Rep. Marty Flynn's latest newsletter.

(Sep 17, 2020)

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Flynn, House Democratic Policy Committee hear testimony on fairness for tenant utility billing

(Sep 09, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 9 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, and House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, held a hearing today on fairness for tenant utility billing. Read more

 

9/9/20 – House Bill 2275 – Harrisburg

(Sep 09, 2020)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing held in the Capitol and co-chaired by State Rep. Marty Flynn. Read more

 

House Democratic Policy Committee to hold hearing on fairness for tenant utility billing Wednesday in Capitol

(Sep 03, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 3 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced today that the House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing on fairness for tenant utility billing. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 in Room G-50 Irvis Office Building in Harrisburg. The media and public are urged to watch the livestream at www.pahouse.com/live . Requested by state Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, the hearing will focus on his H.B. 2275 , which would ensure fairness for tenant utility billing. Testifiers will speak remotely while members will participate in person and remotely. Testifiers will include: Gladys Brown Dutrieuille , chair, Pennsylvania Utility Commission. Marc Treitler , partner/general counsel, Conservice. Sabrina Patterson , legal counsel, Conservice. Michael Housely , president, Legacy Energy (on behalf of the Pennsylvania Apartment Association). Gale Schwartz , associate director of policy and strategic initiatives, Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania. Following the hearing, testimonies and full hearing video will be posted at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Flynn supports governor’s call for action on paid leave and family leave legislation for working people

(Aug 31, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 31 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, joined Gov. Tom Wolf and fellow lawmakers at a news conference today urging the General Assembly to support Pennsylvania families and pass paid sick leave legislation, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Flynn said Pennsylvania needs paid sick leave for workers who miss work for an illness or to take care of a loved one. Flynn said he also supports family leave legislation (S.B. 580 ) and other House bills, which remain stuck in committees. “We need to pass a comprehensive family leave plan that meets the needs of all workers and their families, not just a select few,” Flynn said. “Pennsylvania workers shouldn’t have to choose between their job and their health, especially during a pandemic.” Flynn said paid family leave provides advantages to employees and families because it can increase employee morale and productivity once workers return to their jobs. Wolf also announced a new paid family leave policy for Commonwealth employees under his jurisdiction effective Oct. 15. Commonwealth employees will be eligible for up to six weeks of paid parental leave to care for a child after a birth, adoption or foster care placement. The new policy is separate from accrued sick or paid time off the employee may have earned. Flynn said a paid sick leave law would help approximately 400,000 Pennsylvanians, Read more

 

Flynn and Blake get over $400K for Scranton School District

(Aug 26, 2020)

SCRANTON, Aug. 26– State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, worked with state Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe, to secure $436,128 in grant funding to help Scranton schools improve educational services for students. The funding is provided to schools designated for Additional Targeted Support and Improvement under the federal Every Student Success Act. Flynn said the grants were calculated based on need including the number of economically disadvantaged students in the district. “This funding helps our local schools to focus on our neediest students so they can keep up with the school curriculum and I want to thank Senator Blake for his steadfast commitment in keeping the school district properly funded for our students,” Flynn said. The following schools received funding: $160,590 – Scranton High School. $117,710 – West Scranton High School. $80,706 – West Scranton Intermediate Unit. $77,122 - Isaac Tripp El School. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorizes governors to determine the educational use of these Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funds. ESSA requires states to develop plans to designate schools for support and improvement based on the performance of individual student groups in key areas, including academic achievement and growth; graduation rate and English Read more

 

Flynn: $185K to Scranton schools for special education service

(Aug 21, 2020)

SCRANTON, Aug. 21 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, has brought home to his district a total of $185,000 to two school districts for special needs educational services from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s federal funding through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. “Our children with complex needs and different abilities have the right to receive a proper education that helps them to grow and enjoy getting an education without feeling abandoned or left out,” Flynn said. “ The following school districts received Governor’s Emergency Education Relief grants: $170, 244 – Scranton School District. $15,237 - Abington Heights School District. According to Flynn, these funds are to be used for: Providing enhanced real-time instruction to bolster remote services and supports for students with complex needs. Providing services and supports to students with disabilities who experienced a loss in skills and behavior and/or a lack of progress due to the mandatory school closures. Grant amounts were calculated using an allocation formula based on the number of students with complex special education needs within each local education agency. Click here for a full list of grant recipients. Read more

 

Flynn: $179,575 to the city of Scranton for water and sewer upgrades

(Aug 17, 2020)

SCRANTON, Aug. 17 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, announced he has brought home to his legislative district a $179,575 Commonwealth Financing Authority Water and Sewer grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Flynn said the funding will be used for the Bloom Avenue culvert project in the city of Scranton. “It’s important that our area has dependable infrastructure for our residents, and with this grant award we will be able to continue to address the city of Scranton’s critical water and sewer needs,” Flynn said. “ I am proud to be working together with state Senator John Blake to be sure that our region is able to improve the infrastructure for better public health.” Fynn said the proposed project will replace the failing Boom Avenue culvert at Leach Creek. The existing stone archway is failing and is not adequate to pass the required storm flows from the creek. A new concreate arch structure will be constructed. The project’s total cost is $211,265. The city of Scranton will invest $31,690 in the project. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of DCED to Read more

 

Flynn: $171,266 grant to the Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County

(Aug 12, 2020)

LACKAWANNA, Aug.12 – State Rep. Marty Flynn D-Lackawanna, is pleased that a $171,266 grant is going to the Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County to help the center continue operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. Flynn said the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Funds authorize the governor to determine the educational use of the money as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. “Technology institutions play a key role in producing a skilled workforce that helps to build our local economy,” Flynn said Flynn said GEER funding can be used toward the safe reopening of the technical institute considering COVID-19. This may include purchasing protective equipment, hand sanitizer and cleaning products and other educational-related equipment or technology to take classrooms online. There are 80 Career Technical Institutes in Pennsylvania that offer a combination of classes and hands-on learning in programs approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Thousands of students earn industry credentials or certifications got local jobs in high demand, so they can graduate on a path for success. Read more

 

Flynn to introduce bill to provide transparency on tax exempt property status for nonprofit organizations

(Aug 06, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 6 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, said he plans to introduce legislation that would clarify the ability of nonprofit organizations to avoid paying property taxes on land they own. Flynn said for far too long, certain organizations have avoided paying their fair share of property taxes on land that is being used for commercial purposes, which he said goes against the rules laid out by the state constitution. “To assist local governments with proper property tax collection, I am introducing legislation which would ensure that the property tax exemption for nonprofits is functioning as intended by only exempting taxes on land that is actually used for charitable purposes.” Flynn said. Flynn said, for example, the proposed changes would clarify that land being used to operate a fast-food restaurant on a college campus would be subject to real estate taxes. “We can solve any confusion about what is or is not taxable and help prevent the average taxpaying family from having to cover for organizations that are not paying their fair share of property tax,” Flynn said. The Lackawanna County legislator is seeking co-sponsors for this proposed bill. Read more

 

Flynn reminds registered medical professionals of license renewal extension to Aug. 28 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak   

(Jul 29, 2020)

SCRANTON, July 29 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, is informing registered nurses, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse practitioners and prescriptive authorities that an extension has been granted for license renewal until Aug. 28 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Flynn said Gov. Tom Wolf extended the deadline because licensees were having difficulty meeting the July 29 deadline. “This will be a final extension and licensees who are due for license renewal are urged to apply for renewal as soon as possible because of the backlog of processing,” Flynn said. Flynn said the practical nurse license renewal will be extended from June 30 to Sept. 28. For more information visit the website www.dos.pa.gov . Read more

 

Flynn Votes Against Limiting Governor Powers

(Jul 14, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Marty Flynn spoke against changing the Pennsylvania constitution to limit the Governors emergency powers. Read more

 

Helping our first responders and businesses during COVID-19 crisis

(Jul 10, 2020)

Helping our first responders and businesses during COVID-19 crisis Read more

 

Renter and homeowner aid available

(Jun 30, 2020)

Renters and homeowners who were financially impacted by the economic slowdown related to the coronavirus pandemic will be able to access applications for rent and mortgage relief beginning Monday, June 29. At that time, applications will be accessible from a red banner on the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s website at www.PHFA.org . Homeowners who became unemployed after March 1 or who suffered at least a 30 percent reduction in annual income due to reduced work hours and wages related to COVID-19 may be eligible for financial assistance to help with missed mortgage payments. To qualify for the Pandemic Mortgage Assistance Program, the applicant must be an owner-occupant of their residence, the dwelling must consist of one or two separate units, the mortgage must be at least 30 days delinquent, and the applicant-homeowner’s annual household income must not exceed the Area Median Income for their county of residence adjusted for the number of people in their home. For renters to be eligible for financial assistance under the CARES Rent Relief Program, they will need to document at least a 30 percent reduction in annual income since March 1 related to COVID-19, or they must have become unemployed after March 1. If unemployed, they must have filed for Unemployment Compensation. Their household income cannot exceed the Area Median Income for their county of residence adjusted for the number of people in their home. For more information Read more

 

Small Business Assistance grants available

(Jun 25, 2020)

Applications are expected to be available June 30 for a new program aimed at providing critical funding to local businesses hurt by the coronavirus. Read more

 

Flynn: Small Business Assistance Grants now available for Lackawanna County businesses

(Jun 12, 2020)

LACKAWANNA, June 12 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, said the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development is now providing program guidelines and additional details for the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Business Grants. Flynn said under the program, $225 million is available for COVID-19 relief to small businesses through a distribution to Community Development Financial Institutions for loan payment deferment, and portfolio loan loss reserves, main street business revitalization grants and historically disadvantaged business revitalization grants. “With bills coming due, many Lackawanna County businesses are scrambling to stay afloat and these grants could possibly allow them to improve cash flow and keep their workers employed,” Flynn said. Flynn said regional applications go through Metro Action of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce which serves the counties of Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming The funds will be available through three programs: $100 million for the Main Street Business Revitalization Program for small businesses that experienced loss as a result of the governor’s March 19, 2020 order relating to the closure of all non-life-sustaining businesses and have or will incur costs to adapt to new business operations related to COVID-19. $100 million for the Historically Disadvantaged Business Read more

 

Fynn: $100K grant awarded to Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA

(Jun 10, 2020)

LACKAWANNA, June 10 – State Rep. Marty Flynn said he is pleased that the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeast Pennsylvania has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. “Our child advocacy center provides efficient and sensitive medical and mental health services,” Flynn said. “There are many benefits of having this center in Lackawanna County, such as providing quicker follow up to child abuse reports, better collection of information and coordinated investigations that lead to more effective prosecutions.” Flynn said the grant will be used over two years to strengthen forensic interviews and forensic medical exams for suspected child/teen victims of physical and sexual abuse and/or neglect in Lackawanna County. The Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania is a private, nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to provide assessment and treatment of child abuse and neglect. For more information on PCCD on these grants, resident may visit http://www.pccd.pa.gov . Read more

 

Rep. Flynn secures over $552K in food pantry grants in the 113th District

(May 21, 2020)

SCRANTON, May 21 – Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, has worked to bring home $552,959 in food pantry funding to help constituents stay fed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Gov. Tom Wolf said the funding is from the Food Recovery Infrastructure Grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Flynn said the following grants have been awarded in his district: $161,682 - to Friends of the Poor. $144,245 - Meals on Wheels of Northeastern Pennsylvania Inc. 127,054 - Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency Inc. $87,800 - Keystone Mission Rescue Alliance Inc. $24,412 -The Community Intervention Center of Lackawanna County. $7,766 - The Wright Center Medical Group, The Wright Center for Community Health. “Many families in my district are opening up empty pantries and they’re worried about how they’re going to feed their families,” Flynn said. “Our food pantries play a central role with local organizations to address the needs of people who are in need of food, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Flynn said the Wolf Administration expanded the food recovery infrastructure grants to keep food banks stocked and prevent farm losses. The changes encourage partnerships between nonprofit organizations such as food banks and farms, and processors and cooperatives that continue to experience challenges within the food supply chain as the Read more

 

Flynn: Over $4 million in education funding has been approved for Scranton and Abington Heights school districts

(May 14, 2020)

LACKAWANNA, May 14 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, said the U.S. Department of Education has approved federal emergency funding for Pennsylvania schools to help mitigate the COVID-19 impact. The schools in Flynn’s district still need to apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education to ensure they receive the federal funding. The school districts and the amounts anticipated are: $ 3.9 million to Scranton School District. $226,310 to the Abington Heights School District. “The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the learning dynamic from classrooms into the homes of students and teachers,” Flynn said. “It is imperative that students receive the quality education they deserve, despite the circumstances, and this funding can help in that regard.” Gov. Tom Wolf announced that the USDE approved both school allocations and when districts apply for it, through the state Department of Education, they can expect to start receiving funds within the next several weeks. The funding may be used for a wide range of purposes, including food service; professional training; technology purchases; sanitization and cleaning supplies; summer and after-school programs; and mental health supports. Funds must be used by September 2022. Applying school entities are encouraged to prioritize investments for vulnerable students and families, including those living in the deepest poverty, students with disabilities, Read more

 

Flynn: PennDOT to use existing photos for driver license and ID card renewals

(May 12, 2020)

LACKAWANNA, May 12 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, said the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will use existing photos on file for his constituents who renew their driver’s license and identification cards during the COVID-19 pandemic. Flynn and House Democratic legislators are credited with inspiring Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration to use existing photos instead of requiring residents to visit driver licensing centers at this time. “The safety of all my constituents is my main priority during the COVID-19 crisis, so using their existing photos for renewals will help to limit the number of people who will need to visit our Lackawanna County photo license centers, and hopefully reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Flynn said. Flynn said applicants who renew their driver’s license or photo ID card online or through the mail will receive a new card using the most recent photo on file. No camera cards will be issued to these customers. The card applicants are expected to receive their new product by mail in 15 days. Constituents who renewed their cards on or before May 10 will receive a camera card in the mail and will need to visit a PennDOT Photo License Center to obtain an updated photo. In addition, non-U.S. citizens must also visit the driver’s license center in person to complete the transaction. Non-commercial driver’s license and photo ID card holders may renew their application online by visiting Read more

 

Rep. Marty Flynn's latest newsletter.
Sep 17, 2020

Flynn, House Democratic Policy Committee hear testimony on fairness for tenant utility billing
Sep 09, 2020

9/9/20 – House Bill 2275 – Harrisburg
Sep 09, 2020

House Democratic Policy Committee to hold hearing on fairness for tenant utility billing Wednesday in Capitol
Sep 03, 2020

Flynn supports governor’s call for action on paid leave and family leave legislation for working people
Aug 31, 2020

Flynn and Blake get over $400K for Scranton School District
Aug 26, 2020

Flynn: $185K to Scranton schools for special education service
Aug 21, 2020

Flynn: $179,575 to the city of Scranton for water and sewer upgrades
Aug 17, 2020

Flynn: $171,266 grant to the Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County
Aug 12, 2020

Flynn to introduce bill to provide transparency on tax exempt property status for nonprofit organizations
Aug 06, 2020

Flynn reminds registered medical professionals of license renewal extension to Aug. 28 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak   
Jul 29, 2020

Flynn Votes Against Limiting Governor Powers
Jul 14, 2020

Helping our first responders and businesses during COVID-19 crisis
Jul 10, 2020

Renter and homeowner aid available
Jun 30, 2020

Small Business Assistance grants available
Jun 25, 2020

Flynn: Small Business Assistance Grants now available for Lackawanna County businesses
Jun 12, 2020

Fynn: $100K grant awarded to Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA
Jun 10, 2020

Rep. Flynn secures over $552K in food pantry grants in the 113th District
May 21, 2020

Flynn: Over $4 million in education funding has been approved for Scranton and Abington Heights school districts
May 14, 2020

Flynn: PennDOT to use existing photos for driver license and ID card renewals
May 12, 2020