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WATCH: My farewell speech after 8 years as your representative

(Oct 28, 2020)

Even if we weren’t always in agreement about every issue, I hope you felt your voice was heard and respected during my tenure. I hope I represented our diverse community fairly and with honor. And I wish nothing but the best for the future representative and the entire community, of which I will proudly remain an active member. Read more

Petrarca: Waiver of liquor license fees is a step in the right direction

(Oct 22, 2020)

VANDERGRIFT, Oct. 22 – Bars, restaurants and hotels who continue to struggle financially during the current COVID-19 pandemic will see some relief in a plan announced by the governor today, but state Rep. Joseph Petrarca emphasized more work is needed to provide true help to these establishments. Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, said the plan to waive standard liquor license fees through 2021, beginning on January 1, would provide $20 million in relief to more than 16,000 restaurants, bars, clubs, and hotels. “While today’s announcement is certainly good news, this is just the beginning,” said Petrarca. “These businesses have been the lifeblood of our communities, and many of them are barely hanging on, and sadly, several of them have already closed their doors. I will continue to urge the governor to do more to help them recover and stay open, including relaxing current restrictions related to indoor dining. It’s imperative that we trust these businesses to do the right thing to protect their staff and customers, and that includes allowing them to return to eventual full capacity.” This week, Petrarca voted to override the governor’s veto of H.B. 2513 , which would have expanded capacity for restaurants and bars to a minimum of 50%, provided they comply with CDC safety guidelines. The bill would also remove the requirement of a meal with purchase of alcohol and allow patrons to sit at bars. Read more

Interchange dedication ceremony held in honor of Fayette County hero

(Oct 14, 2020)

BROWNSVILLE, Oct. 14 – A Brownsville, Fayette County native and Vietnam War veteran who died in the line of duty was posthumously honored today at a special interchange dedication. State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, was among several who took part in the ceremony for Army Cpl. Denny Ray Easter, which was held in the St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church’s parking lot. The ceremony concluded with an unveiling of a special sign designating the interchange as the Corporal Denny Ray Easter Memorial Interchange. Easter joined the Army during the Vietnam War and served as an infantryman with B Company, 5 th Battalion, 198 th Light Infantry Brigade and later earned the rank of corporal. On Jan. 13, 1971 at the age of 20, he was killed in the line of duty in Quang Tin province in South Vietnam. “Corporal Easter was truly a hero, both to his community and to his country, and it was an honor to pay tribute to him and honor his memory through this special ceremony today,” said Snyder. “Each time we pass this way, we will be reminded of his service and sacrifice. I also want to thank PennDOT for their assistance in helping us honor Corporal Easter.” Snyder was joined by Easter’s cousin, Delores Randolph, and several local and county elected officials at today’s ceremony, including state Sen. Pat Stefano, Fayette County Commissioners Dave Lohr, Vincent Vicites and Scott Dunn, and Brownsville Read more

Snyder: Nearly $600K in grants awarded to assist volunteer fire, emergency medical service companies

(Oct 08, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 8 – Approximately $598,924 in crisis grants have been awarded to several volunteer fire and emergency services organizations in Greene, Fayette and Washington counties, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the grant program, which originated from a measure she introduced earlier this year and was included in the final bill that passed both chambers, created a one-time program to provide automatic crisis grants to the companies. “We know that these fire and EMS companies have been hurting across our state because they haven’t been able to do their normal fundraising activities,” Snyder said. “This truly was a bipartisan, bicameral effort that has resulted in these organizations getting the valuable funding they need to continue to answer the call in our communities.” The grant award list is as follows: Greene County: $277,320 Bobtown Dunkard Volunteer Fire Department/Ambulance : $22,877 Carmichaels and Cumberland Township Volunteer Fire Co. : $23,425. Center Township Volunteer Fire Co. : $22,877. Clarksville & Community Volunteer Fire Department : $22,603. Greensboro-Monongahela Township Volunteer Fire Co. : $23,836. Jefferson Volunteer Fire Co. : $22,740. Morris Township Volunteer Fire : $22,603. Morris Township Volunteer Fire Department : $22,877. Mt. Morris Community Volunteer Fire Co. : $23,014. Nemacolin Read more

Snyder introduces measure to help veterans’ service organizations

(Sep 29, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, Sept. 29 – State Rep. Pam Snyder has introduced a bill to help veterans’ service organizations, including the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars chapters, which have been financially impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said her measure would create a one-time grant program to help these struggling clubs with expenses they’ve incurred during the public health crisis. “These clubs provide so much to our communities, from blood drives, to youth sports, and the support to our local veterans,” Snyder said. “They’ve been hit extremely hard by this pandemic, and this grant program would be a huge help to them. My measure would also include a provision to ensure those service organizations that hold liquor licenses are not prohibited from operating solely because they don’t serve food, provided they continue to follow all other licensee rules.” More information on her bill can be found by clicking here . Read more

Snyder announces grant to develop Wisecarver Recreation Area in Greene County

(Sep 24, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, Sept. 24 – State Rep. Pam Snyder announced a $200,000 state grant has been awarded to develop the Wisecarver Recreation Area in Franklin Township, Greene County. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant will allow Greene County Parks and Recreation to construct an access drive, parking area, pedestrian walkway, softball field and stormwater management measures, along with other related site improvements. “I’m pleased that this grant will allow Greene County to develop the Wisecarver Reservoir into a beautiful recreational area for residents and visitors to enjoy,” said Snyder. “Combined with a previous state investment of $200,000 two years ago, these additional funds bring the total state investment into this project to $400,000, and I look forward to its completion.” The DCNR Recreation and Conservation grant program is funded with a variety of state and federal funding sources, including the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), which includes Key-Community and Key-Land Trust; the Environmental Stewardship Fund; the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund; Pennsylvania Trails Fund; Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program; and the ATV Restricted Management Account Fund. More information can be found at the following link: Read more

Snyder announces $73K state grant to restore historic foundry in Greene County

(Sep 11, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, Sept. 11 – A $73,000 state grant has been awarded to preserve a historic steel foundry in Rices Landing, Greene County, state Rep. Pam Snyder has announced. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation, which is overseeing the historic restoration of the W.A. Young and Sons Foundry and Machine Shop, will use the funds to complete ongoing work on the structure, which includes the replacement of windows and frames and clapboard siding. “This shop has a rich history, producing parts for everything from steamboats to railroads, coal mines and local businesses, and it’s also the site of the annual Hammer-In Festival, showcasing artwork and demonstrations of blacksmithing experts from around the region,” Snyder said. “It’s vital to support and invest in historic sites like this and preserve it for generations to come.” This grant is part of $2.6 million awarded by the PHMC to help historical and heritage organizations, museums and local governments in 24 counties. Keystone Historic Preservation grants receive funding from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, which is supported annually from a portion of state realty transfer tax revenue. The grants support projects that identify, preserve, promote and protect historic resources in Pennsylvania. Funding also supports municipal planning that focuses on historic resources or may be used to meet building or 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 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: 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