Yudichak and Pashinski Announce $215,000 DCED Greenways, Recreation, and Trails Grant for Coal Street Redevelopment Authority

HARRISBURG, October 24, 2016 − State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne) announced that the Coal Street Redevelopment Authority will receive $215,000 in state funding from the Department of Community and Economic Development Act 13 Greenways, Recreation, and Trails program.

The Coal Street Redevelopment Authority will receive this funding to expand the Coal Street Ice Rink to add a second ice rink. The ice rink is utilized by residents and by the area’s local ice hockey teams, including the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Wilkes University’s newly formed Men’s and Women’s hockey teams.

“The Greenways, Recreation, and Trails program is designed to fund projects that invests in regional recreation assets. The expansion of Coal Street Park in Wilkes-Barre will improve access to unique recreational amenities that improve the quality of life in Luzerne County and enhance a growing athletic partnership between the Coal Street Redevelopment Authority and Wilkes University,” said Senator Yudichak.

“With increased participation in hockey in Luzerne County, the expansion of the Coal Street Ice Rink is vital in providing area teams with a first class facility to showcase the burgeoning talent in Northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Rep. Eddie Day Pashinksi.

Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George added, “As mayor, I am very excited to learn that Wilkes-Barre has been awarded this grant which will help fund improvements and expansion of the Coal Street Ice Rink. I am thankful to Sen. Yudichak and Rep. Pashinski for their diligence in acquiring this grant.” 

The project is funded by the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program (GTRP).

Act 13 of 2012 established the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects.

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Yudichak Announces DCED Greenways, Recreation, and Trails Grants

HARRISBURG, October 24, 2016 − State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) today announced that seven projects in Luzerne County will receive over $600,000 in state funding from the Department of Community and Economic Development Act 13 Greenways, Recreation, and Trails program. The grants were approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

“The significant funding approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority invests in the people of Luzerne County by expanding access to the many regional recreational amenities of northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Senator John Yudichak.

Area state representatives Mike Carroll, Tarah Toohil, Aaron Kaufer, Gerald Mullery, and Eddie Day Pashinski worked closely with Senator Yudichak to secure the funds.

The Luzerne County projects approved for funding are:

  1. The City of Hazleton will receive $115,000 for Phase II development of the new Center City Park.
  2. The Coal Street Redevelopment Authority will receive $215,000 for an expansion of the Coal Street Ice Rink to add a second ice rink.
  3. Fairview Township will receive $43,592 to install a playground at Memorial Park.
  4. The West Pittston Borough will receive $56,661 to construct the Baltimore Avenue Park.
  5. The City of Hazleton will receive $102,135 for improvements to Altmiller Park.
  6. Jenkins Township will receive $65,709 for improvements to facilities in Spadi Park.
  7. Larksville Borough will receive $21,250 for the completion of a comprehensive recreational plan.

These projects are funded by the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program (GTRP).

Act 13 of 2012 established the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects.

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Statement from Senator Yudichak on RACP Grant Funding Announcement for Innovation Squared

Wilkes-Barre, October 14, 2016 – State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement after joining Governor Tom Wolf and other state and local officials to announce a $2 million state grant for the Innovation Squared project in downtown Wilkes-Barre:

[frame align=”right”]innovationsquared[/frame]“The Wilkes-Barre Innovation Squared project is a collaboration of government, private sector and our institutions of higher education,” Yudichak said.

“We are all working together to leverage the necessary investment that will foster an environment that will not only create new jobs but breed new companies, new technologies and new products that will transform the Pennsylvania economy.”

The grants are administered through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) administered by Gov. Tom Wolf’s Office of Budget.

Also taking part in the announcement was Representative Eddie Day Pashinski (D-121st), Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George and Joseph Boylan, vice president Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce.

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Yudichak Comments on New Shale Drilling Regulations

HARRISBURG, October 7, 2016 − State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon), who serves as Democratic chair of the Senate Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy, today provided the following statement in response to the state’s new regulations on gas drilling:

“The new regulations for unconventional oil and gas drilling strike a fair balance between industry and environmental concerns by further protecting Pennsylvania’s natural resources and adding clarity for those who engage in exploration and drilling practices.

“I voted for this rulemaking when it came before the Environmental Quality Board, and I’m extremely satisfied with the outcome of the regulatory process.  It was thorough, transparent and welcomed input from industry representatives, environmental advocates and citizens.

“Now, as we move forward, it is imperative that regulators make every effort to assist our industry partners as they work to comply, expand their operations, hire more workers and strengthen Pennsylvania’s energy portfolio.”

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