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Senator Mario Scavello

In this Edition:

  • Around the 40th District
  • Current PA ID Valid for Domestic Air Travel, Federal Building Access
  • Crisis Grants Available for Low-Income Home Heating Emergencies
  • PA Crime Victims Survey
  • Promissory Notes among Top Threats Faced by Investors

Around the 40th District

The Pocono Youth Orchestra was with me in the Pocono 96.7 studios for the Gary in the Morning Show on Thursday. The orchestra will be celebrating its 30th anniversary with concert performances this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.  Concerts will be held at Cecilia S. Cohen Recital Hall, East Stroudsburg University.  For more information visit their website at or follow them on Facebook.

It was my privilege to join State Rep. Jack Rader and elected officials from Tobyhanna Township to welcome American Tire Distributors to Monroe County. The one million square foot facility will service the Northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada, bringing 80 permanent jobs and 120 construction jobs to the area. Thank you for choosing the Pocono region for this exciting new location.

Congratulations to Sam Boor of Troop 302 in Hanover Township for completing all the requirements to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. For his Eagle service project, Sam built a new storage enclosure in the multi-purpose room at St. Johnís Evangelical Church in Whitehall. Sam is a high school senior and plans to major in computer security at Northampton Community College in the fall.

Current PA ID Valid for Domestic Air Travel, Federal Building Access

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is reminding Pennsylvanians they may use their current driverís license or ID card to board commercial aircraft or enter federal facilities that require ID until at least Oct. 10, 2018.

Beginning Oct. 2020, a REAL ID card or other federally approved ID will be necessary. PennDOT anticipates that REAL ID-compliant driverís licenses and ID cards will be available to customers that want them in spring 2019.

More information on the federal REAL ID mandate and what it means for you can be found here.

Crisis Grants Available for Low-Income Home Heating Emergencies

Households experiencing a heating crisis may be eligible for help through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) crisis program. 

Emergency situations include:

  • Broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced
  • Lack of fuel
  • The main heating source or second heating source (a source that is used to operate the main heating source or used if the main heating source is not working) has been completely shut-off
  • Danger of being without fuel (less than a 15 day supply) or of having utility service terminated (received a notice that service will be shut off within the next 60 days)

Assistance with home heating crisis situations is available 24 hours a day by contacting your local county assistance office:

  • Monroe County Assistance Office LIHEAP line: 570-424-3517
  • Northampton County Assistance Office LIHEAP line: 610-250-1785/6

PA Crime Victims Survey

If you have been the victim of a crime, the PA Crime Commission wants to hear from you. 

Completing an online questionnaire about your experience will help the commission create a Victim Services Needs Assessment. The information will be used to enhance services for crime victims in our communities. 

A second survey asks service providers for their input. The surveys end February 28.

Promissory Notes among Top Threats Faced by Investors

Promissory notes are among the top threats faced by investors in 2018, as determined by a survey of state securities regulators conducted by the North American Securities Administrators Association.  

Used generally by companies to raise capital, legitimate promissory notes are marketed and sold almost exclusively to sophisticated or corporate investors with the resources to research the companies issuing the notes and to determine whether the issuers have the capacity to pay the promised interest and principal. Average investors should be cautious about offers of promissory notes.

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Senate Box 203040
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3040
Phone: (717) 787-6123

Monroe County Office
DePue Plaza
2989 Route 611, Suite 103
Tannersville, PA 18372
Phone (570) 620-4326
FAX (570) 620-4379
8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Northampton County Office
2 North Robinson Avenue
Pen Argyl, PA 18072
Phone (610) 863-1200
FAX (610) 863-1214
8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

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