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Snyder: $145,000 state grant awarded to Greene County for recycling, leaf composting efforts

(Oct 12, 2018)

CARMICHAELS, Oct. 12 – Recycling and leaf composting efforts in Greene County will get a boost from a $145,000 grant announced today by state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. Snyder said the funding comes in the form of a Recycling Development and Implementation Program grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. “I’m pleased to announce this latest state investment in Greene County,” Snyder said. “Recycling and composting not only saves landfill space, which helps the environment; it also has the potential to maintain and create employment for those involved in sorting recyclable materials.” Snyder said eligible uses under the grant program include expanding recycling processing facilities, installing data collection systems on recycling vehicles, continuing or creating curbside recycling programs, developing educational materials, or operating leaf compost facilities. Up to 90 percent of approved recycling program costs are eligible under the grant program, Snyder said, noting that nearly 200 county and municipal governments were awarded under the program. Read more

 

Snyder announces funding for volunteer firefighters in Fayette County

(Oct 09, 2018)

HARRISBURG , Oct. 9 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, has announced the award of $10,500 in state grants to help fund two community volunteer fire companies in Fayette County. Snyder said the Brownsville Fire Company No. 1 received $7,500 and the Hiller Volunteer Fire Company was awarded $3,000 to purchase equipment, train wildfire fighters, conduct wildfire prevention and mitigation work, or convert and maintain federal vehicles. “Volunteer firefighters play a crucial and significant part in protecting our communities, particularly in rural areas,” Snyder said. “These types of grants are necessary in order to assist the brave men and women who selflessly offer their services to save lives and safeguard properties.” The grants were made possible through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and paid by federal grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Funding is intended to help rural community volunteer fire companies. Snyder is appreciative of volunteer firefighters and their sacrifices, however, she is also well aware of the decline in the number of those who are volunteering. In order to help combat the drop in firefighting volunteer participation, Snyder will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss the issue at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Richeyville Volunteer Fire Company Hall, 14 Firehall Road in Richeyville. The panel includes volunteer Read more

 

Snyder: Over $61,800 awarded to school districts within the 50th District

(Oct 05, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 5 – In order to continue to keep students safe while they receive an education, three school districts within the 50 th Legislative District have been awarded $61,880 in school safety grants, announced state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. The Central Greene School District was granted $24,933, the Jefferson-Morgan School District was awarded $11,947 and Albert Gallatin Area School District was given $25,000. The funding will allow the school districts to purchase safety or security-related equipment, including metal detectors, protective lighting, surveillance equipment, special emergency communications equipment, electronic lockets, deadbolts and theft control devices, Snyder said. “The security of students, educators and their families remain my top priority,” Snyder said. “These grants will allow our schools to better equip themselves with the tools necessary to stay safe, reduce and prevent violence, and continue to provide a successful learning environment for our youth.” Earlier this year, Snyder hosted a Democratic Policy Committee roundtable on school safety in Brownsville, which included leaders and officials in education, law enforcement and security. Snyder -- who sponsored H.B. 381 , which would amend the Allowing Minors to Consent to Medical Care Act, giving the state Department of Human Services the authority to issue guidelines and adopt rules and regulations to clarify a minor’s Read more

 

Snyder secures over $600,000 for development in Greene County

(Oct 04, 2018)

WAYNESBURG, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, was joined by Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and Greene County commissioners at the Greene County Courthouse today in announcing $603,000 in grants for two projects that will help improve the Greene River Trail and the Wisecarver Recreation Area. Snyder said $403,000 will benefit the development of more than 2 miles of the Greene River Trail in Rice’s Landing Borough and Cumberland Township, and $200,000 will help fund walkways, bridges and trails at the Wisecarver Recreation Area in Waynesburg. The grants were awarded through DCNR. “Months ago, the Greene County commissioners visited my office in Harrisburg to ask for help in getting these grants fully funded,” Snyder said. “Today, I couldn’t be happier to report that we have obtained the funding that will allow us to revitalize and improve our community resources in order to make them more welcoming for our residents.” The Greene River Trail is 5.1 miles long and the grant will help fund the southern extension of the byway for another 2.2 miles to Jacobs Ferry Road. The ultimate goal is connecting the trail to the village of Nemacolin and then on to Point Marion, to Sheepskin Trail and further. The Wisecarver Recreation Area is a 360-acre site that includes an 18.5-acre reservoir. Funding will help provide the park with more trails. Matching revenue for the Read more

 

Snyder honors Waynesburg teen who was crowned Miss Rain Day 2018

(Oct 02, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 2 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today honored Loren Schroyer, who was crowned Miss Rain Day 2018 over the summer. Schroyer, a 14-year-old eighth-grader at Margaret Bell Miller Middle School, is the daughter of Joel and Courtney Schroyer of Waynesburg. She was one of six participants who competed for the crown. “It was my pleasure to welcome Loren and her parents to the Capitol in order to recognize her accomplishment of being crowned Miss Rain Day 2018,” Snyder said. “The Miss Rain Day Pageant is a wonderful way for young women in Greene County to participate in community service projects and other activities, and I look forward to seeing all that Loren accomplishes during her reign.” Schroyer was the top interviewer, in addition to tying for top talent. She also led in the Rain Maker, Pageantry Spirit, and Bryn Patton Smile Award categories. At age 7, Schroyer served as the pageant’s crown bearer. She hopes to give back through Meals on Wheels, the Humane Society of Greene County and Toys for Tots. The Miss Rain Day Pageant is open to young women ages 14-18 who reside in Greene County and it is held yearly the weekend before Rain Day, which is July 29. The event dates back to the 1950s, and was held sporadically until 1979 when the Waynesburg Area Chamber of Commerce began sponsoring the pageant. It later became a scholarship pageant, and in 1989 the Chamber of Commerce took it over. In Read more

 

Seventh annual Greene County Senior Fair scheduled for Oct. 5

(Sep 28, 2018)

CARMICHAELS, Sept. 28 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today said the seventh annual Greene County Senior Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Greene County Fairgrounds near Waynesburg. “I’m looking forward to this year’s Senior Fair, which will provide seniors with a wealth of information,” Snyder said. “It’s always important to me to hear from older residents throughout the area during this welcoming and fun event.” Attendees will be able to receive a free flu shot provided by Cornerstone Care by presenting their Medicare card. Health screenings also will be available. Snyder said the Senior Fair enables people to get vaccinations before flu season hits full stride, and provides fuller access to government programs and services. Sponsored by Snyder, Greene County Commissioners Blair Zimmerman, Dave Coder and Archie Trader, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging and state Sen. Camera Bartolotta, the free Senior Fair features representatives from state, local and county agencies and vendors who provide services to seniors. The event will feature: Information about the state Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, PACE and PACENET prescription-drug plans, heating assistance and other state programs; Lunch prepared by Greene County Career and Technology Center students and sponsored by a local company; Door prize drawings with registration ; and Read more

 

Snyder, Phillips-Hill convene meeting of Broadband Caucus

(Sep 25, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 25 – Led by its co-founders, state Reps. Pam Snyder and Kristin Phillips-Hill, the legislative Broadband Caucus attracted three dozen participants to this morning’s briefing on internet expansion efforts from high-level officials representing three state departments. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, and Phillips-Hill, R-York, have made a signature effort of bringing modern, high-speed internet to areas of the state that currently lack a level of service deemed critical to remaining economically, medically and personally competitive. “We’re happy to see everybody rowing this boat in the same direction,” Snyder told participants at the conclusion of the 90-minute, information-packed session. “Hang in there with us … we’re going to get this thing done.” Phillips-Hill added, “Know that our commitment and this journey continues. We’re dedicated to making this happen.” Mark Smith, executive director of the state Office of Broadband Initiatives, said the governor wants every Pennsylvanian to have access to high-speed internet by 2022 – which means connecting an additional 370,000 housing and business units. “This is obviously a large project with very aggressive goals,” said Smith, noting the need to partner state, federal and private-sector resources in a systematic buildout in unserved or under-served areas. Four officials from the state Public Utility Read more

 

Snyder issues statement on Masontown shooting

(Sep 19, 2018)

MASONTOWN, Sept. 19 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, whose district includes Masontown and who canceled a planned evening event there in the wake of today’s tragedy, issued the following statement in response to the shooting spree at District Justice Dan Shimshock’s office: "My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by today’s senseless act of violence at the Masontown magistrate's office. "I have been on scene talking with investigators. A news conference has been scheduled at the Uniontown State Police Barracks at 5 p.m. where we will hopefully learn more details at that time." Read more

 

Snyder secures nearly $1.5 million for district projects

(Sep 18, 2018)

CARMICHAELS, Sept. 18 - State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette / Washington, announced today the state has awarded $1.47 million to six different projects throughout the 50 th Legislative District. “I’m so happy to be able to bring this large amount of funding back home to my district so that these desperately needed infrastructure projects can move forward,” Snyder said. “This will allow water and sewer lines to be replaced, and treatment plants to receive the upgrades they need.” Snyder said at least one project in each of the three counties she represents have received a state grant. The funding consists of: $425,000 for Waynesburg Borough to replace 2,060 feet of sewer main along College and West streets, and the rehab of the Morgan Street sewer overflow; $40,000 for the Municipal Authority of the Borough of Carmichaels to rehab the water treatment plant backwash tank in Cumberland Township; $422,581 for Masontown Borough to replace 4,957 feet of galvanized and transite water mains along five streets; $416,449 for the Masontown Municipal Authority to replace 3,710 feet of leaking compromised sewer mains, and reduce the infiltration of the sewer plant; $45,300 for the Redstone Township Sewer Authority to rehab the dilapidated treatment plant building; and $125,000 for East Bethlehem Township to convert a brownfield site into the gateway for the Monongahela River Water Trail Snyder Read more

 

Snyder issues statement following state prison security news conference

(Sep 05, 2018)

CARMICHAELS, Sept. 5 – As an elected official who’s led the charge, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, issued the following statement regarding prison security changes announced today by Gov. Tom Wolf and Corrections Secretary John Wetzel: “As the local legislator who has long been on the front lines of this issue, I’m glad to see Governor Wolf and Secretary Wetzel announce steps today to help ensure the safety of people working inside our state prison walls. “These are some of the steps I hoped would be taken earlier this year, when I introduced legislation to better protect our corrections officers – and called for a complete review of the prison system in Pennsylvania, with an emphasis on strengthening employee safety and security. “When I was visiting inside SCI-Greene and SCI-Fayette last week conducting my own firsthand assessment, corrections officers repeatedly told me they are concerned for their own safety. I sincerely hope today’s actions by the DOC will help prevent future incidents like we’ve seen over the past few weeks, when prison workers were sickened and even hospitalized by some mysterious unknown substance. “However, I still maintain that a top-to-bottom review of our state prison system must be conducted in order to ensure the safety of corrections officers and other staff working inside these facilities.” Snyder, who was touring SCI-Fayette on her own Read more

 

Miss my Tele Town Hall on Sep. 4th? Check it out here!

(Sep 05, 2018)

Listen in to what your friends and neighbors had to say on the issues. Read more

 

Snyder to hold Tele-Town Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 4

(Aug 28, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 28 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, is inviting residents of the 50 th Legislative District to participate in a live Tele-Town Hall meeting from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4. Residents of Snyder’s district, which includes all of Greene County and parts of Fayette and Washington counties, will receive an automated phone call at 7 p.m. Tuesday inviting them to join the event. To participate, people simply need to remain on the line once they receive a call. Cellphone users can register for the event at https://tthm.wufoo.com/forms/rep-pam-snyder-teletownhall-signup/ . Snyder said people staying on the line have the option to listen or join in the discussion, all from the comfort of home. “By simply sitting in on the conversation, you’re already doing your part,” Snyder said. “However, joining in on the conversation will give me a better understanding of your views on a number of topics that will in part allow me to better represent you at the Capitol.” During the live event, Snyder will discuss and take questions on a variety of state issues, and participants will be asked to weigh in on poll questions using their touch-tone phones. Anyone who doesn’t get to speak during the event will be able to record a question at its conclusion. Questions will be forwarded to Snyder. Residents also may email questions to Snyder before the Tele-Town hall meeting at RepSnyder@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Veterans Newsletter 2018

(Aug 02, 2018)

My Veterans Report newsletter includes a reminder that we have a monthly outreach at my Carmichaels office where specialists can assist veterans in obtaining benefits. Read more

 

Sportsmen Newsletter 2018

(Aug 02, 2018)

My 2018 Sportsmen Update newsletter contains valuable information for those who, like me, cherish our great outdoors. Read more

 

Snyder: $411,400 grant to help opioid-impacted residents find employment

(Jul 26, 2018)

CARMICHAELS, July 26 – Washington Greene County Job Training Agency Inc. is getting a $411,400 grant to help people who’ve received treatment for opioid use return to the workforce, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said Pennsylvania was one of six states awarded the National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Demonstration Grant, which will be administered by the state Department of Labor and Industry to provide job training and employment support. “In addition to helping people receive the treatment they need to overcome addiction, a much-needed second step of the recovery process should be assisting them in finding employment,” Snyder said. “The ultimate goal should be helping people become productive members of society, and there’s no better way to fuel one’s self-esteem than by having a job.” Snyder said the funds will be used to: Connect Pennsylvania CareerLink employment services to Pennsylvania Centers of Excellence. Develop a mobile app to link people to workforce and support resources. Increase the number of certified recovery specialists and provide additional training to retain existing specialists. Engage employers in recovery friendly workplace initiatives. Snyder said these efforts will include such things as encouraging employers to hire and work with people who are in recovery, helping guide those individuals to support or employment services they Read more

 

Facts on Fighting Opioids

(Jul 26, 2018)

Here's a compilation of action on House bills related to fighting the opioid crisis. Read more

 

Time to stop erosion of bar-setting union workforce

(Jul 23, 2018)

The purposeful dismantling of the U.S. union workforce, which continued with the Supreme Court’s recent Janus v. AFSCME decision, must be reversed if we are to pull the middle class out of the greed-fueled economic quicksand that threatens to swallow it whole. It’s no secret that mighty business interests, dating back to the robber barons and captains of industry, have detested unions since their inception. They’d greatly prefer to cling to the unfettered ability to set wages, benefits and workplace safety rules – and, even more so, to be the only well-funded voice heard in the halls of government when it’s time to craft labor laws. The Janus decision basically allows public sector workers to keep receiving union-negotiated pay and benefits while avoiding any responsibility to pay their share as beneficiaries of that service. It's merely another way to judicially weaken the clout of organized labor. As an elected official who hails from Greene County in the heart of bituminous coal country, no one needs to school me on the vital role that unions, such as the United Mine Workers of America, have played in creating and maintaining the strong middle class necessary for our economic model to succeed for all workers. Unions, private and public, set the bar for higher wages, safer working conditions and maintenance of decent health and retirement benefits – especially for those who, while working hard, might not be able to obtain Read more

 

Snyder urges constituents to document internet speeds by taking online test

(Jul 10, 2018)

CARMICHAELS, July 10 – Saying their participation will bolster her effort to bring modern internet to rural areas , state Rep. Pam Snyder is asking 50 th Legislative District residents to take a 30-second online broadband speed test at http://broadbandtest.us/ Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the test is part of the Pennsylvania Broadband Mapping Initiative being conducted by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania and Penn State University. “By participating in this short test using your home computer, you’ll be helping document actual internet speeds in your area, which helps document the nature and scope of the problem,” Snyder said. “Having this empirical data on hand gives those of us fighting for better broadband yet another tool to make our case.” Snyder has partnered with state Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill, a Republican from York County, to lead the legislative effort to bring modern internet service to the 800,000 Pennsylvanians living in underserved and unserved areas. In addition to introducing a four-piece legislative package, Snyder and Phillips-Hill earlier this year were on hand as the governor announced a commitment to address internet service deficiency through creation of a new state office and financial incentive program. The state Office of Broadband Initiatives is headed by Mark Smith, a former Bradford County commissioner. The Pennsylvania Broadband Investment Incentive Program is offering up to $35 Read more

 

Clarification on mental health treatment for minors – and more!

(Jul 06, 2018)

This week's email contains good news on a clarification issued by the state Department of Human Services, and photographs including the one to the left from the Merrittstown Fourth of July ceremony and parade. Read more

 

Snyder to speak on broadband initiatives at Pa. Telephone Association annual convention Tuesday

(Jul 06, 2018)

CARMICHAELS, July 6 – As a legislative leader in the fight to bring reliable, modern internet to rural areas where such service is spotty or nonexistent, state Rep. Pam Snyder will speak at the Pennsylvania Telephone Association’s annual conference in Hershey on Tuesday. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said she welcomes the opportunity to tell a new and important audience about the package of legislation she and state Rep. Kristen Phillips-Hill, R-York, have crafted and are promoting to address this problem. “Representative Phillips-Hill and I, who chair the legislature’s newly formed Broadband Caucus, look forward to providing an overview of our initiatives, successes chalked up thus far, and where we are headed,” Snyder said. “This is an important issue to 800,000 Pennsylvanians, and we’re ecstatic to gain the support of the Pennsylvania Telephone Association as another key ally.” Previously, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, which has 62,000 farm member families, joined the fight to bring better broadband to underserved and unserved areas. Last month, the state Public Utility Commission launched an action to take jurisdiction of utility pole attachments away from the federal government. Snyder and Phillips-Hill were invited to the governor’s announcement of his commitment in March. At that time, he announced creation of the Pennsylvania Office of Broadband Initiatives, which is responsible for Read more