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New Councilwoman Sworn In, Leadership Reappointed to Serve

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At Monday nights Bristol Borough Council meeting a new member was sworn in as council reelected its leadership last night.

District Judge Frank W. Peranteau, Sr swore  in reelected council members Ralph DiGuiseppe (south ward), Betty Rodriguez (west ward)  and Lorraine Cullen (east ward) along with newly elected north ward councilwoman, Maria Figueroa.

DiGuiseppe and Rodriguez shortly thereafter were voted in to serve as council president and council vice-president unanimously.

DiGuiseppe beginning his fifth term on council and 19th as president was visibly choked up by the proceedings said how “thankful” and honored he is to serve the residents of the borough.

“This is an honor and I do it for the town. I really appreciate trying to make this town a better to place for all us,” he added.

Council reappointed Solicitor William Salerno and Special Borough Solicitor Chris Gerber, of Siana & Bellwpar with a modest fee increases officials, said. Gerber handles litigation issues for the borough

Gilmore Associates were also rehired as the municipal engineering firm with a slight fee increase also. Mayor Joseph Saxton was sworn in earlier in the evening via a telephone by Judge Peranteau

 

Councilmen Gregg Pezza and Bryan Johnson missed the meeting due to health issues, officials said.

 

 

 

 

 

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PennDOT: Bridge Repair, Core Borings, Night Next Week, I-95, NE Philadelphia

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PennDOT announced bridge repairs and other construction activities will continue at night next week on Interstate 95 in Northeast Philadelphia.

Motorists are advised of the following travel restrictions:

  • Monday, July 22, through Thursday, July 25, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning, a right lane closure will be in place on northbound I-95 between the Allegheny Avenue and Betsy Ross Bridge interchanges, and on the northbound ramp to the bridge for core borings.
  • Monday, July 22, through Friday, July 26, a single lane closure will be in place at 9 p.m., followed by a double lane closure at midnight to 5 a.m. on southbound I-95 between Ashburner Street and Bleigh Avenue for diamond grinding and line striping.
  • Monday, July 22, through Friday, July 26, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning, a lane closure will be in place on the ramp from southbound I-95 at the Betsy Ross Bridge Interchanges for bridge repair.
  • Wednesday, July 24, through Friday, July 26, a single lane closure will be in place at 9 p.m., followed by a double lane closure at midnight to 5 a.m. on northbound I-95 between Ashburner Street and Bleigh Avenue for diamond grinding and line striping.​

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work areas because backups and delays will occur. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.

The core borings are part of the design phase for PennDOT’s upcoming I-95/AF3 project that will reconstruct northbound I-95 and its structures between Ann Street and Wheatsheaf Lane. Section AF3 is tentatively scheduled for construction in 2025.

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Waiving Vehicle Fees for Decorated and Injured Veterans Heads to Governor’s Desk

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 An omnibus transportation bill –HB 2301- including language from a bill introduced by state Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, to waive vehicle title and registration fees for Veterans who were captured, injured or received the Congressional Medal of Honor while serving has been sent to the governor’s desk.

The proposal had been previously introduced by Ciresi as a standalone bill (HB 105), which passed the House unanimously in April. With its inclusion in and the passage of HB 2301, it is now on its way to be signed into law.

“When veterans return home, the impact of their traumatic experiences are further compounded by financial hurdles such as relocation, finding new homes, applying for jobs and registering their vehicles,” Ciresi said. “These heroes deserve our compassion and gratitude, and that’s why I introduced this legislation to help relieve some of the pressure by waiving vehicle registration fees. By permanently removing registration fees for veterans who were injured, captured, or received our highest military decoration, we would show our permanent appreciation for their sacrifices and service.”

Currently, recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, seriously injured veterans, and former POWs pay a $10 vehicle registration processing fee. Under the recently passed legislation, this fee will be removed, and they will no longer be subject to titling fees.

For recipients of the Purple Heart, who currently must pay titling and registration fees in full, they will no longer be subject to paying either.

The bill passed 202-0.

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Tomlinson, Hogan Bill for Stiffer Penalties for Street Racing Passes House

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A measure authored by state Reps K.C. Tomlinson (R-Bucks) and Joe Hogan (R-Bucks) to increase penalties on those convicted of street racing passed the House Friday.

House Bill 2266 increases penalties on those convicted of street racing. According to Tomlinson and Hogan, their legislation increases the fine from $250 up to $2,000 per violation and on the second violation, the driver’s vehicle will be taken away to stop them from using it in future street races. Organizers of the street racing event would also be held accountable. This would update the current penalties outlined in Title 75.

“The safety of my constituents is always my top priority. When I learned that in my district alone we’ve had over 40 incidents in the last year and a half, I knew this was something we needed to address. Adults, children and law enforcement have been hurt or even killed at these events. By increasing the penalties for those convicted of street racing, we will keep both our streets and law enforcement safe,” Tomlinson said Friday.

Many of these illegal races include many different drivers and are usually organized on social media as “meet up” events. Those who organized the event should face penalties for creating and fostering these dangerous events. This bill will also hold the organizers accountable, the state reps said when introducing the bill last year. 

The bill now moves onto the state Senate for consideration.

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