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Snyder: $265,000 in school safety grants awarded to local school districts

(Feb 27, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 27 – Eight local districts were awarded a total of $265,000 from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to promote and support a variety of school safety efforts, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Westmoreland, said the following school districts will receive school safety and security grants, which can be used to support school safety-related training; for hiring school personnel, including resource officers, counselors, social workers and psychologist; and to purchase security-related technology: Albert Gallatin Area School District, Fayette County: $40,000. Bethlehem-Center School District, Washington County: $35,000. Brownsville Area School District, Fayette County: $35,000. Carmichaels Area School District, Greene County: $30,000. Central Greene School District, Greene County: $35,000. Jefferson-Morgan School District, Greene County: $30,000. Southeastern Greene School District, Greene County: $30,000. West Greene School District, Greene County: $30,000. “These investments will help ensure our schools remain safe places for students to learn, and also ensure they have the necessary resources to keep students and staff safe, including additional personnel, updated technology and training,” Snyder said. The grants are provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Read more

 

Supporting our corrections officers, breathing easier and more!

(Feb 20, 2020)

I was proud to stand with our corrections officers this week at the state Capitol to demand the PA Department of Corrections be held accountable for policies and programs that are having negative impacts on officers’ safety. Read more

 

Snyder reaffirms commitment to protecting corrections officers, joins call for greater oversight of Pa. Department of Corrections

(Feb 19, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 19 – State Rep. Pam Snyder said the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections must do more to protect its corrections officers, demanding an immediate review of its policies and programs related to prison reform, citing several concerns from officers about their negative impacts on employee safety and security. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today joined the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association and prison safety advocates in calling for this review. During the news conference, she discussed a recent incident where an officer was stabbed several times by an inmate at SCI-Greene, one of two state prisons in her district. “Our corrections officers have a dangerous but vital job to do, and as their employer, the Department of Corrections should do everything in their power to equip them with the vital protections they need to stay safe, but that’s clearly not happening,” Snyder said. “This officer at SCI-Greene nearly died. We don’t need another assault that leaves an officer fighting for his or her life. We need to take a long, hard look at the policies the Department of Corrections has enacted, because it’s clear the pendulum is swinging in the wrong direction and as a result, inmates have more protections than officers, and that’s wrong and inexcusable.” Snyder, whose district also includes SCI-Fayette, has been a staunch supporter of state corrections officers. Recently, Read more

 

Important voting information, vaping lawsuit and more!

(Feb 13, 2020)

This year, voters in the April 28th primary (and later this year in the general election) will be able to apply online to vote by mail-in ballot without having to provide a reason! Read more

 

Supporting our dairy industry, Heart Month and more!

(Feb 06, 2020)

In case you missed it, I wanted to share some good news about Jackson Farms in Redstone Township, which was recently awarded $50,000 in state funds to purchase equipment to expand its product offerings with a line of cheeses using milk from their farms. Read more

 

Snyder: Fayette County farm to receive state grant to expand production

(Jan 22, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan 22 – A Fayette County farm was awarded $50,000 in state funds to expand its product offerings with a line of cheeses, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said that the funds, which are from the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program, will allow Jackson Farms in Redstone Township to purchase equipment to expand its line of dairy products to include several varieties of cheese, including cheddar, Gouda, colby cottage cheese, provolone and Swiss cheeses, using milk from their farms. “Our farm has a rich history of providing wholesome dairy products throughout Fayette County, and we are pleased that this state support will allow us to continue to grow our business and provide additional Pennsylvania milk offerings to the community,” noted Bill Jackson and Kerry Harvey, owners of Jackson Farms. “This is a worthwhile investment in the future growth and prosperity of our already successful agriculture industry here in Fayette County,” Snyder said. “I look forward to seeing the continued growth of Jackson Farms – and an opportunity to try their new products – in the near future.” The Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program provides for research and development, organic transition, value-added processing and marketing grants in support of the state’s dairy industry. The program is administered by the Pennsylvania Read more

 

Snyder: Bill to honor local fallen heroes passes House

(Jan 21, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 21 – A measure to honor three local men who died while serving their country and their community passed unanimously in the House today, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said H.B. 2088 would make the following designations in honor of Greene County Sheriff Brian Tennant, Pfc. Joseph Frank Duda of Brownsville, Fayette County, and Cpl. Denny Ray Easter, also from Fayette County: A bridge on S.R. 2003, also known as South Porter Street over the South Fork Tenmile Creek in Waynesburg, Greene County, as the Sheriff Brian A. Tennant Memorial Bridge. Ten years ago, Tennant saved several lives from a house fire and was later elected sheriff in Greene County for two terms. Tennant passed away last year at 35. The interchange of S.R. 43, also known as the Mon-Fayette Expressway, with U.S. Route 40, known as Exit 22, in Redstone Township, Fayette County, as the Pfc. Joseph Frank Duda Memorial Interchange. Duda of Brownsville served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Duda was a member of the 1 st Battalion, 7 th Marines, 3 rd Marine Brigade, and the Fleet Marine Force aboard the USS Fuller. He died in the line of duty on Jan. 9, 1944. The interchange of U.S. Route 40 with S.R. 4035, also known as Market Street and Spring Street in Brownsville, Fayette County, as the Cpl. Denny Ray Easter Memorial Interchange. Easter joined the U.S. Army in 1970 and served in the Vietnam War as Read more

 

Snyder announces $140,000 to local school districts to support science and technology education

(Jan 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today announced four school districts have been awarded PAsmart targeted grants toward advancing science and technology education. The following school districts each received $35,000 in funding for programs under the PAsmart initiative: Albert Gallatin School District. Bethlehem Center School District. Brownsville Area School District. Carmichaels Area School District. “These investments will better prepare our students with the science and technology skills they need to succeed,” said Snyder. “This effort will ensure that our state has a well-trained and prepared workforce to meet the current and future demands of local businesses.” These grants are designed to help schools introduce and expand computer science training. The funds will also be used to provide educators from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 with the necessary computer science training. More information on the PAsmart initiative can be found at this link: https://www.pasmart.gov/ Read more

 

Miss my Jan. 16 Telephone Town Hall?

(Jan 17, 2020)

Listen to what your neighbors had to say on the issues while I provided an update on what's happening in your state government. Read more

 

Snyder: Waynesburg University to receive nearly $30,000 grant as part of national initiative to combat campus sexual assaults

(Jan 16, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 16 – Waynesburg University is among several Pennsylvania colleges and universities to receive a $29,799 grant to raise awareness of and prevent campus sexual assaults, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the funds originate from the “It’s On Us” campaign, a national effort designed to educate college students about sexual violence and assault. Pennsylvania was the first state in the nation to create its own statewide “It’s On Us” campaign four years ago, she added. “Every student on our college and university campuses deserves to learn in an environment free from any form of violent or threatening behavior, and that includes harassment and sexual assault,” Snyder said. “These funds will help Waynesburg University implement vital prevention programs and services to educate students, teachers and administrators, and also provide needed resources to help survivors of sexual violence.” Since its inception, Pennsylvania has received nearly $4 million in “It’s On Us” grants to create sexual assault prevention and education programs at campuses across the commonwealth. More information can be found at the following link: https://www.governor.pa.gov/its-on-us/ . Read more

 

Snyder: $100,000 investment to assist area schools and employers prepare students for high demand careers

(Jan 16, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 16 – The Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board has been awarded $100,000 in funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to help businesses and schools collaborate to better prepare students for in-demand careers, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, announced today. Snyder said the grant from the state Department of Labor and Industry will fund the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board’s “Business Education Partnership” project, aimed at helping students develop the skills they need for informed career choices. “Providing these programs is a win/win for our students and for our employers,” Snyder said. “These strategic partnerships provide students with the skills and experience they need to succeed in today’s economy, and employers get the opportunity to educate students and help put them on the path toward future career success.” The grant is part of a $2.4 million package of Business-Education Partnership grants to 19 workforce development boards statewide. The grants are fully funded through federal money made available from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. Additional information can be found at the Department of Labor and Industry’s website: https://www.dli.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx . Read more

 

PA Farm Show recap, tele town hall reminder and more!

(Jan 16, 2020)

Late last week, I had the opportunity to sit down with state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding to discuss the future of Pennsylvania’s strong agriculture industry, including the benefits of the comprehensive PA Farm Bill. Read more

 

Snyder: Bill to give corrections officers more of a voice moves forward

(Jan 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 13 – State Rep. Pam Snyder today announced the unanimous passage of a measure designed to give corrections officers more of a role in better protecting the community at large. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said H.B. 44 would provide corrections officers the opportunity to submit written testimony or testify in person at parole hearings. “Our corrections officers have a dangerous but vital job to do, and I’m extremely pleased House Bill 44 is moving forward,” Snyder said. “No one better understands the behavior of inmates than corrections officers who are patrolling the halls of the facility each day, and their voice must be heard when parole hearings are taking place, as they know firsthand if an inmate should be considered for parole.” Snyder, whose district includes SCI-Fayette and SCI-Greene, has been a strong advocate for state corrections officers. In 2016, she helped enact legislation to allow corrections officers to carry pepper spray while on duty. In 2018, Snyder also called for a thorough review of state prison system employee safety and security after more than two dozen employees across Pennsylvania were sickened by a substance that was later identified as synthetic marijuana. The bill now heads to state Senate for further consideration. Read more

 

Snyder: West Greene School District awarded PA Farm Bill grant funds to improve ag education access, upgrade facilities

(Jan 06, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – The West Greene School District has been awarded $32,490 in state grants to support needed upgrades to its agriculture education facilities, thanks to the passage of the PA Farm Bill, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the funds originate from the state’s Ag and Youth Grant Program, re-enacted through the passage of the PA Farm Bill last year. The district will receive a $7,490 grant to enable its Ag Mechanics Program to upgrade its fume extraction unit. A separate $25,000 matching grant will be used to fund the upgrade of the district’s agriculture education facilities, Snyder added. “The Ag Youth Grant Program will give our communities a significant boost to a variety of agriculture education efforts and provide the groundwork to grow our state’s successful agriculture industry into the next generation,” Snyder said. The program provides direct and matching grants to eligible projects, programs and equipment purchases to youth and youth-related organizations designed to promote the development in agriculture, community leadership, vocational training and peer fellowship. A total of $500,000 was awarded to 55 projects statewide. More information on the Ag Youth Grant Program can be found at this link: https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Pages/Ag-and-Youth-Grant-Program.aspx . Read more

 

2019 by the numbers and a look ahead to the New Year!

(Dec 31, 2019)

As 2019 draws to a close, I want to take the time wish you a happy, healthy and safe new year.Representing you is an honor, and I look forward to working for each one of you in the new year, ensuring your voice is heard loud and clear in Harrisburg. Read more

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

(Dec 24, 2019)

I’d like to take this time to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year. Read more

 

Protections for miners, honoring our local fallen heroes and more!

(Dec 19, 2019)

Great news this week out of Washington, D.C.!The Bipartisan American Miners Act of 2019, legislation included in the federal government’s spending deal, was approved by Congress. Read more

 

Snyder relocating Waynesburg district office

(Dec 18, 2019)

WAYNESBURG, Dec. 18 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today announced that her Waynesburg office is relocating from 93 E. High St., Room 215, to the Wilson Building, 61 W. High St., Suite 2. Residents in need of services or assistance in Waynesburg and surrounding communities should call Snyder’s Carmichaels office at 724-966-8953 until the new office officially opens on Jan. 2. The phone number for the new office will remain the same (724-627-8683). Read more

 

Snyder applauds congressional bill that includes protections for miners’ health care, pensions

(Dec 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 17 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, has released the following statement regarding the approval of legislation included in the federal government’s spending deal to help retired coal miners in Pennsylvania and nationwide: “The Bipartisan American Miners Act of 2019 is truly a Christmas miracle for more than 50,000 miners across our nation, including many here in our great commonwealth. “This legislation will secure the pensions and healthcare benefits of these coal miners and their families. Many of them had feared losing those benefits due to recent coal company bankruptcies, but no longer. In addition to securing lifetime healthcare benefits, the measure also shores up funding for their pensions. “Without the action and support of West Virginia U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, who introduced the bill, and the support of PA U.S. Senator Bob Casey, more than 13,000 miners would have lost their benefits entirely and even more of them would have seen their pensions gutted next year. “I have been proud to support the coal miners in our district, including the thousands of miners in Greene County, a region which continues to be among the top coal-producing counties in the United States. Make no mistake: I will continue to fight for and support our miners and their families and ensure they have a safe, secure future.” Read more

 

Snyder: Bill to honor local fallen heroes approved by House committee

(Dec 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 16 – A measure to honor three men who died while serving their country and their community was approved by the House Transportation Committee, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said H.B. 2088 would make the following designations in honor of Greene County Sheriff Brian Tennant, PFC Joseph Frank Duda of Brownsville, Fayette County, and CPL Denny Ray Easter, also from Fayette County: A bridge on S.R. 2003, also known as S. Porter Street over the South Fork Tenmile Creek in Waynesburg, Greene County, to be designated as the Sheriff Brian A. Tennant Memorial Bridge. In January 2010, Tennant saved several lives from a house fire and was later elected sheriff in Greene County for two terms. Tennant passed away on Feb. 27 at the age of 35. The interchange of S.R. 43, also known as the Mon-Fayette Expressway, with U.S. Route 40, known as Exit 22, in Redstone Township, Fayette County, to be designated as the PFC Joseph Frank Duda Memorial Interchange. The Brownsville native served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Duda was a member of the First Battalion, Seventh Marines, Third Marine Brigade, and the Fleet Marine Force aboard the USS Fuller. He died in the line of duty on Jan. 9, 1944. The interchange of U.S. Route 40 with S.R. 4035, also known as Market Street and Spring Street in Brownsville, Fayette County, to be designated as the CPL Denny Ray Easter Memorial Read more

 

Snyder: $265,000 in school safety grants awarded to local school districts
Feb 27, 2020

Supporting our corrections officers, breathing easier and more!
Feb 20, 2020

Snyder reaffirms commitment to protecting corrections officers, joins call for greater oversight of Pa. Department of Corrections
Feb 19, 2020

Important voting information, vaping lawsuit and more!
Feb 13, 2020

Supporting our dairy industry, Heart Month and more!
Feb 06, 2020

Snyder: Fayette County farm to receive state grant to expand production
Jan 22, 2020

Snyder: Bill to honor local fallen heroes passes House
Jan 21, 2020

Snyder announces $140,000 to local school districts to support science and technology education
Jan 17, 2020

Miss my Jan. 16 Telephone Town Hall?
Jan 17, 2020

Snyder: Waynesburg University to receive nearly $30,000 grant as part of national initiative to combat campus sexual assaults
Jan 16, 2020

Snyder: $100,000 investment to assist area schools and employers prepare students for high demand careers
Jan 16, 2020

PA Farm Show recap, tele town hall reminder and more!
Jan 16, 2020

Snyder: Bill to give corrections officers more of a voice moves forward
Jan 13, 2020

Snyder: West Greene School District awarded PA Farm Bill grant funds to improve ag education access, upgrade facilities
Jan 06, 2020

2019 by the numbers and a look ahead to the New Year!
Dec 31, 2019

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Dec 24, 2019

Protections for miners, honoring our local fallen heroes and more!
Dec 19, 2019

Snyder relocating Waynesburg district office
Dec 18, 2019

Snyder applauds congressional bill that includes protections for miners’ health care, pensions
Dec 17, 2019

Snyder: Bill to honor local fallen heroes approved by House committee
Dec 16, 2019