I am writing with my weekly District Update.
The Pandemic Response
Late last week the Governor announced that Bucks County will move to the green phase of re-opening this Friday, June 26th.
As we continue to see businesses, restaurants, and activities starting up again, it’s important that we wear a mask and practice social distancing when going out. We also should continue to wash our hands often and thoroughly, and regularly clean surfaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Our mitigation efforts here in Pennsylvania are working. As other states are seeing record surges in new Coronavirus cases daily, Pennsylvania is continuing a downward trajectory, even as the last few counties transition to the green phase. Together, we have worked hard to stop the spread and save lives, and as we move in into the green phase, it is just as important we continue to wear masks, social distance and proceed with caution.
Pride Flag Raising in Doylestown
On Tuesday evening, I was honored to attend the Rainbow Room Youth Raising of the Pride Flag over Bucks County. This was an historic moment for our county. It marked the first time that a Pride Flag was flown over the courthouse. Thank you to the Rainbow Room for loaning the county their Philly Pride Flag and to the County Commissioners for enthusiastically allowing the flag to be flown. The flag was a gift from Lt. Gov. Fetterman. State Representative Ullman and I brought it back from Harrisburg last winter after it was flown over the capitol in honor of Love is Love Day in February.
From left to right: Senator Santarsiero, Doylestown Mayor Ron Strouse, Commissioner Bob Harvie, Yardley Council President David Bria and Chair of the Board of Commissioners Diane Ellis Marseglia.
As a consequence of our advocacy last year – which included a road tour with PennDOT engineers – the Department of Transportation has been working to make road improvements on the following roads this week:
- West Trenton Avenue between Pine Grove Road and Delmorr Avenue in Morrisville Township
- Route 32 (Bridge Street) between Business U.S. 1 (Lincoln Highway) and Delmorr Avenue in Morrisville Township
- Limekiln Pike between Upper Stump Road and New Galena Road in New Britain Township and Chalfont Borough;
- Aquetong Road between Old Windy Bush Road & Solebury Mountain Road in Solebury Township
- County Line Road and Butler Avenue in Chalfont Borough
- Allentown Road between Sterners Road and Schukraft Road in West Rockhill Township and Quakertown Borough
Statewide Small Business Assistance Grants
In May we passed a bill allocating $225 million in grant programs for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The money originated from the federal CARES Act and will be distributed by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), which will then administer the funding in the form of grants.
The COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance program will provide grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to small businesses that have been economically impacted by COVID-19. This is not a first-come, first-served program. There will be multiple rounds of application windows.
The application window for the first round of funding is expected to open on June 30th and remain open for 10 business days. Applications will continue to be accepted after 10 business days but will be considered for future rounds of funding. Additional rounds will be announced soon.
Businesses must apply through an eligible Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). The CDFI Network is a group of 17 Pennsylvania-based community development financial institutions that primarily provide financing options for small businesses. For more information, visit pabusinessgrants.com
As we head into summer and the weather heats up, it is important to make sure you’re keeping your pets safe. Below is some information on state laws to protect our best friends.
Round of Applause
This week’s round of applause goes to The Peace Center, and their virtual conversation on racial justice happening tonight at 7:00PM. Keeping the momentum going can be difficult, especially while social distancing, but virtual discussions like this one are a step in the right direction toward ending racism and creating a more just society. You can register for the event on The Peace Center’s website.
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Offices of State Senator Steve Santarsiero
All offices are temporarily closed to visitors due to COVID-19.
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Building 100, Suite 121
Doylestown, PA 18901
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Newtown, PA 18940
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Senate Box 203010
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3010
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