Carroll, Mullery and Pashinski highlight LSA awards Grants totaling $12.1 million coming to area communities

(Jul 20, 2021)

HARRISBURG, July 20 – State Reps. Mike Carroll, D-Luzerne/Lackawanna, Gerald Mullery and Eddie Day Pashinski, both D-Luzerne, today lauded the distribution of Luzerne County’s Local Share Account grants to communities throughout the county. While the distribution has been delayed for the past year, the recognition of these critical projects with significant grant funding is spectacular news for the people of Luzerne County. A total of $12,118,583 was awarded to applicants in the communities served by Carroll, Mullery and Pashinski. “Considering the financial challenges faced by our communities, school districts and area non-profit organizations due to the pandemic, these grants will ensure critical safety, infrastructure and quality of life projects to be completed, “said the State Representatives. “Each year we each passionately advocate for the people and communities we serve to secure the financial support offered by the LSA program. Many urgent projects have been completed in the past and this year’s awards will further extend these successes,” added the legislators. Among the highlights of this year’s awards are: $336,160 for a new Avoca Fire Department Building. $322,880 to repair Wilkes-Barre City Hall. $366,666 for Main Street Plymouth streetscape and stormwater improvements. $500,000 Read more

 

PA House Democrats Launch Effort to Defend Democracy

(Mar 29, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – Responding to the Capitol insurrection in January and the signing of new restrictions on voting rights last week in Georgia, House Democrats are taking action to protect American democracy. Today, a website was launched that summarizes policy proposals to defend democracy as well as links to more information and the ability for people to quickly email their elected officials, noting their support of the bills. The House Democratic Caucus has been working on these proposals since a House Democratic Policy Committee Hearing in January, when members were briefed by legal scholars, hate crimes experts and members of Congress on the language of false conspiracy and election fraud being used to undermine democracy. That same language has shifted from encouraging outright attack to what many perceive as insidiously undermining basic voting rights. “We cannot allow the outrage and disgust of the American people watching an armed invasion of our government to be subverted by a slick rebranding into attacks on our right to fair and free elections” Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro said. Members of the House Democratic Caucus have introduced dozens of measures to expand voting rights, preserve election security, protect access to mail-in ballots and polling places, and to clarify and consolidate the often-outdated Election Code. Bizzarro said the site – www.pahouse.com/policy/defendingdemocracy -- will serve as a great Read more

 

Election code bill to be introduced by Carroll

(Jan 21, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 21 – State Rep. Mike Carroll, D-Luzerne/Lackawanna, will introduce legislation to amend the Pennsylvania Election Code later this month. Carroll said the implementation of changes in voting procedures last year that included mail ballots, among other adjustments in the state’s voting processes, brought to light the urgent need for a series of changes that can improve and clarify what voters must do and how counties process ballots. “After witnessing the June and November elections in 2020 and the experiences we’ve all had with the changes related to mail-in ballots, it’s become quite obvious that many adjustments are necessary for both voters and counties,” Carroll noted. The changes being offered by Carroll include: Return the voter registration deadline to 30 days before election day. Change the absentee and mail-in ballot application deadline to three weeks before election day. Eliminate the mail-in ballot secrecy envelope. Require that the pre-canvassing of mail-in ballots begin on the Saturday prior to election day. Require counties to install one ballot drop box per 30,000 residents. Prohibit the curing of ballots once received by the county board of elections. Prohibit the receipt of mail-in or absentee ballots after 8 p.m. on election day, except for military ballots. Read more

 

Rep. Mike Carroll's 2021 Capitol Scenes calendar

(Dec 08, 2020)

Rep. Mike Carroll's 2021 Capitol Scenes calendar is available to download. Read more

 

Carroll, Blake announce infrastructure grants to area communities

(Aug 17, 2020)

Carroll, Blake announce infrastructure grants to area communities LACKAWANNA/LUZERNE, Aug. 17 -- State Rep. Mike Carroll, D-Lackawanna/Luzerne, and state Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe, said they are pleased to acknowledge the award of Small Water and Sewer, as well as H2O, grants to communities in Greater Pittston and nearby communities earlier today. Nearly $1.7 million has been provided to fund many critical sewer and water projects throughout the region. Considering the financial challenges faced by these communities, the legislators said the significant grants will ensure important safety, infrastructure and quality-of-life projects advance to completion. The projects include installation of a sewer line on Clark Rod in Duryea, repair of the concrete flood control channel in Dupont, extension of a storm water line in Avoca and the upgrade of a sewage treatment facility in Springbrook Township. “Mike Carroll has always been an effective advocate for projects in Dupont that are critically important to meet the needs of our residents,” said Dupont Borough Council President Stanley Knick. “Whenever important funding decisions are made in Harrisburg, I’ve always strived to ensure our communities are the beneficiary of funding for projects the communities identify as urgent. These grants immediately solve four of our region’s infrastructure shortcomings,” Carroll said. Read more

 

Carroll: $1.9 million for road reconstruction in Pittston

(Jul 16, 2020)

PITTSTON, July 16 – Rep Mike Carroll, D-Luzerne/Lackawanna, has announced that the city of Pittston has been awarded a $1.9 million PennDOT Multimodal grant to realign North Main Street from its intersection with Mill and New streets. Carroll said considering the financial challenges faced by communities such as Pittston due to the COVID-19 impact, these significant grant funds will ensure this important infrastructure project is completed. “Each year, I passionately advocate for the communities I represent to guarantee our region benefits from this grant program and each year these efforts have proved wildly successful,” Carroll said. “Pittston’s Main Street is a source of particular community pride and this project on North Main extends the significant improvements we’ve made along Main Street through the city.” “Mike Carroll’s unyielding support for Pittston and the surrounding communities could never be duplicated and this critical grant highlights Mike’s seniority as chairman of the House Transportation Committee and the ability to deliver for our residents,” Michael Lombardo, Pittston mayor said. The total project cost is roughly $2.5 million with matching funding provided by the city of Pittston. 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

 

Carroll, Mullery thankful for COVID-19 test site in Luzerne County

(Apr 16, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 16 – State Reps. Mike Carroll, D-Avoca, and Jerry Mullery, D-Nanticoke, extended their thanks to Gov. Tom Wolf, Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, PEMA Director Randy Padfield and Adjutant Gen. Anthony Carrelli of the Pennsylvania National Guard for their leadership in establishing a COVID-19 mass testing site at the Mohegan Sun Arena near Wilkes-Barre. “Many critical health and economic decisions lie ahead for all of us. The availability of testing and the compiled results will significantly help to inform everyone as critical decisions are faced in the coming weeks and months. It’s our sincere hope the testing that begins at the arena is just the beginning of widespread testing across the state that will more clearly identify the impact of the virus,” Carroll said. “The ongoing efforts to relax social distancing and re-open businesses across the state can more readily be accomplished with the exact information that is gathered from additional testing. There is no perfection in any of these decisions and a search for the perfect solution will result in perpetual inaction. It is obvious that no community is immune to the COVID-19 virus and every person and every community has a role to play in this struggle,” Mullery said. “Before the public returns to work, dines at restaurants or shops at retail businesses, we need to dramatically increase the availability Read more

 

Fill out the 2020 census!

(Mar 30, 2020)

In Pennsylvania, everyone counts and April 1 is National Census Day! If you haven’t already, don't forget to fill out your census form. Our population count determines our voice in government and how much federal funding we’ll receive for education, health care, transportation and more. Whether you respond online, mail or by phone , participate and help shape PA’s future. Your responses are anonymous and protected by law. To learn more, visit pa.gov/census #PAcounts #2020Census Read more

 

COVID-19 Helpful Resources

(Mar 26, 2020)

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting Pennsylvania, we wanted to provide you with the following resources and information to help you and your family in the days ahead. Please note that this webpage will be updated as needed with additional information and resources. State Services and Resources The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has created a COVID-19 guide to assist everyone. It includes information on social distancing, mental health resources, unemployment, food assistance, changes from PennDOT and resources for small business: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/ For individuals : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForIndividuals For families : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForFamilies For businesses : https://dced.pa.gov/resources COVID Support for PA Businesses : The following provides information and and links to federal, state, local and private resources. https://www.pahouse.com/News/?id=113388 **Self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers: Apply here for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits .** https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForBusinessesUtilities Information from the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry on the federal CARES Act: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/CARES-Act/Pages/default.aspx The following link provides you with Read more

 

Closure List Exemptions

(Mar 20, 2020)

The PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has established a new resource account where businesses and staff can submit questions on exemptions regarding the closure of physical locations for non-life-sustaining businesses in the Commonwealth. Businesses seeking exemptions from closure: Please contact ra-dcexemptions@pa.gov . Other questions about closures can be directed to ra-dcedcs@pa.gov . For more COVID-19 business information, DCED has set up a web site that continually will be updated as information becomes available: https://dced.pa.gov/resources . Read more

 

Mullery, Carroll, Pashinski announce district offices closed until further notice

(Mar 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 17 – State Reps. Jerry Mullery and Eddie Day Pashinski, both D-Luzerne, and state Rep. Mike Carroll, D-Luzerne/Lackawanna, today announced the closure of their district offices until further notice per Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest COVID-19 mitigation plan. The staff of district offices will be working remotely and will be able to continue providing assistance for state-related issues and concerns via email at the following: Mullery: RepMullery@pahouse.net Pashinski: RepPashinski@pahouse.net Carroll: RepCarroll@pahouse.net “This is an unprecedented but critical action to take in order to keep residents, staff and everyone safe,” Mullery said. “It is vital that everyone take precautionary action, social distancing, and if you can stay home, please stay home.” “I know a lot is being asked of all of us right now, and that this can be a stressful time,” Pashinski said. “If everyone does their part, following the Department of Health’s recommendations, wash your hands, avoid touching your face, and minimizing your contact with others, we can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and get back to normal much faster.” “The governor’s plan may sound dramatic, but it is so important that everyone who can work and stay home do it,” Carroll said. “By closing our offices, we are taking action and showing how important social Read more

 

Mullery, Carroll call for Gov. Wolf to mandate statewide school district closures to stop spread of COVID-19

(Mar 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 13 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, and state Rep. Mike Carroll, D-Luzerne/Lackawanna, are calling on Gov. Tom Wolf to grant public schools statewide the authority to close effective Monday, March 16 or at the discretion of the local district officials to stop the spread of COVID-19. Mullery said the action Wolf has taken in Montgomery County, which currently has the most presumptive cases of COVID-19, need to be taken statewide to keep students, faculty and staff safe from the virus. Mullery said further that school superintendents were on a conference call this morning with the state Department of Education and Wolf’s administration but no authorization to close districts was granted to school leaders. “School districts in certain counties across the state, have made the decision to close Monday and I expect others to follow,” Carroll said. “It’s imperative the Pennsylvania Department of Education immediately allow the use of alternative learning days and vigorously pursue the cancellation of assessment tests including PSSA tests. By doing so, student instruction can immediately resume once schools reopen.” Both Mullery and Carroll said that ordering statewide school district closings will help concerned parents who are not sure if they should be pulling their kids out of school over COVID-19. Read more

 

Fill out the 2020 Census

(Feb 12, 2020)

Every 10 years, the United States conducts a census. This count of U.S. residents helps determine how $675 billion is spent by the federal government and how Pennsylvania is represented in Congress for the next 10 years. 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

 

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

 

Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate

(Jan 23, 2019)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2018 tax year are available – and my office staff is ready to help you file yours for free! Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP available

(Jan 17, 2019)

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

 

PACE prescription programs benefit seniors

(Jan 17, 2019)

PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. Read more