Senator Brown E-Newsletter

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More Than $23 Million Headed to Northeast Pennsylvania to Improve High-Speed Internet Access

Alongside Senators Baker and Flynn, I was pleased to announce more than $23 million to increase access to reliable high-speed internet here in Northeast Pennsylvania. Allocated by the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority (PBDA), our Commonwealth saw $200 million in competitive grants across the state – aimed at areas without access to 25/3 Mbps internet service.

The approved grants in Northeast Pennsylvania include:

  • $9,059,471 to Comcast Cable for a project totaling $22,029,647 in Lackawanna County.
  • $3,811,319 to Verizon for a project totaling $9,295,901 in Lackawanna County.
  • $4,348,419 to Comcast Cable for a project totaling $9,976,419 in Luzerne County.
  • $2,988,566 to Verizon Cable for a project totaling $5,953,318 in Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties.
  • $387,969 to Adams Cable TV for a project totaling $517,292 in Wayne County.
  • $2,790,914 to Comcast Cable for a project totaling $4,018,651 in Wyoming County.

High-speed internet is a necessity for residents, especially in regions like northeastern Pennsylvania. It bolsters economic opportunity, educational advancement, and community connectivity. Without it, we risk leaving our communities behind in the digital age.  I commend the PBDA for their proactive approach in ensuring the success of this initiative.

To view a map of the allocated funds, click here.

Brown Speaks at the PA Association of Township Supervisors

This week, I spoke as a panelist at the PA State Association of Township Supervisors’ annual conference. As majority chairwoman of the Senate’s Local Government Committee, I appreciate the opportunity to meet with supervisors from across the Commonwealth, to hear their concerns and share the committee’s legislative work. You can learn more about PSATS here.

License Plate Replacement Event – Success!

My office hosted our first-ever license plate event – it was a great success. This was an opportunity for residents to replace their worn or damaged license plate for free. My staff helped process the paperwork while Pocono Township police signed off on the replacement necessity. It was a great opportunity to make this process more efficient for residents. While the event started at 4:30 – cars began lining up 30 minutes early! Residents appreciated the easy and streamlined process.

I will be hosting another one next week at my Northern District office on April 25th from 4:30 – 6:30 at 487 Cortez Road in Jefferson Township. If you have any questions, please feel welcome to call my office at 570-620-4326 or 570-213-5705.

Primary Election Day is Tuesday, April 23

Primary Election Day is early this year: Tuesday, April 23, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you are not registered to vote using a mail-in ballot but need to do so because of an emergency situation – such as an unexpected illness, disability or last-minute absence from your municipality – you may request an Emergency Absentee Ballot. The deadline to submit an Emergency Absentee Ballot Application to the County Election Board is April 23 at 8 p.m.

If you’re not sure where to report to vote, check here using the Department of State website. In addition to providing the address of your polling place, it will also tell you if you are an annual mail-in or absentee voter.

Voters who requested a mail-in ballot but would prefer to vote in person can do so if they bring their ballot and the pre-addressed outer return envelope to their polling place to be voided. If you do not surrender your ballot and return envelope, you can only vote by provisional ballot at your polling place.

Out and About Listening to You

Left: Please join me in congratulating Lane, of Troop 84, on attaining the rank of Eagle Scout!

Top Right: This week, I joined the mid-Atlantic tele-health resource centers at their annual summit to discuss Pennsylvania state policy related to tele health.

Bottom Right: This week, I toured the Hauser Nature Conservancy in Long Pond – great opportunity to walk the trails, tour the garden, and learn about the benefit of prescribed fires for conservation efforts.


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