Barletta Honored by PA Association of Township Supervisors
Rep. Barletta was presented with the Chairman’s Award by Bill Hawk,
Executive Board Chairman of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, at the organization’s 94th annual state conference.
HERSHEY – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today was honored with the Chairman’s Distinguished Service Award by the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) for his work in fighting for issues that impact local governments, as well as his background as a former mayor of his hometown of Hazleton. Presented with the award by PSATS Executive Board Chairman Bill Hawk, who is also a Paxton Township Supervisor in Dauphin County, Barletta was singled out for fighting against overreach by the Environmental Protection Agency, preventing heavier trucks on the roads and interstates, and enhancing the local role in emergency response and national security situations.
“As a former city council member and mayor of Hazleton, this award means a lot to me because I know what local officials deal with on a day-to-day basis,” Barletta said. “While I’m a member of Congress now, I really never took off my ‘Mayor’s Hat,’ because I always keep in mind that the policies we decide in Washington can have major impacts back at home.”
Barletta received the award during PSATS’ 94th annual state convention at the Hershey Lodge.
“PSATS is honoring the congressman for his work championing local government on the belief that the government closest to the people is the most efficient and responsive,” said Hawk, who also serves as PSATS Second Vice President. “As a former local government official, Congressman Barletta understands the obligations and dedication of local officials. He has repeatedly stood strong on issues that place an undue burden on local governments.”
The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors represents Pennsylvania’s 1,454 townships of the second class and is committed to preserving and strengthening township government and securing greater visibility and involvement for townships in the state and federal political arenas. Townships of the second class represent more residents — 5.5 million Pennsylvanians — than any other type of political subdivision in the commonwealth and cover 95 percent of the commonwealth’s land mass.