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JENKINS TWP. -- Phil Struzzeri has announced his candidacy for Jenkins Township supervisor for the May 19th Primary Election.

Struzzeri is a Democratic Committeeman in Jenkins Township and serves as the Jenkins Township Democratic Chairman. He also holds a seat Luzerne County Democratic Executive Committee.

Struzzeri served two terms on the Pittston Area School Board, from 1983 to 1985 and 1997 to 2001. He also worked as a staff assistant to U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski in 1984 and 1985.

For the past 24 years, he has been employed as a contract training and support specialist for Computer Sciences Corp., working with the U.S. Department of Labor in Wilkes-Barre.

Struzzeri holds a B.S. degree in Secondary Education from Bloomsburg University and earned master degree credits in Public Administration at Marywood College in Scranton.

“With limited day to day operating revenue coming into Jenkins Township today, we must not always look solely to our Township taxpayers to foot the bill for the most basic maintenance and improvements of our infrastructure,” he said.

HANOVER TWP. -- Bob Burns has announced his candidacy for re-election as a Hanover Township Commissioner. Burns resides with his wife, Mary, in the Lyndwood section of Hanover Township.

Burns graduated in 1976 from Wilkes College with a degree in History. He is employed as a senior sales representative with Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Burns has been a commissioner for the past eight years, and has worked on the budget as well as the fire, flood, police, and hazard mitigation committees. During his years as chairman a number of township roads were paved and equipment was purchased.

He was instrumental in upgrading the computer and accounting system, purchasing new police cars and necessary equipment.

Upon re-election, Burns says his goals are to eliminate the garbage fee and continue to upgrade the police computer system and equipment. Burns says he will continue to replace much-needed road department equipment and continue to support the fire department’s plans to improve and modernize its department.

Burns says in these hard economic times he will continue to make difficult decisions and support ideas that are in the best interest of the hard-working and struggling taxpayers of Hanover Township.

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