City of Pittston’s Neighborhood Action Team Forms




[PITTSTON, PA, July 10, 2018] Under the direction of Mayor Mike Lombardo, Council Member Attorney Michael Lombardo and City Administrator Joe Moskovitz the City recently formed a Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) to address blight, property maintenance issues and quality of life in a concerted effort in the neighborhoods under the City and Redevelopment Authority’s Neighborhood Housing Initiative. Members of the Code Enforcement, Police, Fire, EMS, Administration, Public Works Departments, and Office of Community Development comprise the NAT.


Today the NAT visited Tompkins Street in the Oregon Section of the City. During the sweep, the Code Enforcement department issued violations and notices to 27 different properties. The most common violations were for high grass and weeds, broken windows, deteriorated porches, damaged siding and roof issues. Rental inspections were also scheduled and several violations were found that will be corrected. The Police Department tagged three abandoned vehicles, discovered the illegal use of a handicapped parking sign and ordered the removal of the sign by the City’s DPW.

Additionally, the Code Enforcement Department coordinated with a private owner and utility companies for the demolition of two long vacant and blighted properties.

The City plans to conduct additional NAT sweeps in the immediate future in different locations throughout the City.




City Firefighters Promoted

Recently, the Pittston City Council approved promotions within the career full-time staff of the Fire Department.   Assistant Fire Chief Frank Roman was appointed Deputy Fire Chief.  Captain Michael Chernouskas was appointed Assistant Fire Chief and John Ankenbrand was appointed Captain. Additionally, Mr. Ankenband was previously appointed as the City’s Emergency Management Agency (EMA) director.  The Fire Department is led by Fire Chief James Rooney.   In the photo, left to right: Assistant Fire Chief Michael Chernouskas; Deputy Fire Chief Frank Roman and Captain/EMA director John Ankenbrand.   For more information on the fire department please click HERE

City Thanks Dr. Gene DeMinico For Donation To City K-9 Unit Fund

The City sends many thanks to Dr. Gene DeMinico for the extremely generous donation to our City Police K-9 unit fund. Each year, Dr. DeMinico holds a basketball tournament in memory of his late son, Eugene II, a local police officer and military veteran whose life was cut tragically short. The tournament raises funds for our K-9 unit and the Pittston Township unit. We salute the DeMinico family for keeping Eugene’s memory alive in such a special way!

Pictured, Top L-R, Dr. DeMinico, City Police Chief Robert Powers, City PFC Lukasavage. Bottom L-R, City PFC and K-9 handler Joe Galeski with K-9 Officer Blitz, Mayor Mike Lombardo and Pittston Twp. Officer Ed Sulima with his K-9, Athena


Redevelopment Authority Receives Certificate of Merit

The Redevelopment Authority was recently awarded a Certificate of Merit by the Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities (PAHRA) at its Annual Conference in Lancaster for its Neighborhood Housing Initiative. The Neighborhood Housing Initiative is a cooperative effort between the Authority, City of Pittston and North East Pennsylvania Land Bank Authority to address blight, quality of life issues, housing, and most importantly to improve the City’s neighborhoods. The 2017 PAHRA Bellamy Awards are PAHRA’s highest achievement awards for housing, redevelopment and community development.


Refuse and Recycling Changes For Independence Day

In celebration of the Independence Day Holiday all City of Pittston offices including the Department of Public Works will be closed on Tuesday July 4th.  Due to the Holiday closing refuse and recycling collections will not be picked up in the City of Pittston on Tuesday July 4th.   Tuesday’s regular refuse and recycling pick-up will be moved to Wednesday July 5th, Wednesday’s regular collection will be moved to Thursday July 6th and Thursday’s regular pick-up will be moved to Friday July 7th.  Regularly scheduled pick-ups will resume on Monday July 10th for yard waste, refuse and recycling. Thank you for your cooperation and enjoy a safe Independence Day Holiday.