Senator Santarsiero, Representative Davis Announce $255,000 for Bristol Township Watershed Restoration

BUCKS COUNTY  September 23, 2022 – State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and State Representative Tina Davis (D-141) announced today that Bristol Township will receive $255,000 in state funding for a watershed restoration project.

The project will improve the existing swales along Mill Creek near Plumbridge Drive in the township, helping to combat erosion of the existing swales and prevent the flow of sediment into the creek.

“Vegetated bioswales are an environmentally-friendly way to manage stormwater runoff and protect water quality in our local creeks,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “Solutions like what Bristol Township is implementing here will preserve our natural resources while strengthening our infrastructure to combat increasingly severe weather.”

Bristol Township Manager Randee Elton described the project, noting, “With this funding, the Township has the opportunity to implement stormwater projects in an effort to reduce sediment in our waterways.  The focus area is along the wooded section of Mill Creek adjacent to the Plumbridge Drive. The existing swales exhibit signs of severe erosion occurring and lacks vegetation which allows sediment to flow directly into Mill Creek. The proposed installation of vegetated swales will improve Mill Creek to protect water quality, promote groundwater recharge, and provide a reduction of pollutants to the waterways.”

“This state grant award will help implement the Plumbridge BMP Vegetated Bioswales project in Bristol Township whose goal is to reduce runoff and ensure that it is cleaner and better for the environment,” Davis said. “As we are affected by increasingly violent storms due to climate change, we must be innovative and resourceful in our approaches to mitigating their impact on our communities.  This money will help us implement one such innovation in Bristol Township’s infrastructure.”

Council President Craig Bowen said, “The Township of Bristol is committed to preserving its natural resources and with the acceptance of this grant funding we are one step closer to that goal.”

For more information on the Watershed Restoration and Protection Program, visit the DCED website.

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Senator Santarsiero Secures Grants for Snipes Farms Programs Benefitting Seniors & Youth

BUCKS COUNTY August 1, 2022 − Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) recently secured two state grants to support Snipes Farm & Education Center’s mission to share produce with seniors in the community and provide education to low-income children through its summer camp program.

Senator Santarsiero Secures Grants for Snipes Farms ProgramsA $100,000 grant was used to purchase a refrigerated food delivery vehicle and an electric UTV.  The refrigerated food delivery vehicle is being used to deliver fresh produce, grown on the farm, to senior centers and partners across Bucks County. The electric UTV allows staff to get around the farm and is helping Snipes meet its commitment to sustainable energy.

The second grant of $33,419 was used by Snipes Camp to provide educational programming for 21 children living in the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter this summer.

“Snipes Farm and the Snipes family have a long and admirable history in Bucks County of giving back to the community and helping those in need,” said Senator Santarsiero.  “I was happy to support these grants for the vehicles and summer camp, both of which help them share the bounty of the farm with more community members.”

“Healthy food should be for everyone, no matter their income level,” said Jonathan Snipes, Executive Director. “And providing enriching, science-based programs in nature for the most vulnerable kids is one of the best things we do at Snipes Farm! This grant support helps our mission come true! We are thrilled!” 

Snipes Farm & Education Center is a 501(c)(3) educational organization located in Morrisville, Pennsylvania.  The Snipes family are 11th generation Bucks County farmers, dating back to 1688, and have operated the present Snipes Farm since 1808.  More information on Snipes Farm & Education Center can be found at www.snipesfarm.org.

Senator Santarsiero Announces $1.2 Million for Traffic Improvements in 10th District 

BUCKS COUNTY July 15, 2022 − Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) announced today the award of $1,248,462 in state funds for five projects in the district as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Green Light-Go grant program.

Four municipalities were awarded grants to complete five projects:

  • Doylestown Township – $469,492 for fiber interconnection of traffic signals at seven intersections along Swamp Road (Route 313);
  • Doylestown Township – $100,000 for safety upgrades including flashing yellow arrow and advance dilemma-zone detection along Route 611 from Edison Furlong Road to Kelly Road;
  • Dublin Borough – $129,360 for upgrades to traffic signals at three intersections along Main Street (Route 313);
  • Falls Township – $244,290 for upgrades to the traffic signal at Trenton Road and North Olds Boulevard; and
  • Lower Makefield Township – $305,320 for upgrades to the traffic signal at Pine Grove Road and Big Oak Road.

“These upgrades will help relieve congestion and improve the flow of traffic on some of our busiest roadways, benefitting residents and travelers,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “Traffic signal upgrades like these projects increase accessibility to our local businesses and ensure safety on our roadways.”

Green Light-Go grants are provided as reimbursement to municipalities for updates to improve the efficiency and operation of existing traffic signals. Grant funding through the Green Light-Go program may be utilized for a range of operational improvements including, but not limited to light-emitting diode (LED) technology installation, traffic signal retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies.  For more information visit the PennDOT website.

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Senator Santarsiero, Representative Warren Announces $873,000 for Newtown Township to Improve Sidewalks in Business Commons 

BUCKS COUNTY April 21, 2022 − State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and state Representative Perry Warren (D-31) announced $873,000 in state funds for Newtown Township to improve pedestrian safety and access in the Newtown Business Commons.  The funding comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Multimodal Transportation Fund.

“State investments in our transportation keep our community connected and our economy thriving,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “This project will help the Newtown Business Commons close existing trail and sidewalk gaps and improve pedestrian access while better connecting the Business Commons to the community.  My Newtown office is on the edge of the Commons, so I have seen firsthand how bustling the area is and the need for these improvements.”

“Like many of our residents I regularly walk and run in the Newtown Business Commons,” said Rep. Warren.  “This project will improve pedestrian safety and expand connectivity in and between our communities. It will close existing trail and sidewalk gaps and will help residents and visitors experience all Newtown has to offer.”

The project includes construction of 0.5 mile of five-foot wide concrete sidewalks, stormwater management improvements, construction of ADA curb ramps, improved striping and signage, installation of benches, and landscaping.  The Newtown Business Commons sits on 300 acres in Newtown Township, just off the Newtown Bypass, and is home to more than 200 companies, including aeronautical, biomed, biotech, engineering, medical and general office organizations. It also includes a hotel and conference center, the Newtown Post office, and restaurants.

“We are excited and thrilled to learn the township was awarded this multimodal grant from PennDOT,” said Dennis Fisher, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors Chairman.  “It will not only help us provide interconnections and link neighborhoods together, but it will also provide us with sidewalks and other infrastructure improvements to revitalize our Business Commons.”

Multimodal transportation fund grants encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth. For more information about the Multimodal Transportation Fund Grants, visit the PennDOT website.

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Senator Santarsiero Announces $188,437 in State Funds to Support Local Police Departments

BUCKS COUNTY – December 8, 2021 − State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) announced four local police departments will receive a total of $188,437 in state funding through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).  The breakdown of awards is as follows:

  • Central Bucks Regional Police Department: $59,597
  • Solebury Township: $57,940
  • Lower Makefield Township: $36,000
  • New Britain Township: $34,900

“Keeping our communities safe requires ensuring our local police have adequate resources to do their jobs,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “Each of our municipal and area police departments show incredible dedication to protecting the community, which is why I am so pleased to advocate for these awards to support our police as they serve residents across my district.”

The funding for Central Bucks Regional Police Department will be used to build a new evidence impound yard.  Following several security breaches at their previous impound yard on the Doylestown Borough public works site, Central Bucks Regional Police Department began using a neighboring police department’s facility to temporarily house evidence.  With the addition of the evidence impound yard, the department will be able to apply to become a state accredited entity.

“The new yard and accompanying security features will bolster the ability of Central Bucks Regional Police Department to properly secure evidence and maintain chain of custody, which is vital to fair and timely prosecution in criminal matters,” said Sen. Santarsiero.

“This project will allow CBRPD to negate ongoing criminal activity and protection of evidentiary materials at the police impound yard,” said Central Bucks Regional Police Chief Karl Knott. “The new impound yard will allow for the final step in becoming a PA Accredited Law Enforcement Agency by meeting PLEAC standards on evidence integrity and chain of custody.”

Solebury Township will be using the funds to enhance their technological capabilities and improve their police department records management system.

“Technology is an incredible aid to support the work of our police,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “Upgrading the technology and record management system used by Solebury Township Police Department will streamline the system and improve efficiency for the department.”

“This is great news for Solebury Township and the Police Department,” said Solebury Township Police Chief Dominick Bellizzie. “We are currently using an antiquated system with limited support and it will be great for the Department to move to a state-of-the-art records management system. This will be a tremendous asset.”

Lower Makefield Township Police Department will use the awarded funds to implement innovative training for officers on a variety of subjects.

“Continued and diversified training of police officers ensures our officers have the knowledge and ability to effectively diffuse challenging situations,” said Sen. Santarsiero. “These funds will help the Lower Makefield Township Police Department implement trainings related to bias policing, officer’s duty to intervene, use of force and how to effectively work with mentally ill individuals, helping to better serve the community.”

Lower Makefield Township Police Chief Kenneth Coluzzi believes, “This grant will help foster police community trust and continue to build upon the high standards of our department.”

The funds for New Britain Township will help the police department fulfill its quest to become an accredited law enforcement agency and develop new policies for community policing.

“Our police are constantly working to protect us and ensure best practices and policies are used when interacting with the community,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “New Britain Township police officers will be better able to serve the community as they build on their work and develop new, safe ways of resolving issues that arise.”

“As a new chief I recognize the importance of innovative and evidence based policing initiatives such as policy development and accreditation,” said New Britain Township Police Chief Richard Clowser.  “This grant will help New Britain Township Police Department professionalize their services and increase our accountability to the New Britain Township Community.  We are excited to join the over 134 professional law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania in achieving Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation.”

The mission of the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (CJAC) is to support a comprehensive strategy to reduce crime that prioritizes evidence-based policy and practice at every stage of the Commonwealth’s justice system.  For more information, visit the PCCD website.

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Senator Santarsiero Secures $1.57 million for Biotech Investment in Bucks County

BUCKS COUNTY  – December 6, 2021 – State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) announced today that he has secured $1,577,500 in state funds from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) for the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center, the life sciences incubator in Buckingham Township.

“I’d like to thank Governor Wolf for supporting my request to dedicate RACP funds for the continued growth and expansion of the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “We have the potential right here in Bucks County to build a biotechnology corridor that will lead the way in scientific discovery and boost our local economy.  The Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center is a shining example of this potential, serving as an incubator for more than 40 companies on the cutting edge of research and scientific advancement.”

Named one of the most successful biotech incubators in the United States, the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center is dedicated to advancing biotechnology in Bucks County and the region by maximizing synergies between nonprofit scientists and their commercial colleagues, and launching new ideas and discoveries.

“We are ecstatic about this investment to nurture new life sciences companies and create scores of new jobs here in Bucks County,” said Timothy Block, President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center.  “It has been Senator Santarsiero’s steadfast support and commitment to our shared vision for a bio-tech corridor here in Bucks County that is allowing us to compete with the major life sciences clusters in California, Massachusetts, North Carolina and other states.”

Biotechnology is currently a nearly $500B industry globally and growing, with new research and development opportunities each year.

“This grant will help accommodate a waiting list of companies looking to grow at the PA Biotech Center here in Buckingham Township,” added Louis Kassa, Chief Operating Officer of the center. “We are grateful to Senator Santarsiero and Governor Wolf for their partnership in this effort to expand our local economy.”

RACP is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity. RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs.

To learn more about RACP projects and grants, visit the Pennsylvania Office of the Budget website.

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Senator Santarsiero, Representative Warren Announce $75,000 State Investment for Newtown Borough Creek Restoration 

BUCKS COUNTY – November 19, 2021 – State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and state Representative Perry Warren (D-31) announced today that Newtown Borough was awarded $75,000 for restoration of a Newtown Creek tributary.

The project to stabilize the banks of “Old Skunky”, a Newtown Creek tributary, will include regrading 220 feet of bank, and planting native trees, shrubs and grasses.  It is projected to take two years to complete.

“Restoring the banks of Old Skunky is critical to keeping the Newtown Creek vibrant and healthy, which is why I was eager to secure these funds for Newtown Borough” said Senator Santarsiero.  “The Newtown Creek restoration project, including the use of native plants, will provide environmental benefits to the area around the waterway.”

“I served on Newtown Borough Council for seven years. Maintaining water quality, sediment from Old Skunky and MS-4 funding and compliance are and were continual challenges,” said Rep. Warren.  “Borough Council leaders pursued and Newtown Borough was awarded this Watershed Restoration Grant for Old Skunky Streambank Restoration.  The project will enhance water quality, reduce erosion and save Newtown Borough residents money.”

Act 13 of 2012 established the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for watershed restoration and protection projects.

For more information about the Commonwealth Financing Authority Act 13 grants visit the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development website.

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Senator Santarsiero Secures $60,000 in State Funds for Lower Makefield Township Police Department Crime Scene and Accident Investigation Vehicle

(L to R): Officer Steven Tamburo, Captain Bob Lewis, Chief Ken Coluzzi, State Senator Steve Santarsiero, Sergeant Kurt Bradley, Officer Brittany Peck

BUCKS COUNTY – July 20, 2021 –  Lower Makefield Township Police Department is getting a new crime scene and accident investigation vehicle thanks to $60,000 in state funds secured by State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10).  

“Beginning when I was a Lower Makefield Township Supervisor more than a dozen years ago, I have advocated for funding to support the important work our police do on a daily basis to keep our community safe,” said Senator Santarsiero during a visit to the Police Department to present the check on Tuesday.  “I was happy to secure these state funds for Lower Makefield Township Police Department for the new crime scene and accident investigation vehicle, which will help detectives investigate crime scene more efficiently and effectively.”

Chief Coluzzi echoed support for these funds saying, “We are extremely grateful for Senator Santarsiero’s help in facilitating this grant for us.  It is a very important piece of equipment, which will contain high tech, specialized tools.” 

The crime scene and accident investigation vehicle is a resource not many police departments have in the area.  Chief Coluzzi continued, “This will provide a benefit to all of the residents of Lower Makefield Township and all of the residents of Bucks County, as it will be a shared resource that neighboring departments can use on an as-needed basis.”

“They are trying to do everything they can to be fiscally responsible here in Lower Makefield,” Sen. Santarsiero continued, speaking about the Lower Makefield Township Board of Supervisors.  “To the extent the state can come in and help with something like this, it’s one less thing the township has to buy, which helps them balance the budget and keep taxes at a reasonable rate.”

“Ensuring that our police have the resources they need has long been a primary goal of mine,” said Lower Makefield Township Supervisor John B. Lewis.  “When I joined the Board in 2016, one of the first things I did was add two additional police officers to the force.  Today, I am excited that Senator Santarsiero has helped Lower Makefield get an Accident Investigation Vehicle for our officers and for our community.”

Suzanne Blundi, Chair of the Lower Makefield Board of Supervisors added, “I wish to extend my sincere thanks to State Senator Steve Santarsiero for his continued support to our community. I believe this Keystone Grant will certainly aid our Law Enforcement in providing the highest quality of service to our residents.”

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Senator Santarsiero Applauds $512,761 State Investment to Assist Bucks County Residents Experiencing Homelessness

BUCKS COUNTY – July 20, 2021 − Governor Tom Wolf today announced four organizations in Bucks County are getting a boost from state funds as part of a $1.5 million statewide investment to assist Pennsylvanians experiencing homelessness and prevent future homelessness.  A Woman’s Place, Family Services Association, Valley Youth House and YWCA Bucks County, will share $512,761 in Emergency Solutions Grant CARES Act funds.

Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) represents Doylestown, where A Woman’s Place is located, and applauded the investment saying, “Each of these four organizations does incredible work for residents of Bucks County experiencing tough times.  I want to thank Governor Wolf for prioritizing these funds for our region, which will help individuals and families especially impacted by the pandemic.”

The funding is part of the federal CARES Act funding, which will be distributed to Bucks County to allocate to the organizations.

“The emergency shelter operations of these remarkable service organizations will provide residents with a safe place to live as they begin to rebuild economic stability,” continued Sen. Santarsiero.  “Much progress has been made to combat COVID-19 and together we will continue to rise up and grow stronger as we move forward.”

For more information on the Emergency Solutions Grant CARES Act funds visit the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development website

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Senator Santarsiero Presents $116,000 in State Funds to New Hope Arts

Connie Gering (New Hope Borough Council President), Senator Santarsiero, Larry Keller (New Hope Arts Board Chair and New Hope Mayor) and Carol Cruickshanks

BUCKS COUNTY − July 8, 2021 − Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) visited New Hope Arts Center today to present the organization with a check for $116,000 in state funds.  The grant is for the installation of an elevator so that the exhibition space, located on the second floor, is accessible to all visitors.

“New Hope has long been a beacon for locals and tourists interested in its thriving arts and cultural scene,” said Sen. Santarsiero at a press conference.  “New Hope Arts has the admirable mission of lifting up new artists and providing a space for those who would not traditionally get a gallery showcase.  I was proud to work with the state to secure these funds for the installation of an elevator, which will make the gallery accessible to a broader audience, boosting New Hope Arts as an organization, the impressive artist it features, and the vibrant New Hope community.”

Senator Santarsiero was joined at the press conference by members of the New Hope Arts Board of Directors, local elected officials, and supporters of the organization.

“Since we opened 11 years ago, this is our first opportunity to allow everybody to come to our events, shows and the New Hope Arts Festival,” said Larry Keller, Board Chair of New Hope Arts and Mayor of New Hope.  “I’m giddy and appreciative that Senator Santarsiero has helped us get public support for the first time in our history.  This is a turning point that will help us provide accessibility to the arts, so no one is left out.”

New Hope Borough Council President Connie Gering echoed the effects this grant will have on the arts community in New Hope saying, “This is such a vision for the leadership of the New Hope Arts Center to bring grant money in.  New Hope has been known as an arts community and New Hope Arts is the center of that for New Hope.  Thank you Senator Santarsiero for making this vision possible. This will be an asset to our town to be able to bring more visitors.”

Carol Cruickshanks, Executive Director of New Hope Arts noted that the grant for the elevator will help to expand the opportunities for the organization, saying “We look forward to expanding even more with this great benefit that we have been provided with, and we thank Senator Santarsiero for this opportunity.”

New Hope Arts is an incorporated non-profit arts center that showcases the work of contemporary local artists.  Established in 2002, New Hope Arts presents six to eight exhibits annually, often featuring emerging artists.  More information about New Hope Arts, including current exhibit information, can be found on the organization’s website.

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Senator Santarsiero with New Hope Arts Board of Directors

Senator Santarsiero, Representative Warren Announce $462,147 in State Multimodal Grants for Local Transportation Improvement

BUCKS COUNTY – April 16, 2021 – State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and state Representative Perry Warren (D-31) announced today the award of Multimodal Transportation Fund Grants to Yardley Borough and Morrisville Borough.  Yardley Borough will receive $312,147 and Morrisville Borough will receive $150,000 in funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

“We are fortunate here in Bucks County to have some of the most beautiful and vibrant boroughs in the state,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “These multimodal grant funds will help make improvements to two of those boroughs, helping keep our main streets lively and thriving.”  

The Yardley Borough project will allow for the construction of approximately 1,200 linear feet of concrete sidewalk along the northern side of North Main Street.  The project will also include related stormwater and pedestrian facility improvements.

“Yardley Borough is a real gem and a very pedestrian friendly destination.  The construction along North Main Street will help provide access to the many restaurants and shops that attract both locals and visitors to our community,” said Sen. Santarsiero.

“This state grant toward the construction of sidewalks on North Main Street supports Yardley Borough Council’s commitment to pedestrian and traffic safety and the creation of a safe pedestrian passage to downtown Yardley, its stores, restaurants, offices and other businesses,” said Rep. Warren.

The Morrisville Borough project seeks to improve the pedestrian and traffic signals at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Trenton Avenue so that it is safer for the community.

“The intersection at Pennsylvania and Trenton Avenues is always busy, whether you are coming off the Calhoun Street Bridge or visiting the shopping center right there.  This project will make it safer for pedestrians and drivers alike, protecting our community while improving access to local businesses,” continued Sen. Santarsiero.

“The state funding of these pedestrian and traffic signals is another important step, as we work together with Morrisville Borough Council to improve pedestrian and traffic safety in Morrisville,” continued Rep. Warren.  “Together, these grants reflect our shared goals of boosting our downtown economies, enhancing our quality of life and ensuring pedestrian and traffic safety.”

Multimodal transportation fund grants encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth. For more information about the Multimodal Transportation Fund Grants, visit the DCED website.

 

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Senator Santarsiero Announces $16,155 in State Grant to Solebury Township for Body Worn Cameras for Police  

BUCKS COUNTY – March 16, 2021 – State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) announced Solebury Township will receive $16,155 through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) Federal Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program Funds.  These funds will go toward the purchase of body worn camera systems for the use of Solebury Township Police.

“Keeping our communities safe requires ensuring our local police have adequate resources, including body worn cameras that increase accountability,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “These funds for Solebury Township will help the police purchase equipment to help them do their job, while improving transparency and public safety.”

Currently, Solebury Township Police have in-car cameras and plan to make the switch to body-worn cameras.

“The Board was eager to include body-worn cameras into the township budget for 2021 and this grant will help make that a reality,” said Mark Baum Baicker, Board Chair for Solebury Township Board of Supervisors.  “Our township police have been relying on cameras in police vehicles, so the switch to body-worn cameras will be a great asset for the police department and for the safety of our community.”

The mission of the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (CJAC) is to support a comprehensive strategy to reduce crime that prioritizes evidence-based policy and practice at every stage of the Commonwealth’s justice system.  For more information, visit the PCCD website.

 

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Senator Santarsiero, Representative Warren Announce $262,558 in State Funds to Improve Neshaminy Creek Water Quality

BUCKS COUNTY – December 30, 2020 – State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and state Representative Perry Warren (D-31) announced that Bucks County Conservation District will receive $262,558 in Growing Greener grant funds through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).  With a primary goal of improving the water quality of Neshaminy Creek, the funds will be used for a water quality improvement project at an equine facility in Newtown Township.

The project will implement a variety of water quality management best practices, including the design and installation of waterways and diversions, subsurface drainage improvements, stone lined outlets, fencing improvements, animal heavy use area improvements, rain gutter improvements, a roofed manure storage facility, and the creation of vegetated buffer areas. 

“Funding for this project highlights the importance of ensuring our local farms and facilities are equipped with the necessary resources to protect our environment, specifically our waterways,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “The improvements that will be made through this project will both protect Neshaminy Creek and help raise awareness within our local equine community about the importance of conservation.”

“This grant award both helps ensure that we have safe, clean water and recognizes the critical role work of the Bucks County Conservation District in managing and directing the county’s soil, water and natural resources,” said Rep. Warren.

“The Bucks County Conservation District is excited for this opportunity to expand upon our previous efforts to improve water quality with in the Neshaminy Creek Watershed, and especially to be working on a high-density equine operation,” said Gretchen Schatschneider, District Manager for the Bucks County Conservation District.

Additionally, The Heritage Conservancy, located in Doylestown, will receive $26,563 for its Bellwood Preserve Riparian Restoration project, outside of the 10th senate district in Newportville.

The Growing Greener grant program through DEP is used to fund watershed restoration and protection, abandoned mine reclamation and abandoned oil and gas well plugging projects.  For more information about Growing Greener grants, visit the DEP website.

 

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Senator Santarsiero Announces $3.5 million in RACP Grant Funding for New Hope Borough, Doylestown Hospital, Bucks County Children’s Museum, and the Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theatre Education Center

BUCKS COUNTY – December 23, 2020 – State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) announced $3.5 million in state grant funds to improve local infrastructure, health and safety, and arts and culture in Bucks County, which will help grow and strengthen businesses, while providing a needed economic boost to the region. 

The awards will go to New Hope Borough, Doylestown Hospital, Bucks County Children’s Museum and the Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theatre Education Center through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).  RACP is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. 

“I want to thank Governor Wolf for prioritizing RACP funds for projects like these, providing important state investments in our local economy,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “I enthusiastically supported all of these applications, advocating for projects across my district that will drive economic development and make continued regional improvements that are especially needed given the challenges of the pandemic.” 

New Hope Borough will receive $1,750,000 for the construction of a new five-level parking garage on borough-owned land, one block from Main Street.  The project will also update road paving between the garage and Main Street and will provide for both pedestrian walkways and a shuttle service. 

“New Hope is a thriving borough with many restaurants and retail shops that attract locals and tourists alike,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “The parking garage project will accommodate 350 cars, which will make New Hope more accessible, boosting revenue for many small businesses in our local economy.” 

“The Borough welcomes the opportunity to move forward with this grant for a new parking garage,” said Peter Grey, New Hope Borough Manager.  “With an off street parking site, the Borough will be able to provide needed relief to visitors of New Hope who come to enjoy the various restaurants and shopping that are offered.   We look forward to moving forward in the process and thank State Senator Santarsiero for assisting us in our application and Governor Wolf for authorizing the funding for the Borough.” 

“This is a dream come true for Bucks County Playhouse and the 80,000 people a year who come to our performances.  Indeed, it will be transformative for every business in New Hope.  Definitely the best news to come out of 2020,” said Alexander Fraser, Producing Director of Bucks County Playhouse. “On behalf of the Board and staff of Bucks County Playhouse, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Steve Santarsiero and Connie Gering for their belief in the dream, and their diligence in this huge first step in making it a reality,” said Fraser referring to New Hope Borough Council President Constance Gering.   

The $1 million funds to Doylestown Hospital will be used for the hospital’s new Women’s Diagnostic Center, to relocate, expand, and enhance the current diagnostic area, helping to improve Doylestown Hospital’s commitment to quality care for its patients.  The new Center will feature dedicated space for mammography and ultrasound, with upgraded equipment to increase efficiency in screening and diagnostics.  

 “Doylestown Hospital has a longstanding commitment to providing quality care, and this project highlights that commitment,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “With the completion of the new Women’s Diagnostic Center, the hospital expects to be able to accommodate 10-15% more patients, leading to increases in early detection of cancer in patients and better prognoses with early treatment.”   

 “The support of Gov. Wolf and Sen. Santarsiero is a tremendous boost to the transformative renovation and expansion of key priorities across Doylestown Health,” said Jim Brexler, President and CEO of Doylestown Health. “We deeply appreciate the Commonwealth’s investment in our community health system. They join a growing list of community, Board and staff donors who recognize the need for state-of-the-art facilities, enhanced services, and program growth to serve our community. This support comes at a pivotal time as we continue to raise critical funding for ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health allowing us to safeguard the future of healthcare while remaining independent.” 

The Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theatre Education Center will receive $500,000 to develop a public museum and education center on the preserved Highland Farm site in Doylestown.  The project will include restoration of existing home structures, and repurposing of the facility to include exhibition and classroom spaces, as well as a welcome center. 

“I have been working with the Oscar Hammerstein Museum and all of our local museums here in Bucks County throughout the pandemic to help ensure they come out on the other side of this stronger than before”, said Sen. Santarsiero.  “These state funds to help restore and redevelop this iconic property will allow the public to visit the space that inspired some of the most classic American musicals like Oklahoma, South Pacific and Sound of Music.”   

“We are extremely grateful to Senator Santarsiero and Governor Wolf for this grant. Preserving Highland Farm, the homestead and creative epicenter where Oscar Hammerstein II wrote the lyrics to some of the world’s most noted and performed songs, is essential for Bucks County, for Pennsylvania and for our country,” said Greg Roth, President of the Board, Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theater Education Center. Speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors, Christine Cole, and all of the organization’s supporters and advocates, Roth continued, “Oscar Hammerstein’s themes of inclusion and acceptance are as relevant today as they were 80 years ago when he penned them. The Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theater Education Center will provide a place for enthusiasts and visitors to be inspired and a place for children from all over the world to have an opportunity to learn about musical theater and pursue their musical theater passions and interests.” 

The Bucks County Children’s Museum will receive $250,000 for construction of a new 20,000 sq. ft. facility, that will feature expanded exhibit and gallery areas, expanded indoor and outdoor space, and will incorporate additional health and safety best practices.  The project will also increase parking and build new administrative offices. 

“The Children’s Museum offers our young people an opportunity to explore their creative side in an interactive environment, while serving both our local community and attracting families from a wider area,” said Sen. Santarsiero. “Our museums have been hit hard by the Coronavirus pandemic, so I am particularly excited that Bucks County Children’s Museum has been awarded funding to build a new facility that will include improvements to meet health and safety guidelines, including larger indoor and outdoor spaces.” 

“This support from the Commonwealth is great news for the thousands of families and children who visit The Bucks County Children’s Museum each year,” said Kelly Krumenacker, Executive Director of The Bucks County Children’s Museum   We are excited for the opportunity to increase our capacity to serve the community and visitors to the county in an expanded facility filled with unique and engaging educational experiences.”

RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity. RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs. 

To learn more about RACP projects and grants, visit the Pennsylvania Office of the Budget website

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Senator Santarsiero Announces $3,950,000 in State Funding to Bucks County Community College

BUCKS COUNTY — December 10, 2020 — State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) announced the award of $3,950,000 in state funding to Bucks County Community College (BCCC) from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). The funding award from the state will go toward BCCC’s latest capital undertaking, part of a $7,900,000 project. This project, a new Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP), is an investment in the college’s technology infrastructure and will allow BCCC to modernize systems for students, faculty, and staff for decades to come.

“Bucks County Community College continues to provide outstanding opportunities to our local students, despite recent challenges in the education field due to the pandemic,” said Sen. Santarsiero. “This funding from the Department of Education will help BCCC continue to provide exemplary community engagement and pathways for personal and professional success for all students.”

The college’s president, Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt, commented “In today and tomorrow’s world, capital projects are not always bricks and mortar. This project will propel the digital transformation of Bucks, allowing us to serve Bucks Countians using new user-friendly and more secure technology systems.”

As per the perimeters of the grant, the funding from PDE represents half of the annual capital expense of the project. The remaining funds will be sourced from local sponsors of BCCC.

To learn more about BCCC, visit their website.

To learn about funding opportunities through PDE, visit their website.

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Senator Santarsiero Announces Over $2.5 Million in Funding to Assist Crime Victims, Provide for Treatment, and Protect the Public

BUCKS COUNTY – December 9, 2020 – State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) announced $2,532,739 in funding from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) that will help county organizations and localities serve victims of crimes, assist with treatment, and improve public safety.

“These state funds will meet critical needs in our community, helping our local organizations and entities continue to serve our vulnerable populations,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “We are fortunate that at the county-level there is a strong commitment to rehabilitation and victim’s services, which is amplified by the work of organizations such as NOVA and A Woman’s Place.  Our community is safest when there are adequate resources for our justice system, law enforcement and community organizations.”

Bucks County will receive $125,533 in Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Relief funds.  The county will also receive $920,347 through the County Adult Probation and Parole Advisory Committee (CAPPAC) to support the county’s work to improve adult probation services.  The Bucks County Commissioners will also receive $387,520 in Children’s Advocacy Center Advisory Committee (CACAC) funds to support a fourth year of its pilot program to prevent child sexual abuse.

Additional CAPPAC funds of $916,121 were awarded in Intermediate Punishment Treatment Funds to the following organizations, to support project work:

  • Bucks County Commissioners: $545,570
  • Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA): $304,382
  • A Woman’s Place: $66,160

NOVA received an additional $125,000 in Victims Services Advisory Committee (VSAC), Federal STOP Violence Against Women Funds, as well as $47,000 from the CACAC for its work as a State Children’s Advocacy Center.

New Hope Borough will receive $11,218 in Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (CJAC) funds that will go toward body-worn cameras for law enforcement.

The Victims’ Services Advisory Committee (VSAC) serves in an advisory capacity to PCCD and to assure that the voices, needs, and perspectives of all crime victims and survivors will be considered in the development of services, services standards, policies, funding priorities, legislation, and outcomes.  For more information on VSAC’s role within PCCD, visit the PCCD website.

The County Adult Probation and Parole Advisory Committee (CAPPAC) serves in an advisory capacity to PCCD to ensure reasonable and efficient administration on all matters pertaining to the Pennsylvania County Adult Probation and Parole System.  For more information on the CAPPAC’s role within PCCD, visit the PCCD website.

The Children’s Advocacy Center Advisory Committee (CACAC) seeks to promote prevention, treatment, and justice for victims of child sexual abuse and child abuse through children’s advocacy centers and multidisciplinary investigative teams throughout the Commonwealth. To learn more about the CACAC, visit the PCCD website.  

The Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (CJAC) seeks to support a comprehensive strategy to reduce crime that prioritizes evidence-based policy and practice at every stage of the Commonwealth’s justice system.  For more information on the CJAC, visit the PCCD website.

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Senator Santarsiero Announces $50,000 in State Funding to Bucks County Technical High School

BUCKS COUNTY – November 20, 2020 – State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) announced Bucks County Technical High School will receive $50,000, the maximum possible award, through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).  The Career and Technical Education Competitive Equipment Grant helps schools purchase equipment aligned with the needs of local employers for use in PDE-approved Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, and to provide hands-on training to students in those programs. 

“Our career and technical school programs help students prepare for a variety of career areas, by providing hands-on learning and experience,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “These grant funds will help ensure that our students receive targeted training that meets the specific needs of local businesses and industries, which will make them more competitive employment candidates upon graduation and keep talent here in our community.”  

Middle Bucks Institute of Technology also received $34,902, which, while located outside of the 10th Senate District, serves students in Sen. Santarsiero’s district.

For more information on the Career and Technical Education Competitive Equipment Grants, visit the PDE website.

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Senator Santarsiero, Representatives Warren and Galloway Announce $500,000 in Funding to Morrisville Borough School District

BUCKS COUNTY – October 23, 2020 – State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and state Representatives Perry Warren (D-31) and John Galloway (D-140), announced today that Morrisville Borough School District will receive $500,000 in supplemental funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).  In 2019, Senator Santarsiero and Representatives Warren and Galloway were able to secure an agreement by the state to provide the District with a total of $1 million in supplemental funding.  The supplemental funding was needed to help the District overcome budget shortfalls created, in part, by the fact that for many years Morrisville has not received its fair share in funding from the state under Pennsylvania’s basic education funding formula.  The first $500,000 of that money was released in 2019.  This payment represents the remainder of the supplemental funding under that agreement.

“This funding for Morrisville School District helps meet a critical need to support the district in providing quality education to all students,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “These funds will ensure the district can continue to meet the needs of its students and faculty, as it works to protect the health and safety of its teachers and students amid the ongoing pandemic.  As I have said many times before, I am a strong advocate for increasing funding for Morrisville School District by fixing the state funding formula which unfairly shortchanges the district.  I will continue to work with my House colleagues to make those changes, because every student in Morrisville deserves access to a great education.”

“This supplemental funding is critical to maintaining Morrisville School’s staffing and services,” said Rep. Warren.  “Superintendent Jason Harris and Board President Damon Miller have worked diligently with us to ensure that Morrisville students continue to receive a great education.  This funding is more than a bandage, but we still need a comprehensive adjustment of state funding for the Morrisville School District, and Sen. Santarsiero, Rep. Galloway and I continue to work with the Governor’s office and PDE to achieve appropriate funding for Morrisville schools.” 

“This grant money will provide critical aid to the Morrisville School District as it faces increased needs arising from the Covid-19 pandemic,” Galloway said.  “At a time when both teachers and students are struggling to adapt to the challenges posed by the pandemic, this funding will provide greater access to the resources needed for both educators and students to succeed.  We are all committed to providing Morrisville children with the best education possible.”

Since 2015, Morrisville School District and its elected officials in the Pennsylvania House and Senate, have been working with the administration of Governor Wolf to provide Morrisville’s schools with $1 million in supplemental funding each fiscal year to help close the gap. In May, Sen. Santarsiero and Reps. Warren and Galloway sent a letter to Governor Wolf requesting supplemental funding for Morrisville School District, while requesting a review of the funding formula used to allocate state funds to the district.

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Senator Santarsiero Announces $535,425 in State Funding to Area Fire, Rescue and EMS

BUCKS COUNTY – October 9, 2020 – State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) announced twenty-six area fire, rescue, and EMS will receive $535,425 in funding to offset expenses related to COVID-19, under the COVID-19 Crisis Fire, Rescue and EMS grant from the Office of State Fire Commissioner (OSFC).

“Our fire, rescue, and EMS workers dedicate themselves to serving our communities and have been on the frontlines of keeping us healthy and safe, long before this pandemic started,” said Sen. Santarsiero. “These funding awards are critical to supporting the efforts of these brave men and women, who have continued to respond to the needs of our community, often with diminished resources, during these unprecedented times.” 

The funding awards in Senate District 10 are as follows:

  • Chalfont Chemical Fire Engine Company: $25,342
  • Doylestown Fire Co. No. 1: $25,342
  • Dublin Volunteer Fire Company: $24,520
  • Fairless Hills Volunteer Fire Co.: $23,973
  • Falls Township Fire Company #1: $25,342
  • Haycock Fire Company No 1: $23,973
  • Hilltown Township Volunteer Fire Company: $25,342
  • Levittown Fire Company 1 Falls Township: $25,342
  • Morrisville Fire Company: $23,836
  • New Hope Eagle Fire Company: $11,094
  • Newtown Fire Association: $25,068
  • Newtown Township: $11,094
  • Ottsville Volunteer Fire Company: $24,931
  • Perkasie Fire Company No. 1: $24,931
  • Plumsteadville Volunteer Fire Company: $25,342
  • Point Pleasant Fire Company: $23,151
  • Silverdale Volunteer Fire Company: $23,562
  • Tullytown Fire Company: $23,425
  • Upper Makefield Fire Company: $25,068
  • Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad: $5,856
  • Central Bucks Ambulance and Rescue Unit: $15,048
  • Chalfont Emergency Medical Services, Inc. $15,048
  • Grand View Hospital: $15,048
  • Newtown American Legion Ambulance Squad, Inc.: $15,048
  • Point Pleasant Plumsteadville EMS: $14,945
  • Yardley Makefield Emergency Unit: $13,754

For more information on the COVID-19 Crisis Fire, Rescue and EMS grants, visit the OSFC website.

Senator Santarsiero and Representative Ullman Announce $81,200 for Acquisition of State Game Lands in Haycock Township

BUCKS COUNTY – October 8, 2020 – There will be an additional 15 acres of State Game Lands in Haycock Township, thanks to a grant for $81,2000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, announced State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and Representative Wendy Ullman (D-143) today.   Natural Lands Trust will receive the funds as payment towards the acquisition of property under DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program grant program.

“Open space acquisition is an important part of preserving land in our area, which benefits both outdoor enthusiasts and the environment,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “This property in Haycock Township offers outdoor recreation and activities for sportsmen, which will be enjoyed by our community and drive visitors to our area, benefiting our local economy.” 

“This 15 acre acquisition of State Game Lands in Haycock Township will be a welcome addition to public space,” said Rep. Ullman. “These public lands are used all year long by hikers as well as by hunters during hunting season.” 

The DCNR Recreation and Conservation grant program is funded with a variety of state and federal funding sources including, the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93) which includes Key-Community and Key-Land Trust; the Environmental Stewardship Fund (ESF); the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF); Pennsylvania Trails fund (PRT – federal source); Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program (HA); and the ATV Restricted Management Account Fund (ATV).

For more information on the Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grants, visit the DCNR website.

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Senator Santarsiero Announces More Than $800,00 to Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center of Bucks County to Advance COVID-19 Research

DOYLESTOWN – August 28, 2020 − State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) announced that the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center of Bucks County will receive $803,306.00 in grant funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) Office of Technology and Innovation. This funding through the COVID-19 Vaccines, Treatments and Therapies (CV-VTT) program will support the advancement of vaccines, treatments, and therapies by qualified biotechnology entities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“The PA Biotech Center is an important part of our region’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, ushering in some of the first diagnostic tests in Bucks County through on-site companies, as well as hosting a number of other entrepreneurs who are developing new drugs to manage this disease,” said Sen. Santarsiero. “This investment not only spurs economic growth to the area’s biotech sector, but will likely help save lives here and across the world.” 

The Baruch S. Blumberg Institute, which manages the PA Biotech Center, was awarded $165,406 to continue work on a new compound that binds to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein and prevents viral entry and promote it to human clinical trials. This could be the first small molecule drug for treatment of COVID-19. 

The Blumberg Institute was also awarded $207,900 to conduct a study to determine if a small molecule, iminosugar, alone or in combination with Remdesivir or Favipiravir, has useful antiviral activity against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19. 

The PA Biotech was awarded $430,000 to convert an under-used warehouse grade space in its complex into useful research and training space that will accelerate the pace of development of projects dealing with COVID-19 and related work. The 6,000-square-foot space will be used by several biotechnology companies, research projects, and trainees who will work on new therapeutics and diagnostics discovery science, as well as human phlebotomy for COVID-19. 

“The PA Biotech Center has demonstrated that it can be a hub for numerous growth opportunities,” Sen. Santarsiero said.  “I am very excited to work with the Center to help those opportunities become real jobs and new industries here.” 

The PA Biotech Center is a non-profit, managed by the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute, offering state-of-the-art laboratory and office space to research and biotechnology companies. The CV-VTT funds, which will be matched dollar for dollar with private funds, will enable the PA Biotech Center to respond to the explosive demand and immediate need for additional research to accommodate multiple COVID-19 treatment and therapy projects. 

For more information on the CV-VTT program, visit the DCED website

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Senator Santarsiero Announces Nearly $390,000 to Area School Districts for Special Needs Education

BUCKS COUNTY – August 21, 2020 − State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) announced all school districts in Senate District 10 will receive grant funding, totaling $389,693, from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for compensatory services for students with special needs.  

The funding awards by school district are as follows:

  • Central Bucks School District: $176,326
  • Council Rock School District: $123,706
  • Morrisville Borough School District: $7,217
  • New Hope- Solebury School District: $5,000
  • Palisades School District: $16,220
  • Pennridge School District: $19,645
  • Pennsbury School District: $41,579

“These funds will ensure that our special needs students receive the additional resources necessary to make up the gaps in learning and skill-building caused by the switch to distance learning in the spring,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “Our school districts have been faced with countless challenges as they adapt to these uncertain times, yet their commitment to ensuring all students receive access to quality education remains unwavering. These additional funds will benefit both our special needs students, and provide our teachers with necessary resources.” 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorizes governors to determine the educational use of Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Funds, which can be used towards the safe reopening of schools in light of COVID-19.  Grant amounts were calculated using an allocation formula based on the number of students with complex special education needs within each Local Education Agency.

For more information on Governor Wolf’s use of GEER Funds for Compensatory Services for Students with Special Needs, visit the PDE website.

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Senator Santarsiero, Representatives Warren, Ullman, and Galloway, Announce Over $1.7 Million in Small Water and Sewer Grants

BUCKS COUNTY  August 17, 2020 – State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10), along with Representatives Perry Warren (D-31), John Galloway (D-140), and Wendy Ullman (D-143) announced $1,763,403 in Small Water & Sewer Program grant funds through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), are coming to seven local municipalities.  

The awards to local municipalities under the grant are:

  • Doylestown Borough will receive $138,169 for its North Main Street Water Main Project,
  • Bedminster Municipal Authority will receive $319,136 for its Stonebridge- Pennland Farms Water Systems Interconnection Project,
  • Doylestown Township Municipal Authority will receive $157,065 for its South Water Tank Rehabilitation project,
  • Falls Township Authority will receive $452,834, with $215,036 going to its Penn Village Water Main Lining project, and $400,000 going to its Sanitary Sewer Inflow and Infiltration Reduction project,
  • Morrisville Borough will receive $122,008 for its Melvin Avenue Basin Improvements Phase II project,
  • Perkasie Regional Authority will receive $200,000 for its Ridge Road Sewer Extension project, and
  • Yardley Borough will receive $211,989 for its North Main Street Sidewalk Drainage Phase II project.

 “These projects will help make critical improvements to our municipal water and sewer systems, strengthening our infrastructure to protect our environment and maintain quality drinking water for our community,” said Sen. Santarsiero.

“The Morrisville grant will enhance the delivery of water to our residents and business by meeting water quality best management practices, and with the landscaping it will be more aesthetically pleasing.  It is a win-win for Morrisville,” said Rep. Warren.  “The Yardley Borough grant for Phase II of the North Main Street sidewalk drainage will enhance safety and accessibility for Yardley and northern Lower Makefield residents and will be an economic boost to downtown businesses and the entire community. Yardley Borough Council has been working on this project for a long time, and it is great that the state is supporting the project.”

“Working in partnership with local municipalities to support key infrastructure projects is more important than ever to make sure essential services are provided to our citizens,” said Rep. Ullman.  “Securing state support ultimately lessens the cost impact on our municipalities, and thus on local taxpayers.”

“These funds for both Falls Township and Morrisville will help make important improvements to our local water and sewer systems,” said Rep. Galloway.  “I am glad to see projects in my district, and across the county, receiving funding for these much-needed updates.”

Small water and sewer grants are awarded to fund projects that assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply system, sanitary sewer system, storm sewer system, or flood control projects. 

For more information on DCED’s Small Water and Sewer program, visit the DCED website.

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Senator Santarsiero Announces More Than $450,000 in Funding to Local Postsecondary Schools to Aid in Safe Re-Opening Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

BUCKS COUNTY – August 3, 2020 – State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) announced $458,136 will be going to two postsecondary schools in his district, Bucks County Community College and Delaware Valley University, to assist them in implementing public health and safety plans and help them to resume operations in the fall.  Bucks County Community College will receive $366,908 and Delaware Valley University will receive $91,228.  The funding is part of $28 million being distributed amongst postsecondary institutions in Pennsylvania.  The amount each entity received was based on both the shares of total enrollments by each postsecondary sector and the number of socio-economically disadvantaged students served by institutions.

“I was pleased to see that Governor Wolf set aside funds from the CARES Act to support Pennsylvania’s institutions of higher learning, like Bucks County Community College and Delaware Valley University,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “As our colleges and universities prepare for the upcoming semester, these funds will be critical to help keep students, faculty and staff safe.  Our schools deserve our support as they overcome the unique challenges to serve our students amid the Coronavirus pandemic.” 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorized Governor Wolf to determine the educational use of Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Funds.  For additional information, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education website

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Senator Santarsiero Announces $114,000 in Funding to Assist Homeless Families in Bucks County 

BUCKS COUNTY – June 24, 2020 – State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) announced that $114,000 in funding is available to assist homeless families in finding housing and combatting homelessness across the commonwealth. The funding is through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), made available by the federal Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program.

There are six categories for eligibility, which include rapid rehousing, homelessness prevention, street outreach, homeless management information systems, and administration.  Rapid rehousing helps individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness, fleeing violence, or living in a home not suitable for human habitation. Homelessness prevention resources help families or individuals who are currently housed, but may be in jeopardy of losing their homes with rental assistance and case management resources. Street outreach connects unsheltered homeless individuals with emergency shelter and/or health services. Emergency shelter funding supports costs associated with essential services, operating expenses, and renovations necessary to provide emergency shelter.

“Housing is a basic human need, and I am pleased to see resources coming to Bucks County to support some of our most vulnerable residents,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “This funding will provide critical assistance to those in need, whether it is housing those who are homeless, keeping families in their homes, or providing resources to organizations that serve these individuals.”

The funds are part of almost $5.5 million for statewide distribution.  For more information, visit the DCED website.

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