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Pashinski, Mullery announce $850,000 grant awarded for local state forest expansion

(Nov 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – State Reps. Eddie Day Pashinski and Gerald Mullery, both D-Luzerne, announced today that Newport and Hanover townships have received $850,000 in state funds to expand state forest land. The funding will be used for the acquisition of approximately 1,400 acres in the townships for an addition to Pinchot State Forest. “This is major investment in our state forest, I’m glad the residents and visitors of both townships will benefit from this with a clean, green place to enjoy for generations,” Pashinski said. “This grant is a win-win for Luzerne County. It will not only go a long way in expanding our green space, but also will further protect the natural beauty of our landscape,” Mullery said. The grants are among dozens awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources through its Community Conservation Partnerships Programs. DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation assists local governments, recreation and conservation organizations with funding for projects related to conservation, parks and recreation, including conservation of open space, river conservation and access, and the planning, acquisition and development of public parks. More information can be found here . Read more


Mullery announces $237,600 in state grants

(Nov 14, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, said the county will benefit from $237,600 in state grants approved for improving parks and community space for residents and visitors to enjoy. “This is critical funding which helps us make necessary upgrades and improvements that benefit not only users of the parks, but also enhance our water supplies to protect the environment,” Mullery said. The three grants and their associated projects are: White Haven: $182,600 for the borough’s Rail Yard Park development project. Work will include the construction of plaza areas, pedestrian walkways with ADA access, stormwater management measures, fencing, lighting and utilities, and other related improvements. West Hazleton: $30,000 for the borough’s 5 th Street Playground development project. Plans include installing new play equipment with required safety surfacing, ADA access, landscaping and related improvements. Wright Township: $25,000 for its Municipal Park development. Work includes renovation of a pavilion, basketball and tennis courts, new play equipment with safety surfacing, ADA access and other related improvements. “The park gets a lot of traffic from day cares, schools and youth groups. I am really excited for this and the kids,” Wright Township Secretary Pam Heard said. The grants were awarded through Read more


Mullery: $400,000 in state funding to benefit two local improvement projects

(Nov 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today announced $400,000 in funding has been awarded to benefit two local communities with improvement projects. The City of Nanticoke will receive $250,000 to replace severely deteriorated sidewalks and install curbing and ADA-compliant ramps on Main Street from Lawrence and Dewey to Kosciuszko Street. The project also will include street reconstruction and widening, curbing and ADA-compliant ramps and striping on Kosciuszko Street near the Hanover 9 logistics park. The total cost of this project is $966,258. Plymouth Borough will receive $150,000 to also make pedestrian safety and streetscape improvements along Main Street, including crosswalks and a bus shelter, after the borough repairs and replaces manholes and storm drains along the street. The total cost for this project is $537,147. “These projects are vital for the safety of our residents and visitors along these highly traveled areas,” said Mullery. “I am thankful the CFA Board approved the grants for these communities.” The funding for both projects comes from the Multimodal Transportation Fund which is administered by the state’s Commonwealth Financing Authority. Read more


Luzerne representatives call for Corrections secretary to be fired

(Oct 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 29 – Three Luzerne County state representatives are asking Gov. Tom Wolf to dismiss Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John E. Wetzel following comments he made at the recent public hearing regarding the proposed closure of SCI-Retreat. Read more


DOC head under fire for 'hot mic' comment at SCI-Retreat hearing

(Oct 24, 2019)

Correctional officers and a state representative are circulating a video online from last week’s public hearing about the proposed closure of State Correctional institution at Retreat that they believe proves Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration had finalized the decision prior to the hearing, against state law. Read more


Bill to put moratorium on closing White Haven, Polk centers receives committee approval

(Oct 22, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 22 – A bill which would put a moratorium on closing the White Haven and Polk state centers today was approved by the House Health Committee, according to sponsor state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne. “The governor’s heartless and rash decision has had a devastating impact on our most vulnerable constituents, their families and caregivers,” Mullery said. “The committee’s approval of this bill provides the entire House an opportunity to evaluate this decision and offer an alternative path forward.” House Bill 1918 would enact a moratorium on the closing of White Haven and Polk state centers until Pennsylvania is better prepared to respond to the impending fallout. It has bipartisan support with co-prime sponsors Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Luzerne, and Rep. R. Lee James, R-Venango/Butler. “I would like to thank House Health Committee Chair Kathy Rapp for recognizing the importance of House Bill 1918 and running it so quickly,” Toohil said. “Time is of the essence. After listening to the testimony during Monday’s public hearing on the closure decision, it is clear that we need this legislation more than ever.” “I applaud Representative Mullery for drafting this important bill that Representative Toohil and I were proud to co-prime sponsor, and the committee for passing it in response to yesterday’s passionate testimony provided by family Read more


Mullery supports Sunday hunting proposal

(Oct 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery said the positive economic impact of allowing Sunday hunting led to his vote for the legislation today in the House Game and Fisheries Committee. Read more


Mullery hosting fall shred event at new time, location

(Oct 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 11 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery invites people to help protect their identity by participating in his free fall shredding event next week. Read more


Mullery introduces bill to put moratorium on closing White Haven, Polk centers

(Oct 03, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 3 – A bill which would put a moratorium on closing the White Haven and Polk state centers was introduced today by State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne. “From day one of the governor’s decision to close these facilities I have been fighting for the residents, their families, and the hundreds of caregivers who stand to lose their jobs,” Mullery said. “Many of these residents require 24/7 care and closing these facilities would create unnecessary and devastating emotional and financial duress.” House Bill 1918 would enact a moratorium on the closing of both White Haven and Polk state centers until Pennsylvania is better prepared to respond to the impending fallout. It has bipartisan support with co-prime sponsors Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Luzerne, and Rep. R. Lee James, R-Venango/Butler. “ The residents of these centers have been receiving outstanding care for many years from dedicated employees who treat them like family. Their lives have now been turned upside down by the governor’s heartbreaking decision,” Toohil said. “When the closure announcement was made, all of us pledged to do everything within our power to help. House Bill 1918 is another step in that process.” “I am committed to giving a voice to these residents and their families,” James said. “Make no mistake about it, these are folks who require round-the-clock care Read more


Mullery proposal to expand career, technical education headed to governor

(Sep 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 25 – The state House of Representatives today unanimously passed a bill and sent it to the governor’s desk that would boost career and technical education in Pennsylvania, according to Rep. Gerald Mullery. Read more


Luzerne Senior Expo slated Oct. 3

(Sep 24, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24 – Older residents are invited to join state Rep. Gerald Mullery for the upcoming 2019 Luzerne County Senior Expo. Read more


House OKs Mullery bill to increase penalty for body-gripping traps

(Sep 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 19 – The penalty for illegally setting body-gripping traps would be increased under legislation that passed the House of Representatives unanimously today, according to the bill’s author, state Rep. Gerald Mullery. Read more


Mullery Stands with Residents and Families of White Haven Center

(Sep 17, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jerry Mullery presented testimony in opposition to the proposed closure of the White Haven Center at a Department of Human Services hearing. Read more


Mullery announces $403,945 in grants for local projects

(Sep 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – A multipurpose recreational field in Rice Township and a flood mitigation project in Newport Township will be completed thanks to two grants totaling more than $400,000 that were awarded today, announced state Rep. Gerald Mullery. Read more


Mullery: Manufacturing Jobs Begin with Supporting Our Startups

(Sep 06, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Gerald Mullery visited Ben Franklin Technology Partners in Bethlehem to discuss the important role they play in providing tech startups with the tools necessary to become successful and create jobs across Pennsylvania. Read more


Mullery Fighting for White Haven Center and SCI-Retreat

(Sep 04, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Gerald Mullery discusses the next steps in opposition to the proposed closures of the White Haven Center and SCI-Retreat in "119 Seconds with Jerry". Read more


Mullery: Keep White Haven Center Open

(Aug 30, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Gerald Mullery is opposed to Gov. Wolf's call to close the White Haven Center, and believes a planned hearing is a charade. Read more


Mullery objects to planned closure of SCI-Retreat

(Aug 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 28 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery is readying himself for another battle: this time against the planned closure of the State Correctional Institution at Retreat. "This is more bad news for an area already reeling from last week's White Haven Center closure announcement impacting 122 residents, their families, over 400 workers, and the surrounding business community," said Mullery, D-Luzerne, of today's announcement by the state Department of Corrections. "This latest closure will impact another 400 employees – 80% of whom live in Luzerne County -- dealing another blow of job losses and economic impact to our region. "These decisions are easy to make from behind a desk in Harrisburg when you don't have to look those affected in the eyes or listen to their concerns. Governor Wolf and Secretary Wetzel need to visit Newport Township to see those whose lives they are disrupting and to hear, first-hand, the impact of this proposed decision," Mullery said. "Our corrections officers should be worried about safely patrolling the blocks they guard, not whether they will need to find a new job, uproot their family, or be able to pay their bills," Mullery added. "Thanks to the united front of local and state elected officials, business and industry leaders, and the community at large, we successfully blocked the last proposed closure and we will do so again." In 2017, Mullery and the rest of the Read more


Rep Mullery encourages the public to sign online petition

(Aug 27, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 27 – State Rep. Jerry Mullery, D-Luzerne, is asking residents to sign a petition to keep the White Haven Center open. Mullery said he opposes the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’ decision to shutter the White Haven Center. “We need to let the Wolf administration know that hundreds of residents, their families and more than 400 caregivers are affected by this heartless move,” Mullery said. The Luzerne county lawmaker is directing people to his website, Facebook and Twitter accounts to add their name to the petition. “I want the governor to hear loud and clear the voice of those opposed to his decision, Mullery said. “Since he has yet to accept my invitation to visit the center, we must take our message to him.” Mullery is urging residents, their families and members of the community at large to offer or submit testimony at a Sept. 12 public hearing. The hearing, at St. Patrick’s Church in White Haven, will begin at 5 p.m. People interested in testifying should call 570-443-4201. Those wishing to submit written testimony can email RA-PWRAStateCenters@pa.gov . Read more


Help keep White Haven Center open

(Aug 27, 2019)

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