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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

 

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

 

Mullery, Pashinski announce school safety grants awarded to local school districts

(Feb 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – State funding in the amount of $362,800 through the School Safety and Security Grant Program has been awarded to six local school districts, state Reps. Gerald Mullery and Eddie Day Pashinski, both D-Luzerne, announced today. “The safety of our children and the security of our schools is one of my most critical priorities,” Mullery said. “Funding like this allows our schools to develop initiatives and programs that ensure student safety, and I am pleased to be working with our school districts to secure these funds.” “Our children deserve to learn, and our teachers deserve to work in the safest possible environment,” Pashinski said. “I am happy to see this funding coming back to our school districts to improve safety and security in their buildings.” The school districts that received funding are: Crestwood School District - $40,000 Greater Nanticoke Area School District - $40,000 Hanover Area School District - $40,000 Hazleton Area School District - $152,800 Wilkes-Barre Area School District - $45,000 Wyoming Valley West School District - $45,000 The funds will be provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee. This committee is the result of Act 44 of 2018 , and is responsible for establishing the Read more

 

Mullery vows to override governor’s veto of bill to put moratorium on White Haven, Polk center closures

(Feb 12, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 12 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, issued the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto today of S.B. 906, which would put a moratorium on the closing of the White Haven and Polk state centers: “Governor Wolf’s decision to close the White Haven and Polk centers was wrong and his decision to veto legislation designed to protect our most vulnerable neighbors is equally wrong,” Mullery said. “Governor Wolf’s cavalier dismissal of these residents’ desires, their family’s concerns, and their caregiver’s commitment is disheartening. “To issue this callous veto in the face of the recent Office of Inspector General report is nothing more than repulsive. Not only are our community-based care providers failing their residents, our Department of Human Services is complicit in their failings and unprepared or unwilling to protect our intellectual and developmentally disabled citizens,” Mullery added. “Anyone who read the OIG report would agree the need for a moratorium is correct and necessary. “Governor Wolf appears more interested in saving face with interest groups like The Arc than ensuring the safety and well-being of these centers’ residents,” Mullery said. “His citation of cost savings is disgusting. My mother told me a long time ago, you get what you pay for. When it comes to caring for those with Read more

 

Mullery reaction to Wolf budget proposal

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, offered the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2020-21 budget plan, which was unveiled today: “I am hopeful the governor’s ambitious plan to reform Pennsylvania charter schools, while increasing the basic and special education subsidies, will allow our local districts to operate without the need for additional property tax increases. Closing obscene charter school loopholes should drive millions of dollars back into our local school districts. “That being said, it is discouraging to see tens of millions of budget dollars directed to the failing Department of Human Services for community-based care programs, without any concern for the hundreds of Pennsylvanians residing at White Haven and Polk centers. Once again, Governor Wolf has turned his back on those residents, their families, and caregivers,” Mullery said. Read more

 

Winter 2020 Newsletter

(Jan 31, 2020)

Inside this newsletter you'll find out more about the work I have been doing for the people of the 119th District across our community and in Harrisburg. Read more

 

Mullery announces legislation to provide assistance to employees and communities affected by state facility closures

(Jan 31, 2020)

PLYMOUTH TWP., Jan. 31 – At a news conference earlier this morning, state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, flanked by state Sens. John Yudichak, I-Luzerne, and Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne, announced two pieces of legislation that would provide assistance to the state employees and communities directly affected by state facility closures. “With the closure of SCI-Retreat in Newport Township and the proposed closure of White Haven Center in Dennison Township, we have seen first-hand the shock these decisions have on our state workers and the communities,” Mullery said. “We have the ability to lessen that impact and help these workers and their communities rebound.” Under H.B. 2270, the governor would be mandated to create an Early Response Team, which would communicate resource information to affected workers, including: Unemployment compensation benefits. Health care benefits. Job search activities. Education and training programs. Social service programs. Crisis counseling. Housing assistance. Additionally, the bill would offer assistance to communities directly impacted by a closure. Assistance provided under this legislation could include, but is not limited to, brownfield reclamation; site preparation; blight remediation; Keystone Communities; and strategies to attract new business. Under H.B. 2271, the Department of Community and Read more

 

Gov. Wolf announces new apprenticeship program in Nanticoke

(Jan 24, 2020)

https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/governor-wolf-announces-new-apprenticeship-opportunities-in-luzerne-county/?fbclid=IwAR27uMNZldlgUmHzD0WdfYNCNPsl-_yRf8eKsCHq0EY94GlL0rL_DKTDVR0 Read more

 

Mullery: Report shows state not prepared to close White Haven Center

(Jan 23, 2020)

State Rep. Gerald Mullery on Wednesday said recent findings of the Office of Inspector General regarding the state Department of Human Services “are extremely troubling and disturbing.” Read more

 

Mullery Continues Fight for Disabled Citizens

(Jan 21, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Gerald Mullery continues his fight for Polk and White Haven Centers. Mullery applauds a civil rights lawsuit that has been filed to protect people with severe disabilities and allow them to choose residential care. Read more

 

Mullery announces $35K grant awarded to local school district to expand science and technology education

(Jan 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced a $35,000 PAsmart grant has been awarded to the Crestwood School District. “Job opportunities in tech and computer science fields are in high demand to ensure our local, state, and national economies continue to prosper,” Mullery said. “I am pleased to see Crestwood recognizing this critical need and taking steps to prepare our students of today for their future tomorrow.” Crestwood School District will use the grant to expand its computer science classes and provide educators from pre-K through grade 12 training to teach those courses. The new PAsmart targeted grants were awarded to 163 school districts, charter schools and intermediate units across the commonwealth. All of them have prioritized expanding access to computer science for underrepresented students, such as students of color, girls, low-income students and students in rural communities. More information on the grants is available here . Read more

 

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

COVID-19 Helpful Resources
Mar 26, 2020

Closure List Exemptions
Mar 20, 2020

Mullery, Carroll, Pashinski announce district offices closed until further notice
Mar 17, 2020

Mullery, Carroll call for Gov. Wolf to mandate statewide school district closures to stop spread of COVID-19
Mar 13, 2020

Mullery, Pashinski announce school safety grants awarded to local school districts
Feb 26, 2020

Mullery vows to override governor’s veto of bill to put moratorium on White Haven, Polk center closures
Feb 12, 2020

Mullery reaction to Wolf budget proposal
Feb 04, 2020

Winter 2020 Newsletter
Jan 31, 2020

Mullery announces legislation to provide assistance to employees and communities affected by state facility closures
Jan 31, 2020

Gov. Wolf announces new apprenticeship program in Nanticoke
Jan 24, 2020

Mullery: Report shows state not prepared to close White Haven Center
Jan 23, 2020

Mullery Continues Fight for Disabled Citizens
Jan 21, 2020

Mullery announces $35K grant awarded to local school district to expand science and technology education
Jan 17, 2020