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Schmotzer Gives End-of-Term Speech in PA House

The former Baldwin-Whitehall School Board member will soon be replaced in the state Legislature by Erin Molchany.

State Rep. Martin Michael Schmotzer gave a farewell speech in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Tuesday as his term representing the 22nd Legislative District comes to a close on Nov. 30.

"I want to thank my dedicated staff back in Pittsburgh: former chief of staff Janine Palmer, current chief of staff Ryan Buzzelli, legislative assistants Ray Rosing and Melvin Pollard and former intern Elliot Rambo," said Schmotzer, a Democrat from Whitehall Borough whose district includes part of Whitehall and all of Baldwin Township. "Their efforts in constituent service made a difference in people's lives."

"I want to thank Speaker (Sam) Smith, Majority Leader (Mike) Turzai and the Republican members for their service and spirited debates.

"I want to thank the Democratic leaders: Reps. (Frank) Dermody, (Michael) Hanna, (Dan) Frankel, (Jennifer) Mann, (Mike) Sturla, (Ronald) Buxton and (Joseph) Markosek. You gave me the all the tools to be successful. And to the Democratic members, I will always treasure your friendship. Thanks to Reps. Paul Costa, chairman of the Allegheny County Delegation; Dan Deasy, vice chairman; and Adam Ravenstahl, secretary."

Schmotzer, a former Baldwin-Whitehall School Board member, also thanked the constituents who made it possible for him to serve in the House.

"Thank you, especially, to the voters of the 22nd Legislative District for giving me the chance to serve and represent them. I kept all my promises to you. I voted 100 percent of the time. I showed up for work every day. Those are the values my parents taught me."

Schmotzer referenced his service on the school board before coming to the state Legislature.

"My 10 years on the school board prepared me to serve. I never considered aging, education, environment, jobs, transportation, etc., as Democratic or Republican problems with Democrats or Republicans having all of the solutions. I voted with the Democrats on some bills, amendments, procedural votes and motions about germaneness, and I voted with the Republicans on some bills, amendments, procedural votes and motions about germaneness."

He closed by saying, "Thanks to my wife, Amy, and children, Katherine and Victoria.

"With malice toward none and charity to all, I bid you a fond farewell. May God grant you good health and God's blessings for you and your family."

Speaker Smith presented Martin with a commemorative gavel.

The 22nd District seat will be filled by fellow Democrat Erin Molchany of Pittsburgh's Mount Washington neighborhood on Dec. 1.

Molchany earned election to the seat by defeating Martin in an April primary election and Republican challenger Chris Cratsley in November's general election.

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cc November 15, 2012 at 10:26 PM
One thing we don't need him is back on the school board and hope they don't hand him the position back.
Baldwin Taxpayer November 16, 2012 at 02:56 AM
I second that one cc! But look at thie timing ... John Schmotzer is ending his term on the board ... Martin "Michael" Schmotzer was not wanted by the people to represent them and is out ..... We should not allow him to take the place of his brother on our school board. Enough of this nepotism ... like with the DiNardos.
cc November 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Agree Baldwin Taxpayer but you know the good ole boys club.
Paula Lim November 16, 2012 at 03:37 PM
More negativity and hate form the usual suspects. Give it up already!!!
Karen Bernardo November 16, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Hey Paula Lim .... While it is still a free world where we can have differing opinions and free to express our opinions, everyone should be encouraged to do so, whether you feel it is negativity and hate or whatever. It is the right of each and every person in the district who pays property and/or school taxes and/or has children attending schools in the district. Give up the opportunity to say something about Mr. Wonderful Marty Schmotzer or any of the other board members if we so chose ...... NEVER! Have a great day Paula Lim!
Paula Lim November 16, 2012 at 09:57 PM
No doubt negative speech is a right, but enough already! No doubt Mr. Schmotzer has gotten the message....as have I and just about everyone else who reads the Patch. I most definitely will have a great day. I have one everyday and wish all of the "nattering nabobs of negativity" would have one, too.
cc November 17, 2012 at 04:44 AM
What good has this board done over the last 10 years. They have more families with school age children moving or not buying homes in the district. More students are going to cyber/charter schools then ever before but your telling people to give it up. Yet you don't even go support our Football team as Clariton is more important than our own school distirct.
cc November 17, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Paula your one to talk, as you also post things that have nothing to do with the articles. I can remember articles about the school budget and you were writing about abortions. If you don't like what people post then don't read them. Most people in the District want better educations for their children, something Baldwin hasn't done in a long time and we have ever right to be upset at the Board and Administration.
Paula Lim November 17, 2012 at 05:22 PM
I attended every Baldwin FB, basketball, cross country and track & field even while I had a child attending school in the district. I continued to attend every FB , BB, and occasional track and field event for about the next six years. We earn a portion of our living from the communities along the Mon River. As they have supported our family, I support them. I still follow B-W events in the news, but as a dear family friend has a player on the Clairton team, we have been following his team as he finishes out his senior year. What we do with our private leisure time is our business, not yours. Any time any Baldwin-Whitehall organization would need a helping hand, I would NEVER refuse them. But after spending the past few years with Produce to People in both city schools and Clairton, the need that I see in these communities saddens me when I compare it to what we have here in our community. Again, when attending last night's playoff game between Clairton (where I have friends) and Neshannock (where I have family), when asked by the refreshment stand workers who we were rooting for, our answer was "Baldwin". Now, please go and find something important to complain about...........
bd November 17, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Good riddance, Martin Leopold Schmotzer.
Jon Wain November 22, 2012 at 12:26 AM
THANK GOD YAL BY BY BIFF
Jon Wain November 22, 2012 at 01:12 AM
bet ya his brother comes back
cc November 22, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Jon it is scary that this job will be given back to his brother. I know one person that applied for the job and can almost bet they won't be doing any interviews.

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