Reps. McNeill and Schweyer announce $150,000 to upgrade Delaware and Lehigh Heritage Corridor

(10 hours ago)

LEHIGH, Nov. 13 – State Reps. Jeanne McNeill and Peter Schweyer, both D-Lehigh, have announced that a $150,000 conservation grant to the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Inc. has been awarded for a trail study and development project. The study would review approximately 3.9 miles of the D&L Trail in Hanover and Whitehall townships and the City of Allentown, Lehigh County. “The proposed trail would create a healthy recreation and transportation opportunity for people of all ages, and I am pleased to help secure this funding,” McNeill said. Schweyer said developing trails help people to avoid congested streets and highways and travel through natural areas on foot or non-motorized transportation. “Trails have become sources of community identity and pride and provide people with attractive, safe and low or no cost places to cycle, walk, hike, jog or skate,” Schweyer said. The grant was funded by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resource’s Recreation and Conservation Grant Program, which focuses on conserving and protecting state waterways and outdoor recreational opportunities. More information about the DCNR grant program can be found here. Read more

 

Schweyer Announces Agreement Between Bloomsburg University and Allentown School District

(Nov 01, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer joined state Sen. Pat Browne, Rep. Mike Schlossberg, representatives from the Allentown School District and representatives from Bloomsburg University to announce a matriculation agreement between the district and university that guarantees admission to Bloomsburg to all graduates who meet the criteria. Read more

 

Schweyer: No Room for Hate in Pennsylvania

(Oct 30, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer discusses how a new package of anti-hate crime bills will strengthen our laws that hold people to account when these horrific crimes are committed. Read more

 

Schweyer Welcomes Da Vinci Science Center to Downtown Allentown

(Oct 28, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer joined local officials in welcoming the Da Vinci Science Center to downtown Allentown, providing kids with a hands on science and technology experience that's within walking distance. Read more

 

Schweyer Working to Prevent Suicides

(Oct 28, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer participated in a listening session with Gov. Wolf's Suicide Prevention Task Force in Allentown to learn what legislators can do to help reduce suicides across the Commonwealth. Read more

 

Rep Schweyer: Students can apply for college financial aid now. PHEAA booklets available at district office

(Oct 28, 2019)

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE State Rep. Peter Schweyer D-Lehigh www.pahouse.com/Schweyer Schweyer: Students can apply for college financial aid now PHEAA booklets available in district office ALLENTOWN, Oct. 28 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, is reminding college-bound students and their parents that the application process for financial assistance for higher education is open now. According to Schweyer, PHEAA Student Aide guidebooks, which provide a complete overview of the financial aid process, are available in his district office located at 1501 Lehigh St., Suite 206. “My office is available to help constituents navigate the higher education assistance process," Schweyer said. The guidebooks also include information on the Free Application for Financial Student Aid. The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for state and federal aid programs such as the Pennsylvania State Grant and work-study employment, Pell grants, Perkins loans and Stafford loans. Many colleges also use the FAFSA to determine eligibility for school-based aid such as private grants and need-based scholarships. Beginning the application process earlier in the school year will allow students and families to meet the various deadlines set by colleges and universities. Schweyer noted there are other resources available to students as they prepare for college. Read more

 

House Democrats stand with union workers for manufacturing jobs

(Oct 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 21 − House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody said members today welcomed United Auto Workers Local 677, currently striking for job security, benefits and wages at Mack Trucks manufacturing plants, to speak about the ongoing battle to rebuild the middle class. “We couldn’t be prouder to stand in solidarity with these hard-working Pennsylvanians as they fight to make sure the economy helps everyone, not just the corporate executives down in North Carolina,” Dermody said. “You can’t sustain the middle class without these workers on the job, and we’re ready to do what we can to support them.” Dermody said the workers were invited by Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, home of the United Auto Workers Local 677, whose members work at Mack Trucks facilities throughout Pennsylvania. “There’s nothing more American than a Mack truck, unless you’re talking about a union job that pays a wage you can raise a family on, offers benefits to support that family, and makes sure every worker has a chance to retire and let a new worker join the team,” Schweyer said. “These men and women want to get back to work, the local managers want these hard-working professionals back on the lines, and the greater Allentown area needs these people shopping and supporting local businesses. I have their backs 100 percent.” “It’s been nearly 40 years since a Read more

 

Weekly Medicare enrollment assistance starts Monday at Schweyer’s office

(Oct 15, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Oct. 15 – Beginning Monday, Oct. 21, state Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, will hold weekly Medicare open enrollment meetings in his district office, 1501 Lehigh St., Suite 206. “Every Monday until open enrollment ends on Dec. 7, we will have an APPRISE counselor in my district office to assist people with signing up for Medicare, or those wanting to change their plan,” Schweyer said. “Now is the time for current Medicare users to re-evaluate their options and compare them to other plans on the market.” The visits will take place Mondays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Appointments are required by calling Schweyer’s office at 610-791-6270. The APPRISE counselor will be available to help answer questions about original Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans, Medigap plans, Medicare drug plans, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage and various low-income assistance programs, such as the Medicare Savings Program and Extra Help. Read more

 

Rep. Schweyer joins Allentown Mayor on walking tour

(Oct 02, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Oct. 2 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, is joining Ray O’Connell, Allentown mayor, on a walking tour from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7 beginning at 1498 S. Jefferson St. through Lil Lehigh Neighborhood in Allentown. Schweyer said the listening tour walk allows residents to ask questions on a variety of issues. The walk will begin at the Parkway Church of Christ. For more information call Schweyer’s office at (610) 791-6270. ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS : Media coverage is invited. Read more

 

Rep Schweyer to co-host car seat safety check event Oct. 16

(Oct 01, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Oct. 1 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Allentown, and the Allentown Health Bureau are partnering to host a car seat safety check event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 at St. Luke’s Church, 417 N. Seventh St., Allentown. “My car check will help ensure parents and guardians are using the proper child safety seat to better protect children, and hopefully prevent tragedies,” Schweyer said. Schweyer said Pennsylvania’s child passenger safety law requires children under the age of 4 to be restrained in an approved child safety seat anywhere in the vehicle. Children under 2 must be secured in a rear-facing car seat until they outgrow the maximum height and weight limits designated by the car seat manufacturer. Children ages 4 through 7 must be restrained in an appropriate booster seat. Children ages 8 to 18 are required to wear a seat belt, though children through age 12 who do not fit in a seat belt properly are encouraged to remain in a booster seat. Schweyer said an appointment is not necessary. For additional information contact Schweyer’s constituent service office at 610-791-6270. Read more

 

Schweyer: Criminals Don't Care About Municipal Boundary Lines

(Sep 26, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer joined fellow legislators and the Lehigh Valley District Attorney to announce a $500,000 grant for the Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center. The ability to share data is a vital tool that will help state and local law enforcement solve crimes more quickly. Read more

 

1871 Is No Longer Modern

(Sep 23, 2019)

At the start of first grade, mom bought me a super cool light blue Inspector Gadget lunch box. This started an elementary school tradition that helped me get excited for the start of the school year. Read more

 

Schweyer Works to Prevent Suicides, Protect PA

(Sep 18, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer joined advocates to continue pushing to pass gun safety laws. He explains why extreme risk protection orders are critical to helping prevent suicides and protecting communities across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Reading rally supports creating OSHA-style health and safety regulations for public workers in Pennsylvania

(Sep 12, 2019)

Public sector workers are currently not covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Labor leaders and some public officials are trying to pass "Jake's Law." Read more

 

Schweyer: You Can't Survive on $7.25

(Sep 12, 2019)

At a Raise the Wage PA event in Allentown, Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer discusses the importance of providing hard working Pennsylvanians with a living wage to support themselves and their families. Read more

 

Legislators and mayor: Judge’s labeling of Allentown as a cesspool is ‘truly inexcusable’

(Sep 05, 2019)

We are extremely disappointed that Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas Judge James Anthony this week, when sentencing a 27-year-old man guilty of murder, chose to use it as an opportunity to label the entire city of Allentown, its residents and its businesses as a “cesspool.” Read more

 

Schweyer, Penn State Extension to hold spotted lanternfly forum Aug. 28

(Aug 22, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Aug. 22 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, and Penn State Extension are partnering to hold a public forum on the threat of the spotted lanternfly. The forum will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 at South Mountain Middle School, 709 W. Emaus Ave . No RSVP is needed. Master gardeners from Penn State Extension will offer updates on combatting the spotted lanternfly and answer your questions. Attendees can learn more about this invasive insect and how they can help control its impact on the community. The spotted lanternfly can threaten Pennsylvania’s agricultural crops such as grapes, hops and hardwoods, and is affecting the quality of life for residents in heavily infested areas, according to the Department of Agriculture. This event is part of a series of public meetings Penn State Extension is holding across the state to inform residents about the spotted lanternfly and what they can do to stop its spread. Read more

 

Schweyer comments on Gov. Wolf’s gun violence executive order

(Aug 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, released the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order today on gun violence prevention: “To those who have lost someone to senseless gun violence or suicide by gunshot, to those who have been terrorized because of their religion or gender identity, to the families of police officers who worry every night and to those who have been assaulted by a former intimate partner – I am so very sorry. “I am so very sorry that our government, of which I am part, has been so unable or unwilling to act. I am so very sorry that it takes a mountain of evidence, horrific headlines and personal tragedy to even begin to create momentum for common sense firearm safety public policy. “But I am thankful for people like Jeannie Garcia and Shalon Buskirk. People who have told their stories about pain and tragedy and loss and fear to make sure that no more mothers face what they have. “And I am extremely thankful that Governor Wolf is taking this very strong stand to reduce the gun violence our state is experiencing. His executive orders are most necessary to help move our entire state government to action. “We have a governor willing to lead, law enforcement ready to protect and serve and communities across Pennsylvania organizing community groups to educate people, mentor young folks and help those with mental illness. This will all reduce gun violence. Read more

 

Schweyer supports governor’s call to hold charter schools accountable

(Aug 13, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 13 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, offered the following remarks at today’s news conference hosted by Gov. Tom Wolf as he announced plans to reform charter schools in Pennsylvania by addressing accountability, cost, transparency, fairness and quality. Read more

 

Allentown projects, including Little Lehigh housing complex, get $2.75 million in state grants

(Aug 02, 2019)

Four Allentown projects, including the redevelopment of the Little Lehigh public housing complex in Center City, are receiving a combined $2.75 million in grant money from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, Sen. Pat Browne and Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer announced Thursday. Read more

 

Reps. McNeill and Schweyer announce $150,000 to upgrade Delaware and Lehigh Heritage Corridor
10 hours ago

Schweyer Announces Agreement Between Bloomsburg University and Allentown School District
Nov 01, 2019

Schweyer: No Room for Hate in Pennsylvania
Oct 30, 2019

Schweyer Welcomes Da Vinci Science Center to Downtown Allentown
Oct 28, 2019

Schweyer Working to Prevent Suicides
Oct 28, 2019

Rep Schweyer: Students can apply for college financial aid now. PHEAA booklets available at district office
Oct 28, 2019

House Democrats stand with union workers for manufacturing jobs
Oct 21, 2019

Weekly Medicare enrollment assistance starts Monday at Schweyer’s office
Oct 15, 2019

Rep. Schweyer joins Allentown Mayor on walking tour
Oct 02, 2019

Rep Schweyer to co-host car seat safety check event Oct. 16
Oct 01, 2019

Schweyer: Criminals Don't Care About Municipal Boundary Lines
Sep 26, 2019

1871 Is No Longer Modern
Sep 23, 2019

Schweyer Works to Prevent Suicides, Protect PA
Sep 18, 2019

Reading rally supports creating OSHA-style health and safety regulations for public workers in Pennsylvania
Sep 12, 2019

Schweyer: You Can't Survive on $7.25
Sep 12, 2019

Legislators and mayor: Judge’s labeling of Allentown as a cesspool is ‘truly inexcusable’
Sep 05, 2019

Schweyer, Penn State Extension to hold spotted lanternfly forum Aug. 28
Aug 22, 2019

Schweyer comments on Gov. Wolf’s gun violence executive order
Aug 16, 2019

Schweyer supports governor’s call to hold charter schools accountable
Aug 13, 2019

Allentown projects, including Little Lehigh housing complex, get $2.75 million in state grants
Aug 02, 2019