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Mullery announces emergency education relief funding awarded to local career and technical centers and school district

(Aug 06, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 6 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced that three local career and technical centers were recipients of Career and Technical Center Equity grants in the amount of $389,644, and a local district was a recipient of a Continuing of Education Equity grant in the amount of $14,000. “As we get closer to the start of the new school year, the health and safety of our students, teachers and faculty is top priority,” Mullery said. “This funding will support a return to safe instruction, whether in-person, remote, or a mixed approach as we continue to fight this pandemic.” The following Career and Technical Centers and School Districts received funds: Hazleton Area Career Center $162,653. Wilkes-Barre Area CTC $148,313. West Side CTC $78,678. Wyoming Valley West SD $14,000. CTC Equity grants provide funding to support effective continuity of education programs such as summer and other expanded programming, and industry credential assessments for students enrolled in CTCs negatively impacted by COVID-19 mitigation efforts. CEEG grants may be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets, and internet hot spots, or used towards providing instructional materials, such as paper lessons and coursework. Schools with the highest percentages of students lacking access to resources were Read more

 

Mullery alerts residents to public input hearings on American Water rate hikes

(Aug 06, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 6 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, is alerting residents to eight scheduled public input hearings this month on a proposed PA American Water rate hike. “As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are still enduring financial hardships and have to choose between which bills to pay or to put food on their table,” Mullery said. “I still believe that now is not the time for a rate hike and stand by my letter urging the PUC to reject the rate hike. I urge everyone to have their voices heard at one of the upcoming hearings.” The hearings are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day on Aug. 18, 25, 26 . All hearings will be held by video conference/telephone. Residents interested in testifying at one of the hearings must register by calling 1-800-684-6560, or online at http://www.oca.state.pa.us/pubhear/puchear.htm . Anyone who does not want to testify but still wants to listen in may also get those instructions from that website. Mullery’s letter to the PUC can be found here . Read more

 

Mullery: Youth sports leagues may apply for CARES Act funds for COVID-19 mitigation

(Aug 05, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 5 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, is alerting local youth sports leagues of $400,000 in federal CARES Act funds that is now available for leagues’ COVID-19 mitigation plans and preparations. “As Pennsylvania continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, youth sports leagues are coming up with plans to resume competitive play while keeping their athletes safe,” Mullery said. “This funding is critical in making sure these teams have the masks, PPE and other safety measures they need to prevent the spread of this virus.” Sports leagues may apply for grants up to $2,000 per organization. Those funds must be used specifically to prepare for, plan for and to respond to the coronavirus. Examples of approved expenses include masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing safety signs. Receipts and invoices must be provided with the application before the funds will be released. The deadline to apply is Friday, Aug. 14 . Sports leagues may apply online on the Luzerne County website, www.luzernecounty.org . This funding is part of $28 million from state and federal funds, which were granted to Luzerne County to invest in Covid-19 related projects throughout the county. Read more

 

Mullery bill included in House Democratic package to provide relief to restaurant, bar and club workers

(Jul 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 28 – A bill introduced by state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, has been included in a legislative package announced today by House Democrats to provide relief to owners and workers of Pennsylvania restaurants, bars and clubs impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The food service industry is among one of the hardest hit industries in Pennsylvania due to COVID-19,” Mullery said. “These hardworking business owners and their staff lost wages and profits through no fault of their own and they need assistance now. We need to do everything we can to ensure their businesses survive this pandemic.” Mullery’s bill would w aive the liquor license renewal fee for any bar, restaurant or club that suffered more than a 25% downturn in business due to the virus. The other bills in the package include: Earmarking CARES grant funding from the federal government to be directed to small, community restaurants instead of national chains to ensure those dollars are invested back into the region. Earmarking CARES grant funding from the federal government for Pennsylvania breweries, distilleries and wineries forced to reduce capacity to protect patrons. Most of these businesses are small and family-operated and help support multiple community efforts, and this funding will help keep them in operation. Expanding access to outdoor dining for restaurants and diners, including removing Read more

 

Mullery’s Plymouth flood reduction bill signed into law

(Jul 01, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 1 – A bill sponsored by state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, which would reduce the risk of flooding for residents of Plymouth Borough was signed into law today by Gov. Tom Wolf. “This will be a big step in reducing the risk of flooding for property owners who live along Coalbrook Creek,” Mullery said. “I am pleased to see my colleagues in the legislature and the governor approving this measure so these residents can avoid the unnecessary stress and financial burdens caused by flooding.” Under H.B. 2018 , a transfer of a piece of land at the Plymouth Readiness Center in Plymouth Borough is authorized. The transfer would allow a stormwater drainage channel to be created, which would collect and discharge storm runoff into Coalbrook Creek, keeping the creek water levels low and reducing the risk of flooding to nearby homes and properties. 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

 

Rose Tucker Center receives $14,191 grant

(Jun 24, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 24 – The Rose Tucker Active Adult Center in Nanticoke today was awarded a $14,191 grant, announced state Rep. Gerald Mullery. Read more

 

Mullery votes to terminate Gov. Wolf’s COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration

(Jun 10, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 10 – In a show of solidarity with Pennsylvanians impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, broke with Democratic leadership Tuesday night by voting “yes” to adopt a resolution terminating the COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration by Gov. Tom Wolf. “There isn’t a single Pennsylvanian that hasn’t been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and now the governor needs to hear the voices of the people of Pennsylvania,” Mullery said. “For 12 weeks now, our children have been unable to go to school, their parents have been furloughed or laid off, and our small business owners have been closed. My vote was for each and every one of them. We have flattened the curve and now it’s time for Pennsylvania to return to work.” “At this time, we need someone to advise business owners and working Pennsylvanians as to what the exact rules of reopening are, because currently we do not know,” Mullery added. “Parents, workers and business owners need to know how they will be able to move forward with their lives. The governor has failed to provide that leadership. It’s time for the legislature to step up and be proactive for these hardworking and struggling people.” Mullery’s vote was consistent with others he had cast over the past several weeks to reopen many industries and businesses, get Pennsylvanians back to work Read more

 

Mullery secures $60,000 for blight in Newport Township

(Jun 09, 2020)

Newport Township, June 9 – In December 2019, State Rep. Gerald Mullery (D)-Luzerne secured $60,000 in grant funding for blight removal in Newport Township’s Glen Lyon section. “Newport Township officials had attempted to acquire the 125 – 131 East Main Street properties for quite some time,” said Township Manager Joe Hillan. “When we got this grant, it was like a Christmas present because it came right before the end of the year. We knew all we had to do was get through the final hurdle of acquiring the property,” he said. The East Main Street property contains four dwellings. The largest dwelling partially collapsed a few weeks ago causing the township to seek emergency bids to fell the unsafe building. Newport Township Code Enforcement Commissioner Deb Forgach-Zaleski said, “The township is extremely grateful Representative Mullery had already secured the needed funds.” “Progress is a process when working and dealing with blighted properties,” Mullery said. “There is a great deal of work that goes on behind the scenes to acquire and remove blighted properties in our communities. This could not have been accomplished without the help of our local partners,” Mullery added. Read more

 

Mullery votes to end Governor’s COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration

(May 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 28 – Making a tough but necessary decision, state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today broke with his Democratic colleagues and voted yes on a resolution to terminate the COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration by Gov. Tom Wolf. “I know these are unprecedented times and that COVID-19 has impacted every single Pennsylvanian, young and old,” Mullery said. “Right now, there are nearly 2 million residents filing for unemployment causing massive backlogs of the system and thousands of business owners forced to keep their doors closed despite being able to follow the CDC guidelines for safe operations. How are these people supposed to put food on their tables and pay their bills? My vote today is in solidarity and support of our hardworking and proud Pennsylvanians.” Mullery added today’s vote was the latest of more than 20 bills and resolutions he voted yes on over the past several weeks to reopen many industries and businesses, get Pennsylvanians back to work while staying safe and provide more clear state government transparency. “It is way past time for the governor to stop handling this crisis single-handedly and start working together with the legislature to come up with a safe and comprehensive plan that benefits all of us and allows us to put these Pennsylvanians who have sacrificed so much back to work,” Mullery added. The resolution was adopted in Read more

 

Mullery: Seniors to receive immediate property tax/rent rebate payments

(May 19, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 19 – A bill that will speed up the distribution of property tax/rent rebate payments for seniors was signed into law today by Gov. Tom Wolf, according to state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne. “These are certainly unprecedented times and we need to ensure we undertake every means necessary so our elderly and vulnerable residents can put food on their tables and are not left behind,” Mullery said. “I was pleased to be part of the unanimous vote to pass this bill and provide much-needed financial support to our seniors who need it most.” Property tax and rent rebate payments will now be made immediately instead of making seniors wait until July 1. It also directs the departments of Revenue and Treasury to process 2019 rebate payments for all homeowners and renters who received a 2018 rebate. For anyone who became eligible in the past year, those rebates will also be issued immediately upon receipt of their application, instead of waiting until July. Mullery said he also wants to ensure residents understand that the property tax/rent rebate payments are being sent out to those who have already filed for them. If residents have not yet applied, the sooner the application is filed the sooner the payment will be made. Read more

 

Mullery calls on PUC to reject American Water rate increase

(Apr 30, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 30 – Citing the health pandemic and economic crisis residents are facing across the commonwealth, state Rep. Gerald Mullery is urging the Public Utility Commission to reject the $138.6 million rate hike sought by Pennsylvania American Water. “We are truly living in unprecedented times. The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the daily lives of every Pennsylvanian. Nearly 50,000 of our neighbors have been diagnosed with the virus, nearly 3,000 are currently hospitalized, and nearly 2,500 have died. My county, Luzerne, has been hit especially hard by this virus with over 2,000 cases and one of the highest positive test rates in the commonwealth,” Mullery wrote in a letter to PUC Commissioner Ralph V. Yanora, who lives in Pittston. “Moreover, on the eve of May, a record 1.6 million workers across our state have applied for unemployment benefits. Many of these 1.6 million neighbors filed as early as mid-March and have yet to receive a single distribution. The Department of Labor & Industry’s failure to establish a working system for those seeking Pandemic Unemployment Assistance has only added to the problem our friends and families are experiencing. “I understand the challenges faced by our utility providers. I commend Pennsylvania American Water and others who have taken extraordinary steps to protect our fellow Pennsylvanians during this difficult time. That said, I cannot sit idly Read more

 

Mullery requests House committee hearing about UC problems

(Apr 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 17 – Frustrated with the continued backlogs and delayed response in the unemployment compensation system, state Rep. Gerald Mullery is seeking a meeting between the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and the House Labor and Industry Committee to discuss the situation. “It is imperative that we as legislators learn exactly what is going with the UC system, because I am hearing daily from frustrated constituents who either cannot get through on the phone or who are experiencing long delays with receiving benefits during this pandemic,” Mullery said. Mullery wrote a letter to committee Chairman Rep. Jim Cox requesting an immediate virtual hearing with Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Secretary W. Gerard Oleksiak. “The people of Pennsylvania deserve answers about his department's failures relative to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, we request answers and information related to the department's actions, or rather inaction, following the spike in unemployment claims and its failure to develop a timely system for application and disbursement of pandemic unemployment assistance benefits,” said Mullery, a member of the House Labor and Industry Committee. “My colleagues and I have been struggling to answer constituent complaints about delays in the unemployment compensation system and the department’s inability to structure Read more

 

Letter requesting meeting with Dept. of Labor and Industry

(Apr 17, 2020)

State Rep. Gerald Mullery is seeking a meeting between the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and the House Labor and Industry Committee to discuss the problems with filling for unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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

 

Toohil, Mullery urge Wolf to enforce safe workplace guidelines in Hazleton area during COVID-19 emergency

(Apr 09, 2020)

HAZLETON, April 9 – Concerned over a possible health threat to hundreds of employees in the Hazleton area, Reps. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) and Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne) today sent a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf urging the administration to enforce safe workplace guidelines during the COVID-19 emergency. The legislators said their offices have received numerous complaints about violations by certain local employers of the Department of Health’s guidance regarding sanitation measures and social distancing in business facilities of at least 50,000 square feet in size. “The greater Hazleton area has seen dramatic community spread of the virus,” said Toohil. “We believe this spread has been caused, in part, by large employers unwilling or unable to adhere to Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine’s directive. It falls upon the administration to enforce her directive and ensure the safety of our constituents. Words are not enough!” The legislators are seeking an immediate investigation and temporary work stoppage at the facilities in question. “It’s disturbing to see Luzerne County has become a hot spot for the spread of COVID-19. I have heard from numerous constituents who are fearful of contracting the virus because their employers are not following the guidelines issued by the state,” Mullery said. “It’s imperative that Gov. Wolf take action to protect these employees Read more

 

Letter to Gov. Wolf regarding enforcement of Secretary Levine's social distancing directive

(Apr 09, 2020)

Letter to Gov. Wolf regarding enforcement of Secretary Levine's social distancing directive. Read more

 

Mullery Emphasizes Tips to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

(Apr 07, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Gerald Mullery discusses the simple precautions we can take to limit the community spread of COVID-19 and keep ourselves, our families, and our neighbors safe. 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

 

Mullery announces emergency education relief funding awarded to local career and technical centers and school district
Aug 06, 2020

Mullery alerts residents to public input hearings on American Water rate hikes
Aug 06, 2020

Mullery: Youth sports leagues may apply for CARES Act funds for COVID-19 mitigation
Aug 05, 2020

Mullery bill included in House Democratic package to provide relief to restaurant, bar and club workers
Jul 28, 2020

Mullery’s Plymouth flood reduction bill signed into law
Jul 01, 2020

Renter and homeowner aid available
Jun 30, 2020

Small Business Assistance grants available
Jun 25, 2020

Rose Tucker Center receives $14,191 grant
Jun 24, 2020

Mullery votes to terminate Gov. Wolf’s COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration
Jun 10, 2020

Mullery secures $60,000 for blight in Newport Township
Jun 09, 2020

Mullery votes to end Governor’s COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration
May 28, 2020

Mullery: Seniors to receive immediate property tax/rent rebate payments
May 19, 2020

Mullery calls on PUC to reject American Water rate increase
Apr 30, 2020

Mullery requests House committee hearing about UC problems
Apr 17, 2020

Letter requesting meeting with Dept. of Labor and Industry
Apr 17, 2020

Carroll, Mullery thankful for COVID-19 test site in Luzerne County
Apr 16, 2020

Toohil, Mullery urge Wolf to enforce safe workplace guidelines in Hazleton area during COVID-19 emergency
Apr 09, 2020

Letter to Gov. Wolf regarding enforcement of Secretary Levine's social distancing directive
Apr 09, 2020

Mullery Emphasizes Tips to Stop the Spread of COVID-19
Apr 07, 2020

Fill out the 2020 census!
Mar 30, 2020