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

 

Schweyer among state lawmakers picked to draft legislation to eliminate property taxes

(Aug 02, 2019)

Democrats appointed from the House were Peter Schweyer of Lehigh County, Mike Carroll of Luzerne County, Austin Davis of Allegheny County, Morgan Cephas of Philadelphia, and Perry Warren of Bucks County. Read more

 

Allentown projects receive $2.75 million in state RACP grants

(Aug 01, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Aug. 1 – State Reps. Peter Schweyer and Michael Schlossberg, along with state Sen. Pat Browne, all D-Lehigh, announced today four projects within the city of Allentown have received funding approval from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, totaling $2.75 million. All three lawmakers secured the funding for the projects. The four projects – Bogart’s Covered Bridge, of the Little Lehigh housing development, of the Historic Mansion property on 7th Street and Allentown Metal Works – received a total $2.75 million. “Affordable housing, economic development and historical preservation are all vital components to Allentown's evolution," Schweyer said. “The fact that these projects are adjacent to center city will expand progress into our neighborhoods, creating jobs, community programming and affordable housing options." “These projects will help to put people to work in Allentown,” Schlossberg said. “I am very happy to have worked with Senator Browne and Representative Schweyer to provide funding that continues the support of good paying jobs in Allentown.” “This significant state investment of RACP funds will serve as a catalyst for several important economic development, historical preservation and civic improvement projects within the city of Allentown along with the continued redevelopment and transformation of the state’s third largest city,” Read more

 

Schweyer: We Must Reduce our Carbon Footprint

(Jul 18, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer participated in a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Carbondale focusing on clean renewable energy. Pennsylvania is one of the highest carbon emitting states and Rep. Schweyer says we need to embrace wind, solar and other renewable energies to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. Read more

 

7/16/19 – Career and Technical Education – Allentown

(Jul 18, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Peter Schweyer. Read more

 

Schweyer, Policy Committee examine career and technical education

(Jul 16, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, July 16 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on career and technical education at the IBEW Local 375. Schweyer requested the hearing to discuss increased CTE funding in the 2019-20 state budget and how the state can continue to effectively support CTE. He was joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “We hear all the time how technical skills are valuable, both because jobs in those fields pay well and because the skills are vital to the communities where those skilled laborers are finding work,” Schweyer said. “But it was fantastic to hear directly from local community and labor leaders about both the need to and how to train more skilled laborers to join the workforce.” Sturla added, “We need auto mechanics, welders, plumbers, HVAC technicians, pipefitters and electricians. Investing in job training, apprenticeship programs and technical education is preparing our future workforce to meet the needs of the communities where they will work and live. I thank Representative Schweyer for spotlighting this important issue.” Testifiers included Rob Franklin, training director , IBEW Local 375; Bill Dorward Jr., marketing representative, Sheet Metal Workers Local 19; Thomas Parker, superintendent, Allentown School District; Nancy Dischinat, executive director, Lehigh Valley Workforce Read more

 

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

Schweyer among state lawmakers picked to draft legislation to eliminate property taxes
Aug 02, 2019

Allentown projects receive $2.75 million in state RACP grants
Aug 01, 2019

Schweyer: We Must Reduce our Carbon Footprint
Jul 18, 2019

7/16/19 – Career and Technical Education – Allentown
Jul 18, 2019

Schweyer, Policy Committee examine career and technical education
Jul 16, 2019