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Matzie: Nearly $400,000 awarded to educate, protect Beaver County kids from opioid risks

(Sep 08, 2021)

AMBRIDGE, Sept. 8 – More than $390,000 from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will keep Beaver County students learning about the risks of opioids and help families develop the skills to keep kids safe, state Rep. Rob Matzie announced today. Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, said the funding includes $370,805 to Community Health Challenge of Southwestern Pennsylvania to continue the Beaver County Opioid Prevention Project – one of five pilot programs statewide that team counties with school districts, local nonprofits and the community. “The Beaver County programs are teaching students in the Aliquippa, New Brighton and Rochester Area school districts how to recognize and avoid the dangers of opioid abuse,” Matzie said. “The programs are also helping families develop skills to protect kids from the risks of substance abuse and other factors that can lead them into trouble. “The programs have already helped many students and families in our district over the past two years. Securing this funding will allow them to continue for another year.” Matzie said that a second grant of $22,313 to The Prevention Network will fund the Project Towards No Drug Abuse, which supports at-risk youth. Both grants were recommended by the PCCD’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee and come from federal State Opioid Response funds. Read more

Matzie: More than $77,000 awarded to boost fresh fruits and vegetables for grade-schoolers

(Aug 04, 2021)

AMBRIDGE, Aug. 4 – More Beaver County elementary school students will have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, thanks to $77,155 in grant funding awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, said the funding awarded under the USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program includes $36,140 to the Aliquippa School District, $20,800 to the Ambridge Area School District, and $20,215 to the Rochester Area School District. “Fresh, nutritious food helps kids learn,” Matzie said. “Securing this funding is going to allow school cafeterias to offer fresh produce to more grade-schoolers in our schools.” Matzie said the grants are part of a package of more than $7 million awarded to 288 elementary schools statewide under the FFVP. Funding priority was given to the schools with the highest rates of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. More information about the grants is available here , and a full list of the schools receiving funding is available here . Read more

Matzie: Aliquippa secures more than $140,000 for blight removal project

(Aug 02, 2021)

AMBRIDGE, Aug. 2 – A grant of $140,233 from the state Department of Community and Economic Development will allow the city of Aliquippa to clear The Bricks site in Plan 12 and prepare the site for future development. Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, said the grant, awarded under the Keystone Communities Program, will fund the first steps of blight removal, demolition and preliminary site work. “The funding awarded today will allow Aliquippa to clear the overgrown, debris-ridden Bricks site located along Temple and Oliver streets in Plan 12 and prepare the site for development,” Matzie said. “In addition to blight removal, the grant will fund demolition of several structures and excavation and grading work. “Those projects will lay the groundwork for eventual construction of single-family homes, duplexes and townhomes, meeting the growing demand for workforce housing and drawing new and welcome residential and commercial activity to the area.” The Keystone Communities Program assists Pennsylvania’s core communities in achieving revitalization. More information about the grants is available here. Read more

Snyder to introduce legislation to fund broadband

(Jul 21, 2021)

CARMICHAELS, July 21 – With reliable internet now more of a necessity, state Rep. Pam Snyder plans to introduce a measure to use funds from Pennsylvania’s share of the American Rescue Plan to provide broadband access to all residents. “Even before the pandemic occurred, residents across Pennsylvania have struggled with reliable access to broadband,” said Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. “With our increasingly digital world, it’s imperative that our students, workers and local businesses can connect, and my bill would ensure all communities can have equal access.” Snyder’s measure would place $500 million from Pennsylvania’s share of American Rescue Plan funds into the Unserved High-Speed Broadband Funding program to fund broadband expansion efforts in unserved and underserved areas across the state. 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=20210&cosponId=35999 . Read more

Matzie urges DEP to deny Penn Energy petition to source water from Big Sewickley Creek

(Jul 19, 2021)

AMBRIDGE, July 19 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, has written to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection urging it to deny Penn Energy’s request to withdraw water from Big Sewickley Creek. In a July 16 letter to DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell, Matzie expressed his opposition to the permit application, which would allow Penn Energy to withdraw 3 million gallons of water daily from the creek. Read more

Interchange dedication ceremony held for WWII veteran in Redstone Township, Fayette County

(Jul 08, 2021)

CARMICHAELS, July 8 – A special interchange ceremony was held today in honor of Fayette County native and World War II veteran Pfc. Joseph Frank Duda today in Fayette County. State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the interchange ceremony was held at State Route 43 Northbound at the Brownsville/Brier Hill off ramp in honor of the Isabella native, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps and 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 in the Battle of Gloucester in the Pacific Theater. “I was humbled and honored to introduce a measure in the House a year ago to honor Pfc. Duda,” said Snyder. “This brave man truly deserves this honor to be recognized for his service and ultimate sacrifice to his community and country.” House Bill 1510 , which included the honorary designation for Duda, passed unanimously in the House and Senate and was approved by the governor on July 1, 2020. Duda’s family members joined Snyder and several local and state officials at today’s ceremony. Read more

House passes bill to help protect motorcyclists’ investments

(Jun 24, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 24 – The PA House unanimously approved state Rep. Pam Snyder’s legislation that would cover motorcycles under Pennsylvania’s Automobile Lemon Law. “Motorcycles are significant investments, and if you purchase or lease a new motorcycle and defects are affecting its safety, value or use, the manufacturer should fix it,” said Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. “I’m pleased my colleagues support this fair and commonsense measure.” House Bill 69 would include motorcycles in the definition of a new motor vehicle in the Lemon Law, requiring manufacturers to fix any defect substantially impairing its use. The measure now heads to the Senate for further action. Read more

Matzie: $1.3 million awarded to boost affordable housing, fight homelessness, empower vulnerable residents

(Jun 10, 2021)

AMBRIDGE, June 10 – New grant funding of $1.3 million will create affordable housing and other opportunities for Beaver and Allegheny county residents struggling with homelessness, substance use and other issues , state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. Matzie said the funding – administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund – will go to area organizations serving the area’s most vulnerable residents. “Having a place to call home can provide new hope and a fresh start for those in our community who are struggling because of addiction, domestic violence and other hardships,” Matzie said. “Securing this funding will help them get back on their feet, and it comes at an important time, when the pandemic has made life more difficult for many of our most vulnerable residents.” Matzie said the projects funded include: Cornerstone of Beaver County – Emergency Shelter Renovation Project -- $200,000. Beaver County Commissioners – Home Modification Program -- $100,000. Beaver County – Rental and Utility Assistance -- $50,000. Willissae’s Agency for Vision and Empowerment for WAVE Housing Services -- $50,000. Allegheny County Department of Human Services – Mobility Counseling Read more

Snyder: $1 million in funding awarded to support affordable housing in Greene, Fayette counties

(May 20, 2021)

HARRISBURG, May 20 – Greene and Fayette counties have each been awarded $500,000 to rehabilitate several homes to provide safe, affordable housing for low-income residents, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the grants are part of a package of more than $7 million to projects in 13 counties under the HOME Investment Partnerships Program. The program, administered by the state Department of Community and Economic Development, provides federal funding to help municipalities and local governments preserve and expand affordable housing for low-income residents. “My team and I participate in Greene County’s quarterly Housing and Insight planning meeting, and we are keenly aware of the need for safe, affordable housing in our communities,” said Snyder. “This vital support for both Greene and Fayette counties will mean more of our residents will be able to have safe places to call home.” Greene County will use the funds to rehabilitate 11 owner-occupied homes, while Fayette County will rehabilitate 15 owner-occupied homes with the HOME funding . The funds can be used for several critical housing needs, including market-oriented approaches that offer opportunities such as homeownership or rental activities to revitalize communities with new investment. More information is available at this link: Read more

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