Lewis announces plans to retire from the House after 2018

State Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. (R-74) Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. (R-74) today announced that his second term in office, which will end with the 2017-18 session, will be his final one as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. His retirement will follow 56 years of public service. “Because of the citizens of the 74th District, I proudly worked in Harrisburg – despite the inevitable bureaucratic...

Coatesville redevelopment kicks off — for real

By Mike McGann, Editor, the Times DEPG CEO Jim DePetris and a bevy of state, county and local officials celebrate a ceremonial start to demolition for the Coatesville Gateway project, Tuesday. COATESVILLE — For nearly a generation, plans to begin to revitalize the city have appeared on the horizon, only to disappear like a distant mirage, leaving city residents thirsty, time and again, for real...

Dinniman, Lewis hail additional state funds for Coatesville revitalization

State Senator Andy Dinniman (D-19) and State Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. (R-74) announced Thursday that a $3.2 million construction loan, as well as $2.1 million in additional state grant funding, was approved for the Coatesville Gateway Redevelopment Project.   The Commonwealth Finance Authority approved the funding today through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s...

Lewis enjoys time as ‘Brewer for a Day’ at Victory

Rep. Lewis and Victory’s Brewing Manager, Kenneth Thorpe discuss the various aromatic qualities in select hops. DOWNINGTOWN – The Brewers of Pennsylvania (BOP), the state’s official beer guild, has launched its fourth Brewer For A Day program, an initiative designed to give state legislators a hands-on insider’s perspective on the brewing process, as well as further educate Pennsylvania...

Candidate Q&A: Harry Lewis Jr., 74th State House District

Harry Lewis Jr. Editor’s Note: Once again, we posed the same nine questions to our legislative candidates and offered to publish them without edits or modification to allow our readers to get an unfiltered view of their positions on some of the top issues of the day in Pennsylvania. We will run the answers of all of the candidates for a given race at the same time — assuming all have responded. 1....

Letter: Lewis asks for Keystone Opportunity Zone support

To The Editor, Earlier this summer, the Pennsylvania Legislature and I voted to re-open the Keystone Opportunity Zone (KOZ) program.   This is a 10-year tax abatement program applied to specific properties that will add significant tax incentives into our revitalization toolbox for the City of Coatesville.    With this powerful tool, we can finally attract major, sustainable interest from...

Letter: When will Rep. Lewis pay for the budget?

To The Editor, Monday, Governor Tom Wolf announced that he would allow the bipartisan, compromise budget to become law without his signature by midnight that night unless he had an honest package with sustainable, recurring, and sufficient revenue to sign before that time. That did not happen. The General Assembly has a constitutional responsibility to pass a sustainable revenue package to pay...

Despite Chesco Reps revolt, budget talks stall

GOP House members leave for holiday, no clear path ahead By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times T’was the day before the day before Christmas, When all through the (State) House, Various angry politicians were heard to espouse: “Ghost voting,” “vote to reconsider” “insurgent” and “Twitter fight” As legislators sought to finally get a state budget right… Local State Reps (clockwise...

Lewis named secretary of House Urban Affairs Committee

State Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. (R-74). HARRISBURG – Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. (R-74) has been appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve as secretary of the House Urban Affairs Committee. The House Urban Affairs Committees is one of four House standing committees that Lewis is serving on during this 2015-16 legislative session. “As a long-time resident of the Coatesville area, I have a strong...

Lewis appointed to Eduction, Urban Affairs committees

State Rep. Harry Lewis, Jr. HARRISBURG — Rep. Harry Lewis (R-74) was assigned to serve on four standing House committees during the 2015-16 legislative session. Lewis was assigned to the Children and Youth, Education, Health and Urban Affairs committees, it was announced Thursday. “I am very excited to be involved with these committees,” said Lewis in a statement. “I believe that my experience...