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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