Monday, October 22, 2012
In anticipation of tonight's final debate, Montgomery County Commissioners Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards spoke in support of their party's candidate, President Barack Obama, today in Norristown.
Presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will square off tonight in the third and final presidential debate, this time on foreign policy. The rhetoric is expected to be heated, and most polls have the candidates in a dead heat following their earlier sparring matches. Montgomery County Commissioners Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards took to the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse to vocie support their party's standard bearing, President Obama. The commissioners told those in attendance that when it comes to foreign policy, the president has the experience and the record needed to lead our country for the next four years. "We are electing a commander-in-chief, someone who will keep America safe," Shapiro said. "All Mitt …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Montgomery County Commissioners Bruce Castor and Leslie Richards react to the news that Judge Robert Simpson has upheld Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law.
Montgomery County Commissioners Bruce Castor and Leslie Richards were in Norristown at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Elmwood Park Zoo's new parking lot expansion when news that Judge Robert Simpson upheld Pennsylvania's controversial Voter ID law requiring voters to present a valid photo ID at the polls in order to vote. When they learned of the decision, Castor and Richards offered their thoughts on the news to Patch.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Montgomery County Commissioners and the county's election board will host a public informational meeting on the new ID required on Thursday, July 26 at 7 p.m. at MCCC Blue Bell.
Voters heading to the polls this fall will find the new Voter I.D. law in place all across Pennsylvania. Many have heard by now they’ll need to have identification to exercise their right, but few can keep up with the ever-changing rules regarding the update. And, to date, it is estimated that more than 10 percent of the state’s voters still do not have the acceptable I.D. According to a press release from the Montgomery County commissioners and the county’s election board, there are more than 45,000 voters in the county alone that “do not have identification that meets the law’s requirements.” The county’s offices have been busy trying to get the word out, distributing flyers like the PDF attached at right to notify residents of the …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Forfeited bail dating to 2008 and earlier could represent a potential "windfall" for Montgomery County.
Hundreds of people who have neglected to show up for a Montgomery County court date in recent years may soon receive an unpleasant phone call. The county's Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved a plan by the county's Clerk of Courts and the county solicitor's office to enlist the help of collection agencies and other third parties in recovering several years' worth of bail forfeited by defendants who had failed to appear before county judges. "It's been sitting out there and no one's been taking any actions to recover it," Montgomery County solicitor Ray McGarry said. When a judge releases a defendant on unsecured bail, no money is collected from the defendant, who essentially agrees to an I.O.U. for the prescribed bail amount. That …
Monday, July 16, 2012
HB 2552 proposes that new revenue generated by the Valley Forge Casino and Resort be distributed to local parks and heritage sites and non-profits.
On Monday, July 16, the Montgomery County Commissioners, along with state Representatives Marcy Toepel (R-147), Mike Vereb (R-150) and Todd Stephens (R-151), held a press conference to reveal new legislation that would redistribute casino revenue from the county’s share assessment. If House Bill 2552 is passed, the casino would give 2% of its gross revenue back to the community – 75% of that will be going to maintenance and refurbishment services of parks and heritage sites, while the final 25% would be split evenly between local nonprofits Laurel House and Mission Kids. "An estimated $1.2 million will be generated. $900,000 to the parks and heritage sites, and $150,000 each to Mission Kids and Laurel House," explained Toepel. Currently, …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
County officials say convicted murderers and those imprisoned for other serious crimes are 'less likely' to be housed in the Eagleville facility.
The Montgomery County Correctional Facility in the Eagleville section of Lower Providence will house an indeterminate number of state Department of Corrections inmates on work release, following an agreement approved Thursday by the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. Uri Monson, the county's chief financial officer, said the state is seeking multiple avenues to reduce "severe overcrowding" in its prisons and that the Department of Corrections will reimburse the county at the maximum allowable rate of $65 per day per prisoner. Monson said neither he nor the state was yet certain exactly how many inmates would be transferred to the county under the agreement, but he stressed that only inmates suitable for work release programs would …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners will hold their biweekly meeting tonight in Audubon instead of Thursday at One Montgomery Plaza.
The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners meets again today, Wednesday, June 6, at 6 p.m. at the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove in Audubon. Normaly the board meets at 10 a.m. on Thursday's in the Commissioners’ Board Room on the 8th floor of One Montgomery Plaza, but the commissioners are hoping to reach a new audience and bring government a little closer to the people. “We promised to make our government more accessible, more transparent, and more people-friendly,” said Board Chair Josh Shapiro in a release. “One of the ways we plan to do this is to hold periodic meetings of the board throughout the county so that residents, who normally cannot make a weekday meeting, will be able to attend a meeting.” Mill Grove is at 1201…
Friday, May 18, 2012
Parks, roads departments being consolidated; county's legal department being rebuilt
Last fall, residents thronged a hearing held by the previous Montgomery County administration after a preliminary version of the 2012 operating budget proposed the elimination of the county's parks department, among other drastic funding cuts. That Board of Commissioners eventually passed a budget that hiked property taxes by 17.5 percent and kept the Parks and Heritage Services department intact. Thursday morning, Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro announced that the department had been eliminated, after all. Parks and Heritage will soon cease to exist. The same goes for the Public Property department and the department of Roads and Bridges. In their place will be a single, new department: Infrastructure and Public Assets. "The …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Watch a live stream of todays Montgomery County Board of Commissioners' meeting starting at 10 a.m.
Download the full agenda for today's meeting in our PDF section.
Monday, May 7, 2012
County Commissioners Shapiro and Richards, along with DA Risa Ferman, honed their marksmanship at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus last Friday.
On Friday, May 4th, Montgomery County Commissioners Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards toured the Montgomery County Safety Training Campus, and had the opportunity to fire handguns and a Thompson submachine gun. The facility is located at 1175 Conshohocken Road, in the Conshohocken section of Plymouth Township. District Attorney Risa Ferman, Chief Operating Officer Lauren Lambrugo, Sheriff Eileen Behr, and a number of other county employees joined the commissioners on their tour. Commissioner Bruce Castor was unable to make it due to illness. Watch our video for an up-close look, and to find out who's got the best shot.