Wolf Administration Announces Denial of Appeal for Disaster Declaration Request

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration Announces Denial of Appeal for Disaster Declaration Request National Issues,  Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the President has denied his appeal for a federal disaster declaration that would have brought critical financial assistance to nine counties impacted by a crippling snowstorm in March.“At this point, we have exhausted our options for filing an appeal through the Federal Emergency Management Agency,” Governor Wolf said. “It’s unfortunate that the President didn’t grant our request for a declaration, and the citizens of northeast Pennsylvania will be the ones to suffer the financial impact of this decision.”The governor made the initial request for a disaster declaration in May and filed an appeal earlier this month in order to provide federal funding to local, county and state governments, as well as certain eligible non-profits in Bradford, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Northumberland, Pike, Wayne and Montour counties through the Public Assistance program.According to the letter signed by Acting FEMA Administrator Robert J. Fenton, “After a thorough review of all the information contained in your initial request and appeal, we reaffirm our original findings that the impact from this event is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration. Therefore, I must inform you that your appeal for a major disaster declaration is denied.”In his letter filing the appeal, Governor Wolf cited: decreased revenues at the state and county levels; hazardous road conditions due to record or near-record snowfalls; excessive costs for plowing, hauling and disposing the crippling amounts of snow from the storm; major challenges to first responders in supporting basic and event-related emergency services as well as disaster response needs at the municipal and county level; and mobilization of a variety of local and volunteer resources to address public safety and emergency needs of citizens.A federal disaster declaration for Public Assistance would provide reimbursement of up to 75% of the costs incurred on eligible expenses for the eligible 48-hour time period.center_img June 13, 2017last_img read more

Repo man shot after repossessing a vehicle

first_imgOfficials in Miami are reporting that a Repo man was shot while sitting in his vehicle after repossessing a vehicle moments earlier.The incident occurred around 5:30 a.m. Friday on Northwest 11th Court.According to the report, the victim, 31-year-old Petr Cherepanov, was sitting in the tow truck with his assistant 23-year-old Cristian Fernandez  nearby when a suspect driving a dark gray Ford Fusion pulled into the parking lot and began shooting at the tow truck. The suspect or suspects then fled in a black Infinity Q50 which had been repossessed earlier.Cherepanov was struck by a bullet fragment but was able to drive himself to a nearby hospital. He has since been listed in stable condition. Fernandez was uninjured during the incident.Authorities are now searching for the suspects.last_img

Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen hoping for a chance to close out All-Star Game

first_imgWASHINGTON — If Dave Roberts is fortunate enough to have a lead in the late innings of the All-Star Game on Tuesday night, the Dodgers manager will have his choice of closers to finish it off.One guy, however, seems like the obvious choice, and not just because he shares the same uniform as the manager.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Kenley Jansen is the most established of the three closers on the NL roster. The others are the Padres’ Brad Hand and the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Felipe Vazquez. The Milwaukee Brewers’ duo of Josh Hader and Jeremy Jeffress have pitched mostly in setup roles. Washington Nationals closer Sean Doolittle was picked for the team, but he’s injured.“It would mean a lot (to close the game), to be honest,” Jansen said. “If I had a shot to close the game, it would be awesome.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I”m just trying to meet guys and say ‘what’s up?’” Stripling said. “It’s a room of pretty talented guys. I’m just trying to see where I fit in and spark up conversations where I can. Mostly I want to get out and pick the brains of some of the guys who are here.”Stripling said the first two players he met were Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt.Besides that, he is hoping he’ll get a chance to pitch in the game. He said Roberts indicated that he’s probably going to get in the game.“I think it’s important (to pitch),” he said. “I may not get another chance to come to an All-Star Game, so I want to pitch in the one I’m at.” Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Related Articlescenter_img Jansen is on the roster for his third All-Star Game. The National League lost his previous two. He entered trailing in the eighth to get the final out in 2016, and he entered a tie game in the ninth last year.Jansen said on Monday afternoon he wasn’t aware of Roberts’ plan, but he would have a conversation with him to express his desire to finish the game, if the situation arises.SOAKING IT INRoss Stripling had barely begun the All-Star Game events on Monday afternoon, but he said his head was already spinning.“It’s a whirlwind,” said Stripling, adding that he and the Dodgers’ contingent didn’t arrive in Washington until around 3 a.m. on Monday morning.He said one of his goals for the event was to try to get know some of the players he’d only seen from across the field or in the batter’s box. Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense last_img read more