Senator Yaw E-Newsletter

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Dear Friends,

Hello! Thank you for subscribing to my E-newsletter. I am honored to serve the 23rd Senate District and look forward to working with you toward building a better future for Pennsylvania!

This E-newsletter serves to keep you updated on what is happening throughout Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Tioga and Union counties and what I am doing as your state senator in Harrisburg. I hope that you will find this E-newsletter helpful, and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Gene Yaw
State Senator


BREAKING: Yaw, Flick, Owlett Announce Multimodal Funding for Local Projects

I am pleased to announce that several local projects were awarded state funding through Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). The awards were considered at yesterday’s CFA Board meeting and approved through the Authority’s Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF) program.

Maintaining and improving our roads, bridges, and local streetscapes is an essential component of ensuring the safety and mobility of residents and other commuters who travel them each day. I was pleased to work with Rep. Flick, Rep. Owlett, and our local officials to help make this funding a reality. Read more HERE…

Yaw Announces $315,000 in Multimodal Funding for Ritz-Craft Corporation

Yaw, Flick Announce Over $1 Million in Multimodal Funding for Lycoming, Union Counties

Yaw, Owlett Announce $550,000 in Multimodal Funding for Tioga County

In the News…

Play Pennsylvania: Sen. Gene Yaw Breaks Down Bill on Pennsylvania Skill Games Legislation. Read more HERE.

On the Road…

Last week, I was the keynote speaker at the Tioga Boroughs Association Quarterly Meeting. We had a great conversation about local issues, what’s happening in Harrisburg, and what’s on the horizon for our region.

Thank you for having me!

Update on Frontier Settlement

Recently, the proposed settlement in the case involving service and outage complaints against Frontier Communications in Tioga and Bradford Counties has been recommended to the Public Utility Commission (PUC) for approval by the two administrative judges on the case.

The settlement was negotiated in response to a formal complaint filed by the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate (OCA) and Office of Small Business Advocate (OSBA) against Frontier last year for its failure to provide reliable service to residential and business customers.

You can read the initial decision HERE.

Sen. Yaw Encourages Local Organizations to Apply for DCNR Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grants

Counties, municipalities and municipal agencies, pre-qualified land trusts, non-profits and other eligible organizations interested in applying for conservation, recreation, trail, and riparian buffer grants through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) may do so now through April 3, 2024.

Online tutorials are available to aid eligible organizations in the application process.

The DCNR Recreation and Conservation grant program is funded with a variety of state and federal funding sources including Pennsylvania’s natural gas “Impact Fee.”

More information on the grant program HERE.  

April Consumer Financial Protection Events Announced 

April is Financial Literacy Month and Education and outreach staff from the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities (DoBS) will be hosting and participating in numerous presentations for groups of senior citizens, service providers, and the public to promote financial capability and provide investor education.

Events throughout the 23rd District include:

Popular Scams and How to Avoid Them: Every day, people are getting scammed out of THOUSANDS of dollars by so called “professionals” looking to separate them from their hard-earned money. This presentation introduces us to commonly used tactics, what to look for and how to avoid them.

  • Tioga County Fair Grounds, 2258 Charleston Road, Wellsboro (Tioga County) on April 4 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For additional information contact Susan Hitchcock at 570-265-6121 or
  • St. Francis Assisi Hall, 100 St. Francis Drive, Mildred (Sullivan County) on April 5 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. For additional information contact Susan Hitchcock at 570-265-6121 or

Fraud Bingo: A fun and interactive gathering that teaches consumers how to protect themselves from investment fraud by playing a familiar game – BINGO! Every day people get “scammed” out of THOUSANDS of dollars. Many times, it’s those who can least afford to lose the money!

  • Endless Mountains PARSE Chapter 2-10, Riverstone Inn and Restaurant, 47 Leisure Drive, Towanda (Bradford County) on April 16 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Open to members only. For additional information contact George Dillman at 717-705-2687 or .

PennDOT’s Wellsboro Driver License Center to Undergo Renovations

PennDOT’s Wellsboro Driver License Center, located at 40 Plaza Lane, Wellsboro, in Tioga County is scheduled to complete renovation work, requiring the center to be closed for two business days, which include April 5 & 6, 2024. This closure will impact photo services only.

Bradford/Sullivan Co. Farm Bureau Visit to the Capitol

Thank you to members of the Bradford/Sullivan County Farm Bureau for stopping by my office during your visit to Harrisburg!

This week, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau members and representatives from all over the Commonwealth were at the Capitol for the 2024 State Legislative Conference. This event provides a great opportunity for them to connect with state government officials and staff and discuss the challenges facing the agriculture industry and opportunities for future growth.

Supporting Firefighters, Community Safety

Applications for the federal Fire Prevention and Safety Grant and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs will be accepted until Friday, April 12. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is offering webinars to assist in the process.

The Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is to reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations.

SAFER Grants were created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, front-line firefighters available in their communities. SAFER’s goal is to enhance the local fire departments’ abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards.

Happy Easter to You and Your Family

Warmest wishes for you and your family as we prepare to celebrate the holy holiday of Easter. While we reflect on the hope and love the day symbolizes, may you enjoy time surrounded by loved ones. Happy Easter!

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