Senator Mario Scavello E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Prepare Now for Ice and Snow
  • Mario Live every Thursday at 7 a.m. on Pocono 96.7
  • In case you missed it: Scavello Continues to call on General Assembly to Act Now on Property Taxes
  • Scavello and Toomey partner to Recognize Korean War Veterans
  • Around the 40th District

Prepare Now for Ice and Snow

We should expect the unexpected during winter driving and prepare now for ice and snow emergencies, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Organize and refresh your vehicle’s emergency travel kit. Replace flashlight and radio batteries, bottled water, and other items with a shelf life. Ensure gloves, warm clothing, and blankets are included.

Get your vehicle winter road-.ready before the first flakes fall.  Regularly check fluids, wipers, heater, defroster, radio, lights, tires, and brakes, along with the battery, hoses, and belts.

Gain easy access to traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and a live view of the roads from more than 850 traffic cameras accessible through 511PA.  Snow plow locations can help you determine conditions before leaving your driveway. Download the iPhone or Android version of 511PA to help you with your year round travel needs.

Mario Live Every Thursday at 7 a.m. on Pocono 96.7 FM

I believe that elected officials should always be accessible to the people they serve. To this end, I am live every Thursday morning at 7 a.m. taking your questions and discussing a host of state topics on the Gary in the Morning show on Pocono 96.7. Away from a radio? Listen live at or download the station’s app to listen on your smartphone. You can call into the show at 570-420-9670 and ask your questions live.

Scavello Continues to Call on General Assembly to Act Now on Property Taxes

11/20/19 – School Property Tax Reform

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, I again spoke on the Senate Floor, urging my colleagues to act on school property tax reform. We’ve had enough studies, discussions, commissions and working groups – we know what works and it’s time to do the right thing for our citizens in my District and across the Commonwealth!

We need the magic number to pass a bill that provides real reform – 26 Senators, 102 Representatives and the Governor’s signature. It’s past time for action.

I invite you to view my comments above.

Scavello and Toomey Partner to Recognize Korean War Veterans

I want to make you aware of the Korean Ambassador for Peace medal which is available to veterans who serviced served in Korea from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953. The Medal was created by the Korean Consul General to recognize and thank our veterans for serving in what is often called “the forgotten war.”

U.S. Senator Toomey has been able to secure these medals and is asking my office to help Korean War veterans apply for and receive this honor. An eligible veteran must have served in Korea at some time during the Korean War from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953. Members of the US Navy are eligible if they served aboard a naval vessel that was assigned to Korean waters during the aforementioned timeframe. Veterans who participated in UN peacekeeping efforts in Korea until the end of 1955 are also eligible for this award. Applications for the Peace Medal are available in both of my offices. We are happy to help any eligible veteran fill it out and submit it. The deadline for applications is January 10, 2020. Please help us spread the word so that we may honor as many veterans as possible!

Around the 40th District

It was my pleasure this week to honor Dr. Jeffrey Weber for his 14 years of distinguished service to East Stroudsburg University. Throughout his tenure at ESU, Dr. Weber impacted countless students and held them to the highest academic standard as the Chair of the Political Science Department and, most recently, as Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Planning & Assessment.

Dr. Weber is also a U.S. Army Veteran where he served for 10 years and held the rank of Major.

Thank you for your record of service, Dr. Weber, both to our Country and the ESU community. We wish you many blessings in the years to come.

On Sunday, we celebrated the grand opening of two new businesses in the Slate Belt! Persimmon Lane on Delaware Ave. (Route 611) in Portland is an artisan shop which sells hand crafted items like teas, soaps, bubble bars, jewelry and more! Threadstone Trading Co. is located on South Robinson in Pen Argyl just down the hill from my district office. They offer unique lifestyle items and clothing. During the Christmas season, I encourage you to shop small and check out these and other excellent small business retail shops in the area!

Tis the season for Christmas tree lightings throughout the 40th Senate District! Mary Ann and I joined residents of the Borough of Bath in braving the winter elements to usher in the Christmas Season. Wishing you all much peace and joy over the holidays!

Dominic and Austin Frey attained the rank of Eagle Scout and celebrated their achievements while home on Thanksgiving break. Congratulations to these fine young gentlemen! I have no doubt they will succeed in all their future endeavors.

Wednesday, I had the pleasure of recognizing Reda Briglia the Executive Secretary/Treasurer for Paradise Township for the past 22 years. Throughout her years of service to Paradise Township Reda has been an exemplary employee who always represented her township in a professional manner. Reda you will be missed… God Bless You!!!


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