Update from Harrisburg
A Love for Life
Senator Santarsiero with Christine Edmonds and Anne Marie Hughes on the Senate floor
During the legislative session in late November, I recognized Christine Edmonds and Anne Marie Hughes on the Senate floor for their selfless work toward finding a cure for pancreatic cancer.
Christine, a resident of Newtown Borough, lost her husband, Kevin Edmonds, at age 51 after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. It was just two years later that Kevin’s sister, Nora also at age 51, died of pancreatic cancer. Within months, Christine founded A Love for Life and turned her devastating loss into an effort that has raised more than $500,000 to fund pancreatic research at the Abramson Cancer Center at Penn Medicine. Now, A Love for Life is the largest single donor to pancreatic cancer research at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia.
In 2012, the same year Christine lost her husband, Anne Marie Hughes of Newtown Square, Delaware County, received a diagnosis for pancreatic cancer. Anne Marie, through surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation at the Abramson Cancer Center at Penn Medicine, was able to confound the statistics and is now in remission. A member of the board of A Love for Life, Anne Marie has become an integral part of funding pancreatic research.
With November 2019 designated as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in Pennsylvania, I was proud to recognize Christine and Anne Marie in Harrisburg for all their good work.
Nominating our Secretary of the Commonwealth
Senator Santarsiero with Secretary Boockvar at the State Government Committee confirmation hearing
During a State Government Committee confirmation hearing, I had the distinct honor of nominating Doylestown Township resident, Kathy Boockvar, to be Secretary of the Commonwealth.
Prior to her tenure as Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth, for which she was appointed by Governor Wolf in January 2019, Kathy served as Executive Director of Lifecycle WomanCare, was Chief Counsel for the Pennsylvania Auditor General, and in August 2019, was appointed to serve as the Elections Committee Co-Chair for the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS).
Since 2012, Kathy has volunteered her legal expertise with Wills for Heroes, and in 2017, Kathy was awarded a SmartCEO Brava Award. Kathy has served as a poll worker and voting-rights attorney for many years, and through her varying roles and experiences has acquired critical knowledge of election laws and procedures at all levels of government.
Soon after the confirmation hearing, Kathy Boockvar was confirmed by the Senate as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State.
Update from Senate District 10
PennDOT’s 5-Year Resurfacing Plan Announced
Senator Santarsiero discussing the need for key infrastructure improvements with local reporters
I am happy to share that at my request, PennDOT’s Five-Year Resurfacing Plan for Bucks County includes many major roads in Senate District 10, three of which scheduled for 2020 were part of my road tour with PennDOT officials back in September. These roads are Route 202 in Buckingham and Solebury Township, Big Oak Road in Lower Makefield, and Business Route 1 in Falls Township.
This resurfacing work is in addition to the rehabilitation project that has already been announced for the Limekiln Road Bridge, which was previously not scheduled, but is vitally important to emergency response times for Doylestown Fire Company.
I want to thank PennDOT for their receptiveness in prioritizing these key roads for repaving and rehabilitation in 2020.
You can learn more about the resurfacing plan on my district website.
Doylestown Legislative Breakfast
Senator Santarsiero at the Doylestown Legislative Breakfast with 104-year old World War II Navy Veteran, Fred Gomez
Thank you to everyone who joined me for my first Legislative Breakfast in Doylestown and provided insightful questions and comments. I must also give a special thanks in particular to Marine veteran, member of TWA Local 234, and the Executive Director of the Bucks County Association for Retired & Senior Citizens, John Greer, for providing the Central Bucks Senior Center as the venue for this event.
If you missed this breakfast, I will be hosting another one on Wednesday, December 11th from 10:00 to 11:00 am at Pennridge Community Center in Perkasie.
You can watch the entire legislative by visiting my district website.
$4.2 Million in State Grants awarded for local non-profits, infrastructure projects
Throughout the year, the 10th Senate District has been awarded numerous grants that directly benefit the economic growth and development of our community. As 2019 comes to a close, I am happy to announce that more than $4.2 million in state grants for local non-profits, schools, parks, and municipal infrastructure projects have been awarded in November alone. I look forward to seeing these projects take shape and will continue to explore new state funding sources for these important local projects.
The state grants awarded between November 12th and 20th are as followed:
- Dublin Town Center was awarded $700,000 for the Dublin Town Center Main Street Traffic, Roadway & Pedestrian Improvements Project.
- Provco Pineville Doylestown was awarded $500,000 for a roadway in Buckingham Township in the Cross Keys area.
- Newtown Township was awarded $125,000 and $250,000 for the Lower Dolington Road Multi-Use Trail through CFA’s Multimodal Transportation Fund and DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnership Program Grant, respectively.
- Morrisville Borough was awarded $100,000 for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) curb ramp accessibility improvements.
- Yardley Borough was awarded $125,000 for the second phase of the North Main Street Sidewalk Project.
- New Britain Civic Association was awarded $30,300 to prepare a Master Site Development Plan for the 14-acre Covered Bridge Park in New Britain Borough and the abutting 5.8-acre Orchard Park in Doylestown Township.
- Sellersville Borough was awarded $122,500 for the rehabilitation of Lenape Park. Work will include the renovation of pedestrian walkways and parking area, construction of stormwater management measures, installation of fencing, ADA compliancy, landscaping, project signage, and related site improvements.
- Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County was awarded $101,250 to repair 40 homes to be safer, more secure, and more accessible for low income families, including elderly and disabled residents.
- Philabundance was awarded $1,801,250 to combat food insecurity in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.
- Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania (LASP) was awarded $55,000 to increase access to skilled legal assistance for residents in Lower Bucks County to help in resolving issues that impact their livelihoods, housing, family stability, or personal safety.
- Waste Management, Inc. was awarded $300,000 for eight heavy-duty compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles for use at company sites in Bucks, Lackawanna, and Montgomery Counties.
- Pennsbury School District was awarded $68,000 to convert eight old diesel school buses to propane school buses.
You can learn more about these grants by visiting my website newsroom.
(left to right) Senator Santarsiero with Thrombolex Chief Scientific Officer Brian Firth, Senator Pat Browne (R-16), and Thrombolex CEO Marvin Woodall
I visited the Thrombolex Inc. headquarters in New Britain with Senator Pat Browne (R-16), Representative Todd Polinchock (R-144), and Bucks County Commissioner Robert Loughery to announce the award of a $1 million state grant to support clinical trials for a newly developed catheter. This medical device has the potential to revolutionize cardiovascular treatment and save thousands of lives.
I look forward to a continued partnership with Thrombolex Chairman and CEO Marvin Woodall and his incredible staff as they develop this innovative device.
Solebury School Expansion
(left to right) Senator Santarsiero with former state Representative Helen Tai, Solebury Township Supervisor John Francis, Solebury Head of School for Advancement Jennifer K. Burns, and Solebury Township Supervisor Kevin Morrissey
I recently joined educators, elected officials, and the Solebury community at large to unveil plans to expand Solebury School’s campus by more than 50 percent with the acquisition of an additional 50 acres from the New Hope Crushed Stone Quarry. With this property — which will grow to 140 acres — students will soon be enjoying a new student center and residence halls.
With these improvements and a dedicated faculty, the future of Solebury School is bright.
Primary Care Loan Repayment Program
The Pennsylvania Primary Care Loan Repayment Program, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, provides grant funding for educational loan repayment to primary care practitioners serving medically underserved populations. Educational loan repayment is an incentive for recruitment and retention of practitioners for service in federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas and other underserved communities:
The Request for Applications (RFA) #67-94 is attached for your reference. Copies of RFA#67-94 can be downloaded from https://www.health.pa.gov/…/Healt…/Pages/Loan-Repayment.aspx. Applications are being accepted from November 5, 2019 until 11:59 pm on December 17, 2019. Program information, application procedures and application instructions are found in RFA#67-75. All applications must be submitted via the Loan Repayment Program’s web-based application through the link on the above website.
Questions regarding this RFA must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before December 2, 2019. No questions will be answered via phone or e-mail. Answers to all question submitted by December 2nd will be posted on the above website by December 6, 2019 and will be considered an addendum to the RFA.
ACA Open Enrollment Tour
Tuesday, December 10th
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Sellersville Borough Hall
140 East Church Street, Sellersville, PA 18960
Wednesday, December 11th
10:00 AM -- 11:00 AM
Pennridge Community Center
146 East Main Street, Perkasie, PA 18944
To RSVP or learn more information about these events, contact Nancy Adam at email@example.com, by phone at (215) 489-5000, or visit my website, SenatorSteveSantarsiero.com/events.
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