Snyder announces Ag and Youth grants awarded to West Greene High School

(May 12, 2021)

HARRISBURG, May 12 – The West Greene High School in Waynesburg, Greene County, has been awarded a total of $8,546 in grants to support its ag education and workforce development projects, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the grants were part of the PA Farm Bill, which aims to grow opportunities in the state’s agriculture industry and inspire future generations of leaders. The high school received a $3,042 grant to improve its student greenhouse and a separate grant in the amount of $5,499 for upgrades to its fabrication shop MIG welder equipment. “As an early supporter of the historic PA Farm Bill, I am so pleased to see these funds invested at West Greene High School and many other schools around our state to encourage interest in careers in the agriculture industry,” Snyder said. “Our state is among the tops in the country for agriculture and these investments are imperative to ensure the industry’s strong and vibrant future.” The Ag and Youth Grant Program, part of the Pennsylvania Farm Bill, funds projects for ag education and workforce development, equipment purchases, and capital projects to promote development in agriculture. More information can be found at the following link: https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Pages/Ag-and-Youth-Grant-Program.aspx . Read more

 

Helping our businesses, a special birthday and more!

(May 06, 2021)

This week, I partnered with state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta on a bill that would help businesses recoup losses related to closures and business interruptions during the pandemic. Read more

 

Ciresi/Snyder legislation to help smallest businesses advances out of committee

(May 05, 2021)

“As someone whose parents owned a small business, I know and understand their challenges, and those challenges were truly brought to the forefront with the arrival of the pandemic,” Snyder said. “This measure, along with my support of H.B. 1223 to expand business interruption policies to help businesses impacted by the governor’s disaster declaration, will ensure they get the help they need and deserve.” Read more

 

Reps. Kenyatta, Snyder urge legislature to provide COVID-19 relief for Pa. businesses, unveil new bill to expand business interruption policies

(May 04, 2021)

HARRISBURG, May 4 – Today state Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., and Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, held a news conference at the state Capitol, urging the state legislature to immediately vote on H.B. 1223 , a bill they recently introduced that would expand business interruption policies to acknowledge losses suffered during the governor’s disaster declaration. The legislators said that their bill seeks to provide business interruption insurance coverage to establishments that suffered financial loss due to pandemic closings by aiming to: Clarify that business interruption policies in effect as of the date of the governor’s disaster declaration (March 6, 2020) include coverage of perils related to COVID-19. Allow insurers to receive reimbursement for business interruption insurance claims paid due to COVID-19. Provide a mechanism to make funds immediately available for such reimbursement. Kenyatta, who represents parts of North Philadelphia, said protecting these businesses would, in turn, protect the livelihoods of countless residents across Pennsylvania. “Countless local businesses — generationally owned and community mainstays — have been forced to permanently shutter because of the devastating effects of this economic crisis. This has also resulted in loss of income for both family business owners and employees,” Kenyatta said. “We can no longer be idle in protecting working people, and our bill Read more

 

PA Relief Plan, broadband expansion updates, baseball season and more!

(Apr 29, 2021)

With telehealth now more a part of our lives, it’s vital we have significant investments in our healthcare infrastructure and broadband. That’s why I’m supporting the PA Rescue Plan. Read more

 

Snyder to serve another term as co-chair of Legislative Coal Caucus

(Apr 28, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 28 – State Rep. Pam Snyder has announced she will again serve as a co-chair of the Legislative Coal Caucus, along with state Sens. Gene Yaw, R- Bradford/Lycoming/Sullivan/Susquehanna/Union, and John Yudichak, I-Carbon/Luzerne. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the caucus is a bipartisan, bicameral caucus that focuses on supporting and enhancing the state’s coal mining industry. It also works to assist legislators on learning more about the coal industry and its economic role across Pennsylvania. “Coal continues to be a vital part of my district, with a majority of the bituminous coal produced in our state taking place in Greene County, and that includes the Bailey Mine Complex, considered one of the largest coal mines in North America,” said Snyder. “I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue to work with my fellow co-chairs to educate my colleagues and encourage policies to promote its role as a baseload power source in our commonwealth’s diversified energy portfolio.” In 2019, coal accounted for 17% of the power generated in Pennsylvania, and 24% of the power generated in the 13-state PJM interconnection, Snyder added. There are currently over 70 members in the Legislative Coal Caucus. Read more

 

Broadband expansion is vital, and we must move forward

(Apr 27, 2021)

Pushing for broadband expansion for all Pennsylvanians is not something new for me – several years ago, I realized our state had a serious problem regarding reliable, affordable access and I began to further investigate why, as a state, we had fallen so behind. Since the pandemic, access and connectivity issues have only exacerbated. The work to make this happen certainly isn’t without its challenges, as significant infrastructure and investments are needed. I remain undeterred in my efforts to ensure each one of us is connected – not just in certain parts of our great state. Recently, the House Democratic Policy Committee held hearings to discuss how we can better connect our communities and effectively bridge this digital divide. It’s imperative that we do everything possible to solve connectivity issues for our school students, who are unable to complete virtual assignments from home, and our college students, who can’t access online classes. We also know that this lack of reliable access can – and has -- adversely impacted our economic growth. Companies are less likely to consider locating or relocating to Pennsylvania. Telemedicine has been vital during the past year to help physicians monitor and provide care to their patients. Sadly, in many parts of Pennsylvania, the broadband connectivity that makes this possible is the exception rather than the norm. With more of us working and learning from home than ever before, we must Read more

 

Supporting our local volunteer organizations and grants to benefit our communities

(Apr 22, 2021)

Some great news for our district in the last week, as several state grants have been awarded. Read more

 

Snyder: $67K grant awarded to create community park in Greene County

(Apr 21, 2021)

CARMICHAELS , April 21 – A total of $67,915 in funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority will be used to create a much-needed community park in Perry Township, Greene County, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. “Residents in the township have needed a place to host large community events in an efficient way, and the Legion Field project site will install stormwater management systems, which will reduce the muddy areas, and also provide additional parking,” said Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. “I’m pleased to see this project move forward, which will provide recreational and community opportunities for residents and visitors alike.” The Commonwealth Financing Authority provides funding for a multitude of projects that help businesses and communities succeed and thrive, including those focused on development, water quality, energy infrastructure and more. To learn more, please visit the following link : https://dced.pa.gov/programs/multimodal-transportation-fund/ . Read more

 

Snyder: $9.5 million in funding awarded for infrastructure repairs in Masontown Borough, Fayette County

(Apr 21, 2021)

CARMICHAELS , April 21 – Masontown Municipal Authority in Fayette County will receive $9.5 million in funds from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority to replace and repair storm water pipes designed to reduce flooding, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the project will curb frequent flooding in the borough, which causes River Avenue to be impassable and has led to property damage for homeowners. The project also includes the construction of a new aluminum pipe arch at North Redwood Street. “These vital state investments in infrastructure mean so much to our communities, allowing for the proper flow of stormwater, safer roads, and protected property,” said Snyder. “This Pennvest funding means Masontown Borough can move quickly to begin this much-needed project and accommodate increased storm flows in that area.” “This is amazing news for Masontown,” said Masontown Borough Councilman Bruce Cochran. “This large amount of grant funding allows us to start thinking ahead for treatment plant improvements in Phase Two of this project.” “The Masontown Municipal Authority is very excited to learn we received more grant funding than we expected,” said Board Chairman Joe Matyus. “This is tremendous news for the people of Masontown.” The Pennvest grant request was written by Read more

 

Snyder: $221K grant awarded to fund repairs in Washington Co. municipality

(Apr 21, 2021)

CARMICHAELS , April 21 – A road in East Bethlehem Township in Washington County which was damaged nearly three years ago is one step closer to being repaired, thanks to a grant awarded today by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the $221,420 in funds will be used to stabilize and repair the slope along Fishpot Road, which was significantly damaged during a heavy rainfall event in the summer of 2018. The repairs will include restoration of the stream bank, construction of a concrete retaining wall and stabilization and regrading of the slope. “Right now, traffic in this area is extremely limited, and once this project is completed, this roadway will be reopened to two lanes again, allowing for much safer and easier travel for residents and visitors,” said Snyder. “It’s infrastructure projects like these that I fully support, because they make an enormous and positive impact in our communities’ overall quality of life.” The Commonwealth Financing Authority provides funding for a multitude of projects that help businesses succeed, including those focused on development, water quality, energy infrastructure and more. To learn more, please visit the following link : https://dced.pa.gov/programs/multimodal-transportation-fund/ Read more

 

Snyder: $829,000 state grant awarded to replace Greene County bridge

(Apr 16, 2021)

Snyder: $829,000 state grant awarded to replace Greene County bridge CARMICHAELS , April 16 – Approximately $829,950 in state funds has been awarded to Greene County to replace a bridge classified in poor condition since 1991, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the funds were awarded from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Transportation Fund to replace Bridge No. 31 in Franklin Township. The bridge is part of Greene County’s Bridge Repair and Replacement program and is frequently traveled by school buses, heavy farming equipment and tractor trailers. “While school buses and other vehicles can travel across the bridge presently, if the bridge continues to deteriorate, this poses serious safety concerns, especially for emergency vehicles that may exceed the posted bridge weight restrictions and need to use another route to access homes in the area, delaying help to residents,” Snyder said. “I was proud to support the Greene County Commissioners in their efforts to help residents and ensure safe, efficient traffic flow for our communities.” In addition to the bridge’s replacement, the grant will fund the placement of an erosion control mulch blanket to avoid future erosion to the new bridge. In granting these and other applications for funding, PennDOT considered a variety of criteria, including safety Read more

 

Vaccine updates, Wisecarver Reservoir news and more!

(Apr 15, 2021)

This week, Greene County was awarded a $85,545 grant toward the construction of a canoe and kayak launch at the Wisecarver Reservoir in Waynesburg.The grant from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will open a new avenue for residents to enjoy time on the water and increase the likelihood the dam will be stocked with fish in the future. Read more

 

Snyder: More than $85,000 awarded for Wisecarver Reservoir boat ramp access project

(Apr 12, 2021)

CARMICHAELS , April 12 – Area residents are one step closer to new recreational opportunities thanks to a grant of $85,845 that will help fund a non-motorized boat ramp providing access to the Wisecarver Reservoir near Waynesburg, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, announced today. Snyder said the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s award to Greene County under the Boating Facility Grant Program will open new avenues for residents in an area that has lacked a plentiful variety of options. “Abundant, affordable recreational opportunities are key to quality of life, but for our region’s many residents who love boating, convenient access to still waterways has been somewhat limited,” Snyder said. “The Wisecarver Reservoir, located in an area that highlights our region’s natural beauty, would provide a perfect opportunity for residents, but access is limited without a way to launch watercraft. “The funding awarded today is truly exciting because this project promises to open a whole new avenue for residents to spend time on the water while appreciating all our gorgeous region has to offer. I want to thank the Greene County Commissioners for their partnership and commitment on making Wisecarver a one-of-a-kind recreational facility for all to enjoy." Snyder added that the ramp would enhance fishing opportunities in the county by increasing the chances of Read more

 

PUA scam alert, support for volunteer first responders and more!

(Apr 08, 2021)

I want to make sure residents who are receiving unemployment compensation, notably those receiving benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, are aware of a new scam. Unfortunately, criminals are stepping up their efforts to steal identities and other personal information from PUA claimants by impersonating Labor & Industry Department staff or officials. Read more

 

Getting and staying connected, trout season begins and more!

(Apr 01, 2021)

Pushing for broadband expansion is not new to me. Several years ago, I realized our state had a serious problem regarding reliable, affordable access. Since the pandemic, access and connectivity issues have only exacerbated. The work to make this happen certainly isn’t without its challenges, as significant infrastructure and investments are needed. I remain undeterred in my efforts to ensure we are all connected – not just certain areas of our state. Read more

 

Lack of internet access widens Pa. digital divide; House Democratic Policy Committee focuses on needs and solutions

(Mar 30, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 30 – The House Democratic Policy Committee today hosted a virtual public hearing that challenged public officials to reimagine the education system to ensure quality, reliable internet access and equipment for students as part of an educators’ toolbox. The hearing, hosted by state Representatives Jordan Harris, Pam Snyder, Peter Schweyer, Morgan Cephas, brought together educators and communications experts on what is needed to help create a bridge that closes the digital divide. “Ultimately, a public-private partnership and investment will be needed to overcome the digital divide. Quality internet access and devices are an essential part of a quality 21st century education and Pennsylvania students and educators should be set up for success,” Policy Chairman Ryan Bizzarro said. Hillary Linardopoulos, legislative representative for the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers; Lawrence Jones, CEO of Richard Allen Prep; and Dr. Robin Cooper from the Philadelphia Principals Union, shared their experience throughout the pandemic and the challenges their educators faced before and throughout the pandemic in keeping children and educators connected for a quality education. Cooper noted broadband access and educational supports have a direct impact on student opportunities and career potential. “At the start of the pandemic, there were about 3,000 Allentown School District households that didn’t have access to the Read more

 

Bridging the digital divide focus of Tuesday and Wednesday House Democratic Policy Committee hearings

(Mar 29, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 29 -- Education, employment and healthcare outcomes are relying more on internet connectivity and access and the House Democratic Policy Committee is hosting two hearings to explore the impacts on Pennsylvania’s economy. The first hearing—with a focus on education – will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 30 and hosted by state Reps. Jordan Harris, Pam Snyder, Peter Schweyer and Morgan Cephas. The second hearing will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 31 and hosted by Rep. Rob Matzie, Democratic chairman of the Consumer Affairs Committee. The latter hearing will examine creating a more connected state for an improved business climate and healthcare access. The public and media are encouraged to watch online at www.pahouse.com/policy . Media inquiries may be submitted via email to policy@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Helping Pennsylvanians complete their education, tax filing reminders and more!

(Mar 25, 2021)

Earlier this month, I shared some information on the Near Completers program, which is designed to help residents with incomplete degrees complete their education, notably those who have been displaced from employment due to the pandemic. Read more

 

COVID mitigation updates, congrats to our local athletes and more!

(Mar 18, 2021)

A huge shoutout to our athletes at Central Green and Waynesburg High Schools – including Mac Church of Central Green, who won a PIAA State Championship, and to the Waynesburg wrestling team for claiming the PIAA team title! Well done! Read more

 

Snyder announces Ag and Youth grants awarded to West Greene High School
May 12, 2021

Helping our businesses, a special birthday and more!
May 06, 2021

Ciresi/Snyder legislation to help smallest businesses advances out of committee
May 05, 2021

Reps. Kenyatta, Snyder urge legislature to provide COVID-19 relief for Pa. businesses, unveil new bill to expand business interruption policies
May 04, 2021

PA Relief Plan, broadband expansion updates, baseball season and more!
Apr 29, 2021

Snyder to serve another term as co-chair of Legislative Coal Caucus
Apr 28, 2021

Broadband expansion is vital, and we must move forward
Apr 27, 2021

Supporting our local volunteer organizations and grants to benefit our communities
Apr 22, 2021

Snyder: $67K grant awarded to create community park in Greene County
Apr 21, 2021

Snyder: $9.5 million in funding awarded for infrastructure repairs in Masontown Borough, Fayette County
Apr 21, 2021

Snyder: $221K grant awarded to fund repairs in Washington Co. municipality
Apr 21, 2021

Snyder: $829,000 state grant awarded to replace Greene County bridge
Apr 16, 2021

Vaccine updates, Wisecarver Reservoir news and more!
Apr 15, 2021

Snyder: More than $85,000 awarded for Wisecarver Reservoir boat ramp access project
Apr 12, 2021

PUA scam alert, support for volunteer first responders and more!
Apr 08, 2021

Getting and staying connected, trout season begins and more!
Apr 01, 2021

Lack of internet access widens Pa. digital divide; House Democratic Policy Committee focuses on needs and solutions
Mar 30, 2021

Bridging the digital divide focus of Tuesday and Wednesday House Democratic Policy Committee hearings
Mar 29, 2021

Helping Pennsylvanians complete their education, tax filing reminders and more!
Mar 25, 2021

COVID mitigation updates, congrats to our local athletes and more!
Mar 18, 2021