Commonwealth Financing Authority Announces Over $2.7 Million in Funding for Luzerne County Projects

Nanticoke, September 18, 2018 – The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) announced today that 10 Luzerne County municipalities would receive $2,738,507 in funding from three separate grant programs. The PA Small Water and Sewer Program ($1,897,345), Act 13 Program ($600,000) and…
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Yudichak, Heffley Announce $750,000 in State Funding for Area Improvement Projects

HARRISBURG – September 18, 2018 –Sen. John Yudichak (D-14) and Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced that six improvement projects in Carbon County will benefit from nearly $750,000 in state funding approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) in Harrisburg today.…
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Luzerne County Senior Expo Set for September 20

Nanticoke, September 13, 2018 – State Senator John Yudichak (D -14th district), State Senator Lisa Baker (R – 20th district), State Representative Gerald Mullery (D – 119th district) and State Representative Aaron Kaufer (R – 120th district) will host Luzerne…
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Pittston Waterfront Warehouse Conversion Project Receives $2 Million in RACP Funding

Nanticoke, August 24, 2018 – It was announced today that the Waterfront Warehouse Conversion Project in Pittston was awarded a $2 million Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program (RACP) grant. The funding will be used to help turn the underutilized warehouse into…
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Yudichak and Mullery Announce RACP Funding for Continued Downtown Naticoke Revitalization

Nanticoke, August 17, 2018 – State Senator John Yudichak (D - Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Gerald Mullery (D – Luzerne) announced today a $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program (RACP) grant for the Nantego Development Project in downtown Nanticoke. The…
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Public and Private Partnership Helps to Complete LCCC M&T Bank Educational Center Project in Pittston

Pittston, August 16, 2018 – Downtown Pittston gained yet another asset today on its road to revitalization with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Luzerne County Community College M&T Bank Educational Center. With the addition of the facility, LCCC now…
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Senator Yudichak Honors Pennsylvania’s Heritage by Completing Entire 165 Miles of the Delaware and Lehigh Trail

Wilkes-Barre, PA – July 13, 2018 – Today, State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) was joined by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and other state and local officials on the last leg of his…
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Hazleton and West Pittston Borough receive PennDOT Green Light-Go Grants

NANTICOKE, July 12, 2018 – State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the city of Hazleton and West Pittston Borough have received grant funding under the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Green Light-Go program. The city of Hazleton will…
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Senator Yudichak Issues Statement on the 2018-19 State Budget

Harrisburg, June 22, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement after the Senate passed the 2018-19 state budget: “The $32.7 billion spending plan for the Commonwealth reflects a spirited bipartisan effort to implement a state budget…
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Senator Yudichak Statement on EF-2 Tornado in Wilkes-Barre Township

Wilkes-Barre Township, June 14, 2018 – State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement after it was confirmed that an EF-2 tornado hit Wilkes-Barre Township: [caption id="attachment_5407" align="alignright" width="300"] Senator Yudichak tours the tornado damage in Wilkes-Barre Township with…
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Senator Yudichak to host free veterans assistance hours in Nanticoke District Office

Nanticoke, June 12, 2018 – State Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) will host free veterans assistance hours on Tuesday June 26, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at his Nanticoke District Office located at 164 South Market Street, Nanticoke,…
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Senator Yudichak Announces Adult Basic Education Grant for Lehigh Carbon Community College

Harrisburg, June 11, 2018 – Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that Lehigh Carbon Community College has received a $684,179 Adult Basic Education grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The Lehigh and Carbon legislative delegations assisted with securing this…
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Senator Yudichak Announces Adult Basic Education Grant for Luzerne County Community College

Harrisburg, June 11, 2018 – Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that Luzerne County Community College has received a $788,405 Adult Basic Education grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The Luzerne County legislative delegation assisted with securing this grant…
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Senator Yudichak Highlights the Importance of Closing Gaps on the D&L Trail at the Lehigh County Stop of Senator Takes a Hike Initiative

Allentown, PA – June 8, 2018 – During his hike from Allentown to Cementon today, Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) stopped at the Allentown Waterfront to highlight the importance of closing the gaps on the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor…
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Senator Yudichak Celebrates 30th Anniversary of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

Easton, June 2, 2018 – State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) celebrated the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor’s 30th anniversary today at their Founders Day event at Hugh Moore Park in Easton.   In early May, Senator Yudichak kicked off…
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Senator Yudichak to Host Free Veterans Assistance Hours in West Pittston District Office

West Pittston, May 14, 2018 – State Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) will host free veterans assistance hours on Tuesday May 22, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at his West Pittston District Office located at 801 Wyoming Avenue,…
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Senator Yudichak Kicks Off Senator Takes a Hike Initiative in Bristol

Bristol, Bucks County, PA  −  May 8, 2018 − Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) kicked off his Senator Takes a Hike initiative in Bristol Borough today with Department of Conservation & Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor…
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Senator Yudichak Takes a Hike on the D&L Trail Kickoff Event with DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn

Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) will kick off his Senator Takes a Hike initiative with a press event featuring DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, D&L National Heritage Corridor Executive Director Elissa Garofalo, and state and local officials.
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Senator Yudichak Recognizes James Cundro as Semi-Finalist in Talk To Your State Senator Video Competition

Hazle Township, April 30, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) visited Maple Manor Elementary/Middle School today to recognize James Cundro, an eighth grader at the school who is a semi-finalist in the Talk to Your State Senator Statewide video…
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PA Army National Guard Center in West Pittston to Become PA Fish and Boat Commission’s New Regional Office, Say Kaufer, Yudichak

LUZERNE, PA – April 24, 2018 – Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) and Sen. John Yudichak (D-14) are pleased to hear that the PA Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC) new Regional Office will soon be located in the former PA Army National…
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Senator Yudichak Congratulates the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority and the Earth Conservancy for Receiving Environmental Excellence Awards

Harrisburg, April 18, 2018 – State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) is pleased to announce that the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority (WVSA) and the Earth Conservancy have been chosen by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to receive the 2018 Governor’s…
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Senator Yudichak Announces the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority Receives 2018 Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence

Harrisburg, PA – April 11, 2018 – Senator John Yudichak (D – Carbon/Luzerne) announced today that the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority (WVSA) and its Executive Director Jim Tomaine has received one of the 2018 Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence…
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Senator Yudichak Announces Funding for Abandoned Mine Land projects in Carbon County

Jim Thorpe, April 6, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that one project in Carbon County will receive $3 million in funding for environmental cleanup and revitalization of abandoned mine lands from the Department of Environmental Protection.…
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Senator Yudichak Announces Funding for Abandoned Mine Land projects in Luzerne County

Nanticoke, April 6, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that four projects in Luzerne County will receive over $7.8 million in funding for environmental cleanup and revitalization of abandoned mine lands from the Department of Environmental Protection.…
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Senator Yudichak to Host Free Veterans Assistance Hours in Nanticoke District Office

Nanticoke, April 5, 2018 – State Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) will host free veterans assistance hours on Tuesday April 24, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at his Nanticoke District Office located at 164 South Market Street, Nanticoke…
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Senator Yudichak Announces Apprenticeship Grants

Harrisburg, April 3, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the Hershey Company, the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce, and the Lehigh Carbon Community College have received funding to support pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs from the…
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Senator Yudichak Releases Statement on Senate Passage of Senate Bill 748

Harrisburg, March 27, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement today after the passage of Senate Bill 748, the Public Safety Facilities Act, in the Senate. “Today’s vote in the Senate is an important step toward…
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Senator Yudichak Announces Luzerne County Local Share Account Grants

HARRISBURG, March 16, 2018 – State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) approved over $6 million in grants from the Luzerne County Local Share Account (LSA). Senator Yudichak thanked Senators Lisa Baker and John…
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Senator Yudichak Announces PennDOT ARLE Grant for Jenkins Township

Nanticoke, February 26, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that Jenkins Township has received an Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) for 2018. Jenkins Township will receive $51,206 to upgrade…
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Senator Yudichak and Representative Kaufer Announce PennDOT ARLE Grant for Edwardsville Borough

Nanticoke, February 26, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) announced today that Edwardsville Borough has received an Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) for 2018. Edwardsville…
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Senator Yudichak, Representative Heffley Meet with Carbon County Commissioners for Update on Proposed Carbon Emergency Operation Center

Nesquehoning, February 23, 2018 – State Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon), State Representative Doyle Heffley (R – Carbon), Carbon County Commissioners Wayne Nothstein (R - Chairman), Tom Gerhard (R- Vice Chairman), William O’Gurek (D), and Carbon County Emergency Management…
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Senator Yudichak Announces 2018 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Outreach Schedule

Nanticoke, February 21, 2018 — State Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) hosted residents at the Rose Tucker Senior Center today in Nanticoke for an outreach event to help local seniors apply for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. “Property taxes…
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Media Advisory: Senator Yudichak Announces 2018 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Outreach Event

Nanticoke — February 20, 2018 — Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) will host an outreach event to help local seniors apply for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.  The Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and over; widows…
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Senator Yudichak and Senator Baker Host Roundtable on Lead Exposure and Lead Testing

Wilkes-Barre, February 13, 2018 — Senator John Yudichak (D-14) and Senator Lisa Baker (R-20), joined by members of the Senate Lead Task Force, hosted a roundtable on lead exposure, lead testing, and lead abatement policies in Pennsylvania. The roundtable featured…
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Senator Yudichak Announces Over $800,000 in Multimodal Funding for Luzerne County Projects

Nanticoke, February 8, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that two projects in Luzerne County will receive over $800,000 in grant funding through the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund. Hazle Township will receive $558,435 in funding for improvements…
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Senator Yudichak Legislation on Performance Review of Environmental Permitting Programs Approved by Senate

Harrisburg, February 6, 2018 — Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced that Senate Resolution 226 was adopted by the Senate today.   The resolution requires the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) to conduct a comprehensive performance evaluation of two of the…
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Senator Yudichak Issues Statement on Governor Wolf Budget Proposal

Harrisburg, February 6, 2018 — Senator John Yudichak (D- Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement on the Governor’s proposed 2018-19 state budget: “As budget discussions commence, I plan to work to ensure that investments in education and economic development programs are…
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Penn State Hazleton Receives Three-Year $150,000 Funding Grant from Invent Penn State Program

Harrisburg, February 5, 2018 – Penn State University President Eric J. Barron announced today that the Invent Penn State program has awarded Penn State Hazleton a three-year $150,000 grant through its Commonwealth Campus Seed Funding Program. The funding will inject…
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Senator Yudichak and Representatives Mullery and Toohil Announce Over $11 Million Dollars in Funding from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority

Jim Thorpe, January 31, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon), State Representative Gerald Mullery (D – Luzerne), and State Representative Tarah Toohil (R – Luzerne) announced today that the Greater Hazleton Joint Sewer Authority (GHJSA) will receive…
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Heffley and Yudichak Announce Over $285,000 in Grants to Emergency Responders in Carbon County

HARRISBURG – January 30, 2018 – Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) today announced that over $285,000 in funding has been awarded to 25 fire and emergency services organizations in Carbon County. The funding is part of an…
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Senator Yudichak Legislation on Performance Review of Environmental Permitting Programs Approved by Senate Committee

Harrisburg, January 30, 2018 — Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced that Senate Resolution 226 was approved unanimously by the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee today.  The resolution requires the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) to conduct a comprehensive…
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Senate Committee Approves Bipartisan Legislation on Prison Closings

HARRISBURG – January 29, 2018  – Today, the Senate State Government Committee unanimously approved bipartisan legislation reforming possible state prison closures in Pennsylvania. On January 6, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections publicly announced the closures of two of five…
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Senator Yudichak Hosts Press Conference to Commemorate the One Year Anniversary of Governor Wolf Announcing Three Northeastern Pennsylvania Prisons Would Remain Open

Nanticoke, January 25, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) hosted a press conference today at Morris Family Restaurant commemorating the one-year anniversary of Governor Tom Wolf announcing that three northeastern Pennsylvania prisons (SCI-Retreat, SCI- Frackville, and SCI-Waymart) would remain…
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Media Advisory: Sen. Yudichak to Host a Press Conference on the Fight for Family Sustaining Jobs

January 24, 2017 – Senator Yudichak will host “The Fight for Family Sustaining Jobs” press conference with Representative Gerald Mullery (D-119) to recognize the work of community leaders and PA DOC employees who rallied to save three northeastern Pennsylvania prisons (SCI- Retreat,…
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Senator Yudichak and Representative Heffley Announce Over $700,000 in Funding for the Commonwealth Financing Authority

Jim Thorpe, January 23, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced today that nine Carbon County projects will receive $797,458 in funding through the Monroe County Local Share Account from the Commonwealth Financing…
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Senator Yudichak and Representative Mullery Announce Exit 2 Opening of the South Valley Parkway

Nanticoke, January 22, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and Representative Gerald Mullery (D-119) announced the opening of Exit 2 of the South Valley Parkway today. “The opening of Exit 2 of the South Valley Parkway represents a significant…
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Senator Yudichak Celebrates the Grand Opening of the Hanover Township Fire Headquarters

HANOVER TOWNSHIP, January 20, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) joined state, local, and federal officials at the grand opening of the $3 million Hanover Township Fire Headquarters today.
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Senator Yudichak’s Statement on Northpoint Development securing Adidas and Patagonia as tenants at the Hanover Ridge Trade Center

Harrisburg, January 11, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement today in response to the news that Northpoint Development has secured Adidas and Patagonia as new tenants at the Hanover Ridge Trade Center: “The announcement that…
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Senator Yudichak Announces $1.5 Million in State Grant Funding for Wilkes University and King’s College

Harrisburg, December 22, 2017 — Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that over $1.5 million in state grant funding has been awarded to Wilkes University and King’s College.  Wilkes University will receive $1 million to upgrade their pharmacy facilities to…
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Senator Yudichak and Representative Heffley Announce State Grant Funding for the Carbon County Emergency Operations and Training Center

Harrisburg, December 22, 2017 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced today that the Carbon County Emergency Operations and Training Center has received $250,000 in state grant funding. The funds will be used to…
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Senator Yudichak and Representative Heffley Announce Growing Greener Grant for The Carbon County Conservation District

Jim Thorpe, December 7, 2017 —  State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced today that the Carbon County Conservation District has received a $215,000 Growing Greener grant from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The…
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Senator Yudichak Highlights DCNR Grants for Summit Hill Borough and Wildlands Conservancy, Inc.

Jim Thorpe, December 6, 2017 — Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the following grants have been awarded in Carbon County through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program: Summit Hill Borough has received $58,600…
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Senator Yudichak Highlights Importance of DCNR Grants for Luzerne County

 Nanticoke, December 6, 2017 — Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that over $1.3 million in grant funding from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has been awarded in Luzerne County:  Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Inc.…
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Senator Yudichak Hosts Healthcare Enrollment Session

Nanticoke, December 5, 2017 —  State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) joined the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus in hosting a healthcare enrollment session at the Luzerne County Community College’s (LCCC’s) Education Conference Center in Nanticoke. The enrollment period for Pennsylvanians looking…
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Senator Yudichak, Representative Pashinski and Mayor Tony George Announce Disaster Recovery Funding for Solomon Creek

Wilkes-Barre, PA — November 28, 2017 — Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon), Representative Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne County) and City of Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George announced today that the City of Wilkes-Barre will receive over $2.3 million in funding from the…
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Senator Yudichak Announces Safe Schools Grants for Carbon County

Harrisburg, November 17, 2017 — Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that two school districts in Carbon County have received Safe Schools Grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Weatherly Area School District has been awarded a Safe Schools…
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Senator Yudichak Announces Safe Schools Grants for Luzerne County

 Harrisburg, November 17, 2017— Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the following school districts in Luzerne County have received Safe Schools Grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE): Wilkes-Barre Area School District has received a Safe Schools Equipment…
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Senator Yudichak and Representative Heffley announce $350,000 in CFA Funding for Lehighton Borough

Harrisburg, November 14, 2017— State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced today that Lehighton Borough will receive $350,000 in funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority for improvements to Upper Park. Under the Act 13 Grant…
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Senator Yudichak Announces Multimodal Transportation Grants and Act 13 Grants for Luzerne County

Harrisburg, November 14, 2017— State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that eight projects in Luzerne County will receive more than $3.3 million in state funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund and the Act 13 Grant program. Under the state’s…
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Senator Yudichak Statement on Proposed Changes Being Considered by the Penn State Board of Trustees

Harrisburg, November 9, 2017 — Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement today on proposed changes to the Pennsylvania State University charter and bylaws that could prevent Penn State Board of Trustees members from recovering legal fees when…
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Senator Yudichak, Representative Pashinski, and Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George’s Statements on Berkshire Hathaway Guard Acquiring Wilkes-Barre Center Building

Wilkes-Barre, November 1, 2017 — Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon), Representative Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne County), and City of Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George released the following statements in response to the news that Berkshire Hathaway Guard Insurance Company will be…
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Senator Yudichak Hosts Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee Public Hearing on Lead Exposure and Mitigation

PITTSTON, October 30, 2017– The state Senate Environmental Resources & Energy (ERE) Committee held a public hearing today in Pittston on lead exposure and mitigation in Pennsylvania. Testifiers at the hearing offered a regional perspective on lead policy in Northeastern…
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Media Advisory: Senator Yudichak to Host Public Hearing on Lead Exposure and Mitigation

PITTSTON, October 27, 2017 − State Senator John Yudichak (D-14) will host a public hearing on lead exposure and mitigation in Pittston with the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. The hearing will be held on Monday, October 30, 2017…
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Democratic Senators to Gov. Wolf and General Assembly: Make Rebuilding Manufacturing a Priority

Op-ed by state Sen. John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne), Sen. Vincent J. Hughes (D-Philadelphia), Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) October 23, 2017 − National Manufacturing Day is the first Friday in October.  While noting the importance of manufacturing on this one day…
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City of Hazleton to Provide Police Coverage to Banks Township

Hazleton, October 23, 2017 —  Hazleton Mayor Jeff Cusat today announced a municipal agreement between Banks Township and the city of Hazleton for the Hazleton Police Department to provide police coverage to Banks Township. “Today’s announcement shows that the spirit of…
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Senator Yudichak Lauds Passage of Administrative Code

HARRISBURG, October 19, 2017 — Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) lauded passage of House Bill 118, an omnibus Administrative Code bill that will now go to Governor Wolf for his signature. House Bill 118 includes language that requires the Department…
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Area Lawmakers Host Luzerne County Senior Expo

Kingston, October 12, 2017 − Senator John Yudichak (D-14), Senator Lisa Baker (R-20), Representative Aaron Kaufer (R-120), and Representative Gerald Mullery (D-119) hosted the 2017 Luzerne County Senior Expo at the Kingston Armory today.  
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Hughes, Yudichak, Brewster Sponsor Three-Pronged Manufacturing Initiative

Harrisburg – October 11, 2017 – A new legislative initiative designed to spur manufacturing and job creation should be a priority for Senate consideration, according to Sens. Vincent J. Hughes (D-Philadelphia), John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne) and James R. Brewster (D-Allegheny),…
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Senator Yudichak Announces Grant for Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation

NANTICOKE, September 13, 2017 − Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR) has received a $390,000 federal grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). With the funding, EPCAMR…
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Senator Yudichak Issues Statement on PA Attorney General Narcotics Investigation

WILKES-BARRE, August 11, 2017 − Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) commended the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and other law enforcement officials as Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the arrest of 14 people on charges stemming from a $1 million heroin and…
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Senator Yudichak and Representative Toohil Issue Joint Statement on City of Hazleton Financial Distress Filing

NANTICOKE, August 9, 2017 − Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement regarding Mayor Jeff Cusat’s request to place the City of Hazleton in Pennsylvania’s Act 47 Program for financially distressed communities. “No community wants to join the fraternity of…
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Senator Yudichak Announces Education Grants in Luzerne County

NANTICOKE, August 4, 2017 – Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the Pennsylvania Department of Education (“DOE”) awarded a series of education grants in Luzerne County including a $306,000 Pre-K Counts grant to the Luzerne Intermediate Unit (“LIU”) as well…
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Carbon County Council of Governments Announces First Equipment Purchase and Successful Training Session

PARRYVILLE, August 8, 2017 – The Carbon County Council of Governments (“CCCOG”) announced today the purchase of an Asphalt Zipper and a successful training session on the equipment for the members’ municipal workers. The training session took place at the…
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Yudichak Announces Pre-K Counts Grant for Lehighton Area School District

HARRISBURG, August 3, 2017 – Senator John T. Yudichak (Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the Lehighton Area School District was awarded a $170,000 Pre-Kindergarten (“Pre-K”) Counts grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to support Pre-K education. “The implementation of a…
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Senator Yudichak and Corrections Officers Union Call on General Assembly to Approve Comprehensive Prison Closure Reform

NANTICOKE, August 2, 2017 — Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) urged the General Assembly to approve reforms of Pennsylvania’s prison closure process as quickly as possible. Last week, the Senate passed House Bill 118, an omnibus Administrative Code bill, that…
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Senator John Yudichak Comments on a Natural Gas Severance Tax

Harrisburg, July 26, 2017—Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon), Democratic Chairman of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, issued the following statement after an amendment establishing a natural gas severance tax was adopted by the Senate Appropriations Committee tonight.    …
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Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority Launches Regional Stormwater Management Project

WILKES-BARRE, July 18, 2017 — On the banks of the Susquehanna River, the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority (“WVSA”) launched an innovative regional stormwater management project that could be a springboard for other cooperative efforts between the region’s municipalities. Senator John…
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Senator John Yudichak Releases Statement on Welfare Reform Bill

HARRISBURG, July 10, 2017 — The Pennsylvania Senate approved a welfare reform bill (“SB 6”) this afternoon intended to deter fraud and preserve government benefits for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and the working poor. Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) co-sponsored…
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Senator John Yudichak Announces $1 Million Award for Demolition of Coxton Bridge

WILKES-BARRE, June 28, 2017 — Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced that the Department of Community and Economic Development (“DCED”) has awarded $1 million to finance the demolition of the Coxton Bridge. The funds will be provided through the 2013…
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Senator Yudichak Statement on Auditor General’s Performance Audit of Penn State

Harrisburg, June 22, 2017— Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement after Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released a performance audit report on Penn State University: “As a graduate of Penn State, I have long advocated for governance reforms…
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Senator Yudichak Comments on Legislative Activity on Pennsylvania’s Recycling Program

Harrisburg, June 13, 2017 — Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement regarding the public hearing held today by the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution and Conservation Committee on Act 101 of 1988, which established Pennsylvania’s recycling…
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Senator Baker and Senator Yudichak React to Federal Denial for Disaster Declaration Request

Harrisburg, June 13, 2017 — State Senator Lisa Baker (R-20th district) and State Senator John Yudichak (D-14th District) issued a joint statement following today’s announcement that the Commonwealth’s appeal for a federal disaster declaration for the financially crippling snowstorm that…
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Senator Yudichak Statement on Governor Wolf Signing Pension Reform Bill into Law

Harrisburg, June 12, 2017 — Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement after Governor Tom Wolf signed pension reform (SB 1) into law: “Pennsylvania took an important first-step today to curtail escalating pension liabilities and demonstrated that Republicans…
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Senate Approves Resolution Creating Task Force to Investigate Threat of Lead Exposure in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, June 6, 2017 — Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced that Senate Resolution 33 (SR 33) — which creates a bipartisan task force to investigate the scope of Pennsylvania’s lead exposure problem — was approved unanimously by the full…
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Senator Yudichak Announces Support for Pension Reform Bill

Harrisburg, June 5, 2017 — Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon), long an advocate of pension reform, voted in favor of the Senate’s pension reform bill (SB 1) because it responsibly protects the retirement security of state employees, while reducing the…
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Senator Yudichak Legislation Extending Environmental Cleanup Programs Approved by Senate Committee

HARRISBURG, May 22, 2017 — The Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee today unanimously approved legislation authored by State Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon), Senate Bill 649, which extends expiring environmental cleanup programs. Senate Bill 649 amends the Storage…
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Senator John Yudichak Attends Groundbreaking Ceremony for Wilkes University Streetscape Improvement Project

WILKES-BARRE, May 22,  2017 — Wilkes University marked the beginning of a $1.5 million streetscape improvement project in downtown Wilkes-Barre this morning. Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) joined Dr. Patrick Leahy, President of Wilkes University, Mayor Anthony George and other…
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Senator Yudichak Announces Early Intervention Grant for City of Wilkes-Barre

Wilkes-Barre, May 15, 2017 — Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the Department of Community and Economic Development (“DCED”) awarded the City of Wilkes-Barre a $200,000 Early Intervention Program (“EIP”) grant that will fund Phase-II of the city’s…
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Senator Yudichak Commemorates Start of Ginder Field Rehabilitation Project in Summit Hill

Summit Hill, April 29, 2017 — Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) commemorated the start of the Phillip Ginder Field Rehabilitation Project during a groundbreaking ceremony this morning in Summit Hill, Carbon County. Phase I and II of the project received $80,000…
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Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Approves Resolution Creating Task Force to Investigate Threat of Lead Exposure in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, April 25, 2017— Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced that Senate Resolution 33 (SR 33)—which would create a bipartisan task force to investigate the scope of Pennsylvania’s lead exposure problem—was approved unanimously today by the Senate Environmental Resources and…
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State Senator John Yudichak: Keep Pennsylvania Growing Greener

Op-Ed by State Senator John Yudichak Since its creation in 1999, Pennsylvania’s Growing Greener program has funded hundreds of local parks and trail projects, conserved more than 80,000 acres of threatened open space, and restored hundreds of miles of streams…
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Yudichak Announces Environmental Education Grants

Nanticoke, April 21, 2017 – State Senator John T. Yudichak (Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) awarded two grants—one each in Carbon and Luzerne counties— through the Environmental Education Grant Program. In total, DEP awarded $6,000…
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Newport Township Breaks Ground on Lower South Valley Co-Op Equipment Facility

Newport Township, April 12, 2017 — Newport Township broke ground today on its Public Works Co-Op facility that will house a variety of maintenance equipment and other vehicles that will also be shared by the Lower South Valley Council of…
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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Delaware and Lehigh Trail Pedestrian Bridge in Carbon County

JIM THORPE, April 5, 2017 — Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) participated in a groundbreaking ceremony today for a new pedestrian bridge along the Delaware & Lehigh (“D&L”) National Heritage Corridor Trail that will connect Jim Thorpe to the Weissport…
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Senator John Yudichak Announces Luzerne County Local Share Account Grants

HARRISBURG, March 29, 2017 — The Commonwealth Financing Authority (“CFA”) approved $5.7 million in grants today from the Local Share Account (“LSA”) in Luzerne County. The LSA funds will help finance critical economic development and infrastructure projects as well as…
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Yudichak and Heffley Announce over $800,000 in Funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority

JIM THORPE, March 29, 2016 – State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced today that seven Carbon County projects will receive $816,070 in funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority. “The state’s investment in these important…
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Senator John Yudichak Announces Small Water and Sewer Grants for Luzerne and Carbon Counties

HARRISBURG, March 29, 2017 — The Commonwealth Financing Authority (“CFA”) approved nearly $2 million in grants today through the Small Water and Sewer Grant Program for Luzerne and Carbon counties. The program funds projects that assist with the construction, improvement,…
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Senator Yudichak Applauds Lehigh Valley Health Network Investment in Hazleton

Harrisburg, March 21, 2017 — The Lehigh Valley Health Network announced today a major investment at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton that will significantly expand the hospital’s facilities in downtown Hazleton as well as its regional operations to better transition its healthcare…
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Senator Yudichak Concerned Budget Cuts to EPA Will Harm Pennsylvania

Nanticoke, March 17, 2017 — State Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement in response to President Donald J. Trump’s budget that proposes significant cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”): "Every Pennsylvanian's fundamental right to clean air…
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Senator Yudichak Calls for Creation of Task Force to Investigate Threat of Lead Exposure in PA

Nanticoke, February 28, 2017— Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and other lawmakers will soon re-introduce a resolution (SR 33) that creates a bipartisan task force to investigate the scope of Pennsylvania’s lead exposure problem and recommend changes to existing laws,…
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Senator Yudichak Announces 2017 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Outreach Schedule

West Pittston, February 22, 2017 − State Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) held an outreach event at the Garden Village Apartments in West Pittston today to help local seniors apply for the Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. "All Pennsylvanians deserve property tax…
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Senator Yudichak Statement on State Permit Approvals for Mariner East 2 Pipeline Project

Nanticoke, February 14, 2017 – Following yesterday’s approval of water quality and erosion and sediment control permits issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for the Mariner East 2 pipeline project, State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) today issued the…
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Senator Yudichak Issues Statement on Governor Wolf Budget Proposal

Harrisburg, February 7, 2017 — Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement after Governor Tom Wolf’s 2017-2018 Budget Address today: “Pennsylvania must grapple with a structural deficit that is $3 billion and Governor Wolf has proposed a budget that…
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Senator Yudichak and Community Leaders Commemorate Opening of Luzerne County SHINE Center at Lee Park Elementary School

Hanover Township, February 2, 2017 — Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and other community leaders including Wilkes University President Dr. Patrick F. Leahy and Hanover Area Superintendent Andrew Kuhl commemorated the opening of the newest Luzerne County SHINE center, Lee Park…
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Yudichak, Toohil Announce $2.5 Million in Funding to Upgrade Local Filtration Plant

Harrisburg, January 27, 2017 − State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) announced a $2.5 million low-interest state loan for the Hazleton City Authority to upgrade its filtration plant. “With this funding, the Hazleton City Authority…
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SCI-Retreat Survives Department of Corrections Closure Plan

NANTICOKE, January 26, 2017—The Department of Corrections issued a brief press statement today announcing that SCI-Retreat in Newport Township will remain open and the prison's nearly four hundred jobs will be spared. In early January, the Department of Corrections (“DOC”)…
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Yudichak and Mullery Spearhead Harrisburg Rally Against Prison Closing Plan

Harrisburg, January 23, 2017 – Numerous state lawmakers today joined prison workers today at a Capitol rally to protest the state Department of Corrections’ plan to close two prisons by July 1. The department is expected to announce which prisons…
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Community Leaders Testify Before Joint Senate Committee on Potential Closure of Two State Prisons

Harrisburg, January 23, 2017 − State Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Gerald Mullery (D-Newport Township) were joined by other northeastern Pennsylvania public officials today in Harrisburg for a public hearing—convened by the Senate’s Policy and Judiciary committees—on the…
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Senate Democrats Question State Prison Closings

Harrisburg – January 18, 2016 – Opposed to the potential closure of correctional institutions across Pennsylvania, Sens. Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny), John Blake (D-Lackawanna) and John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) have spearheaded local meetings to examine the impact of facility closures to the…
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State Senator John Yudichak and Representative Mullery Highlight Prison Closure Impact Upon Greater Nanticoke School District

Nanticoke, January 13, 2017 − State Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Gerald Mullery (D-Newport Township) hosted a meeting today at the Greater Nanticoke Area High School to discuss the devastating impact a potential closure of SCI-Retreat could have…
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Northeastern Pennsylvania Delegation Visits SCI-Retreat and Meets with Prison Staff and Employees

NANTICOKE, January 10, 2017 — State Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and the entire Northeastern Pennsylvania delegation visited State Correctional Institute at Retreat (“SCI-Retreat”) today and met with the prison’s senior leadership as well as prison employees to discuss the…
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Senator Yudichak Announces American Paper Bag, LLC Headquarters in Sugar Notch Borough

NANTICOKE, January 10, 2017 – State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that American Paper Bag LLC will base its corporate headquarters and a manufacturing facility in Sugar Notch Borough located in Luzerne County. “The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber along with local and…
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Senator Yudichak Announces $1 Million Transportation Alternative Program Grant for Wilkes University

NANTICOKE, January 10, 2016 — Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Carbon/Luzerne) announced today that Wilkes University will receive $1 million from the Transportation Alternative Program (“TAP”) administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (“PennDOT”). The grant funds will be used to upgrade…
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Yudichak and Mullery Call for Public Hearings on State Prison Closure Plan

NANTICOKE, January 10, 2017 − State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Gerald Mullery met with SCI-Retreat corrections officers at an informational meeting hosted by the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officer Association (PSCOA).  The meeting followed a conference call the legislators…
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State Senator John Yudichak and Representative Gerald Mullery Call for Public Hearings on State Prison Closure Plan

NANTICOKE, January 9, 2016 — State Senator John Yudichak and State Representative Gerald Mullery reiterated their opposition to the potential closure of the State Correctional Institute at Retreat.  On a conference call Monday morning with the Department of Corrections, both…
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Senator John Yudichak Opposes Premature Prison Closure Plan

NANTICOKE – January 6, 2017 − Senator John T. Yudichak, (D-Luzerne/Carbon), strongly condemned a proposal made today by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to close two state correctional facilities and displace over one thousand state workers. Five state prisons are under…
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Yudichak Announces Recreation Grants for Luzerne and Carbon Counties

NANTICOKE, December 13, 2016: State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that more than $2.5 million in Community Conservation Partnership Program grants were awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to communities in the 14th Senatorial district.…
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Yudichak Announces Luzerne County Multimodal Transportation Funds

NANTICOKE, December 6, 2016 – State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that six projects in Luzerne County will receive close to $2 million in state funding through the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund Program. “As a supporter of the legislation…
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Yudichak and Heffley Announce Multimodal Transportation Funding for Carbon County Emergency Operations and Training Center Project

NANTICOKE, December 6, 2016 – Carbon County will receive $272,304 in state funding for improvements to the access road that will lead to the Carbon County Emergency Operations and Training Center, State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Rep. Doyle Heffley…
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Yudichak and Heffley Announce $1 Million in State Grant Funding for the Borough of Weatherly

JIM THORPE, November 23, 2016 – State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced today that the Borough of Weatherly will receive $1 million in state grant funding. The funding will be used to revitalize the…
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Yudichak Announces $2.5 million in State Grant Funding for Hazleton Altamont Redevelopment Project

HAZLETON, November 23, 2016: State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that Hazleton Partners will receive $2.5 million in state grant funding for the Historic Altamont Redevelopment project. “I am pleased to help secure this funding which will continue the…
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Plains Township and Mohegan Sun Pocono Reach Agreement Amidst Delays in Local Share Fix

WILKES-BARRE – November 10, 2016 – State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Mike Carroll (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne) are pleased to announce an agreement between Mohegan Sun Pocono and Plains Township officials to continue the local share distribution payments to the host…
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Yudichak Applauds New State Program to Improve Access to Low-Cost Natural Gas

Harrisburg – November 1, 2016 – A new state program designed to provide funding for infrastructure access to low-cost natural gas is now open and applications for the program are being accepted by businesses, manufacturers, municipalities and economic development organizations,…
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Senator Yudichak and Rep. Mullery Participate in Newport Township Press Conference

Nanticoke, November 1, 2016 –  State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Rep. Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne) joined Newport Township officials and the Earth Conservancy today to announce new efforts aimed at stopping the illegal dumping and vandalism on Earth Conservancy…
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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,…
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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…
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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:…
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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…
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Senator Yudichak Statement on Local Share Assessment Ruling

Nanticoke, September 29, 2016 – Following the state Supreme Court’s ruling that portions of the local share assessment are unconstitutional, State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) today issued the following the statement: “The recent state Supreme Court decision deeming local share…
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Senator Yudichak Comments on Act 13 Decision

Nanticoke, September 29, 2016 − State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement on yesterday’s state Supreme Court decision that struck down parts of Act 13 of 2012, regarding oil and gas drilling. “I applaud the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s…
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Committee Approves Yudichak Bill that Protects Emergency Responders on State Game Lands

Harrisburg, September 26, 2016 – The state Senate Committee on Labor and Industry today unanimously approved Sen. John Yudichak’s (D-Luzerne/Carbon) legislation that would provide state coverage of workers’ compensation benefits to municipal first responders who suffer injuries while providing help…
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Vietnam Veterans Recognized in Walk of Honor Ceremony

Nanticoke, September 24, 2016 – State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) joined other state and local officials this morning at a special ceremony to honor more than sixty veterans of the Vietnam War and commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the War.…
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Senator Yudichak Issues Statement on 9/11 Anniversary

Nanticoke, September 11, 2016 − State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) today issued the following the statement on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attack: "On the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks that took thousands of innocent American…
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Luzerne County Small Business Loan Program: A Flood Recovery Success Story

West Pittston, September 9, 2016 – State Sen. John Yudichak joined state lawmakers, local officials and Wyoming Valley residents to mark the 5th anniversary of the 2011 flood recovery efforts that began in the aftermath of the devastation wrought by…
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Yudichak Veterans’ Bill Becomes Law

Wilkes-Barre, August 17, 2016 – State Sen. John Yudichak’s legislation exempting nonprofit veterans’ organizations from the realty transfer tax has been signed into law.
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Yudichak Comments on DBI Sale to Sterling Partners

Hazleton, August 5, 2016 - State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following the statement on the sale of Hazleton based DBI Services to Sterling Partners of Chicago. "I welcome Sterling Partners to northeastern Pennsylvania, and I look forward to…
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Yudichak Lauds Business Investment Bill in Budget Package

Wilkes-Barre, July 15, 2016 – Calling it a good way to boost the state’s economic growth, State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) today praised an item in the new budget that makes state grant and loan dollars available for shovel-ready business…
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PA Budget Includes Coal Refuse Energy and Reclamation Tax Credit to Help Create Jobs and Restore Mine Lands

Harrisburg, July 15, 2016 – The recently enacted Pennsylvania state budget includes the Coal Refuse Energy and Reclamation Tax Credit Program to assist companies who create jobs and help restore mine scarred land. For the first time in Pennsylvania history,…
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Luzerne County Legislative Delegation Announces $400,000 for SHINE After School Program

Harrisburg, July 13, 2016 – The Luzerne County Legislative Delegation today announced that the new state budget invests $400,000 in state funding in the SHINE After School Program of Luzerne County at Wilkes University. Luzerne County SHINE is an evidence…
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Bridge Opening Completes Coal Creek Flash Flood Recovery

Plymouth Township, July 5, 2016  − State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) was joined by federal, state and local officials this morning to cut the ribbon to open the Coal Street Bridge in Plymouth Township. The bridge was destroyed in a…
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Yudichak and Heffley announce Carbon County Multimodal Transportation Funds

  JIM THORPE, July 1, 2016 - State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) today announced that two Carbon County projects will receive over $700,000 in state funding through the state's Multimodal Transportation Fund Program. The…
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Yudichak and Heffley Announce $20,000 DCED Greenways, Recreation, and Trails grant for the Borough of Weatherly

JIM THORPE, July 1, 2016 - State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) today announced that the Borough of Weatherly will receive $20,000 in state funding from the Department of Community and Economic Development Act 13…
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Yudichak and Heffley announce over $500,000 in Monroe County Local Share Account grants for Carbon County

JIM THORPE, July 1, 2016 – State Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Doyle Hefley (R – Carbon) today announced that six Carbon County projects will receive $528,000 in state funding through the Monroe County Local Share…
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Yudichak Announces Act 13 Grants

NANTICOKE, July 1, 2016 – State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) today announced that six Luzerne County projects in the 14th Senatorial District will receive nearly $700,000 in state grants from two different programs under Act 13. “The Marcellus Legacy Fund was…
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Yudichak: LSA Grants Fund Job Creation, Economic Development, Public Safety Projects

Nanticoke, July 1, 2016 − State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) today announced that thirty-nine Luzerne County projects in the 14th Senatorial District will receive more than $7 million in state funding through the Luzerne County Local Share Account (LSA). “Critical…
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Yudichak Announces Luzerne County Multimodal Transportation Funds

NANTICOKE, July 1, 2016 – State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) today announced that six Luzerne County projects in the 14th Senatorial District will receive more than $3.9 million in state funding through the state's Multimodal Transportation Fund Program. The Multimodal…
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Senator Yudichak, Rep. Pashinski, & Rep. Carrroll Announce Growing Greener Grant for Earth Conservancy Project

Nanticoke, June 21, 2016 – State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon), Representative Eddie Day Pashinski (D-121st) and Representative Mike Carroll (D-118th) today announced a $50,000 Growing Greener grant for the Earth Conservancy to reclaim the Laurel Run Corporation surface mine in…
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Sen. Yudichak Credits Penn State for Wilkes-Barre Investment

Harrisburg, June 20, 2016 - State Sen. John Yudichak released the following statement after Penn State University announced that they will double the number of the entrepreneurship centers across the state under the University's "Invent Penn State" grant program: "The…
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Sen. Yudichak Congratulates Cosgrove on Commonwealth Court Nomination

Harrisburg, June 13, 2016 – State Sen. John Yudichak today provided the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s nomination of Luzerne County attorney Joseph Cosgrove to the state Commonwealth Court: "I applaud Governor Wolf, Senate Majority Leader Jake…
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Yudichak to Host Telephone Town Hall on June 7

Harrisburg - June 3, 2016 - State Sen. John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) will be hosting a live telephone town hall on Tuesday June 7 at 6:05 p.m. "The telephone town hall is an excellent way for taxpayers to express their…
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Sen. Yudichak Comments on Resignation of State’s DEP Secretary

Harrisburg, May 20, 2016– State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) provided the following statement in response to today’s resignation of John Quigley, who served as secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP): "Governor Wolf made a quick and appropriate…
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Carbon/Schuylkill & Luzerne Counties SHINE Programs Selected to Join National STEM Learning Initiative

Baltimore, MD, May 19, 2016 - The STEM Funders Network (SFN) announced today that the Carbon/Schuylkill and Luzerne County SHINE programs have been selected as one of the 10 STEM Learning Ecosystems to join the STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative, a…
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Senator Yudichak and Rep. Toohil Announce $500,000 Grant for Downtown Hazleton Arts Center

Hazleton, May 16, 2016– State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and Representative Tarah Toohil (R-116th) have announced The Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress has been awarded a $500,000 Keystone Communities Grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development. The City of…
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Carbon County Safety Day 2016 Honors Junior Firefighters and Youth Volunteers

Jim Thorpe, May 7, 2016 - For the fourth consecutive year Carbon County Safety Day has kicked off the summer season promoting safety and offering area families a free day of fun at Mauch Chunk Lake Park. The event is hosted…
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Senator Yudichak and Rep. Mullery Announce Growing Greener Grant for Earth Conservancy Project

Nanticoke, May 6, 2016 – State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and Representative Gerald Mullery (D-119th) today announced a $734,600 Growing Greener grant for the Earth Conservancy Bliss Bank Project in Nanticoke. The money will be used for Bliss Bank Phase…
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Statement from Senator Yudichak on Route 93 Traffic Safety Problems

Jim Thorpe, April 14, 2016- State Senator John Yudichak issued the following statement this afternoon after a meeting to address the traffic safety problems on Route 93 in Nesquehoning. "Every Carbon County resident who raised concerns about the serious traffic…
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Statement From Senator Yudichak on the Acquisition of Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corporation by REV Group

Harrisburg, April 11, 2016 − Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following the statement after learning of the pending acquisition of Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corporation by REV Group, Inc. "I want to extend a warm Carbon County welcome to REV…
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SHINE of Luzerne County Opens in Hazleton

Hazleton, April 7, 2016 - Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11th), state Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon), and Wilkes University President Patrick Leahy have formally opened the SHINE of Luzerne County after-school program in the Hazleton Area School District. Students participating in the program, district…
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Democratic Senators Call for Statewide Task Force, More Testing to Determine Extent of PA’s Lead Problem

HARRISBURG, March 23, 2016 – With 18 Pennsylvania cities testing higher than Flint, Mich., for elevated blood lead levels, and a growing chorus of evidence indicating a worsening statewide lead problem, Sen. Democratic Appropriations Committee Chairman Vince Hughes, several of…
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Yudichak Pleased with the Release of Funding for Schools

Harrisburg, March 23, 2016 – Following Governor Wolf’s announcement today regarding the 2015-2016 supplemental budget bill, Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) released the following statement: “I am pleased that much-needed funding will finally be delivered to schools and other important state…
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Statement from Senator John Yudichak on the Passing of James Barrett McNulty

Nanticoke, March 2, 2016- The following statement was issued this afternoon by Senator John Yudichak after learning of the death of former Scranton Mayor James Barrett McNulty. "Jim McNulty was a consummate political leader whose service as Mayor of Scranton…
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Sen. Yudichak Discusses Environmental Issues with DEP Secretary

Harrisburg, February 25, 2016 – During today’s state Senate budget hearing, Sen. John Yudichak questioned Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary John Quigley on issues ranging from extinguishing the Jeansville Mine fire in Carbon County to what the agency is…
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Yudichak Announces 2016 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Outreach Schedule

Edwardsville, February 17, 2016 – State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) today hosted residents at the Temple Apartments in Edwardsville for an outreach event to help local seniors apply for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. “The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program…
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Sen. Yudichak Comments on Gov. Wolf’s Budget Proposal

Harrisburg, February 9, 2016 – State Sen. John Yudichak today provided the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s $32.7 billion fiscal 2016-17 budget proposal: "It is unacceptable that we begin discussions on a new fiscal year without having…
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Statement from Senator John Yudichak on the Passing of Tom Tigue

Nanticoke, February 1, 2016- The following statement was issued this afternoon by Senator Yudichak after learning of the death of his long time friend and colleague Tom Tigue. Senator Yudichak served along side former Representative Tigue for nearly a decade…
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Yudichak Announces Carbon County Recreation Grants

Jim Thorpe, January 26, 2016 –State Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon) today announced that two Carbon County municipalities will receive $90,000 in state grants through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program (CCPP). “Investments in recreation and conservation are important to…
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Yudichak Announces Recreation Grants for Luzerne County

Harrisburg, January 26, 2016 – State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) today announced over $700,000 in state grant funds for conservation/recreational projects in Luzerne County. “These state grant dollars will support worthy local initiatives that will enhance our region’s recreational offerings…
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Verizon Presents EITC Contribution to SHINE of Luzerne County

Wilkes-Barre, January 12, 2016- SHINE of Luzerne County has received $10,000 from Verizon as part of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC). The presentation was made during a ceremony at Wilkes-Barre Area's Heights Murray Elementary School by Frank Buzydlowski,…
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Carbon Schuylkill County SHINE Awarded Major Federal Grant

Wilkes-Barre, January 8, 2016 - Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11th), state Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon), and Lehigh Carbon Community College President Dr. Ann Bieber have announced a major federal grant for the Carbon and Schuylkill County SHINE (Schools and Homes in…
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SHINE of Luzerne County Secures Major Federal Grant

Wilkes-Barre, January 6, 2016 − Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11th), state Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon), and Wilkes University President Patrick Leahy have announced a major federal grant for the SHINE (Schools and Homes in Education) of Luzerne County after-school program. The grant totals…
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Yudichak Comments on Partial Budget Veto

Nanticoke, December 29, 2015 – State Sen. John Yudichak today provided the following comment in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to veto part of the state’s fiscal 2015-16 budget legislation: "The Administration is calling Republican budget action the height…
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Yudichak Points to State Police Job Openings

Wilkes-Barre, December 23, 2015 – State Sen. John Yudichak today reminded men and women interested in State Police careers that they have until December 31 to apply.
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