$800,000 in gaming grants benefit Lackawanna projects

HARRISBURG, May 27 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, said the Commonwealth Financing Authority today approved nearly $800,000 in state gaming grants for important projects in portions of Lackawanna County he represents.

“While the casinos have provided thousands of jobs and helped the horse racing industry in Pennsylvania, an additional benefit is the local economic development dollars that are provided to adjacent counties,” Flynn said.

Flynn said the grants include:

  • $225,000 to the city of Scranton to design and construct an elevator, and provide handicap access to the Leonard Theater;

  • $225,000 to purchase an aerial platform ladder truck to replace an older truck that has exceeded its recommended life expectancy;

  • $180,000 to the city of Scranton for three phases of roof and water damage repairs at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, including temporary stabilization and leak mitigation, repointing tower joints, repairing and replacing roof, gutters and limestone panels;

  • $140,000 to the city of Scranton to purchase and install additional surveillance equipment and software to expand the city’s community surveillance network by 12 cameras; and

  • $29,296 to the Lackawanna County Redevelopment Authority on behalf of the Scranton-Lackawanna Human Development Agency, to purchase 15 computer work stations and software to allow the CareerLink program in Lackawanna County to function at a higher capacity with updated equipment.

The money was provided through the Local Share Account under the state gaming law, which receives its funding from casino proceeds.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority is an independent state agency that evaluates and administers funding for projects that create jobs and improve cultural and recreational assets.