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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 https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForBusinessesUtilities The following link provides you with information on what steps Pennsylvania utilities have taken to assist customers, including a moratorium on shutoffs for all regulated utilities: https://pahouse.com/News/?id=113134 Sign Up for PA Alerts Sign up for emergency and weather alerts, health notifications, building alerts and other 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

 

Mullery, Pashinski announce school safety grants awarded to local school districts

(Feb 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – State funding in the amount of $362,800 through the School Safety and Security Grant Program has been awarded to six local school districts, state Reps. Gerald Mullery and Eddie Day Pashinski, both D-Luzerne, announced today. “The safety of our children and the security of our schools is one of my most critical priorities,” Mullery said. “Funding like this allows our schools to develop initiatives and programs that ensure student safety, and I am pleased to be working with our school districts to secure these funds.” “Our children deserve to learn, and our teachers deserve to work in the safest possible environment,” Pashinski said. “I am happy to see this funding coming back to our school districts to improve safety and security in their buildings.” The school districts that received funding are: Crestwood School District - $40,000 Greater Nanticoke Area School District - $40,000 Hanover Area School District - $40,000 Hazleton Area School District - $152,800 Wilkes-Barre Area School District - $45,000 Wyoming Valley West School District - $45,000 The funds will be provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee. This committee is the result of Act 44 of 2018 , and is responsible for establishing the Read more

 

Mullery vows to override governor’s veto of bill to put moratorium on White Haven, Polk center closures

(Feb 12, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 12 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, issued the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto today of S.B. 906, which would put a moratorium on the closing of the White Haven and Polk state centers: “Governor Wolf’s decision to close the White Haven and Polk centers was wrong and his decision to veto legislation designed to protect our most vulnerable neighbors is equally wrong,” Mullery said. “Governor Wolf’s cavalier dismissal of these residents’ desires, their family’s concerns, and their caregiver’s commitment is disheartening. “To issue this callous veto in the face of the recent Office of Inspector General report is nothing more than repulsive. Not only are our community-based care providers failing their residents, our Department of Human Services is complicit in their failings and unprepared or unwilling to protect our intellectual and developmentally disabled citizens,” Mullery added. “Anyone who read the OIG report would agree the need for a moratorium is correct and necessary. “Governor Wolf appears more interested in saving face with interest groups like The Arc than ensuring the safety and well-being of these centers’ residents,” Mullery said. “His citation of cost savings is disgusting. My mother told me a long time ago, you get what you pay for. When it comes to caring for those with Read more

 

Mullery reaction to Wolf budget proposal

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, offered the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2020-21 budget plan, which was unveiled today: “I am hopeful the governor’s ambitious plan to reform Pennsylvania charter schools, while increasing the basic and special education subsidies, will allow our local districts to operate without the need for additional property tax increases. Closing obscene charter school loopholes should drive millions of dollars back into our local school districts. “That being said, it is discouraging to see tens of millions of budget dollars directed to the failing Department of Human Services for community-based care programs, without any concern for the hundreds of Pennsylvanians residing at White Haven and Polk centers. Once again, Governor Wolf has turned his back on those residents, their families, and caregivers,” Mullery said. Read more

 

Winter 2020 Newsletter

(Jan 31, 2020)

Inside this newsletter you'll find out more about the work I have been doing for the people of the 119th District across our community and in Harrisburg. Read more

 

Mullery announces legislation to provide assistance to employees and communities affected by state facility closures

(Jan 31, 2020)

PLYMOUTH TWP., Jan. 31 – At a news conference earlier this morning, state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, flanked by state Sens. John Yudichak, I-Luzerne, and Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne, announced two pieces of legislation that would provide assistance to the state employees and communities directly affected by state facility closures. “With the closure of SCI-Retreat in Newport Township and the proposed closure of White Haven Center in Dennison Township, we have seen first-hand the shock these decisions have on our state workers and the communities,” Mullery said. “We have the ability to lessen that impact and help these workers and their communities rebound.” Under H.B. 2270, the governor would be mandated to create an Early Response Team, which would communicate resource information to affected workers, including: Unemployment compensation benefits. Health care benefits. Job search activities. Education and training programs. Social service programs. Crisis counseling. Housing assistance. Additionally, the bill would offer assistance to communities directly impacted by a closure. Assistance provided under this legislation could include, but is not limited to, brownfield reclamation; site preparation; blight remediation; Keystone Communities; and strategies to attract new business. Under H.B. 2271, the Department of Community and Read more

 

Gov. Wolf announces new apprenticeship program in Nanticoke

(Jan 24, 2020)

https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/governor-wolf-announces-new-apprenticeship-opportunities-in-luzerne-county/?fbclid=IwAR27uMNZldlgUmHzD0WdfYNCNPsl-_yRf8eKsCHq0EY94GlL0rL_DKTDVR0 Read more

 

Mullery: Report shows state not prepared to close White Haven Center

(Jan 23, 2020)

State Rep. Gerald Mullery on Wednesday said recent findings of the Office of Inspector General regarding the state Department of Human Services “are extremely troubling and disturbing.” Read more

 

Mullery Continues Fight for Disabled Citizens

(Jan 21, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Gerald Mullery continues his fight for Polk and White Haven Centers. Mullery applauds a civil rights lawsuit that has been filed to protect people with severe disabilities and allow them to choose residential care. Read more

 

Mullery announces $35K grant awarded to local school district to expand science and technology education

(Jan 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced a $35,000 PAsmart grant has been awarded to the Crestwood School District. “Job opportunities in tech and computer science fields are in high demand to ensure our local, state, and national economies continue to prosper,” Mullery said. “I am pleased to see Crestwood recognizing this critical need and taking steps to prepare our students of today for their future tomorrow.” Crestwood School District will use the grant to expand its computer science classes and provide educators from pre-K through grade 12 training to teach those courses. The new PAsmart targeted grants were awarded to 163 school districts, charter schools and intermediate units across the commonwealth. All of them have prioritized expanding access to computer science for underrepresented students, such as students of color, girls, low-income students and students in rural communities. More information on the grants is available here . Read more

 

Mullery denounces governor’s decision to shutter SCI-Retreat

(Jan 17, 2020)

NEWPORT TWP., Jan. 17 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today expressed his displeasure over Governor Tom Wolf’s formal announcement to close the State Correctional Institution at Retreat. “It is very difficult to express my frustration with Governor Wolf’s ideology and ultimate decision to displace hundreds of hard-working and dedicated employees,” Mullery said. “We have fought hard from day one to prevent the closure of SCI-Retreat and remain committed to the employees who work tirelessly to keep our community safe. “For two years I have been part of a united front of bipartisan state and local elected officials and community activists who banded together to fight this closure,” Mullery said. “Together we showed how vital SCI-Retreat is to the community, and I am sorry to learn our words fell on deaf ears. The impact of this closure will be felt well beyond the prison walls.” “I continue to stand with these corrections officers and employees who are going through this difficult and stressful process, and I hope they will find some peace of mind and can move forward at this uncertain, troubling time.” Read more

 

Mullery lauds House passage of bill to put moratorium on White Haven, Polk center closures

(Jan 15, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 15 – A bill which would put a moratorium on the closing of the White Haven and Polk state centers passed the House today, according to state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne. “I am pleased to see my colleagues on both sides of the aisle recognized the importance of protecting hundreds of residents, their families and their caregivers,” Mullery said. Under S.B. 906 , a moratorium would be enacted on the scheduled closing of both White Haven and Polk centers. The House further amended the bill to include the appointment of a task force which will evaluate the state centers and provide recommendations to the Department of Human Services prior to the closure of one or more state centers. “This bill, as amended, does exactly what Governor Wolf and his Council on Reform should have done from the start, before moving to close these centers. It corrects his mistake and ensures all avenues will be explored before making such a critical decision,” Mullery said. The bill passed the House 139-55. It now returns to the Senate for approval. Read more

 

Mullery responds to DOC report recommending closure of SCI-Retreat

(Jan 15, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 15 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today expressed his disappointment over a Department of Corrections report recommending the closure of the State Correctional Institution at Retreat. “Unfortunately, there were no surprises contained in the DOC report or recommendations. We’ve known from the onset of this process that it was nothing more than a charade and violative of the spirit of Act 133,” Mullery said. “I’ve met privately with Governor Wolf and discussed the impact of this proposed closure, but it appears he will move forward with his recommendation. I expect an announcement by weeks end. Now we must focus on the displaced employees and ensure their transition to new facilities is expeditious and safe. For those who cannot undertake a transition, we need to offer assistance in the form of education and/or career training.” “Secondly, we need to assist the communities directly affected by this closure. I, along with a few colleagues and the governor, have begun preparing legislation directing assistance to employees and municipalities burdened by the closure of a large, state-run facility. I expect that legislation to be finalized and introduced shortly. “Finally, I remain steadfast in my belief that Department of Corrections Secretary John E. Wetzel should be removed from the governor’s cabinet. He doesn’t possess the Read more

 

Two towns, two mayors, two brothers: Coughlin siblings lead Nanticoke, Plymouth

(Jan 08, 2020)

On either side of the Susquehanna River in Luzerne County, there is now a mayor named Coughlin.Kevin Coughlin was sworn in as the new mayor of Nanticoke City on Monday night while his brother Frank Coughlin watched on. Read more

 

Mullery announces $75,000 in Teacher in the Workplace grants for local school districts

(Jan 06, 2020)

NANTICOKE, Jan. 6 – The Pennsylvania Department of Education today awarded the Crestwood, Greater Nanticoke and Hanover Area school districts $25,000 each in Teacher in the Workplace grants, according to state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne. The funding will be utilized by teachers to visit local employers to learn skills and business trends to strengthen their classroom instruction and boost student learning and readiness for the workforce. “This funding will allow our hardworking teachers to have direct contact with our local businesses and take that information back to the classroom,” Mullery said. “This program educates our educators in the latest in-demand careers and will help today’s students be better prepared for tomorrow.” These are part of $2.2 million in Teacher in the Workforce grants awarded to 92 school districts and education agencies. The grants from PDE are funded through federal money made available through Title II, Part A, of the Every Student Succeeds Act and from the Department of Labor and Industry through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. To learn more, please visit: www.education.pa.gov/PolicyFunding/SchoolGrants/Pages/TeacherWorkplace.aspx . Read more

 

Mullery: Earth Conservancy to receive $62,000 ATV grant

(Dec 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 18 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced that Earth Conservancy has received a grant in the amount of $62,000 to conduct a feasibility study for an ATV facility in Newport Township. “All-Terrain Vehicle riding is a very popular activity, but there is a need for more space in our area for riders to legally use them,” Mullery said. “ It’s great to see the state making investments in our region to expand outdoor recreation.” Mullery said this grant will allow Earth Conservancy to determine options and alternatives for ATV riders to have a safe area to ride and prevent illegal ATV riding and trespassing. The grant is one of five ATV grant projects announced totaling $647,300. The money is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, are being funded through the department’s ATV Management Restricted Account. Mullery said his office assists with many application grants for various outdoor recreational projects in his district. Read more

 

Fill out the 2020 census!
Mar 30, 2020

COVID-19 Helpful Resources
Mar 26, 2020

Closure List Exemptions
Mar 20, 2020

Mullery, Carroll, Pashinski announce district offices closed until further notice
Mar 17, 2020

Mullery, Carroll call for Gov. Wolf to mandate statewide school district closures to stop spread of COVID-19
Mar 13, 2020

Mullery, Pashinski announce school safety grants awarded to local school districts
Feb 26, 2020

Mullery vows to override governor’s veto of bill to put moratorium on White Haven, Polk center closures
Feb 12, 2020

Mullery reaction to Wolf budget proposal
Feb 04, 2020

Winter 2020 Newsletter
Jan 31, 2020

Mullery announces legislation to provide assistance to employees and communities affected by state facility closures
Jan 31, 2020

Gov. Wolf announces new apprenticeship program in Nanticoke
Jan 24, 2020

Mullery: Report shows state not prepared to close White Haven Center
Jan 23, 2020

Mullery Continues Fight for Disabled Citizens
Jan 21, 2020

Mullery announces $35K grant awarded to local school district to expand science and technology education
Jan 17, 2020

Mullery denounces governor’s decision to shutter SCI-Retreat
Jan 17, 2020

Mullery lauds House passage of bill to put moratorium on White Haven, Polk center closures
Jan 15, 2020

Mullery responds to DOC report recommending closure of SCI-Retreat
Jan 15, 2020

Two towns, two mayors, two brothers: Coughlin siblings lead Nanticoke, Plymouth
Jan 08, 2020

Mullery announces $75,000 in Teacher in the Workplace grants for local school districts
Jan 06, 2020

Mullery: Earth Conservancy to receive $62,000 ATV grant
Dec 18, 2019