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Senator Mario Scavello


Dear Friend,

On August 18th, our Satellite Office in the Hanover Township Community Center opens for constituent service. It’s located at 3660 Jacksonville Road, Bethlehem, PA 18017. It will be staffed the first and third Tuesdays of each month, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, please call 610-863-1200.

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Sincerely,

Mario


In this Edition:

  • Citizens Deserve Property Tax Relief – Not Partisan Politics From Governor
  • U.S. Senator Toomey’s Regional Manager to Help Constituents at Tannersville Office Aug. 18
  • New Law Protects Health Care Consumers From Multiple Co-Pays
  • Apply Now To Work in PennDOT’s Winter Maintenance Program
  • Protect Yourself From West Nile Virus

Citizens Deserve Property Tax Relief – Not Partisan Politics From Governor

The constituents of the 40th district have received several mailers attacking my priorities and accusing me of playing politics. First, I want to thank everyone who has contacted my office to share their disapproval of the Governor’s budget. Rather than spending thousands of dollars for political activities, the Governor and America Works should help senior citizens and hard-working families who are struggling to pay their property taxes. As I’ve illustrated before, the Governor’s proposal shortchanges our district and does not provide our fair share of property tax relief.

If you agree, please contact the Governor’s office to stop these mailers and demand your fair share of property tax relief by calling 717-787-2500.


U.S. Senator Toomey’s Regional Manager to Help Constituents at Tannersville Office Aug. 18

A member of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey’s staff will be at our Tannersville district office August 18 to assist constituents with federal issues.

Marta Gabriel, Regional Manager for Senator Toomey, will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to assist with immigration services, Social Security, veterans’ issues, disability benefits and more.

The Tannersville district office is located in DePue Plaza, 2989 Route 611, Suite 103.

Please contact our office at 570- 620-4326 to make an appointment.


New Law Protects Health Care Consumers From Multiple Co-Pays

Legislation I supported to protect consumers from paying multiple copayments for physical therapy, chiropractic and occupational therapy services is now law.

Act 39 of 2015 prohibits health insurance policies from charging a consumer more than one copayment amount per visit. It also prevent policies from depleting more than one visit for services provided on a given date. This new law is an important reform and will help health care consumers by limiting the cost of co-payments.


Apply Now To Work in PennDOT’s Winter Maintenance Program

Applications from those interested in working in PennDOT’s Winter Maintenance Program will be accepted until Aug. 21.The program runs Sept. 1 through March 31. Positions include Transportation Equipment Operators, Diesel Mechanics, Radio Dispatchers, Clerk Typists, Welders, and Tradesman Helpers. People in these positions supplement the permanent workforce and have the potential to lead to permanent full-time employment. To find out more and apply click here.


Protect Yourself From West Nile Virus

The first probable human case of West Nile Virus infection in 2015 was recently detected in Venango County. DEP has detected WNV-infected mosquitoes in 25 counties. Pennsylvanians are urged to take precautions to limit exposure to mosquito bites by using insect repellants and covering exposed skin with lightweight clothing, and making sure window and door screens are functioning to prevent them from entering homes.

The mosquitoes that transmit West Nile breed in areas with standing and stagnant water. These areas can include urban catch basins, clogged gutters, discarded tires, poorly maintained swimming pools, flower pots and other types of plastic containers.

Simple steps to eliminate standing water around the home include:

  • Remove tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, discarded tires or any object that could collect standing water. Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors.
  • Have roof gutters cleaned every year, particularly if the leaves from nearby trees have a tendency to clog the drains.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
  • Do not let water stagnate in birdbaths.
  • Aerate ornamental pools, or stock them with fish.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, and remove standing water from pool covers.
  • Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.
  • Treat standing water that cannot be eliminated with Bti products which are sold at outdoor supply, home improvement and other stores. Bti is a natural product that kills mosquito larvae, but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.

For a fact sheet on West Nile Virus, including symptoms, please visit the Department of Health’s webpage, http:// www.health.pa.gov/ , and click on “West Nile Virus Fact Sheet” under “Hot Topics.”

For more information, including current West Nile Virus test results for mosquitoes, birds and horses, visit www.westnile.state.pa.us and click on ”Surveillance Maps and Tables,” or call 1-877-PA HEALTH.


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Offices

Senate Box 203040
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3040
Phone: (717) 787-6123

Monroe County Office
DePue Plaza
2989 Route 611, Suite 103
Tannersville, PA 18372
Phone (570) 620-4326
FAX (570) 620-4379
9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Northampton County Office
2 North Robinson Avenue
Pen Argyl, PA 18072
Phone (610) 863-1200
FAX (610) 863-1214
9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

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