Pashinski, Flynn present state funding check to city of Wilkes-Barre

HARRISBURG, Dec. 22 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, along with state Sen. Marty Flynn’s Chief of Staff, Brian Doughton and Mayor George Brown, celebrated a state grant awarded to the city of Wilkes-Barre today.

The city of Wilkes-Barre will use the $235,636 in State and Local Share Account Grant funding, to purchase a new Bucket Truck with updated attachments, and a Skid Steer Machine to meet the necessary safety regulations and to improve the productivity of their operations. 

This funding will provide our city’s workers with the updated and reliable new equipment required to address our city’s needs, in all kinds of conditions, including snow and debris removal and for internal transport,” said Pashinski. “This new equipment will provide safe, dependable, and efficient operations which will increase productivity and improve quality time management.  I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Sen. Flynn for working with me to acquire this important funding needed to purchase these very important pieces of equipment for our city’s public works department.”

This money not only improves city operations but also highlights our dedication to the safety of our Department of Public Works personnel,” said Flynn.

Brown, mayor of the city of Wilkes-Barre and Wilkes-Barre City Grants Coordinator Mark Barry was also in attendance for the check presentation.

“I am very thankful for Senator Flynn and Representative Pashinski’s continued commitment to ensuring that Wilkes-Barre City is allocated state funding to purchase and replace equipment essential to the operations of the city. Both the skid steer loader and the bucket truck will be utilized throughout the year,” said Brown. “These two new pieces of equipment will ensure that our Department of Public Works crews have the latest and most up-to-date tools to complete tasks which are beneficial to both city residents and visitors alike.”

The grant was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority through its Local Share Account program. LSA funding is generated from casinos located in host or contiguous counties and distributed by the Department of Community and Economic Development. The grants are designed to help economic development, job training, community improvement and public interest projects.