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Rep Mullery is ready to vigorously fight to 400 state prison jobs in his district

(Jan 06, 2017)

State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today said he is ready to vigorously fight to save 400 State Correctional Institution Retreat jobs in his district. Citing cost saving measures, the Department of Corrections has announced it will close two state prisons this year and will announce its final decision Jan. 26. SCI Retreat is among five prisons being considered for closure. Mullery said he will fight tooth and nail as he believes there is no reason the governor should close this institution. “The governor has unnecessarily placed the lives and livelihoods of Pennsylvania families in the heart of the budget battle and I am vehemently opposed to this tactic,” Mullery said. “He is creating a situation to use as a negotiating chip and I will do everything I can to keep this correctional facility open.” Mullery said Gov. Tom Wolf’s power has been greatly diminished with the Republicans holding super-majorities in the House and Senate. “I understand the pressures of passing an on-time, responsible budget,” Mullery said. “However, treating those individuals who place their lives at risk every day like political pawns is 100 percent unacceptable.” According to the state DOC, because of cost savings initiatives taken over the past several years, the department is again in the position to make more reductions due to the of the dire budget forecast. Each affected employee will be Read more

 

State Rep. Gerald Mullery sworn in for a fourth term representing the 119th Legislative District

(Jan 03, 2017)

State Rep. Gerald Mullery was sworn in for a fourth term representing the 119 th Legislative District during a ceremony today at the state Capitol that marked the beginning of the 2017-18 session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “It is humbling and a wonderful honor to be entrusted with the issues and concerns affecting the citizens of the 119 th Legislative District,” Mullery said. “Continuing to serve the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania will be at the forefront of my agenda.” Mullery, D-Newport Township, said property tax reform, attracting and retaining family-sustaining jobs, providing for quality schools and safe neighborhoods remain his top priorities. “My constituents are concerned with the escalating level of property taxes and their inability to pay them,” Mullery said. “I will continue to support the Property Tax Independence Act and efforts to eliminate property tax for homeowners.” Recently, Mullery was recognized as an environmental champion by the state’s four largest citizen-based environmental advocacy groups. The champions scored 90 percent or higher. Members of the House and Senate were scored on votes cast on legislation relating to fracking, climate change and privatizing public lands. “Environmental issues are important to all of us,” Mullery said. “We want safe drinking water, cleaner air and pristine woodlands not only for us but for future Read more

 

License Your Dog in PA

(Dec 22, 2016)

All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs. An annual license is $8.50 and a lifetime license is $51.50. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50 and lifetime is $31.50. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities. The small license fee helps the millions of dogs in the state by funding the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement. Dog licenses are available from your local county treasurer and other licensing agents. Reasons for dog licensing: It’s the law. All dogs three months or older must have a current license. If your dog gets lost, a license is the best way to get him back. A license helps animal control and shelters identify your dog and get him back home safely. The cost of a license is less than the penalty for being caught without one. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog. License fees support animal control. The annual fee you pay to license your dog helps keep shelters running and supports the work of the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs, regulating dangerous dogs and overseeing annual licensing and rabies vaccinations. Read more

 

Mullery announces constituent outreach dates in December

(Dec 07, 2016)

NANTICOKE, Dec. 5 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced he will offer constituent outreach in December at various locations throughout the 119th Legislative District. The schedule is as follows: 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 13, Mountaintop Active Adult Center, 460 S. Main Road. 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 14, Nanticoke Active Adult Center, 145 E. Green St. 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dec. 15, Plymouth Active Adult Center, 160 E. Main St. Residents can receive help on a variety of state matters, including the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, the PACE/PACENET prescription-drug program for seniors, unemployment compensation, hunting and fishing licenses, the Children's Health Insurance Program, consumer protection and many more. Mullery said constituents may visit his district office between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday at 156 S. Market St., Nanticoke. The number is 570-740-7031. Residents can also stop by his Freeland office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday at its new location at 407 Centre St. The number is 570-636-3500. Constituents also may contact Mullery through his website at www.pahouse.com/Mullery . Read more

 

Mullery announces new location for Freeland office

(Nov 30, 2016)

NANTICOKE, Nov. 30 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced his Freeland constituent services office has been relocated. The office is now located at 407 Centre St., Freeland, PA 18224. Hours have yet to be determined. The number is 570-636-3500. Mullery said he and his staff remain fully committed to providing quality constituent services at both his Freeland office and his office in Nanticoke. Read more

 

Mullery announces Safe School Grant for Greater Nanticoke Area SD

(Nov 03, 2016)

NANTICOKE, Nov. 3 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today announced an upcoming Pennsylvania Department of Education Safe Schools Initiative grant for the Greater Nanticoke Area School District to help keep students safe from violence. The district will receive $14,000 for crisis management training. "Our children expect their school to be a safe environment, but unfortunately in this day and age, that feeling of safety can be quickly violated,” Mullery said. “I am pleased the district is receiving this grant to help better prepare the students, faculty and staff on how to avoid a crisis.” “The grant will be utilized to extend school-wide positive behavior support in the high school,” said Dr. Ronald Grevera, superintendent of the Greater Nanticoke Area School District. “This program enables us to teach soft skills (social skills) to our high school students. We are also going to be doing some safety training with our teachers.” The money is part of $6.5 million in competitive grants to be awarded statewide for the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers, and to prevent and reduce violent incidents through programs and security equipment. Read more

 

Mullery: Let's Keep Hunting and Shooting a Safe, Fun Activity

(Oct 31, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Gerald Mullery wants to make sure the next generation of Pennsylvanians learns to handle firearms safely and with respect. You can stop by his offices in Nanticoke or Freeland for information on firearm laws, gun safety and hunting in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Mullery: Stay Safe This Halloween

(Oct 18, 2016)

As our little ghosts and goblins head out for trick or treat, Pa. state Rep. Gerald Mullery offers some tips to keep kids safe this Halloween. Read more

 

Mullery: Your Vote is Your Voice

(Oct 06, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Gerald Mullery urges everyone who wants to have their voice heard on election day to register to vote by the October 11 deadline. For more information you can visit Mullery’s offices in Nanticoke or Freeland, or register online at www.votespa.com Read more

 

Students, parents: 2017-18 FAFSA can be filed starting Oct. 1

(Sep 27, 2016)

Please be aware that anyone who will be attending college in the 2017-18 school year will be able to file their FAFSA -- Free Application for Federal Student Aid -- beginning Oct. 1. Previously, the applications were not available until Jan. 1 of the school year. This is an important change, as the FAFSA must be filed each year for any college student who wishes to be considered for state or federal grants. Along with the date change, families will use their previous tax year information, instead of the tax information that would be filed by April of the school year. Both of these changes will make it easier to file the necessary application in a timelier manner and will better coincide with the actual college application process for incoming students. More information about paying for college is available at the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency website, www.pheaa.org . And remember, the first word in FAFSA is FREE, so there is no need to pay anyone to file the application on your behalf. Read more

 

Mullery recognized as ‘environmental champion’

(Sep 26, 2016)

State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township, is among 42 lawmakers recognized as “Environmental Champions” by the state’s four largest citizen-based environmental advocacy groups. Read more

 

Mullery hosts Policy Committee hearing on jobs in Pa.

(Sep 08, 2016)

NANTICOKE, Sept. 8 – The need for jobs and how to create them in Pennsylvania were the topics of state Rep. Gerald Mullery’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing today in Nanticoke. "We are seeing many small businesses popping up throughout our region that are providing some employment opportunities, but it’s not enough," Mullery said. "We must find ways to attract larger businesses that will employ a large amount of people at one time." Testifiers included Scott Dunkleberger, deputy secretary for business financing, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; Thomas Leary, president, Luzerne County Community College; Kenneth Okrepkie, regional manager, Ben Franklin Technology Partners; Joseph Boylan, vice chairman of economic development, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce; Mary Malone, president, Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce; and W. Kevin O’Donnell, president, Greater Hazleton Can Do, Inc. Mullery noted that as of July 2016, the unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in the Wyoming Valley. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 5.6 percent compared to 4.9 percent nationwide. Read more

 

Mullery announces constituent outreach dates in September

(Sep 08, 2016)

NANTICOKE, Sept. 8 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced he will offer constituent outreach in September at various locations throughout the 119th Legislative District. The schedule is as follows: 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 20, Mountaintop Active Adult Center, 460 S. Main Road, Mountaintop. 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 21, Nanticoke Active Adult Senior Center, 145 E. Green St., Nanticoke. 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 22, Plymouth Active Adult Center, 160 E. Main St., Plymouth. Residents can receive help on a variety of state matters, including the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, the PACE/PACENET prescription-drug program for seniors, unemployment compensation, hunting and fishing licenses, the Children's Health Insurance Program, consumer protection, and many more. Mullery said constituents may visit his district office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at 156 S. Market St., Nanticoke. The number is 570-740-7031. Residents can also stop by his Freeland office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at 532 Centre St. The number is 570-636-3500. Read more

 

Mullery to host blood drive to support first responders, corrections officers

(Sep 06, 2016)

NANTICOKE, Sept. 6 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, is inviting everyone to come and donate blood during his blood drive to support first responders and corrections officers. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Plymouth Borough Building, 162 W. Shawnee Ave., Plymouth . Mullery said it is important to honor these men and women for their service and dedication. “They put their lives on the line every day to serve and protect us, so this just one small way we can thank them for all that they do,” Mullery said. “I encourage everyone to come roll up their sleeves and donate blood during my blood drive on Sept. 17.” Read more

 

Fall 2016 Newsletter

(Aug 19, 2016)

Read Rep. Mullery's Fall Newsletter here. Read more

 

Blood drive Sept. 17 to support our first responders & corrections officers

(Aug 18, 2016)

Our first responders and corrections officers put their lives on the line every day to serve and protect us. To thank them for their dedication, I am partnering with the Red Cross for a blood drive. It will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Plymouth Borough Building, 162 W. Shawnee Ave., Plymouth. Come roll up your sleeve and donate blood! Read more

 

Mullery announces constituent outreach dates in August

(Aug 03, 2016)

NANTICOKE, Aug. 3 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced he will offer constituent outreach in August at various locations throughout the 119th Legislative District. The schedule is as follows: 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 23, Nanticoke Active Adult Senior Center, 145 E. Green St., Nanticoke. 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 24, White Haven Borough Building, 312 Main St., White Haven. 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 25, Plymouth Active Adult Center, 160 E. Main St., Plymouth. Residents can receive help on a variety of state matters, including the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, the PACE/PACENET prescription-drug program for seniors, unemployment compensation, hunting and fishing licenses, the Children's Health Insurance Program, consumer protection, and many more. Mullery said constituents may visit his district office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at 156 S. Market St., Nanticoke. The number is 570-740-7031. Residents can also stop by his Freeland office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at 532 Centre St. The number is 570-636-3500. Residents also may contact Mullery through his website at www.pahouse.com/Mullery . Read more

 

Mullery not giving up on antlerless license bill

(Jul 18, 2016)

State Rep. Gerald Mullery insists he won’t let a small but vocal group of county treasurers stop him from pushing a bill that gives hunters a choice where to buy their antlerless license. Read more

 

Mullery applauds completion of bipartisan budget

(Jul 13, 2016)

HARRISBURG, July 13 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today voted for a revenue package to complete the 2016-17 state budget, which increases funding for schools and human services, and helps to fight the state’s opioid epidemic. The spending plan is paid for with a revenue package passed by the House and Senate today that relies on a menu of revenue-generating options such as liquor modernization, expanded gaming, tobacco taxes, and new tax rules that treat books, movies and music downloaded online the same as those purchased in stores. The revenue package does not include any broad-based tax increases. "Despite the continued push from many House Republicans to put off negotiations on this revenue package, a bipartisan compromise was accomplished," Mullery said. "Pennsylvania did not need a repeat of last year and a prolonged impasse that resulted in schools threatening to close and human services not able to provide the needed services." The spending plan includes a $250 million increase for pre-K through 12 education funding, including $200 million for K-12, $30 million for pre-kindergarten and Head Start, and a $20 million increase for special education. It also dedicates $15 million to combat heroin and opioid addiction, including funds for emergency addiction treatment and behavioral health services. Read more

 

Plymouth Township bridge opening ceremony signals new chapter in flood recovery

(Jul 07, 2016)

State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D – Newport Township, worked closely with Yudichak to make the bridge repair and other flood recovery projects possible. Read more