In this Update:
Monday is the Deadline to Register to Vote
The deadline to register to vote in the primary election is May 2. You can register to vote and check your registration status online or download and print a registration form and mail it to your county election board.
Applicants using the online voter registration system must complete and submit their application by 11:59 p.m. May 2 to vote in the primary. Paper voter registration forms must be received in county voter registration offices by close of business on May 2.
The deadline to apply for mail-in and absentee ballots is May 10.
Local Opposition to Tolling I-80, I-78 Bridges
The Schuylkill County Commissioners voted to condemn PennDOT’s proposal to toll nine bridges throughout Pennsylvania last week due to the detrimental impact this new tax would have on motorists and businesses in the region. You can read their full resolution above.
A period of review and public comment for two local bridge tolling proposals will begin soon. The period for the I-80 Over Lehigh River Bridge Project in White Haven will last from May 3 – June 2. An in-person public hearing will be held on May 18 from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mountain Laurel Resort.
The review and public comment period for the I-78 Lenhartsville Bridge Replacement Project will last from May 4 – June 3. An in-person public hearing will be held on May 19 from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kempton Community Center.
Governor Wolf’s Unprecedented Cabinet Turnover
Recent weeks have seen a continuation of the turmoil at the most senior levels of Governor Wolf’s executive branch. Secretary of Education Noe Ortega and Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter have both stepped down from their roles, leaving unvetted acting secretaries to run these incredibly impactful departments of Pennsylvania’s state government. A recent editorial from the Williamsport Sun-Gazette highlighted how unusual and harmful this instability is for Pennsylvania.
This turnover can be seen throughout the administration – the Department of State has now been led by five different secretaries since Governor Wolf took office. This stands in stark contrast to the two previous Governors, who each only had one Secretary of State for their entire term.
Roadway Improvement Projects in Kline Township, McAdoo Awarded State Funding
Projects to restore deteriorated roadways in Kline Township and McAdoo Borough will move forward after they were awarded over $500,000 in state grants last week.
Dale Wesner, the Chair of the Kline Township Supervisor Board, said, “As always, our board and residents appreciate every grant and the work the Senator does to support us!!!” In Kline Township, sections of the following roads will be resurfaced: Walsh Strett, Bruno Avenue, Middle Street, Mountaintop Terrace, Bridge Street, Spring Street, Luceno Boulevard, Silverbrook Road, and Doran Street.
Bill Slovik, the President of McAdoo Borough Council, said, “McAdoo is appreciative to receive this grant applied for by council to assist with four sections of roadways that are in terrible shape within the borough limits.” In McAdoo Borough, the following roads will be repaved: South Manning Street, East Jackson Street, South Logan Street, and North Butler Street.
May 11: Shredding Event at Fairlane Village Mall
Rep. Tim Twardzik and I will be hosting a free shredding event at the Fairlane Village Mall in Pottsville on Wednesday, May 11 from 8 a.m. to noon. This event is a great way to minimize your risk of identity theft. Attendees are limited to three bags or boxes per vehicle.
New Outdoor Classroom at Tilden Elementary Center
Senator Chris Gebhard, who will represent northern Berks County due to the new redistricting, and I were invited to the ribbon cutting of a new outdoor classroom at Tilden Elementary Center – just in time for Earth Day! The new structure will give students an outdoor space to learn thanks to generous donations from Rutter’s, the Strausstown Rod and Gun Club, and other donors.
NEPA Alliance Announces Small Business Grants
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance will be providing grants of up to $50,000 for small business and $15,000 for micro-enterprises (small businesses that employ few people) impacted by COVID-19. This funding comes from the federal CARES Act.
Learn more about this new grant program and whether your business would be eligible here.
Schaeffer’s Harley-Davidson Marks 55th Anniversary
I visited Schaeffer’s Harley-Davidson to celebrate their 55th anniversary of operation last week and presented the Schaeffer family with an official Senate Citation marking this impressive milestone. Congratulations!
Summer Camp for Teens Interested in Law Enforcement, Military
Teens ages 15 to 17 interested in a career in law enforcement or the military can apply now for a summer leadership camp held by the Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania National Guard and the American Legion.
The Elmer Hafer-American Legion-State Police-National Guard Youth Camp will be held June 5-11 at Messiah University in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County. The cost is $175.
During the camp, cadets work on team-building exercises, physical fitness training, classroom activities involving police and military careers and a marksmanship course. Cadets will also visit the State Police Academy in Hershey and Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center in Lebanon County. In addition, the camp offers three $1,000 scholarship awards at the conclusion of the week.
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