Posted by: webmaster | August 22, 2017

It’s Official! I’m Running!

Dear Friends,

Today I embarked on a new journey.  At the Historic Courthouse in downtown West Chester, I was joined by my family and dozens of supporters as I announced my campaign for Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania!
I hope you will join me in supporting a new partnership for the top of our ticket next fall, to better serve the citizens of Pennsylvania once we are elected.

I was honored to be joined by State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, Berks County Commissioner Kevin Barnhardt and Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia, who endorsed my candidacy.  My husband and son did a wonderful job reading additional endorsements from Butler County Commissioner Kevin Boozel, Bradford County Commissioner Ed Bustin and former Somerset County Commissioner Pam Tokar-Ickes.  I’m proud of this early base of statewide support, and I hope to build on it as the campaign moves forward.

I want to be a partner for the Governor who can help him understand the needs of our local communities, who can help him work across the aisle to get real results for Pennsylvanians, and who can be another strong progressive voice in Harrisburg to fight against Trump-style politics.  Will you join me on this journey?

Please donate today to help us get started!  With your support, we can and will succeed.

Thank you,


Kathi Cozzone

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Posted by: webmaster | May 29, 2017

Op/Ed: Block grant cuts will be devastating

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April 5, 2017

By Kathi Cozzone, Chester County Commissioner

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Kathi Cozzone

President Trump has presented his first budget proposal, a document containing many surprises, and quite a few points that have alarmed various groups of people from housing advocates to environmentalists to diplomats. Count me among the alarmed. In Pennsylvania, Counties are on the front lines of spending on human services. We leverage a wide range of tax dollars from the Federal and State Governments to run important intervention programs through our various departments. We also work closely with the non-profit community, which is heavily supported by government grants to do the hard work serving our vulnerable citizens.

A lot of attention in the media has focused on cuts that would ultimately impact the Meals on Wheels program, perhaps because it is a universally well-known and indisputably effective program that receives broad public support. This cut is actually part of a much larger Trump budget cut – the elimination of Community Development Block Grants. This cut must be understood for the huge impact it would have on a variety of programs, some well-known like Meals on Wheels and others more under the radar, but all vital to the health of our residents and the stability of our communities.

In the past 10 years, Chester County has received over $21 million in funding from Community Block Grants. Of that massive sum, almost $15 Million went to non-profits doing fantastic work or to county departments directly serving clients. Some examples are almost $1 million for the Domestic Violence Center, almost $300,000 for the Charles A. Melton community center in West Chester, over $333,000 for La Comunidad Hispana in Kennett Square, over $2 million to renovate several senior centers and Millions more for various religiously affiliated charities.

Another $7 million went directly to municipalities for various local projects. For instance, the City of Coatesville received over $900,000 for street improvements, building demolition and storm sewer repair. In all, 11 boroughs and townships received grants through this program, which supplements significant investment by the County’s open space preservation and urban center revitalization program.

In 2016 alone, the County’s Department of Community Development reports that 5,940 Chester County residents benefited from Community Development Block Grant funded activities by either having infrastructure improvements in their neighborhood, their home rehabilitated or their favorite senior center renovated to be more useful for them.

Trump Budget Director Mick Mulvaney defended the elimination of this funding stream by saying that we do not see any “return on investment.”

Clearly, Mulvaney has not thought it through. When a non-profit uses this money to help a family overcome homelessness, that family can once again contribute to the economy. When a senior gets access to regular hot meals, their family can experience benefits to their bottom line and their peace of mind. When a small town can make infrastructure improvements, it helps small businesses. The examples are endless. Return on investment on this spending is amazing, whether measured in economic activity or by the improvement of actual people’s lives.

In short, the Community Development Block Grant program has a far-reaching impact on our community. At the County, we would face hard choices between raising taxes and cutting services – or likely a mix of both. Even local governments would feel the pinch with less revitalization money available, and I don’t even want to consider what will happen in Harrisburg where they are dealing with a mess already! But even more critically, anyone who is a donor or volunteer with a local non-profit, or even a large non-profit doing work locally, should be troubled by this proposal. Chances are, your favorite organization’s programs would be scaled back by the Trump budget. The full price will be paid by our seniors, our children and our neighbors dealing with homelessness, drug addiction, hunger or family crisis.

Let’s hope our leaders in Washington think long and hard about what kind of community they want to build back home before enacting this devastating budget cut.

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Cozzone Appointed to Pennsylvania’s Advisory Committee for Voting System Technology

West Chester – Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone has been selected as a member of the Advisory Committee for Voting System Technology. The Committee will advise a task force created by the PA Legislature to review Pennsylvania’s aging voting machines.

Pennsylvania has a patchwork system for conducting elections, with each of 67 counties responsible for conducting and funding elections. As many as 10 different electronic voting machines are used throughout the Commonwealth. Although the Secretary of the Commonwealth must approve all new voting systems, there is no statewide mandate to standardize voting machines. Most counties are still using machines purchased with federal dollars way back in 2002 as part of the Help America Vote Act.

The Advisory Committee will review the various systems used throughout the Commonwealth and assess their projected lifespan and maintenance costs. The Committee will also look at systems used in other states, as well as those states’ funding mechanisms. The Committee will make recommendations to the Legislature regarding upgrade and modernization options for future voting systems.

“Conducting fair elections is one of the most important services that County Government provides,” said Cozzone. “It is paramount that our elections are conducted with integrity, in a user-friendly manner that produces the result that most accurately reflects the will of our citizens. Through this advisory committee, I will advocate for voting systems that use modern technology to ensure they are tamper-proof, as well as voter-verified paper trails to act as a failsafe when, inevitably, machines break down or fail. Chester County is one of the few counties in the state that uses machine-counted paper ballots, which can be re-counted by hand to ensure an accurate result. It is my view that other counties would be wise to follow our lead in this respect. I look forward to studying this issue further with the committee and sharing my insight on the matter.”

Posted by: webmaster | August 10, 2016

Commissioner Cozzone wins state leadership post

The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) held elections at its 130th Annual Conference in Carbon County this week and two Chester County commissioners won leadership posts.

Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone was elected second vice president and Commissioner Michelle Kichline was elected treasurer at the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania's annual conference.

Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone was elected second vice president and Commissioner Michelle Kichline was elected treasurer at the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania’s annual conference.

Harlan Shober, a Washington County commissioner, became the 2017 president of the association; Dennis Stuckey, a Lancaster County commissioner, was elected first vice president; Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone became second vice president; and Chester County Commissioner Michelle Kichline will serve as treasurer, a CCAP press release said.

Chester County Commissioners’ Chairman Terence Farrell was elected as one of seven district representative to the CCAP board. Farrell will represent District Five. The terms for all the elected posts will begin on Jan. 1, the release said.

CCAP is a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. CCAP members include county commissioners, council members, county executives, administrators, chief clerks and solicitors. CCAP strengthens the counties’ abilities to govern their own affairs and improve the well-being and quality of life for every Pennsylvania resident, the release said.

It also advocates for favorable state and federal legislation, programs and policies on behalf of counties. Founded in 1886, CCAP is an affiliate of the National Association of Counties. For more information, visit http://www.pacounties.org.

Pictured from left in this file photo are Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Terence Farrell and Kathi Cozzone.
Pictured from left in this file photo are Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Terence Farrell and Kathi Cozzone.

Chester County’s three commissioners recently were elected to positions with the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, or CCAP.

Washington County Commissioner Harlan Shober was elected as the 2017 president of the association during its 130th Annual Conference in Carbon County.

Other county officials elected to be leaders of the association include Dennis Stuckey, Lancaster County commissioner, first vice president; Kathi Cozzone, Chester County commissioner, second vice president; and Michelle Kichline, Chester County commissioner, treasurer.

Elected as district representatives to the CCAP Board were: District 1 Representative Basil Huffman, Forest County commissioner; District 2 Representative Dan Vogler, Lawrence County commissioner; District 3 Representative Randy Phiel, Adams County commissioner; District 4 Representative Preston Boop, Union County commissioner; District 5 Representative, Terence Farrell, Chester County commissioner; District 6 Representative Peg Ferraro, Northampton County council member; and District 7 Representative Daryl Miller, Bradford County commissioner.

Those elected will begin their terms on Jan. 1, 2017.

The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania is the voice of county government; a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing all 67 counties in Pennsylvania.

Posted by: webmaster | July 28, 2016

At the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philly

Kathi with the Chester County delegation to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Dan Wofford, Stephanie Philips Markstein, Kathi, Carolyn Comitta, Andy Dinniman, and John Hellman.

Kathi with the Chester County delegation to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Dan Wofford, Stephanie Philips Markstein, Kathi, Carolyn Comitta, Andy Dinniman, and John Hellman.

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release
October 29, 2015
Contact: Adam Swope, 610-781-8216

Two Law Enforcement Groups Endorse Kathi Cozzone for Re-Election as Chester County Commissioner

Kathi Cozzone has received endorsements for Commissioner from both the Fraternal Order of Police and the Chiefs of Police in the County

“I am honored to receive endorsements from the men and women who put their lives on the line to keep our community safe,” said Cozzone. “The County has a vital role to play in helping first responders do their job and keeping them safe. During my time as Commissioner, we’ve worked to upgrade our radio system that connects police, fire and EMTs and are in the final stage of completion of a state of the art training facility for all of these heroes to train together. We even added the ability to text 911 in situations where phone calls are difficult.

“It is the job of elected officials to listen to the experts on important issues. Public Safety is no exception. I value the input and contributions that the FOP and Chiefs Association make to public policymaking, I value their courage in the line of duty, and I value their support for my campaign.”

Kathi Cozzone is in her second term as Chester County Commissioner. Before her election in 2007, Kathi spent 20 years in various corporate finance roles. As Commissioner, she successfully brought her business experience to County government by initiating in her first year an award-winning strategic plan that has helped the County meet programmatic goals while remaining fiscally responsible. Since then, she has focused on many issues including environmental protection, public safety and job creation. Kathi lives in Exton, PA with her husband Victor and their son Victor, a student at Lionville Middle School in the Downingtown Area School District.

 

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Posted by: webmaster | October 27, 2015

C.C. Chamber of Business and Industry Endorses Kathi

For Immediate Release
TBD, 2015
Contact: Adam Swope, 610-781-8216

Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry Endorses Kathi Cozzone for Re-Election as Chester County Commissioner

The Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry has endorsed Kathi Cozzone for County Commissioner. Kathi also earned the Chamber endorsement in her successful runs for Commissioner in 2007 and 2011. Kathi has 20 years of experience in the business world at large and small companies in various financial roles prior to her service as Commissioner. Kathi successfully brought her business experience to County government by initiating in her first year an award-winning strategic plan that has helped the County meet programmatic goals while remaining fiscally responsible.

“My thanks go out to the Chester County Chamber for their endorsement,” said Cozzone. “It has been my pleasure as Commissioner to work with our County’s robust business community to grow our economy and build an economically vibrant community. The Chamber and its membership have played an active and important role in Workforce Development in Chester County. The partnership between the County and the Chamber will be essential as the County continues to work to ensure that our citizens have the skills necessary for the jobs that are available and those that will be created here. Now as we look forward to 2025, I am excited to work with the business community again as co-chair of the VISTA 2025 Workforce Development Goal committee, an important part of this public/private partnership on future economic development.”

Kathi Cozzone is in her second term as Chester County Commissioner. She has focused on many issues including environmental protection, public safety and job creation. Kathi lives in Exton, PA with her husband Victor and their son Victor, a student at Lionville Middle School in the Downingtown Area School District.

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