Pashinski announces over $1.6 million in Local Share Account grants

HARRISBURG, March 16 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today announced a total of 14 projects in his district would be receiving $1.65 million in gaming funds from the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

“This funding will go toward helping multiple groups start, continue or complete projects that benefit the entire Wilkes-Barre area,” Pashinski said. “I’d like to thank Governor Tom Wolf, the board members of the Commonwealth Financing Authority and my fellow area legislators who helped bring this funding back to Wilkes-Barre and the surrounding area.”

The 14 organizations receiving grants are:

  • The Children’s Service Center of Wyoming Valley Inc. - $100,000 for acquisition and renovation of a building next to its current office;
  • Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre - $200,000 for renovations to its current building;
  • Greater Wilkes-Barre YMCA - $50,000 for construction, equipment purchases and administration;
  • Wyoming Valley Art League - $60,509 for construction, renovation, infrastructure/site preparation, machinery, equipment, engineering costs, inspection and administration costs for renovations to its current building;
  • Lower South Valley COG - $207,444 for purchasing shared machinery, equipment and administration costs;
  • F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts - $103,000 for construction, renovations, infrastructure and equipment costs;
  • Greater Wilkes-Barre Development Corp. - $220,000 for construction costs of stabilizing the Irem Temple in Wilkes-Barre;
  • Wilkes-Barre Township - $50,000 for construction and engineering costs to renovate a township building into a recreation center;
  • Hanover Township - $200,000 for construction, engineering and administration costs of the Solomon Creek Interceptor Rehab;
  • Wilkes-Barre City - $100,000 for renovations and administrative costs toward neighborhood beautification;
  • Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority - $100,000 toward rehabilitating pump station 9B and engineering costs;
  • Wilkes-Barre City - $100,000 toward construction and equipment costs toward upgrading the police department’s firing range;
  • Wilkes-Barre City - $109,665 to purchase and install computer equipment, hardware and software purchases and professional services for off-site managed IT services;
  • Fairview Township - $50,000 for equipment costs toward the purchase of a new dump truck.

The grants are funded by the Local Share Account, which receives gaming money generated by casinos, including Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The gaming funds provided by the casinos also distribute approximately $790 million statewide, which on average equals to a $215 reduction in property taxes for Pennsylvania residents for their primary residence.

The CFA is an independent state agency responsible for administering Pennsylvania's economic stimulus programs.