Tue, Jun 06, 2017 - 07:18 AMobserver reporter today?
anyone read the observer reporter on line today? can you reprint it here? reports say there is a story today saying Rep Pam Snyder's signature to a letter with 10 other southwestern pa legislators is a mistake. Her signature is on the letter. Did she sign the letter and not read it first? Did her aides sign the letter for her? What is her explanation? Please post the observer reporter story here.
in the post gazette it reports she is one of the 11 signers. Here is that story.
11 legislators come out against extending Mon-Fayette Expressway June 4, 2017 12:00 AM By Ed Blazina / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A group of Western Pennsylvania legislators is the latest to make a push against the proposed extension of the Mon-Fayette Expressway from Jefferson Hills to Monroeville.
The $1.6 billion highway has been in limbo since March, when the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission voted to table the 14-mile extension while officials checked whether funding for the project could be used for other work in the region. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, who led the move to table, has changed his mind since the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said it can’t legally use the expressway money for other projects unless the Legislature passes a new law to allow it.
The letter also called for both agencies to shift their priority to construction of the Southern Beltway, a highway that will connect the expressway at Jefferson Hills with Pittsburgh International Airport. The turnpike says the expressway and beltway projects are unrelated. Construction has begun on a 13-mile section of the beltway from Route 22 to Interstate 79 while another 6-mile stretch from I-79 to Finleyville is being designed. But Rep. John Maher, R-Upper St.Clair, said that is “a bit of a deception” by the turnpike, which he claims would be moving the construction to Monroeville ahead of the last, at-this-point-unfunded part of the beltway. Finishing the beltway with the link to Finleyville — a direct route to the proposed Shell cracker plant in Beaver County — would be more beneficial to the Mon Valley communities than a connection to Monroeville, he said. “It seems this is a crucial fork for the future of the Mon Valley,” Mr. Maher said. “I think tying it to the cracker plant is the best hope for that area, not tying it to Monroeville.”
Rep. Brandon Neuman of Washington, the only Democrat to sign the letter, said the beltway around the airport is more important to his constituents. The two projects may not be related, he said, but he wants to make sure the beltway remains a priority. “With what’s going on with the SPC, we just want to make sure the Southern Beltway remains a priority.”
Regardless of any connection between the projects, Rep. Rick Saccone. R-Elizabeth, is against the Monroeville wing of the expressway since it wouldn’t go into Pittsburgh.“Hardly anybody in the Mon Valley wants it to go to Monroeville,” Mr. Saccone said.
“That’s just a waste of money.” The elimination of the wing to Pittsburgh also is the biggest problem for Rep. Matthew Dowling, R-Uniontown. “I think part of the outrage I have is this leg wasn’t part of the original project,” he said. “I just don’t see the benefit to those Mon Valley communities by building that leg to Monroeville.”That puts Mr. Dowling directly at odds with the three-member Fayette County board of commissioners in his home community, said Vincent Vicites, a Democrat who chairs the board.
“We 100 percent disagree with that,” he said. “I want them both built. To scrap one for the other would be a huge mistake. This Mon-Fayette extension needs to be built.”
The lack of a Pittsburgh connection for the Mon-Fayette is a red herring, said Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Dravosburg, a strong supporter of the project.
“My idea is to get it to Monroeville and then worry about the section to Pittsburgh,” he said. “I’m not going to stop the whole project because that one little piece is missing.” Mr. Fitzgerald declined comment on letter but he said he thinks the planning commission, which has representatives from 10 counties plus Pittsburgh, will support continuing the extension to Monroeville. “My sense is the commissioners want to have that money stay in this area and not be sent to the eastern part of the state,” he said. The letter also was signed by Republican Aaron Bernstine, Lawrence County; Jim Christiana, Beaver; Donald “Bud” Cook, R-Washington; Jim Marshall, Big Beaver; Mark Mustio, Moon; and Jason Ortitay, South Fayette. Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Waynesburg, originally had her signature on the letter as a result of a misunderstanding but it was removed.
Tue, Jun 06, 2017 - 12:09 PMjill
Her photo was in paper with group discussing and wanting it....what gives? Did she learn that most "real" leg. are opposed to it and it's futility? Wonder what vince and dave t think? Build it and they will come?
Tue, Jun 06, 2017 - 6:06 PMJack
Those legislators should have never put Pam's name on that letter. They knew she was for the Expressway completion. she has been for this highway since her days when she worked for Congressman Frank Mascara. And these green legislators need a history lesson on the Expressway because they don't know what they are talking about. These rogue legislators are dead wrong!
Tue, Jun 06, 2017 - 9:35 PMshe signed the letter
what? you are saying that one of the other 10 legislators fraudulently signed her name? You know they didn't. You know she signed it OR she gave explanation of how her name got on the letter. Did she sign? Did her aide sign her name? Did her aide(s) forge her name? Did a legislator forge her name? Get real.
what is her explanation? what did she say to the reporters in the observer reporter? will there be a front page on tomorrow edition of the SUB DOUBLE DEMOCRAT HERALD STANDARD?
Tue, Jun 06, 2017 - 9:49 PMkid
Who cares? It matters not....
Tue, Jun 06, 2017 - 9:58 PMkid
From the Post G "...The letter also was signed by Republican Aaron Bernstine, Lawrence County; Jim Christiana, Beaver; Donald “Bud” Cook, R-Washington; Jim Marshall, Big Beaver; Mark Mustio, Moon; and Jason Ortitay, South Fayette. Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Waynesburg, originally had her signature on the letter as a result of a misunderstanding but it was removed."
Wed, Jun 07, 2017 - 12:33 AMa misunderstanding? how?
how does a signature of a representative get on a letter from a misunderstanding? are you saying she signed the letter and misunderstood ? please explain
Wed, Jun 07, 2017 - 12:39 AMErnie G
Pam Snyder never signed the letter or approved that these Republican Reps that are bought and paid for in Harrisburg by the republican wanted. these Republican Reps do what the Leadership probably from Philadelphia want them to do! So the money can go to Philadelphia.
Wed, Jun 07, 2017 - 08:39 AMplease explain ernie g
please explain ernie g . did not the observer reporter quote her saying she DID sign the letter then realized what she signed ?
Thu, Jun 08, 2017 - 07:34 AMplease explain ernie g
Please explain. You write that she did not sign the letter. The newspapers say she did sign the letter. Later at least one newspaper wrote saying she signed it but it was a misunderstanding. The other legislators did not forge her signature or coerce her. No one claimed that either. If it was a misunderstanding okay move on. Rep Snyder is has been a good representative caring for her district. While her views are similar to democrat philosophy because of course she is a democrat she still has been able and willing to work with both parties and cares for her constituents.
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