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Senator Tom McGarrigle

In this Edition:
  • Stop by Dec. 8 for Our Chester County District Office Open House
  • Entries for McGarrigle Student Pennsylvania Essay Contest Being Accepted
  • No More Vehicle Registration Stickers in 2017
  • Applications Being Accepted for Governorís Awards for Environmental Excellence
  • Congratulations to New and Departing Staff Members

Stop by Dec. 8 for Our Chester County District Office Open House

Chester County residents are invited to an open house for our new Berwyn district office next month.

The open house takes place December 8 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at our new office at 610 Lancaster Avenue, Berwyn, PA 19312 (entrance in the rear of building).

Please RSVP to Dawn Martin at or 610-296-3474.

Come meet our staff and see all of the ways we can serve you, such as Applications for Birth Certificates and Property Tax/Rent Rebates, Motor Vehicle Registration, Driverís Licenses and Learnerís Permits, Free Notary, and General Assistance with State Agencies.

Refreshments will be served. Iím looking forward to seeing you there!

Entries for McGarrigle Student Pennsylvania Essay Contest Being Accepted

Iíd like to encourage 4th and 5th Grade Students in the 26th Senatorial District to take part in my Pennsylvania Essay Contest.

The essay topic is ďPennsylvania Firsts in the Nation.Ē The contest will be independently judged by a panel of librarians. The First-Place winner will receive a tour of the Capitol and a pizza party in their classroom for their classmates (if school policy allows.)

Essays can be submitted until February 13, 2017. Please mail essay to:

Senator Thomas J. McGarrigle
5037 Township Line Road, Drexel Hill, PA 19026 or
610 Lancaster Avenue, Berwyn, PA 19312

Please include Name, Address, School, Grade and Teacher.

Good luck! 

No More Vehicle Registration Stickers in 2017

Beginning December 31, PennDOT will no longer issue vehicle registration stickers. While stickers will no longer be required, you will still need to renew your vehicle registration annually and present the card when requested by police and at safety inspections.

Police will be able to verify registration electronically. Eliminating the stickers is expected to save taxpayers more than $1 million each year. You can find more information on this change here.

State Senator Tom McGarrigle and State Representative Jamie Santora host a SEPTA Senior Key Photo Day at the Senator's Drexel Hill District Office on November 2.

Applications Being Accepted for Governorís Awards for Environmental Excellence

The Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting applications for the 2017 Governorís Awards for Environmental Excellence.

The deadline for applications is January 3. Individuals and organizations are invited to apply for the 2017 awards for projects completed between August 1, 2015, and July 31, 2016.

The awards are open to all individuals, whether a project leader or participant, and to all nonprofits, businesses, farms, government agencies, and educational institutions. Individuals may also nominate someone they know.

Projects are evaluated on the basis of nine criteria: degree of environmental protection, public service, pollution prevention, climate change, sustainability, partnership, economic impact, innovative technology, and environmental education and outreach. A project doesnít need to meet all criteria to merit an award. More information and applications can be found here.

Congratulations to New and Departing Staff Members

Itís with sadness and pride that I bid farewell to Alex Charlton, my former Chief of Staff, on being elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to serve the 165th Legislative District. I wish Alex well and look forward to working with him in the legislature.

Iím pleased to announce Michael Rader as my new Chief of Staff. Mike served as the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee where he oversaw committee operations, as well as working on energy and environmental issues with both sides of the aisle to effect policy. He was instrumental in major reform measures and energy industry job creation. Mike also sits on the board of directors of the Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation, serves as President of the Gordon Borough Council, located in Schuylkill County, and has prior business experience.

Mike brings top tier experience in the Capitol to my team. Understanding the issues that affect our local communities, his economic development background and his skill in Harrisburg will be an asset to the 26th District.

Finally, Iíve selected longtime aide Nick Cocco to serve as our District Director to oversee operations in the 26th Senatorial District with offices in Drexel Hill and Berwyn, including constituent services, outreach, communications, events and special projects.

If you have questions or concerns with anything involving Pennsylvania state government, or would like to express your opinion on an issue, please do not hesitate to contact me. My staff and I pledge to strive to make state government more accessible and helpful to you. Listed below are several of the services that I invite you to utilize. (Our offices are listed at right.)

My staff and I can help you by providingÖ

What you can do for meÖ

  • Let me know your problems. When you encounter bureaucratic red tape and frustration, tell me about it.
  • Let me know when your community organization or municipality is seeking state funding.
  • Do you need an answer in regard to state government? Maybe I have one. If not, I will certainly try to obtain the answer for you.
  • Feel free to call, write, or stop in to my offices to share your opinions on pending legislation. I can best serve you when I know your feelings and have the benefit of your ideas.



Senate Box 203026
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3026
(717) 787-1350
Fax (717) 787-0196
TTY (800) 364-1581

5037 Township Line Road
(corner of Dermond Rd. & Township Line Rd.)
Drexel Hill, PA 19026-48211
(610) 853-4100
Fax (610) 853-4136
Toll Free (866) 853-4102

Chester County Office
Berwyn District Office
610 Lancaster Avenue, Berwyn, PA 19312
(610) 296-3474
Fax (610) 296-3147

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