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

 

Schweyer: 5 local schools awarded grants for fresh fruits and veggies

(Jul 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 15 – State Rep. Peter G. Schweyer, D-Lehigh, announced today five Allentown elementary schools have been awarded a total of $140,760 in fresh food grant money. The funding is part of statewide grants announced by Gov. Tom Wolf totaling nearly $5.5 million for elementary schools across Pennsylvania to provide students with fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day. “Healthy eating benefits students in many ways. Their overall health improves, and they will be more prepared to learn in the classroom and succeed in school. This is a great way to increase healthier food options for our young students,” Schweyer said. The five elementary schools receiving funds are: Cleveland Elementary: $24,782.50 Hiram W. Dodd Elementary: $46,230 Lehigh Parkway Elementary: $23,172.50 Executive Education Academy Charter School: $41,687.50 Cai Learning Academy Inc.: $4,887.50 The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program began in Pennsylvania in 2004 and is now in every state. Schools must have a free and reduced meal eligibility of 50 percent or more in order to qualify for the grants. Read more

 

Schweyer hosting veterans outreach July 19

(Jul 08, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, July 8 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer invites local veterans to take part in his monthly support program next week at his district office. Read more

 

Schweyer: Budget Boosts Education Funding

(Jun 28, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer says that despite missed opportunities to raise the minimum wage and protect our environment, this year's budget increased funding for education and included higher wages for our home care workers, which led to his yes vote. Read more

 

Schweyer and Schlossberg Respond to Reports of AR-15's Being Used in Allentown Mass-Shooting

(Jun 21, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, June 21— State Representative Peter Schweyer (D-Lehigh) and State Representative Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) issued the following joint statement in response to news reports from police saying AR-15’s were used in the shooting outside the Déjà vu nightclub that wounded 10 people: “It was almost predictable that one of the firearms used in the Deja Vu shooting was an AR-15,” Schweyer said. “I say predictable because just last year, there was a homicide - across the street from my home - where a woman was murdered by her partner with an AR-15. This weapon has become the go-to choice to for murderers across the nation.” “We have repeatedly seen mass shootings where AR-15 semi-automatic rifles are used: Newtown, San Bernardino, Orlando, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, and now Allentown,” Schlossberg said. “No community is safe from the effects of deadly assault weapons.” Schweyer and Schlossberg are members of the PA SAFE Caucus, a group of legislators who believe in reducing all types of violence in Pennsylvania through adequate funding for mental health services, stronger tools for law enforcement, resources to curb the effects of addiction and illegal drugs and solutions that reduce gun violence and promote public safety. “This completely unregulated tool of mass violence isn’t used by law-abiding gun owners for hunting,” Schweyer said. “In far too many Read more

 

Schweyer, Schlossberg respond to shooting

(Jun 20, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, June 20 -- State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, both D-Lehigh, released the following statement in response to the mass shooting outside the DejaVu Nightclub in Allentown on June 20, 2019: “Our entire city is shocked and horrified,” Schweyer said. “There is absolutely no justification or rationalization that can begin to explain away last night’s shooting. Like everyone, my heart goes out to those harmed who were innocent.” “This shooting is a frightening moment for Allentown. It is clear we must do more as local, state and federal governments to protect all our citizens,” Schlossberg said. “I remain dedicated to working with our friends in local and state government to stop this violence. Our role is a supportive one, and we are here to give whatever support is necessary.” “Violence has no place in Allentown, and I stand with our residents, community leaders and law enforcement in declaring that a safe city is priority one,” Schweyer said. “As a lifelong resident of Allentown who grew up in Center City, I know we embrace community, compassion and diversity – not violence.” Noting the actions of those who responded to the scene, Schweyer and Schlossberg also thanked those who put their lives on the line. “I want to thank law enforcement and first responders for their quick and heroic actions early this morning,” Schweyer said. “Allentown Read more

 

Schweyer can help with extended Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications

(Jun 13, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, June 13 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer said people have more time to apply for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program because this week the deadline was extended until the end of the year. Read more

 

Beware of financial aid scams targeting unsuspecting students and borrowers

(Jun 11, 2019)

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency is warning students and borrowers to be wary of financial aid scams that could expose them to identity theft and significant financial loss. Read more

 

Veterans outreach June 21 at Schweyer’s office

(Jun 11, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, June 11 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer invites local veterans to take part in his monthly support program next week at his district office. Read more

 

Schweyer Helps Allentown Purchase New Fire Trucks

(Jun 06, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer participated in a "Push-in Ceremony" at the Mack South Fire Station in Allentown, helping the city unveil three new fire trucks purchased in part with state grants that Schweyer along with Rep. Mike Schlossberg and Sen. Pat Browne helped obtain. Read more

 

$1.35 million awarded by state to Allentown school programs

(Jun 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 4 – State Reps. Peter Schweyer and Mike Schlossberg today announced the Allentown City School District was awarded $1.35 million in 21st Century Learning Center grants by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Read more

 

State legislators announce more than $500,000 in state funding for Lehigh Valley Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center

(May 22, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 22 – State Reps. Jeanne McNeill, Peter Schweyer, Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh and Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, today announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved $501,500 in state funding for maintenance and improvements at the Lehigh Valley Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center. “In an era of incredible technology at our fingertips, we need to be smart about fighting crime, using resources wisely to keep our communities safe,” Schlossberg said. “I am excited to have worked with my colleagues to secure this funding and see the people of the Lehigh Valley benefit from this support.” “Allocating grants that help innovate and improve our law enforcement agencies equates to safer, better communities for all,” Freeman said. “I am always grateful to see tax dollars come back to our district, and I look forward to seeing how this funding will help our area.” The grant will assist covering costs at the center for personnel as well as annual software support, maintenance and development. The center, overseen by the Lehigh County District Attorney, is a regional law enforcement initiative supporting local, state and federal law enforcement partners in both Lehigh and Northampton counties. ‘I am proud to have worked with my fellow legislators to ensure this funding was allocated to such an important policing program,” McNeill said. “Communities around the Lehigh Read more

 

Schweyer Hosts Annual Senior Fair

(May 17, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer hosted his annual Senior Fair with Rep. Mike Schlossberg at the East Side Youth Center in Allentown, helping connect seniors with programs and services that are available to help them live healthy, happy lives. Read more

 

REAL IDs are now available

(May 16, 2019)

As you may know, REAL ID is now available for Pennsylvanians who want one. Effective October 1, 2020, Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID to enter federal facilities that require identification, a military installation and board a domestic commercial flight. To get your REAL ID, gather the following documents: Proof of identity: (original or certified copy of a birth certificate or valid, unexpired U.S. Passport or passport card. Social Security Card Two proofs of current, physical PA address: examples include current, unexpired PA license or ID, PA vehicle registration, auto insurance card, or utility bill with the same name and address. Proof of all legal name changes: Certified marriage certificate, court order or divorce decree issued by your county’s family court. Visit one of the 12 PennDOT REAL ID Centers to receive your REAL ID at the time of service or your local PennDOT Driver License Center to receive your REAL ID within 15 business days. You DO NOT need a REAL ID to: Drive. Vote. Access hospitals. Visit the post office. Access federal courts. Apply for or receive federal benefits, such as Social Security or veterans’ benefits. A REAL ID driver's license or photo ID costs a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee ($30.50 for a four-year, non-commercial driver's license or photo ID). More information on REAL ID is available here . Read more

 

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

Schweyer: 5 local schools awarded grants for fresh fruits and veggies
Jul 15, 2019

Schweyer hosting veterans outreach July 19
Jul 08, 2019

Schweyer: Budget Boosts Education Funding
Jun 28, 2019

Schweyer and Schlossberg Respond to Reports of AR-15's Being Used in Allentown Mass-Shooting
Jun 21, 2019

Schweyer, Schlossberg respond to shooting
Jun 20, 2019

Schweyer can help with extended Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications
Jun 13, 2019

Beware of financial aid scams targeting unsuspecting students and borrowers
Jun 11, 2019

Veterans outreach June 21 at Schweyer’s office
Jun 11, 2019

Schweyer Helps Allentown Purchase New Fire Trucks
Jun 06, 2019

$1.35 million awarded by state to Allentown school programs
Jun 04, 2019

State legislators announce more than $500,000 in state funding for Lehigh Valley Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center
May 22, 2019

Schweyer Hosts Annual Senior Fair
May 17, 2019

REAL IDs are now available
May 16, 2019