Senator Gene 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, Susquehanna 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
www.SenatorGeneYaw.com

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Updates

THIS WEEK:   Sen. Yaw announces $1.2 million in Community Conservation Partnership Grants for Bradford, Lycoming, Susquehanna and Union counties.

Lewisburg receives $300,000 for continued park improvements.

Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee opposes manganese regulation. 

The deadline to register to vote for the 2022 general election is less than two months away.


Develop Tioga Annual Meeting Touches on Energy, Economy, Environment

 I recently joined my legislative colleagues for a morning discussion in Wellsboro with Develop Tioga, the certified economic development organization for Tioga County.  We had an opportunity to touch on several topics including the population decline in rural Pennsylvania, as well as current economic and energy challenges facing our state.  It was an opportunity for me to introduce myself to many of the attendees, as my current Senate District will be changing and will include Tioga County beginning in December. 

Senator Yaw speaks with James A. Nobles, President and Chief Executive Officer of North Penn Comprehensive Health Services, Al Quimby, PenTeleData and Gerald A. “Arnie” Kriner, Chairman of the Tri-County Board of Directors during the Develop Tioga Breakfast in Wellsboro. 

Assistance Available for Fire & EMS Companies to Help with Costs

First responders have until Oct. 21 to apply for assistance through the state Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program.

It helps fire and EMS cover the rising costs of training, equipment, recruitment, retention and more.

The financial challenges facing first responders are especially serious for volunteer companies. Each new generation sees fewer volunteers, increasing the workload on those willing to step up. This grant program is one of the most important that the General Assembly funds each year and I hope it provides some relief to our local first responders.

Virtual Town Hall to Focus on Transportation Issues Veterans Face

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will host the fourth in a five-part series of virtual Veteran Town Halls on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 6-7:30 p.m. The town hall will focus on resources to assist veterans facing transportation issues.

Attendees can participate by using this Microsoft Teams link. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during the program through the chat feature.

Older veterans and those with a disability often have problems accessing health care because of not having proper transportation available to them. The town hall will outline community resources ready to provide veterans with transportation to and from the federal VA and other health care providers.

Free Webinars Help New Hunters Enjoy this Pennsylvania Tradition

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is hosting free webinars allowing new hunters to ask questions of biologists, game wardens and experienced hunters about the best, safest ways to participate in this Pennsylvania tradition.

Register here for upcoming webinars covering archery deer and pheasant hunting. The page includes past webinars on “Hunting Tips & Tactics,” “Getting Started” and other topics.

Agriculture and Youth Grant Program Applications Being Accepted

For every four farmers in Pennsylvania over the age of 65 in 2019, only one was under 35. The Agriculture and Youth Grant Program aims to address the looming workforce deficit the industry is expected to face in coming years.

The program provides direct grants of up to $7,500 and matching grants of up to $25,000 to support projects, programs and equipment purchases by youth-run organizations, and those with programs that benefit youth or promote development in agriculture, community leadership, vocational training and peer fellowship. Past funded projects include workforce development programs, seminars and field trips, agricultural safety training, capital projects and equipment purchases aimed at leading students to opportunities in agriculture and building the future workforce that Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry needs to succeed.

Applications for these grants will be accepted through Sept. 30. You can find guidelines and application details here.

Municipalities Can Apply Now for Grants to Improve Traffic Flow

A new grant program created by the General Assembly this year to reduce traffic congestion is now accepting applications from municipalities.

The Traffic Signal Technologies Grant program is unique in that it is intended only for new technologies at existing traffic signals, including adaptive signal control technology, which adjusts the timing of lights to accommodate changing traffic patterns and ease congestion.

No local matching funds are required. A pre-application form must be completed by Sept. 23.

How My Office Can Help You

My staff and I are here to make state government more accessible and helpful to you. Listed below are several constituent services available to you:

  • Status reports on legislation
  • Help dealing with state government agencies
  • Help processing PennDOT forms
  • Applications for PA birth and death certificates
  • Child abuse history clearance applications
  • Criminal history applications
  • State tax forms
  • Informational brochures
  • Information for senior citizens
  • Property tax and rent rebate forms
  • PACE/PACENET applications
  • Absentee ballot applications
  • Voter registration forms
  • Notary applications
  • Senate Citations and Certificates of Recognition

Don’t hesitate to contact my offices listed below with any requests, questions or concerns.

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