Snyder: Coal mining operations allowed to continue

(Mar 20, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 20 – Coal mining operations will be allowed to continue under an update announced by Gov. Tom Wolf today, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, announced. Snyder said following yesterday’s order from Wolf that mandated the closure of non-life sustaining companies, which initially included coal mining operations, she has been in constant contact with representatives from the governor’s office, members of the United Mine Workers of America and coal mining company officials. “It’s imperative that our coal operations continue – they are a vital part of keeping our energy grid running as it should, especially during this current pandemic situation,” Snyder said. “I applaud Governor Wolf and members of his team who have been willing to work with us to keep these and other vital energy-producing businesses fully operational. To shut down operations, even temporarily, would be devastating on so many levels, and I am thankful that a shutdown isn’t happening.” Snyder added any business that wants to apply for a waiver from the closure order can do so by using the following email address: RA-dcexemption@pa.gov . Businesses that have questions as to whether they need to close can contact the state Department of Community and Economic Development by email at RA-dcedcs@pa.gov . Read more

 

Democratic legislators applaud state Supreme Court decision to halt evictions

(Mar 18, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 18 – Following the announcement that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court would be halting all eviction notices, multiple House Democrats, who earlier in the day requested this halt, issued the following statement: “We’re extremely appreciative to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for showing judicious leadership in halting all evictions statewide through at least April 3 and possibly beyond depending on the COVID-19 pandemic. “As we continually urge Pennsylvanians to stay home out of great concern for their personal health as well as the health of their community, it’s unconscionable that they could still be evicted and thrown into a world of instability when stability is what they need most. This halting of evictions doesn’t only help the homeowner or lessee, it helps the entire community. “Far too many people are living paycheck to paycheck and now face the real situation of being out of work for an extended period of time. Ensuring they have a roof over their heads for the foreseeable future isn’t simply the right thing to do, it’s the moral thing to do.” The following House Democratic legislators signed on to a letter, which can be viewed here, requesting the Pennsylvania Supreme Court halt all eviction proceedings: Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny. Democratic Whip Jordan Harris, D-Phila. State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila. State Read more

 

Letter to Justice Saylor asking to suspend evictions

(Mar 18, 2020)

Letter to Chief Justice Saylor asking to expand a directive in Pennsylvania to include all foreclosures and evictions, beyond those processed through HUD. Read more

 

COVID-19 mitigation resources and information

(Mar 18, 2020)

COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, is highly contagious and can create life-threatening health problems for some Pennsylvanians. This email update will include a variety of resources and information to help keep you and your family safe and up to date. Read more

 

Snyder: School officials upset with lack of information from Pa. Department of Education regarding COVID-19

(Mar 13, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, March 13 – Today, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, is asking that Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera provide vital information for school districts in light of COVID-19 concerns. Snyder said superintendents, who took part in a conference call with Rivera earlier today, have notified her of their anger and frustration with the lack of information and flexibility provided to school districts to help them make informed decisions regarding their schools. “School superintendents were told today on this conference call they would get no relief from the 180 days of instruction and that each district would have to make its own decision as to whether to keep schools open or closed,” Snyder said. “This is beyond irresponsible, because they need vital information and guidance to make the best decision for their schools. I am asking that Secretary Rivera and Governor Wolf issue a mandate that all schools across Pennsylvania close for two weeks to help mitigate the virus’s spread.” Updated information on COVID-19, including state and national updates and prevention tips, can be found by visiting the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s website at www.health.pa.gov . Read more

 

Coronavirus updates, watch your speed and more!

(Mar 13, 2020)

I want to provide you a brief update on COVID-19, also commonly referred to as the coronavirus, from the PA Department of Health. Read more

 

Snyder: Visits at state prisons on hold due to COVID-19 concerns

(Mar 12, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 12 – Calling it the only viable decision that could be made, state Rep. Pam Snyder said putting a halt on visitations in state prisons until further notice to prevent the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, was the right thing to do. Snyder, whose district includes two state correctional facilities, said such a move will protect corrections officers, staff members and prisoners from possibly contracting the virus from friends and family, who often travel long distances to visit, and will also help curb the virus’s spread statewide. “I am pleased that the Department of Corrections took my concerns, as well as those from the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association seriously,” said Snyder. “These hardworking men and women already put their lives on the line each and every day to keep us safe. These are responsible, proactive steps to ensure staff can go home each day without having to fear spreading this virus to their friends and loved ones.” Snyder added that information on COVID-19, including state and national updates and prevention tips, can be found by visiting the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s website at www.health.pa.gov . Read more

 

Snyder: Fayette County awarded funds to purchase body cameras for deputy sheriffs

(Mar 11, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 11 – Nearly $12,000 has been awarded to Fayette County to use toward the purchase of body worn cameras for its deputy sheriffs, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said $11,950 in federal funds, distributed through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, will be used to purchase 10 of the cameras. “Our deputy sheriffs handle a variety of tasks, many of which have the same serious risk factors as those handled by state or municipal police officers,” Snyder said. “Having these cameras will be vital to keeping them safe, while also providing valuable evidence and accountability.” Fayette is one of two counties in Pennsylvania that were awarded the funds at PCCD’s quarterly commission meeting today. PCCD is the state’s lead agency for criminal justice policy issues, providing support services to law enforcement agencies, victims of crime and communities. More information about PCCD can be found at the following link: www.pccd.pa.gov . Read more

 

Snyder: Nearly $238,000 investment made to assist young people with vital work experience for high-demand careers

(Mar 05, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 5 – The Southwest Corner Workforce Development and Westmoreland/Fayette Workforce Development boards were awarded $237,900 to provide summer internships through the State/Local Internship Program, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, announced today. Snyder said that the grants, awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and funded through the federal Workforce Innovative and Opportunity Act, will help young adults gain vital workforce skills by providing them with their first work experience. The Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board, which includes Greene, Washington and Beaver counties, received $103,040 in funding, and the Westmoreland/Fayette Workforce Development Board received $134,860. “This is a win-win for our region, as it will give valuable workforce experience to young people who need to succeed in our ever-changing economy,” Snyder said. “Local employers also will benefit from a career-ready pool of potential employees who are ready for successful, rewarding careers.” The 2020 SLIP will operate for an eight-week period between May 1 and Aug. 28, offering wages at a minimum of $10.35 an hour for people between the ages of 16 and 24. More information on SLIP can be found at the following link: https://www.dli.pa.gov/Businesses/Workforce-Development/grants/Pages/default.aspx Read more

 

Snyder: Greene County Historical Society awarded state museum grant

(Mar 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 4 – The Greene County Historical Society has been awarded a $4,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, announced today. Snyder said these grants are used to provide general operating support to historical societies and state museums that are not receiving direct support by other state agency operating support programs. “Preserving our history, including artifacts and stories of our past, is so important in educating our current and future generations,” Snyder said. “The Greene County Historical Society plays an integral part in keeping our communities connected through that shared history and making these type of investments ensures it can continue to educate and engage residents and visitors alike.” The grants are awarded under the PHMC’s Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program. More information can be found at the following link: https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Preservation/Grants-Funding/Pages/Museum-Support.aspx Read more

 

New law on vaping devices, upcoming job fair and more!

(Mar 04, 2020)

A new law is now in effect that allows law enforcement to issue a citation to anyone who possesses or uses tobacco or any type of vaping products inside a school building, on school grounds, or in a school-owned vehicle. Read more

 

Snyder announces new law bans vaping devices on school grounds

(Mar 02, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, March 2 – In light of a recent change to state law related to vaping and school districts, state Rep. Pam Snyder is reminding residents about information and resources available in her offices on the dangers of vaping, including devices like e-cigarettes. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the recent change means law enforcement can issue a citation to anyone who possesses or uses tobacco or any type of vaping product inside a school building, on school grounds, or in a school-owned vehicle. “We know that the use of these products poses some significant concerns, especially among our middle and high school students,” Snyder said. “While research continues into the overall health impacts of vaping, what we know right now is that it has serious and dangerous health consequences. I applaud this change to state law, but I also want to ensure parents, teachers and youngsters in our community are aware, and that they also know where to go to get additional information on vaping.” To that end, Snyder’s office has created a brochure, titled “Vaping and E-Cigarette Information: What You Should Know,” which includes resources for youngsters and adults, pictures of and information about vaping and e-cigarette devices, and a list of health dangers associated with vaping. To get a copy or for more information, residents may contact Snyder’s Carmichaels office at 724-966-8953 or her Waynesburg Read more

 

Snyder: $265,000 in school safety grants awarded to local school districts

(Feb 27, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 27 – Eight local districts were awarded a total of $265,000 from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to promote and support a variety of school safety efforts, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Westmoreland, said the following school districts will receive school safety and security grants, which can be used to support school safety-related training; for hiring school personnel, including resource officers, counselors, social workers and psychologist; and to purchase security-related technology: Albert Gallatin Area School District, Fayette County: $40,000. Bethlehem-Center School District, Washington County: $35,000. Brownsville Area School District, Fayette County: $35,000. Carmichaels Area School District, Greene County: $30,000. Central Greene School District, Greene County: $35,000. Jefferson-Morgan School District, Greene County: $30,000. Southeastern Greene School District, Greene County: $30,000. West Greene School District, Greene County: $30,000. “These investments will help ensure our schools remain safe places for students to learn, and also ensure they have the necessary resources to keep students and staff safe, including additional personnel, updated technology and training,” Snyder said. The grants are provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Read more

 

Supporting our corrections officers, breathing easier and more!

(Feb 20, 2020)

I was proud to stand with our corrections officers this week at the state Capitol to demand the PA Department of Corrections be held accountable for policies and programs that are having negative impacts on officers’ safety. Read more

 

Snyder reaffirms commitment to protecting corrections officers, joins call for greater oversight of Pa. Department of Corrections

(Feb 19, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 19 – State Rep. Pam Snyder said the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections must do more to protect its corrections officers, demanding an immediate review of its policies and programs related to prison reform, citing several concerns from officers about their negative impacts on employee safety and security. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today joined the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association and prison safety advocates in calling for this review. During the news conference, she discussed a recent incident where an officer was stabbed several times by an inmate at SCI-Greene, one of two state prisons in her district. “Our corrections officers have a dangerous but vital job to do, and as their employer, the Department of Corrections should do everything in their power to equip them with the vital protections they need to stay safe, but that’s clearly not happening,” Snyder said. “This officer at SCI-Greene nearly died. We don’t need another assault that leaves an officer fighting for his or her life. We need to take a long, hard look at the policies the Department of Corrections has enacted, because it’s clear the pendulum is swinging in the wrong direction and as a result, inmates have more protections than officers, and that’s wrong and inexcusable.” Snyder, whose district also includes SCI-Fayette, has been a staunch supporter of state corrections officers. Recently, Read more

 

Important voting information, vaping lawsuit and more!

(Feb 13, 2020)

This year, voters in the April 28th primary (and later this year in the general election) will be able to apply online to vote by mail-in ballot without having to provide a reason! Read more

 

Supporting our dairy industry, Heart Month and more!

(Feb 06, 2020)

In case you missed it, I wanted to share some good news about Jackson Farms in Redstone Township, which was recently awarded $50,000 in state funds to purchase equipment to expand its product offerings with a line of cheeses using milk from their farms. Read more

 

Snyder: Fayette County farm to receive state grant to expand production

(Jan 22, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan 22 – A Fayette County farm was awarded $50,000 in state funds to expand its product offerings with a line of cheeses, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said that the funds, which are from the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program, will allow Jackson Farms in Redstone Township to purchase equipment to expand its line of dairy products to include several varieties of cheese, including cheddar, Gouda, colby cottage cheese, provolone and Swiss cheeses, using milk from their farms. “Our farm has a rich history of providing wholesome dairy products throughout Fayette County, and we are pleased that this state support will allow us to continue to grow our business and provide additional Pennsylvania milk offerings to the community,” noted Bill Jackson and Kerry Harvey, owners of Jackson Farms. “This is a worthwhile investment in the future growth and prosperity of our already successful agriculture industry here in Fayette County,” Snyder said. “I look forward to seeing the continued growth of Jackson Farms – and an opportunity to try their new products – in the near future.” The Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program provides for research and development, organic transition, value-added processing and marketing grants in support of the state’s dairy industry. The program is administered by the Pennsylvania Read more

 

Snyder: Bill to honor local fallen heroes passes House

(Jan 21, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 21 – A measure to honor three local men who died while serving their country and their community passed unanimously in the House today, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said H.B. 2088 would make the following designations in honor of Greene County Sheriff Brian Tennant, Pfc. Joseph Frank Duda of Brownsville, Fayette County, and Cpl. Denny Ray Easter, also from Fayette County: A bridge on S.R. 2003, also known as South Porter Street over the South Fork Tenmile Creek in Waynesburg, Greene County, as the Sheriff Brian A. Tennant Memorial Bridge. Ten years ago, Tennant saved several lives from a house fire and was later elected sheriff in Greene County for two terms. Tennant passed away last year at 35. The interchange of S.R. 43, also known as the Mon-Fayette Expressway, with U.S. Route 40, known as Exit 22, in Redstone Township, Fayette County, as the Pfc. Joseph Frank Duda Memorial Interchange. Duda of Brownsville served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Duda was a member of the 1 st Battalion, 7 th Marines, 3 rd Marine Brigade, and the Fleet Marine Force aboard the USS Fuller. He died in the line of duty on Jan. 9, 1944. The interchange of U.S. Route 40 with S.R. 4035, also known as Market Street and Spring Street in Brownsville, Fayette County, as the Cpl. Denny Ray Easter Memorial Interchange. Easter joined the U.S. Army in 1970 and served in the Vietnam War as Read more

 

Snyder announces $140,000 to local school districts to support science and technology education

(Jan 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today announced four school districts have been awarded PAsmart targeted grants toward advancing science and technology education. The following school districts each received $35,000 in funding for programs under the PAsmart initiative: Albert Gallatin School District. Bethlehem Center School District. Brownsville Area School District. Carmichaels Area School District. “These investments will better prepare our students with the science and technology skills they need to succeed,” said Snyder. “This effort will ensure that our state has a well-trained and prepared workforce to meet the current and future demands of local businesses.” These grants are designed to help schools introduce and expand computer science training. The funds will also be used to provide educators from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 with the necessary computer science training. More information on the PAsmart initiative can be found at this link: https://www.pasmart.gov/ Read more

 

Snyder: Coal mining operations allowed to continue
Mar 20, 2020

Democratic legislators applaud state Supreme Court decision to halt evictions
Mar 18, 2020

Letter to Justice Saylor asking to suspend evictions
Mar 18, 2020

COVID-19 mitigation resources and information
Mar 18, 2020

Snyder: School officials upset with lack of information from Pa. Department of Education regarding COVID-19
Mar 13, 2020

Coronavirus updates, watch your speed and more!
Mar 13, 2020

Snyder: Visits at state prisons on hold due to COVID-19 concerns
Mar 12, 2020

Snyder: Fayette County awarded funds to purchase body cameras for deputy sheriffs
Mar 11, 2020

Snyder: Nearly $238,000 investment made to assist young people with vital work experience for high-demand careers
Mar 05, 2020

Snyder: Greene County Historical Society awarded state museum grant
Mar 04, 2020

New law on vaping devices, upcoming job fair and more!
Mar 04, 2020

Snyder announces new law bans vaping devices on school grounds
Mar 02, 2020

Snyder: $265,000 in school safety grants awarded to local school districts
Feb 27, 2020

Supporting our corrections officers, breathing easier and more!
Feb 20, 2020

Snyder reaffirms commitment to protecting corrections officers, joins call for greater oversight of Pa. Department of Corrections
Feb 19, 2020

Important voting information, vaping lawsuit and more!
Feb 13, 2020

Supporting our dairy industry, Heart Month and more!
Feb 06, 2020

Snyder: Fayette County farm to receive state grant to expand production
Jan 22, 2020

Snyder: Bill to honor local fallen heroes passes House
Jan 21, 2020

Snyder announces $140,000 to local school districts to support science and technology education
Jan 17, 2020