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Protecting Property Rights: Strengthening PA’s Laws Against Squatting

This week, I issued an Op-Ed on Pennsylvania’s laws related to squatting and adverse possession laws. I share the concerns of the many constituents who reached out to my office on this issue, and I support private property owners.

Click here to read my article.

Smoother Roads Ahead – Exciting News for RT209 Travelers

I am thrilled to finally announce that the paving of RT209 in East Stroudsburg will begin this construction season! This much-needed section of roadway, between Price Chopper and Food Town, is set to be completed by October 2024. Details on the project’s start date and construction times are forthcoming.

Read my full release here.

Hunting and Fishing in Pennsylvania

This week, on Earth Day, I joined the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to stock trout alongside our local fisherman. Thank you to Bill Gibney (Fish & Boat Commissioner / President) and WCO Tereschak for allowing me to join.

Throughout the 2024 season, the PFBC will stock approximately 3.2 million adult trout in 697 streams and 129 lakes open to public angling.  These figures include approximately 2.3 million Rainbow Trout; 707,000 Brown Trout; and 168,000 Brook Trout.  As with past practice, the average size of the trout produced for stocking is 11 inches in length with an average weight of .58 pounds. Click here to view the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s trout stocking schedule.

Also, Saturday, April 27th marks the beginning of the spring gobbler season with a half-day hunt for junior hunters and mentored hunters 16 and under. All participants must be accompanied by adults, and hunting hours run from 30 minutes before sunrise until noon.

The regular season runs from May 4-31. Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until noon from May 4-18 and 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset from May 20-31.

Approximately 172,000 people hunt spring turkeys in Pennsylvania every year. Last season, hunters harvested about 39,500 gobblers – an increase from 35,700 in 2022 and 28,100 in 2021. Information about spring turkey hunting rules and regulations, for youth and regular hunts, is available here.

Be safe and enjoy Pennsylvania’s beautiful wildlife!

License Plate Event – Success!

These last two weeks, my district offices hosted two license plate replacement events. Many residents’ license plates may be worn or damaged, this event was an opportunity to offer an efficient and convenient chance to process the necessary paperwork. At both events, cars started lining up over 30 minutes prior to the start time! So happy to see so many residents take advantage of this opportunity. My staff and I were successful in processing well over 100 plates across the district.

If you weren’t able to make the event and are in need of a replaced license plate, please contact my office or email me so we can help you with the proper paperwork.

Out & About Listening to You

This week, I spent time across the 40th Senatorial District meeting directly with constituents, hosting events, speaking at a conference, and touring some non-profits. Pictured above is a snapshot of some of the work from this week.

Top Left: The Scranton Chamber of Commerce hosted their EMPOWER, Women’s Leadership Event at Kalahari. I was honored to speak as a panelist during their “public speaking” seminar. The conference offers a range of educational session, wellness activities, and leadership skill-building opportunities for women across northeast Pennsylvania.

Top Right: This past weekend, I joined a Pocono Country Place for their Health Fair. It was a great opportunity to connect their residents with resources and information related to family health needs.

Bottom Left: This week, we acknowledged the 70th anniversary of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. In 1953, the bistate compact opened three bridges connecting Pennsylvania and New Jersey. To date, they now operate and maintain eight toll bridges and 12 toll-supported (free) bridges, two of which are pedestrian-only crossings, and 34 approach structures throughout its jurisdiction. Since 1987, the commission has not received any state or federal tax revenues and relies solely on toll collections for its financing.

Bottom Right: I had a wonderful evening celebrating our Hometown Heroes at the Barrett Township Volunteer Firefighter banquet last weekend. We honored Roland Imbt for his unwavering dedication of 62 years and Jeff Siglin for his outstanding service of 50 years along with many others in years of service. Thank you to all the volunteers!


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