News Releases

Senator Yudichak Legislation Extending Environmental Cleanup Programs Approved by Senate Committee

HARRISBURG, May 22, 2017 — The Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee today unanimously approved legislation authored by State Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon), Senate Bill 649, which extends expiring environmental cleanup... » Read More

Sabatina’s ‘Paul’s Law’ Passes Senate Unanimously

HARRISBURG, May 22, 2017 – State Sen. John Sabatina’s legislation to protect critical health services for individuals with special needs was unanimously approved in the Pennsylvania Senate today. Senate Bill 108, “Paul’s Law,” would prohibit organ transplant... » Read More

Senator John Yudichak Attends Groundbreaking Ceremony for Wilkes University Streetscape Improvement Project

WILKES-BARRE, May 22,  2017 — Wilkes University marked the beginning of a $1.5 million streetscape improvement project in downtown Wilkes-Barre this morning. Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) joined Dr. Patrick Leahy, President of Wilkes University, Mayor... » Read More

Costa: Local Community Revitalization Efforts Bolstered by State Grant Funds

Harrisburg, May 18, 2017 — Two local organizations focused on community revitalization will share $375,000 in state grant funds to further their efforts, State Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) announced today. “We’re so fortunate to have organizations in our... » Read More

Boscola Announces $75,000 for Two Community Revitalization Projects

HARRISBURG, May 18, 2017 – State Senator Lisa Boscola today announced a total of $75,000 for two state Keystone Communities grants aimed at curbing blight and improving a community’s downtown business district. “These state dollars help local officials advance... » Read More

Senator Yudichak Announces Early Intervention Grant for City of Wilkes-Barre

Wilkes-Barre, May 15, 2017 — Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the Department of Community and Economic Development (“DCED”) awarded the City of Wilkes-Barre a $200,000 Early Intervention Program (“EIP”) grant that will fund Phase-II... » Read More

Costa Legislation Will Protect Kids from School Lunch Shaming

Harrisburg – May 10, 2017 – Concerned at reported mistreatment of children with low balances on school lunch accounts, State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) today introduced legislation that would prohibit “lunch shaming” by school administrators and staff. “These... » Read More

Senator Art Haywood Releases Statement on Cheltenham High School Incidents

HARRISBURG – May 10, 2017 – Following a community meeting on the recent issues of violence and other unruly behavior at Cheltenham High School, Senator Art Haywood was joined by 30 citizens in a focused effort to provide mentorship and other guidance to students.... » Read More

Lawmakers and Citizens Rally at State Capitol for Redistricting Reform

HARRISBURG, May 9, 2017 – State lawmakers and over 100 citizens rallied today on the Capitol steps for redistricting reform legislation. Calling the current system unfair and a harmful distortion of democracy, reform advocates called for creating an independent... » Read More

Eleven Schools, 180 Students, Leaders Attend Brewster’s Student Government Day Seminar

Harrisburg – May 5, 2017 – State Sen. Jim Brewster’s seventh annual Student Government Day Seminar, held yesterday at Penn State Greater Allegheny in McKeesport, included 11 local schools, 180 students, political leaders from Allegheny and Westmoreland counties and an... » Read More

Senator Sharif Street to Host ‘Take Back Your Health’ Event

PHILADELPHIA, May 4, 2017 — Senator Sharif Street will host a Take Back Your Health event on Friday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Temple Administrative Services Building in the Learning Center located at 2450 W. Hunting Park Avenue. “Good physical health... » Read More

Senator Yudichak Commemorates Start of Ginder Field Rehabilitation Project in Summit Hill

Summit Hill, April 29, 2017 — Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) commemorated the start of the Phillip Ginder Field Rehabilitation Project during a groundbreaking ceremony this morning in Summit Hill, Carbon County. Phase I and II of the project received $80,000 in... » Read More

Senator Haywood Responds to Concerns Regarding a Medical Marijuana Dispensary in the 50th Ward

HARRISBURG – April 28, 2017 – Senator Haywood has released the below statement on the recent concerns expressed regarding the establishment of a medical marijuana dispensary within the district. The Philadelphia Tribune has background on the topic here: Though I had to... » Read More

Senator Boscola and Senator Mensch Introduce Resolution Recognizing April 2017 as Pennsylvania Community College Month

Harrisburg, April 26, 2017 – Senator Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton), and Senator Bob Mensch (R-Berks, Bucks, Montgomery), co-chairs of the bipartisan Community College Caucus, introduced a joint resolution today recognizing the month of April 2017 as... » Read More

Farnese Applauds Senate Passage of Anti-SLAPP Legislation

Harrisburg, April 25, 2017 — Focused on protecting the rights of people and organizations against frivolous lawsuits aimed at stifling free speech, state Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) today thanked his colleagues for their support of his legislation, Senate Bill 95, and said he looks forward to swift consideration by the House of Representatives. » Read More

Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Approves Resolution Creating Task Force to Investigate Threat of Lead Exposure in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, April 25, 2017— Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced that Senate Resolution 33 (SR 33)—which would create a bipartisan task force to investigate the scope of Pennsylvania’s lead exposure problem—was approved unanimously today by the... » Read More

Tartaglione: U.C. Temporary Funding Fix Approved by Governor

Harrisburg – April 25, 2017 – A $15 million transfer to temporarily aid the processing of unemployment compensation claims, remove backlogs and result in the hiring of 200 workers laid off last year was signed into law as Act 1 yesterday afternoon by Gov. Tom Wolf,... » Read More

Sabatina Announces State Funds for Tioga Marine Terminal Improvement Project

PHILADELPHIA, April 24, 2017 — The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority was awarded a significant state grant for a rehabilitation project at Tioga Marine Terminal, according to state Sen. John Sabatina, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. The... » Read More

Costa: Environmental Education Grants Awarded to Benefit Students

Harrisburg, April 21, 2017 — Efforts to educate local students about environmental issues will be bolstered by more than $50,000 in state Environmental Education Grant funding, Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) announced today. “There is nothing more important than providing our... » Read More

Yudichak Announces Environmental Education Grants

Nanticoke, April 21, 2017 – State Senator John T. Yudichak (Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the Departmentof Environmental Protection (“DEP”) awarded two grants—one each in Carbon and Luzerne counties— through the Environmental Education Grant Program. In... » Read More