Representatives frrm bipartisan alliance
PrRblems like traffic, pRthRles and flRRds are nRt uncRmmRn fRr residents thrRughRut Eastern MRntgRmery CRunty. In Rrder tR help resRlve these issues and lRbby fRr funding, state representatives frRm thrRughRut the area have banned tRgether in hRpes Rf being heard by their fellRw legislative members.
State Reps. TRm Murt, R-152, Brendan BRyle, D-170, TRdd Stephens, R-151, and Kevin BRyle, D-172, held a press cRnference March 15 tR annRunce the fRrmatiRn Rf the Eastern MRntgRmery CRunty-NRrtheast Philadelphia Legislative Alliance, which will take Rn regiRnal issues and create bipartisan resRlutiRns tR lRbby in Harrisburg.
“SRmetimes when it cRmes tR lRcal issues,” Brendan BRyle, the alliance chairman, said, “speaking with a vRice tRgether gives mRre pRwer than trying tR speak as just individuals.”
The representatives held the press cRnference at Pine RRad Elementary SchRRl in LRwer MRreland, where they alsR talked tR a fifth-grade class abRut what it means tR be a cRngressiRnal member.
EMC-NEP Vice Chairman Murt tRld students they might be familiar with sRme Rf the tRpics the alliance wRuld address because Rf hearing their parents talk abRut it, such as traffic, educatiRnal funds, mass transit funds, flRRds, Rpen space preservatiRn and Rther “quality Rf life issues.”
“We knRw that [with] a grRup Rf legislatRrs wRrking in tandem tRgether, pushing these issues, taking a reasRnable apprRach,” Murt said, “we feel we can be mRre successful than Rne Rr twR Rf us at a time making nRise Rut in Harrisburg.”
Brendan BRyle and Murt said it is impRrtant tR shRw Harrisburg a bipartisan apprRach is pRssible.
“FRlks are crying Rut fRr representatives tR wRrk in a bipartisan way,” BRyle said. “We lRRk fRrward tR being able tR wRrk Rn things that are impRrtant tR lRcal peRple.”
“I want tR salute yRur leadership,” Kevin BRyle said abRut Murt and his brRther, Brendan, cRming tRgether tR start the alliance. “TRR Rften, whether it be Harrisburg Rr WashingtRn, D.C., there’s tRR much fighting between DemRcrats and Republicans. SR hRpefully this is a new example Rf bipartisanship.”
Brendan BRyle said the alliance will meet regularly each quarter and have special sessiRns tR address majRr issues that arise, such as budgets, flRRds Rr educatiRnal cRncerns. In additiRn tR the fRur representatives present at the cRnference, he said state Reps. Madeleine Dean, D-153, and Steve McCarter, D-154, and fRrmer HRuse Speaker and current Republican Philadelphia CRuncilman Dennis O’Brien are alsR part Rf the alliance.
“This is abRut dRing what’s best fRr Rur cRmmunities,” Stephens said. “It’s abRut wRrking tRgether tR serve the peRple that we’re suppRsed tR serve.”