Snyder: Extremely disappointed in decision by Wolf administration to keep Greene, Fayette, Washington counties in yellow designation

(May 22, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, May 22 – Greene, Fayette and Washington counties are among those state Rep. Pam Snyder said should have been included in today’s reopening announcement. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said she will continue to push to move the counties to the green reopening designation. “Our communities have done their part and have helped flatten the curve and are practicing safe behaviors, and that includes my district offices,” Snyder said. “While the governor said the state has closely monitored yellow counties for outbreaks, we have had zero outbreaks. This doesn’t make sense. Once again, my residents deserve answers as to why we weren’t included in the counties that have moved to the green designation. Rest assured, I will continue to urge the governor to reconsider today’s decision in southwestern Pennsylvania and move our counties to green.” Earlier this month, Greene, Fayette and Washington counties were among those whose restrictions were lifted from “red” to “yellow” status. Read more

 

Snyder announces grant to assist Greater Washington County Food Bank

(May 21, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, May 21 – The Greater Washington County Food Bank has been awarded a $22,837 state grant to assist them with equipment costs related to the preparation, transportation and storage of food, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the grant can be used to purchase refrigerated or non-refrigerated box trucks, industrial-sized refrigerators, pallet jacks or dollies for the food bank. “Our food banks do so much to help our residents in need, including during this current pandemic, and this grant will help them ensure they can properly prepare, store and transport food to ensure nothing goes to waste,” said Snyder. More information on the grant program can be found at this link: https://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Land/Waste/Recycling/Municipal-Resources/FinancialAssistance/Pages/default.aspx Read more

 

Snyder: Greene, Fayette, Washington among counties to begin reopening process

(May 08, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, May 8 – Today state Rep. Pam Snyder announced that Greene, Fayette and Washington counties are among those allowed to segue from a red to a yellow reopening designation, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 15. “I’m pleased the governor listened to my concerns about not being included in last week’s announcement and took a close look at our region. With today’s announcement, this means that many businesses which were previously closed or whose operations were significantly limited will now be able to reopen, provided they follow the health and social distancing guidelines,” Snyder said. “The last thing we want to do is to go back to red, so it’s vital that each one of us follows the necessary precautions to protect each other as we continue to move forward toward the green designation.” Counties in the yellow designation must follow these restrictions: Work-related restrictions: • Telework must continue where allowed and feasible. • Businesses with in-person operations must follow business and building safety orders. • Childcare facilities open must comply with state guidelines. • Congregate care and prison restrictions remain in place. • Schools will remain closed for in-person instruction. Social restrictions • Stay-at-home order lifted for aggressive mitigation. • Large gatherings of more than 25 people are prohibited. • Read more

 

Snyder supports bill to expand COVID-19 testing

(May 05, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, May 5 – In a concerted effort to help Pennsylvania move forward in reopening its economy and to ensure public safety, state Rep. Pam Snyder has voted in favor of a measure to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said H.B. 2455 would call for the state to develop a comprehensive testing plan. The bill would also fund research, development and manufacturing of COVID-19 testing equipment and supplies, contact tracing and other measures. In addition, she said the measure would require health care and other essential workers to be given testing priority once the plan is activated. “Such a plan is vital to our collective efforts to reopen our entire state and work together to continue to halt the spread of this devastating virus,” Snyder said. “Medical experts agree that the only way we can truly stop this virus is with a robust, wide-ranging testing program to protect every Pennsylvanian, including our health care and essential workers.” The bill now moves to the Senate for further action. Read more

 

Snyder applauds passage of bill that includes funds to help volunteer fire, emergency management service companies

(Apr 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 28 – A bill that includes immediate financial assistance to volunteer fire and emergency management service companies passed unanimously in the House, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced. Snyder said her amendment, which originated from her bill introduced last month and included in House Bill 2413 , would establish a one-time program to provide automatic crisis grants to each fire and EMS company in Pennsylvania, once approved by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. These grants would be funded by a one-time transfer of $30 million from the Volunteer Companies Loan Fund. “Every single day – especially during this current time – our brave men and women across our state are putting their lives on the line to keep us safe and assist people in need,” Snyder said. “Because of the pandemic, they’re not able to conduct their normal fundraising activities to stay active, and this grant program will help them continue to answer the call. I am extremely grateful for my colleagues’ support in making this happen.” The bill now heads to the Senate for further consideration. Read more

 

Snyder: Broadband expansion on its way

(Apr 27, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 27 – Expansion of reliable broadband access is closer to reality, thanks to state support and the establishment of a partnership between a West Virginia internet provider and nonprofit group, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said $200,000 in state funds, awarded to the Greene County Industrial Development Corp. by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, will allow West Virginia-based ClearFiber to begin construction to expand broadband access through all of Greene and Washington counties, including part of Fayette County, providing service to over 2,000 homes. The partnership also includes KINBER – a nonprofit group that helps communities gain access to reliable, high speed internet services –which will work with ClearFiber to bring new fiber infrastructure to the area through its partnership with Waynesburg University. "This announcement has been years in the making, and with the current pandemic, it's shown that affordable, broadband access is a vital necessity for our hospitals, our businesses and our schools," Snyder said. "This public/private partnership will place 65 miles of high-speed fiber optic technology throughout our district, bringing much-needed service to residents who either had no access at all or had unreliable broadband access. This is just the beginning, as ClearFiber anticipates expanding its Read more

 

Snyder: Bill would create new volunteer fire, EMS crisis grants

(Mar 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 28 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Fayette/Greene/Washington, today officially introduced a measure to provide immediate financial assistance to volunteer fire and emergency management service companies. Snyder said House Bill 2374 would establish a one-time program to provide automatic crisis grants to each fire and EMS company in Pennsylvania, once approved by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. These grants would be funded by a one-time transfer of $30 million from the Volunteer Companies Loan Fund, which has been used to balance the state budgets in 2014 and 2016, she added. “Every day, our brave men and women are putting their lives on the line to help us stay safe and assist those in need, especially now during these uncertain times with the current COVID-19 pandemic,” Snyder said. “They aren’t able to conduct their normal fundraising activities, and that’s why this grant program is so vital to help them stay afloat and answer the call.” Snyder added her bill has more than 30 co-sponsors and she anticipates the House will move quickly to consider it. For statewide and regional resources and information on COVID-19, residents can visit the following link: https://www.pahouse.net/snyder/News/?id=113189 . Read more

 

Snyder plans to introduce bill to create one-time crisis grant program to assist volunteer fire, EMS companies

(Mar 27, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 27 – Recognizing their need for support during the current COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Pam Snyder today announced upcoming legislation to provide immediate financial assistance to volunteer fire and emergency management service companies. Snyder, D-Fayette/Greene/Washington, said her bill would establish the creation of a one-time grant program, approved by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, that would provide automatic crisis grants to each fire and EMS company. These grants would be funded by a one-time transfer of $30 million from the Volunteer Companies Loan Fund, a fund Snyder said has been used to balance the state budgets in 2014 and 2016. “These men and women put their lives on the line each and every day, especially now with the coronavirus pandemic affecting our state,” Snyder said. “At the same time, these same companies are unable to conduct regular fundraising efforts to stay active. My bill would provide this one-time vital assistance to help these first responders keep answering the call for help.” For more information, including resources and additional information on state and regional COVID-19 resources, please visit the following link: https://www.pahouse.net/snyder/News/?id=113189 Read more

 

Snyder: Visits at state prisons on hold due to COVID-19 concerns

(Mar 12, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 12 – Calling it the only viable decision that could be made, state Rep. Pam Snyder said putting a halt on visitations in state prisons until further notice to prevent the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, was the right thing to do. Snyder, whose district includes two state correctional facilities, said such a move will protect corrections officers, staff members and prisoners from possibly contracting the virus from friends and family, who often travel long distances to visit, and will also help curb the virus’s spread statewide. “I am pleased that the Department of Corrections took my concerns, as well as those from the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association seriously,” said Snyder. “These hardworking men and women already put their lives on the line each and every day to keep us safe. These are responsible, proactive steps to ensure staff can go home each day without having to fear spreading this virus to their friends and loved ones.” Snyder added that information on COVID-19, including state and national updates and prevention tips, can be found by visiting the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s website at www.health.pa.gov . Read more

 

Davis, Snyder sex-offender bill aims to keep children safe near schools

(Oct 24, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 24 – State Reps. Tina Davis and Pam Snyder this week introduced H.B. 1882 , which would restrict convicted sex offenders from living near schools. Under the bill, a sex offender registered under Megan’s Law would not be allowed to live within 2,500 feet of a public, private or parochial school, pre-school or child-care facility in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania State Police report that there are 21,685 registered sex offenders living in the commonwealth, convicted of offenses ranging from possession of child pornography to rape. “Right now, there are no laws preventing offenders from moving in right next door to the school attended by your child, grandchild, niece or nephew,” said Davis, D-Bucks. “Our legislation aims to address this problem and keep kids safe at school and on their way to and from school.” “We must do all we can to protect our most vulnerable citizens from those with a proven record of predatory – and in some cases violent – behavior,” said Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. “Our legislation simply mandates a buffer zone between an offender and a school or child-care facility to keep children safe. “It’s past time Pennsylvania had a law like this on its books.” Read more

 

Snyder named Democratic chairman of bipartisan House Coal Caucus

(Jan 25, 2017)

Rep. Snyder reports that she has been named Democratic chairman of the Pennsylvania House Coal Caucus to support and advance the coal industry and its contributions to the state. “We have new opportunities to bolster a critical part of our energy portfolio and help the industry and its workers,” Snyder said. Read more

 

Matzie: Bipartisan effort is our only option in ending opioid crisis

(Jun 23, 2016)

HARRISBURG, June 23 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, joined Gov. Tom Wolf and a group of bipartisan legislators today for a Capitol news conference to highlight details of a joint effort to combat the opioid and heroin crisis in the state. In the Rotunda, Democratic Leader Frank Dermody joined Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, Majority Leader David Reed and other House members to announce the completion of recommendations from the Task Force and Advisory Committee on Opioid Prescription Drug Proliferation. “For the past several years, the General Assembly has been focused on the opioid and heroin crisis gripping our state,” Matzie said. “While there is still much to do to wipe this scourge from our communities, today represents progress in that fight. The recommendations from the task force will make a real difference in ending this crisis.” The Task Force and Advisory Committee on Opioid Prescription Drug Proliferation, which was created through the adoption of a resolution in 2014, made several legislative recommendations, including H.B. 1737 and H.R. 590, both of were recently approved by the House. Also announced at the news conference was a special legislative session focused on the opioid crisis, which is expected to be convened in September. “This issue isn’t a partisan one. Individuals from all across our state and from all walks of life have fallen victim to addiction,” Matzie said. “As a member of the Health Committee, I have seen members from bo Read more

 

Shell's 'history making' decision has state legislators excited about the future

(Jun 07, 2016)

“It’s really a combination of excitement and relief,” said state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-16, Ambridge. “It’s the equal of hitting the lottery.” Matzie said those who own property along the Ohio River are eager to see what Shell’s announcement means for potential peripheral businesses coming to the area. “For manufacturing to come back in any way … this is really the key,” he said Read more

 

27 overdose deaths reported in Beaver County this year

(Jun 06, 2016)

HOPEWELL TWP. -- An estimated 221 overdoses have occurred in Beaver County since January -- 27 of which were fatal, according to the district attorney's office. While seven of the overdose fatalities are still awaiting toxicology reports, 20 were ruled deaths as a result of an opioid overdose. Beaver County District Attorney David Lozier said the data comes from the county dispatch center. Since his election, Lozier has implemented a program requiring police and first responders to report suspected overdoses, fatal or otherwise, to the Beaver County 911 Center. Read more

 

Matzie announces over $3 million in statewide historical grants

(Jun 03, 2016)

AMBRIDGE, June 3 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, today announced that the Beaver County Historical Research and Landmarks Foundation and various other projects across the state have been awarded grants from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The Beaver County Historical Research and Landmarks Foundation has been awarded a PHMC Cultural and Historical Support grant of $4,000. In total, 137 organization from 56 counties applied for and are receiving $1,997,605 worth of Cultural and Historical Support grants. Grant recipients were required to meet organizational requirements to be eligible for the grants, which are based on a calculation that uses the recipient’s operating budget. PHMC also awarded 30 organizations today with $1,233,114 in Keystone Historic Preservation grants. The program is used to fund the preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of historic sites that are eligible for or listed in the National Register of Historic Places. “Pennsylvania’s legacy is rooted in important historical moments and breathtaking cultural offerings, and preserving the institutions that protect and promote these historic sites is important to both our state’s economy and its heritage,” Matzie said. “These funds will allow future generations to experience our state’s rich history.” In total, PHMC awarded $3.23 million today to historical projects across the state through both grant programs. Matzie has served on the Pennsylvania Historical and Mu Read more

 

Matzie to participate in heroin/opioid epidemic public hearing on Thursday in his district

(May 26, 2016)

AMBRIDGE, May 26 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, said he is looking forward to a frank and productive discussion at next week’s Center for Rural Pennsylvania public hearing on Confronting the Heroin/Opioid Epidemic in Pennsylvania. “Addiction is an issue that every part of this state is currently in the midst of battling,” Matzie said. “But rural Pennsylvanian communities face very different challenges than communities in Philadelphia or even Pittsburgh. Discussions like this one allow us to understand those differences better so that any intervention effort can be made more effective.” The public hearing will start at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday June 2 at the Fez, 2312 Brodhead Road, Aliquippa, 15001. “Personally, my childhood friend Amy Scherfel-Watkins’ son, Brooks, was a victim of a heroin overdose in Washington County last year. Since then, Amy, her husband and her family have been telling the story about the devastation their family has endured hoping to capture the attention of anybody and everybody,” Matzie said. “As she told me, if they can help even one person than their son’s purpose here on earth will be fulfilled. I echo those statements and believe as a parent and a policy maker it is my duty to do all that I can to end this epidemic that is affecting families across Pennsylvania and our nation.” Matzie will join state Sen. Gene Yaw, chairman of the General Assembly’s Center for Rural Pennsylvania, and Beaver County state Sens. Elder Vogel and Came Read more

 

Matzie: New basic education funding formula ensures equity across zip codes

(May 25, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 25 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, voted today for legislation containing the new Student-Weighted Basic Education Funding Formula, which is now on its way to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk to await his signature. House Bill 1552 was amended in the Senate to include the formula, which was recommended by the Basic Education Funding Commission in 2015. "This formula will help ensure that the quality of our students’ education isn’t determined by their zip code," Matzie said. "I have long supported a truly equitable funding formula and we are now able to ensure that our students will have a fair chance to achieve." The new funding formula, which would take effect next school year, was designed to distribute education funds across the state in a more equitable manner while factoring variables including poverty rate, local effort and capacity and issues facing rural and small districts. Matzie reached across the aisle to implement a Fiscal Code bill earlier this year that contained a temporary formula and said he was glad to support the effort to make it permanent. "Governor Wolf has rightly pledged to sign this bill into law without delay so that schools across this commonwealth will be better able to, once again, start meeting the constitutional mandate of providing every child with a quality education," Matzie said. Read more

 

Matzie urges eligible groups to apply for GTRP grant before upcoming deadline

(May 24, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 24 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, today is encouraging any area businesses, municipalities, or other eligible organization to consider applying for a grant from the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. Matzie said that any organization currently contemplating projects that involve the development, rehabilitation or improvement of a public park, recreation area, greenway, or trail should consider apply for a GTRP grant. "Making smart investments in our parks, trails and other green areas is a wise move that is bound to lead to further economic development and an increased quality of life for the region," Matzie said. "I encourage any eligible group to consider applying for a GTRP grant." The goal of the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program, which is overseen by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, is to promote the preservation and use of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and river conservation. The application deadline for project consideration at a September 2016 CFA meeting is Thursday, June 30. Grants from the GTRP program are limited to $250,000 for any project. A 15 percent match of the total project cost is also required. Read more

 

Inquirer editorial: PennDot puts drivers at risk of identity theft

(May 24, 2016)

With identity theft ranking among the most common consumer frauds today, one might think Pennsylvania is working hard to protect residents from that crime. Instead, one state agency may be enabling thieves by selling driver's license information to vendors who aren't being responsibly monitored. Read more

 

Matzie announces $1.3 million in state grants headed to southwestern Pa.

(May 16, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 16 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today that $1,318,940 in state grants will be headed to southwestern Pennsylvania to defray the cost of upgrading traffic signals. The projects are funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s "Green Light-Go" program, which allows municipalities to request up to half of the funding needed for their traffic signal projects. Matzie, who is chairman of the House Southwest delegation, said a $1,632 grant has been awarded to Ambridge Borough in Beaver County, part of the 16th Legislative District he represents, to replace light-emitting diode, or LED, modules at the intersection of Route 989 and Duss Avenue. Southwestern grant recipients include: Allegheny County: • Monroeville Borough — $38,602 to replace vehicular and pedestrian indications with LED modules at 25 intersections throughout the municipality. These include seven intersections along Route 22 (William Penn Highway), four intersections along Route 48 (Mosside Boulevard), two intersections along Route 130 (Broadway Boulevard), seven intersections along Route 2048 (William Penn Highway), two intersections along Route 2054 (Northern Pike) and three intersections along Route 2057 (Haymaker Road). • Monroeville Borough — $114,170 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Route 2054 (Northern Pike) and West Patty Lane. • North Versailles Township — $17,953 to improve the intersection of Route 30 and Leuhm Avenue by in Read more

 

Snyder: Extremely disappointed in decision by Wolf administration to keep Greene, Fayette, Washington counties in yellow designation
May 22, 2020

Snyder announces grant to assist Greater Washington County Food Bank
May 21, 2020

Snyder: Greene, Fayette, Washington among counties to begin reopening process
May 08, 2020

Snyder supports bill to expand COVID-19 testing
May 05, 2020

Snyder applauds passage of bill that includes funds to help volunteer fire, emergency management service companies
Apr 28, 2020

Snyder: Broadband expansion on its way
Apr 27, 2020

Snyder: Bill would create new volunteer fire, EMS crisis grants
Mar 28, 2020

Snyder plans to introduce bill to create one-time crisis grant program to assist volunteer fire, EMS companies
Mar 27, 2020

Snyder: Visits at state prisons on hold due to COVID-19 concerns
Mar 12, 2020

Davis, Snyder sex-offender bill aims to keep children safe near schools
Oct 24, 2017

Snyder named Democratic chairman of bipartisan House Coal Caucus
Jan 25, 2017

Matzie: Bipartisan effort is our only option in ending opioid crisis
Jun 23, 2016

Shell's 'history making' decision has state legislators excited about the future
Jun 07, 2016

27 overdose deaths reported in Beaver County this year
Jun 06, 2016

Matzie announces over $3 million in statewide historical grants
Jun 03, 2016

Matzie to participate in heroin/opioid epidemic public hearing on Thursday in his district
May 26, 2016

Matzie: New basic education funding formula ensures equity across zip codes
May 25, 2016

Matzie urges eligible groups to apply for GTRP grant before upcoming deadline
May 24, 2016

Inquirer editorial: PennDot puts drivers at risk of identity theft
May 24, 2016

Matzie announces $1.3 million in state grants headed to southwestern Pa.
May 16, 2016