Snyder: $829,000 state grant awarded to replace Greene County bridge

(Apr 16, 2021)

Snyder: $829,000 state grant awarded to replace Greene County bridge CARMICHAELS , April 16 – Approximately $829,950 in state funds has been awarded to Greene County to replace a bridge classified in poor condition since 1991, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the funds were awarded from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Transportation Fund to replace Bridge No. 31 in Franklin Township. The bridge is part of Greene County’s Bridge Repair and Replacement program and is frequently traveled by school buses, heavy farming equipment and tractor trailers. “While school buses and other vehicles can travel across the bridge presently, if the bridge continues to deteriorate, this poses serious safety concerns, especially for emergency vehicles that may exceed the posted bridge weight restrictions and need to use another route to access homes in the area, delaying help to residents,” Snyder said. “I was proud to support the Greene County Commissioners in their efforts to help residents and ensure safe, efficient traffic flow for our communities.” In addition to the bridge’s replacement, the grant will fund the placement of an erosion control mulch blanket to avoid future erosion to the new bridge. In granting these and other applications for funding, PennDOT considered a variety of criteria, including safety Read more

 

Vaccine updates, Wisecarver Reservoir news and more!

(Apr 15, 2021)

This week, Greene County was awarded a $85,545 grant toward the construction of a canoe and kayak launch at the Wisecarver Reservoir in Waynesburg.The grant from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will open a new avenue for residents to enjoy time on the water and increase the likelihood the dam will be stocked with fish in the future. Read more

 

Snyder: More than $85,000 awarded for Wisecarver Reservoir boat ramp access project

(Apr 12, 2021)

CARMICHAELS , April 12 – Area residents are one step closer to new recreational opportunities thanks to a grant of $85,845 that will help fund a non-motorized boat ramp providing access to the Wisecarver Reservoir near Waynesburg, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, announced today. Snyder said the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s award to Greene County under the Boating Facility Grant Program will open new avenues for residents in an area that has lacked a plentiful variety of options. “Abundant, affordable recreational opportunities are key to quality of life, but for our region’s many residents who love boating, convenient access to still waterways has been somewhat limited,” Snyder said. “The Wisecarver Reservoir, located in an area that highlights our region’s natural beauty, would provide a perfect opportunity for residents, but access is limited without a way to launch watercraft. “The funding awarded today is truly exciting because this project promises to open a whole new avenue for residents to spend time on the water while appreciating all our gorgeous region has to offer. I want to thank the Greene County Commissioners for their partnership and commitment on making Wisecarver a one-of-a-kind recreational facility for all to enjoy." Snyder added that the ramp would enhance fishing opportunities in the county by increasing the chances of Read more

 

PUA scam alert, support for volunteer first responders and more!

(Apr 08, 2021)

I want to make sure residents who are receiving unemployment compensation, notably those receiving benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, are aware of a new scam. Unfortunately, criminals are stepping up their efforts to steal identities and other personal information from PUA claimants by impersonating Labor & Industry Department staff or officials. Read more

 

Getting and staying connected, trout season begins and more!

(Apr 01, 2021)

Pushing for broadband expansion is not new to me. Several years ago, I realized our state had a serious problem regarding reliable, affordable access. Since the pandemic, access and connectivity issues have only exacerbated. The work to make this happen certainly isn’t without its challenges, as significant infrastructure and investments are needed. I remain undeterred in my efforts to ensure we are all connected – not just certain areas of our state. Read more

 

Lack of internet access widens Pa. digital divide; House Democratic Policy Committee focuses on needs and solutions

(Mar 30, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 30 – The House Democratic Policy Committee today hosted a virtual public hearing that challenged public officials to reimagine the education system to ensure quality, reliable internet access and equipment for students as part of an educators’ toolbox. The hearing, hosted by state Representatives Jordan Harris, Pam Snyder, Peter Schweyer, Morgan Cephas, brought together educators and communications experts on what is needed to help create a bridge that closes the digital divide. “Ultimately, a public-private partnership and investment will be needed to overcome the digital divide. Quality internet access and devices are an essential part of a quality 21st century education and Pennsylvania students and educators should be set up for success,” Policy Chairman Ryan Bizzarro said. Hillary Linardopoulos, legislative representative for the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers; Lawrence Jones, CEO of Richard Allen Prep; and Dr. Robin Cooper from the Philadelphia Principals Union, shared their experience throughout the pandemic and the challenges their educators faced before and throughout the pandemic in keeping children and educators connected for a quality education. Cooper noted broadband access and educational supports have a direct impact on student opportunities and career potential. “At the start of the pandemic, there were about 3,000 Allentown School District households that didn’t have access to the Read more

 

Bridging the digital divide focus of Tuesday and Wednesday House Democratic Policy Committee hearings

(Mar 29, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 29 -- Education, employment and healthcare outcomes are relying more on internet connectivity and access and the House Democratic Policy Committee is hosting two hearings to explore the impacts on Pennsylvania’s economy. The first hearing—with a focus on education – will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 30 and hosted by state Reps. Jordan Harris, Pam Snyder, Peter Schweyer and Morgan Cephas. The second hearing will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 31 and hosted by Rep. Rob Matzie, Democratic chairman of the Consumer Affairs Committee. The latter hearing will examine creating a more connected state for an improved business climate and healthcare access. The public and media are encouraged to watch online at www.pahouse.com/policy . Media inquiries may be submitted via email to policy@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Helping Pennsylvanians complete their education, tax filing reminders and more!

(Mar 25, 2021)

Earlier this month, I shared some information on the Near Completers program, which is designed to help residents with incomplete degrees complete their education, notably those who have been displaced from employment due to the pandemic. Read more

 

COVID mitigation updates, congrats to our local athletes and more!

(Mar 18, 2021)

A huge shoutout to our athletes at Central Green and Waynesburg High Schools – including Mac Church of Central Green, who won a PIAA State Championship, and to the Waynesburg wrestling team for claiming the PIAA team title! Well done! Read more

 

Hospitality relief info, higher ed help and more!

(Mar 11, 2021)

Recently, state officials sent each county their allocation for the hospitality industry recovery program to distribute grant funding to bars and restaurants that were shut down due to COVID-19 restrictions: •Washington County: $2,343,028•Fayette County: $1,464,205•Greene County: $410,388Restaurant owners - be on the lookout from your county on how to apply! This information should be forthcoming, as the beginning date to apply is March 15. Read more

 

Vaccine prioritization updates, hospitality relief and more!

(Mar 04, 2021)

Yesterday, we received official word that teachers and other school personnel will be vaccinated, using the Johnson and Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccine for preK-12 teachers and other school staff. Read more

 

Snyder and Bizzarro laud news of decision to include teachers, educators in priority 1A phase for vaccine

(Mar 02, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 2 – State Reps. Pam Snyder and Ryan Bizzarro, who recently urged the Pennsylvania Department of Health to update the Phase 1A category of vaccine eligibility to include more at-risk populations, today applauded the department’s decision to allow teachers and other education professionals to be included in that category. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Westmoreland, and Bizzarro, D-Erie, sent a letter last month to acting Pennsylvania Health Secretary Allison Beam urging her to include several at-risk populations –such as teachers, school personnel and corrections officers – into the Phase 1A category to receive the vaccine. That same letter also urged her to implement further changes regarding prioritization, including limiting smokers to only people 65 or older, which would put senior citizens and high-risk workers at the top of the list while still allowing at-risk smokers access. That letter was signed by more than 30 legislators. “This is certainly good news for our teachers and school staff, many of whom have had to be working in classrooms for some time and in close proximity to our young people and other staffers,” Snyder said. “However, we still have many other employees who should be included in this Phase 1A priority, such as staff at our corrections facilities across Pennsylvania. While this is certainly a step in the right direction, it’s imperative we not only vaccinate these and other Read more

 

A hero honored, vaccine priorities, saying no to RGGI and more!

(Feb 25, 2021)

The Pennsylvania state flag was flown at the state Capitol this week in honor of California Borough Police Chief Tim Sheehan, who unexpectedly passed away on February 11. He was just 50 years old. Read more

 

Snyder, House Democratic Policy Committee discuss Powering PA: 21st Century Energy Jobs at Wednesday hearing

(Feb 24, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 24 -- Pennsylvania’s diverse energy portfolio and creating job opportunities in the sector was the focus of today’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing hosted by state Rep. Pam Snyder. “While the energy environment has certainly changed over the last few decades, it’s imperative we learn as much as possible about future challenges - as well as future careers - in the energy sector,” said Snyder. “Today’s hearing was informative and gives our committee the information we need to continue to work with industry and energy officials to provide family-sustaining jobs, while also ensuring a safe and reliable energy supply for all Pennsylvanians.” Zach Smith of CONSOL Energy highlighted what the company is doing to embrace new technologies and new markets to facilitate a sustainable future for the energy source that would sustain current mining jobs and promote new opportunities in downstream manufacturing. Jackson Kusiak and Micah Gold-Markel of Solar States shared that Pennsylvania is lagging behind neighboring states and that investment in the diversified energy sector could generate hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs. Gold-Markel highlighted that diversity could improve power resiliency and protect Pennsylvania from facing outages as seen in Texas as a result of recent winter storms. Joe Morinville of Energy Independent Solutions included compelling testimony on how solar agriculture could Read more

 

Snyder and Bizzarro push for changes to vaccine prioritization

(Feb 24, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 24 – Citing significant and troubling concerns regarding access to the COVID-19 vaccine for several at-risk populations, including teachers, school personnel and corrections officers, state Reps. Pam Snyder and Ryan Bizzarro have sent a letter to acting Pennsylvania Health Secretary Allison Beam, urging her to augment the Phase 1a category to include those individuals. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Westmoreland, said further changes in prioritization are needed, including limiting smokers to only those 65 or older, which would put senior citizens and high-risk workers at the top of the list, while still allowing at-risk smokers access to the vaccine. “Prioritizing others over our educators and corrections officers is baffling, especially when you consider the close congregate work they perform, and to have them currently placed in the Phase 1b category is insulting,” Snyder said. “It’s also vital that our health care systems be better informed as to the number of vaccines they’re slated to receive, as well as when those vaccines will arrive. These institutions must be kept updated, and to leave them in the dark only further exacerbates the issues we continue to have with the ongoing vaccine rollout process.” “ I am proud to partner with Representative Snyder in helping make sure our most vulnerable populations receive the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Bizzarro, D-Erie. “The Read more

 

Snyder, House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss Powering PA: 21st Century Energy Jobs at Wednesday hearing

(Feb 23, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 23 – Job opportunities in the energy industry will be the focus of Wednesday’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing, according to state Rep. Pam Snyder, host of the discussion. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24. The public and media are encouraged to tune in virtually at www.pahouse.com/policy or the committee’s Facebook page -- @PADemPolicy. Snyder, along with Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, will be joined by House Democratic colleagues to learn more from testifiers on ongoing efforts to create and maintain employment opportunities that pay family-sustaining wages, and develop educational and training opportunities that improve the commonwealth’s financial and environmental outlooks. The hearing is one of many the committee intends to host that reinforce this session’s objectives of COVID recovery, creating jobs and delivering affordable training, infrastructure, education, economic fairness, and community development. Read more

 

Snyder praises review commission’s recommendation to delay RGGI

(Feb 18, 2021)

CARMICHAELS, Feb. 18 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, has applauded a decision by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission to delay Pennsylvania’s enrollment in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI. “This week’s decision by IRRC shows that RGGI is definitely the wrong path for our state to take, notably during a pandemic,” said Snyder. “In fact, several industry representatives, including the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, are rightfully concerned that such a move would impose a carbon tax and lead energy companies in my communities to close and frankly, that would be beyond devastating. We can’t afford for that to happen. “It is imperative that the governor must take these recommendations from IRRC seriously and put an end to RGGI. My region is among those that would be adversely impacted and if those energy jobs leave our state, we’ll be paying the price for years and generations to come.” The commission has asked the state’s Environmental Quality Board to delay entry into RGGI by one year. Several industry officials and representatives across Pennsylvania have opposed RGGI, saying it will increase energy rates for consumers and businesses, lead to the elimination of family-sustaining jobs, and not provide a substantial reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, as proponents of RGGI have claimed. In Read more

 

COVID-19 vaccine registry push, help for restaurant industry and more!

(Feb 18, 2021)

I’ve heard you loud and clear – we need a streamlined COVID-19 vaccine registration and notification process. That’s why I’ve joined my colleagues in introducing legislation that would direct the state Department of Health to create a statewide database of Pennsylvanians who are eligible and willing to get the vaccine and allow them to schedule it for themselves, their spouses and their family members. Read more

 

Reps. Kenyatta and Snyder discuss impact of COVID-19 on Pa. businesses, unveil new bill to expand business interruption policies

(Feb 16, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 16 – State Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., and Pam Snyder, D- Greene/Fayette/Washington, today teamed up to host Business Interrupted: a discussion on the impacts of COVID-19 on businesses across Pennsylvania, with the goal of finding meaningful solutions to preserve one of Pennsylvania’s top industries. The discussion, streamed live on the lawmakers’ Facebook pages, featured testimony from experts in the restaurant industry regarding the need to include the impacts of business losses because of COVID-19 in business coverage insurance claims. Kenyatta, who represents parts of North Philadelphia, said that the restaurant industry has been his lifeline — his first place of employment and a means to help put himself through college. He also raised that protecting this industry protects the livelihoods of countless residents across Pennsylvania. “My first job was in the restaurant industry washing dishes and then I began hosting and waiting tables through college. This industry isn’t near and dear to me heart because I like bars and restaurants, but because this industry has essentially helped me survive. It is the same for so many others in our commonwealth who are currently afraid that their means of survival and way to showcase their craft will soon disappear,” Kenyatta said. “This discussion provides more insight to ensure our legislation adequately addresses the needs of this vital industry that Read more

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Registry Act solution to PA vaccine registration troubles

(Feb 15, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 15 – In response to challenges faced by eligible Pennsylvanians seeking to get vaccinated, Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Pam Snyder, Jennifer O’Mara, and Austin Davis are introducing legislation that would streamline the registration and notification process. The Vaccine Registry Act would direct the Pennsylvania Department of Health to create a statewide database of people who are eligible and willing to accept the vaccine and permit them to schedule for themselves, their spouses or significant others, and their families. Registrants may also provide evidence of risk status and proof of eligibility and make note of how far they are willing to travel to be vaccinated. Vaccine providers would be required to commit to accessing the registry and prioritizing registrants for scheduling appointments, to prevent people from spending hours trying to find and sign up for available appointments. “We cannot flounder any longer without a plan which allows people to easily register for vaccine access for themselves and their families, the frustration is real and growing and we cannot wait any longer. I look forward to working with the Department of Health and Governor Tom Wolf on this creative solution for a centralized system that recognizes the independence of our providers,” said Bizzarro, D-Erie, and chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, added: Read more

 

Snyder: $829,000 state grant awarded to replace Greene County bridge
Apr 16, 2021

Vaccine updates, Wisecarver Reservoir news and more!
Apr 15, 2021

Snyder: More than $85,000 awarded for Wisecarver Reservoir boat ramp access project
Apr 12, 2021

PUA scam alert, support for volunteer first responders and more!
Apr 08, 2021

Getting and staying connected, trout season begins and more!
Apr 01, 2021

Lack of internet access widens Pa. digital divide; House Democratic Policy Committee focuses on needs and solutions
Mar 30, 2021

Bridging the digital divide focus of Tuesday and Wednesday House Democratic Policy Committee hearings
Mar 29, 2021

Helping Pennsylvanians complete their education, tax filing reminders and more!
Mar 25, 2021

COVID mitigation updates, congrats to our local athletes and more!
Mar 18, 2021

Hospitality relief info, higher ed help and more!
Mar 11, 2021

Vaccine prioritization updates, hospitality relief and more!
Mar 04, 2021

Snyder and Bizzarro laud news of decision to include teachers, educators in priority 1A phase for vaccine
Mar 02, 2021

A hero honored, vaccine priorities, saying no to RGGI and more!
Feb 25, 2021

Snyder, House Democratic Policy Committee discuss Powering PA: 21st Century Energy Jobs at Wednesday hearing
Feb 24, 2021

Snyder and Bizzarro push for changes to vaccine prioritization
Feb 24, 2021

Snyder, House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss Powering PA: 21st Century Energy Jobs at Wednesday hearing
Feb 23, 2021

Snyder praises review commission’s recommendation to delay RGGI
Feb 18, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine registry push, help for restaurant industry and more!
Feb 18, 2021

Reps. Kenyatta and Snyder discuss impact of COVID-19 on Pa. businesses, unveil new bill to expand business interruption policies
Feb 16, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Registry Act solution to PA vaccine registration troubles
Feb 15, 2021