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Free E-Waste Recycling Event Set for Saturday, Nov. 16 at Viewmont Mall

On Saturday, November 16 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., I will be partnering with HP and the Lackawanna County Environmental Office to offer a free e-waste recycling event for Lackawanna County residents.

The event will take place in the parking lot of the Viewmont Mall, specifically in the lot located behind Dick's Sporting Goods.

Please note that only the following items will be collected on Saturday: desktop computers; laptop computers; e-readers; computer monitors; televisions; printers; and scanners. No other electronic devices will be accepted.

Additionally, we ask that residents please be mindful of the many other constituents that plan to utilize this opportunity to safely discard of old electronics. In order to maximize access to this event, please do your best to limit the number of items you bring to recycle. We hope to hold more events like this in the future where you will have additional opportunities to safely recycle unwanted electronics.

Lastly, we encourage you to be patient on Saturday. We are anticipating a very large turnout at this event. The recycler and our volunteers will do their best to move the line along as smoothly and quickly as possible.

$3.7 Million in State Grants Awarded to Projects Across 22nd District

I am very proud to announce over $3.7 million in state grants for 10 projects throughout the 22nd Senatorial District.

The grant funding was awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) Multimodal Transportation Fund and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Recreation and Conservation grant program.

This funding will not only make our roadways safer, but these projects will also open areas for future development and economic activity. I was glad to work with our state Representatives and local officials to ensure that these projects of need and merit were awarded state funding.

The largest grant was a $1.5 million DCNR award for the development of the North Pocono Trail that will include the construction of 4 miles of trail between East Drinker St. in Dunmore Borough and the Elmhurst Reservoir in Elmhurst Township.

In Lackawanna County, seven projects received Multimodal Transportation grant funding. The City of Carbondale received $500,000 to install sidewalks along Pike Street that will enable the extension of the Lackawanna Heritage Trail into the City.

Blakely Borough received $350,000 to complete Phase 2 of their sidewalk improvement project along Main Street in the borough. The Borough will install new sidewalks and curbing from Keystone Ave. to Academy St.

Archbald Borough received $265,000 to construct a culvert and extend East Ave. over Wildwood Creek that will enable access to two sites located at the former mine scarred Sturges Colliery site. The road extension and culvert will allow the site to be utilized for future economic development.

Roaring Brook Township received $215,000 to repave a number of roadways in the township – many of which have not been paved in over two decades.

Spring Brook Township received $200,000 for the Aston Mountain Road paving project.

The City of Scranton received $95,000 for preliminary engineering costs to rehabilitate the Cliff Street underpass in the city. The City plans to rehabilitate the underpass to make an ADA compliant access to the Steamtown National Historic Site and the Lackawanna County Intermodal Transportation Center.

In Luzerne County, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport received $86,590 for the construction of a Business Center in the Joseph McDade Terminal Building.

Lastly, Mericle 112 Armstrong received $375,000 for the construction of a roadway to open 115 acres for development in Pittston Township in CenterPoint Commerce & Trade Park East. The new roadway will support the construction of three new buildings of bulk industrial and flex space.

Around the District

It was a pleasure to meet with Christina Mueller Curran and the wonderful staff and community partners at McDonald's on Keyser Ave. in Scranton. McDonald's continues to make a great impact on our economy and our workforce across the Commonwealth.

It was a pleasure meeting with a number of members from the Pennsylvania Council on Aging earlier this week in Harrisburg. We had a great discussion on a number of issues and policies important to our Commonwealth's aging population.

   

I recently partnered with Lackawanna College to host a Fair Funding Forum to discuss the inequities in public education funding across Pennsylvania. Thanks to Dan Urevick-Ackelsberg from the Public Interest Law Center for your informative presentation.

Proud to present Lackawanna County President Judge Michael Barrasse with a Senate Citation honoring his induction into the Stanley Goldstein Drug Court Hall of Fame. Judge Barrasse and his staff do an outstanding job helping individuals get the support they need.

   

Federal Enforcement Deadline for REAL ID in Pennsylvania is October 1, 2020

Real IDThe Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reminding residents that federal enforcement of the REAL ID Act will begin at airports and secure federal facilities nationwide on October 1, 2020.

Beginning October 1, 2020, federally-accepted form of identification (whether it's a Pennsylvania REAL ID driver's license or ID card, a U.S. Passport/Passport Card, a military ID, etc.) must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building that requires ID at the door. REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards have been available at the customer’s option since March 2019.

Federal regulations require that to be issued a REAL ID-compliant product, PennDOT must verify the below documents:

  • Proof of Identity: Original or certified copy of a birth certificate filed with the State Office of Vital Records/Statistics with a raised seal/embossed or valid, unexpired, U.S. Passport;

  • Proof of Social Security Number:  Social security card, in current legal name;

  • Two Proofs of Current, Physical PA Address: Current, unexpired PA driver’s license or identification card, vehicle registration or a utility bill with the same name and address; and  

  • Proof of all Legal Name Changes (if applicable): Certified marriage certificate(s) issued by the County Court for each marriage, court order(s) approving a change in legal name, or amended birth certificate issued by the State Office of Vital Records/Statistics

If residents need to obtain replacement documents, they should contact the State Office of Vital Records/Statistics, Social Security Administration and/or obtain Certified Marriage Certificate(s) from the County office in which the marriage license was issued.

For more information about REAL ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions and information on documents required for REAL ID, visit www.penndot.gov/REALID.

Student Ambassador ProgramApplications Now Being Accepted for Student Ambassador Program

We are now accepting applications from high school seniors across the 22nd Senatorial District for our Student Ambassador Program.

Now in its 8th year, the Student Ambassador Program gives high school seniors an opportunity to represent their school in a number of meetings, tours and government networking events designed to help participants gain a better understanding of all levels of government and to develop critical thinking and leadership skills with an emphasis on public service.

The program meets once per month from January through May and concludes with a scholarship presentation where students are tasked with putting themselves in the shoes of a state senator and proposing a new law or policy of interest to them.

Students can apply online now at www.senatorblake.com/student. Applications will be accepted through Friday, December 13, 2019. All applications are reviewed by the staff at Senator Blake’s office and one ambassador from each high school will be selected. 

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Offices to Serve You

 

District Office
Oppenheim Building
409 Lackawanna Ave., Ste. 210
Scranton, PA 18503
Phone: (570) 207-2881
Fax: (570) 207-2897
Toll free: 1-877-346-5721
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Harrisburg Office
Room 17 East Wing
The State Capitol
Senate Box 203022
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3022
Phone: (717) 787-6481
Fax: (717) 783-5198
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 
 
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