Senator Yudichak Announces Keystone Communities Grants

Nanticoke, February 25, 2019 – Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that two community revitalization projects in Luzerne County received funding through the Keystone Communities program. The Keystone Communities program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

The Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress received $158,000 for the rehabilitation of a blighted property at 13-15 W. Broad Street for the Penn State Hazleton LaunchBox, a small business incubator.

“This supplemental funding will allow renovations to proceed as planned with the Penn State LaunchBox–a critical component of the broader downtown revitalization initiative. We are very thankful for the support DCED and our state legislators have given to this project, which will allow for the renovation of a formerly blighted property to be adaptively reused as a new business incubator in downtown Hazleton,” said Krista Schneider, Executive Director for the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress.

The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston received $220,246 to redevelop the second floor of the underutilized “Open Space” building on South Main Street. By repairing and renovating this floor, the building can house additional tenants and catalyze development in Pittston’s central business district.

“We have worked closely with Governor Wolf and DCED Secretary Dennis Davin on these projects in Hazleton and Pittston which will spur economic development and job growth to the area,” said Senator John Yudichak.

Representatives Tarah Toohil and Mike Carroll also worked with Senator Yudichak to obtain funding for these projects.

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Senator Yudichak Announces 2019 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Outreach Schedule

West Pittston, February 20, 2019 — State Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) hosted residents at the Garden Village Apartments today in West Pittston for an outreach event to help local seniors apply for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Over the next two months, Senator Yudichak’s staff will be holding outreach events at various locations across Luzerne County.

“The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program continues to provide millions of dollars in property tax relief to the people who need and deserve it most, the senior citizens of northeastern Pennsylvania,” said State Senator John Yudichak. “Pennsylvania must do more to get the burden of onerous property taxes off the backs of taxpayers, and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has proven to be valuable to reducing that burden on older Pennsylvanians.”  

In Luzerne County, 18,525 applicants received over $9 million in rebates through the program in the last year. In Carbon County, there were 3,737 applicants that received over $1.7 million in rebates through the program.

The Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and over; widows and widowers age 50 and over; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. The maximum standard rebate is $650, and the program is funded through state lottery and gaming revenues. Since its inception in 1971, more than $6.9 billion has been paid to qualified applicants through the program.

The deadline to apply for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is June 30.

2019 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Schedule

Please note: The events at the apartment buildings are for residents only and NOT open to public. Anyone who needs assistance with filing their application for the program can also visit Senator Yudichak’ s Nanticoke and Jim Thorpe district offices any Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

February 21 – with Rep. Aaron Kaufer’s Office
10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Luzerne Towers

February 21 – with Rep. Aaron Kaufer’s Office
2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Swoyersville Apartments

February 26 – with Rep. Gerald Mullery’s Office 
9:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Ken Pollock Apartments

March 5 – with Rep. Aaron Kaufer’s Office
10:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.
Temple Apartments

March 12 – with Rep. Aaron Kaufer’s Office
1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Exeter Apartments

March 14
9:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Lee Park Senior Center

March 19
9:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Plains Manor

March 21
9:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Infantino Towers

April 9 
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Lincoln Heights Apartments

April 11
9:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
St. John’s Apartments

 

These four events are open to the public:

 March 7  
10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Rose Tucker Senior Center
570-735-1670

March 12
9:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.
Pittston Senior Center
570-655-5561

March 28
12:00 p.m.– 4:00 p.m.
Pittston Library
570-654-9565

April 2
9:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.
Charles T. Adams Senior Center
570-825-3484

 Any updates or changes to the outreach schedule due to the weather or any other unforeseen circumstances will be posted on www.senatoryudichak.com

 

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Senator Yudichak Issues Statement on Governor Wolf’s 2019-20 Budget Proposal

Harrisburg, February 5, 2019 – State Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement after Governor Tom Wolf unveiled his 2019-20 budget proposal today:

“Governor Wolf celebrated Pennsylvania’s strong economic growth as a central factor to the fiscal health of the Commonwealth and the essential driving force behind growing prosperity for millions of Pennsylvanians.

 

“I applaud Governor Wolf’s call for continued investments in education and workforce development training that will further fuel the job growth, economic development and fiscal responsibility in Pennsylvania.

“Northeastern Pennsylvania is leading the way in job creation with over 4,000 new jobs created in the South Valley in just the last two years – jobs that empower families and improve communities.

“As the budget process gets underway, I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass a budget that helps the Commonwealth invest in a brighter future for all Pennsylvania.”    

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Senator Yudichak Announces over $1.9 Million in Multimodal Transportation Funding for Projects in the 14th District

Nanticoke, February 1, 2019 – State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that four projects in Luzerne County for the 14th Senatorial District will receive $1,939,756 in grant funding through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Transportation Fund.

West Hazleton Borough received $1 million in funding to replace the Jaycee Drive bridge over Black Creek in the Valmont Industrial Park. Replacement of the bridge is needed after the bridge was recently inspected and was found to have severe damage to its substructure.

“Under the leadership of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards, Multimodal Funds continue to invest in significant infrastructure building, job creating projects of great regional value to northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Senator Yudichak. “The leaders of West Hazleton Borough should specifically be commended for working to address a potential bridge failure in the Valmont Industrial Park that could have negatively impacted many local businesses and hundreds of jobs.”

“It’s great to see West Hazleton awarded funding towards a very important infrastructure project,” added State Representative Gerald Mullery (D – Luzerne). “Mayor John Chura and I discussed how important the Jaycee Drive bridge project was to the borough on my 119th District tour last year. I’d like to thank Senator Yudichak for working with me to help secure this funding.”

“A recent inspection showed that the bridge is in dire need of replacement due to damage to the bridge’s foundation,” said West Hazleton Borough Council President Lou Pacelli. “The Jaycee Drive bridge is a vital infrastructure asset within our community inside the Valmont Industrial Park, which is utilized by hundreds of workers each and every day. I’m grateful for the state’s investment in this project and for realizing its importance to our borough.”

The City of Wilkes-Barre received $250,000 in funding to rehabilitate the bridge carrying Strauss Lane over Solomon Creek. The structure was closed because of damages due to recent flooding and age.

$117,463 in funding was awarded to Plains Township on behalf of the newly proposed Wilkes-Barre Area School District High School to redefine access points to the proposed facility, which will improve traffic flow and safety in the area.

“I’m incredibly appreciative to PennDOT and Governor Wolf for understanding the importance of the Multimodal Transportation Fund grants and just how much they help our area,” said State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski (D – Luzerne) “The bridge on Strauss Lane helps connect two residential areas on each side of Solomon Creek and with the construction of the new Wilkes-Barre Area School District, it’s imperative that we ensure traffic is routed in a safe and efficient manner. Both projects will improve the livability and safety of our communities.”

Exeter Borough received $572,293 to restore and improve Route 1025 (Schooley Avenue) between Cedar Street and Susquehanna Avenue.

Senator Yudichak also worked with State Representatives Aaron Kaufer (R – Luzerne) and Mike Carroll (D – Luzerne/Lackawanna) to secure the funding.

Act 89 of 2013 established the Multimodal Transportation Fund, which stabilizes funding for ports and rail freight, increases aviation investments, establishes dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian improvements, and allows targeted funding for priority investments in any mode.

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