Casey: Time to Reach a Debt
WASHINGTON, DC –
U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today released the following
“With a week until the
United States government defaults for the first time in
history it is way past time that an agreement is reached to
cut spending and avoid catastrophic consequences for the
economy and job creation.
“At this point, a plan is
needed that can beat the deadline and that will make
significant spending cuts to put the country on a path to
fiscal responsibility and avoid a credit rating downgrade
that will further hurt the economy and increase costs to
“The proposal by Senator
Reid takes steps toward compromise and is the most viable
plan to make a down payment on debt reduction and avoid
default before the August 2 deadline. It includes
significant spending cuts of $2.7 trillion, including $1.2
trillion in discretionary spending cuts.
“This has been a
frustrating process marked by partisan politics and
posturing. It is time for Washington to put politics aside
and reach an agreement.”
Casey Leads Bipartisan Effort to Create Jobs and
Promote Investment in the Life Sciences Industry
PHILADELPHIA, PA –
U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today led a bipartisan group
of lawmakers to announce the introduction of the Life
Sciences Jobs and Investment Act of 2011, legislation
to promote job creation and investment in the life science
“The life sciences
industry is an essential source of economic growth and high
paying jobs in the Philadelphia region and across
Pennsylvania,” said Senator Casey. “This legislation will
help U.S. businesses create jobs and maintain a competitive
edge in a challenging global economy.”
Senator Casey was joined
in announcing the legislation at University City Science
Center by U.S. Representatives Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Allyson
Schwartz (D-PA) and Pat Meehan (R-PA), who are introducing
companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The legislation doubles
the existing research and development (R&D) tax credit to
incentivize life sciences R&D from 20% to 40% of the first
$150 million businesses and innovators spend on such
The legislation also
provides U.S. businesses a tax incentive to hire additional
researchers, make new investments in life sciences research
at U.S. universities and institutions, and invest in new
laboratories and related life sciences research facilities.
The life sciences industry
is influential in laboratories at companies and universities
in Pennsylvania and across the country, including
biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, medical and
diagnostic laboratories and manufacturers of surgical
appliances and medicines.
In May, Senator Casey was awarded Legislator
of the Year by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
for his commitment to the life sciences industry. Senator
Casey has been a strong supporter of funding for the
National Institutes of Health (NIH), fighting to prevent
cuts to the agency to prevent the country from falling
behind on research that stimulates the economy and promotes
advances in treatments and cures for diseases. Senator Casey
has also introduced the Creating Hope Act of 2011,
a bipartisan bill that will encourage the development of new
medical breakthroughs for rare and neglected pediatric
diseases, and he is a leader in a bipartisan effort to deal
with the problem of prescription drug shortages.
Casey Supported Bill to Help Military Passes
WASHINGTON, DC –
U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) this week praised the passage
of a bill he supported to fund military facilities in
Pennsylvania. Facilities in New Cumberland, Pittsburgh and
Philadelphia will together receive more than $67 million for
much needed improvements.
“Military facilities keep
local economies strong,” said Senator Casey. “Supporting
these facilities helps the military remain prepared to meet
the needs of the nation.”
The bill provides over $13
million for a new Navy Reserve Center in Pittsburgh, $8
million for improvements to the Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA’s)
Defense Personnel Support Center in Philadelphia and $56
million for construction and improvements to DLA’s
distribution center in New Cumberland.
Senator Casey will work to ensure these
projects remain in the final version of the bill that is
sent to the President.
Santorum Announces Iowa
Verona, PA - Former Senator Rick
Santorum (R-PA) announced today the
formation of the Rick Santorum for
President Iowa Steering Committee.
Twenty-Five conservative community
leaders from across Iowa have now joined
the fight with Rick Santorum to return
America to its founding principles. Each
of these local leaders will work in
their communities to share Senator
Santorum's campaign message of fighting
for American jobs, American values, and
The Rick Santorum for President
Iowa Steering Committee (in alphabetical
Bill Brown (Polk County)
Ed Bull (Marion County)
Rochelle Burnett (Polk County)
Karen Fesler (Johnson County)
Joan Flanders (Muscatine County)
Rob Gettemy (Linn County)
Cody Hoefert (Lyon County)
Carolyn Haugland (Cerro Gordo County)
Kevin Hollinger (Kossuth County)
Scott Hurd (Story County)
Susan Hurd (Story County)
Jenn Jones (Jones County)
Chad Kluver (Scott County)
Jill Kluver (Scott County)
Mark Larette (Muscatine County)
Terry Moran (Woodbury County)
John Lillis (Woodbury County)
LeaAnn Saul (Black Hawk County)
Gale Severson (Clayton County)
Luana Stoltenberg (Scott County)
Emily Waund (O'Brien County)
Rosemary Wilson (Story County)
twenty-two community leaders are in
addition to the already announced
endorsements of RNC National
Committeewoman and former President of
Iowa Right to Life Kim Lehman (Polk
County), former congressional candidate
Ben Lange (Buchanan County), and Iowa
State Representative Walt Rogers (Black
"I am honored to have the
support of this esteemed group of Iowa
community leaders," said Senator
Santorum. "I am confident that with
their support, our grassroots efforts to
share our campaign's message of fighting
for America again will resonate all
across Iowa. I thank each and every one
of them for their support and trust, and
I look forward to working with this
great team as February draws near."
Priority - The old County
Home, Poor Farm barn, is seen from the
911 Center parking lot, on Tuesday
afternoon. The bright sunshine shows
that the roof is old and damaged. Rainy
days find water coming through. The
county commissioners will advertise for
bids for re-roofing the historic but
still quite serviceable structure, now
seeing more use because of the new
community service Good Growing Gardens
Martha Knight Photo
The Cracks - The
McKean County Commissioners are
continuing their renovations at
the Court House by seeking bids
on renewal of the "patio" at the
rear, second level approach to
the building. Time and weather
have taken a toll on the
Martha Knight Photo
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Multi-tenant To Open In Spring
LEWIS RUN—The multi-tenant center
(MTC) at Bradford Regional Airport will cost $2,359,141 by the time it is ready
for its first tenant to move in, about eight months from now, based on contracts
the airport authority authorized last Thursday.
That total is based on the sum of
four contracts, which include a number of alternates bid as deducts, and
includes enough interior finishing or “build-out” for the first unit, a 6,000
square-foot one, to be occupied. That could happen by March of 2012.
In fact, according to airport
manager Tom Frungillo, the lease details with the first tenant are being
The construction contracts
approved by the authority went to low bidders in all cases, all of whom were
said to be qualified according to “due diligence” by engineers from Lee-Simpson
Associates, DuBois, the authority’s engineering firm. and by North Central
Regional Planning and Development, by the Bradford Office of Economic and
Community Development, and some of the municipalities represented on the
authority. Also, all the contractors must furnish performance and other bonds.
Allison & Associates Construction
Services, Inc., DuBois, was successful bidder for general construction, with a
quotation of $1,692,941.19. There were nine bids in all.
The largest single component of
Allison’s part of the project will be a pre-engineered metal building, with
interior space totaling 30,000 square feet. That cost is listed as $819,195.
Also included in the Allison
contract are site preparation, excavation, drainage, seeding and mulching,
paving, curbing, concrete and masonry, sanitation and other items.
General construction will cost
some $300,000 less than the engineers’ estimate.
The general heating, ventilation
and air conditioning (HVAC) contract went to Mazza Mechanical Services, Inc. of
Olean, N.Y., at their quote of $145,000. Theirs was lowest among four companies’
bids, and slightly less than the engineers’ estimate of $150,000.
Scobell Company, Inc. of Erie won
the plumbing contract with a bid of $226,200, less than two other offers. This
low bid exceeded the engineers’ estimate of $185,000.
The electrical contract went to
Dave Kronenwetter, Kersey, who had bid $295,000, well within the estimate of
$416,603. There were six bidders for the electrical work.
When completed, the MTC will be
comprised of four units, two of them with 6,000 square feet of floor area, one
with 4,000, and one with 14,000.
A per-square-foot number of $5 is
being used to derive rough projections of the potential income the facility will
generate. Fully tenanted, the facility could produce around $150,000 in gross
rental income annually, according to Frungillo.
The creation of the MTC is a major
part of the authority’s long-range plan for use and expansion of the facility.
Businesses in the MTC will help drive airport use.
Airport manager Tom Frungillo
points out that business development at the airport site is not seen a competing
with Bradford or other area communities for commercial development, because its
attractions are closely linked to its proximity to the airport.
The airport authority also
approved a contract with Solveson Contracting, Inc., Emporium, for obstruction
removal on Runway 23. Solveson’s $132,275 bid was lowest of four received.
Engineers had estimated the work could cost $168,000.
The authority’s vote to enter into
a contract with Solveson was made contingent on the passage of a federal
reauthorization bill keeping the federal funding in place. The federal airport
safety program would reimburse 95 percent of the cost, with the state
contributing 2.5 percent and the airport providing the last 2.5 percent.
The MTC bids were opened June 17,
and the runway work bid was opened July 11.
At last week’s regular meeting
Frungillo reported on various operations and on the financial status of the
airport, said to be holding its own and within budget targets.
Frungillo also gave his assessment
of the latest talk of cuts in the federal Essential Air Service program, which
subsidizes commercial air service in rural airports deemed necessary because the
closest alternative airports for the service area are too distant.
U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., has
introduced an extension to the authorizing program which would strike 10 rural
airports from the list.
At issue is the distance to the
alternative airport. As Frungillo noted, “They are picking Bradford” as the
point from which the measurement, in land miles, is taken. This results in a
90-mile distance, making Buffalo a reasonable alternative. But from airport to
airport is 93 miles. A different beginning point within the service area could
result in a different finding as to essential status.
As chairman Joe DeMott pointed
out, Bradford Regional Airport serves multiple counties, and a sprawling
geographical territory. It is not reasonable to assume Bradford, or even McKean
County, is the beginning point of a putative drive to the nearest airport,
Frungillo agreed that picking
DuBois or Emporium or even Lewis Run, the airport’s official address, would
result in another finding. Ridgway is 124 miles from an alternative airport,
Warren is 96. The 90-mile conclusion is arbitrary and meaningless, authority
Frungillo noted that the subsidy
money comes from user fees, not taxpayer dollars. He was somewhat reassured to
see that a draconian version of the extension authorization did not get through
the Rules Committee.
“I have been in constant contact
with the committee,” Frungillo said. Also, he had been assured by Senator Jay
Rockefeller, on a key aviation committee, of continued support for maintaining
commercial air service for rural populations such as his West Virginia
Authority members approved an
easement for Penelec, and okayed an EDA special condition for a subdivision.
Following the special session and
the regular one, both open, the authority reconvened in a closed executive
Authority members went into
executive (closed) session after their regular meeting, to discuss with
Lee-Simpson representatives the scope of and fees for upcoming engineering work.
The August meeting of the airport
authority will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 11 instead of the regular
second Wednesday date of August 10.
Commissioners Approve Payments,
By Martha Knight
SMETHPORT—The McKean County Commissioners breezed through a short
agenda Tuesday morning, with not much business having accumulated since their
meeting last week. That session had been delayed one week because the
commissioners had been away.
The three did approve letters of agreement, letters of
understanding, resource family appointments, purchase of service agreements and
mental health-mental retardation (MH/MR) agreement extensions as requested by
the Department of Human Services (including Children and Youth Services).
Showing up in four places on the list was Bradford area based
Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems.
Commissioners approved payment of $4,800 to Northwest Engineering,
Inc., in the latest of payments for services rendered in connection with the
Galico Bridge project.
Also authorized was payment of $27,932 to the Area Transportation
Authority for the medical assistance transportation program, representing the
county’s obligation for the third quarter of fiscal 2010-11.
Commissioner chairman Joe DeMott and fellow board of county
commissioners members Al Pingie and Judy Church said they had decided not to
advertise and sell the older model tractor the county owns and had considered
surplus equipment. Since last week’s meeting they have realized that the “older
model” tractor is still useful for programs and projects the county carries out
or cooperates with, such as the Good Growing Gardens community service project
at the old Poor Farm, and work at the county fairgrounds.
Still on track is the restoration of the “patio” at the rear
approach to the Court House. Specifications for that and the reroofing of the
Poor Farm barn have been readied so the commissioners can seek bids.
Commissioners said the new venetian blinds purchased for the Court
House will be installed in coming days, with the vendor’s installation advisor
to be on hand while director of maintenance Ken Bush’s crew install the new
At the beginning of the session, commissioner Church stated that
the commissioners offer their condolences to the family of Kenneth R. Van Giesen,
30, the former resident of Kane who died last Monday of injuries sustained in
the course of his military service in Afghanistan. Van Giesen was in his fourth
active duty tour with the National Guard.
A letter will be sent to the bereaved family conveying the
Well - Good Growing Gardens, at McKean County's old Poor Farm site,
shows the effects of lots of work by people doing community service. In one
raised bed constructed by and for the program, onions flourish. The sweet corn
looks as if it has been slowed down by the drought, but maybe it will catch up
after some rain.
Canoe Place Historical Society Topic: Collectable Memorabilia
The Canoe Place Historical Society of Port Allegany will meet at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, August 3, in the social room of the Free Methodist Church, off Smith
There will be a discussion of historical memorabilia, with Pete Nunn showing
some items from his extensive collection. Others are invited to show historical
keepsakes as well.
Burial Of Bunt Flags
- Moose Lodge 460 would like to donate grounds for a Burnt Flag Memorial. This
Burnt Flag Memorial could be used by Boy Scouts, American Legion, VFW and any
other organization that has a ceremony for Burning and Burial of US Flags.
Moose Park will be the location of the Burnt Flag Memorial; it will be fenced
in with a lighted US Flag flying and a Stone Marker identifying the burial site
location. Moose Lodge 460 will be responsible for the site upkeep.
Donations will be accepted to help defer the cost to set the site up. To make a
donation, send a check to Port Allegany Moose Family Center #460, 35 Pearl
Street, Port Allegany, PA 16743 or to Robert Windsor, Sr., P. O. Box 35, Eldred,
PA 16731 Please put on memo of check: Flag Memorial. In addition to any
donations received, fund raisers will be held to defray the cost. A Flag
Memorial Dedication will be held on July 30th at 2 p.m. at the Port Allegany
Moose Park located on Route 155 South, Port Allegany. Please RSVP to Robert D.
Windsor, Sr., Past Governor at 814-225-3208.
90th Birthday Celebration -
Sena Kean Manor resident, Bernard Corsaw, will celebrate his 90th birthday with
an open house on the back porch of Sena Kean, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on August
7th. Everyone is welcome to stop by and share his cake and visit with him. For
those unable to attend but who would like to send well wishes, his address is
Bernard Corsaw, Sena Kean Manor, Room 32, 17083 Rt. 6, Smethport, PA 16749. His
actual birthday is August 2.