Rep Flynn: more than $160,000 in state funding awarded to Lackawanna County

(Sep 18, 2019)

Scranton, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, today announced that $166,043 in state funding will be coming to Lackawanna County for two recreational trails in Scranton. Flynn said the funds were awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority under the state’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. “Both of these projects are critical for the connections of the trail system within the city of Scranton,” Flynn said. The grant recipients are: $125,000 to Lackawanna Valley Conservancy to acquire two acres as a future trailhead for the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail in Scranton. Total project cost is $211,104 $41,043 to Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority to construct a new trail along Railroad Avenue to connect to the existing Lackawanna River Heritage Trail in Scranton. Total project cost is $558,222. “I commend state Senator John Blake who tirelessly advocated for this funding, “Flynn said. Flynn said the 2-acre site will be on three parcels adjacent to the West Market Street Bridge over the Lackawanna River. The Lackawanna Valley Conservatory and the Lackawanna River Conservation Association have been working in collaboration with the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority for more than 25 years to develop the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, a 40-mile-long multiple use recreational trail and greenway system. The Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority is planning to Read more

 

Veterans outreach Sept. 30 at Flynn’s office

(Sep 16, 2019)

SCRANTON, Sept. 16 – Area veterans are invited to take part in the monthly support program at the office of state Rep. Marty Flynn. Read more

 

Flynn announces over $280K in state grants for Lackawanna County

(Sep 12, 2019)

SCRANTON, Sept. 12 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, announced today that two Lackawanna County outreach organizations have received $280,801 in Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency funding. Flynn said the following agencies were awarded the grant funding: $182,869 - Women’s Resources Center, Inc. $104,832 - Employment Opportunity and Training Center of Northeast Pa. The Reconnect Program “ It’s important that these outreach centers be adequately funded to serve our most underserved citizens in my district,” Flynn said. The grants will give qualifying people the chance to be trained for employment and provide disadvantaged women the chance to receive guidance and training in order to lead productive lives. Read more

 

Flynn reminds drivers of Pa. school bus stopping law

(Sep 10, 2019)

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Medicare help set for Sept. 9 at Flynn’s office

(Sep 03, 2019)

SCRANTON, Sept. 3 – Older residents with questions about Medicare or health insurance coverage should visit state Rep. Marty Flynn’s office during his monthly outreach next week. Read more

 

The importance of honoring veterans with outreach programs

(Aug 28, 2019)

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The importance of honoring veterans with outreach program

(Aug 28, 2019)

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Flynn Committed to Funding Scranton Schools

(Aug 26, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Marty Flynn believes taxpayers and school children, like those in the Scranton School District and underfunded districts across the commonwealth, shouldn't be burdened by inequities. Read more

 

Flynn Hosts Annual Senior Fair

(Aug 26, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Marty Flynn hosted his annual Senior Fair at Scranton High School, connecting area seniors with information about a variety of programs to help them live healthy and productive lives. Read more

 

Veterans outreach Aug. 29 at Flynn’s office

(Aug 20, 2019)

SCRANTON, Aug. 20 – Area veterans are invited to take part in the monthly support program next week at the office of state Rep. Marty Flynn. A representative from the American Legion Service Office Outreach program will be in Flynn's office – Jay's Commons, 409 N. Main Ave. – from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 29 to provide information on services available to veterans and their families. The American Legion representatives are available to discuss education, health care and death benefits. Flynn’s office has added Aug. 29 as a second day for local veterans after all available appointments had been booked on Aug. 28. Legion membership is not required to take advantage of the help, but anyone interested in speaking to the advisers should call and schedule an appointment through Flynn’s office at 570-342-4348. Read more

 

Around the state: To protect and to serve all of us

(Aug 12, 2019)

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To protect and to serve all of us

(Aug 09, 2019)

Growing up our parents would have never thought to disrespect authority, especially law enforcement. When we were young children, we were raised to have respect for our elders and people serving in law enforcement jobs. They were our mentors and we learned life’s lessons from them. But times have changed and violence against police officers is on the rise. We now live in a world where name calling and violence against law enforcement officers are common occurrences in our society. What happened to respect that previous generations had? Each day, thousands of law enforcement officers in Pennsylvania put on a uniform and set out to protect us. Hostility toward law enforcement yields real danger and fosters violence. Currently, there is not a law in Pennsylvania specifically aimed at prosecuting those who incite violence against police. My legislation, H.B. 540, would establish an offense of a third-degree felony against a person who is violent against one or more law enforcement officers in Pennsylvania. Law enforcement officers risk their lives every day to protect and serve us and to ensure safety for all. Law enforcement officers also have been increasingly under fire because of the job they hold. When you harm a police officer it is already a crime under federal law, and my proposed legislation would make it a state crime as well. Police officers hug their families before heading out the door and risk the possibility of not coming back home that Read more

 

7th annual Senior Fair planned by Flynn

(Aug 07, 2019)

SCRANTON, Aug. 7 – Older residents living in Scranton, South Abington Township and Clarks Green are invited to join state Rep. Marty Flynn for his upcoming 7th annual Senior Fair. Read more

 

Medicare help Aug. 12 at Flynn’s office

(Aug 05, 2019)

SCRANTON, Aug. 5 – Older residents with questions about Medicare or health insurance coverage should visit state Rep. Marty Flynn’s office during his monthly outreach next week. Read more

 

Flynn helps to bring home $4 million for Scranton projects

(Aug 01, 2019)

Scranton, Aug. 1 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, has worked to secure over $4 million in state grants for three local projects in the Scranton area. “We have reached the point of having a partnership between county, city and state and these projects were possible because we all work together for the good of the region,” Flynn said. “I am thrilled that the projects will benefit our economic climate, renovate properties and provide a safety-net primary care clinic to house Opioid Use Disorder Center,” Flynn said. The projects are as follows: $1.5 million for the Wright Community Center for the Wright Center for Primary Care. $2 million for the Lace Building Affiliates for the Scranton Lace Adaptive Reuse. $500,000 for the United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania for the South Scranton Women’s Business Incubator. “I thank Governor Tom Wolf for approving these projects and for showing his support of Northeastern Pennsylvania,” Flynn said. Flynn said the grants were awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program. It provides funding for regional, economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects. Read more

 

Olympic athletes will get state tax breaks under my bill

(Jul 26, 2019)

Congratulations on winning an Olympic medal! Now… here is a bill for the taxes you owe to the state of Pennsylvania! That’s what some Olympic athletes from Pennsylvania returned home to in the past. But if I won’t be that way from now on because of a law I authored that removes the tax burden on successful Olympic athletes. I am grateful to Democrats and Republicans in the General Assembly who voted in favor of my legislation (H.B. 538), which was incorporated into H.B. 262 and ultimately signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf. My legislation exempts prize winnings and medals received from the Olympic Games or Paralympic Games from Pennsylvania income taxes. The legislation is now known as Act 13. It is important to me, and many other lawmakers across the state, that we do not tax our athletes who basically fund their own journey to the Olympics. It is not fair to expect our athletes to pay for their own trip to the host country to compete and then also tax them on their success on top of that. They work hard and deserve this state tax break. The new law will serve as testimony to future Olympic champions just how much we admire them and appreciate their success and will thank them for their commitment. Their performances truly inspire and unite our country and Commonwealth, yet the United States is one of the few countries in the world that does not provide government funding to its athletes for training, requiring most competitors to rely on small Read more

 

Flynn: Renewable Energy Will Help Reduce our Carbon Footprint

(Jul 18, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Marty Flynn participated in a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Carbondale focusing on clean renewable energy. Flynn says we must act now to reduce our carbon emissions and include more wind and solar power in our energy portfolio in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Flynn, Policy Committee inspect education funding fairness

(Jul 18, 2019)

SCRANTON, July 18 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, held a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing today at the West Scranton Intermediate School to discuss fair education funding. “There is a great disparity in the way education funds are allocated across the commonwealth. The students in the Scranton Area School District, and districts throughout Pennsylvania all deserve the same, equal opportunities to succeed in school,” Flynn said. Flynn requested the hearing to discuss ways to improve the allocation of education funds for Pennsylvania school districts . He was joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Sturla said, “As someone who has been a long-time advocate for fair education funding, I am appreciative that Representative Flynn wanted to showcase how northeastern Pennsylvanians also experience funding inequities like many school districts all over the state. We must continue to fight for this fairness.” Testifiers included Kelly Lewis, president & CEO of Lewis Strategic PLLC; Dr. Alexis Kirijan, superintendent of the Scranton Area School District; Paul Duffy, chair of the board of Intergovernmental Committee for the Scranton Area School Board; and Rosemary Boland, president of the Scranton Federation of Teachers Union. This hearing is among a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people Read more

 

Flynn announces $262K in federal funding for fruits and vegetables awarded to Scranton School District elementary schools

(Jul 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 15 – State Rep. Marty Flynn announced today that more than $262,000 in federal funding for fresh fruits and vegetables has been awarded to elementary schools in the Scranton School District . “These funds will go to great use, feeding the appetites and minds of the elementary students in the Scranton School District,” said Flynn, D-Lackawanna. “We know that children learn best when they can concentrate on their lessons. Ensuring they have the nutrients they need and they’re not trying to learn while they’re hungry will help them to do their best work.” The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through its Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program , which aims to create healthier environments by providing healthier food choices, and to expand the variety of fruits and vegetables students consume to improve their present and future health. Funding priority is given to schools with the highest rates of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Funding for the district is broken down as follows: Charles Sumner Elementary School: $15,870. Frances Willard Elementary School: $24,840. George Bancroft Elementary School: $12,362.50. Isaac Tripp Elementary School: $40,537.50. John Adams Elementary School: $17,997.50. John F. Kennedy Elementary School: $23,862.50. John G. Whittier Elementary School: $24,437.50. McNichols Educational Plaza: $22,712.50. Neil Armstrong Elementary Read more

 

Flynn to hold policy hearing on fair education funding Thursday in Scranton

(Jul 15, 2019)

SCRANTON, July 15 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on fair education funding. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. July 18 at West Scranton Intermediate School, 1401 Fellows St. The media and public are invited to attend. Flynn requested the hearing to discuss ways to improve the allocation of education funds for Pennsylvania school districts. He will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Testifiers will include Kelly Lewis, president & CEO of Lewis Strategic, PLLC; Dr. Alexis Kirijan, superintendent of the Scranton Area School District; Paul Duffy, chair of the board of Intergovernmental Committee for the Scranton Area School Board; and Rosemary Boland, president of the Scranton Federation of Teachers Union. This hearing is among a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing health care access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com and hearing materials are at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more