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


November 1, 2018

“Good people bring out the good in people.”

THIS WEEK:  $500,000 in School Safety Grants Awarded Across Region

This week, I was pleased to announce that 20 local schools across the 23rd Senatorial District were awarded funding through a new state School Safety and Security Grant Program.

The program was created by the state legislature earlier this year and will allocate grant funding to school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitative institutions for a wide variety of projects to improve school safety.  Each local school district that applied through the program was awarded a grant of $25,000 for this round.

For more information on schools in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties that received funding, click here.

Calling All Students!

Senate Video Competition Opens; Discussing School Safety

Every Pennsylvanian shares an interest in protecting our schools – especially the young people who attend classes and participate in activities there on a daily basis. A new statewide Senate video competition is encouraging middle and high school students to share their perspectives on school safety and identify ways to protect against potential threats to their well-being.

The second annual “Talk To Your State Senator” statewide video competition invites students to submit a video entry of no longer than three minutes to highlight ways to improve school safety. I encourage local students to participate in the discussion and speak out for safe schools.

Contest details are available online, click here.

Applications Now Being Accepted For Federal Pre-Disaster Mitigation And Flood Mitigation Assistance From Municipalities, Counties

The PA Emergency Management Agency this week announced applications are being accepted for a new Federal Emergency Management Agency Program to provide FY 2018 Pre-Disaster Natural Hazard Mitigation and Flood Mitigation Assistance to municipalities and counties.

The deadline for applications is December 14.

The Non-Disaster Grant Program is available to fund projects which,

  • Reduce or eliminate claims under the National Flood Insurance Program ($145 million available nationally with $70 million prioritized for community flood mitigation); and
  • Reduce overall risk to population and structures from future hazard events and reliance on federal funding for future disasters ($235.2 million nationally).

To be eligible, a municipality or county must have adopted their county hazard mitigation plan.  The State Hazard Mitigation Application Review Team will meet between December 19th and 31st to rank and prioritize projects in line with the state’s Standard Hazard Mitigation Plan.

For more information, click here.

November Satellite Office Hours Announced for Bradford County

Satellite Office hours provide area residents with the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a member of my staff to address state-related problems they may be encountering.  A staff member will be able to offer assistance with driver license and vehicle registration applications, and help in filling out applications for various state programs, such as the senior citizen Property Tax/Rent Rebate and PACE prescription drug assistance programs.

Constituent services are always available at my Williamsport District Office, located at 175 Pine Street, Suite 105, from 9AM-5PM, or by calling (800) 443-5772.

November Satellite Hours will be held at the following locations:

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Allen F. Pierce Library
34 Fenner Street
Troy, PA  16947 

Thursday, November 8, 2018
Wyalusing Library
115 Church Street
Wyalusing, PA  18853 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Towanda Library
104 Main Street
Towanda, PA  18848 

Thursday, November 29, 2018
Green Free Library
38 North Center Street
Canton, PA  17724

Satellite hours and locations will be announced monthly and can be viewed by visiting my website at  Residents are encouraged to visit any of the satellite locations during scheduled office hours.  Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended by calling (800) 443-5772.

Meeting to Discuss Agriculture Issues Held in Sayre

On October 23rd, I held a meeting with members of the agriculture and agribusiness communities across Bradford, Sullivan and Susquehanna.  A special “Thank You” to PA Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, Jayne Sebright from the Center for Dairy Excellence, our FFA students and area farmers and farm families, as well as our breakfast sponsors, for joining me to discuss the challenges and opportunities for PA’s agriculture sector. It was a great dialogue.

Pictured (from left, back row) are Sen. Yaw; Secretary Redding; Northeast Bradford High School students Maisie Neuber, Julia Brown, Michael Brown and Teddy Bowen, and Principal Robert Moore; (front row) Bradford/Sullivan Farm Bureau President Barbara Warburton; Bradford County Dairy Princess Emilie Cole; Alternate Dairy Princess McKenzie Slater; Molly Pifer; Ava Neville; and NEB ag teacher Brian Pifer.

To view more pictures, click here.

Celebrating Success in Sullivan County 

On Tuesday, October 23rd I attended Sullivan County’s Annual Ag Agencies Banquet to honor and recognize Conservationist of the Year, Cooperator of the Year and many others on their fine work.  Congratulations to all!

Senator Yaw recognizes Francis Moll for 28 years of service as a Sullivan County Conservation District Director

To view more pictures, click here.

Families Can Start Applying For Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Nov. 1


The Department of Human Services will begin accepting applications from families for the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) Program grants beginning November 1.

LIHEAP helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills in the form of a cash grant. Crisis grants are also available for households in immediate danger of being without heat.  With cash grants, a one-time payment is sent directly to the utility company/fuel provider, and will be credited on your bill.

For more information on eligibility requirements, contacts for more information, visit the DHS Heating Assistance webpage.

Celebrating 25 Years of the Keystone Fund


Senator Yaw joins Lance Van Auken – World of Little League Museum Executive Director; Barbara McGary – James V. Brown Library Executive Director; Joe Hamm – Jersey Shore Borough Manager; Reneé Carey – Northcentral PA Conservancy Executive Director; Shannon Lukowsky – Loyalsock Township Director of Recreation & Parks to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Pennsylvania Keystone Fund.

In 1993, the Pennsylvania General Assembly established the Keystone Fund, a permanent dedicated funding source for making investments in recreation, parks, conservation, historical preservation, and more in communities across the state. 

Consumers Offered Free Credit Freezes to Protect Themselves From Identity Theft 

A year removed from the notorious Equifax data breach, a coalition of Pennsylvania state government agencies is reminding consumers that under a new federal law they are entitled to free credit freezes from the three main credit monitoring agencies, TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax.

Consumers can access the following sites to access free credit freezes:

The commonwealth cyber-security guide, Protecting Yourself Online, also has been updated with new information about protecting your credit and cybersecurity.

The Department of Banking and Securities also offers online resources to help businesses protect themselves and their customers from cyberthieves.

USDA and ONDCP Unveil Latest Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the Opioid Epidemic

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and U.S. Department of Agriculture recently unveiled a listing of Federal programs that can be used to build resilient communities and address opioid misuse in rural communities. The Rural Resource Guide to Help Communities Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse is a first-of-its-kind, one-stop-shop for rural leaders looking for Federal funding and partnership opportunities.

The Rural Resource Guide to Help Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse is the second tool announced this month in USDA’s Community Opioid Misuse Toolbox – a suite of essential tools supporting grassroots strategies to address the opioid epidemic. Earlier this month, USDA launched the Community Assessment Tool, an interactive database to help community leaders assess how and why the opioid epidemic is impacting their regions. USDA’s Community Opioid Misuse Toolbox is free and available to the public. It can be accessed on USDA’s Rural Opioid Misuse Webpage.

For more information, visit

$2.5 Million Available to Connect Teachers and Local Employers, Boosting Job Training for Students

It was announced this week that $2.5 million is available for Teacher in the Workplace grants that will partner school districts with local businesses, resulting in new career opportunities for students.

The funding is available through the Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) to eligible organizations who partner with their local workforce development board to implement Teacher in the Workplace programs. These programs partner educators with local businesses to share and exchange information that can then be used to enhance students’ classroom instruction.

Eligible applicants include local education entities, businesses and chambers of commerce, labor organizations, postsecondary institutions, community-based organizations, public libraries, trade associations, and economic development entities.

Additional details and the grant application can be found on L&I’s website.

The application deadline is December 21, 2018.

PennDOT’s Green Light-Go Program Opens


PennDOT is currently accepting applications for the 2018 Green Light-Go Program from October 12, 2018 through January 11, 2019. 

For more information on this program, please visit PennDOT’s Traffic Signal Portal.

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