Flynn Votes Against Limiting Governor Powers

(1 day ago)

Pa. state Rep. Marty Flynn spoke against changing the Pennsylvania constitution to limit the Governors emergency powers. Read more


Helping our first responders and businesses during COVID-19 crisis

(Jul 10, 2020)

Helping our first responders and businesses during COVID-19 crisis 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 . 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


Flynn: Small Business Assistance Grants now available for Lackawanna County businesses

(Jun 12, 2020)

LACKAWANNA, June 12 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, said the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development is now providing program guidelines and additional details for the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Business Grants. Flynn said under the program, $225 million is available for COVID-19 relief to small businesses through a distribution to Community Development Financial Institutions for loan payment deferment, and portfolio loan loss reserves, main street business revitalization grants and historically disadvantaged business revitalization grants. “With bills coming due, many Lackawanna County businesses are scrambling to stay afloat and these grants could possibly allow them to improve cash flow and keep their workers employed,” Flynn said. Flynn said regional applications go through Metro Action of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce which serves the counties of Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming The funds will be available through three programs: $100 million for the Main Street Business Revitalization Program for small businesses that experienced loss as a result of the governor’s March 19, 2020 order relating to the closure of all non-life-sustaining businesses and have or will incur costs to adapt to new business operations related to COVID-19. $100 million for the Historically Disadvantaged Business Read more


Fynn: $100K grant awarded to Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA

(Jun 10, 2020)

LACKAWANNA, June 10 – State Rep. Marty Flynn said he is pleased that the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeast Pennsylvania has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. “Our child advocacy center provides efficient and sensitive medical and mental health services,” Flynn said. “There are many benefits of having this center in Lackawanna County, such as providing quicker follow up to child abuse reports, better collection of information and coordinated investigations that lead to more effective prosecutions.” Flynn said the grant will be used over two years to strengthen forensic interviews and forensic medical exams for suspected child/teen victims of physical and sexual abuse and/or neglect in Lackawanna County. The Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania is a private, nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to provide assessment and treatment of child abuse and neglect. For more information on PCCD on these grants, resident may visit . Read more


Rep. Flynn secures over $552K in food pantry grants in the 113th District

(May 21, 2020)

SCRANTON, May 21 – Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, has worked to bring home $552,959 in food pantry funding to help constituents stay fed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Gov. Tom Wolf said the funding is from the Food Recovery Infrastructure Grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Flynn said the following grants have been awarded in his district: $161,682 - to Friends of the Poor. $144,245 - Meals on Wheels of Northeastern Pennsylvania Inc. 127,054 - Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency Inc. $87,800 - Keystone Mission Rescue Alliance Inc. $24,412 -The Community Intervention Center of Lackawanna County. $7,766 - The Wright Center Medical Group, The Wright Center for Community Health. “Many families in my district are opening up empty pantries and they’re worried about how they’re going to feed their families,” Flynn said. “Our food pantries play a central role with local organizations to address the needs of people who are in need of food, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Flynn said the Wolf Administration expanded the food recovery infrastructure grants to keep food banks stocked and prevent farm losses. The changes encourage partnerships between nonprofit organizations such as food banks and farms, and processors and cooperatives that continue to experience challenges within the food supply chain as the Read more


Flynn: Over $4 million in education funding has been approved for Scranton and Abington Heights school districts

(May 14, 2020)

LACKAWANNA, May 14 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, said the U.S. Department of Education has approved federal emergency funding for Pennsylvania schools to help mitigate the COVID-19 impact. The schools in Flynn’s district still need to apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education to ensure they receive the federal funding. The school districts and the amounts anticipated are: $ 3.9 million to Scranton School District. $226,310 to the Abington Heights School District. “The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the learning dynamic from classrooms into the homes of students and teachers,” Flynn said. “It is imperative that students receive the quality education they deserve, despite the circumstances, and this funding can help in that regard.” Gov. Tom Wolf announced that the USDE approved both school allocations and when districts apply for it, through the state Department of Education, they can expect to start receiving funds within the next several weeks. The funding may be used for a wide range of purposes, including food service; professional training; technology purchases; sanitization and cleaning supplies; summer and after-school programs; and mental health supports. Funds must be used by September 2022. Applying school entities are encouraged to prioritize investments for vulnerable students and families, including those living in the deepest poverty, students with disabilities, Read more


Flynn: PennDOT to use existing photos for driver license and ID card renewals

(May 12, 2020)

LACKAWANNA, May 12 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, said the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will use existing photos on file for his constituents who renew their driver’s license and identification cards during the COVID-19 pandemic. Flynn and House Democratic legislators are credited with inspiring Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration to use existing photos instead of requiring residents to visit driver licensing centers at this time. “The safety of all my constituents is my main priority during the COVID-19 crisis, so using their existing photos for renewals will help to limit the number of people who will need to visit our Lackawanna County photo license centers, and hopefully reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Flynn said. Flynn said applicants who renew their driver’s license or photo ID card online or through the mail will receive a new card using the most recent photo on file. No camera cards will be issued to these customers. The card applicants are expected to receive their new product by mail in 15 days. Constituents who renewed their cards on or before May 10 will receive a camera card in the mail and will need to visit a PennDOT Photo License Center to obtain an updated photo. In addition, non-U.S. citizens must also visit the driver’s license center in person to complete the transaction. Non-commercial driver’s license and photo ID card holders may renew their application online by visiting Read more


Lost fundraising for first responders puts everyone at risk

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Rep. Flynn gets $500,000 school equity grant for Scranton School District

(Apr 23, 2020)

SCRANTON, April 23 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, is pleased a $500,000 Continuing of Education Equity Grant was awarded to the Scranton School District to purchase computer related equipment. “Now more than ever because of COVID-19 crisis, students must be properly equipped to handle online classroom learning and this funding will help to make technology readily available to students in my district,” Flynn said. Flynn noted that the Scranton School District was one of three schools in Pennsylvania to receive a grant in the amount of $500,000 and funding will be used to buy 1575 chrome books, charging carts and insurance. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the grant can be used for laptops, tablets or hot spots or non-digital purchases, such as paper lessons, postage, transportation of materials and coursework CEEG grants are designed to help provide access and inclusion for all learners by bridging the gap for students who are currently limited in their ability to participate in continuity of education. In addition, schools with the highest percentages of students lacking access to resources were given priority in receiving these grants. “Schools from across Pennsylvania compete for this type of grant and I am fortunate to secure this large amount of funding to bring students up to par with online learning.” Flynn said. Information on the Pa. Department of Education Continuing of Education 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 #PAcounts #2020Census Read more


Emergency education bills to pay employees and shorten school year go to Gov. Tom Wolf to sign

(Mar 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 26 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, voted for a school code relief package that would provide financial relief to the Scranton School District and other schools in Pennsylvania because of the COVID-19 crisis. The legislation passed both the House and Senate and awaits the governor’s signature. “This package of bills we passed was critically necessary so the Scranton and Abington school districts and schools in Pennsylvania don’t lose state funding,” Flynn said. “Teachers are still doing their best to educate students with online learning and staff are still cleaning the buildings and providing emergency lunches during this dangerous situation, so it’s crucial that they get paid.” The changes would apply to school districts, intermediate units, career and technical schools, charter schools and cyber charter schools. Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered all K-12 schools to remain closed at least through April 6. Flynn said the legislation also shortens the school year. The bill waives the 180-day state mandate and provides waivers to shorten the hours required for preschool, career and technical programs and the 12-week requirement for student teachers. Flynn said the Pennsylvania Department of Education will apply for a waiver from conducting PSSA and Keystone Exam testing in 2020. “We are in unchartered territory with the COVID-19 outbreak, so we needed 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: For individuals : For families : For businesses : COVID Support for PA Businesses : The following provides information and and links to federal, state, local and private resources. **Self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers: Apply here for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits .** Information from the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry on the federal CARES Act: 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 . Other questions about closures can be directed to . For more COVID-19 business information, DCED has set up a web site that continually will be updated as information becomes available: . Read more


Flynn gets $6,000 grant for census outreach in Lackawanna County

(Mar 19, 2020)

SCRANTON, March 19 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, announced a $6,000 grant was awarded to the Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Center to support grassroots efforts promoting awareness and participation in the 2020 U.S. Census. “We need this grant funding to increase the census in our hard-to-count communities and help to achieve a complete count because everyone should be counted,” Flynn said. Flynn said when people respond to the census, they are helping their local area get its fair share of more than $675 billion per year in federal funds so it can be used for local schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs. The 2020 Census will determine each state’s Congressional representation and be used to draw both Congressional and state legislative districts. Flynn stressed that once people receive the census form in the mail, they should complete it and send it in or fill it out online at . “The results of the count will also inform us how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs,” Flynn said. The Census 2020 outreach grant program focuses on supporting efforts that target hard-to-count populations including, but not limited to, those who do not speak English as their primary language; ethnic minority, immigrant, and rural communities; children; the elderly; the LGBTQ Read more


Northeast representatives available to constituents despite office closures

(Mar 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 17 – State Rep. Mike Carroll D-Luzerne/Lackawanna, along with state Reps. Marty Flynn, Bridget Kosierowski and Kyle Mullins, all D-Lackawanna, today announced the closure of their district offices until further notice following the guidance of Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest COVID-19 mitigation plan. The representatives and their respective staff members will be working remotely and will continue to provide assistance with state-related issues and concerns. They urge their respective constituents to contact them via the following: Carroll's constituents should contact or call 570-655-4883. Flynn's constituents should contact or call 570-342-4348. Kosierowski's constituents should contact or call 570-562-2350. Mullins' constituents should contact or call 570-383-9795. “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 distancing is and hopefully reduce the number of cases across the commonwealth.” “Please know that everyone’s health is our highest priority and we are diligently following health related procedures,” Flynn said. “This is an Read more


Historic voting reform law adds convenience for everyone

(Mar 11, 2020)

Historic voting reform law adds convenience for everyone Read more


Mullins, Flynn announce grants to benefit Scranton historical organizations

(Mar 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 4 – Three Scranton historical organizations will receive state funding in the amount of $20,350 through the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Cultural and Historical Support Program, state Reps. Kyle Mullins and Marty Flynn, both D-Lackawanna, announced today. “Our area is truly rich in cultural and historical significance, which our residents and visitors can readily experience at our local museums,” Mullins said. “I am pleased to see these funds coming back to our district so that these assets can be preserved for future generations to enjoy.” “The work these organizations do for our community is invaluable and they deserve our support,” Flynn said. “Grants like this allow them to keep their doors open so our current and future generations can learn about our past.” The organizations receiving the grant funding are as follows: $9,831 for the Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science and Art. $6,519 for the Electric City Trolley Museum. $4,000 for the Lackawanna Historical Society. Cultural and Historical Support grants are to provide general operating support to Pennsylvania museums and official county historical societies that are not directly supported by other state agency operating support programs. An eligible museum must have an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000 and at least one Read more


Flynn Fighting to Control Prescription Costs

(Mar 04, 2020)

At a budget hearing with the Department of Human Services, Pa. state Rep. Marty Flynn scrutinizes the role of pharmacy benefit managers and says many independent pharmacies are being paid less than what it costs them to buy medications, which may cause them to close their doors. Read more