Schweyer: It’s Time to End The Mask Debate

(Sep 20, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer is calling on his colleagues to put an end to the public school masking debate and return their focus to issues that matter for families in the Allentown School District and communities across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Schweyer: PA Republican election clown show must end

(Sep 16, 2021)

If you own an iPhone, you probably just completed a security update to your system. (If you haven’t done so, you really ought to as there is new malware/virus that allows your phone to be hacked without your knowledge.) Think about all the personal information on your phone: user ID and passwords for email and social media accounts, banking information, personal health records, even your facial scan or fingerprint. Think of how much damage could be caused to your credit, employment and privacy if that information were to be released. Your personal data is in many places beyond your smartphone, from your doctor’s office to your garbage bin. Many folks don’t think about it, but your personal information is also in many government departments, including your county’s voter registration office. Citizens should absolutely expect that their vote is private. And it should go without saying that personal voter information, including Social Security numbers, should be kept safe by voter registration offices and the Pennsylvania Department of State. This has always been a top priority. But this week in a brazen, ultra-partisan vote, the Republicans in the state Senate voted to put millions of Pennsylvania citizens’ personal information at risk. Let me explain: As you know, former President Donald Trump and many of his minions are claiming that the 2020 election was “rigged.” Of course, the 2020 presidential election was a fair Read more

 

Schweyer announces $223,000 state grant to prevent gun violence

(Sep 08, 2021)

State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today announced a state grant totaling $223,300 has been awarded to Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley for its ongoing Zero Youth Violence gun violence prevention initiatives. Read more

 

Schweyer to highlight Allentown’s Neighborhood Improvement Zone at Policy Committee tour Tuesday

(Aug 30, 2021)

LEHIGH, Aug. 30 – The benefits of Pennsylvania’s Neighborhood Improvement Zone program will be on display for policy makers at a Democratic Policy Committee tour hosted by state Rep. Peter Schweyer. The tour -- from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31 -- will begin at the IBEW Local 375, 101 S. 7 th St., Allentown. The media is encouraged to attend. Lawmakers from across the state, including Chairman Ryan Bizzarro, will join Schweyer for a look at how the NIZ -- currently funded by 97% state tax revenue and 3% local revenue -- has worked to attract developers and revitalize downtown Allentown. Media inquiries may be submitted to policy@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Why Allentown’s new Hays Elementary School is such a big deal

(Aug 27, 2021)

Allentown’s newest community asset finally is going to be used to its full potential.Brigadier General Anna Mae Hays Elementary School will be filled with children soon. Read more

 

Schweyer: New Emergency Operations Center Would Enhance Public Safety in Allentown

(Aug 19, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer speaks with Allentown Fire Chief Efrain Agosto about proposed plans to build a new emergency operations center and training facility for the Allentown Fire Department. Schweyer says this new facility would be an important upgrade for public safety, providing enhanced emergency response capabilities and modern equipment, along with expanded training programs to keep our first responders prepared to tackle any emergency. Read more

 

Schweyer Visits Mountain House Girl Scout Camp

(Aug 18, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer visited the Mountain House Girl Scout Camp to see first-hand how the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania are building the female leaders of tomorrow through a variety of learning experiences. Schweyer, a strong advocate for education, says these programs teach unique skills outside the traditional classroom environment and provide Allentown girls with outdoor experiences they might not have access to in the city. Read more

 

Schweyer Talks Education at the James Lawson Freedom School

(Aug 18, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer visited the James Lawson Freedom School in Allentown to learn about a unique summer program providing students with a resource-rich environment reflective of their culture and diversity. Schweyer, a strong advocate for education who has been influential in boosting state funding for the Allentown School District, was impressed by the program and hopes it will continue providing Lehigh Valley students with opportunities to learn and succeed for years to come. Read more

 

Schweyer Provides Update on New Da Vinci Science Center

(Aug 06, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer visited the future site of the Da Vinci Science Center in downtown Allentown to provide an update on the project and speak with a local student who has greatly benefited from Da Vinci's science and technology programs. It’s projects like this – with assistance from the state and federal governments -- that make Allentown and the commonwealth a great place to live, work and raise a family. Read more

 

Schweyer to host free paper shredding event Aug. 21

(Aug 03, 2021)

ALLENTOWN, Aug. 3 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, will hold a free community paper shredding event to help residents safely dispose of their unwanted and personal documents. The event will be held 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21 at South Mountain Middle School, 709 W. Emaus Ave. Shredding will take place in the parking lot on South Church Street. “Identity theft continues to be a serious problem for Pennsylvanians. One of the best ways you can protect yourself is shred documents that have your Social Security number, bank account numbers and other personal information,” Schweyer said. “This free event will allow people to safely dispose of these documents and prevent them from getting into the hands of criminals.” Schweyer added common types of unwanted items for shredding include credit card statements, credit card applications, bank and investment statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance and health records, and retirement or pension fund information. This event is only for residential documents. Business documents will not be accepted. There is a limit of 10 boxes of documents per car and no electronics will be accepted for recycling or disposal at this event. Documents will be shredded on site. For more information, residents may call Schweyer’s Allentown office at 610-791-6270. Read more

 

Schweyer: Allentown School District to See Increased Funding

(Jun 30, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer joined Governor Tom Wolf and others to speak about the state's $100 million funding investment to the 100 poorest school districts across the commonwealth thanks to the Level Up program. The Allentown School District will see an additional $6 million in state funding. Read more

 

Schweyer: Budget Far-From-Perfect

(Jun 25, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer explains why he voted for what he calls a "far-from-perfect" state budget. Read more

 

Schweyer: Budget delivers on education funding, misses opportunities in economic recovery, jobs, health care

(Jun 25, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 25 – Following today’s House passage of the Pennsylvania state budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year, state Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, issued the following statement: "At the start of the pandemic, 3,000 households in the Allentown School District didn't have access to the internet. That means that thousands of our students could not access the online programs they needed to continue to learn through virtual means. A full year later, our school buildings were still closed to our students as our district did not have the resources to retrofit our buildings to make them safer. “This is a direct result of a broken education funding system that rewards shrinking and wealthy school districts over those that need the resources the most. “This evening, I voted YES on a far-from-perfect budget. This budget will not fix our aging schools or send every education dollar through the fair funding formula as it should. But with more than $17 million more for the Allentown School District -- money that will be there every year -- our students are in a better place. “This budget fails to address food and housing insecurity, does not do enough to invest in jobs or health care. But since those dollars remain unspent, we have the opportunity to return to Harrisburg and invest those resources into our residents, and I stand ready to do so. Read more

 

Schweyer Community Conversation with Maryanell Agosto from LCCC

(Jun 25, 2021)

On this Community Conversation, Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer sits down with Maryanell Agosto from Lehigh Carbon Community College to highlight the many educational programs they offer to both students and adults across the Lehigh Valley. Read more

 

PA House Dems stand with election officials to defend democracy, preserve voter access

(Jun 22, 2021)

Pennsylvania House Democrats today voted against legislation that would make it more difficult for Pennsylvanians to vote, and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee and county executives shared their concerns. Read more

 

Schweyer: Let's Fix Our Toxic Schools

(Jun 17, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer discusses the dire need to fix toxic schools in Allentown and across Pennsylvania. Schweyer speaks with Mark Leibold of the Allentown Education Association for additional insight into the problems facing many buildings in the Allentown School District. Read more

 

Schweyer: Pa. Treasury holding $2.5 million in unclaimed property belonging to local residents

(Jun 14, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 14 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, is alerting residents that the Pennsylvania Treasury is currently holding $2.5 million in unclaimed property which belongs to residents of the 22 nd Legislative District. “ Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property and it is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property they may not be aware of,” Schweyer said. “My district office is available to help our constituents search for unclaimed money or assets.” Unclaimed property may include: Closed bank accounts. Uncashed checks, including paychecks. Lost stocks and bonds. Contents of safe deposit boxes. Proceeds from the demutualization of insurance companies. Expired gift cards/gift certificates. To find out if you have unclaimed property, search your name in the Unclaimed Property database at www.patreasury.gov/Unclaimed/Search.html , or t hose who would like assistance checking the database are welcome to visit Schweyer’s office at 1501 Lehigh St., Suite 206, where a free search only takes a few moments. Please call ahead at 610-791-6270 to avoid overcrowding in the office. There is NO CHARGE to claim your unclaimed property. Read more

 

Schweyer: Application deadline for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program extended to Dec. 31

(Jun 11, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 11 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, is alerting older and disabled residents of the 22 nd Legislative District that the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is extending the deadline to apply for property tax and rent rebates paid in 2020 from June 30 to Dec. 31. “The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been available to Pennsylvanians for decades and it remains one of the most important programs which benefit older and low-income families in Pennsylvania,” Schweyer said. “This extension to the application deadline will ensure more people can file, but I encourage those who need to apply – especially those newly eligible – to not wait and get the applications filed early.” Schweyer said his Allentown office, 1501 Lehigh St., Suite 206, is available to assist residents with their applications. Those interested must have their identification, proof of 2020 income and either a statement of 2020 rent paid, or a receipt of 2020 taxes paid, if homeowners. Walk-ins are welcome, but it is recommended to call the office first at 610-791-6270 to avoid overcrowding. The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 and older, widows and widowers 50 and older, and people with disabilities 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 for homeowners and $15,000 for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. The maximum standard rebate is Read more

 

Schweyer: Protect Women's Health

(Jun 07, 2021)

At a Capitol news conference, Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer discusses the importance of protecting women's health, including from the hazards in several old and toxic school buildings in Allentown. Schweyer says the PA Rescue Plan could direct much needed funding to replace or modernize these school buildings and protect the health of educators and children alike. Read more

 

Schweyer Community Conversation with The Literacy Center

(Jun 04, 2021)

In this Community Conversation, Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer sits down with Jennifer Doyle and Kelly Gallagher from The Literacy Center in Allentown to discuss the educational programs and services they offer to the community. Read more

 

Schweyer: It’s Time to End The Mask Debate
Sep 20, 2021

Schweyer: PA Republican election clown show must end
Sep 16, 2021

Schweyer announces $223,000 state grant to prevent gun violence
Sep 08, 2021

Schweyer to highlight Allentown’s Neighborhood Improvement Zone at Policy Committee tour Tuesday
Aug 30, 2021

Why Allentown’s new Hays Elementary School is such a big deal
Aug 27, 2021

Schweyer: New Emergency Operations Center Would Enhance Public Safety in Allentown
Aug 19, 2021

Schweyer Visits Mountain House Girl Scout Camp
Aug 18, 2021

Schweyer Talks Education at the James Lawson Freedom School
Aug 18, 2021

Schweyer Provides Update on New Da Vinci Science Center
Aug 06, 2021

Schweyer to host free paper shredding event Aug. 21
Aug 03, 2021

Schweyer: Allentown School District to See Increased Funding
Jun 30, 2021

Schweyer: Budget Far-From-Perfect
Jun 25, 2021

Schweyer: Budget delivers on education funding, misses opportunities in economic recovery, jobs, health care
Jun 25, 2021

Schweyer Community Conversation with Maryanell Agosto from LCCC
Jun 25, 2021

PA House Dems stand with election officials to defend democracy, preserve voter access
Jun 22, 2021

Schweyer: Let's Fix Our Toxic Schools
Jun 17, 2021

Schweyer: Pa. Treasury holding $2.5 million in unclaimed property belonging to local residents
Jun 14, 2021

Schweyer: Application deadline for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program extended to Dec. 31
Jun 11, 2021

Schweyer: Protect Women's Health
Jun 07, 2021

Schweyer Community Conversation with The Literacy Center
Jun 04, 2021