SCRANTON December 12, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) and Attorney General-elect Josh Shapiro today announced that they will host a community forum on senior citizen abuse and the dangers of financial scams in Scranton.

The roundtable discussion will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, December 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Neighborhood Centers West Side Active Older Adults Community Center located at 1004 Jackson Street in Scranton.

“Our seniors worked their entire lives to have the ability to comfortably enjoy their retirement and their grandchildren and we must do our best as policymakers to protect them from financial scams and physical abuse,” Senator Blake said. “I thank Attorney General-elect Shapiro for prioritizing senior issues and for bringing this important forum to Scranton.”

The forum is part of a community-driven transition effort spearheaded by Shapiro called “Setting the People’s Priorities.” Attorney General-elect Shapiro is visiting cities and towns across the Commonwealth to hear the public’s concerns as he prepares to be sworn-in on January 17, 2017.

“To be the People’s Attorney General you need to listen and know what’s happening outside the halls of government, and that’s how I intend to do the job,” said Attorney General-Elect Josh Shapiro. “We’re continuing this new approach to a transition process to put the people’s priorities first, like the senior citizen I met in South Scranton earlier this year, worried about financial scams. With these forums, I’m hearing the public’s concerns directly from Pennsylvanians just like I’ve been doing all year.”

Other scheduled participants in the roundtable discussion include Laurie Fleming, West Side Senior Center Manger; Alex Hazzouri, President/CEO, The Advocacy Alliance; Jason Kavulich, Director, Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging; Nancy Barrasse, Solicitor, Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging; and local senior citizens Grace Zanghi and Charles Porter.

Media coverage is welcome and encouraged.

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August 4, 2017: Senator Blake joined a number of local officials to welcome Governor Tom Wolf back to Scranton to tour the success story that is the United Neighborhood Centers' community revitalization effort along Cedar Avenue in South Scranton. August 4, 2017: Senator Blake joined a number of local officials to welcome Governor Tom Wolf back to Scranton to tour the success story that is the United Neighborhood Centers' community revitalization effort along Cedar Avenue in South Scranton. August 4, 2017: Senator Blake joined a number of local officials to welcome Governor Tom Wolf back to Scranton to tour the success story that is the United Neighborhood Centers' community revitalization effort along Cedar Avenue in South Scranton. August 3, 2017: Senator Blake and State Rep. Mike Carroll joined Dupont resident Stanley Knick for his swearing-in ceremony to the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners.

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