State grant

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State lawmakers, from left, Kurt Masser, Lynda Schlegel Culver and John Gordner present a $750,000 check to Northumberland County Commissioners Sam Schiccatano and Rick Shoch to combat blight in the county.

SUNBURY — Local state leaders on Friday announced that The Northumberland County Housing Authority is the recipient of a $750,000 grant through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) in the county’s fight against blight.

State Sen. John Gordner, R-27, and state Reps. Lynda Schlegel Culver, R-108, and Kurt Masser, R-107, made the announcement at the county administration building. They presented the check to Commissioners Rick Shoch and Sam Schiccatano and Housing Authority Deputy administrator Pat Mack.

“I want to recognize the Housing Authority for being active in taking on the issue of blight,” said Gordner. “I also want to offer a great deal of thanks to Gov. Tom Wolf for recognizing the Authority’s good work and authorizing the release of these essential RACP funds to assist in its efforts.”

The funds will be used to acquire and demolish or renovate up to 60 blighted and abandoned properties in Northumberland County. The money can be used for removal and redevelopment of those properties, including the abatement of hazardous materials.