Aug. 02, 2019


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 The latest news from the State Capitol

Were You Affected by the Equifax Data Breach? File Your Claims Now

If you were one of the 147 million Americans affected by the 2017 Equifax security breach, a settlement has been reached with the credit reporting agency and damage claims are now being accepted. The settlement reached by a coalition of 48 states includes a Consumer Restitution Fund of up to $425 million to compensate those affected by the breach, with maximum payments capped at $20,000 per person. The deal also includes up to 10 years of free credit monitoring or up to $125 if you choose not to enroll because you already have credit monitoring services. You can check to see if you were affected by the breach by using the tool provided by Equifax here. For more information about the settlement and how to file a claim, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website here.
PennDOT Wants to Hear From You

To help reduce crashes and fatalities on Pennsylvania roadways, PennDOT is asking drivers to participate in the department’s 2019 Highway Safety Survey. The five-minute survey asks about seatbelt use, driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, speeding, and distracted behaviors. The survey is open until Monday, Aug. 12, and all responses, including comments, are completely anonymous. Once data is compiled, the department will review the results for potential additions or adjustments to the department’s safety efforts. For more information about PennDOT’s highway safety efforts, visit
In the District

A big thanks to all of the presenters and attendees who participated
in my 2019 Senior Expo. A great time was had by all!
I am pictured with Joseph and Alfreda (Susie) Malak who recently
celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. I was honored to have
the opportunity to congratulate the Malaks on this
momentous occasion. 
Penn State Extension to Host Home Water and Septic System Workshop

Penn State Extension is hosting a free Home Water and Septic System workshop for owners and users of private water systems (such as wells, springs and cisterns) and/or on-lot septic systems. A morning and evening workshops will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 1:30 -3:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Wyoming County Emergency Management Building, located at 3280 Route 6, Suite 1, Tunkhannock. Instructors will provide information on protecting, testing and treating private water supplies, as well as septic system inspection and maintenance. Pre-registration is required to attend and can be completed online at (Click on Tunkhannock under Where & When) or by calling 877-345-0691. Additionally, free drinking water testing is being offered to up to 60 registrants. For more information on the event, click here.
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Bringing State Government to You

On Wednesday, Aug. 7, a member of my staff will be holding satellite office hours from 9-ll a.m. at the Dalton Borough Building, located at 105 W. Main St., Dalton. Also, on Wednesday, Aug. 7, my staff will be available from noon to 2 p.m. at the Factoryville Borough Building, located at 16l College Ave., Factoryville.

On Wednesday, Aug. 7, the American Legion will hold office hours at our Tunkhannock district office, located at 133 W. Tioga St., Suite 4, in Tunkhannock from l0 a.m. to 2 p.m. A claims consultant from the American Legion will provide the assistance. Area veterans may seek assistance and information pertaining to specific benefits and programs. Additional meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of every month.

Click here for the full schedule of August outreach and satellite office hours.
Luzerne County CareerLink – Wilkes-Barre to Host Veterans Job Fair

The Luzerne County CareerLink – Wilkes-Barre will host a Veterans Employment Event on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 3-6 p.m. at their 32 East Union St. location in Wilkes-Barre. Employers and Veteran Service Organizations will be on site to assist local veterans with employment and benefit questions, including but not limited to VA claims questions, interviewing and resume assistance, housing, low-income assistance and employment. Visit to learn more. View the event flyer here.
Grants Available to Small Businesses, Farmers

An estimated $1 million in grant funding is now available to Pennsylvania small businesses and farmers for energy efficiency, pollution prevention, and natural resource protection projects through the Small Business Advantage grant program. Eligible projects include adopting or acquiring equipment or processes that reduce energy use or pollution. New to the program this year is the opportunity for small business owners to install solar hot water systems for their business operations. Natural resource protection projects may include planting riparian buffers, installation of streambank fencing to keep livestock out of streams, and investing in agricultural stormwater management projects, with the goal of reducing sediment and nutrient loads in our waterways. Pennsylvania-based small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time equivalent employees are eligible. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be accepted until fiscal year 2019-20 funds are exhausted or April 12, 2020, whichever occurs first. All applications must be submitted through the Commonwealth’s Single Application for Assistance website. Printed, faxed and mailed applications are not accepted. More information about the program requirements is available here. Last year, around 200 small businesses were awarded more than $947,000 in grants for their projects.

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105 Lieutenant Michael Cleary Drive, Dallas, PA 18612 | (570) 675-6000, (800) 278-3930
133 West Tioga Street, Suite 4, Tunkhannock, PA 18657| Phone: (570) 836-4777
41-B East Wing, Main Capitol, PO Box 202117, Harrisburg PA 17120-2117 | Phone: (717) 787-1117