State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) will speak at the 7th Annual National Pen-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Presidents’ Forum about the importance of protecting voting rights this election, Wednesday, Sept. 14th at 2:00 p.m. The forum presented in partnership with Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, will focus on the effects of voter suppression laws across the U.S., as well as solutions to combat and improve voter turnout.
The Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce recently announced State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) has been selected as a recipient of their 2016 “30 for the Future” award. The tenth annual celebration, held in late September, will recognize 31 young professionals who make a positive impact in the Akron community through their dynamic leadership and community service. Honorees of the “30 for the Future” award range from young professionals ages 25-39, across industries of healthcare, higher education, energy, and social service outreach, among others.
“It is truly humbling to be recognized by an organization dedicated to promoting and improving the vibrancy of the Akron community,” said Sykes. “This award is a reminder that, while we celebrate our region’s progress and some of the leaders who contribute to it, there is still work ahead of us to build a brighter future for our region and city. I look forward to continuing to take action and help lead the conversation on how to pave a path toward economic stability for the next generation of Ohioans.”
State Reps. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today called on Gov. Kasich to put a stop to an administrative rule change that would leave child care centers across the state with fewer resources to provide critical enrichment opportunities to vulnerable, low-income Ohio children and their families.
State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today announced the release of $10,000 to AkroSense LLC for the reimbursement of internship opportunities as part of the Ohio Tech Internship (OTI) program.
“This investment will help to inspire the entrepreneurs of tomorrow by creating hands-on technical workplace opportunities for many students who find internship unattainable,” said Sykes. “The OTI program is a phenomenal supporting tool for small businesses like AkroSense to get new companies off the ground and help spur economic growth within these local, underserved communities.”
State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today announced Ohio’s second sales tax-free holiday scheduled for this weekend, August 5-7. The tax-free holiday runs Friday through Sunday and covers many back-to-school items, including clothing, school supplies and instructional materials.
The sales tax holiday was first introduced in 2015 and, according to an analysis conducted by the University of Cincinnati’s Economic Center, saved consumers over $3 million on almost $47 million worth of back-to-school purchases.
State Reps. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) and Greta Johnson (D-Akron) today offered their condolences following the passing of Summit County Executive Russ Pry. Pry’s death comes just two days after announcing that he would not seek re-election due to ongoing health issues.
State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) will host district office hours throughout the month of August at various Akron Public Library branch locations.
“I’m looking forward to meeting with constituents in person and speaking one-on-one about any concerns or questions they might have,” said Rep. Sykes. “Everyone is welcome, and no issue is too big or too small to discuss when it comes to government policy that directly affects each and every taxpayer. I hope people will take advantage of these office hours even if they simply stop by to say hello.”
State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today announced the release of over $700,000 for the expansion of the Sit Together and Read – Ohio (STAR – Ohio) 10-county program to help reduce the risk of future disabilities for children in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) classrooms. The state funding will be used to further Summit County’s reach and development of the “Sit Together and Read” program to 525 students in the first year of the program’s operation. Funding was made available for the program through the state’s “Straight A Grant.”
State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, in which the court found that restrictions on access to comprehensive healthcare in Texas placed an undue burden on women, violating the American Constitution:
“I am pleased the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of women to have full and unfettered access to reproductive healthcare services. As the state of Ohio continues to place undue burdens on women who are simply seeking healthcare, state lawmakers should take note of this ruling and recognize that a woman’s right to make their own healthcare choices continues to be protected under the U.S. Constitution.”
State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today announced state funding for two important community programs that seek to expand economic opportunities and access to healthcare for Akron residents.
AxessPointe Community Health Center, Inc. recently received $350,000 in federal grant money to expand access to oral healthcare in the Akron area. The local community health center was one of 16 Ohio centers that received almost $6.5 million from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.
“Oral health is directly connected to overall health,” said Sykes. “More healthy smiles in Akron mean a higher quality of life and improved health for our community, and I am very pleased to see our community health centers will be able to expand access to oral healthcare for the most vulnerable citizens.”