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Congressman Brendan Boyle to open Main Street office in Norristown

January 28, 2016
In The News

By Carl Rotenberg, The Times Herald

NORRISTOWN >> Sometime in early February. U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-13th Dist., will have a front-row office on Main Street in Norristown, the Montgomery County seat.

Boyle and federal officials have signed a one-year lease with yearly renewals on a new Montgomery County constituent office at the front of the Tone Building at 101 East Main St. Renovations on the first-floor office at the corner of DeKalb and Main streets are slated to be completed by Feb. 1.

The central location will give the freshman congressman an office to serve central Montgomery County that is closer than the Glenside office at 115 E. Glenside Ave. That office can be reached at 215-517-6572.

“I’m very excited about this office,” Boyle said in a telephone interview. “This will be our fourth full office in the district. Given the very gerrymandered nature of the district we wanted to have a full office that was close to our constituents in Norristown, Bridgeport, Conshohocken and Lansdale. Being on Main Street will make it possible to help more people."

Tone Realty Co. will move its office to the rear of the first floor space and the constituent office will have a front door entrance on Main Street. A new entrance door on DeKalb Street will be built for the clients of Tone Realty.

“I want to be part of Norristown’s renaissance and a positive part of its future,” Boyle said. “Renovations are happening now and our goal is to be open Feb. 1st.”

Boyle said he anticipated there would be a “soft” opening of the new office and a ceremonial grand opening and open house event a few weeks later.

Montgomery County District Director Scott Heppard will manage the three-person office.

For the past nine months some members of Boyle’s staff have been co-located at state Rep. Matt Bradford’s constituent office at 1846 Markley St. in Norristown.

Boyle was elected to represent the 13th Congressional District in November 2014 by defeating Republican Carson “Dee” Adcock. He had served as a state representative in the 170th District from 2009 to 2014.

“One challenge with two-year terms is that I don’t think campaigning ever fully ends,” Boyle said. “I have continued to work at a very hectic pace. It is more of a continuation of what I have done this year.”

Boyle said he was very pleased the House had passed a $325 billion transportation bill in early November with his positive vote.

“It was a very bipartisan vote. I hope it will be more of a normal functioning government in the future,” he said. “We have a very extreme Republican majority at this point. For any system of government to succeed people need to compromise.”

Boyle said he represents 725,000 people based on the latest census information.

“I was a state legislator before this,” Boyle said. “I actually voted against the maps that created these districts in 2011.”