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Six Regional Projects Receive Nearly $400,000 in DCED Grants

Very glad to announce nearly $400,000 in state grants for six projects throughout the 22nd Senatorial District. These projects will address pedestrian safety; recreation; flood mitigation; and also improve track conditions for our local student athletes.”

The grant funding, approved earlier this week at a meeting of the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA), was awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development under the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program; the Flood Mitigation Program; and the Watershed Restoration and Protection Program.

The following projects received funding through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program:

  • The Lackawanna Valley Conservancy received $125,000 for the acquisition of the former Rudy’s Auto Salvage Yard along the Lackawanna River adjacent to the Market Street Bridge in North Scranton.  This acquisition will facilitate the development of a trailhead parking area and provide a river access point at this strategic location.

  • Blakely Borough received $60,000 to plant trees and renovate Brook Street Park in the Borough.

  • Lakeland School District received $50,000 toward the resurfacing of their high school track which is nearly 20 years old.

  • The Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority received $41,043 to complete their development of a downtown connector which would link the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail along South Seventh Avenue to Lackawanna Avenue downtown.

Also in Lackawanna County, Mayfield Borough received $60,116 through the Flood Mitigation Program for the purchase of a commercial slope mower for use along their levee system.

Lastly, Avoca Borough received $62,672 for their MS4 Pollutant Reduction Plan through the Watershed Restoration and Protection Program.  

PennDOT Now Accepting Applications for Multimodal Transportation GrantsPennDOT

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has started accepting grant applications under the Multimodal Transportation Fund.  The Multimodal Transportation Fund presents a great opportunity for our local municipalities to improve transportation infrastructure and enhance pedestrian safety in our communities.

Multimodal grants are available to municipalities, councils of governments, businesses, economic development organizations, public transportation agencies, rail freight, passenger rail, and ports in order to improve transportation assets that enhance communities, pedestrian safety, and transit revitalization.

Funds may be used for the development, rehabilitation, and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities, streetscape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, connectivity of transportation assets and transit-oriented development.

Grants are available for projects with a total cost of $100,000 or more. Applications for the FY 2020-21 Multimodal Transportation Fund will be accepted until November 8, 2019.

I encourage all of our municipalities and other eligible entities to apply for this important funding.

To apply for funding, the applicant must submit an application for the PennDOT Multimodal Transportation Fund online at .

Around the District

It was a pleasure to join members of Jermyn Borough Council and Lakeland Youth Basketball at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the beautifully renovated basketball court at the Jermyn Borough Building. This gym has been a fixture in the community for generations and I was glad to help advocate for the state grant that helped fund this project.
Glad to join Penn State Scranton chancellor Dr. Marwan Wafa, former Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Bill Scranton and dozens of PSU administrators, staff and students for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the campus' new patio and historical marker honoring the service and the legacy of Worthington Scranton.
Very glad to join Lackawanna College administrators, board members and my legislative colleagues recently to commemorate the College's 125th anniversary. Lackawanna College is an excellent and affordable institution and I am very proud to have them here in Lackawanna County.
It was an honor to join Rep. Bridget Kosierowski, Carbondale Mayor Justin Taylor and directors from the United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA in Carbondale to break ground on a $12 million mixed-use development on Fallbrook St. I was proud to advocate for $10.5 million in PHFA tax credits for this important project.

Downtown Scranton Park Project Receives $352,500 State Grant

The City of Scranton recently received a $352,500 Industrial Sites Reuse Program grant for site cleanup associated with the proposed downtown public park. This blighted lot in the heart of our core business district has long been an eyesore in downtown Scranton.

The park project being spearheaded by Scranton Tomorrow also received a $400,000 Keystone Communities grant in January 2018. The proposed park would be located at the corner of Linden St. and Wyoming Ave. in downtown Scranton.

The grant will be used for the removal and disposal of soil and several deteriorated concrete building slabs. The site occupies approximately 0.26 acres and was utilized as a lumber storage in 1884, and a dry cleaner from 1956 until 2000. The funding will be used for remediation consisting of soil excavation, monitoring well abandonment, and a health and safety plan update.

This funding is great news for the City of Scranton and our downtown residential population. I applaud the Wolf Administration for their continued dedication to downtown revitalization and community development.

Deadline to Apply for Fire Company, EMS Grant Program is October 18

All of our first responders provide such an invaluable service to our communities whether responding to emergencies or keeping our families safe.  I encourage all of our regional fire departments and EMS companies to apply for the 2019-20 Fire Company, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Company Grant Program to upgrade their equipment and update their facilities.

The Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner is currently accepting grant applications online at The application deadline is Friday, October 18.

Fire companies and EMS companies can apply for grant funding in up to two of the six eligible categories. Projects eligible for funding include construction or renovation of the fire company's or ambulance service’s facility and purchase or repair of fixtures and furnishings necessary to maintain or improve the capability of the company; purchase or repair of firefighting, ambulance, or rescue equipment; debt reduction associated with the facility or equipment; training and certification of members; and training and education materials regarding fire prevention for the general public. Additionally, Career Fire Departments can apply for grant funding for overtime costs associated with backfilling positions while firefighters are attending training.

Volunteer fire companies that also provide emergency medical service are eligible to apply for both a fire company grant and emergency medical service grant. 

Fire company grants to individual fire companies shall not exceed $15,000 and be no less than $2,500. Volunteer ambulance service grants to individual volunteer ambulance services shall not exceed $10,000 and no less than $2,500.

For more information about the 2019-20 Fire Company, Emergency Medical Services Company Grant Program, visit

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