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.

Posted by: webmaster | October 19, 2015

Chester County Leadership – Kathi Cozzone

Chester County Leadership—Kathi Cozzone

Chester County Leadership – Kathi Cozzone

From Queens to Chester County, VISTA Today asks two-term County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone what she remembers growing up in New York City’s largest Borough, what her first job working for Marshall’s department store taught her, how she overcame the fear of speaking with strangers during her first campaign for County Controller in 2005 and her focus as County Commissioner on workforce development and on county residents who remain unemployed or underemployed even as Chester County’s economy continues to grow.

Kathi Cozzone around her first birthday.
Where did you grow up, Commissioner Cozzone?

I was born in Queens and lived there until I was nine when my parents moved to Wayne in Northern New Jersey.  At our new house, we had a giant back yard and all us kids thought we had moved to the country.  My dad was an engineer who worked his entire career for “the” telephone company back when there was only one telephone company. My father not only worked during the day but got his college degree in the evening from Bernard Baruch College in New York City.  My mom was a stay at home mom. My mother typed all his papers and pretty much ran the house since he was in school.

Were you the oldest child?

I am. I have one brother and two sisters.

What do you remember about Queens and how different life in Wayne seemed?

When we lived in the City, there weren’t as many parks, and I didn’t ride quite as far on my bike. When we moved to Wayne, all of that changed.  I was a fourth grader and everyone said I talked funny.  I quickly learned how to not speak that way anymore.

Did you have any jobs when you were a teenager?

I babysat until I was old enough to get a “real” job. My first real job was in retail, at a new Marshall’s department store just opening in town. I worked there through high school and then every summer and winter break when I was in college.  The experience taught me I didn’t want a career in retail. I have a lot of respect for people who work in retail.  The retail environment is more challenging and frustrating than the average shopper understands.  Customers are never happy and at times, can be very mean. I always had to be nice to them even when they weren’t nice to me.

What lessons did you learn at Marshall’s that stay with you today?

I think the biggest take away from my time in retail was a great sense of patience. On the service desk where I frequently worked, I often encountered customers who weren’t happy with something. Sometimes it was difficult to be helpful to people who weren’t being very nice, so I worked hard to be patient with them.

Kathi Cozzone (right), son Victor (now 10) and husband Victor in a recent family photo.

Where does that patience developed at Marshall’s serve you best today?

Probably as a mother. To be sure I am not a perfect mother.  I lose my patience just like everyone else. Patience and tolerance are something you have to have to raise a child.

So you graduate from high school, what’s next?

I had an accounting class in high school and I really liked it so I decided that’s what I wanted to go to college for.  I applied to a small number of colleges, all away from home, but close enough that I could get home when I wanted to.  I chose Trenton State College, which is now called The College of New Jersey.

Was Trenton State and accounting a good fit for you?

It was a great choice for me.  I was away from home and what 18-year-old doesn’t want that? I wasn’t far enough away that I couldn’t get home when I wanted to. I’m a fairly logical person, so I enjoyed the natural logic of figures and accounting. A lot of the people who started the accounting program with me migrated to other majors like finance and economics; I was one of a smaller group of students who finished the program.

What did you do after college?

I took a job with the Dreyfus Corporation in New York City.  I stayed with Dreyfus for about a year before moving over to Macmillan Publishing where I worked for nine or ten years. Following Macmillan, I worked for Scholastic and a couple of startups before heading back to the publishing business at Rodale in Allentown.

When did you discover you had a passion for politics?

I had always been interested and involved in politics, but not through any political party. That all changed in 2005 when my husband Victor and Senator Dinniman asked me to run for County Controller.  When they first suggested running, I didn’t think I could do it.  My first response was, ‘no!’  I couldn’t talk to myself in the mirror, and they wanted me to talk to people I had never met before.  At the time, I was looking for something different to do with my life.  My son was three, and I knew I didn’t want to follow my natural career path. I hadn’t made any decision yet, but I knew I wanted to try something service related.

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Was running for County Controller a good experience for you?

As I got into the race, I found that I really enjoyed it. It was a true personal growth experience for me. I am grateful to my husband for having had the confidence in me and patience to convince me to run.

Did campaigning come naturally for you?

Oh gosh, no!  I was such terrible public speaker.  I was petrified.  But I slowly gained more confidence in walking up to people and introducing myself.  I enjoyed having the opportunity of hearing what the people I met had to say about the community they lived in and what was important to them.  I still find listening to and hearing from people one of the most important and interesting parts of being a Public Official.

How did the race for County Controller turn out?

I had some great people helping me and ended up with 48 percent of the vote, better than presidential candidate John Kerry had done in Chester County the year before.

Not only did I learn about myself and grow as a person, I never expected to come as close to winning as I did in 2005. The fact that I had come so close to winning told me this was something I could do and do well.  I thought I had something to offer and believed, based on the results of the 2005 Controllers race, the community thought I had something to offer as well. When then County Commissioner Andy Dinniman won the State Senate seat in 2006, I thought I would take another swing at it.

What challenges and opportunities do you see on the horizon, Kathi?

I’ve spent a lot of my eight years in office on work force development, focusing on help for folks who are unemployed or underemployed.  The loss of a job is a huge hardship to a family and I felt compelled to work to improve the programming available for those in our community who faced the challenges of being out of work.

While Chester County fared better than most counties through the great recession, we were still significantly impacted.  Seven years later, there are still a lot of Chester County residents who lost their job as the economy went down and haven’t yet found a new job as the economy has rebounded. While our current unemployment rate is low, I don’t think the numbers paint an accurate picture especially as it pertains to the people who have been out of work a very long time and are having a very difficult time becoming reemployed.

I sit on the Workforce Investment Board and co-chair the VISTA 2025 Goal for Workforce Development.  I’m happy about the new programs we’ve put in place in the last seven years and I’m particularly excited about the Platform to Employment initiative we kicked off last month. I see the initiative as a proven way to help long-term unemployed people find a job.

Another challenge Chester County faces is the proliferation of pipeline development across the county.  With the growth of the Marcellus Shale, there will continue to be pressure to build more pipelines across the county.  I’ve been appointed to Governor’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force and am the Chair of the County Government work group for the Task Force.

Kathi Cozzone

We have a lot to think about when it comes to pipelines not just in the county but across the region and Commonwealth.  There will be continual pressure on our neighborhoods and preserved lands.  We must do everything we can to ensure that whatever pipeline infrastructure comes through Chester County, the development is done in a way that does not negatively impact Chester County’s quality of life and the health and safety of our citizens.

Finally Kathi, what is the greatest piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

I had a boss at my second job who taught me a lot about being successful in the workplace.  This man was liked by everyone and very supportive of his employees getting promotions and realizing their career objectives. He was not at all concerned or afraid if someone who worked for him got promoted. He gave his people opportunity and encouraged them to do the best they could.  He treated his staff the same way he treated his bosses.

At the time, I was young and just a year out of college and lacked the confidence to ask more senior people for critical information I needed to complete my job. He told me it was my job to get the information and I needed to be confident and respectfully persistent when I asked for what I needed. I am not perfect, but I try to follow his example in my professional, public and private life.

I am grateful that I had the chance to work with him and very thankful for his good advice.

For Immediate Release
August 24th, 2015
Contact: Adam Swope, 610-781-8216

Sierra Club Endorses Kathi Cozzone for Re-Election as Chester County Commissioner
Democratic Running Mate Bill Scott Also Endorsed to Join Board of Commissioners

The Sierra Club of Southeastern PA has endorsed Kathi Cozzone for County Commissioner. Kathi also earned the Sierra Club endorsement in her successful runs for Commissioner in 2007 and 2011. The Sierra Club has also endorsed West Chester Borough Councilman Bill Scott, Kathi’s Democratic teammate

“I am thrilled to accept the endorsement of the Sierra Club, one of our nation’s foremost environmental advocacy groups,” said Cozzone. “During my time as Commissioner, it has been a priority for me for the County to take whatever actions it can to protect our environment. We have taken steps to reduce the carbon footprint of County operations. We have aggressively preserved open space and promoted urban center development and public transportation options to reduce suburban sprawl – a phenomenon that taxes our resources and contributes to faster climate change. More recently, I have led the charge to give residents of our County a voice on upcoming pipeline projects proposed for their communities.

“The Sierra Club has endorsed both members of the Democratic Team, Bill Scott and me, because they know we will govern with the future well-being of our children and grandchildren in mind. Climate change is the seminal issue of the 21st century. I find it disturbing that the current leader in the Republican Presidential Primary polls is an avowed climate change denier, and that most of his challengers are deniers as well. I applaud groups like the Sierra Club who trust in science and fight tirelessly against this willful ignorance to preserve our planet, and I am honored to stand with them and with Bill in that struggle.”

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 | August 24, 2015

Labor Council, PSEA Endorse Kathi Cozzone for Re-Election

For Immediate Release
August 24th, 2015
Contact: Adam Swope, 610-781-8216

Chester County Labor Council, PSEA Endorse Kathi Cozzone for Re-Election as Chester County Commissioner

Democratic Running Mate Bill Scott Also Endorsed to Join Board of Commissioners by the CLC

The Chester County Labor Council and the PA State Education Association have endorsed Kathi Cozzone for County Commissioner. The Labor Council has also endorsed West Chester Borough Councilman Bill Scott, Kathi’s Democratic teammate.

“I am proud to accept the endorsement of the Chester County Labor Council for my re-election campaign,” said Cozzone. “I am a firm believer that a strong middle class doesn’t come about on its own. It requires workers to have a strong voice to advocate for family-sustaining wages, good benefits, a strong retirement and safe working conditions. The Labor Council represents workers in our community who answer that call to advocacy. At the same time, our public school teachers often unjustly find themselves at the forefront of battles over these same issues, while also advocating for public policy that benefits the education of our children. As the mother of a public school student, I’m also proud to stand with PSEA.

“The ideological attacks on workers’ rights and educators that are so passionately advocated by right wing politicians in Harrisburg and in Washington, DC over that past decade are disappointing and unfortunate. Our economy and community will be stronger if we continue to work together – workers and owners, private sector and public. Bill Scott and I are committed to maintaining that kind of community by supporting and valuing all workers in Chester County.

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.

Cozzone Appointed to Pennsylvania’s Pipeline
Infrastructure Task Force (PITF)

Cozzone to Chair the Task Force’s County Government Workgroup

West Chester – This week, Pennsylvania Secretary of Environmental Protection John Quigley appointed Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone to sit on the PA Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force. Within the PITF, she will chair the County Government Workgroup, one of 12 workgroups that will work together to provide Governor Wolf with policy and best practice recommendations on how best to manage the growth of the energy industry in our Commonwealth while respecting the rights, health and safety of our citizens and protecting the environment.

“Chester County is not part of our state’s natural gas drilling boom, but our citizens are affected by existing and planned pipelines carrying the natural gas through our community to refineries,” said Commissioner Cozzone. “I have been proud to take the lead in creating a transparent process for citizen input on pipeline construction within Chester County so that people are aware of projects in their neighborhoods and they have an opportunity to express their opinions.”

“I am extremely appreciative,” continued Cozzone, “to be appointed to serve on this statewide task force. Under the leadership of Governor Wolf’s Administration, our state can reap the economic benefits of natural gas extraction, while making sure ahead of time that we plan for the environmental risks, instead of cleaning up the messes. The work group that I am honored to chair will make sure that County Government stakeholders have a say in the process by which new pipelines are planned within our borders. I thank the Governor once again for this exciting opportunity.”

Kathi Cozzone, a Democrat from Uwchlan Township, is in her 2nd Term as County Commissioner.

Posted by: webmaster | April 17, 2015

Funding Award to Chester County Historical Society

Chester County Commissioners Award funding
to Chester County Historical Society as part of
Women’s History Month recognition

Submitted photo Left to right: Chester County Commissionersí Chair Terence Farrell, Chester County Commissioner Michelle Kichline, George Zumbano, Esq, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Chester County Historical Society, Laurie Rofini, Director, Chester County Archives and Records, and Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone.

Chester County Commissioners Terence Farrell, Kathi Cozzone and Michelle Kichline presented a check for $72,000 to the Chester County Historical Society at this week’s Sunshine Meeting.

The check was part of the commissioners’ annual appropriations to organizations and non-profits throughout the county and was made as part of the formal recognition of Women’s History Month. In addition to the check, the commissioners presented a proclamation to the Historical Society commemorating Women’s History Month and noting some significant historical contributions by women in Chester County.

In his remarks thanking the commissioners for the donated funds, George Zumbano, Esq, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Chester County Historical Society said: “The Historical Society is the official history library of Chester County, housing more than 500,000 manuscripts and 25,000 printed volumes.

“We see approximately 10,000 students every year and provide many programs for them. These funds will contribute greatly to the school and youth programs that the Historical Society offers – programs that spark curiosity, teach the power of historic objects, and keep young people engaged in their local history.

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