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Senator Mario Scavello

In this Edition:

  • Latest Legislative Report: Student Government Seminar
  • Report Outlines Five-Year Fiscal Trends, Economic Outlook for Pennsylvania
  • Online Donations Now Accepted for Vets, Military Families
  • Don’t Fall for Callers Threatening to Shut Off Your Electricity
  • IRS Warning Issued for Identity Theft Scams
  • Scavello on “The Gary in the Morning Show” on 96.7

Congratulations to Trip Ruvane and Barley Creek Brewing Company on celebrating their 20th anniversary. I wish you all the best for the next 20 years!


Latest Legislative Report: Student Government Seminar

December 2015 - Senator for a Day

This month's Legislative Report TV program showcases my annual Senator for a Day student government seminar at Northampton Community College’s Monroe Campus.

Students from area high schools learned about the legislative process from legislators, staffers, lobbyists and others. They served as Senators for a Day by introducing mock legislation, debating it and holding votes. It was a great learning experience and a joy to spend time with so many engaged students.


This week I presented Glenn Walbert of Hanover Township a Citation of Recognition for more than 30 years of service to our local community. Thank you for all that you have done to make our region a better place to live, work and play.


Report Outlines Five-Year Fiscal Trends, Economic Outlook for Pennsylvania

The Independent Fiscal Office has released a new report detailing the economic, demographic and fiscal trends that will affect the Commonwealth's expenditures and revenues over the next five fiscal years.

The IFO was created in 2010 to provide revenue projections for use in the state budget process along with impartial and timely analysis of fiscal, economic and budgetary issues.

You can view this report and a wide array of other interesting IFO findings here.


Congratulations to Bangor Borough as they celebrate their 140th anniversary. Pictured with Mayor Joe Capozzolo and Council President James Kresge


Online Donations Now Accepted for Vets, Military Families

Following the launch of a new website for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, state residents can now offer donations online to support two of Pennsylvania’s most successful programs assisting veterans and military families -- the Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF) and the Military Family Relief Assistance Program (MFRAP). Donations are now accepted via MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express online at www.donate.dmva.pa.gov.

The Veterans’ Trust Fund issues grants to statewide charitable organizations that assist veterans, veterans’ service organizations and county directors of veterans’ affairs to assist veterans in need of shelter and necessities of living. More information can be found at www.vtf.pa.gov .

The Military Family Relief Assistance Program provides financial assistance, in the form of grants, to eligible Pennsylvania service members and their eligible family members. Eligible members must have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control. The amount of a grant is based on documented financial need up to a maximum of $3,500. More information can be found at www.mfrap.pa.gov .


The Monroe County Area Agency on Aging recently recognized Ina Willis, Betty Carreras and Kenny Cramer for their outstanding service to and support for senior citizens in our community. I was honored to present them with much deserved recognition as they received the Helen G. Brown Award during the Area Agency on Aging Ceremony.

Don’t Fall for Callers Threatening to Shut Off Your Electricity

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) is alerting consumers about a telephone scam by callers who claimed to be from their electric company and alleged that they had an unpaid bill.

The caller requests immediate payment over the phone to avoid termination of electric service.

According to the PUC, your utility will never call about a payment on the day of a scheduled termination. If you are a residential customer and your service is going to be terminated for a valid reason, you will receive written notice 10 days in advance. Commercial customers will receive notice three days prior to termination.

During winter months (Dec. 1 through March 31), if a utility company cannot reach a consumer at the time of termination, they will leave a 48-hour notice at the residence. Additionally, utility companies cannot terminate residential service from Friday through Sunday. These protections are part of the Responsible Utility Customer Protection Act .


IRS Warning Issued for Identity Theft Scams

The Internal Revenue Service has issued several consumer warnings about the fraudulent use of the IRS name or logo by persons trying to gain access to consumers’ financial information in order to steal their identity and assets.

Scam artists will use the regular mail, telephone, fax or email to set up their victims. When identity theft takes place over the Internet (email), it is called phishing.

The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through email. Unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS, or from an IRS-related component such as EFTPS, should be reported to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.

Additionally, clicking on attachments to or links within an unsolicited email claiming to come from the IRS may download a malicious computer virus onto your computer. You may also report instances of IRS-related phishing attempts and fraud to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.


Congratulations to Jack, Alex and Nikolaus on earning your Eagle Scout rank! Your hard work and team effort has helped all three of you become leaders. I wish you the best in your future endeavors.


Scavello on “The Gary in the Morning Show” on 96.7

I am a guest every Thursday on “Gary in the Morning” at 7 a.m. to answer your call-in questions. Thanks to everyone who has called in so far. I look forward to speaking to you in the future.


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Harrisburg, PA 17120-3040
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2989 Route 611, Suite 103
Tannersville, PA 18372
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