News Releases

Sen. Blake: New Pension Reform Law Only Starts Correction

HARRISBURG, June 12, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today released the following statement regarding the state pension systems reform contained in Senate Bill 1 that was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf this afternoon. “I commend my...

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Blake Announces Winners of Student Ambassador Competition

SCRANTON, May 24, 2017 – State Senator John Blake recently hosted 22 high school seniors from 19 local school districts for a legislative competition at the University of Scranton as the final event of the 2017 Student Ambassador Program. The student ambassadors from...

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Sens. Blake, Reschenthaler Unveil Economic Development, Clean Energy Initiative

HARRISBURG, January 31, 2017 – State Sens. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) and Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny/Washington) today joined a diverse group of stakeholders from the business, labor and environmental communities to unveil their bipartisan legislation that would generate significant economic development, create jobs and enhance Pennsylvania’s clean energy portfolio.

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Blake: SCI Waymart Operations, Jobs Spared from Closure

HARRISBURG, January 26, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today released the following statement regarding the news that the Department of Corrections will not be closing the State Correctional Institute at Waymart and two other NEPA prisons.

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Senate Democrats Question State Prison Closings

HARRISBURG – Jan. 18, 2016 – Opposed to the potential closure of correctional institutions across Pennsylvania, Sens. Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny), John Blake (D-Lackawanna) and John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) have spearheaded local meetings to examine the impact of facility...

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Blake Announces Online Petition to Save SCI Waymart

CARBONDALE, January 17, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that he has started an online petition on his website to save the operations at SCI Waymart, which is one of five state prisons being considered for closure. The...

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Blake Vows to Fight Potential Closure of SCI Waymart

SCRANTON, January 6, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today released the following statement regarding the announcement by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections of the potential closure of two state prisons – including SCI Waymart....

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