Legislators Congratulate NEPA Resident Sworn-In as Game Commissioner

DUPONT, August 3, 2017 – State Sens. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe), John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and state Rep. Mike Carroll (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne) joined a host of local officials for the swearing in ceremony for Dupont resident Stanley Knick to the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners.

Knick was recently confirmed by the state Senate to fulfill the vacancy for District 7 Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners. Wilkes-Barre Fire Chief Jay Delaney served as the Commissioner for the Northeast Region since 2007. Magisterial District Justice Alexandra Kokura Kravitz administered the oath of office.

“Stanley Knick has devoted his entire life to public service, wildlife and Pennsylvania’s great outdoors,” Blake said. “I sincerely believe that he will be an integral part in furthering the mission of the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners and ensuring that our Pennsylvania’s wildlife and our great outdoors are properly managed for current and future generations.”

Knick in his 12th year on the Dupont Borough Council and currently serves as Council president. He has been an avid hunter and fisherman for his entire life and served as the vice president of the Eastern States Flemish Giant Rabbit Association for over ten years.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Stanley Knick for many years and I can assure you that no one is more committed to our sportsmen, our outdoors and our wildlife,” Carroll added. “The Pennsylvania Game Commission will certainly benefit from Stanley’s vast knowledge and dedication to our outdoors throughout his tenure as Commissioner.”

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners is comprised of eight board members, each selected by the Governor, and confirmed by majority vote of the state Senate.  Knick will represent ​Region 7 as a Commissioner for the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners. Region 7 includes the counties of Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming.

Game Commissioners individually hold office for terms of four years and may be reappointed for a maximum of two additional terms. Commissioners receive no compensation for their services, but may be reimbursed for travel expenses.

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Sen. Blake Announces New State Investments in Lackawanna, Luzerne Counties Totaling $1.5M

SCRANTON, Sept. 10, 2014 – Sen. John Blake today said the commonwealth is investing more than $1.5 million in four Lackawanna and Luzerne county communities with the help of new state grants.

“These new investments will deliver better roads in Scott Township, safer pedestrian and bicycle paths in Scranton, and the next steps in a police regionalization effort in Dupont,” Sen. Blake said.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded the latest round of grants, and they come from Pennsylvania’s local share gaming, or LSA, program, CFA’s Multimodal Transportation Fund and the state’s Small Water and Sewer Program.

Heritage Valley Partners Inc. received the largest of the grants, $700,000. The money from the Multimodal Transportation Fund will help to pay for a $1.8 million renovation of pedestrian and bicycle safety paths in Scranton. A deteriorating retaining wall along a pedestrian corridor will also be replaced.

“The Lackawanna Heritage Valley trail system has been delivering quality of life and economic impact returns year over year. The announcement of additional state funds for public safety improvements and trail upgrades in the City of Scranton will continue to enhance and sustain those returns for local families as well as draw more visitors to the city,” Blake said.

Scott Township is receiving a $300,000 Multimodal Transportation Fund grant to help pay for the repair of Discovery Drive and Sam’s Road. The total project is expected to cost $464,640.

A sidewalk and culvert repair project will also take place in Dupont Borough with the award of a $282,000 local share gaming grant. The borough will also receive $100,000 from LSA to help pay for its police regionalization effort.

Finally, Spring Brook Township Sewer Authority will receive $125,000 to help pay for the replacement of an aeration system. The grant is coming from the state’s Small Water and Sewer System Program.