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Mullery’s Plymouth flood reduction bill signed into law

(Jul 01, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 1 – A bill sponsored by state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, which would reduce the risk of flooding for residents of Plymouth Borough was signed into law today by Gov. Tom Wolf. “This will be a big step in reducing the risk of flooding for property owners who live along Coalbrook Creek,” Mullery said. “I am pleased to see my colleagues in the legislature and the governor approving this measure so these residents can avoid the unnecessary stress and financial burdens caused by flooding.” Under H.B. 2018 , a transfer of a piece of land at the Plymouth Readiness Center in Plymouth Borough is authorized. The transfer would allow a stormwater drainage channel to be created, which would collect and discharge storm runoff into Coalbrook Creek, keeping the creek water levels low and reducing the risk of flooding to nearby homes and properties. 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

 

Rose Tucker Center receives $14,191 grant

(Jun 24, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 24 – The Rose Tucker Active Adult Center in Nanticoke today was awarded a $14,191 grant, announced state Rep. Gerald Mullery. Read more

 

Mullery votes to terminate Gov. Wolf’s COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration

(Jun 10, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 10 – In a show of solidarity with Pennsylvanians impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, broke with Democratic leadership Tuesday night by voting “yes” to adopt a resolution terminating the COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration by Gov. Tom Wolf. “There isn’t a single Pennsylvanian that hasn’t been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and now the governor needs to hear the voices of the people of Pennsylvania,” Mullery said. “For 12 weeks now, our children have been unable to go to school, their parents have been furloughed or laid off, and our small business owners have been closed. My vote was for each and every one of them. We have flattened the curve and now it’s time for Pennsylvania to return to work.” “At this time, we need someone to advise business owners and working Pennsylvanians as to what the exact rules of reopening are, because currently we do not know,” Mullery added. “Parents, workers and business owners need to know how they will be able to move forward with their lives. The governor has failed to provide that leadership. It’s time for the legislature to step up and be proactive for these hardworking and struggling people.” Mullery’s vote was consistent with others he had cast over the past several weeks to reopen many industries and businesses, get Pennsylvanians back to work Read more

 

Mullery secures $60,000 for blight in Newport Township

(Jun 09, 2020)

Newport Township, June 9 – In December 2019, State Rep. Gerald Mullery (D)-Luzerne secured $60,000 in grant funding for blight removal in Newport Township’s Glen Lyon section. “Newport Township officials had attempted to acquire the 125 – 131 East Main Street properties for quite some time,” said Township Manager Joe Hillan. “When we got this grant, it was like a Christmas present because it came right before the end of the year. We knew all we had to do was get through the final hurdle of acquiring the property,” he said. The East Main Street property contains four dwellings. The largest dwelling partially collapsed a few weeks ago causing the township to seek emergency bids to fell the unsafe building. Newport Township Code Enforcement Commissioner Deb Forgach-Zaleski said, “The township is extremely grateful Representative Mullery had already secured the needed funds.” “Progress is a process when working and dealing with blighted properties,” Mullery said. “There is a great deal of work that goes on behind the scenes to acquire and remove blighted properties in our communities. This could not have been accomplished without the help of our local partners,” Mullery added. Read more

 

Mullery votes to end Governor’s COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration

(May 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 28 – Making a tough but necessary decision, state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today broke with his Democratic colleagues and voted yes on a resolution to terminate the COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration by Gov. Tom Wolf. “I know these are unprecedented times and that COVID-19 has impacted every single Pennsylvanian, young and old,” Mullery said. “Right now, there are nearly 2 million residents filing for unemployment causing massive backlogs of the system and thousands of business owners forced to keep their doors closed despite being able to follow the CDC guidelines for safe operations. How are these people supposed to put food on their tables and pay their bills? My vote today is in solidarity and support of our hardworking and proud Pennsylvanians.” Mullery added today’s vote was the latest of more than 20 bills and resolutions he voted yes on over the past several weeks to reopen many industries and businesses, get Pennsylvanians back to work while staying safe and provide more clear state government transparency. “It is way past time for the governor to stop handling this crisis single-handedly and start working together with the legislature to come up with a safe and comprehensive plan that benefits all of us and allows us to put these Pennsylvanians who have sacrificed so much back to work,” Mullery added. The resolution was adopted in Read more

 

Mullery: Seniors to receive immediate property tax/rent rebate payments

(May 19, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 19 – A bill that will speed up the distribution of property tax/rent rebate payments for seniors was signed into law today by Gov. Tom Wolf, according to state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne. “These are certainly unprecedented times and we need to ensure we undertake every means necessary so our elderly and vulnerable residents can put food on their tables and are not left behind,” Mullery said. “I was pleased to be part of the unanimous vote to pass this bill and provide much-needed financial support to our seniors who need it most.” Property tax and rent rebate payments will now be made immediately instead of making seniors wait until July 1. It also directs the departments of Revenue and Treasury to process 2019 rebate payments for all homeowners and renters who received a 2018 rebate. For anyone who became eligible in the past year, those rebates will also be issued immediately upon receipt of their application, instead of waiting until July. Mullery said he also wants to ensure residents understand that the property tax/rent rebate payments are being sent out to those who have already filed for them. If residents have not yet applied, the sooner the application is filed the sooner the payment will be made. Read more

 

Mullery calls on PUC to reject American Water rate increase

(Apr 30, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 30 – Citing the health pandemic and economic crisis residents are facing across the commonwealth, state Rep. Gerald Mullery is urging the Public Utility Commission to reject the $138.6 million rate hike sought by Pennsylvania American Water. “We are truly living in unprecedented times. The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the daily lives of every Pennsylvanian. Nearly 50,000 of our neighbors have been diagnosed with the virus, nearly 3,000 are currently hospitalized, and nearly 2,500 have died. My county, Luzerne, has been hit especially hard by this virus with over 2,000 cases and one of the highest positive test rates in the commonwealth,” Mullery wrote in a letter to PUC Commissioner Ralph V. Yanora, who lives in Pittston. “Moreover, on the eve of May, a record 1.6 million workers across our state have applied for unemployment benefits. Many of these 1.6 million neighbors filed as early as mid-March and have yet to receive a single distribution. The Department of Labor & Industry’s failure to establish a working system for those seeking Pandemic Unemployment Assistance has only added to the problem our friends and families are experiencing. “I understand the challenges faced by our utility providers. I commend Pennsylvania American Water and others who have taken extraordinary steps to protect our fellow Pennsylvanians during this difficult time. That said, I cannot sit idly Read more

 

Mullery requests House committee hearing about UC problems

(Apr 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 17 – Frustrated with the continued backlogs and delayed response in the unemployment compensation system, state Rep. Gerald Mullery is seeking a meeting between the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and the House Labor and Industry Committee to discuss the situation. “It is imperative that we as legislators learn exactly what is going with the UC system, because I am hearing daily from frustrated constituents who either cannot get through on the phone or who are experiencing long delays with receiving benefits during this pandemic,” Mullery said. Mullery wrote a letter to committee Chairman Rep. Jim Cox requesting an immediate virtual hearing with Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Secretary W. Gerard Oleksiak. “The people of Pennsylvania deserve answers about his department's failures relative to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, we request answers and information related to the department's actions, or rather inaction, following the spike in unemployment claims and its failure to develop a timely system for application and disbursement of pandemic unemployment assistance benefits,” said Mullery, a member of the House Labor and Industry Committee. “My colleagues and I have been struggling to answer constituent complaints about delays in the unemployment compensation system and the department’s inability to structure Read more

 

Letter requesting meeting with Dept. of Labor and Industry

(Apr 17, 2020)

State Rep. Gerald Mullery is seeking a meeting between the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and the House Labor and Industry Committee to discuss the problems with filling for unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

 

Carroll, Mullery thankful for COVID-19 test site in Luzerne County

(Apr 16, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 16 – State Reps. Mike Carroll, D-Avoca, and Jerry Mullery, D-Nanticoke, extended their thanks to Gov. Tom Wolf, Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, PEMA Director Randy Padfield and Adjutant Gen. Anthony Carrelli of the Pennsylvania National Guard for their leadership in establishing a COVID-19 mass testing site at the Mohegan Sun Arena near Wilkes-Barre. “Many critical health and economic decisions lie ahead for all of us. The availability of testing and the compiled results will significantly help to inform everyone as critical decisions are faced in the coming weeks and months. It’s our sincere hope the testing that begins at the arena is just the beginning of widespread testing across the state that will more clearly identify the impact of the virus,” Carroll said. “The ongoing efforts to relax social distancing and re-open businesses across the state can more readily be accomplished with the exact information that is gathered from additional testing. There is no perfection in any of these decisions and a search for the perfect solution will result in perpetual inaction. It is obvious that no community is immune to the COVID-19 virus and every person and every community has a role to play in this struggle,” Mullery said. “Before the public returns to work, dines at restaurants or shops at retail businesses, we need to dramatically increase the availability Read more

 

Toohil, Mullery urge Wolf to enforce safe workplace guidelines in Hazleton area during COVID-19 emergency

(Apr 09, 2020)

HAZLETON, April 9 – Concerned over a possible health threat to hundreds of employees in the Hazleton area, Reps. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) and Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne) today sent a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf urging the administration to enforce safe workplace guidelines during the COVID-19 emergency. The legislators said their offices have received numerous complaints about violations by certain local employers of the Department of Health’s guidance regarding sanitation measures and social distancing in business facilities of at least 50,000 square feet in size. “The greater Hazleton area has seen dramatic community spread of the virus,” said Toohil. “We believe this spread has been caused, in part, by large employers unwilling or unable to adhere to Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine’s directive. It falls upon the administration to enforce her directive and ensure the safety of our constituents. Words are not enough!” The legislators are seeking an immediate investigation and temporary work stoppage at the facilities in question. “It’s disturbing to see Luzerne County has become a hot spot for the spread of COVID-19. I have heard from numerous constituents who are fearful of contracting the virus because their employers are not following the guidelines issued by the state,” Mullery said. “It’s imperative that Gov. Wolf take action to protect these employees Read more

 

Letter to Gov. Wolf regarding enforcement of Secretary Levine's social distancing directive

(Apr 09, 2020)

Letter to Gov. Wolf regarding enforcement of Secretary Levine's social distancing directive. Read more

 

Mullery Emphasizes Tips to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

(Apr 07, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Gerald Mullery discusses the simple precautions we can take to limit the community spread of COVID-19 and keep ourselves, our families, and our neighbors safe. Read more

 

Fill out the 2020 census!

(Mar 30, 2020)

In Pennsylvania, everyone counts and April 1 is National Census Day! If you haven’t already, don't forget to fill out your census form. Our population count determines our voice in government and how much federal funding we’ll receive for education, health care, transportation and more. Whether you respond online, mail or by phone , participate and help shape PA’s future. Your responses are anonymous and protected by law. To learn more, visit pa.gov/census #PAcounts #2020Census Read more

 

COVID-19 Helpful Resources

(Mar 26, 2020)

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting Pennsylvania, we wanted to provide you with the following resources and information to help you and your family in the days ahead. Please note that this webpage will be updated as needed with additional information and resources. State Services and Resources The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has created a COVID-19 guide to assist everyone. It includes information on social distancing, mental health resources, unemployment, food assistance, changes from PennDOT and resources for small business: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/ For individuals : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForIndividuals For families : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForFamilies For businesses : https://dced.pa.gov/resources COVID Support for PA Businesses : The following provides information and and links to federal, state, local and private resources. https://www.pahouse.com/News/?id=113388 **Self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers: Apply here for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits .** https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForBusinessesUtilities Information from the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry on the federal CARES Act: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/CARES-Act/Pages/default.aspx The following link provides you with Read more

 

Closure List Exemptions

(Mar 20, 2020)

The PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has established a new resource account where businesses and staff can submit questions on exemptions regarding the closure of physical locations for non-life-sustaining businesses in the Commonwealth. Businesses seeking exemptions from closure: Please contact ra-dcexemptions@pa.gov . Other questions about closures can be directed to ra-dcedcs@pa.gov . For more COVID-19 business information, DCED has set up a web site that continually will be updated as information becomes available: https://dced.pa.gov/resources . Read more

 

Mullery, Carroll, Pashinski announce district offices closed until further notice

(Mar 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 17 – State Reps. Jerry Mullery and Eddie Day Pashinski, both D-Luzerne, and state Rep. Mike Carroll, D-Luzerne/Lackawanna, today announced the closure of their district offices until further notice per Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest COVID-19 mitigation plan. The staff of district offices will be working remotely and will be able to continue providing assistance for state-related issues and concerns via email at the following: Mullery: RepMullery@pahouse.net Pashinski: RepPashinski@pahouse.net Carroll: RepCarroll@pahouse.net “This is an unprecedented but critical action to take in order to keep residents, staff and everyone safe,” Mullery said. “It is vital that everyone take precautionary action, social distancing, and if you can stay home, please stay home.” “I know a lot is being asked of all of us right now, and that this can be a stressful time,” Pashinski said. “If everyone does their part, following the Department of Health’s recommendations, wash your hands, avoid touching your face, and minimizing your contact with others, we can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and get back to normal much faster.” “The governor’s plan may sound dramatic, but it is so important that everyone who can work and stay home do it,” Carroll said. “By closing our offices, we are taking action and showing how important social Read more

 

Mullery, Carroll call for Gov. Wolf to mandate statewide school district closures to stop spread of COVID-19

(Mar 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 13 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, and state Rep. Mike Carroll, D-Luzerne/Lackawanna, are calling on Gov. Tom Wolf to grant public schools statewide the authority to close effective Monday, March 16 or at the discretion of the local district officials to stop the spread of COVID-19. Mullery said the action Wolf has taken in Montgomery County, which currently has the most presumptive cases of COVID-19, need to be taken statewide to keep students, faculty and staff safe from the virus. Mullery said further that school superintendents were on a conference call this morning with the state Department of Education and Wolf’s administration but no authorization to close districts was granted to school leaders. “School districts in certain counties across the state, have made the decision to close Monday and I expect others to follow,” Carroll said. “It’s imperative the Pennsylvania Department of Education immediately allow the use of alternative learning days and vigorously pursue the cancellation of assessment tests including PSSA tests. By doing so, student instruction can immediately resume once schools reopen.” Both Mullery and Carroll said that ordering statewide school district closings will help concerned parents who are not sure if they should be pulling their kids out of school over COVID-19. Read more