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Rep. Cartwright Bill to Close Unfair Pay Gap at Tobyhanna Army Depot Again Passes House Through Annual Defense Bill

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Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) voted to pass the fiscal year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in the U.S. House. For the second year in a row, the annual defense bill that Congress needs to pass each year includes Rep. Cartwright’s Locality Pay Equity Act, which would increase wages for approximately 1,800 hourly employees at the Tobyhanna Army ...

Cartwright Announces $700,000 Grant for Outreach Center for Community Resources in Scranton

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Scranton, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced a $705,477 grant to Outreach Center for Community Resources in Scranton through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to expand their offerings, support the region’s recovery ecosystem and meet urgent workforce development needs. Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA08) with Outreach Executive Director Linda Ciampi as taken at the O...

PMSD received over $29M in COVID-19 relief funds: Where did the money go?

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Congressman Matt Cartwright visited Pocono Mountain West High School Wednesday to participate in a roundtable discussion with school leaders and legislators on federal funding for schools, including the use of COVID-19 relief funds and the American Rescue Plan. “A year and a half into this pandemic has weathered a lot of hardship and frustration,” said Cartwright, a democrat who represents Pa.'s 8...

WB/Scranton International Airport expands air service

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Larger planes with more seats and leg room are coming to Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport. Airport officials Wednesday announced their expanding current service to Charlotte and Chicago. ... "Improvements to our airport, resurfacing to the runways, extensions to the taxiways. All those things make us look more attractive to folks like American Airlines," U.S. representative Matt Cartwri...

Rep. Cartwright: Child Tax Credit Delivered $30.8 Million in Tax Cuts to PA-08 Families in August

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Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced that an estimated 96,000 Child Tax Credit monthly tax cut payments were sent to families in the Eighth Congressional District in August, according to a new report from the Joint Economic Committee. An estimated total of $30.8 million in tax cuts went back into the pockets of hardworking Northeastern Pennsylvania families. ...

Wilkes-Barre looking into police department upgrades

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There are several police substations in the city of Wilkes-Barre. It's one of the many ways Mayor George Brown and Police Chief Joseph Coffay tell Newswatch 16 they are using to strengthen the department's community policing. "It really accomplishes a lot more than just being present in a neighborhood; they're walking in neighborhoods and showing their presence," said Mayor Brown. Now, these two ...

9/11 memorial service held for 20th anniversary in Hawley

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Residents in one Wayne County community paused to reflect and remember the thousands of lives tragically lost from 9/11. The skies were clear, and just as blue 20 years ago from today. Reminiscent of that fateful day when 3,000 people were killed after hijacked planes hit the World Trade Center in New York. Elected officials, local first responders and clergy addressed their sentiments on the nati...

Amtrak discusses vision for passenger rail service from Allentown to NYC

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It's been forty years since Allentown has had a direct train line to New York City. But there's a vision to change that in as little as three years. This new Amtrak vision would put a station not only in Allentown, but Bethlehem and Easton too. But whether it becomes reality hinges on that infrastructure bill you've heard a lot about. It's a plan leaders, local and regional, hope will gain more tr...

Rep. Cartwright announces $2.6 million for Scranton Fire Department hiring

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SCRANTON, Pa. (WOLF) — The Scranton Fire Department has been awarded $2,596,047.50 through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as part of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program to support the hiring of ten firefighters to join the department’s ranks. U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) made the announcement Thursday stating: "We need to suppo...

Rep. Cartwright Announces $2.6 Million for Scranton Fire Department for Hiring

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Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced that the Scranton Fire Department has been awarded $2,596,047.50 through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as part of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program to support the hiring of ten firefighters to join the department’s ranks. “We need to support all our first responders to ensure the...

Nearly $43,000 in grants coming to Scranton to aid city’s Smoke Detector Program

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Federal dollars will be coming back to Scranton to help prevent fires. Wednesday, Congressman Matt Cartwright, Mayor Paige Cognetti and Fire Chief John Judge announced nearly $43,000 is coming to the city. That money will help continue the city’s Smoke Detector Program. The Department of Homeland Security grant will purchase 2,000 10-year smoke detectors and 1,000 carbon monoxide detectors. More t...

Union members celebrate Labor Day in Scranton

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"This is a day we deserve. We're united as labor and we're going to stay united," Rosemary Boland said Monday. There were passionate words throughout the morning as union members celebrated Labor Day with an annual event in Scranton, honoring the American labor movement. "We are a world away from where we were," representative Kyle Mullins (D- Peckville) said. A world away after fighting for decad...

This Democrat and Republican from Pennsylvania are part of a unique group in an increasingly polarized country

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Matt Cartwright and Brian Fitzpatrick are political anomalies. The two Eastern Pennsylvania congressmen come from different political parties: Cartwright is a Democrat from the Scranton area, while Fitzpatrick is a Republican from Southeastern Bucks County. But the political pressures they face are not that dissimilar. In 2020, despite Cartwright winning by more than 3 percentage points, former P...

Chris Kelly Opinion: Activist's Scranton connections aid escape from Taliban

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Seven years ago, the Scranton Restaurant opened its doors in Herat, Afghanistan. Dreamed into being by maverick women’s rights activist Suraya Pakzad and partially funded by Scranton-area donors, it was a safe space for women to network, express themselves freely and share strategies for creating female agency in a malevolently misogynistic society. Pakzad established five shelters where women le...

Group rallies for higher minimum wage on Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square

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State Sen. Art Haywood, D-Philadelphia, joined a crowd of local Democratic legislators and organizers for a “Raise the Wage” rally on Public Square, calling on the government to raise the federal minimum wage in order to better serve the American people. A light rainfall made for some dreary conditions on Sunday, but the weather wasn’t enough to dampen the spirit of Alicia Duque, the outreach orga...