On May 18, Sen. Bryan Townsend and I introduced legislation that would create a conversion permitting process to allow for remediation and redevelopment of a limited number of abandoned heavy industry sites along Delaware’s coastline for industrial use.
Our proposal would set a high bar for planning, remediation, and regulatory control. New industries could employ hundreds, even thousands, of residents and broaden our tax base.
At the same time, our bill includes a lot of environmental protections. An interested industry would need to clean the brownfield, following the Delaware HSCA law and removing pollution from the site. A new operator also would have to show that it has the financial backing and available funds to complete any future remedial action.
A company applying for a conversion permit would also have to submit a sea-level rise plan. Additionally, refineries processing crude oil, basic cellulose pulp paper mills, and incinerators would continue to be forbidden, as they have been since the Coastal Zone Act was enacted in 1971.
I realize our proposal will evoke strong opinions, and we know that this is a complex initiative that will require significant discussions in legislative hearings.
I would ask everyone to read our release for more information (http://bit.ly/2rA7qwL), read the bill (http://bit.ly/2rA9qoX) and please contact me with ideas you have. We have met and talked with numerous groups, and I intend to have an open dialogue with anyone willing to have conversations about this legislation.
Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) turns 100 this year and on the House floor we thanked all of their employees for the work they do to keep us safe on the roads.
I was proud to sponsor two pieces of legislation to promote more efficiency within the department. One bill better defined DelDOT’s property rights and another addressed signing provisions for the DMV, to develop more efficient means of serving customers. Thank you to Secretary Cohen for her leadership and partnership!
Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) turns 100 this year and on the House floor today we thanked all of their employees for the work they do to keep us safe on the roads. Before the tribute, we had a #transportation committee meeting and two of my bills were released. One bill better defined DelDOT's property rights and the other addressed signing provisions for the DMV, to develop more efficient means of serving customers. #netDE #jobs
Posted by Ed Osienski on Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Healthy meals invigorate kids and help prepare them for the school day.
I’m happy that we had a chance to thank the employees who make those healthy meals for our children during the school day with a resolution to make the first week of May School Nutrition Employee Week. It’s important to get kids off to a good start during the school day – which is why I sponsored legislation that called for schools to offer a breakfast program for students.
Healthy meals invigorate kids and help prepare them for the school day.I'm happy that we had a chance to thank the employees who make those healthy meals for our children during the school day with a resolution to make it School Nutrition Employee Week. It's important to get kids off to a good start during the school day – which is why I sponsored legislation that called for schools to offer a breakfast program for students. #schoolmeals #SaveSchoolLunch
Posted by Ed Osienski on Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Out in the community– I was pleased to join our Governor John Carney, Lt Governor Bethany Hall-Long, staff of the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, and the students, Principal Michele Savage and staff of Shue-Medill Middle School this morning. We were there to witness the Governor sign his first Proclamation since taking office. The Proclamation declares February Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month.
Shue-Medill Middle School was chosen for this event due to their strong student leadership and commitment to promoting healthy relationships in their school, community and beyond. They achieve this by adopting and following the Healthy Relationship Bill of Rights.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
– I have the right to privacy, both online and off
– I have the right to feel safe and respected
– I have the right to decide who to be friends with
– I have the right to decide who to date and if I want to date
– I have the right to set emotional, physical and digital boundaries in friendships and relationships
– I have the right to say no at anytime (to physical contact, alcohol, tobacco and drugs), even if I have said yes before
– I have the right to hang out with my friends and family and do things I enjoy, without my partner or friend getting jealous or controlling
– I have the right to end a relationship or friendship that isn’t healthy for me
– I have the right to live free from violence and abuse
For more info on healthy relationships visit, loveisrespect.com
The 149th General Assembly began on January 10th 2017 and I am honored to represent the 24th District. This session, I have the privilege to again serve as the Chairman of the House Transportation/Land Use & Infrastructure Committee and Vice Chairman of the House Labor Committee. My other committee assignments include the House Education, Health & Human Development, Public Safety & Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs Committees.
To keep up with the latest legislation I sponsor, roll call votes, and other details of the General Assembly, visit my legislator page here
Many residents of Chestnut Hill Estates have contacted me about the severe drainage issues facing a number of properties in the neighborhood. Over the past year, with the help of the New Castle Conservation District, I was able to secure funding for a project that will mitigate the problems when it rains.
Part of the project requires the installation of nearly 275 feet of high density polyethylene pipe, 3 lawn inlets, and a catch basin.
Additionally, approximately 600 feet of a rock-lined channel 2-3 feet wide is being installed. This project is just one example of the our infrastructure dollars at work for the middle class. Nearly a dozen homes will see relief and I’m thrilled this project is fully underway!
On Friday, October 28th, I was thrilled to volunteer at the table of baked goods for the Newark Senior Center Fall Flea Market. A great sales team joined me and the bake goods were flying off the table. Please visit www.newarkseniorcenter.com to learn how you can help this wonderful organization that does so much for our community!
On October 20, the Food Bank of Delaware held a “groundbreaking” ceremony to announce its new 80,000-square-foot facility that will double the capacity of the existing storage warehouse and enable the group to do more programming for the community.
The facility, off Route 896 in Glasgow, is expected to be open next fall. I was able to tour the facility and tout the good work the Food Bank does feeding thousands of Delawareans in need.
I’m sad to see the Food Bank of Delaware leave the 24th district, but they’re not going to lose me so easily. The Food Bank does incredible work to serve Delaware residents, and this new facility will allow them to better serve the community. Congratulations Food Bank and thank you for everything you do.
Please join me on Monday, October 24th for a Fall Fundraiser in support of my re-election campaign! The event will be held at the Olive Tree Cafe, a wonderful small business located in the heart of the 24th, from 6pm-8pm. Food and drink will be served and Congressman John Carney will be in attendance as a guest speaker. Residents of the 24th pay just $25. Please see the invitation below for more information.
Since I was elected state representative in 2010, my focus has always been on fixing Delaware’s infrastructure, improving public safety, enriching public education, expanding services for those affected by the nation’s drug epidemic, creating a tax policy that is fair and just to Delaware’s workers and elderly population living on a fixed income, and offering first-rate constituent services. The residents of the 24th district want someone visible in their communities fighting for them and their best interests. For six years, I have returned emails and phone calls daily and will continue to have my door open for every one of my neighbors in the 24th district.