WILKES-BARRE — The city will have a new tenant come May 5 and it just happens to be a U.S. senator.
Effective May 5, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Lehigh Valley, will relocate his NEPA office to Wilkes-Barre’s Stegmaier Building.
Steve Kelly, a member of Toomey’s staff, said currently there are no full-time congressional constituent services offices in Wilkes-Barre.
“By moving his NEPA operations to the city, Sen. Toomey’s office will now fill this void,” Kelly said.
Kelly said Toomey’s state staff has been researching suitable and available space in NEPA since May 2016. He said federal law states that senators’ home state offices must be in a federal building or federally managed space if a suitable location is available. The Stegmaier Building is managed by the General Services Administration.
Kelly said there was no available space available in any federal buildings in Scranton.
Toomey’s office’s new address will be:
7 North Wilkes Barre Blvd.
Wilkes Barre, Pa. 18702/
Toomey’s Scranton office has been located at 538 Spruce St.
Toomey was re-elected to his second 6-year term in November. Kelly said all current staff will be transferred to Wilkes-Barre.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, has an office at 417 Lackawanna Ave., Suite 303.
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