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Mullery alerting residents to several polling location changes throughout Luzerne County

(Oct 27, 2020)

NANTICOKE, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, is alerting residents of the 119 th Legislative District to several polling location changes for the Nov. 3 general election. “The election is one week away, and it is absolutely critical that everyone knows the correct location to cast their ballots,” Mullery said. “These changes are necessary in order to maximize voter turnout while also maintaining guidelines to keep voters and poll workers safe.” The following locations in Luzerne County’s 119 th Legislative District have been changed: Freeland Borough – Residents who’ve historically voted at the Freeland Event Center will vote at the Freeland Ambulance Association, 417 Johnson St., Freeland. Nanticoke City Ward 1 – Those who’ve historically voted at Nanticoke Towers will vote at the Nanticoke Municipal Building, 15 E. Ridge St., Nanticoke. Nanticoke City Ward 3 - Those who’ve historically voted at Oplinger Towers will vote at the Luzerne County Community College Public Safety Training Institute, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. Nanticoke City Ward 4 - Residents who’ve formerly voted at the Nanticoke Football Stadium Fieldhouse will vote at the Luzerne County Community College Public Safety Training Institute, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. Plymouth Borough Ward 1 – Those who’ve historically Read more

 

Mullery excited by project bringing 360 jobs

(Oct 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 26 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery welcomes today’s announcement that Wren Manufacturing Inc. will hire 360 area residents at its new kitchen cabinet manufacturing facility and North American headquarters in Hanover Township and Sugar Notch. Read more

 

Mullery notes change to Luzerne County polling location

(Oct 26, 2020)

NANTICOKE, Oct. 26 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, is informing voters of a change in the polling locations of Nanticoke Ward 3 and Ward 4 for the upcoming general election. Read more

 

Mullery: $1.85M grant awarded to expand and conserve area state forest lands

(Oct 08, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 8 – State funding in the amount of $1.85 million has been awarded to two organizations to expand and conserve state forest lands throughout Luzerne County, state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced today. “This is a significant investment in our state forests, which provide residents and visitors with a green space for recreation and relaxation,” Mullery said. “I am pleased to see the state approve these funds so our state forests will be available for everyone to enjoy for many years to come.” The organizations receiving grants awarded today include: Wildlands Conservancy Inc. -- $1 million towards the acquisition of 3,000 acres of land in Foster and Hazle townships, Luzerne County, and neighboring townships in Carbon County for an addition to Weiser State Forest. North Branch Land Trust -- $850,000 towards the acquisition of 700 acres of land in Newport and Hanover townships for an addition to Pinchot State Forest. The DCNR Recreation and Conservation grant program is funded with state and federal funding from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), which includes Key-Community and Key-Land Trust; the Environmental Stewardship Fund; the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund; Pennsylvania Trails Fund; Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program; and the ATV Restricted Management Account Fund. Read more

 

Mullery alerts small businesses to Luzerne County COVID-19 grant assistance program

(Oct 01, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 1 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, is alerting local small businesses, which have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, to the Luzerne County COVID-19 Grant Program now accepting applications for financial assistance. The Luzerne County COVID-19 Grant Program has $8 million available for small businesses and $3 million for nonprofits. The application window is now open and will remain open for 10 business days until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14. “Small business owners have endured serious financial hardship since the height of the pandemic,” Mullery said. “These businesses are the backbone of both the local economy and the community, and they deserve every resource available to assist them in these uncertain times.” Eligible businesses and nonprofits can apply for grants depending on their revenue size. This is NOT a first-come program; all applications will be reviewed equally once the application window closes. Mullery added, “I would like to thank Luzerne County officials and Penn’s Northeast for working together and coming up with a plan to support our local small businesses and non-profit organizations.” The Luzerne County COVID-19 Grant Program was developed in partnership with Luzerne County, Penn’s Northeast and Community First Fund. This $11 million program was designed to help small businesses and nonprofit organizations located Read more

 

Mullery announces DCNR grant funding to improve local recreational spaces

(Sep 24, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today announced the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources awarded grant funding totaling $241,000 to two communities and a nonprofit organization in the 119th Legislative District. Read more

 

Mullery named Democratic chairman of House Ethics Committee

(Sep 02, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 2 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today was named the Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Ethics. This assignment is Mullery’s first as committee chairman. “I am honored to be named the Democratic chair of this committee and while no legislation moves through this committee, it does have truly important duties,” Mullery said. “I remain committed to holding all representatives accountable and restoring the people’s trust in state government.” The House Committee on Ethics has the responsibility to investigate and deal with violations of House rules, the legislative code of ethics and the Lobby Disclosure Act. The committee also is responsible for planning and conducting ethics education courses as required by House rules. Read more

 

Mullery urges easing of statewide COVID-19 on restaurants

(Sep 01, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 1 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, has signed on to a package of bills to ease the statewide COVID-19 restrictions placed on indoor dining in restaurants struggling to stay open amid the pandemic. "Restaurants are the backbone of our local economy and are among the small businesses hit hardest by the coronavirus,” Mullery said. “These restaurants are enduring serious financial hardship and depend on customers to stay open. If they are in an area with low case numbers, can follow CDC safe guidelines, and have the space to operate safely at 50% capacity, then they should be allowed to do so. They should not be held to the 25% capacity restriction required in areas more affected by the pandemic.” Mullery is co-sponsoring a package of nine bills that would provide grants to local restaurants, bars and clubs, reduce and eliminate specific licensing fees, extend discounts to licensees and protect businesses by guaranteeing their insurance pays out in future emergencies. Included in the package is Mullery’s bill which would waive the liquor license renewal fee for any bar, restaurant or club that suffered more than a 25% downturn in business due to the virus. The other bills in the package include: Earmarking CARES grant funding from the federal government to be directed to small, community restaurants instead of national chains to ensure those dollars are invested back into the Read more

 

Mullery announces state funding for area schools to improve educational services during COVID-19 pandemic

(Aug 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 26 – State funding of $465,098 has been awarded to four schools throughout the 119th Legislative District to provide extra support for educational services amid the COVID-19 pandemic, announced state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne. “We are starting a new academic year while fighting COVID-19, and whether students begin by virtual education or by returning to the classroom, it is critical that every child still has a path to success,” Mullery said. “I remain committed to ensuring all schools have every resource available, so nobody gets left behind in these unprecedented times.” The four schools receiving the funds are: • Greater Nanticoke Area Senior High School: $68,038. • Hanover Area Junior Senior High School: $68,246. • Hazleton Area High School: $228,982. • Wyoming Valley West Senior High School: $99,832. These schools have been designated as schools for Additional Targeted Support and Improvement under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The money comes from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief funds. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act authorizes governors to determine the educational use of the GEER funding. To date, Pennsylvania has awarded $87.5 million in GEER funding to help keep students and educators safe and meet the unique challenges of the COVID-19 Read more

 

Mullery: Local school districts to receive grants for special education instruction

(Aug 21, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 21 – State funding in the amount of $208,680 will be shared among five school districts in the 119 th District to assist with special education instruction for students negatively impacted by COVID-19, state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced today. “Right now, school districts are coming up with the safest ways to start the new academic year safely to continue enriching the growing minds of our children,” Mullery said. “It is among the highest priorities that our schools have the funding they need so our most vulnerable students are not left behind.” The following school districts received Governor’s Emergency Education Relief grants: Crestwood School District: $16,354. Greater Nanticoke Area School District: $14,532. Hanover Area School District: $26,142. Hazleton Area School District: $84,322. Wyoming Valley West School District: $67,328. Mullery explained the grants may be used to provide enhanced real-time instruction to bolster remote services and supports for students with complex needs; and provide services and support to students with disabilities who experienced a loss in skills and behavior and/or a lack of progress due to the mandatory school closures. This funding comes from the $15 million in the commonwealth’s GEER fund and $5 million from the Department of Education’s federal funding through the Read more

 

Summer 2020 Newsletter

(Aug 20, 2020)

This newsletter provides important COVID-19 information and programs and services which my office can assist you with. Read more

 

Mullery announces state funding for three local water improvement projects

(Aug 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 17 – State grants totaling $978,174 have been approved to help fund three water and sewer infrastructure systems which serve Luzerne County residents, state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced today. The grants – all approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority – are: $508,833 H20 PA grant for Rice Township to make repairs to the Ice Lakes Dam. $391,000 Small Water and Sewer grant for Hazle Township for the Hollywood Area Sewer Rehabilitation and Replacement project. $78,341 Small Water and Sewer grant for White Haven Borough to make improvements to the storm sewer system along Pine and Berwick streets. “The residents and officials of Rice Township have faced numerous challenges and setbacks over the past five years to get the Ice Lakes Dam repaired,” Mullery said. “ To be able to secure state funds, which will fully cover the cost of the repairs, will end this nightmare and return the beauty and tranquility of the Ice Lakes for residents and visitors to enjoy.” Bob Pipech, chairman of the board for Rice Township shared Mullery’s sentiment. “This funding will help us put the Ice Lakes Dam project to bed,” Pipech said. “On behalf of myself and Rice Township, we can’t thank Representative Mullery enough in assisting us through this process these past five years. I know the residents around the Ice Lakes will be grateful and all Read more

 

Mullery announces emergency education relief funding awarded to local career and technical centers and school district

(Aug 06, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 6 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced that three local career and technical centers were recipients of Career and Technical Center Equity grants in the amount of $389,644, and a local district was a recipient of a Continuing of Education Equity grant in the amount of $14,000. “As we get closer to the start of the new school year, the health and safety of our students, teachers and faculty is top priority,” Mullery said. “This funding will support a return to safe instruction, whether in-person, remote, or a mixed approach as we continue to fight this pandemic.” The following Career and Technical Centers and School Districts received funds: Hazleton Area Career Center $162,653. Wilkes-Barre Area CTC $148,313. West Side CTC $78,678. Wyoming Valley West SD $14,000. CTC Equity grants provide funding to support effective continuity of education programs such as summer and other expanded programming, and industry credential assessments for students enrolled in CTCs negatively impacted by COVID-19 mitigation efforts. CEEG grants may be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets, and internet hot spots, or used towards providing instructional materials, such as paper lessons and coursework. Schools with the highest percentages of students lacking access to resources were Read more

 

Mullery alerts residents to public input hearings on American Water rate hikes

(Aug 06, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 6 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, is alerting residents to eight scheduled public input hearings this month on a proposed PA American Water rate hike. “As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are still enduring financial hardships and have to choose between which bills to pay or to put food on their table,” Mullery said. “I still believe that now is not the time for a rate hike and stand by my letter urging the PUC to reject the rate hike. I urge everyone to have their voices heard at one of the upcoming hearings.” The hearings are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day on Aug. 18, 25, 26 . All hearings will be held by video conference/telephone. Residents interested in testifying at one of the hearings must register by calling 1-800-684-6560, or online at http://www.oca.state.pa.us/pubhear/puchear.htm . Anyone who does not want to testify but still wants to listen in may also get those instructions from that website. Mullery’s letter to the PUC can be found here . Read more

 

Mullery: Youth sports leagues may apply for CARES Act funds for COVID-19 mitigation

(Aug 05, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 5 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, is alerting local youth sports leagues of $400,000 in federal CARES Act funds that is now available for leagues’ COVID-19 mitigation plans and preparations. “As Pennsylvania continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, youth sports leagues are coming up with plans to resume competitive play while keeping their athletes safe,” Mullery said. “This funding is critical in making sure these teams have the masks, PPE and other safety measures they need to prevent the spread of this virus.” Sports leagues may apply for grants up to $2,000 per organization. Those funds must be used specifically to prepare for, plan for and to respond to the coronavirus. Examples of approved expenses include masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing safety signs. Receipts and invoices must be provided with the application before the funds will be released. The deadline to apply is Friday, Aug. 14 . Sports leagues may apply online on the Luzerne County website, www.luzernecounty.org . This funding is part of $28 million from state and federal funds, which were granted to Luzerne County to invest in Covid-19 related projects throughout the county. Read more

 

Mullery bill included in House Democratic package to provide relief to restaurant, bar and club workers

(Jul 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 28 – A bill introduced by state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, has been included in a legislative package announced today by House Democrats to provide relief to owners and workers of Pennsylvania restaurants, bars and clubs impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The food service industry is among one of the hardest hit industries in Pennsylvania due to COVID-19,” Mullery said. “These hardworking business owners and their staff lost wages and profits through no fault of their own and they need assistance now. We need to do everything we can to ensure their businesses survive this pandemic.” Mullery’s bill would w aive the liquor license renewal fee for any bar, restaurant or club that suffered more than a 25% downturn in business due to the virus. The other bills in the package include: Earmarking CARES grant funding from the federal government to be directed to small, community restaurants instead of national chains to ensure those dollars are invested back into the region. Earmarking CARES grant funding from the federal government for Pennsylvania breweries, distilleries and wineries forced to reduce capacity to protect patrons. Most of these businesses are small and family-operated and help support multiple community efforts, and this funding will help keep them in operation. Expanding access to outdoor dining for restaurants and diners, including removing Read more

 

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 alerting residents to several polling location changes throughout Luzerne County
Oct 27, 2020

Mullery excited by project bringing 360 jobs
Oct 26, 2020

Mullery notes change to Luzerne County polling location
Oct 26, 2020

Mullery: $1.85M grant awarded to expand and conserve area state forest lands
Oct 08, 2020

Mullery alerts small businesses to Luzerne County COVID-19 grant assistance program
Oct 01, 2020

Mullery announces DCNR grant funding to improve local recreational spaces
Sep 24, 2020

Mullery named Democratic chairman of House Ethics Committee
Sep 02, 2020

Mullery urges easing of statewide COVID-19 on restaurants
Sep 01, 2020

Mullery announces state funding for area schools to improve educational services during COVID-19 pandemic
Aug 26, 2020

Mullery: Local school districts to receive grants for special education instruction
Aug 21, 2020

Summer 2020 Newsletter
Aug 20, 2020

Mullery announces state funding for three local water improvement projects
Aug 17, 2020

Mullery announces emergency education relief funding awarded to local career and technical centers and school district
Aug 06, 2020

Mullery alerts residents to public input hearings on American Water rate hikes
Aug 06, 2020

Mullery: Youth sports leagues may apply for CARES Act funds for COVID-19 mitigation
Aug 05, 2020

Mullery bill included in House Democratic package to provide relief to restaurant, bar and club workers
Jul 28, 2020

Mullery’s Plymouth flood reduction bill signed into law
Jul 01, 2020

Renter and homeowner aid available
Jun 30, 2020

Small Business Assistance grants available
Jun 25, 2020

Rose Tucker Center receives $14,191 grant
Jun 24, 2020