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Friday, November 1, 2013

Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer

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Capitol Update
Friday, November 01, 2013 The latest news from the State Capitol

You’re Invited to a Town Hall Meeting

Please join me for a town meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department. I welcome the opportunity to talk with you about state and local issues impacting our communities. No RSVP is necessary to attend the town meeting. The fire department is located at 419 N. Broad St., Emporium.

Outreach Office Hours Set for Nov. 7

To help ensure access to state government information and services, I will hold outreach office hours at the following locations on Thursday, Nov. 7:
 • Emporium Borough Office – 9-10 a.m.  
 • Port Allegany Borough Office – 11 a.m. to noon.  
As always, you are welcome to stop by my offices in Bradford (78 Main St., first floor) or Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1) Monday through Friday, or visit my website at or my Facebook page at for the latest news from state government. 

LIHEAP Opens Monday

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin accepting applications on Monday, Nov. 4. LIHEAP helps low-income people pay their heating bills through home energy assistance grants and crisis grants.

Cash grants are awarded based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and region, while crisis grants are provided in the event of a heating emergency, including broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced, lack of fuel, termination of utility service or danger of being without fuel or of having utility service terminated. In most counties, assistance with home heating crisis situations is available 24 hours a day.

LIHEAP clients who applied online last year should receive a postcard notice encouraging them to reapply online. Prior applicants who did not apply online last year will still be mailed paper applications. For more information, visit  

Don’t Pay for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Filing Assistance

My offices have started getting calls again this week from senior citizens who are being solicited by a company offering to file Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms for a fee. You need not use this “service.” My office will provide the forms and assistance to you at no cost.

The program is open to income-qualified Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. It provides a rebate of up to $650 based on rent or property taxes paid in 2012. The deadline to apply for this round of rebates is Dec. 31.

For more information about who qualifies and for assistance with filing the application, contact my office in Bradford at 814-362-4400 or Coudersport at 814-274-9769. A link to program information and the application are also available at my website.
Mark Adams (of Sen. Joe Scarnati’s office) and I recently joined Captain Eric Taylor in welcoming a new fire truck, Squad 1, to the Bradford City Fire Department.   

Don’t Forget to Turn Back Your Clock

Daylight saving time comes to an end this weekend, taking us another step closer to winter. Don’t forget to turn your clock back before going to sleep Saturday night. At least you’ll get an extra hour of sleep!

Now is also a good time to replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms to keep you and your family safe.  

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