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$200,000 grant awarded to Commission on Economic Opportunity in Luzerne County toward ending hunger in region by 2025

(Nov 15, 2019)

WILKES-BARRE, Nov. 15 -- State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, announced today the approval of a $200,000 Neighborhood Partnership Program grant for the Commission on Economic Opportunity – Luzerne County for its project to end hunger in Northeast Pennsylvania by 2025. “In a county, commonwealth, and country abundant with food and resources, no family or individual should have to go hungry,” Pashinski said. “This valuable funding will help CEO meet its goal of increasing food access and decreasing food insecurity, improving the health and stability for families throughout our region.” The funding, announced earlier today by Gov. Tom Wolf, comes through NPP, which is part of the Neighborhood Assistance Program, whose goal is to promote community participation and collaborations among nonprofits, businesses and residents while producing outcomes that assist a distressed area or the low-income population in a neighborhood. “Congratulations to CEO for securing this funding and I thank them for their commitment to addressing food insecurity in our area,” Pashinski said. “Food insecurity can devastate families through no fault of their own, resulting from medical emergencies, unexpected expenses, job loss and more. I thank Governor Wolf for recognizing this need in our community and helping to approve funds to invest in food acquisition, distribution, partner networking, household level access and improving Read more

 

Six Luzerne County projects awarded state funding

(Nov 13, 2019)

Other projects receiving funding:• The Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund Inc.: $500,000 for the multimodal transportation improvement project.• Plymouth Borough: $150,000 for the Plymouth Borough Main Street improvement project.• Luzerne County, on behalf of NorthPoint Development, LLC: $100,000 for the new Hanover Street and New Commerce Boulevard intersection improvement project.• Hanover Twp.: $50,000 for the Safe Route for School and Travel project.State Reps. Gerald Mullery, D-119, Newport Twp.; Eddie Day Pashinski, D-121, Wilkes-Barre; and Mike Carroll, D-118, Avoca, assisted Yudichak with securing funding for the 14th Senatorial District projects. Read more

 

Luzerne representatives call for Corrections secretary to be fired

(Oct 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 29 – Three Luzerne County state representatives are asking Gov. Tom Wolf to dismiss Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John E. Wetzel following comments he made at the recent public hearing regarding the proposed closure of SCI-Retreat. Read more

 

Pashinski introduces bill to ban flavored vaping products in Pa.

(Oct 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 25 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today introduced his “Ban on Flavored Vapor Products Act”, H.B. 1994, which would remove flavored vaping products from store shelves across Pennsylvania. “Vapor products have been repeatedly called ‘safe’ or ‘less dangerous’ than cigarettes,” Pashinski said. “While it is true that vapor products contain far fewer carcinogens and toxicants, they still contain significant amounts of nicotine – the drug that makes cigarettes addictive in the first place.” House Bill 1994 would reduce access to these dangerous products by penalizing retail stores up to $500 for the sale or production of flavored vaping products, with penalties increasing if violations continue. Individuals either selling or producing these products would also face increasing fines, starting at $250, and individuals buying these products would receive a fine of up to $200 as well as up to 75 hours of community service. “For decades, the amount of young people using tobacco products was steadily declining, but that is no longer true,” Pashinski said. “From just 2017 to 2018, the percentage of high schoolers using tobacco products jumped from nearly 20% to 27%. This dramatic increase was mainly caused by flavored vaping products. My bill will swiftly address this disturbing trend by keeping these harmful products off Pennsylvania’s Read more

 

Pashinski Celebrates Diwali

(Oct 23, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski participated in the Diwali celebrations at the Capitol. The holiday, a centuries old festival of lights that originated in India, highlights the importance of recognizing other cultures across the commonwealth. Read more

 

ABC 27 News: Pennsylvania lawmaker has new plan to reduce property taxes

(Oct 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – After years of lawmakers trying and failing to pass bills to eliminate school property taxes, a state representative is trying a different approach.State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne) plans to introduce a bill that would establish a property tax relief rebate program.? The proposal would provide an $800 rebate to all property taxpayers for their school property taxes and a $50 rebate to renters. Read more

 

Pashinski Discusses His Plan to Reduce Property Taxes

(Oct 11, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski discusses his Universal Property Tax Relief Rebate Plan, which aims to provide responsible and meaningful reductions in school property taxes for seniors and working families across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Pashinski Visits New Solomon Creek Floodwalls

(Oct 01, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski recently visited South Wilkes-Barre as the $10 million project to replace floodwalls wrapped up along Solomon Creek. Read more

 

Rep. Pashinski Sings the National Anthem at the 10th Annual Cultural Celebration Day

(Sep 25, 2019)

Rep. Pashinski sings the national anthem to open the 10th Annual Cultural Celebration Day at the state Capitol! This wonderful event celebrates the diversity that makes the United States of America such a strong and unique nation, and I appreciate the opportunity to participate in this year’s festivities. Read more

 

Pashinski: Keep White Haven Center Open

(Sep 17, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Pashinski attended a Department of Human Services hearing in White Haven to listen to hundreds of families and community members offer testimony about the pending closure of the White Haven Center. Read more

 

Pashinski announces $165,000 in CFA grants for 121st Legislative District

(Sep 17, 2019)

WILKES-BARRE, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today announced the approval of two Commonwealth Financing Authority grants by the state Senate totaling $165,000 for North Branch Land Trust and Hanover Township. The funds will go toward two separate projects, including: $115,000 to North Branch Land Trust to construct a 6-mile section of D&L Rail trail. $50,000 to Hanover Township for the restoration of a 600-foot reach of Spring Run through natural stream design. “Each of these grants will help to fund important projects improving the quality of life in the 121st District and our region,” Pashinski said. “Once completed, these efforts will reduce pollution and provide another tremendous opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of Northeast PA. I’m truly appreciative to state Senator John Yudichak, D-Luzerne/Carbon, and his senate colleagues for their support for these projects, as well as Governor Tom Wolf and his administration for seeing the value that this money will bring to our area.” North Branch Land Trust’s grant will go towards the construction of the final 6 miles of the 165-mile D&L Heritage corridor and includes Laurel Run Borough, Plains and Wilkes-Barre townships. The trail will begin in Oliver Mills and end at North Hampton Street in Wilkes-Barre Township. The project includes trail construction, installation of wood fencing and gates at pedestrian crossings, signage Read more

 

Lancaster Farming: Agritourism Risk Tops Concerns at Lawmaker Tour

(Aug 26, 2019)

SUGARLOAF, Pa. — Insurance costs are a major headache for agritourism operations, farmer Chris Maylath told local lawmakers this week.Tuesday’s farm tour at Maylath Farm & Orchard was organized by the Luzerne County Farm Bureau.Maylath raises produce and grass-fed beef, and runs a fall agritourism program that includes a corn maze, pumpkin patch and hay rides. Read more

 

$3.5 million in RACP funding announced for projects to enhance economy, infrastructure

(Aug 02, 2019)

WILKES-BARRE, Aug. 2 -- State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, announced today the approval of three Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants totaling $3.5 million toward projects that will enhance Luzerne County’s economy, boost tourism and preserve historic structures. “Each of these projects will improve Luzerne County’s quality of life by, preserving and rehabilitating a historic landmark, creating new opportunities to live and stay in the city, and assisting a major employer locally,” Pashinski said. “These are exactly the types of efforts the RACP was created to support and I look forward to seeing the impact of these grants for years to come.” These organizations in the 121st Legislative District were awarded funding in the following amounts for the listed purposes: Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund – $2 million toward the Gateway Center (Wilkes-Barre) project , a mixed-use urban development, comprising: a four-story building containing an 83-key select-service hotel, and an 8-story mid-rise building with 33 market-rate residences above the hotel's conference/banquet facility. Irem Temple Restoration Project Inc. – $1 million toward the Irem Temple Restoration Project, Phases One & Two . These phases will include site security that will secure all doors and windows and install security and fire alarm systems; masonry repairs that will remove plant growth and repaint the building; roof Read more

 

Spotted Lanternfly Continues to Strike

(Jul 26, 2019)

Pa. state Representatives Pashinski, Malagari and Hanbidge came together to inform local citizens about the dangers of the Spotted Lanternfly and the importance of eliminating this invasive species. Read more

 

Pashinski: Fund Our Schools Equally

(Jul 18, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski participated in a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing regarding fair education funding in Scranton. Pashinski says that the current funding formula still leaves some schools underfunded and as legislators we must find a way to provide equal funding for all schools across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Wolf Signs Farm Bill Package with Pashinski plan to support Pa. farmers who are veterans

(Jul 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 1 – Governor Tom Wolf signed the PA Farm Bill legislative package into law today, including a plan originally introduced by state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, to help Pennsylvania veterans who are farmers. Amended to include language from Pashinski’s H.B. 1521 , Rep. Pam Snyder’s H.B. 1520 was signed by Wolf as part of the historic PA Farm Bill package. Pashinski’s plan will help bolster enrollment and promote the Homegrown by Heroes program for Pennsylvania veterans who are giving back to their communities through agriculture after serving their country. The program is an extension of the PA Preferred Program, which labels and promotes Pennsylvania’s exceptional local produce, dairy, agriculture, meats, nursery products and hardwood goods. “This legislation will help raise awareness about the many fine goods offered by the 8% of Pennsylvania farmers who are veterans,” Pashinski said. “I thank my colleagues and Governor Wolf for including this language in the historic Pa Farm Bill package, highlighting their support for Pennsylvania’s veterans who have chosen to continue serving us as farmers, ranchers, fishermen and value-added producers.” PA Preferred is working with the Homegrown by Heroes program by combining the logos to let consumers know they are supporting Pennsylvania farmers who are veterans. This program helps these farmers become more successful by selling their products Read more

 

Pashinski Celebrates PA Farm Bill Package

(Jun 26, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski joined members of the House and Senate for a milkshake toast to celebrate Pennsylvania's first Farm Bill package, including his bill which promotes the Homegrown by Heroes program for Pennsylvania veterans who are giving back to their communities through agriculture after serving their country. Read more

 

House passes Pashinski bill supporting Pa. farmers who are veterans

(Jun 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 18 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today passed legislation introduced by state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, to help Pennsylvania veterans who are farmers as part of the historic Pennsylvania Farm Bill package making its way through the legislature. The bill, H.B. 1521 , would help bolster enrollment and promote the Homegrown by Heroes program for Pennsylvania veterans who are giving back to their communities through agriculture after serving their country. The program is an extension of the PA Preferred Program, which labels and promotes Pennsylvania’s exceptional local produce, dairy, agriculture, meats, nursery products and hardwood goods. “This bill will help raise awareness about the many fine goods offered by the 8% of Pennsylvania farmers who are veterans,” Pashinski said. “I thank my colleagues for passing this bill supporting Pennsylvania’s veterans who have chosen to continue serving us as farmers, ranchers, fishermen and value-added producers.” PA Preferred is working with the Homegrown by Heroes program by combining the logos to let consumers know they are supporting Pennsylvania farmers who are veterans. This program helps these farmers become more successful by selling their products and goods. “By purchasing products with these labels, Pennsylvanians are providing tangible support to our commonwealth’s heroes while having confidence in the quality of their Read more

 

Senator Yudichak and Representative Eddie Day Pashinski Announce Historic Preservation Tax Credit

(Jun 17, 2019)

Harrisburg, June 17, 2019 — State Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon) and Representative Eddie Day Pashinski (D – Luzerne) announced a $100,000 Historic Preservation Tax Credit today from the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The tax credit will be used to rehabilitate the Spring Brook Water Supply Company building in the River Street Historical District for the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering program at King’s College. The project has an estimated construction expenditure of $4.6 million. “Public-private partnerships are the driving force behind the economic revitalization occurring in downtown Wilkes-Barre. As the engineering program continues to grow at King’s College, students will work toward their future goals while honoring the history of the Spring Brook Water Supply Company building,” said Senator John Yudichak. The Historic Preservation Tax Credit program, administered by DCED and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission since 2013, has invested more than $18 million to rehabilitate 105 historic buildings leveraging an estimated $1.5 billion in construction expenditures. “I’m pleased that this competitive tax credit has been allocated and will help King’s College preserve this beautiful building while advancing their Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Read more

 

REAL IDs are now available

(May 16, 2019)

As you may know, REAL ID is now available for Pennsylvanians who want one. Effective October 1, 2020, Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID to enter federal facilities that require identification, a military installation and board a domestic commercial flight. To get your REAL ID, gather the following documents: Proof of identity: (original or certified copy of a birth certificate or valid, unexpired U.S. Passport or passport card. Social Security Card Two proofs of current, physical PA address: examples include current, unexpired PA license or ID, PA vehicle registration, auto insurance card, or utility bill with the same name and address. Proof of all legal name changes: Certified marriage certificate, court order or divorce decree issued by your county’s family court. Visit one of the 12 PennDOT REAL ID Centers to receive your REAL ID at the time of service or your local PennDOT Driver License Center to receive your REAL ID within 15 business days. You DO NOT need a REAL ID to: Drive. Vote. Access hospitals. Visit the post office. Access federal courts. Apply for or receive federal benefits, such as Social Security or veterans’ benefits. A REAL ID driver's license or photo ID costs a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee ($30.50 for a four-year, non-commercial driver's license or photo ID). More information on REAL ID is available here . Read more

 

$200,000 grant awarded to Commission on Economic Opportunity in Luzerne County toward ending hunger in region by 2025
Nov 15, 2019

Six Luzerne County projects awarded state funding
Nov 13, 2019

Luzerne representatives call for Corrections secretary to be fired
Oct 29, 2019

Pashinski introduces bill to ban flavored vaping products in Pa.
Oct 25, 2019

Pashinski Celebrates Diwali
Oct 23, 2019

ABC 27 News: Pennsylvania lawmaker has new plan to reduce property taxes
Oct 16, 2019

Pashinski Discusses His Plan to Reduce Property Taxes
Oct 11, 2019

Pashinski Visits New Solomon Creek Floodwalls
Oct 01, 2019

Rep. Pashinski Sings the National Anthem at the 10th Annual Cultural Celebration Day
Sep 25, 2019

Pashinski: Keep White Haven Center Open
Sep 17, 2019

Pashinski announces $165,000 in CFA grants for 121st Legislative District
Sep 17, 2019

Lancaster Farming: Agritourism Risk Tops Concerns at Lawmaker Tour
Aug 26, 2019

$3.5 million in RACP funding announced for projects to enhance economy, infrastructure
Aug 02, 2019

Spotted Lanternfly Continues to Strike
Jul 26, 2019

Pashinski: Fund Our Schools Equally
Jul 18, 2019

Wolf Signs Farm Bill Package with Pashinski plan to support Pa. farmers who are veterans
Jul 01, 2019

Pashinski Celebrates PA Farm Bill Package
Jun 26, 2019

House passes Pashinski bill supporting Pa. farmers who are veterans
Jun 18, 2019

Senator Yudichak and Representative Eddie Day Pashinski Announce Historic Preservation Tax Credit
Jun 17, 2019

REAL IDs are now available
May 16, 2019