Casey favors flood insurance reform delay, Toomey against

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:


The Senate voted 67-32 to delay the implementation of certain provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 and to reform the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, voted in favor. U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, voted against it.

The House voted 251-166 to pass a five-year farm bill. Voting in favor were U.S. Reps. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station, and Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Howard.


The Senate voted 47-1 to pass an amendment for wire tapping and electronic surveillance, further providing for exceptions to prohibition of interception and disclosure of communications. Voting in favor were state Sens. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, and Joe Scarnati, R-Brockway.

The House voted 196-0 to pass legislation requiring the Department of Revenue to perform a limited background check on lottery winners. Voting in favor were state Reps. Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport; Garth Everett, R-Muncy; Matt Baker, R-Wellsboro; and Michael K. Hanna Sr., D-Lock Haven.

The House voted 198-0 to approve a moratorium on increases in income due to a Social Security cost-of-living adjustment for certain individuals enrolled in PACE and PACENET and also changes the definition of “income” to exclude Medicare Part B premiums. Voting in favor were state Reps. Everett, Baker, Hanna and Mirabito.


Lycoming County commissioners approved a bank loan revision from $12.6 million to $10.5 million for the Williamsport Regional Airport terminal and the Lycoming Valley Railroad Bridge at Loyalsock Creek. Voting in favor were Jeff Wheeland, Tony Mussare and Ernie Larson.


Loyalsock Township supervisors voted 5-0 to allow the state Department of Transportation to install traffic signal cameras at the intersection of Four Mile Drive and Northway Road. Voting in favor were Virginia Eaton, Marc Sortman, Rick Wheeland, John Bower Jr. and Paul Nyman.

City Redevelopment Authority voted 4-0 to approve a landlord waiver agreement with West Third Street Properties and the city as the Digiplex Cinema Center, 300 W. Fourth St., creates four theaters out of two larger ones to provide more movie choices for customers. Voting in favor was Phillip Preziosi, chairman; Jennifer Matz, P. Nayo Brown and James W. Graham.

South Williamsport Borough Council approved the revision of its Flood Plain Management Ordinance last Monday night by a vote of 8-0. Voting in favor were Jeff Tompkins, Daniel Cupp, Henry Frey Jr., Robert Cronin, Ed Weinhoff, Richard Harris Jr., Joe LaRue and J. Bernard Schelb. Councilman Tony Mussare was absent.

School District

East Lycoming School District appointed a new varsity football coach. Dan Tucker’s hiring unanimously was approved by a vote of 6-0. Voting in favor were Richard Bradley, Richard Michael, Donna Gavitt, Diane Santo, Karen Berger and Randy Eddinger. Lee Ann Hawk, Kellie Shaner-Gordner and Amy Rogers were absent. Tucker will be paid a salary of $5,017.