Mullery takes ‘One.19’ initiative to Plymouth, Plymouth Township

PLYMOUTH, March 6 – As part of his ongoing constituent and community outreach service dubbed “One.19,” state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, this week visited Plymouth and Plymouth Township.

The lawmaker is scheduling meetings and constituent service hours in all 19 communities of the 119th Legislative District.

Mullery met with Plymouth Township Supervisor Chairwoman Gale Conrad to discuss issues of importance in the township including: the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Department of Community and Economic Development flood buyback program in which a total of 125 flood-devastated homes have been purchased by the township and received an update on an additional 18 properties in the program; the township’s financial footing post-Act 47; the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority regional storm water management program; and several other important initiatives.

He met with approximately one dozen officials at the Wyoming Valley West High School in Plymouth to review the district’s school safety plan. Present and active in the discussion were the school resource officer, the district’s security consultant, buildings and grounds supervisor, and school principal.

“We discussed several bills pending in the state legislature including Senate Bill 383, which would allow school personnel who have the proper training and a psychological evaluation, to carry a firearm in school. This legislation is scheduled for a March 15 hearing before the House Education Committee, of which I am a member,” Mullery said.

The state Senate passed the legislation 28-22 last June.

Other issues discussed included funding for structural repairs at the high school, the state special education funding formula, Keystone Exams, and the proliferation of cyber and charter schools and their effect upon brick-and-mortar school districts.

Mullery also met with Plymouth Borough’s new Police Chief Anthony Gorey.

“We discussed his plans for the department and several initiatives he hopes to pursue to create a safer community. Chief Gorey is committed to increased patrols, the addition of full- and part-time officers, and a more active community policing effort,” Mullery said.

Mullery traveled to the Moon Lake Recreation Area to observe its progress. In June 2015, Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation transferring ownership of Moon Lake County Park to the commonwealth under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. DCNR has continued to permit and promote mountain biking, hiking and fishing in the area and removed permanent structures that were in disrepair. Mullery inspected multiple improvements in the area, including the renovated campsites.

Mullery conducted his “Main Street Walking Tour” and met with several business owners and constituents in Plymouth Borough, including Mark and Brian Vnuk at Brand Graphics Solutions. 

“BGS is a diversified company specializing in imaging brands for success and offering creative solutions in the areas of corporate branding, fleet identification, trade show displays, corporate apparel and promotional products. Mark, Brian and I talked about measures to create a more business friendly environment in NEPA and efforts to revitalize our communities’ main streets,” Mullery said.

He met with Plymouth Borough Council members Bill Dixon, Clyde Peters and Donna Manglaviti to get an update on borough projects, including the destruction of a blighted property in the 100 block of East Main Street, correction of water runoff issues affecting Beverly Drive residents, and storm water and sewer infrastructure improvements.

Mullery concluded the visits with community outreach at the Plymouth Borough Building.

“Approximately two dozen township and borough residents participated in a town hall meeting about redistricting, property taxes, community library funding, crime prevention, and several other topics,” he said. “As always, I encourage West Side constituents to take full advantage of my Plymouth constituent outreach scheduled for the third Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Dan Flood Towers on East Main Street.”

Mullery intends to stop at all 19 municipalities in his legislative district during the 2017-18 legislative session. He will provide updates of each visit on his website – - and social media. Constituents can also contact his office at 570-740-7031.

Photos of this week’s visits may be found here.