News Releases

Sens. Blake, Schwank Team Up to Help Struggling PA Cities

HARRISBURG, January 15, 2014 – To improve performance and brighten the economic future for more of Pennsylvania’s struggling cities, state Sens. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and John Blake (D-Lackawanna) today introduced legislation to expand a new program designed to drive...

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Blake’s Veterans Pension Bills Win Senate Approval

HARRISBURG, Dec. 11, 2013 – Legislation introduced by state Sen. John Blake to help veterans who are employed by the City of Scranton more quickly participate in its pension program have won the Senate’s approval. Senate Bill 703 amends the Scranton Police and...

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Senate Democrats’ Small Games Plan Now Backed by Governor

Harrisburg – October 24, 2013 – State Senate Democrats said today they were pleased that Gov. Tom Corbett has now signaled his approval of their plan to direct revenues generated from small games of chance in taverns to the Lottery Fund. The Democratic plan would bolster lottery programs and create a potential funding source for a property tax freeze benefitting seniors.

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Sen. Blake Announces Student Ambassador Program

HARRISBURG, Oct. 18, 2013 – State Sen. John Blake today said he is encouraging dedicated high school seniors to apply to become student ambassadors. Blake’s Student Ambassador Program is an opportunity for one senior from each of the 17 high schools in the 22nd...

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Sen. Blake’s Statement on Death of Former Gov. Scranton

SCRANTON, July 30, 2013 – State Sen. John Blake issued the following statement following the death Sunday of former Gov. William Scranton Jr.: “Gov. Scranton was one of the most remarkable, distinguished, dedicated and respected public servants ever to call Lackawanna...

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