Apr. 18, 2019

Happy Passover and Happy Easter


I want to wish everyone observing the Passover Seder at sundown this Friday the blessings of health and peace. Chag Samaech!

I want to also wish everyone celebrating Easter this weekend peace, love and to have a blessed and holy Easter.
Local 4H Group Visits the Capitol


It was a pleasure to host Victoria Iveson (center) and Amanda Iveson (right) at the 4H Capitol Days. 4H is America's largest youth development organization and they do a great job empowering and preparing our future generations!
Local YMCA Electronic Recycling Event on April 27

Our local YMCA, Honesdale National Bank, Wayne County Fair and Advanced Recovery, Inc. are hosting an electronic recycling event on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, 270 Miller Drive Honesdale, PA 18431.

Accepted Items include computers, servers, monitors, printers, keyboards, VCRs, batteries, cell phones, terminals, cables, wires, power supplies, fax machines, radios, modems, CTRs, corded & cordless phones, TVs, CPUs, copiers, scanners, cassette/CD/DVD players, typewriters, stereo equipment, and more.

Each household pays $20 per carload and an additional $20 for each air conditioner (No pre-registration required).

Proceeds from the collection will benefit the YMCA’s Financial Assistance program.
Attention Veterans

Brian Stolarski, a service officer with the American Legion, visits both my Honesdale and Montrose district offices each month to provide claims, pension and benefits assistance for area veterans. He visits the Honesdale office on the fourth Friday of each month and the Montrose office on the first Tuesday each month. Veterans need not be a member of the American Legion to use this service.

Brian will be in the Honesdale office on Friday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please call our office at 570-253-5533 for more information. He will also be in my Montrose district office on Tuesday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call the Honesdale office at 570-253-5533 or the Montrose office at 570-278-3374.
Helping to Put More Domestic Abusers Behind Bars

Continuing the commitment to protecting crime victims, the House this week approved a bill to ensure victims of strangulation get the justice they deserve.

Prior to a 2016 law, strangulation could only be charged as a misdemeanor assault in Pennsylvania. Act 111 made it a criminal offense, and according to law enforcement officials across the state, the law has helped put more domestic abusers behind bars.

House Bill 854 builds on that progress by fully incorporating strangulation into our laws, ensuring any prior strangulation conviction will be recognized and considered in subsequent cases.

Passing this bill continues the push by House Republicans to protect the victims of crime. You can learn more about House Republicans protecting victims here.

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
Pension Forfeiture for Sex Offenses

Working to ensure public officials and employees are held fully accountable for their actions, the House approved legislation this week that would force them to forfeit their taxpayer-funded pensions if they are convicted of committing a sexual offense.

The bill builds on Act 1 of 2019, which requires any public official who is convicted of a felony to forfeit his or her pension.

Under House Bill 991, public employees and officials – including elected officials – would lose their pension if convicted of offenses such as indecent assault, indecent exposure or unlawful dissemination of an intimate image (commonly referred to as revenge porn).

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
April is ‘Donate Life Month’

April 2019 is “Donate Life Month” in Pennsylvania.
In Pennsylvania, about 8,000 people are on the organ donation waiting list and, on average, every 18 hours one of them will die waiting for the call that never comes.

The encouraging news is that more people are making the decision to “donate life.” About 4.7 million Pennsylvanians have said yes to organ and tissue donation by adding the donor designation on their driver’s license. More than 138 million Americans are registered donors.

In addition, Pennsylvania driver’s license and ID card holders can support organ donation programs with a voluntary donation of $3 at the time of application or renewal. To date, nearly $14 million has been generously donated to the fund.

More information is available donatelifepa.org.