News Releases

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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Blake: RACP Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

SCRANTON, January 5, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that applications for the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) are now being accepted.  RACP is a commonwealth grant program administered by the...

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Blake Selected for Senate Democratic Leadership Post

HARRISBURG, December 8, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today was named to the Senate Democratic Caucus leadership team for the upcoming 2017-18 legislative session. Blake was selected to serve in the role of Caucus Administrator which will...

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Blake, Gov. Wolf Announce $ 3 Million State Investment in Lackawanna College

Scranton, PA, October 1, 2016 – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Senator John Blake to announce a $3 million state grant to aid in the redevelopment of vacant buildings in downtown Scranton into multi-use classroom and laboratory space at Lackawanna College. Once construction is complete, the six-story, 95,300 square-foot structure located at 401 Adams Avenue will be known as “Cornerstone Commons.”

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