Partnering could aid Northeast and Montgomery County

State Rep. Brendan Boyle be­lieves there is too much “hy­per par­tis­an­ship” in Har­ris­burg and Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

Boyle (D-170th dist.) rep­res­ents a dis­trict that is based in Somer­ton, Bustleton and Burholme, but also in­cludes Rockledge and a por­tion of Abing­ton.

In the last year, he and Rep. Tom Murt (R-152nd dist.) have dis­cussed ways of part­ner­ing to aid the North­east and East­ern Mont­gomery County.

North­east neigh­bor­hoods and sub­urb­an com­munit­ies share con­cerns about is­sues such as roads, jobs and eco­nom­ic de­vel­op­ment, ac­cord­ing to Boyle.

Ar­ter­ies such as Route 232, By­berry Road, County Line Road and Philmont Av­en­ue con­nect the city and sub­urbs.

Re­cently, the men formed the East­ern Mont­gomery County/North­east Phil­adelphia Le­gis­lat­ive Al­li­ance. 

Boyle, as chair­man, and Murt, as vice chair­man, want to be able to work as a re­gion and in a bi­par­tis­an fash­ion.

“We want to make sure we’re able to weigh in and speak with one strong voice,” Boyle said.

Boyle and Murt an­nounced form­a­tion of the al­li­ance last Fri­day at Pine Road School in Hunt­ing­don Val­ley. Boyle’s wife, Jenny, is a kinder­garten teach­er at the school.

Lower Mo­re­land School Dis­trict Su­per­in­tend­ent Marykay Fee­ley and a fifth-grade class at­ten­ded.

Oth­er mem­bers of the al­li­ance are City Coun­cil­man Denny O’Bri­en (R-at-large) and Reps. Steve Mc­Carter and Madeleine Dean. Mc­Carter rep­res­ents a Jen­k­in­town-based dis­trict that in­cludes one di­vi­sion in Burholme.

Murt, who rep­res­ents a por­tion of Somer­ton, cited heavy traffic, more fund­ing for edu­ca­tion and mass trans­port­a­tion, flood con­trol, open space pre­ser­va­tion and new re­cre­ation­al activ­it­ies as pos­sible areas of agree­ment.

“Those are the kind of is­sues we want to work on,” he said.

Kev­in Boyle be­lieves that many North­east res­id­ents do not feel City Hall ad­dresses their con­cerns and senses that some people in East­ern Mont­gomery County feel dis­tant from the county seat in Nor­ris­town. “We need to come to­geth­er to ef­fect­ively lobby for what our dis­tricts need,” he said.

Steph­ens said schools, roads and parks are not par­tis­an is­sues.

“It’s not about party. It’s about serving the people,” he said. ••

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