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O'Brien's successor in state House opens district office

Demo­crat Ed Neilson goes door-to-door can­vas­ing be­fore the April 24th elec­tion, dur­ing which he will run for State Rep­res­ent­at­ive, Wed­nes­day, April 4, 2012, Phil­adelphia, Pa. (Maria Pouch­nikova)

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Newly elec­ted state Rep. Ed Neilson has opened a con­stitu­ent ser­vice of­fice in Academy Plaza, at 3256 Red Li­on Road.

Neilson, a Demo­crat, took of­fice last month, after win­ning a spe­cial elec­tion against Re­pub­lic­an Dave Kralle. The seat be­came open when Denny O’Bri­en joined City Coun­cil at the be­gin­ning of the year.

A dis­trict of­fice be­came part of the cam­paign. Kralle, who worked for O’Bri­en in his state House and City Hall of­fices, vowed to re­open O’Bri­en’s of­fice at 9811 Academy Road.

Not­ing that con­stitu­ents had to walk down steps to get in­to the of­fice, Neilson pledged to open in a han­di­capped ac­cess­ible loc­a­tion.

“When se­lect­ing an of­fice loc­a­tion, it was ex­tremely im­port­ant to me that all con­stitu­ents have ac­cess to the of­fice and the ser­vices that my staff and I can provide,” he said. “We are look­ing for­ward to serving the 169th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict.”

Con­stitu­ents can stop by or call the of­fice at 215-281-3414 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tues­days, Thursdays and Fri­days and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wed­nes­days.

For up­dates on is­sues in the com­munity and Har­ris­burg, con­stitu­ents can sign up for e-mail alerts at www.pa­house.com/neilson and fol­low him on Twit­ter at www.twit­ter.com/repneilson

Neilson and Kralle will square off in Novem­ber for a two-year term. The Le­gis­lat­ive Re­ap­por­tion­ment Com­mis­sion is ex­pec­ted to move the seat to York County start­ing in 2014.

Mean­while, Neilson is re­com­mend­ing that Phil­adelphia homeown­ers ap­ply for a homestead ex­emp­tion by Ju­ly 31 for po­ten­tial prop­erty tax re­lief.

For a copy of the form or more in­form­a­tion, call 215-686-9200 or vis­it www.phila.gov/pd­fs/homestead_ap­plic­a­tion.pdf ••

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