Dinniman: repeal 2017 fireworks law

WEST CHESTER — State Senator Andy Dinniman said today he supports legislation to repeal Pennsylvania’s 2017 fireworks law after fireworks accidents have led to injuries, claimed lives, and resulted in fires and significant property damage in just the past few weeks.  “The ongoing and near-constant use of powerful fireworks in a disrespectful and downright careless manner has...

Dinniman announces MaskUp Chester County Challenge

In response to the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the CDC’s advising of all residents to wear masks when in public, State Senator Andy Dinniman announced a community challenge: MaskUp Chester County. “When one person wears a mask, they’re making the conscientious decision to protect others around them,” Dinniman said. If everyone wears a mask, everyone has an added...

Gov. declared pipeline work “non life-sustaining” shuts it down; COVID-19 cases grow in Chesco

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Work on the Mariner East II Pipeline was halted Friday, after Gov. Tom Wolf declared that fell under the category of “non life sustaining” business, meaning it falls under the COVID-19 shutdown order. State Sen. Andy Dinniman — a long-time opponent of the pipeline project — hailed the decision on social media, Friday afternoon. “I thank everyone who joined...

Chesco agrees to provide Health Dept. services for Delco during COVID-19 crisis

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Chester County and Delaware County officials announce an agreement for Chesco to prive health department services for Delco during the COVID-19 crisis. COVID-19 has taken its first life in Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday — in Northampton County. Additionally, the state is reporting 185 cases, while Chester County is now reporting 10 cases within the...

Dinniman announces retirement

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times State Sen. Andy Dinniman Chester County Democratic powerhouse State Sen. Andy Dinniman announced Friday night that he would not seek reelection for a fourth term — just weeks after launching his reelection. Dinniman, a former County Commissioner and Democratic Party Chair, announced Friday that family concerns meant it was time to end a three-decade career in...

In wake of pipeline settlement, Dinniman says DEP fails to manage pipeline projects

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has fined a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners more than $30 million, but appears to have green-lit resumption of construction on various ETP pipeline projects including Mariner East II — leaving one local state legislator, state Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-19), expressing anger at the state’s inability...

Welcoming FBI investigation, Dinniman says scrutiny of pipeline process long overdue

WEST CHESTER  – While news that the FBI is investigating how permits were issued for the Sunoco/ET Mariner East pipeline spread across Chester County, Pennsylvania, and the nation this week, for state Senator Andy Dinniman questions about the project and its permits are nothing new. In fact, Dinniman has been on the record in raising serious concerns about the safety and permitting of the controversial...

Mariner East II ‘Backfire’ startles W. Goshen residents, minor home damage reported

Hundreds of West Goshen residents reported Monday night being startled by a loud, house shaking boom from the Mariner East pipeline. While Energy Transfer, the company building and operating Mariner East and Mariner East II, claimed it was little more than the sound of a car backfire: “During routine maintenance at our Boot Station in West Goshen Twp., there was a backfire on a flare at approximately...

Henry’s Helping Paws Program delivers to additional senior centers

State Senator Andy Dinniman (center) and Dr. Tom Garg of Hope Veterinary Specialists (left) deliver pet food to the Coatesville Area Senior Center as part of the Henry’s Helping Paws Program. Also, pictured is Nancy Althouse (right) of Caln who frequents the Coatesville Area Senior Center. COATESVILLE — Henry’s Helping Paws Program, the initiative founded by state Senator Andy Dinniman and...

Dinniman pushes for dog protection bills

Sen. Andy Dinniman with bipartisan lawmakers and animal advocates at a rally in Harrisburg to pass legislation to end puppy mills and prohibit leaving dogs in hot cars. The dog days of summer may be behind us but a group of rescue dogs, animal advocates and bipartisan lawmakers joined state Senator Andy Dinniman in Harrisburg this week to rally for two important bills to better protect our pet...