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PennDOT Opens Route 940 Bridge in Paradise
PennDOT has announced that the bridge on State Route 940 has reopened and is now accessible to all drivers. Please be advised a bump does exist on one side of the road but will soon be removed. If you have any questions, please contact my office at (570) 620-4326.
Senator Scavello Hosts Pathways to Pardons Seminar
I joined Lt. Governor Mike Stack in co-hosting a Pathways to Pardons seminar to residents in the 40th Senate District, teaching local organizations and individuals the official pardoning process.
Attendees also heard from Jamie Drake who spoke on behalf of Gary Tennis, Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs, Matt Franchak, Chief of Staff for the Lt. Governor, and Steve Burk, Pardons Manager with the Department of Corrections.
I was pleased to provide information to local organizations and individuals as a pardon can help those who have taken significant steps forward in their lives and society.
Thank you to all who attended and to the Lt. Governor for participating. If you missed my seminar and would like additional information on the pardoning process, please visit www.bop.pa.gov or contact my office at (570) 620-4326.
Senate of Pennsylvania Welcomes Six New Members
The Senate of Pennsylvania is welcoming six new members to the Senate following last Tuesday’s elections.
The new members include:
Senator-elect Sharif Street, 3rd District
Congratulations to the new incoming members. The swearing-in ceremony for new and re-elected members of the Senate will take place January 3, 2017.
Legislature Closes Out 2015-2016 Session
The Senate and House of Representatives both convened this week to close out business prior to the end of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session on November 30 and to prepare for the start of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session on January 3, 2017.
Elections were held to fill 2017-2018 legislative leadership positions in the Senate. The following members were elected:
Senate Republican Leadership 2017-18
Interim President Pro Tempore: Joe Scarnati, 25th District
(Cameron, Clearfield, Clinton,
Senate Majority Leader: Jake Corman, 34th District (Centre,
Majority Appropriations Committee Chairman: Pat Browne, 16th District (Lehigh County).
Majority Whip: John Gordner, 27th District (Columbia,
Majority Caucus Chairman: Bob Mensch, 24th District (Berks, Bucks and Montgomery counties).
Senate Majority Caucus Secretary: Richard Alloway, 33rd
District (Adams, Cumberland, Franklin
Majority Caucus Administrator: Chuck McIlhinney, 10th District (Bucks County).
Majority Policy Committee Chairman: David Argall, 29th District (Berks and Schuylkill counties)
Senate Democratic Leadership 2017-18
Democratic Leader: Jay Costa, 43rd District (Allegheny County).
Democratic Whip: Anthony Williams, 8th District (Philadelphia and Montgomery counties).
Democratic Appropriations Committee Chairman: Vincent Hughes, 7th District (Philadelphia and Montgomery counties).
Democratic Caucus Chairman: Wayne Fontana, 42nd District (Allegheny County).
Democratic Caucus Secretary: Larry Farnese, 1st District (Philadelphia County).
Democratic Policy Committee Chairman: Lisa Boscola, 18th District (Lehigh and Northampton counties).
Monroe County Drought Warning
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has issued a drought warning for Monroe County. Please visit www.bcrawater.com for more information.
November Episode of Legislative Report
In my November episode of Legislative Report, I interview Jamie Drake, Administrator at the Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission, Tiffany Rossanese, Administrator at the Northampton County Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and John Christy, Monroe County Commissioner. We discuss the growing epidemic of opioid abuse and overdoses as well the programs and resources available to anyone with family or friends suffering from addiction. Since January 2015 (when I was sworn-in as Senator), more than 180 confirmed fatal overdoses occurred within Monroe and Northampton Counties. There is an immediate need for action in Pennsylvania.
Special Edition of Legislative Report
On this Special Edition of Legislative Report, I interview Linda Gerkensmeyer, Executive Director of Integra Home Counseling, and State Representative David Parker regarding the importance of consumer awareness and knowledge when buying a home as well as the state of our housing market in Monroe County. Linda and her organization help families facing foreclosure and guides homeowners through the mortgage modification and refinancing process. Between January 2013 and January 2016, more than 4,295 new foreclosures were filed in Monroe County.
Pennsylvania State Grant Program
The Pennsylvania State Grant Program is a financial assistance program that provides funding to eligible Pennsylvanians and helps them afford the costs of higher education. This is a financial aid award that you do not have to repay provided you meet the eligibility requirements. You can find out how to apply, as well as terms and conditions here.
Upcoming Road Work
As construction crews continue road work throughout Pennsylvania, drivers in Monroe and Northampton Counties should consider subscribing to updates from PennDOT District 5. These updates include temporary road delays due to repaving, shoulder repair, crack sealing and much more. Upcoming PennDOT road work for this week in Northampton and Monroe Counties are available. Act 89 projects, such as planned bridge replacements and road reconstruction can be found on the PennDOT projects website.
Around the 40th District
Dr. Joseph Roy Named Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year
Slate Belt Chamber Recognizes Community
Grace on Broadway Grand Opening
Totts Gap Arts Institute Celebrates Anniversary
Our Newest Eagle Scout
East Stroudsburg Teacher Named Teacher of the Year
Upcoming Legislative Report Show
I was pleased to join Pocono Medical Center and the Summit School of the Poconos in taping upcoming episodes of my Legislative Report show. I look forward to highlighting many aspects of our healthcare and education systems here in the 40th Senate District.
Thursdays on Pocono 96.7 – Gary in the Morning
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