Haddock: Over $2 million awarded to support several local improvement projects

HUGHESTOWN, March 16 – State Rep. Jim Haddock today announced 15 area projects in his district were awarded state funding totaling $2.04 million through the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

“This funding will provide significant improvements to several aspects of our infrastructure, parks and green space and community revitalization efforts,” said Haddock, D-Luzerne/Lackawanna. “I want to thank my fellow northeast legislators and Senator Marty Flynn for working with me to secure this funding and recognizing the importance of these projects to improve the region for the residents and visitors alike.”

According to Haddock, $1.54 million was awarded locally through the CFA Local Share Account:

  • Pittston City - $500,000 to assist with blight remediation of six properties located in the city.
  • Avoca Borough - $221,600 to renovate the Avoca Borough VFW building.
  • Avoca Borough - $130,000 to renovate the Avoca Borough Community Center.
  • Avoca Borough - $50,532 to purchase a new police cruiser.
  • Dalton Borough - $105,000 to purchase a backhoe for public works.
  • Dalton Borough - $38,427 to purchase police cameras and safety equipment.
  • Dalton Borough - $33,847 to purchase a Kubota diesel tractor for the public works department.
  • Dupont Borough - $100,000 to acquire and develop greenspace for the Dupont Public Park Enhancement Project.
  • Duryea Borough - $25,200 to expand the storage facility for the Duryea Wildcats Junior Football Association.
  • Moosic Borough - $100,000 to replace the roof at the Moosic Youth Center.
  • Old Forge Borough - $90,990 to purchase LED signage and other safety equipment to improve safety of residents and visitors.
  • West Pittston Borough - $150,000 to renovate dated and dilapidated building at 555 Exeter St.

Additionally, $500,000 was awarded locally through the CFA Multimodal Transportation Fund:

  • Pittston Township - $200,000 to make infrastructure improvements on Armstrong Road.
  • West Pittston Borough - $200,000 to make sidewalk improvements in the borough.
  • Old Forge School District - $100,000 to improve internal site traffic flow at the Old Forge Campus.

The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth.

Under Pennsylvania’s 2004 Gaming Act, the CFA developed program guidelines for Local Share Account funds for projects concerning the public interest, community improvement, and economic development. The LSA receives gaming money generated by casinos.

The CFA is an independent state agency responsible for administering Pennsylvania's economic stimulus programs. More information about its programs is available here.