA budget, it is clear Congressman Costello has fallen in line with those who are answering to a different constituency – the powerful corporations who are jumping at the chance to take apart the EPA and block enforcement of existing regulations. This is very disturbing. I am here to tell Mr. Costello and his colleagues in Congress that they are fighting a losing battle.”

State Rep. Carolyn Comitta told the crowd they can take action by writing to their local lawmakers, and to join her in the fight to protect the environment.

“Our DEP has seen funding and staff cuts over the last several years that seriously hinders their ability to do their job,” Comitta said. “The potential harm to our streams, groundwater and air from lack of consistent enforcement pose serious public health hazards.”

Dianne Herrin, chair of the West Chester’s sustainability advisory committee, said climate change is real, evidenced by recent natural disasters.

“We are facing complete federal inaction on climate change,” she said. “The reality is at the federal level we are going backwards and yet we are in a time of environmental crisis. Think about what has happened in the past few months….

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Dianne Herrin for Mayor of West Chester Happy Hour Fundraiser

from Dianne Herrin, Dem candidate for Mayor of West Chester:

I am hosting a Happy Hour Fundraiser this Wednesday 9/27 from 5:30-8:00 pm at Saloon 151, 151 West Gay Street, West Chester. This election presents a very clear choice for West Chester’s next mayor, and I need your support.

Three words sum up my platform: Quality of life. I believe in economic vitality and redevelopment in the town center. But I also believe in balance. Our charm is our brand, and we need to preserve our historic fabric and be sure redevelopment is both smart and synergistic. I also believe in shared prosperity. We need to preserve our neighborhoods, protect against noise, vandalism and landlord abuse of rental properties, implement environmental and community-based programs that protect our health, strengthen our resilience, and empower our entire community economically, and practice a strong commitment to equity and basic human decency.

I need your help because my yard signs are being stolen and defaced, and we just placed a new order because I am not going to idly stand by. We are replacing every sign that gets stolen.

Join me on Wednesday! Free appetizers, cash bar, and great conversation about the things we care about. Click for event details here.

See you Wednesday!

Thank you,
-Dianne
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