Politics

Senator Vogel Committee Assignments Announced

Senator Elder Vogel Jr. will serve on six Senate Standing Committees for the 2017-18 Legislative Session. In addition to chairing the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, Senator Vogel will also serve on the Appropriations, Banking & Insurance, Communications & Technology, Environmental Resources & Energy, and Labor & Industry Committees. “I appreciate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati’s faith in my abilities to serve on these committees. I   look forward to finding solutions to the unique challenges of each of these areas of public policy,” Senator Vogel said. “The Appropriations Committee is especially important to me as it is the committee tasked…


January Agenda Council Meeting Brief

Yesterday held the first of two monthly council meetings. The following was discussed and will be voted on at the next council meeting: Visitors Bill Baur, an Ellwood resident, publicly expressed his concerns about the tax increase and 2017 budget. He mentioned the pay increases for many of the Borough workers, building the public works building and electric building at the same time, and refinancing of existing debt. Connie MacDonald, the Council President said that the budget and tax increase are both something that are a necessity due to many things – including the two buildings – being neglected for…


Bernstine Announces Weekly Veterans Assistance Outreach in Ellwood City Office

ELLWOOD CITY – Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) will begin hosting veterans assistance hours every week at his district office in Ellwood City. Jesse Putnam, service officer with the Lawrence County Department of Veterans Affairs, will be available every Thursday at the office, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. Appointments can be made on Thursdays outside those times by calling Bernstine’s office at (724) 752-2120. “We’re happy to partner with the Lawrence County Department of Veterans Affairs to aid our veterans in the 10th Legislative District,” said Bernstine. “Military veterans have done so much for our country. This…


Bernstine Takes Oath of Office to Begin First Term in PA House

HARRISBURG – Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) took the oath of office Tuesday, marking the beginning of his first term representing the 10th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “I am deeply grateful to the people of the district for giving me their confidence to represent their interests and concerns in Harrisburg, and I am honored to begin this work in earnest,” said Bernstine. “This session begins with very serious challenges and I am ready to work hard to meet the expectations of the residents of the district.” Prior to running for state representative, Bernstine divided his professional time…


Senator Elder Vogel Jr. Sworn-In as Legislative Session Begins

Senator Elder Vogel Jr. took his oath of office and was sworn-in as Senator for the 47th Senate District today (January 3) at the State Capitol. The ceremony marked the beginning of the 2017-18 Legislative Session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The New Sewickley Township native returns to the State Senate looking to build upon a legislative track record of commonsense reforms to state government, strong support for Pennsylvania agriculture, and the enactment of pro-growth policies encouraging the creation of good-paying jobs for families in Western Pennsylvania. “The new year presents new challenges to our Commonwealth,” Senator Vogel said. “A…


Bernstine to Take Oath of Office Jan. 3

State Representative-Elect, Aaron Bernstine, will take the oath of office as state representative of the 10th Legislative District, Tuesday, Jan. 3 beginning at noon. The swearing-in ceremony will be hosted at the Floor of the House of Representatives in Harrisburg. Family members and supporters of the State Rep.-Elect are encouraged to join the ceremony in person or via live stream. The live stream be available to view on his official website.  


Holiday Parking Ends Dec. 31

Reminder: the current holiday parking resolution of two free hours at all metered spaces in Ellwood will officially be lifted on December 31st and meter parking will resume as normal.


“Starting and Growing Your Business in Ellwood”

It’s not always easy knowing where to start, especially when it comes to something like establishing a business – that’s why the Borough of Ellwood City has partnered with the Ellwood City Chamber of Commerce and the Lawrence County Economic Development to encourage and provide information and resources to anyone interested in starting a business in Ellwood. Located on the Borough’s website under the work tab, a clickable link saying “Business Start-Up Guide” will appear, which contains a guide called “Starting and Growing Your Business in Ellwood.” The guide was put together by experts in the local business industry to…


Bernstine Announces Opening of District Office

ELLWOOD CITY – Promising to provide high-quality constituent services to the residents of the 10th Legislative District, Rep.-elect Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) today announced that his new district office is open at 438 Line Ave., Ellwood City. Bernstine’s district office will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. On Thursdays, the office will be open until 7 p.m. Residents can contact the office by phone at (724) 752-2120. The office will be staffed by Nick Kerin, district office manager, and Mandy Hyde, constituent outreach specialist. “I invite residents to stop by and let us know their thoughts…


Council Votes to Pass Increased Tax Mill

The hot topic of the council meeting last night was the proposed 2017 budget, including the tax mill increase from 7.75 to 8.75. Both the 2017 budget and the tax mill increase were approved by council, but not without discussion. The budget was passed in a 5-2 vote by council, with council members Judy Dici and Marilyn Mancini voting against it. The new tax mill is expected to increase property taxes just over a dollar per every thousand the property is worth; so for the average property owned in Ellwood (about $60,000) taxes will increase roughly $60 for the 2017…