Bucks County state representatives announce $547K in COVID-19 grants for Bucks County fire, EMS agencies

(Oct 09, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, Oct. 9 – State Reps. Tina Davis, John Galloway, Wendy Ullman and Perry Warren, all D-Bucks, announced today local Bucks County fire and EMS agencies organizations will receive a total of $547,362 in grants to offset the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through Act 26, the state made $50 million in grants available to fire and emergency medical service organizations that were affected by the pandemic. The funding must be used for operational and equipment expenses. “Our fire departments and EMS agencies have been struggling to keep operations running during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Davis said. “This money will be a lifeline to these frontline workers.” Galloway said, “Our firepersons and EMS workers are always out there protecting our safety and that’s never been more true than during this deadly pandemic. I’m very glad they will receive funds needed to enable them to continue to perform their lifesaving duties.” “I’m proud to have voted for this legislation that will help support these frontline workers during this critical time,” Ullman said. “This grant money will help our fire and EMS agencies continue to carry out the essential work they do in our communities.” “We’re safe because of our first responders and the lifesaving work they do every day,” Warren said. “I’m very glad to see this CARES Act money Read more

 

Warren worked with Gov. Wolf to adjust capacity to gathering limits: New limits to go into effect Friday, Oct. 9

(Oct 06, 2020)

YARDLEY, Oct. 6 -- State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, announced that he and a group of his Democratic colleagues were instrumental in Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to amend existing COVID-19 orders to allow for adjusted capacity to gathering limits. Warren said, “Today, Governor Wolf announced the new guidelines, which result from members of the legislature working WITH the governor and the Department of Health and local school officials to devise a policy that will enable a greater number of participants and spectators to enjoy an event while protecting the health and safety of participants, attendees and the public.” According to Warren, the representative and his Democratic colleagues met with the governor last week to share the concerns of students, parents, educators and community members regarding the number of people who could safely attend school sports and other events. As a result of this meeting, the governor subsequently met with the Department of Health to design new guidelines to increase the number of attendees at an event, based on a percentage of the maximum occupancy of the venue, while continuing to protect the health and safety of the participants and spectators. On Monday night, the Democratic representatives met again governor’s staff and the deputy secretary of the Department of Health to discuss the governor’s conclusions and updated recommendations. “I’m very pleased Read more

 

Senator Santarsiero, Representatives Warren and Ullman Announce $320,000 in State Funding for Community Conservation Partnership Projects

(Sep 24, 2020)

BUCKS COUNTY – State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and Representatives Perry Warren (D-31) and Wendy Ullman (D-143) announced $320,000 in Community Conservation Partnership Program grants through the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). Newtown Borough will receive $70,000 for the development of the Bird-in-Hand property. “The funds going to Newtown Borough to develop the Bird-in-Hand property will benefit the community by increasing accessibility to the area through the creation of pedestrian walkways, while also making improvements to the grounds that will highlight the historic home and lot,” said Sen. Santarsiero. “The partnership between the borough and the Commonwealth to preserve this property shows the commitment of both Newtown Borough and the state to developing outdoor community spaces for all to enjoy.” “This historic property is a Newtown treasure,” said Rep. Warren. “Borough Council creatively structured a plan to purchase, protect and preserve the Bird-in-Hand lot, and this state grant helps the Borough improve this historic property for the benefit and enjoyment of our residents and for generations to come.” Doylestown Borough will also receive $250,000 for the development of the Broad Street Gateway Park. “Last week I had the honor of participating in the groundbreaking for Read more

 

Senator Santarsiero and Representative Warren Announce Small Water and Sewer Grants

(Aug 18, 2020)

BUCKS COUNTY – August 17, 2020 – State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and Representative Perry Warren (D-31) announced the awards of 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, 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 Read more

 

Santarsiero, Representatives Warren and Galloway, Announce $35,050 Grant to Morrisville Borough School District for Education Continuity

(Aug 07, 2020)

MORRISVILLE – State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10), along with state Representatives Perry Warren (D-31) and John Galloway (D-140), announced that Morrisville Borough School District will receive a $35,050 Continuing of Education Equity Grant (CEEG) for the 2020-21 academic year from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). CEEG grants are designed to help provide access and inclusion for all learners by bridging the gap for students who are currently limited in their ability to participate in continuity of education. These grants may be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets, and internet hot spots, or used towards providing instructional materials, such as paper lessons and coursework. Schools with the highest percentages of students lacking access to resources were given priority in receiving these grants. “I am pleased to see Morrisville School District receive this critical funding to help ensure its students have the resources they need to succeed,” said Sen. Santarsiero. “During these uncertain times, our school districts need support as they work to protect the health and safety of teachers and students while providing quality education to all students. I have long advocated for funding for Morrisville School District, and will continue to urge PDE to increase funding to the district.” “With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the transition to Read more

 

Sen. Santarsiero, Reps. Warren and Galloway Announce $227,805 Grant to Morrisville Borough to Improve Pedestrian Safety

(Jul 17, 2020)

BUCKS COUNTY?– State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10), along with State Representatives Perry Warren (D-31) and John Galloway (D-140), announced that Morrisville Borough will receive $227,805 from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Multimodal Transportation Fund. The funding will go toward improving the pedestrian and traffic signals at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Trenton Avenue in Morrisville Borough. “This funding for Morrisville Borough will help make much-needed safety improvements at this busy intersection,” said Sen. Santarsiero. “The forthcoming changes will help keep both pedestrians and drivers safe, while improving pedestrian access to the local businesses nearby. I am pleased to support Morrisville and its continued progress to improve the community.” "The improvements funded by this grant will enhance both traffic safety and quality of life in Morrisville,” said Rep. Warren. “I was pleased to assist Morrisville Borough Council and the Mayor with their efforts in pursuing this funding for the benefit of their residents, neighbors and businesses." “This is great news for the residents of Morrisville Borough,” said Rep. Galloway. “This money can help improve the quality of life for all of the Borough.” The Morrisville Borough project is one of 27 projects announced statewide through the Multimodal Transportation Fund. PennDOT Read more

 

Council Rock School District Awarded $1.6M to support clean energy projects

(Jul 14, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 14 – State Reps. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, and Wendy Thomas, R-Bucks, jointly announced today that the Council Rock School District has been awarded a grant of $1,641,916 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Alternative and Clean Energy High Performance Building program to construct and renovate portions of Hillcrest and Richboro Elementary schools to make them more energy efficient. “This grant will help Council Rock School District create cutting-edge, environmentally smart schools that will stand as an example to others of how our schools can be energy efficient, which will benefit our environment and save our school districts money long-term,” Thomas said. “This is how to best invest in our future.” Thomas had previously served as school board director for Council Rock School District between 2008-2018 before being elected to the PA House of Representatives. “Due to the gaps in the budget caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, our schools will have to rely on funding at last year’s budget levels to provide the same high-quality education,” Warren said, “The grant money will enable renovation and construction projects that will help the schools save more than 20% in energy consumption and 30% in water consumption. The reduction in the two schools’ energy costs will lead to a decrease in district spending as a whole during this critical period.” The Read more

 

Bucks County state representatives announce state grants for county

(Jun 10, 2020)

LEVITTOWN/DOYLESTOWN/NEWTOWN, June 10 – State Reps. Tina Davis, John Galloway, Wendy Ullman and Perry Warren, all D-Bucks, announced today that two Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grants totaling $120,000 are being awarded in Bucks County. According to the lawmakers, $100,000 is being awarded to Network of Victim Assistance and $20,000 will go to Bucks County Commissioners Public Defender Capital Case Indigent Defense. PCCD granted $100,000 for a two-year term to NOVA so it could train and support male forensic interviewers so child victims would have a choice of the gender of their interviewer. “Child victims of abuse are among the most vulnerable groups in our society,” Davis said. “I’m glad that NOVA’s vital work with child victims of abuse will be supported and enhanced by this grant funding.” “Children can be hesitant about speaking with a person of another gender,” Ullman said. “Being able to have an interviewer of the gender of their choice will make it easier for child victims to speak about their abuse to a stranger and so ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.” The grant money will also be used for counselors who will offer evidence-based therapeutic mental health services for children who do not initially disclose at the forensic interview and their non-offending caregivers. Read more

 

Bucks County House Democrats: ‘We worked with Gov. Wolf to reopen Bucks County’: Bucks County to move to yellow phase by June 5

(May 22, 2020)

DOYLESTOWN/NEWTOWN/LEVITTOWN, May 22 – State Reps. Wendy Ullman, Tina Davis, John Galloway, and Perry Warren, all D-Bucks, praised Gov. Tom Wolf’s collaborative working relationship with the PA House Democratic Caucus , which has resulted in Bucks County moving to the yellow phase byJune 5. “Since Day One, my colleagues and I have worked with Governor Tom Wolf and the PA Department of Health toward a measured, data-driven, SAFE and EFFECTIVE reopening of the economy,” Warren said. “Today, thanks to the efforts and collective sacrifice our community has made, Governor Wolf has announced our county is moving into the yellow phase by June 5.” “Governor Wolf listened to my reasoning why it was time to reopen Bucks County,” Ullman said. “I pointed out that the data and health reports showed that Bucks County residents’ efforts during the red phase had been successful, and we were now at a point where we could safely move to the yellow phase.” “I’ve shared with Governor Wolf the stories of my hardest-hit constituents. A business owner myself, I told him how far the bottom line has dropped from under us,” Davis said. “I’m proud of my fellow Bucks County residents for their efforts during this challenging period and am ready to help them get working again.” Galloway said, “I explained to the governor that the people of Bucks County’s Read more

 

PHEAA Virtual Financial Aid Sessions

(May 20, 2020)

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Warren helps add safety assurances to real estate reopening plan

(May 19, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 19 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, issued the following statement after working with Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration to improve Pennsylvania’s real estate reopening plan. “Real estate services are open statewide,” he said. “Throughout this unfolding process, I have been working toward a safe and effective reopening of the real estate services industry with Governor Wolf's administration, the state departments of Health and Community and Economic Development and my colleagues in the General Assembly. “Governor Wolf just announced that this plan is open today statewide, including for counties in the red phase. Because of our combined efforts, this plan is a safer, more comprehensive and faster alternative to vetoed House Bill 2412 and will help ensure safety and promote confidence for real estate professionals, homeowners and consumers. We achieve solutions when we work together.” Read more

 

Warren liquor reform bill sent to governor

(May 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 13 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, announced his liquor reform bill, H.B. 327, passed the Senate today with overwhelming bipartisan support and is now on its way to the governor’s desk. The bill would amend the Liquor Code to clarify the process for a referendum on whether to allow for the sale of liquor in their municipality in a primary, municipal or general election. “The passage of this bill, coupled with Act 48 enacted last year, streamlines the process for residents’ right to decide whether to permit alcohol sales in a municipality,” Warren added. House Bill 327 also has a COVID-19 emergency provision which would allow licensed restaurants and hotels that have lost more than 25% of their average monthly sales during the disaster to sell prepared beverages or mixed drinks for off-premise consumption in quantities of 4 oz. to 64 oz. during the disaster emergency and mitigation period. “The passage of this bill is great news for Pennsylvania’s restaurant industry during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Warren said. “It enables our local restaurants selling food, beer and wine to add another product for curbside pickup and takeout during this crisis. I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in both the House and the Senate for supporting this legislation.” Lower Makefield Township has scheduled a liquor referendum for the June 2 primary election. Read more

 

Warren bill to end child marriage in Pa. now law

(May 08, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 8 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, announced that his legislation, which prohibits marriage before the age of 18, was signed into law as Act 18 today by Gov. Tom Wolf. “With Governor Wolf’s signature, Pennsylvania becomes the third state to protect its children by ending child marriage, and sets an example for other states, including Minnesota, whose legislature this week also unanimously voted to end child marriage and where the bill awaits its governor’s signature,” Warren said. “I am honored to be a part of Pennsylvania’s leadership in protecting our children.” The bipartisan bill, H.B. 360, which was jointly sponsored by Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford/Fulton/Franklin, sets the minimum age at which a marriage license may be issued to 18. Previously under Pennsylvania law, a marriage license could be issued to an applicant younger than 16 with court approval. A marriage license also could have been issued where an applicant is older than 16 but younger than 18 with the consent of a parent or guardian. Warren said it was the overwhelming support from colleagues on both sides of the aisle in both chambers that helped this bill become law. He said Topper and Sen. John Sabatina worked hard to raise awareness of this child protection issue in the legislature and throughout the state. “Thank you to Representative Topper and on the Senate side to Senator Read more

 

Senator Santarsiero, Representatives Warren and Galloway Call on Governor Wolf to Increase Funding for Morrisville School District

(May 05, 2020)

MORRISVILLE, May 1—State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and state Representatives Perry Warren (D-31) and John Galloway (D-140) held a virtual press conference today to discuss the critical need for funding to support Morrisville School District. They were joined by representatives of Morrisville School District and Morrisville Borough. The legislators called on Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to review demographic data that has been used to calculate the state funding Morrisville School District receives. The shortfall in funding stems from an unintended consequence in the way that both the existing and new funding formulas are calculated for Morrisville (a conclusion supported by the fact that even under the new, so-called fair funding formula, Morrisville actually receives less support from the state than under the older allocation). For the 2020-21 fiscal year, the formulas are based in part on a projected 5-year median household income in Morrisville of nearly $75,000, well above some of the most challenged districts in the state. But that number is not accurate. It is not limited to the income of people living within the municipal – and, therefore, school district – boundaries of Morrisville Borough. Instead, it includes large numbers of residents in nearby Lower Makefield Township and Yardley Borough, who share the 19067 zip code with their neighbors in Morrisville. When looking only at Read more

 

Warren liquor reform bill passes House

(Apr 29, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 29 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, announced his liquor reform bill, H.B. 327, passed the House today with overwhelming bipartisan support. The bill would amend the Liquor Code to clarify the process for a referendum on whether to allow for the sale of liquor in their municipality in a primary, municipal or general election. “The passage of this bill, coupled with Act 48 enacted last year, streamlines the process for residents’ right to decide whether to permit alcohol sales in a municipality,” Warren said. “This bill is about modernizing the state liquor system to better suit the needs of Pennsylvanians.” House Bill 327 also has a COVID-19 emergency provision which would allow licensed restaurants and hotels that have lost more than 25% of their average monthly sales during the disaster to sell prepared beverages or mixed drinks for off-premise consumption in quantities of 4 oz. to 64 oz. during the disaster emergency and mitigation period. “This amendment will support our local restaurants selling food, beer and wine for curbside pickup and takeout during this time of crisis by allowing them to expand the products they can provide to consumers. I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for supporting this legislation.” Lower Makefield Township has scheduled a liquor referendum for the June 2, 2020 primary election. The bill now goes to the Senate for vote on the Read more

 

Bipartisan bill to end child marriage in Pa. sent to governor

(Apr 29, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 29 – State Reps. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford/Fulton/Franklin, and Perry Warren, D-Bucks, announced that their legislation, which would prohibit marriage before the age of 18, unanimously passed the House today and is now on its way to the governor’s desk. “Simply put, House Bill 360 is a child protection measure. Child marriage typically involves a teenage girl, whose life hasn’t even begun, being forced or coerced into marrying an older man,” Topper said. “Some of the many stories I’ve heard from survivors of child marriage involve these girls becoming victims a second time. In these instances, they are modern day slaves in the human trafficking trade.” “With the abolition of child marriage, Pennsylvania is safeguarding its children,” Warren said. “This bill will help ensure the long-term health of children and improve their health and educational and job opportunities.” Warren added, “I am deeply gratified that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in both chambers came together to protect Pennsylvania’s children, and special thanks to Representative Topper and Senator John Sabatina who worked so hard to raise awareness of this child protection issue in the legislature and throughout state.” Topper said studies have shown that a child who marries before 18 is often not in control of the decision, and a child under Read more

 

COMMUNITY RESOURCES: Bucks County

(Mar 31, 2020)

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Warren introduces anti-hoarding legislation during the COVID-19 pandemic

(Mar 30, 2020)

YARDLEY, March 30 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, has introduced legislation that would discourage hoarding by limiting the return of grocery items during the current state of emergency declared in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “People have come together in a profound spirit of generosity and community during this time of crisis. Still, shortages of certain products have been reported, and this bill would discourage those who might try to make money off of a vulnerable population’s need for basic necessities by hoarding and selling them at exorbitant prices—products ranging from toilet paper and cleaning items to baby formula and diapers.” According to Warren, hoarders could buy up products while “hedging their investment” by returning unsold items to the store for a refund or credit if the shortage abates or when the crisis ends. Warren’s bill seeks to protect residents from shortages of basic necessities, and prevent the return and possible resale of items that could carry the COVID-19 virus on their surfaces. “The resale of returned items that could carry COVID-19 puts both grocery store workers and consumers at risk of being exposed to the virus,” Warren said. Warren noted that similar legislation has passed in the New Jersey General Assembly. The legislation would give grocery stores the sole discretion of accepting returned items that may have been unsafe or otherwise Read more

 

COVID-19 Updates

(Mar 24, 2020)

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Bipartisan Bucks County House Delegation working together to address coronavirus

(Mar 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG- March 13 . State representatives from Bucks County have come together to release the following joint statement regarding the coronavirus: “As our neighboring county, Montgomery County, moves to the mitigation phase to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we as your state representatives know our constituents are concerned. It is very important for all of us to take the coronavirus seriously and to implement commonsense measures to prevent illness. However, we need to stay calm while exercising caution in our daily lives. “We have had daily conference calls to keep us up to date. Additionally, Secretary of Health Dr. Levine has conducted daily public press conferences. We, both state representatives and senators, will head to Harrisburg on Monday to work with Governor Tom Wolf and our respective legislative leaders on the items they have identified as necessary to assist Pennsylvania in this time of need. “We will work together with our county offices and local school districts to assure that the most up-to-date information is being shared and all appropriate protocols are being met. Most importantly, we are working together as we focus on the health and wellbeing of our community. In the meantime, if you have medical questions, the PA Department of Health has set up a hotline for calls. Call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258). Online updates are here: Read more

 

Bucks County state representatives announce $547K in COVID-19 grants for Bucks County fire, EMS agencies
Oct 09, 2020

Warren worked with Gov. Wolf to adjust capacity to gathering limits: New limits to go into effect Friday, Oct. 9
Oct 06, 2020

Senator Santarsiero, Representatives Warren and Ullman Announce $320,000 in State Funding for Community Conservation Partnership Projects
Sep 24, 2020

Senator Santarsiero and Representative Warren Announce Small Water and Sewer Grants
Aug 18, 2020

Santarsiero, Representatives Warren and Galloway, Announce $35,050 Grant to Morrisville Borough School District for Education Continuity
Aug 07, 2020

Sen. Santarsiero, Reps. Warren and Galloway Announce $227,805 Grant to Morrisville Borough to Improve Pedestrian Safety
Jul 17, 2020

Council Rock School District Awarded $1.6M to support clean energy projects
Jul 14, 2020

Bucks County state representatives announce state grants for county
Jun 10, 2020

Bucks County House Democrats: ‘We worked with Gov. Wolf to reopen Bucks County’: Bucks County to move to yellow phase by June 5
May 22, 2020

PHEAA Virtual Financial Aid Sessions
May 20, 2020

Warren helps add safety assurances to real estate reopening plan
May 19, 2020

Warren liquor reform bill sent to governor
May 13, 2020

Warren bill to end child marriage in Pa. now law
May 08, 2020

Senator Santarsiero, Representatives Warren and Galloway Call on Governor Wolf to Increase Funding for Morrisville School District
May 05, 2020

Warren liquor reform bill passes House
Apr 29, 2020

Bipartisan bill to end child marriage in Pa. sent to governor
Apr 29, 2020

COMMUNITY RESOURCES: Bucks County
Mar 31, 2020

Warren introduces anti-hoarding legislation during the COVID-19 pandemic
Mar 30, 2020

COVID-19 Updates
Mar 24, 2020

Bipartisan Bucks County House Delegation working together to address coronavirus
Mar 13, 2020