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

On September 10, 2014

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 […]

Sen. Blake Says New PA Budget Undermines PA’s Credibility With Business Community

On July 1, 2014

HARRISBURG, July 1, 2014 – The $29.1 billion Pennsylvania budget that Republicans and the Corbett administration pushed through the legislature late Monday night could compromise the commonwealth’s credibility in the business community and place Pennsylvanians in greater fiscal peril, state Sen. John Blake said today. Because the 2014-’15 spending plan has been balanced using unreliable […]

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline Extended, Says Sen. Blake

On June 12, 2014

SCRANTON, June 12, 2014 – State Sen. John Blake today said the commonwealth has extended the deadline to apply for property tax or rent rebates. Applicants now have until Dec. 31 to submit their free requests for the money, which is designed for eligible Pennsylvanians who are at least 65 years old; are widows and […]

Lackawanna Co. Communities Getting $ 1M+ for Recycling Programs, Blake Says

On May 7, 2014

HARRISBURG, May 7, 2014 – Six communities in Lackawanna County will receive a total of $ 1.05 million from the commonwealth to start or expand recycling programs, state Sen. John Blake said today. “From Olyphant to Mayfield, more Lackawanna County residents will be better able to participate in the greening of Pennsylvania with the award […]

Senate Approves Blake’s Bill for County Option to Allow DA’s to Avoid Conflicts of Interest

On May 6, 2014

HARRISBURG, May 6, 2014 – The Pennsylvania Senate today approved Sen. John Blake’s legislation giving certain classifications of counties the option to not include their district attorneys on their prison boards. Counties of the 6th (45,000 to 89,999 residents), 7th (20,000 to 49,999) and 8th (less than 20,000) classes now have the option to keep […]

Grants for the Arts Available Through Pocono Arts Council, Sen. Blake Shares

On May 1, 2014

HARRISBURG, May 1, 2014 – Grant money is available for Northeast Pennsylvania residents who are artists and who teach their craft to students or who represent an arts-related and community-based non-profit organization, state Sen. John Blake said today. Applications for the grants, which are through the Pocono Arts Council and the Pennsylvania Partners in the […]

Sen. Blake, State Housing Experts Gather to Tackle Affordable Housing Crisis

On April 4, 2014

HARRISBURG, April 4, 2014 – With a shortage of more than 200,000 available and affordable rental units statewide, more residents abandoning homes that have become unaffordable, and the escalating price of homeownership, state Sen. John Blake joined housing experts this morning to discuss reasonable initiatives to expand the supply of adequate and affordable housing. Blake’s […]

Blake to Examine Affordable Housing Issues, Solutions During April 4 Forum

On April 2, 2014

HARRISBURG, April 2, 2014 – State Sen. John Blake, Marywood University President Anne Munley and regional housing experts will gather at 9 a.m. Friday, April 4, at Marywood University to work on adopting solutions to affordable housing problems in Northeast Pennsylvania and throughout the state. Scheduled to appear during the two-hour “Affordable Housing Forum” include: […]

Lackawanna, Monroe County Projects to Share $4 Million in Grants, Create More Than 300 Jobs

On March 20, 2014

HARRISBURG, March 20, 2014 – The latest round of grant awards by the Commonwealth Financing Authority from Pennsylvania’s local share gaming program means 29 projects in Lackawanna and Monroe counties will share approximately $4 million and create more than 300 jobs in the region, state Sen. John Blake said today. “From infrastructure improvements at the […]

Blake, Senate Democrats Unveil Pension Reform Proposal to Save Billions for Taxpayers

On March 12, 2014

HARRISBURG, March 12, 2014 – State Senate Democrats today said they would save Pennsylvania taxpayers billions of dollars and solve the state’s pension problem if their proposal to further reform pension rules, refinance billions and help school districts avoid escalating payments is adopted. Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny); the Democratic chairman of the Senate Finance […]

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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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