Browne, Schlossberg, Schweyer secure $10 million for Allentown School District

(Jun 22, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 22 – Senate Appropriations Chairman Pat Browne and Representatives Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, both D-Lehigh, today announced they secured a $10 million supplement for the Allentown School District in the Fiscal Year 2018-19 General Fund Budget which passed the state Senate and House of Representatives and will be sent to the governor for his signature. Read more


Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program deadline to apply extended to Dec. 31.

(Jun 11, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 11 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today said that the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2017 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31. Schweyer said constituents 65 or older, widow or widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older qualify for the benefits under the program. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income and any COLAs are excluded. “I encourage residents to find out if they are eligible as soon as possible so they don’t miss out on this program,” Schweyer said. “Rebates for this program will be distributed beginning on July 1.” Constituents can obtain applications and get help filling them out by visiting Schweyer’s district office at 1912 S. Fourth St., Allentown, or by calling 610-791-6270 . Schweyer said applications usually take 4 to 6 weeks to process. Last year nearly 600,000 seniors and people with disabilities benefited from the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, the program delivered more than $262 million to income-eligible seniors and people with disabilities who applied for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2016. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. Applicants may obtain Read more


Veterans outreach June 15th at Schweyer's office

(Jun 05, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 5 -- Area veterans are invited to take part in a support program next week at the office of state Rep. Peter Schweyer. Read more


Schweyer Hosts Annual Senior Fair

(May 18, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer hosted his annual Senior Fair at the East Side Youth Center in Allentown, giving area seniors a chance to socialize and learn about the many programs and services available to help them live a happy, health life. Read more


Schweyer, Schlossberg invite constituents to free Senior Fair

(May 07, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, May 7 – State Reps. Peter Schweyer and Mike Schlossberg, both D-Lehigh, will host a Senior Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, May 18 at the East Side Youth Center, 1140 E. Clair St., 18109. Read more


Schweyer Recognizes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day

(May 02, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer speaks on House Resolution 854 designating May 12, 2018, as “Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day” in Pennsylvania. Read more


PHEAA Reminds Students of Approaching 2018-19 PA State Grant Application Deadline

(Apr 25, 2018)

The 2018-19 PA State Grant application filing deadline is Tuesday, May 1. This deadline applies to all renewal applicants and first-time applicants who plan to enroll in colleges, universities, or a college transfer program at 2-year public or private colleges (except community colleges and designated Pennsylvania Open Admission institutions). Additionally, unlike a student loan, a grant is gift aid which does not have to be repaid. To apply for a PA State Grant, applicants must first complete the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants can access this form online by clicking here or here . In addition to completing the FAFSA, first-time applicants must also submit a completed PA State Grant Form. First-time applicants who submit the FAFSA online will be automatically redirected to the SGF by following the onscreen prompts on the confirmation page. First-time applicants who have already submitted their FAFSA but have not completed the SGF will receive an email directing them to PHEAA’s secure Account Access site for completion. Both applications are free to submit. First-time applicants who plan to enroll in a community college, business, trade, or technical school, a hospital school of nursing, a designated Pennsylvania Open Admission institution, or a non-transferable 2-year degree program at a community, 2-year or 4-year college have until Aug. 1, 2018 to complete their PA State Grant application. Students and families are Read more


Spring Newsletter 2018

(Apr 24, 2018)

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Lt. Gov. Stack, Reps. McNeill, Schlossberg, and Schweyer to Host Pathways to Pardons

(Apr 18, 2018)

Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack and local state Reps. Jeanne MCNeill, Mike Schlossberg, and Pete Schweyer will host a community event April 26 in Allentown to explain the process for obtaining a pardon or expungement of a past criminal conviction in Pennsylvania. Read more


Schweyer: Protect Our Children, Stand Up to Bullying

(Apr 10, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer joined parents, advocates and colleagues for a rally in Harrisburg to put a stop to bullying and stress the severe repercussions if victims continue enduring the pain. Read more


Monthly Medicare assistance continues April 17 at Schweyer’s office

(Apr 09, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, April 9 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, continues his monthly Medicare assistance meetings at his office next week. Read more


Schlossberg/Schweyer announce $266,673 for rail project in Lehigh County

(Mar 28, 2018)

State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, Lehigh County, have announced that 1.2 miles of track leading into and within RJ Corman’s Allentown yard will be refurbished in the near future. Schlossberg said the replacement of ties and ballast and track surfacing to maintain the track’s condition are planned. “Moving freight by rail not only reduces truck traffic but is fuel-efficient and has the lowest possible impact on the environment and also stimulates economic development of the Lehigh Valley area,” Schlossberg said. Schweyer said the grant program uses state General Fund money to preserve existing essential rail freight service by building and expanding rail freight capacity basically throughout Pennsylvania. “I am proud to see so many companies investing in a better future by railroad shipping and we are proud to do our part in Harrisburg to make sure these grants come to our area,” Schweyer said. The Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) provides financial assistance for investment in rail freight infrastructure. The intent of the program is to: preserve essential rail freight service where economically feasible, and preserve or stimulate economic development through the generation of new or expanded rail freight service. Read more


Schweyer: We Can Save Lives If We Pass Gun Reform Legislation

(Mar 14, 2018)

One month after the tragedy in Parkland, Fla., Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer participated in a news conference to demand change, fight for commonsense gun reform, and protect communities across the commonwealth. Read more


Rep. Schweyer testifies before House Veterans Affairs committee on his Veterans Suicide Prevention Grant Program

(Mar 06, 2018)

State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, highlighted his legislation ( H.B. 985 ) before the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee that would establish a Veteran Suicide Prevention Grant Program to be administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Schweyer said his legislation has two components: to establish the program for veterans to receive mental health and support and to provide a permanent funding stream in the state budget to specifically support veterans’ suicide prevention programs. “Often times we hear heartbreaking stories of how our veterans struggle with both the visible and invisible wounds of war,” Schweyer said. “Many veterans become frustrated and disenfranchised with the extremely complicated veterans’ benefits system and I want to change that.” The legislation would increase the fee for birth and death certificates by $2 each. The generated revenue would be deposited into a fund, administered by the DMVA, specifically for the competitive grant program. The Lehigh County lawmaker said that during the DMVA budget hearing last week, Adj. Gen. Anthony Carrelli testified the suicide rate for Pennsylvania veterans is twice the rate of non-servicemen and women in the state. “It is critical we ensure that all of our veterans across Pennsylvania and their loved ones have the necessary resources and support with both the physical and psychological Read more


Schweyer: Protect Our Veterans

(Mar 06, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer discusses his fight for a veterans suicide prevention grant program and dedicated funding to combat the epidemic of veteran suicide in Pennsylvania at a meeting of the House Veterans and Emergency Preparedness Committee. Read more


Schweyer: More Teachers, Better Buildings

(Mar 05, 2018)

At today's budget hearing with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer talked about the need for more teachers and improved facilities in the Allentown School District to give our children the best possible education in safe and modern buildings. Read more


Schlossberg, Schweyer react to Pawlowski guilty verdict

(Mar 01, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, March 1 – State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, both D-Lehigh, issued the following statements after the guilty verdict in the trial of Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski. Rep. Peter Schweyer: “The people of Allentown are some of the proudest and toughest folks in all of Pennsylvania. We have seen ups and downs, good times and bad. Today’s announcement that Mr. Pawlowski has been found guilty by an impartial jury of breaking the public’s trust is certainly a sad day for my hometown, but gives us the chance to move forward. “There has been a cloud hanging over City Hall over the last few years which caused tension and frustration for city employees, business and everyday citizens. But the illicit activity perpetrated by Mr. Pawlowski has not hurt our strong neighborhoods, has not curtailed our economic recovery and hasn’t stopped the remaining dedicated city workers from working hard for each and every one of us. “I’m a lifelong Allentownian and I am fully confident that our best days are ahead of us. We will do today what we do best: roll up our sleeves and get to work on building a better community. You have my word that I will be right there with you. “ Rep. Mike Schlossberg: “Today is not a joyful day, it’s the conclusion of a tragedy. But hopefully, and more importantly, today marks the end of a painful chapter for the people of Allentown. Read more


Schweyer repeats call for changes to protect sexual assault victims

(Mar 01, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 1 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, issued the following statement regarding the latest news story about a member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly being accused of sexual assault. Read more


Schweyer: CTE is Crucial for Lehigh Valley

(Feb 26, 2018)

In the second week of House Appropriations Committee public hearings for the 2018-19 state budget, Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer discussed why career and technical education is crucial in quality education and creating good paying jobs for students. Read more


Schweyer Supports PaSSHE Students

(Feb 22, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer supported students from Pennsylvania's fourteen State System of Higher Education schools who rallied at the Capitol on their annual Advocacy Day. Read more