Snyder Pushes Back Against Restaurant Restrictions, Looks to Deliver Relief

(Aug 18, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, Aug. 18 – State Rep. Pam Snyder is pushing back against statewide COVID-19 restrictions placed on indoor dining in restaurants, reaching out to Gov. Tom Wolf and signing onto new legislation to bring quick relief. "We have to do what we can to make sure that they can keep their heads above water, and whenever this virus is gone, that they will still be here as pillars of our community," Snyder explained. She said that areas with low case counts shouldn't be held to the same 25% indoor capacity restrictions as more populous areas with higher per-capita coronavirus numbers. "These establishments have the room to keep patrons safely distant from each other, and the efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 should be on those who aren't following the rules." After talking with restaurant owners and employees whose livelihoods are at stake, Snyder is signing onto legislation that will roll back the governor's capacity policy. It will allow event venues to hold up 50% of their indoor seating capacity, while implementing the use of applicable CDC guidance. This legislation, she said, would give these already struggling businesses a chance to make ends meet while also mitigating the spread of COVID-19. While that bill works its way through the legislature, Snyder also wrote a letter to ask Wolf for immediate action, including a return to the original 50% capacity restriction. Realizing that these mom and pop business Read more

 

Snyder announces nearly $1.4 million in state infrastructure grants

(Aug 17, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, Aug. 17 – Greene, Fayette and Washington counties have been awarded a total of $1.36 million in Commonwealth Financing Authority grants for several small water, sewer and flood control projects, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. “These are worthwhile investments in our water and sewer infrastructure, vital in reducing flooding issues, extending water service, and fixing sewage backups and related issues,” Snyder said. “The funds will also make critical infrastructure repairs and ensure proper functioning and prevent more costly repairs down the road.” Snyder said the projects funded by the CFA’s PA Small Water and Sewer Program include: Greene County Rices Landing Borough ($329,080) – Funds will be used to replace and repair pumps at the sewer treatment plant and install a mechanical screen significantly reducing repair costs that are passed on to the consumer. Greensboro/Monongahela Township Joint Sewer Authority ($85,000) – The existing pumps are failing and require replacement. These funds will allow the authority to make the necessary upgrades by purchasing approximately five new submersible pumps and respond to Department of Environmental Protection compliance orders. Lower Ten Mile Joint Sewer Authority ($129,000) – Funding will be used to install a new generator at the Jefferson Pump Station and improve the emergency generators at the Clarksville Hill Read more

 

Rep. Snyder Sportsmen Update Newsletter - Summer 2020

(Aug 14, 2020)

Rep. Snyder Sportsmen Update newsletter - Summer 2020 Read more

 

Helping our schools, businesses and more!

(Aug 13, 2020)

More than $2 million in federal funds have been awarded to several school districts and career and technical education centers in our area to assist them with implementing public health and safety plans to resume safe operations.These funds will help students get back to learning in the safest possible environment and also provide for the purchase of resources, such as educational technology for distance learning, equipment, training and professional development and more. Read more

 

Ciresi, Snyder seek to assist small businesses in reopening safely through new grant program

(Aug 10, 2020)

Said Snyder: “Our locally owned businesses are truly the lifeblood of our communities, and many of them suffered serious financial impacts due to the pandemic. As they continue to recover, it’s vital that we support them and provide them the assistance they need and deserve to operate safely. This grant program would help these small businesses keep their doors open while also providing the necessary resources to protect themselves and their customers from the virus.” Read more

 

Snyder: More than $2 million awarded to area school districts

(Aug 07, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, Aug. 7 – State Rep. Pam Snyder announced today that more than $2 million in federal funding has been allocated to several area schools and career and technical education centers in her district to assist with implementing public health and safety plans to resume operations. Read more

 

Miss Rain Day, General Election reminders and more!

(Jul 30, 2020)

Details on the Rain Day celebration, broadband updates and important general election dates and reminders! Read more

 

Snyder to introduce measure to provide vital broadband access

(Jul 28, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, July 28 – With more Pennsylvanians working from home and more schools providing online education during the current pandemic, broadband access is a necessity, and state Rep. Pam Snyder said her forthcoming bill would provide the vital infrastructure to ensure access to all residents. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said her measure would provide $50 million from the federal CARES Act to expand access to broadband internet through the creation of a grant program overseen by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. DCED would determine unserved and underserved areas of the state and award grants under the program, she added. “Reliable broadband access is needed regardless of where you live in our state, and we know that several areas across Pennsylvania are falling behind, and that is unacceptable,” Snyder said. “Fair and equal access is a goal I have been working toward for some time, and now, more than ever, as we continue to work through this pandemic, this access is vital to our everyday lives.” More information on her pending legislation can be found at this link: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/Legis/CSM/showMemoPublic.cfm?chamber=H&SPick=20190&cosponId=32181 Read more

 

Hazard Pay Grant, keeping your pets safe this summer and more!

(Jul 23, 2020)

Information on how to keep your pets safe, Hazard Pay Grant details, and updates on broadband expansion efforts. Read more

 

Small business help, tick and mosquito protection reminders and more!

(Jul 16, 2020)

As part of my ongoing efforts to help our communities recover from the effects of the pandemic, I am working with state Rep. Joe Ciresi on legislation that would create a grant program for small businesses to help them reopen safely and provide them with the tools they need to take necessary precautions to protect their customers and staff. Read more

 

Snyder announces $403K to help local homeless families, individuals

(Jul 13, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, July 13 – Domestic Violence Services of SWPA was awarded approximately $403,000 to assist local homeless families and individuals and prevent future homelessness, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the funds are the first of two allocations of Emergency Solutions Grant CARES Act funding distributed through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. “Everyone deserves a place they can call home, and these funds are vital in providing immediate help to our residents who have lost their homes due to the COVID-19 outbreak,” Snyder said. Domestic Violence Services of SWPA will distribute funding to Greene, Fayette and Washington counties. Approximately $19 million in funds will be distributed statewide, with most of the funds to be targeted toward homelessness prevention efforts. The remaining funds will be used to provide immediate shelter, including emergency shelter services and outreach. More information can be found at the following link: https://dced.pa.gov/programs/emergency-solutions-grant-cares-act-esg-cv/ . Read more

 

No to RGGI, good news for Fayette County township and more!

(Jul 09, 2020)

This week, I spoke up in favor of a bill that would require legislative approval before the state could enter the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI.Let me be clear: joining RGGI would be devastating and lead to the loss of thousands of energy jobs in Southwest Pennsylvania, not to mention higher electric bills and severe economic impacts in our communities. Read more

 

Snyder: Fayette County township awarded infrastructure funds from USDA

(Jul 08, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, July 8 – Redstone Township in Fayette County has received a federal grant to provide vital sewer upgrades to nearly 500 homes, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the township was awarded approximately $13.72 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to construct sewer lines, four pump stations and expansions to the township’s existing sewage treatment plant to serve approximately 460 homes. “These sewer upgrades will truly make a difference in the quality of life for Redstone Township residents,” Snyder said. “I fully support these vital investments in our community and am pleased my office was able to assist the township in these efforts.” “These sewer improvements have been a long time coming to our township, and Representative Snyder and her office helped us from the very beginning,” said Mike Cetera, Redstone Township supervisor. “This is great news for our community, and this project will provide much-needed infrastructure to more of our residents.” Snyder said the township is working with Uniontown-based K2 Engineering on the project, which will provide sewer service to the following communities within Redstone Township: Filbert, Orient, Tower Hill, Thompson, Fairbank and Herbert. Read more

 

Demanding cyber charter school reform, help for small businesses and more!

(Jul 02, 2020)

This week, the Brownsville Area School District’s school board announced they were forced to furlough several teachers and staffers. One of the reasons: the district has had to pay an average of $1 million for the last three school years to cyber charter schools.That made me angry. Read more

 

Snyder demands charter school reform following devastating cuts, furloughs in Brownsville Area School District

(Jul 01, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, July 1 – State Rep. Pam Snyder is urging her colleagues to immediately consider a bill to enact comprehensive cyber charter school reform, following news of a school district in her region that was forced to furlough several teachers and staffers. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the Brownsville Area School District announced the furloughs at its school board meeting Monday. While the board said it hopes to rehire as many workers as possible before the beginning of the school year, she said this situation could have been avoided. “Over the past three school years, the Brownsville Area School District has had to pay out $3 million to cyber charter schools, and that’s extremely unfair to students who attend the brick and mortar public schools,” said Snyder. “We’ve known for some time that not only do these cyber charter schools bleed vital funds away from public schools, they also put a financial strain on these districts, causing property taxes to increase. It’s time we enact cyber charter school reform in Pennsylvania.” Snyder supports H.B. 526 , a bipartisan measure that would mandate that if a school district offers its own cyber charter education, but a student opts to go to a different cyber charter school, the student’s parent or guardian would be required to pay tuition. This move would keep property tax funds in the home district where it belongs, Snyder said. Read more

 

Snyder: Small businesses can apply for CARES act funding tomorrow

(Jun 29, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, June 29 – Small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can begin to apply for funding through the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance Program starting tomorrow, June 30, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Westmoreland, said the program will provide $225 million in grants through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act to eligible small businesses to cover operating expenses during the state’s shutdown order and the transition to reopening. The funding can also be used for training and guidance for business owners as they work to reopen their businesses, she added. “Our impacted small businesses are working hard to get back to work and recover, and this funding will be a huge help in that effort,” Snyder said. “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and my office stands ready to help them with any questions or assistance they may need in applying.” Funding will be available through three specific programs: $100 million for the Main Street Business Revitalization Program for small businesses that experienced loss as a result of the March 2020 order relating to the closure of all non-life-sustaining businesses, including those businesses that have or will incur costs to adapt to new business operations. $100 million for the Historically Disadvantaged Business Revitalization Program for small businesses that Read more

 

Help for our dairy farmers, 2020 Census reminder and more!

(Jun 25, 2020)

Local dairy farmers: I wanted to make you aware that the state's Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Dairy Indemnity Program is now open. Read more

 

Snyder: Greene County senior center awarded state grant

(Jun 24, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 24 – The Carmichaels Activity Center in Greene County is one of 60 senior community centers statewide to receive a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the $10,014 Senior Community Grant will allow the center to use the funds for a variety of projects, including updates to the facility, providing new or enhanced programs and services, or to upgrade technology. "Many of our seniors look forward to returning to activities they enjoyed prior to the pandemic, and this funding will help the Carmichaels Activity Center to continue to enjoy the programs and services tailored to their needs,” Snyder said. Proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery help to fund these annual grants, Snyder added. More information on senior community centers can be found at this link: https://www.aging.pa.gov/local-resources/Pages/Senior-Center.aspx . Read more

 

Broadband survey, business grants information and more!

(Jun 18, 2020)

As you may be aware, I have been working hard for years to bring reliable, affordable broadband to our communities. Read more

 

Snyder: District to receive $5.34 million in Marcellus Shale impact fees

(Jun 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 17 – Calling it great news for the 50 th Legislative District, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced the district will be receiving $5.34 million in Marcellus Shale impact fees from 2019. “ This is certainly welcome news for our communities and our counties, especially in light of the economic challenges we’ve been facing due to the current pandemic,” said Snyder. “These funds will go a long way to support several valuable highway, water and sewer projects throughout our district.” The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, which is tasked with implementing the collection and distribution of impact fees as required by Act 13 of 2012 , released detailed information on this year’s distribution of impact fees on natural gas producers. More than $200.36 million in 2019 impact fees will be distributed statewide. Of that amount, county and municipal governments directly affected by drilling will receive $109.18 million for the 2019 reporting year. Additionally, $72.19 million will be transferred to the Marcellus Legacy Fund, which provides financial support for environmental, highway, water and sewer projects, rehabilitation of greenways and other projects throughout the state. More information on the impact fee can be found at the following link: https://www.act13-reporting.puc.pa.gov/Modules/PublicReporting/Overview.aspx Read more

 

Snyder Pushes Back Against Restaurant Restrictions, Looks to Deliver Relief
Aug 18, 2020

Snyder announces nearly $1.4 million in state infrastructure grants
Aug 17, 2020

Rep. Snyder Sportsmen Update Newsletter - Summer 2020
Aug 14, 2020

Helping our schools, businesses and more!
Aug 13, 2020

Ciresi, Snyder seek to assist small businesses in reopening safely through new grant program
Aug 10, 2020

Snyder: More than $2 million awarded to area school districts
Aug 07, 2020

Miss Rain Day, General Election reminders and more!
Jul 30, 2020

Snyder to introduce measure to provide vital broadband access
Jul 28, 2020

Hazard Pay Grant, keeping your pets safe this summer and more!
Jul 23, 2020

Small business help, tick and mosquito protection reminders and more!
Jul 16, 2020

Snyder announces $403K to help local homeless families, individuals
Jul 13, 2020

No to RGGI, good news for Fayette County township and more!
Jul 09, 2020

Snyder: Fayette County township awarded infrastructure funds from USDA
Jul 08, 2020

Demanding cyber charter school reform, help for small businesses and more!
Jul 02, 2020

Snyder demands charter school reform following devastating cuts, furloughs in Brownsville Area School District
Jul 01, 2020

Snyder: Small businesses can apply for CARES act funding tomorrow
Jun 29, 2020

Help for our dairy farmers, 2020 Census reminder and more!
Jun 25, 2020

Snyder: Greene County senior center awarded state grant
Jun 24, 2020

Broadband survey, business grants information and more!
Jun 18, 2020

Snyder: District to receive $5.34 million in Marcellus Shale impact fees
Jun 17, 2020