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Fighting hunger this holiday season

(Nov 20, 2018)

As we approach the holiday season, I wanted to take a moment and highlight resources across Pennsylvania that can assist those who may be experiencing food insecurity. Read more


Mullery: Local recreation improvement projects receive state funding

(Nov 16, 2018)

NANTICOKE, Nov. 16 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today announced more than $70,000 in grants from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources was awarded for recreation improvement projects in Luzerne County. The Cindy Street Playground in West Hazleton received a $40,000 grant while the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor received $32,800 for trail development in Fairview and Wright townships. “It is incredibly important to provide our communities with quality recreational opportunities,” Mullery said. “I commend local partners for their work to ensure families now and for generations to come can enjoy the outdoors here in Northeast Pennsylvania, and I look forward to continuing my support in Harrisburg for these projects.” The funding for the Cindy Street Playground will be used to construct and install pedestrian walkways, parking areas, play equipment, handicap access, project signage and other related site improvements. The funding for the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor will be used to prepare a trail study to develop approximately 3 miles of trail in Fairview and Wright townships. Funding comes from the Keystone Fund, which is generated from a portion of the realty transfer tax; Environmental Stewardship Fund; ATV/Snowmobile Fund license fees; and federal money including the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The grant program provides support for Read more


More than words; how Pennsylvania supports veterans

(Nov 08, 2018)

As Veterans Day nears, I wanted to share information on programs that benefit veterans and their families. To those from Luzerne County who have bravely served our country, thank you and Happy Veterans Day. Read more


Mullery: West Hazleton business to expand and create more jobs

(Nov 07, 2018)

WEST HAZLETON, Nov. 7 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced that Summit Utility Structures LLC has been approved for a $1 million low-interest loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority. Mullery said the company will purchase machinery and equipment to be installed at its new manufacturing facility in West Hazleton Borough. “Job creation is vital in our area and this project will create 25 full-time jobs and help retain 42 additional jobs,” Mullery said. “I am very excited Summit has decided to expand here in the 119 th Legislative District and offer family-sustaining wage jobs for my constituents.” The company plans to acquire a CNC plate processor, welding equipment, sand blaster, long seamer and overhead cranes. This month, PIDA approved a total of more than $3 million in low-interest loans to projects statewide, including Luzerne County. Mullery said that in 2018, PIDA approved $76.5 million in low-interest loans that have resulted in $109.5 million in private investment and supported 4,167 created and retained full-time jobs. “I am pleased the PIDA board felt the West Hazleton project warranted approval,” Mullery said. PIDA is an independent authority staffed and regulated through the Department of Community and Economic Development. The authority provides capital for building acquisition, construction, renovation work, machinery and equipment loans, along with Read more


Mullery: Local school districts approved for school safety grants

(Nov 02, 2018)

NANTICOKE, Nov. 2 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced today that several local school districts were approved for school safety grants by the state School Safety and Security Committee. Crestwood School District, Greater Nanticoke Area School District, Hanover Area School District, Hazleton Area School District, and Wyoming Valley West School District each received $25,000 to support one or more practices in their districts that promote school safety. “Continuing to ensure that our students are safe day in and day out while at school is an issue I take very seriously,” Mullery said. “I am happy to see this important funding come to the different school districts in my legislative district, and I look forward to continue working with school leaders to maximize funding for our students.” The School Safety and Security Committee was established within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency by Act 44 of 2018 . School districts were able to submit to the committee an application to receive $25,000. The approved schools can use the funding for a variety of services, including purchasing security-related technology, hiring school resource officers, school police officers, school counselors, social workers and school psychologists or supporting school safety-related trainings. Mullery said that he noted his thanks to Gov. Tom Wolf and his administration’s dedication to enhancing school safety across Read more


Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more


Senior prescription program expanded to help more people

(Oct 23, 2018)

I voted for legislation that would allow more senior citizens in Luzerne County and across the state pay for their prescription medication. Putting people first and focusing on health care is part of the House Democrats' Plan for Pennsylvania. Read more


Mullery votes to help more seniors afford prescriptions

(Oct 11, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 11 – Thousands more senior citizens would be eligible for the state’s prescription assistance program under legislation that passed the House of Representatives today, according to state Rep. Gerald Mullery. “Senior citizens should not be forced to choose between paying for their prescriptions and buying groceries. The state’s PACE and PACENET programs are virtual lifesavers for many Pennsylvanians and I was proud to co-sponsor and vote for this important bill,” said Mullery, D-Luzerne. PACE provides low-cost prescriptions to those 65 or older who earn up to $14,500 for single people and up to $17,700 for married couples. House Bill 270 would enhance the additional tier of assistance for moderate-income people, known as PACENET, by increasing the income limit from $23,500 to $27,500 for single people and from $31,500 to $35,500 for married couples. According to estimates from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, more than 14,000 people would be eligible for benefits if the bill becomes law, including hundreds more in Luzerne County. “My office staff are happy to help people learn more and apply for PACE and PACENET, as well as other state programs. Anyone who’s interested should give us a call or stop by for assistance,” said Mullery, who maintains offices at 156 S. Market St. in Nanticoke (570-740-7031) and at 407 Centre St. in Freeland (570-636-3500). PACE and PACENET are funded by proceeds from Read more


Pennsylvania receives extension for REAL ID

(Oct 11, 2018)

Pennsylvania has been granted a REAL ID enforcement extension by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through August 1, 2019. This extension means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities or boarding domestic commercial aircraft through at least that date. REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards will be available from PennDOT at the customer’s option beginning March 2019. PennDOT is encouraging customers to pre-verify for REAL ID the required documentation as soon as possible, giving them ample time to prepare. More information about what documents will be required is available on PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website . More information about REAL ID, including frequently asked questions , can be found at www.dmv.pa.gov . Read more


Mullery announces school safety grants for local school districts

(Oct 04, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced today that Greater Nanticoke Area School District, Hanover Area School District and Hazleton Area School District were awarded the competitive Safe Schools Targeted grants for the 2018-19 school year. “Ensuring our children’s safety while at school is an issue I take extremely seriously,” Mullery said. “By supporting and enhancing resources that promote safety, we can continue to foster environments of greater learning, greater safety and greater community.” The Greater Nanticoke Area School District was awarded $39,988 for training and compensation of school police officers, Hanover Area School District was awarded $45,951 for training and compensation of school resource officers and Hazleton Area School District was awarded $24,600 to purchase security and safety-related equipment. Mullery noted and thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for his commitment to school safety. Close to 270 different public school entities were awarded through the grant program. The Safe Schools Targeted Grant program assists schools in preventing and reducing violent incidents in school by providing funding to purchase safety and security-related equipment and to provide training and compensation for school resource and police officers. More than $8.4 million was awarded through this program this year. For a full list of recipients and their award amounts, visit the Read more


119 Seconds with Jerry

(Sep 21, 2018)

On this episode of 119 Seconds with Jerry, Pa. state Rep. Jerry Mullery discusses new protocols being put in place to protect staff, visitors and inmates at Pennsylvania’s 25 state correctional facilities. Read more


Mullery co-hosts Luzerne County Senior Expo

(Sep 20, 2018)

WILKES-BARRE, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Jerry Mullery, D-Luzerne, joined House and Senate colleagues to host the 2018 Luzerne County Senior Expo at the Wyoming Valley Mall today. "It's great to have an event like this that's a 'one-stop' for our seniors to gather information on what services and programs are available for them," Mullery said. "While both of my offices are open daily to aid constituents, it's via these annual events when we're able to bring together such a large number of agencies and vendors." The free Senior Expo featured more than 70 vendors, with many offering free health screenings. Mullery said that having a joint event with Sens. Lisa Baker and John Yudichak, and Rep. Aaron Kaufer at the Wyoming Valley Mall is a bonus for the area. "Working together and combining all of our resources in one place is a win-win for everyone," Mullery said. Click here to view photos from today’s Senior Expo. Read more


Mullery announces $807,771 for Luzerne County projects

(Sep 18, 2018)

State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township, said $807,771 in grants today were awarded for several projects in the portion of Luzerne County that he represents. Read more


Mullery: We must ensure memory of 9/11 endures

(Sep 12, 2018)

NANTICOKE — State Rep. Gerald Mullery looked into the crowd of Luzerne County Community College students on Tuesday and noted some of them might not have been alive when the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks occurred. Read more


Mullery to hold free document shredding event Saturday

(Sep 10, 2018)

NANTICOKE, Sept. 10 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, will sponsor a free shredding event for residents of the 119th Legislative District from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 15 at Crestwood High School. Read more


Summer 2018 Newsletter

(Sep 06, 2018)

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Mullery supports additional protections for corrections officers

(Sep 05, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 5 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery welcomes today’s announcement of additional safety measures being undertaken at the state’s prisons. Read more


8/23/18 – Technical Education and Career Readiness – Nanticoke

(Aug 23, 2018)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Gerald Mullery. Read more


Mullery, Policy Committee explore technical education, career readiness

(Aug 23, 2018)

NANTICOKE, Aug. 23 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing at IBEW 163 JATC Training Center to discuss how students can better prepare themselves for their future through technical education and career readiness. “In order to meet the demands of the jobs of the future, we must help students to learn what skills and training will be needed for those jobs. Everyone isn’t suited for a four-year college degree and that’s good because every good-paying job doesn’t require one,” said Mullery, who serves as Democratic chairman of the House Education Subcommittee on Career and Technical Education. Mullery was joined by a number of state representatives from across the commonwealth, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Sturla added: “Continuing the discussion on CTE programs helps legislators to keep up with evolving workforce demands and industry requirements. I believe we’re on the right track and I thank Representative Mullery for his leadership on this issue.” The committee heard testimony from Allyson Knox, director of education policy and programs, Microsoft; Carrie Amann, deputy secretary of policy and planning, Office of Gov. Tom Wolf; and Jeanne Miller, co-lead of the Carbon, Schuylkill, Luzerne STEM Ecosystem. The meeting is one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA that includes Read more


Mullery to hold Policy Committee hearing on technical education and career readiness Thursday in Nanticoke

(Aug 16, 2018)

NANTICOKE, Aug. 20 – In alignment with the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced that he will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss technical education and career readiness. Read more