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Snyder: $322,000 in grants awarded to support victims of crime, criminal justice efforts

(Sep 13, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 13 – A total of $322,307 in state grants have been awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to entities in Greene and Fayette counties to help victims of crime and support one county’s drug court, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. The following victim service providers received Victims of Crime Act funding from PCCD at its recent quarterly commission meeting: Fayette County: Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA- $87,106. Fayette County: Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services - $55,451. Greene County: The C.A.R.E Center - $29,750. In addition, Greene County received $150,000 in federal funds from PCCD to support its adult drug court. Drug courts –one of several problem-solving courts in Pennsylvania – work via a partnership with prosecutors, public defenders and other criminal justice system personnel with offenders who have successfully completed drug treatment programs and abstained from the behaviors that had originally led them into the criminal justice system. “These funds will allow our local victim services organizations to continue their vital and life-sustaining services and support to help victims of crime heal,” Snyder said. “I’m also pleased to support Greene County’s efforts to reducing future crime through the use of its adult drug court. These courts have been effective in curbing recidivism by providing Read more

 

Rep. Pam Snyder on Tube City Online's podcast, "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes" on broadband expansion

(Sep 11, 2019)

Rep. Pam Snyder was featured on Tube City Online's recent show, "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes" podcast discussing broadband expansion efforts in Pennsylvania Read more

 

Electronics collections to be offered Sept. 25

(Sep 09, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 9 – For the second time this year, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, and Greene County Commissioners Blair Zimmerman, Dave Coder and Archie Trader will be offering an electronics collection event from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Greene County Fairgrounds. “We’ve had successful electronics collection events over the past few years, collecting thousands of carloads of electronic devices from Greene County residents,” Snyder said. “These events really make a difference in our overall recycling efforts in the community and ensures that harmful chemicals don’t make their way into our environment through improper disposal.” Snyder said only one television per vehicle can be accepted, and some waste-handling fees will apply for items containing Freon and for fluorescent tubes. Electronic items that will be accepted include computers – including laptops, printers and monitors – stereos, cameras, video cassette recorders, telephones, electronic cables, games and calculators. Items that will not be accepted at the event include the following: sweepers. hair dryers. curling irons. sewing machines. compact discs. alkaline batteries. small kitchen appliances. smoke detectors. thermostats. manuals. paper. Styrofoam. Greene County residents with questions may call Snyder’s Carmichaels office at 724-966-8953. Read more

 

Pennsylvania can't wait any longer on broadband expansion. Here's why.

(Aug 22, 2019)

For the past three years, I have been pushing for all Pennsylvanians – rural, urban and suburban – to have access to reliable, affordable broadband access, regardless of the county in which they reside Read more

 

Snyder: $2.5 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding awarded to two entities in 50th Legislative District

(Aug 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 1 – A Greene County technology park and Waynesburg University are the recipients of $2.5 million in state grants through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said Waynesburg University will receive $1 million in RACP funds for upgrades to its state-of-the-art nursing program in its Stewart Sciences building. In addition, $1.5 million in RACP funds will be awarded to the EverGreene Technology Park to be used to create EverGreene Technology Park II and provide additional jobs in the county. “These are wise investments to support our local community’s economic development and growth, and better prepare nursing program students at Waynesburg University with the vital clinical experience they need for a successful career,” Snyder said. RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity. RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs. Read more

 

Snyder announces grant opportunities for small businesses, farmers

(Jul 31, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 31 – Small businesses and farmers are encouraged to apply for state grant funding that can be used for energy efficiency, pollution prevention and natural resource protection projects, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, announced today. Snyder said grant funding of $1 million is available from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to encourage small businesses and farms to utilize “green” technology and become more energy efficient, while also reducing operating costs. “I encourage these businesses and farmers to apply, because it allows them to make vital improvements that boost efficiency and cut operating expenses, while at the same time helping to protect the environment,” Snyder said. “This funding can be used for a variety of projects, including HVAC and boiler upgrades, installation of solar-powered or high-efficiency lighting, solvent recovery and waste recycling systems, and auxiliary power units deployed as anti-idling technology for trucks.” In addition, funding is also available for natural resource protection projects, including streambank fencing to keep livestock out of streams and agricultural stormwater systems to reduce sediment in waterways. Small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible, and the project to be funded must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25% annually in energy consumption or pollution-related expenses. Read more

 

Snyder: Nearly $1 million in funding awarded to Greene County to provide, expand affordable housing options

(Jul 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 11 – Greene County will receive $900,000 in funds to expand the availability of affordable housing options through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement fund, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. “Everyone deserves a place to call home, and these funds will help Greene County residents in a variety of ways, from rental or utility payment assistance, to a down payment or closing costs for a new home,” said Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. “Communities can also use these funds to rehabilitate and remediate abandoned properties.” PHARE funding was awarded to the Greene County Redevelopment Authority for two projects: the Greene County Home Purchase Fund Program ($100,000) and to the Nineveh Heights program ($800,000). PHARE program funding comes from a portion of the impact fees collected from natural gas companies operating in Pennsylvania to address the housing shortages caused by the impact of drilling. Those funds are supplemented with two additional funding sources, including a portion of the realty transfer tax and money from the National Housing Trust Fund. For more information, please visit the following link: https://www.phfa.org/legislation/act105.aspx . Read more

 

Snyder: PA Farm Bill package signed into law

(Jul 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 1 – The PA Farm Bill, a $24 million comprehensive investment into the state’s agriculture industry, was signed into law today by Gov. Tom Wolf, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, a prime sponsor of H.B. 1520 , which will create a grant program to reimburse federal meat inspection costs for small or new processors, said the PA Farm Bill will set our state on a course for a bright, prosperous agriculture future. “Agriculture is our number one industry, and the PA Farm Bill will allow us to support our farmers in several ways, including business development, the expansion of job opportunities, and provide them with additional resources to promote our products through the PA Preferred program,” Snyder said. “I am very pleased that the PA Farm Bill will help our farmers now and for generations to come.” Additional measures in the PA Farm Bill include: the creation of a state-level specialty crop block grant program to encourage the farming and cultivation of high-priority crops, such as hemp, hops, honey and hardwoods. the development of a $2 million Agriculture Business Development Center to support business planning and related services for farmers. the establishment of the PA Farm to School Grant Program to support increased nutrition and agriculture education. a $4 million Pennsylvania Rapid Response Disaster Readiness Account to provide quick responses Read more

 

Snyder: Budget agreement is a win for the people of Pa.

(Jul 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 1 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, provided the following statement regarding the official passage and signing of the 2019-2020 state budget by the governor: “I voted in favor of a budget that includes no new taxes, funding to support trade education and increases in basic education funding for school districts across Pennsylvania. In addition, this budget agreement also puts $300 million into the state’s Rainy Day Fund.” “I’m also pleased that the human services code bill was approved, which included specific language to prohibit the state Department of Human Services from enacting a plan that would mandate shared ride services for Medical Assistance recipients go through a statewide or regional vendor. Instead, a study will be commissioned to analyze the impact such a mandate could have on the thousands of Pennsylvanians who rely on this service, and it will also study other state non-emergency transportation models and related services. A ‘one size fits all’ approach to providing this transportation cannot and will not work, and I am confident we will come up with a viable solution.” “While each budget season can certainly pose its challenges, we have delivered a solid, responsible and comprehensive budget which sets us on a strong path for future growth and prosperity.” Read more

 

Legislative Leaders Highlight New Measures to Support PA Agriculture

(Jun 26, 2019)

Legislative Leaders Highlight New Measures to Support Pennsylvania Agriculture Read more

 

Snyder announces passage of broadband bill

(Jun 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 20 – A bill to direct the state to take inventory of communications assets with the goal of providing broadband access to areas of the commonwealth without reliable service passed unanimously in the House today, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington announced. “All Pennsylvanians, whether they live in an urban or rural area, should have access to reliable and affordable broadband service. It will allow more of our residents to have access to telemedicine, to take online courses, and to help our agriculture sector better compete,” Snyder said. “I’ve been advocating for expanded broadband service for three years, and I am pleased that House Bill 305 is moving forward." The bill would require the state Department of General Services to conduct a thorough inventory of all state department, agency, commission or institution-owned communication towers, poles, bridges and facilities to leverage existing assets to provide access to areas without broadband service. Snyder said two additional measures related to broadband access are pending further action. House Resolution 63 , which would direct the Joint State Government Commission to conduct an audit of – and investigation into – the compliance by non-rural telecommunications carriers with previously enacted broadband telecommunications laws, is in the Consumer Affairs Committee. House Resolution 64 , which would establish a bipartisan, Read more

 

Snyder announces passage of bill included in PA Farm Bill package

(Jun 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 18 – Calling it a win/win for farmers and a boost to the state’s agriculture industry, state Rep. Pam Snyder today applauded the passage of her measure, included in the bipartisan PA Farm Bill package , that would help new and small meat processors in Pennsylvania. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said H.B. 1520 would create a grant program to reimburse federal meat inspection costs for small and new processors and also subsidize the first-time purchase of meat processing equipment needed for federal compliance. “The PA Farm Bill package is the first of its kind in our state’s history to support and invest in one of our state’s top industries and will provide the necessary resources to ensure its strong and vibrant future for years to come,” Snyder said. “This $24 million investment will be used to assist farmers in a number of ways, including business development, disaster response resources, and expanding our state’s very successful PA Preferred program.” The additional bills in the PA Farm Bill package include the creation of a grant program to improve childhood nutrition and the establishment of a state-level specialty crop block grant program to encourage the farming of high-priority crops, such as hemp, hops and hardwoods. House Bill 1520, along with the additional measures contained in the PA Farm Bill package, now heads to state Senate for Read more

 

Snyder: Bipartisan bill would enable school districts to exclude property taxes

(Jun 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 10 – A bipartisan measure that would establish a property tax reform program enabling school districts to exclude up to 100 percent of a homeowner’s school property tax bill has been introduced, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, announced today. Partnering with state Reps. Marcia Hahn, R-Northampton, and Rosemary M. Brown, R-Monroe/Pike, Snyder said the bill would provide for the elimination of owner-occupied residential school property taxes via the homestead and farmland exclusion, also known as the property tax relief program. The measure would increase the state’s personal income tax by 1.8%. That increase – from 3.07% to 4.87% – represents the amount needed to offset the property tax exemption, Snyder added. “I hear from seniors and homeowners regularly about this property tax burden and how unfair and costly it is to them,” Snyder said. “We realize that school districts need adequate funding to operate, but not on the backs of taxpayers, including first-time home buyers and family farms. The personal income tax is considered one of the more stable taxes levied in our state, and this will ensure districts will have the necessary funding for their schools. “We’ve also seen how property taxes can fluctuate, due to economic downturns over the past few years, and we believe this measure is a viable solution for both taxpayers and school districts Read more

 

Snyder: Farm Bill package will ensure a strong agriculture future for Pa.

(Jun 06, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 6 – Supporting Pennsylvania’s farmers and ensuring a strong agriculture future are the primary goals behind a comprehensive package of bills supported by state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. Snyder said the PA Farm Bill is the first of its kind in the state’s history and would invest more than $24 million in the state’s agriculture industry, providing opportunities and resources to expand animal agriculture, remove regulatory burdens, implement disaster response resources, and increase marketing opportunities for Pennsylvania-grown products. “It’s no secret that our great state is a leader in agriculture: whether it’s food, dairy or meat, we are among the cream of the crop,” Snyder said. “It’s important that we continue to be proactive in supporting this great industry, but also ensure there are vital supports in place to ensure its strong future.” Snyder is the prime sponsor of H.B. 1520 , which is included in the PA Farm Bill package, and would create a grant program to reimburse federal meat inspection costs for small or new processors. Additional bills in the package include the creation of an agriculture business development center to assist farmers, expansion of the PA Preferred program, and the establishment of a state-level specialty crop block grant program to encourage the farming of high-priority crops, such as hemp, hops and Read more

 

Snyder announces $1 million grant to improve sewer infrastructure in Greene County

(May 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 28 – Improvements and replacements to fix Waynesburg Borough’s sewer system in Greene County will soon be underway, thanks to a $1 million grant from the Community Block Grant Development program, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the state funds will repair deficiencies in the sewer line and the interceptor – the structure that filters contaminants from the water system. Currently, during heavy periods of rain in the region, the system becomes overloaded, raising the possibility of untreated human waste being discharged into the nearby South Fork of Ten Mile Creek. “We realize that many areas of our state are dealing with aging and inadequate infrastructure, and this funding can help our local communities improve water quality and sewage treatment issues,” said Snyder. “These infrastructure repairs are vital to protect public health.” Snyder said the project will replace at least 630 linear feet of sewer pipeline and repair approximately 7,600 linear feet of pipeline along the interceptor. CDBG funds are provided to help specific municipalities with infrastructure improvements, housing rehabilitation, and development and planning. Read more

 

Bridge dedication ceremony held to honor Clarksville native and Vietnam veteran

(May 24, 2019)

CLARKSVILLE, GREENE COUNTY, May 24 – A special memorial bridge dedication ceremony was held today to honor Army Pfc. Brent A. McClellan, a native of Clarksville who served with dignity and honor during the Vietnam War, at the site of the newly constructed Clarksville bridge. State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, was on-hand for the ceremony, which was held at State Route 1011 (Castile Run Road) between Jefferson Township and Clarksville Borough and provided opening remarks prior to the bridge dedication ceremony. “It is an honor to dedicate this bridge in memory of Private First Class Brent McClellan, who served his country with dignity,” Snyder said. “This dedication ceremony is timely, as we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day. McClellan is a true hero in every sense of the word, giving his life and making the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. As we travel this bridge, let it serve as a reminder of his bravery, dedication and service to all that we hold dear.” McClellan, a 1963 graduate of Jefferson-Morgan High School in Jefferson, Greene County, served as an infantryman to the 1 st Platoon, B Company, 1 st Battalion, 5 th Calvary, 1 st Calvary Division. On Feb. 28, 1966, McClellan was killed in an ambush by hostile forces in Bihn Dihn Province in South Vietnam. He received the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Prior to his Read more

 

Snyder announces $23,247 in grants to expand breakfast for students in Bethlehem-Center, Carmichaels school districts

(May 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 16 – Bethlehem-Center and Carmichaels school district students will have access to a healthy breakfast, thanks to a grant through the state’s School Breakfast Initiative, announced state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. The Bethlehem-Center School District was awarded $15,000 through the program, with Carmichaels Area School District awarded $8,247. “Breakfast is one the most important meals of the day, especially for students,” Snyder said. “We know that nutrition plays a key role in a child’s development, but also in their academic performance. This funding will allow students to focus less on their empty stomachs and more so on their schoolwork.” The state’s School Breakfast Initiative, which launched two years ago, allows schools to use grants to increase and sustain breakfast participation by implementing or expanding alternative breakfast options, including grab-and-go breakfasts, or breakfast in the classroom. Schools can also expand an existing program to include an alternative serving method. “The state’s Department of Education notes that only half of students who receive a free or reduced lunch also receive breakfast,” Snyder said. “These grants will enable schools to address food security issues, while at the same time, also help more students in need, either through starting a new breakfast program or improving an existing Read more

 

Snyder announces approval of broadband bill in committee

(May 06, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 6 – A bill that would direct the state to take inventory of communications assets with the goal of providing broadband access to areas of the commonwealth without reliable service was approved in committee today, announced state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. “I’m pleased that House Bill 305 is moving forward, because I strongly believe that all Pennsylvanians, regardless of where they live, should have access to quality, reliable broadband service,” Snyder said. “Today’s action means we’re one step closer to making that a reality.” Snyder’s bill would mandate the state Department of General Services to conduct a thorough inventory of all state department, agency, commission or institution-owned communication towers, poles, bridges and facilities to leverage existing assets to provide access to areas without broadband service. Snyder said two additional measures related to broadband access are being considered. House Resolution 63 , which would direct the Joint State Government Commission to conduct an audit of, and investigation into, the compliance by non-rural telecommunications carriers with previous enacted broadband telecommunications laws, is in the Consumer Affairs Committee. House Resolution 64 , which would establish a bipartisan, bicameral commission to provide recommendations to deploy broadband services, is being considered in the State Government Committee. House Read more

 

Snyder proposes to require lobbyists to complete ethics and discrimination training

(May 06, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 6 – In an effort to curtail sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, reintroduced her legislation that would require lobbyists to complete ethics and discrimination training in order to legally register as a lobbyist in Pennsylvania. “Lobbyists are in the Capitol with state officials and state employees who are required to complete this training, so it only makes sense that they too must complete it and be held accountable for their action,” Snyder said, “Lobbyists are not above the law or our compliance standards, so the fact that they are not required to receive harassment and discrimination training truly is a liability and it’s unacceptable.” National movements, such as #MeToo and Time’s Up, have revealed instances of discrimination and sexual misconduct in state governments throughout the country. Snyder said to ensure that Pennsylvania’s Capitol is free from harassing and discriminatory behaviors, policies and procedures must be in place holding people that are in the Capitol responsible for their actions. “As times change, it’s imperative that legislation does as well. Therefore, we need to ensure we have all our bases covered in order to create and maintain a safe work environment and be proactive about mitigating any form of misconduct. It’s especially important because harassment and discrimination cases have Read more

 

Snyder announces nearly $313,000 in local fire department, EMS grants

(May 03, 2019)

HARRISBURG , May 3 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, has announced the award of $312,703 in state grants to more than two dozen fire and ambulance companies in the 50 th Legislative District. The grants are made possible by the state’s Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, and can be used toward repairing, building or renovating facilities. The money can also be applied toward the purchase of new equipment, training and certification of staff, or toward repayment of equipment purchases or facility building and maintenance. “Our volunteer firefighting and EMS organizations do a tremendous job serving our local communities,” Snyder said. “These funds are instrumental in helping these volunteer organizations meet financial challenges and continue to provide these life-saving and sustaining services to our communities.” The grant list – by county, department and entity – is as follows: Greene County: $184,721 Carmichaels and Cumberland Township Volunteer Fire Department – $12,667. Center Township Volunteer Fire Company – $12,007. Clarksville & Community Volunteer Fire Department – Fire Company, $11,512; EMS, $7,155. Greensboro Monongahela Township Volunteer Fire Company –$11,512. Jefferson Volunteer Fire Company – $12,007. Jefferson Volunteer Fire Company Ambulance Service – $7,155. Morris Township Volunteer Fire Department – Read more

 

Snyder: $322,000 in grants awarded to support victims of crime, criminal justice efforts
Sep 13, 2019

Rep. Pam Snyder on Tube City Online's podcast, "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes" on broadband expansion
Sep 11, 2019

Electronics collections to be offered Sept. 25
Sep 09, 2019

Pennsylvania can't wait any longer on broadband expansion. Here's why.
Aug 22, 2019

Snyder: $2.5 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding awarded to two entities in 50th Legislative District
Aug 01, 2019

Snyder announces grant opportunities for small businesses, farmers
Jul 31, 2019

Snyder: Nearly $1 million in funding awarded to Greene County to provide, expand affordable housing options
Jul 11, 2019

Snyder: PA Farm Bill package signed into law
Jul 01, 2019

Snyder: Budget agreement is a win for the people of Pa.
Jul 01, 2019

Legislative Leaders Highlight New Measures to Support PA Agriculture
Jun 26, 2019

Snyder announces passage of broadband bill
Jun 20, 2019

Snyder announces passage of bill included in PA Farm Bill package
Jun 18, 2019

Snyder: Bipartisan bill would enable school districts to exclude property taxes
Jun 10, 2019

Snyder: Farm Bill package will ensure a strong agriculture future for Pa.
Jun 06, 2019

Snyder announces $1 million grant to improve sewer infrastructure in Greene County
May 28, 2019

Bridge dedication ceremony held to honor Clarksville native and Vietnam veteran
May 24, 2019

Snyder announces $23,247 in grants to expand breakfast for students in Bethlehem-Center, Carmichaels school districts
May 16, 2019

Snyder announces approval of broadband bill in committee
May 06, 2019

Snyder proposes to require lobbyists to complete ethics and discrimination training
May 06, 2019

Snyder announces nearly $313,000 in local fire department, EMS grants
May 03, 2019