Senator Yudichak Announces Keystone Communities Grants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Senator Yudichak Announces 2019 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Outreach Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

2019 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

These four events are open to the public:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Senator Yudichak and Senator Argall Announce $1.5 Million Loan for the Hazleton City Authority

Harrisburg, January 30, 2019 – State Senators John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon) and David Argall (R – Berks/Schuylkill) announced today that a loan in the amount of $1.5 million for the Hazleton City Authority has been approved by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) Board.

The project will rehabilitate several water storage tanks in Luzerne and Schuylkill counties, including interior and exterior painting, the installation of security measures, and the replacement of tank components. Several pump stations will be upgraded or increased in size to meet community water needs and a new fixed-base leak detection system will be acquired.

“PENNVEST investments in the public infrastructure of northeastern Pennsylvania will allow the Hazleton City Authority to improve the reliability and quality of water service to residents of the Greater Hazleton area,” said Senator John Yudichak.

“The deterioration of water tanks and other infrastructure can create a serious public health hazard,” Argall said. “The end result of these rehabilitation projects will be a safer, more efficient and reliable system to benefit community residents.”

The project is estimated to create 20 construction related jobs.

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Senator Yudichak Announces Community Outreach Dates in Pittston

Pittston, January 16, 2019 – In an effort to make constituent services more accessible, Senator John Yudichak (D -Luzerne/Carbon) will be hosting community outreach hours at various locations and dates in the Pittston area.

Staff from Senator Yudichak’s office will be at the following locations in January:

Tuesday, January 22, 2019: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Pittston Memorial Library
47 Broad Street
Pittston, PA 18640

Tuesday, January 29, 2019: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

West Pittston Library
200 Exeter Avenue
West Pittston, PA 18640

Constituents needing assistance with anything state government related can visit during these hours.

Please note that for those wanting to apply for property tax/rent rebates for the first time, those forms are not yet available from the Commonwealth. When those forms are made available, Senator Yudichak’s office will host separate outreach events and a schedule for those will be forthcoming.

In addition to hosting community outreach hours in Pittston, Senator Yudichak has two district offices in Nanticoke and Jim Thorpe. Those locations and hours are as follows:

164 South Market Street
Nanticoke, PA 18634
(570) 740-2434
8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday

1201 North Street, Suite 3
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
(570) 325-3274
8:30 a.m. –  4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday

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Democratic State Senators Seek Spark to Ignite Manufacturing Expansion

Brewster, Hughes, Yudichak to introduce comprehensive legislative package

HARRISBURG, January 11, 2019 – Three Democratic state senators today announced a comprehensive package of legislation aimed at sparking a rapid and sustained expansion of Pennsylvania’s manufacturing sector. 

State Sens. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland), Vincent J. Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) and John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) said they will sponsor legislation that would better focus state efforts to develop manufacturing opportunities and create jobs.   

“We need to focus our efforts and address all aspects of economic development, including manufacturing,” Hughes said.  “We have to do better coordinating our efforts, funding job training, purchasing new equipment and investing in communities in need.

“Manufacturing is a large and important part of our economy and it needs to continue to grow and develop. Our urban and rural areas are heavily dependent on this sector of our economy.”  

According to the Center for Manufacturing Research, 12 percent of Pennsylvania’s gross state product is directly related to manufacturing with more than 550,000 workers engaged.   Manufactured products account for $33 billion annually in exports. 

Yudichak’s legislation calls for the creation of a “Chief Manufacturing Officer” within the governor’s office and a “Manufacturing Competitiveness Board” to help craft an overall manufacturing strategy. 

“A chief manufacturing officer would serve as a strong advocate for manufacturing at the highest level of state government,” Yudichak said.  “The individual who serves in that position should be well-schooled in the development of manufacturing strategies, especially as it relates to rural areas.”

A key aspect of growing the manufacturing sector is having capital on hand to help businesses invest in new equipment and training.  Brewster’s legislation would channel up to $5 million in state grants for vocational technical schools, vocational programs and equipment purchases from the state’s Machinery and Equipment Loan Fund.   The proposal would increase the maximum loan amount from $5 million to $7.5 million and authorize loans to retrofit equipment. 

“This grant program is essential for vocational schools and small businesses,” Brewster said.  “The grants would allow schools to purchase state-of-the-art equipment to train a new generation of skilled workers.”

Over the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed, and 2 million are expected to go unfilled due to the skills gap, according to Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute.

Hughes’ legislation would expand the Manufacturing Tax Credit by lifting the credit cap to $12.5 million from its current $4 million.  A portion of the tax credit – up to $2.5 million – would be set aside for businesses in distressed communities.  It would also be used for disadvantaged, minority, women and veteran-owned businesses. 

Brewster said that the investment in manufacturing pays dividends for Pennsylvania’s workers.  The average annual compensation for manufacturing employees in Pennsylvania in 2016 was $72,151. The average statewide salary for non-manufacturing and nonfarm business in Pennsylvania in 2016 was $49,059, according to National Association of Manufactures – State Data. 

“We must have investments in manufacturing to ensure that Pennsylvania has a well-rounded and diverse economy,” Brewster said.  Brewster’s Senate district includes many areas dependent on heavy manufacturing operations in the Monongahela and Allegheny River valley’s in Allegheny and Westmorland Counties.

Yudichak, who is from Northeast Pennsylvania, has a diverse district that includes manufacturing operations in cities and rural areas.  He said it was critical that Pennsylvania policy stay current with national and international economics. 

“A small manufacturing business, often located in a rural area, produces products that are used in goods manufactured all over the world,” Yudichak said. 

The changing world economic landscape has altered how manufacturing is being developed and sustained in the United States.  In 2015, compared to urban areas, manufacturing represented a greater share of both private nonfarm rural jobs (14 percent vs. 7 percent) and rural earnings (21 percent vs. 11 percent) according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

While the legislation was also introduced last session, the Democratic senators said they are hopeful they can advance the legislative package this year.  They said will question state officials about their commitment to manufacturing during the upcoming budget hearings. 

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Senator Yudichak Begins Third Term in Pennsylvania Senate

Harrisburg, January 1, 2019 – State Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement today after taking the oath of office during the swearing in ceremony in the Pennsylvania Senate:

“With my four beautiful daughters at my side, it is a deeply humbling experience to take the oath of office for a third time in the Pennsylvania State Senate,” said Senator Yudichak.

“Over my two decades in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, I have accepted the oath of office as a solemn contract with the people of Pennsylvania and a clarion call to serve Carbon and Luzerne Counties to the very best of my abilities. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of the 14th Senate District.”

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Senator Yudichak Announces Growing Greener Grant for the Earth Conservancy’s Espy Run Stream Restoration Project

Nanticoke, December 20, 2018 – Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the Earth Conservancy has received a $500,000 Growing Greener grant to continue the Espy Run stream restoration project in Hanover Township.

“Pennsylvania’s Growing Greener program is vital to environmental organizations, like the Earth Conservancy, as they work to mitigate acid mine drainage into the Susquehanna River by improving tributaries, like Espy Run,” said Senator John Yudichak.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the grant will be used primarily to restore a 1,900-foot section of Espy Run. The work includes installing riparian forested buffers to help shade and partially protect the stream from the impact of adjacent land use. It also includes a stream bank stabilization to re-establish the channel and restore the flow that is currently being lost into the underground mines.

“Espy Run is one of the many streams in our region damaged by historic anthracite mining.  Earth Conservancy’s reconstruction of its channel will increase habitat, repair local hydrology, and reduce acid mine drainage entering the Nanticoke Creek,” said Mike Dziak, Earth Conservancy’s President and CEO. 

“This will improve the water quality of the Nanticoke Creek watershed and ultimately the Susquehanna River.  The Growing Greener program is so important for projects – like Espy Run – which seek to improve and protect Pennsylvania’s waterways.  We greatly appreciate the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s and Senator Yudichak’s support.” Dziak added.

The Growing Greener grant program is supported by the Environmental Stewardship Fund.

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Senator Yudichak, Representative Pashinski, and Mayor Anthony George Announce Early Intervention Program Grant for City of Wilkes-Barre

Wilkes-Barre, December 14, 2018 – Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon), Representative Eddie Day Pashinski (D – Luzerne), and City of Wilkes-Barre Mayor Anthony George announced today that the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has awarded the city of Wilkes-Barre a $200,000 Early Intervention Program (EIP) grant to be used for the continuation and implementation of the city’s multi-year financial plan.

The scope of the work for Phase III of the Early Intervention Program includes funding for a qualified consultant to complete a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategic 5 Year Plan and the purchase of necessary financial software.

“I am pleased that the Commonwealth, through DCED’s Early Intervention Program, remains committed to providing the necessary resources to assist the city of Wilkes-Barre in executing their long term financial recovery plan,” said Senator John Yudichak. “I will continue to work with Mayor Tony George, City Council and Representative Pashinski in advancing initiatives that will revitalize Wilkes-Barre.”

“I’m very appreciative of the continued support from Governor Tom Wolf and his administration for Wilkes-Barre in dealing with the challenges our city faces,” Representative Pashinski said. “Any support is appreciated as we continue to move forward toward the goals of the city’s multi-year financial plan.”

“As Mayor, and as a lifelong resident, I do not want the city to fall in distressed status. This grant is essential in restoring Wilkes-Barre’s financial health and to secure the city’s long-term growth,” said Mayor Anthony George. “I sincerely thank Governor Wolf, Senator Yudichak, Representative Eddie Day Pashinski and DCED for their support and commitment to the City of Wilkes-Barre.” 

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Senator Yudichak and Congressman Barletta Celebrate the Launch of Children’s Book – We Saved the Bees and the Butterflies!

Wilkes-Barre, December 13, 2018 – Today, State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon), Congressman Lou Barletta (PA – 11) and local author Caroline Jones celebrated the launch of their children’s book, We Saved the Bees and the Butterflies at the Barnes and Noble in downtown Wilkes-Barre.

The book focuses on two SHINE (Schools and Homes in Education) students being curious about the declining bee and butterfly populations. They embark on a project to save the bees and the butterflies, while learning about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). The book was published through a grant made by the Yudichak Family Lighthouse Fund of the Luzerne Foundation. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the SHINE afterschool programs in Carbon and Luzerne counties.

“It was a pleasure to collaborate with Congressman Barletta and Caroline Jones in writing a book that promotes STEAM based educational principles and benefits the SHINE afterschool program which has succeeded in bringing quality afterschool programming to northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Senator John Yudichak.

SHINE is a nationally recognized afterschool program operating in school districts in Carbon, Schuylkill and Luzerne counties. Senator Yudichak and Representative Barletta brought the SHINE program to Luzerne County in 2015.

“For years, Senator Yudichak and I have watched SHINE change the lives of children across Northeast Pennsylvania,” said Congressman Barletta. “It was a pleasure to work with both him and Caroline Jones on this book to teach students about the STEAM curriculum and promote the program that has helped so many children achieve their dreams. SHINE is a perfect example of what successful afterschool programming can do for children in the Commonwealth, and I am proud to have worked across the aisle with my colleagues in Congress and state lawmakers like Senator Yudichak to support it.”

Caroline Jones is a graduate of King’s College and the founder of the Read to Succeed Project, a program that promotes literacy and education.

“I had a great time collaborating with Senator Yudichak and Congressman Barletta on this book. Having a Democrat political leader and a Republican political leader work together for a meaningful cause is both refreshing and inspiring. Education isn’t a partisan issue; it’s an issue that should be important to everyone,” said Jones.

Joining Senator Yudichak, Congressman Barletta and Caroline Jones at today’s book launch were SHINE students and their families from the Heights-Murray Elementary SHINE Center. SHINE of Luzerne County operated eight SHINE centers, serving 570 students during the 2017-18 school year.

“Senator Yudichak and Congressman Barletta have been leaders in recognizing the importance of afterschool programs and we’re so grateful for their support of the SHINE program. This book is a fun way for children to learn STEAM skills, while also highlighting the SHINE program,” said Carol Nicholas, Director, SHINE of Luzerne County.

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Senator Yudichak and Representative Toohil Announce Aviation Grant for Hazleton Regional Airport

Hazleton, December 6, 2018 – State Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon) and Representative Tarah Toohil (R – Luzerne) announced today that the Hazleton Regional Airport has received $112,500 to acquire equipment to maintain their airfield.

“Transportation infrastructure investments have helped attract commerce to Luzerne County. Investing in the Hazleton Regional Airport will pay dividends for the Greater Hazleton area and our regional economy as a whole,” said Senator John Yudichak.

“The airport is a key component of our transportation infrastructure and its viability is critical to our region’s economic development efforts,” said Rep. Tarah Toohil. “I am pleased the airport was awarded this funding to upgrade its equipment.”

Twenty-six airports across the state will be receiving over $6 million in state funding. Included in the grants is $2.2 million in state funding from PennDOT’s Aviation Development Program, which comes from the state’s jet fuel tax, and $4 million from the Multimodal fund.

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Pennsylvania’s Bipartisan Nuclear Energy Caucus Releases Report Detailing Impacts of Losing the State’s Nuclear Industry and Provides Options for Taking Action in 2019

HARRISBURG, November 29, 2018 – Senators Ryan Aument (R-36) and John Yudichak (D-14) along with Representatives Becky Corbin (R-155) and Rob Matzie (D-16), who co-chair the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s bipartisan Nuclear Energy Caucus (NEC), today released the “Bicameral Nuclear Energy Caucus Report” detailing the nuclear energy industry’s contributions to Pennsylvania’s communities, economy, and environment. The report, which will be transmitted to all members of the General Assembly and to Governor Wolf, includes four options for the future of the state’s challenged industry, including the General Assembly taking action in 2019 to prevent the employment, economic, and environmental devastation associated with the premature closure of nuclear plants in the Commonwealth.

Nuclear Energy Caucus Releases Report Acknowledging the announced premature closures of Three Mile Island in 2019 and Beaver Valley in 2021, one-fourth of Pennsylvania’s nuclear power, Senator Aument said: “As state lawmakers, we take seriously our obligations to set energy policies that help promote Pennsylvania’s economy and protect our environment. The loss of these plants would be a devastating and permanent blow to Pennsylvania’s communities, economy, and environment so we took a hard look at what could and should be done to prevent this, and future, devastation.”

Since its formation in March 2017, the Nuclear Energy Caucus – the first of its kind anywhere in the nation – has tried to better understand the underlying causes of nuclear plant premature retirements, and to determine if these announced closures were an anomaly or a symptom of a larger problem for Pennsylvania’s nuclear industry. After hosting educational meetings throughout the 2017-2018 Legislative Session to hear expert testimony on topics ranging from clean energy to national security, the Nuclear Energy Caucus (NEC) found that Pennsylvania’s five nuclear plants provide numerous benefits, including:

  • Providing nearly 40% of the Commonwealth’s total electricity production and just over 93% of Pennsylvania’s zero-emissions energy
  • Supporting 16,000 jobs in Pennsylvania and contributing more than $2 billion annually to the Commonwealth’s economy
  • Moderating electricity prices, benefitting Pennsylvania customers by an estimated $788 million per year in the form of lower bills
  • Improving air quality by preventing substantial emissions of C02, S02, and particulate matter
  • Ensuring grid resilience and reliability by providing energy to the grid 24/7

“Promoting and preserving the numerous, important benefits provided to our citizens by the state’s nuclear industry is precisely the reason the Nuclear Energy Caucus was created,” said Representative Matzie.

The NEC also sought to understand the employment, economic, and environmental impacts associated with the premature closures and determine if there are any actions the General Assembly or the Commonwealth should be undertaking to prevent the premature closure of the state’s nuclear plants. Understanding the continued inaction by Congress, the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC), and regional grid operators such as PJM, states like New York, Illinois, Connecticut, and New Jersey took direct action to prevent the devastating economic, environmental, and consumer impacts associated with losing their state’s nuclear industry.

According to the report, the current federal, regional, and state landscape leaves Pennsylvania with four options to determine the future of Pennsylvania’s nuclear industry:

  1. Do nothing and leave Pennsylvania’s clean energy resources, including its nuclear plants, on a trajectory to early retirement – effectively allowing PJM to dictate the mix of resources serving Pennsylvania.
  2. Modify AEPS (or establish a ZEC program) to put nuclear generation on equal footing with other zero-emission electric generation resources in Pennsylvania.
  3. Modify AEPS (or establish a ZEC program) with a “safety valve” mechanism that (depending on the outcome of the FERC proceeding) would allow Pennsylvania to adopt a new capacity construct proposed by FERC that is designed to accommodate state programs to support preferred generation resources.
  4. Establish a Pennsylvania carbon pricing program.

“It’s clear to me that only some of the report’s options are viable for preventing irreversible harm to Pennsylvania’s communities, economy, and environment associated with losing nuclear power plants. Pennsylvania lawmakers will have to act soon if we want to protect our consumers and the nuclear industry because policymakers and regulators in Washington D.C. have failed to address growing, long-standing flaws in energy markets,” said Representative Corbin.

“Given our state’s prominence in energy production, it is important that lawmakers focus on an inclusive energy policy that promotes and respects the contribution that each resource offers. The NEC looks forward to continuing the dialogue with our colleagues in the General Assembly in the coming weeks and months,” said Senator Yudichak. “But time is not on our side. Pennsylvanians – especially those whose livelihood depends on nuclear energy – are looking to us for action.”

About The Nuclear Energy Caucus

On March 16, 2017, Senators Ryan Aument (R-36) and John Yudichak (D-14) along with Representatives Becky Corbin (R-155) and Rob Matzie (D-16) announced the formation of the Pennsylvania Nuclear Energy Caucus (NEC), a bi-partisan, bi-cameral caucus of Pennsylvania’s General Assembly to focus on nuclear energy issues. The caucus, the first nuclear caucus in a state legislature in the history of the United States, was formed to give members of the General Assembly an opportunity to become more educated about nuclear energy’s economic and environmental value and provide another voice in other important discussions, including electric power reliability, affordability and safety. To date, the caucus has over 79 members and has hosted numerous educational meetings and tours of the Commonwealth’s nuclear facilities, has supported pro-nuclear resolutions in the State Senate and House of Representatives, and has weighed in as a collective body with the regional grid operator, PJM, ad with the U.S. Federal Regulatory Committee.

The full report can be viewed at https://nuclearenergy.pasenategop.com/.

Senator Yudichak and Northpoint Development Host Groundbreaking Ceremony for Hanover 9

Nanticoke, November 1, 2018 – State Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne) along with NorthPoint Development Vice President of Economic Development Brent Miles announced today the potential for approximately 1,548 new jobs at a groundbreaking ceremony at the Hanover 9 site co-located in the City of Nanticoke and Hanover Township.

The masterplan for Hanover 9 includes three separate buildings with a total square footage of over 2.3 million. All three buildings are expected to generate approximately 1,548 new jobs with an average salary of $41,000. The total capital investment in Hanover 9 from NorthPoint Development along with the prospective tenants is expected to be over $209.4 million with an annual payroll of approximately $63.4 million.

“The South Valley Corridor is bursting with economic development at an unprecedented pace thanks to the more than $393 million private investment that is being made by NorthPoint Development and its tenants,” said Yudichak.

 

NorthPoint Development is a privately held development firm based in Kansas City. Their focus is on Class A development in the industrial, senior housing and self-storage markets within the central part of the United States. They are currently active in 16 states including: Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Illinois, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California, Arizona, Washington, New York, Georgia, and Florida.

“NorthPoint Development is eagerly acquiring new land and constructing new buildings to continue their exceptional job creation model that has already landed national companies like Chewy.com, Adidas, and Patagonia,” said Yudichak.

“NorthPoint continues to expand its footprint in the Luzerne County industrial market and we are pleased to announce our newest park, Hanover 9. This project shows our focus on investing in parks with great access, labor, and a strong public private partnership like we have with the City of Nanticoke and Hanover Township,” said Nathaniel Hagedorn, Founder and CEO of NorthPoint Development. “We always say, ‘capital goes where capital is welcomed’ and we feel very welcomed in Nanticoke and Hanover Township. Hanover 9 represents a large capital investment from our firm, which in turn will create significant job opportunities for the residents of Nanticoke, Hanover Township, and the surrounding area.”

NorthPoint Development began its investment in Luzerne County in 2016 when it initially purchased 172 acres of reclaimed land along the South Valley Parkway, now known as Hanover Ridge. NorthPoint Development’s first investment came shortly after ground was broken on the almost $90 million South Valley Parkway. Construction of the South Valley Parkway is currently ongoing and will likely be finished ahead of schedule in 2019.  

NorthPoint Development’s focus is now on the Hanover 9 site. The Hanover 9 site was also purchased from the Earth Conservancy.

“This sale represents the final piece of the Hanover 9 reclamation story. It took years to complete, working in multiple phases, but with the support of DEP and its Growing Greener program, and the EPA’s Brownfield Cleanup Program, the Earth Conservancy was able to transform the mine-scarred site into a desirable development opportunity,” said Mike Dziak, President/CEO of the Earth Conservancy. “The investment NorthPoint Development has made in the region has been tremendous, the jobs stemming from this new project are significant and the economic impact cannot be denied.”

“Cooperation at all levels of government has led to the creation of more than 4,600 jobs in the South Valley, the construction and near completion of the South Valley Parkway, and the transformation of mine-scarred land into new economic opportunities for the residents of northeastern Pennsylvania,” Yudichak added.

“I am particularly proud of the local partnerships that have been forged among leaders in Luzerne County, Hanover Township, Nanticoke, and their respective school districts, who have embraced NorthPoint Development and their job creating strategies in the South Valley Corridor.”

Representative Gerald Mullery (D- Luzerne) also joined Senator Yudichak at today’s ceremony.

“Today was about progress, hard work, and most importantly economic development. The creation of family sustaining jobs in the Lower South Valley will help make Luzerne County prosper for years to come. I will continue to do what I can to ensure this investment is a success for the future of Luzerne County and Northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Mullery.

 

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Senator Yudichak Releases Statement on Signing of Senate Bill 748

Harrisburg, October 24, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement today after Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 748, the Public Safety Facilities Act:

“I thank Governor Tom Wolf for signing Senate Bill 748, the Public Safety Facilities Act, into law. The bi-partisan legislation ensures a deliberative and informed process will be exercised by the Commonwealth prior to the closure of any state correctional institution or state police barracks. Our state troopers and our correctional officers perform dangerous jobs under stressful conditions. Their families and the communities they serve deserve to be heard before a public safety facility is closed,” said Senator John Yudichak.

Senate Bill 748, bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Argall, Baker, Brooks, Fontana and Yudichak requires the DOC or the PSP to notify state and local stakeholders, including local lawmakers at least three months before a planned facility closure announcement. The DOC or PSP must then provide a thorough review of impacts that the proposed closure could have, which includes holding a public hearing in the county where the facility is located. A written report must be produced detailing the recommendations from the stakeholders to the Governor and leaders of the General Assembly. After the written report is submitted, and the DOC or PSP elects to close a public safety facility, they must announce that closure to federal, state and local elected officials where the facility is located, to the employee labor organizations representing employees of the facility, and to the managerial employees of the public safety facility. A public safety facility may close no sooner than four months from the announcement.

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Senator Yudichak’s Lead Testing Bill Passes Senate Health and Human Services Committee

Harrisburg, October 16, 2018 – Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced that Senate Bill 1270 was approved by a unanimous vote today in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

The bill would provide for universal lead testing for children and expectant mothers and require health insurers to cover the testing. The Pennsylvania Department of Health would also be required to develop a statewide electronic confidential registry of patients’ test results.

“By requiring lead testing for two of our most vulnerable populations, we are taking proactive preventative measures to combat the devastating health impacts that can occur when children and expectant mothers are exposed to lead,” said Senator Yudichak. “Developing a more comprehensive lead assessment and remediation strategy in Pennsylvania has been one of my top legislative priorities, and it is my hope that we can continue to work on passing legislative policies that address the risks of lead exposure.”

Lead testing is not mandatory for children in Pennsylvania and there is no dedicated state funding for lead testing or remediation in Pennsylvania. Federal law requires children covered by Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act to be tested.

“Lead exposure should be on every list of serious health concerns. Yet, it tends to receive attention only when there is an expose done or a notorious breakdown in preventive measures surfaces. The key is finding the sources of lead across our communities, remediating these situations, and determining who has been exposed. We must be prudent and purposeful to our approach and the priority we put on solutions,” said Senator Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne), the Majority Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee and co-prime sponsor of Senate Bill 1270 with Senator Yudichak.

In June 2017, the Senate unanimously approved Senator Yudichak’s SR 33, which established a Lead Task Force and Advisory Committee under the direction of the Joint State Government Commission. The Lead Task Force and Advisory Committee is studying the scope of lead exposure in Pennsylvania and a report with their findings and recommendations will be produced to the Senate.

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Senator Yudichak Lauds Passage of Senate Bill 748

Harrisburg, October 15, 2018 –  Today, the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously concurred with changes made by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to Senate Bill 748, a bipartisan bill which establishes a clear process for consideration of proposed closures of state correctional institutions by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) and barracks operated by the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP).

 

“Almost two years ago, we received notice that SCI-Retreat and two other state correctional institutions in northeastern Pennsylvania were on the list of state correctional institutions that were being considered for closure. I was proud then of how northeastern Pennsylvania made their voices heard and helped save these prisons from closing, and I am proud that we have been able to pass bipartisan legislation that ensures an open and transparent process when considering any future closure of a public safety facility,” said Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon).

On January 6, 2017, the DOC announced that they would close two prisons from a short list of five and that a decision on which prisons to close would come on January 26. Ultimately, only one prison, SCI-Pittsburgh, was selected to close by the DOC. After that announcement, Senators Argall, Baker, Brooks, Fontana and Yudichak worked with community leaders and the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association to introduce Senate Bill 748.

Senate Bill 748 requires the DOC or the PSP to notify state and local stakeholders, including local lawmakers at least three months before a planned facility closure announcement. The DOC or PSP must then provide a thorough review of impacts that the proposed closure could have, which includes holding a public hearing in the county where the facility is located. A written report must be produced detailing the recommendations from the stakeholders to the Governor and leaders of the General Assembly. After the written report is submitted, and the DOC or PSP elects to close a public safety facility, they must announce that closure to federal, state and local elected officials where the facility is located, to the employee labor organizations representing employees of the facility, and to the managerial employees of the public safety facility. A public safety facility may close no sooner than four months from the announcement.

“We appreciate the support of the Northeast Legislative Delegation, led by Senator Argall in working to get Senate Bill 748 passed. Our local members made their voices heard in January 2017 which helped to prevent the loss of thousands of jobs in the northeast region and today we are sending a bill to Governor Wolf that ensures that any future closure of an SCI will get a thorough and transparent review process prior to any announcement being made,” said Jason Bloom, President of the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association.

 “Any closure of a public safety facility can cause devastating impacts to the state and local economy as well as creating stressful situations for those employed at these facilities. By taking the time to thoroughly review the impact that a proposed closure can have, we are ensuring that all voices are heard prior to any decision being made,” added Senator Yudichak.

The bill will now go to Governor Wolf for his signature. 

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Yudichak Announces Funding for Recycling Programs in the 14th District

Nanticoke, October 11, 2018 – State Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon) announced today, just over $1 million in Recycling Program Development and Implementation Grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for four municipalities in the 14th District in Luzerne County.

The grants reimburse counties and municipalities 90 percent of eligible recycling program development and implementation expenses.

“As Minority Chairman of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, I applaud both the Administration’s and Secretary McDonnell’s investments in our local and county recycling programs. Investing in recycling programs incentivize our municipalities that are struggling financially to pursue these vital programs, which protect our environment,” said Senator Yudichak.

The following municipalities received Recycling Program Development and Implementation Grants:

  • Wilkes Barre City – $350,000
  • Plains Township – $287,093
  • Pittston City – $223,340
  • Hanover Township – $159,791

Examples of eligible projects include operating leaf compost facilities; developing web-based programs on recycling for consumers; expanding recycling processing facilities; installing data collection systems on recycling vehicles; continuing and creating curbside recycling programs; and developing educational materials to encourage residents to properly recycle.

Senator Yudichak worked with State Representatives Gerald Mullery (D – Luzerne), Eddie Day Pashinski (D – Luzerne) and Mike Carroll (D – Luzerne/Lackawanna) to secure this important funding.

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Yudichak and Pashinski Announce Funding for Loomis Park Bridge Replacement Project in Hanover Township

Nanticoke, October 2, 2018 – State Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne) and State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski (D – Luzerne) announced today that Hanover Township will receive $535,357 in funding for the Loomis Park Bridge Replacement Project from the Multimodal Transportation Fund.

The funding will be used to replace the Loomis Park Bridge, which provides pedestrian and vehicular access to the Loomis Park development.

“Hanover Township continues a remarkable period of infrastructure investment that is improving public safety and setting the stage for economic growth in the South Valley Corridor,” said State Senator John Yudichak.

“As always, we’re incredibly appreciative to Governor Tom Wolf and his administration for investing in our communities and helping to increase the safety for vehicles and pedestrians accessing the Loomis Park development,” said Representative Pashinski.

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Over $3.5 Million in Multimodal Transportation Funds Grants Awarded for Two Luzerne County Projects

Nanticoke, October 2, 2018 – It was announced today that two Luzerne County projects received over $3.5 million in funding from the Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF).

Valley Crest Real Estate, LP received $3 million in funding to alleviate traffic congestion in the area of the former Valley Crest Nursing and Rehabilitation facility, located off business Route 309 in Plains Township. Valley Crest Real Estate, LP is working to complete the Valley Crest Commons Project, which is the redevelopment of the Valley Crest Nursing and Rehabilitation facility. The property would be repurposed to serve as a mixed-use facility for significant retail and entertainment use, in addition to hotel accommodations. The project will create approximately 900 jobs.

In order to successfully complete the project, funding was needed for traffic improvements in the immediate areas surrounding the Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre VA Hospital and Mohegan Sun Convention Center, which will alleviate congestion and provide better access to the proposed Valley Commons Project.

“The Valley Crest Commons Project will transform idle land, create hundreds of new jobs, and invest in critical infrastructure upgrades to the Route 315 corridor that will greatly benefit economic development in Plains Township, Wilkes-Barre, Wilkes-Barre Township, and the greater Wyoming Valley,” said State Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon)

“A critical part of completing this important project is easing the traffic congestion surrounding the Valley Crest property. The funding announced today not only improves the infrastructure in the area, but also creates opportunities for potential economic growth and development,” said State Senator Lisa Baker (R – Luzerne/Pike/Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming).

“We are very pleased that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania recognizes that State Route 309 near Mundy and Kidder Streets is in serious need of modernization and expansion,” said Robert Tamburro, Trustee, General Partner for TFP Limited Real Estate and Development Management. “The proposed highway upgrades will provide adequate and safer ingress/egress to and from the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center and Timber Ridge Health Care Center, better traffic flow through Mundy and Kidder Streets and significant economic expansion opportunities at the Former Valley Crest Nursing Home property.”

Along with the funding for Valley Crest Real Estate, LP, Luzerne County was awarded $533,312 for necessary road improvements on North and South Beisels Road, which will include the addition of a bike lane.

The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth.

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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 the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program ($241,162) will help to fund infrastructure and recreation projects throughout the 14th Senatorial District.

“The Commonwealth Financing Authority continues to be a great partner with Luzerne County communities looking to invest in community development projects that improve the quality of life in the region and set the stage for future economic growth,” said State Senator John Yudichak.

“The state investment of $2.7 million ensures these important local projects are completed and further demonstrates Pennsylvania’s strong commitment to addressing the municipal infrastructure needs in communities across Luzerne County.”

“These grants will go toward increasing the safety and recreational appeal of communities in our district,” said Representative Pashinski. “I’m truly appreciative to Governor Tom Wolf and his administration for working with us on these grants and seeing the value that this money will bring to our area.”

The following projects received funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority:

Small Water and Sewer Program

  • Foster Township will receive $325,000 for a sewer extension on Route 940.
  • Plymouth Township will receive $325,000 for sanitary sewer improvements.
  • West Pittston Borough will receive $160,000 for Luzerne Avenue storm and sewer improvements.
  • City of Pittston will receive $424,845 for the Panama Street Sewer Improvement Project.
  • Hanover Township will receive $362,500 for Phase 2B of the Solomon Creek Interceptor Rehabilitation Project. This project represents an investment in a regional project due to the fact that this sewer line services the majority of municipalities and industries in the Wyoming Valley, including the City of Wilkes Barre.
  • Jenkins Township will receive $300,000 for the Jenkins Township Sewer Infrastructure Project.

Act 13 Program

  • Ashley Borough will receive $300,000 for the Sulfur Run Flood Mitigation Project.
  • Yatesville Borough will receive $300,000 for the Yatesville Borough Flood Control Project.

Greenways, Trail and Recreation Program

  • White Haven Borough will receive $125,600 for Rail Yard Park development.
  • Fairview Township will receive $60,562 for basketball court renovations.
  • The Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corrdior Inc. will receive $55,000 for the D&L Trail Johnson Street to Black Diamond Trail study.

State Representatives Gerald Mullery (D – Luzerne) and Mike Carroll (D – Luzerne/Lackawanna) worked with Senator Yudichak and Representative Pashinski to secure this important funding.

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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.

“The CFA continues to be a great partner with Carbon County communities looking to invest in community development projects that improve the quality of life in the region and set the stage for future economic growth,” Yudichak said. “The state investment ensures these important local projects are completed and further demonstrates Pennsylvania’s strong commitment to addressing the municipal infrastructure needs in communities across Carbon County.”

“I am pleased I was able to play a role in obtaining the funding for these worthy projects,” said Heffley. “It’s always good to see state money coming back into our local communities to benefit the quality of life for us all.”

Projects receiving funding through the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program include:

  • The Kline Township Municipal Authority, which was awarded a $200,000 grant for the replacement of water mains and the installation of five fire hydrants along West Oak and Chestnut streets in Banks Township. The project will significantly improve water quality and fire suppression service in the Village of Tresckow. The total project cost is $494,471.
  • Nesquehoning, which was awarded a $150,000 grant for the replacement of deteriorated terra cotta sanitary sewer lines with PVC piping on Willow Lane, from Mermon Street to Cherry Lane. The total project cost is $290,181.
  • Jim Thorpe, which was awarded a $100,000 grant to replace the water main along Church Alley. The project includes the replacement of 2,450-feet of water main, 101 service lines, associated valves and two fire hydrants. The upgraded piping will be stronger and installed at a greater depth to prevent breaks during cold weather. The total project cost is $494,655.
  • The Lehighton Water Authority, which was awarded a $125,715 grant for the purchase of a leak detection system to quickly identify sources of water loss. The total project cost is $147,900.
  • The Weissport Municipal Authority, which was awarded a $88,306 grant to update sewer system equipment which is often in need of maintenance, including 70 grinder pumps and 70 ball check valves. The new equipment will reduce pump failures and eliminate overflow. The total project cost is $103,890.

In addition, Beaver Meadows was awarded $85,000 through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program to construct a recreational pavilion across the street from Memorial Park. The structure will include ADA-accessible restrooms, kitchen and storage room. The total project cost is $184,000.

The Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program offers grants for small water and sewer infrastructure projects and can be used to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system.

The Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program offers grants for planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects. It is supported by the Marcellus Legacy Fund established by Act 13 of 2012.

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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 County seniors at their annual Luzerne County Senior Expo on Thursday, September 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wyoming Valley Mall (29 Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre).

The event will feature vendors from local, state and federal agencies that will answer questions and provide useful information about programs and services available to seniors. In addition, there will be free refreshments, giveaways and free health screenings. Flu shots will also be available at no cost with an insurance card present.

Seniors will also find information related to government services, Social Security, health care, insurance, legal issues, fraud protection, financial concerns, and exercise and nutrition information.

“I look forward to our Luzerne County Senior Expo every year, where I’m able to interact with countless seniors to hear what issues they might have or what assistance they might need,” said Yudichak. “The expo is a great place for our seniors to gather a wide array of information on programs and services that are readily available for them. The event also serves as an opportunity for seniors to access information directly from not only state, but local and federal agencies.”

“By having an annual event like this expo, Luzerne County’s senior citizens are able to learn about so many great programs available to them and can speak to representatives from agencies and organizations that understand their needs and have their best interests at heart,” said Baker. “Seniors can conveniently get answers and information in one location.”

“Our Senior Expo is an excellent resource for seniors to learn more about programs and services available to them,” said Kaufer. “What makes this expo so unique is that it features numerous vendors all under one roof, providing senior citizens an added level of convenience. I not only encourage area residents to attend, but also their caregivers.”

“I enjoy getting to talk to so many of our seniors in Luzerne County at this event, and to hear the issues that mean the most to them,” said Mullery. “The event offers the convenience of having a surplus of valuable information in one place where our seniors can be educated on goods and services available to them from federal, state and local agencies.”

The Luzerne County Transportation Authority is offering bus service to the expo from area senior centers and high rise apartment buildings. If seniors are interested in this service, please call 570-288-9356.

The event is free and open to the public for seniors in Luzerne County. For more information, please contact Sen. Yudichak’s office at 570-740-2434; Sen. Baker’s office at 570-675-3931; Rep. Mullery’s office at (570)-740-7031 or Rep. Kaufer’s office at 570-283-1001.

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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 a mixed-use facility that will house 27 apartments, a food court that will be used by students from the recently opened Luzerne County Community College M&T Bank Educational Center in downtown Pittston, office space, and a business incubator that will have space for 36 units.

“Today’s announcement of RACP funding for the Waterfront Warehouse Conversion project in Pittston is yet another positive step towards the City’s revitalization,” said Senator John Yudichak. “The repurposing of this former warehouse facility into a state-of-the-art multi-use asset along the Susquehanna River will create the opportunity for continued economic growth in Pittston and our core cities in Luzerne County.”

The rehabilitation of the 101,997-square-foot building, which is located at the corner of East St. and Kennedy Blvd. will be managed by Waterfront Management Group, LLC

“The city is excited and appreciative of today’s announcement regarding RACP funding for the Waterfront Warehouse Project. This property represents the largest physical structure within our city limits. The building also has a long history and the thought of it being back to 100 percent use is a great symbol of the future of the city,” said Pittston Mayor Mike Lombardo. “The completed project will be a transformational project for our city and will yield significant return in terms of availability of space, new tax revenue and new job opportunities.”

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.

Senator Yudichak worked with State Representative Mike Carroll (D – Lackawanna/Luzerne) to help secure the funding for this project.

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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 Nantego Development Project is an estimated $21 million project that will create approximately 40 affordable senior housing units that will include 36 one-bedroom and four two-bedroom units. The project will also include retail spaces below the senior housing units.

The Nantego Development Project is part of a host of projects that are focused on revitalizing Nanticoke’s downtown by improving the infrastructure, streetscape, pedestrian safety, and economic development.

“Governor Wolf’s strategic support of Nanticoke, through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, will enable the Nantego Developmemt Project to bring new housing and retail opportunities to downtown Nanticoke, continuing the city’s revitalization and spurring additional economic development throughout the South Valley,” said State Senator John Yudichak.

“There’s no doubt that downtown Nanticoke needs to be revitalized and this funding is a big step in the right direction,” said Representative Mullery. “Today’s grant announcement can attract further public and private investment, which will help to complete the project, bringing jobs and businesses back to the downtown.”

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.

 

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