State Rep. Frank Farina, D-Lackawanna/Wayne, took the oath of office for his first term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on New Year’s Day.
Farina was elected in November to represent the 115th Legislative District, replacing retiring Rep. Ed Staback, who served the district for 28 years.
He is the new state representative for the following Wayne County municipalities: Canaan, Dreher, Lake, Lehigh, Salem and Sterling townships, and Waymart Borough.
The swearing-in ceremony began at noon.
Farina was the founder and operator of Farina Landscaping, which he established in 2004.
"To be entrusted with an office like this is a huge responsibility," Farina said. "I take the responsibilities very seriously. With my landscaping business, I had to work with the Department of Agriculture, so I know and understand some of the fears and frustrations my constituents may experience dealing with state agencies, and I hope to make those interactions easier for residents of the 115th District as well as all Pennsylvanians."
Among the issues Farina promoted before the election were restoring funds cut from public schools and creating good jobs.
The 115th Legislative District is east and northeast of Scranton. The portion Lackawanna County sreved by the 115th District includes the boroughs of Archbald, Blakely, Dickson City, Jermyn, Jessup, Mayfield and Olyphant, as well as part of the city of Carbondale.
Farina has established a local constituent service office at 423 Main St., Eynon; phone (570)876-1111. For information online, visit www.pahouse.com/Farina.