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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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White Haven public hearing a charade, should be canceled, Mullery says

(Aug 22, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 22 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery said the Sept. 12 public hearing regarding the state closure of the White Haven Center should be canceled because it’s nothing more than a charade. Read more

 

Mullery opposed to White Haven closure

(Aug 14, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 14 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery is opposed to the closure of the White Haven Center, as announced today by the state Department of Human Services. Read more

 

Mullery introduces bill to end child-run lemonade stand permits

(Aug 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 5 – A bipartisan bill which would end the regulation of child-run lemonade stands on private property has been introduced by state Rep. Gerald J. Mullery, D-Luzerne. “Lemonade stands are an American summertime tradition. Many adults grew up selling lemonade at their own stands in their neighborhoods, and now their kids cannot enjoy the excitement of selling cold drinks on hot, summer days,” Mullery said. Currently, children in Pennsylvania are prohibited from setting up and operating a lemonade stand in their front yard without obtaining a permit to do so from a municipality, township, or county in which they live. The bill would end what Mullery considers government overreach by stopping permit requirements for lemonade stands run by children younger than 18 on private property. Mullery said H.B. 1744 would make it easier for kids like Brian Lyons, a Plymouth 10-year-old who is fundraising to support his local fire company, raise money to help their community. “Our children should be encouraged to run lemonade stands. They can learn the value of earning money and an understanding of business principles, instead of having red tape interfering with youthful entrepreneurs,” Mullery said. Read more

 

$2 million awarded for Luzerne County projects

(Aug 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 1 – Two projects that will create a surgical medical office and breast health services center in Hazleton and separate residential treatment facility in Foster Township will be undertaken thanks to state grants totaling $2 million, according to state Rep. Gerald Mullery. Read more

 

Summer 2019 Newsletter

(Jul 26, 2019)

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Mullery: Companies Need Skilled Workers

(Jul 17, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Gerald Mullery participated in a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Allentown to discuss the importance of career and technical education in Pennsylvania. Mullery says Luzerne County has seen an influx of national and international companies and our CTE programs are vital to providing them with the skilled workforce they need. Read more

 

Mullery responds to Hanover school audit

(Jun 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 26 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery issued the following statement regarding the Hanover Area School District audit findings announced today by Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale: Read more