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Securing $1 million for job training at UMWACC

(Oct 19, 2018)

It is my pleasure to announce a $1 million grant was awarded to the United Mine Workers of America Career Centers, Inc., in order to provide job training in the technology field at the facility.From mechanical engineering to robotics, electronics, and computer and telecommunications and design, all will be taught through mechatronics. The center has partnered with the Community College of Allegheny County to offer a 400-hour certificate program in those fields.As you know, workforce development and re-training is important and obtaining sustaining jobs is imperative for our families to thrive. The $1 million grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development follows the announcement earlier this year of a $3 million state grant to assist the UMWACC with construction costs for renovation of its facility. That award came through the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.Discussing the decline of volunteer firefightersIn order to help combat the drop in firefighting volunteer participation, I hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on Thursday in Richeyville. We discussed the sharp decline in the number of volunteer firefighters and what might be done to reverse that trend.We heard from local fire department officials on how their ranks are dwindling and how we can change that. I’m truly appreciative to volunteer firefighters and the significant role they play, particularly in rural areas. Read more

 

Snyder, Policy Committee examine decline in volunteer firefighters

(Oct 18, 2018)

RICHEYVILLE, Oct. 18 – The sharp decline in the number of volunteer firefighters was discussed at a public hearing held today by the House Democratic Policy Committee and hosted by state Rep. Pam Snyder. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, brought the committee and its chairman, state Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, to the Richeyville Volunteer Fire Company Hall. They heard testimony from local fire department officials on how their ranks are dwindling and what might be done to reverse that trend. “For decades, volunteer firefighters have formed the strong backbone of our area’s emergency response system,” Snyder said. “We can’t afford to have that spine weakened to the point where the ability to fight fires and respond to accidents becomes spotty. Today, we gathered information on the scope of the problem, which will be useful as we help craft the state’s response in terms of law and policy.” Sturla, who commended Snyder for keeping this issue on the radar, said, “Coming from a rural district, Representative Snyder is acutely aware of the importance of volunteer firefighters, whose work not only provides a vital service but also alleviates the burden on local taxpayers.” In addition to Bruce Trego, the acting Pennsylvania state fire commissioner, testifiers included: Jeff Marshall, chief, Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Co.; Scott Dolan, chief, Hiller Volunteer Fire Co.; Mark Giovanelli, first Read more

 

Snyder: $1 million grant to provide job training opportunities at United Mine Workers of America Career Centers Inc.

(Oct 15, 2018)

CARMICHAELS, Oct. 15 – With the goal of providing job training that leads to careers with higher pay and advancement opportunity, state Rep. Pam Snyder today lauded the state’s $1 million grant to the United Mine Workers of America Career Centers Inc. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the grant will allow for additional training at the UMWACC’s facility in Prosperity, Greene County, in the in-demand fields of advanced manufacturing and mechatronics. The center has partnered with the Community College of Allegheny County to offer a 400-hour certificate program in those fields. Mechatronics is a technology that combines mechanical engineering, robotics, electronics, and computer and telecommunications to design, build and operate products. “This grant is wonderful news, as it continues the state’s investment into jobs of the future in the 50 th Legislative District,” Snyder said. “Workforce development and the re-training of displaced workers so they can again obtain family-sustaining jobs is of paramount importance. Today, the administration has helped make that happen.” Snyder said the $1 million grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development follows the announcement earlier this year of a $3 million state grant to assist the UMWACC with construction costs for renovation of its facility. That award came through the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. Read more

 

Snyder to host Policy Committee hearing on decline of volunteer firefighters Thursday in Richeyville

(Oct 15, 2018)

CARMICHAELS, Oct. 15 – State Rep. Pam Snyder will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on the sharp decline in the number of volunteer firefighters at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Richeyville Volunteer Fire Co. Hall, 14 Firehall Road, Richeyville, 15358 . Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, will be joined by House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and other committee members. They will hear testimony from state and local officials about the seriousness of this problem and what might be done to rectify it. The current hearing agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 2:10 p.m. Bruce Trego , acting Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner 2:40 p.m. Panel of local volunteer fire companies: Jeff Marshall , chief, Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Co. Scott Dolan , chief, Hiller Volunteer Fire Co. Mark Giovanelli , first assistant chief, East Bethlehem Volunteer Fire Co. Craig Baily , president, Carmichaels-Cumberland Township Volunteer Fire Co. 3:30 p.m. Closing remarks The media and public are invited to attend. Read more

 

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

 

Securing $1 million for job training at UMWACC
Oct 19, 2018

Snyder, Policy Committee examine decline in volunteer firefighters
Oct 18, 2018

Snyder: $1 million grant to provide job training opportunities at United Mine Workers of America Career Centers Inc.
Oct 15, 2018

Snyder to host Policy Committee hearing on decline of volunteer firefighters Thursday in Richeyville
Oct 15, 2018

Snyder: $145,000 state grant awarded to Greene County for recycling, leaf composting efforts
Oct 12, 2018

Snyder announces funding for volunteer firefighters in Fayette County
Oct 09, 2018

Snyder: Over $61,800 awarded to school districts within the 50th District
Oct 05, 2018

Snyder secures over $600,000 for development in Greene County
Oct 04, 2018

Snyder honors Waynesburg teen who was crowned Miss Rain Day 2018
Oct 02, 2018

Seventh annual Greene County Senior Fair scheduled for Oct. 5
Sep 28, 2018

Snyder, Phillips-Hill convene meeting of Broadband Caucus
Sep 25, 2018

Snyder issues statement on Masontown shooting
Sep 19, 2018

Snyder secures nearly $1.5 million for district projects
Sep 18, 2018

Snyder issues statement following state prison security news conference
Sep 05, 2018

Miss my Tele Town Hall on Sep. 4th? Check it out here!
Sep 05, 2018

Snyder to hold Tele-Town Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 4
Aug 28, 2018

Veterans Newsletter 2018
Aug 02, 2018

Sportsmen Newsletter 2018
Aug 02, 2018

Snyder: $411,400 grant to help opioid-impacted residents find employment
Jul 26, 2018

Facts on Fighting Opioids
Jul 26, 2018