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Sen. Yudichak Reports

Policy Committee Discusses Violence and Crime at NEPA Forum

Senate Democratic Policy Committee
The Senate Democratic Policy hearing held a roundtable discussion at King's College on April 2

The vast participation at the Senate Democratic Policy Committee forum at King’s College earlier this month shows that the crime problems facing our region are not dissimilar to the problems facing many other cities across the commonwealth.

Our panel, which included my colleagues from all corners of the state and Attorney General Kathleen Kane, talked about the growing problem of violent crime in Pennsylvania and particularly how it impacts our small urban centers in Northeast Pennsylvania.
Through local initiatives like our well-attended Operation Gang Up series, we have made great strides in community safety – particularly as it pertains to organized gangs – but our work is far from done.

In recent years, I have introduced numerous legislative proposals to curb gang violence in the Commonwealth; and in October of last year, the governor signed into law and anti-gang measure that included my amendment to toughen penalties for those who prey on children by forcibly recruiting juveniles under the age of 16 to join a gang. While I will continue to look for ways to address violence and gang activity legislatively, the solution starts at home.

As we move forward, it is imperative that we continue to have open and honest discussions on keeping our communities safe and preventing the spread of gang influence further into our neighborhoods. In order for our efforts to work, we need to keep open lines of communication at all levels and we need to continue to educate our communities on the best practices to end gang violence in our communities.

Working together with a strong, unified partnership with all stakeholders – from local crime watch groups to state officials – we can, and will be successful in the fight against crime and violence in our communities.

Mark Your Calendars: Carbon County Community Safety Day is May 4Community Safety Day

We are all inherently concerned with keeping our communities safe and ensuring that violence stays off of our streets and out of our neighborhoods. In order to continue strengthening our efforts, I invite you to participate in our Carbon County Community Safety Day on Saturday, May 4th at the Mauch Chunk Lake in Jim Thorpe.

Formerly the Fun-N-Safety Fair, Community Safety Day will take place in the swimming area of Lentz Trail from 10:00 am until 2:00 p.m. This critically important event will give families an opportunity to meet and interact with fire, police, and other first responders in our area and also to learn about keeping our neighborhoods safe places to live, learn, and work.

I hope to see you in Jim Thorpe on May 4!

Sen. Yudichak's Community Corner

Kowalski family
Congratulations to Luzerne County Community College student Leah Kowalski on being named to the All Pennsylvania Academic Team! It was a pleasure to meet Leah and her parents at the Capitol building in Harrisburg last week.
LCCC Lobby Day
I had a great time meeting with some of the bright students and faculty from Luzerne County Community College during a Community College Day event at the state Capitol in Harrisburg.









Lehighton Fire Department Groundbreaking Ceremony
After many years and a lot of hard work from everyone, we were finally able to break ground for the brand new Lehighton Fire Department.
Touring Nanticoke with Lt. Gov. Cawley
I recently had an opportunity to give Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley and other state officials a tour of downtown Nanticoke where they were able to see first-hand how state funding has revitalized our city.









Reading to class at Pixie Paradise Early Learning Center
Earlier this week, I visited the children at Pixie Paradise Early Learning Center in West Hazleton to read them "A Bus for Us" by Suzanne Bloom as a part of the "Week of the Young Child." Thank you to the United Way of Wyoming Valley for allowing me to take part in this great program.
PEARL Awards
Congratulations to state Rep. Tarah Toohil and all of the other deserving 2013 PEARL award winners that were honored at the Hazleton YWCA PEARL Awards last month .





LIHEAP Application Deadline Extended to April 26

LIHEAPThe deadline to apply for Pennsylvania's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been extended to April 26. If you think you may qualify for the program’s helpful cash grants and crisis grants, do not wait any longer to apply for assistance. Cash grants are sent directly to the applicant’s utility company and crisis grants help people who are in danger of immediately being without heat.

Cash grants are based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and region. In addition to proof of income and household size, applicants must provide a recent bill or a statement from their utility company or fuel dealer verifying their customer status and the type of fuel used. For more information on LIHEAP and the income guidelines, click here or call the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095.

Applications can be printed online and turned into a local county assistance office. Eligible families are also encouraged to apply online through Pennsylvania’s COMPASS website.

If you have any questions or require assistance in filling out your LIHEAP application, do not hesitate to contact one of my district offices.

Veterans Survey

If you are a veteran, please take a moment to fill out and return my veterans’ survey.

Your responses will help me better understand your views and address any concerns that you may have as a veteran.  The survey can be downloaded online.

Once you have completed the short survey, please return it to my district office, located at 164 S. Market St., Nanticoke, PA 18634. Please also feel free to email your responses to

I look forward to hearing from you!

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