Jan. 22, 2024

Legislative Update
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Ashley Park Goes Days Without Water

For nearly four days, 173 homes in the Ashley Park residential community were without water due to a water main break. The situation escalated as temperatures dropped into the low teens, causing the safe drinking water reserves to freeze. The over 25-acre community is home to numerous residents, including elderly individuals, families with children, and those living with medical conditions. On Monday, I visited with the homeowners and led a community effort to distribute cases of bottled water door-to-door.

The local American Red Cross, Sam’s Club Foundation, and I each purchased and donated a pallet of 40-count cases of bottled water to provide some aid to these residents, while crews worked to repair the water main break. The Wilkes-Barre Township Sam’s Club loaded the water onto Ashley Borough trucks, which were then taken to the Ashley Fire House and Ashley Park community.

Late into the evening my office and I, along with Ashley Borough Council, the fire department, and volunteers, went out knocking on doors making sure families had access to the water they needed.

Once water was restored Tuesday afternoon, the situation worsened when residents discovered frozen water and sewer pipes. I requested aid from the Luzerne County Emergency Management Agency, and we deployed a “heat wagon” to the community to be used as an indirect heat source for below the mobile homes.

What I encountered throughout this entire experience was a vulnerable community that needed someone to advocate for them. Someone who could work with the ownership of Ashley Park, facilitate community resources, and deliver results. In the end, the way our community has come together was truly heartwarming.

While knocking on doors, many families who had enough drinking water declined a free case of water and asked that it be directed to a family in much greater need. It’s a testament to the compassion of our community.

I was very proud to be a part of the response during this crisis.
Grant for Hanover Township

Sen. Lisa Baker and I recently announced that over $420,000 in Small Water and Sewer funds were made available to rehabilitate the Soloman Creek Sanitary Interceptor!

This infrastructure project affects Hanover Township, Ashley Borough and Wilkes-Barre Township, and will serve thousands of residences and hundreds of businesses, allowing for the safe transit of wastewater and additional economic development to continue in our region.
Join me for my Telephone Town Hall

I’m trying something new, and I hope you will join me. In addition to my in-person coffee and conversation events, where residents can join me at rotating locations across the district for a casual coffee hour, we are rolling out a virtual option that will take place during the evening both over the phone and online.

Telephone Town Halls are an engaging community event where you have the chance to connect directly with me. Whether you prefer to listen by phone or online, everyone is invited to be a part of the conversation. Feel free to ask questions, share your thoughts, or simply tune in and listen. Our conversation is expected to last about an hour, but you're welcome to stay on the line for as little or as long as you wish. I look forward to connecting with you!