NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP >> State Senator Steve Santarsiero on June 14 joined local and county officials in cutting the ribbon on his new district offices on the second floor of the Santander Bank building at the intersection of Terry Drive and Newtown-Yardley Road in Newtown.
“It’s exciting. I’m happy to be back here in Newtown,” said the senator. “This is a great location for us. It’s a nice office and there’s plenty of space for us to help constituents and to have meetings on local issues. And it’s got plenty of parking and is centrally located.”
The Newtown location is one of two offices serving the district, which stretches from Tullytown Borough and Falls Township in the south to East and West Rockhill townships in the north. His other office is located at 2003 Lower State Road, Building 100, Suite 121 in Doylestown.
“With our two offices we are able to cover what is a large geographical area,” said Santarsiero who won election to the seat in November and began serving his first term in January.
Santarsiero’s district offices in Newtown and Doylestown offer assistance with various state services including: rent and property tax rebates, SEPTA ID cards, REAL ID information, obtaining handicapped parking placards, applications for public benefits, complex issues with state government and more.
The office also gets involved with local issues where residents need advocacy, said Santarsiero, who spent that morning in Norristown at state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) headquarters discussing issues regarding the Rockhill Quarry in East Rockhill Township.
“We’re very involved in that issue as well as a variety of others where we are fighting for the residents,” said Santarsiero, who himself won election to his first public office in Lower Makefield while fighting against the Matrix Development Corporation and its plan to build big box stores in the township on Big Oak Road.
Santarsiero said he’s also happy to assist and help local borough, township and school leaders in addressing their concerns and issues. He is currently making the rounds, meeting with office holders throughout the district.
Numerous officials from the southern end of the district attended his open house on Friday, including officials from Morrisville, Newtown, Yardley and Tullytown boroughs and Newtown and Lower Makefield townships.
"We have a great staff and we are here to serve all of our residents on state government matters,” said Santarsiero. “And we look forward to learning more about the issues that matter most to all who live here.”
Prior to joining the State Senate, Sen. Santarsiero was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 2009 to 2016 and the first Chief Deputy Attorney General for Environmental Protection in Pennsylvania under Attorney General Josh Shapiro from 2017 to 2018.
During his tenure representing the 31st Legislature District, Santarsiero was a reformer, writing the bill that would ultimately be adopted as new House rules on keeping politics and government service separate; refusing perks like per diems and a state car; and not collecting his pay during prolonged budget impasses in 2009 and 2015-2016. Sen. Santarsiero was also a leader in education, infrastructure investment, environmental protection, women’s health issues, and gun violence prevention.
Top priorities for Sen. Santarsiero include strengthening democracy, rooting out corruption through campaign finance reform, protecting the environment, common sense gun safety reform, affordable and accessible healthcare and education funding.
His Newtown office is located at 3 Terry Drive, Suite 201, Newtown 18940. For information, call 215-497-9490 or e-mail SenatorSantarsiero@pasenate.com
The 10th Senatorial District includes: Bedminster Township, Buckingham Township, Chalfont Borough, Doylestown Borough, Doylestown Township, Dublin Borough, East Rockhill Township, Falls Township, Haycock Township, Hilltown Township, Lower Makefield, Morrisville Borough, New Britain Borough, New Britain Township, New Hope Borough, Newtown Borough, Newtown Township, Perkasie Borough, Plumstead Township, Sellersville Borough, Silverdale Borough, Solebury Township, Telford Borough, Tullytown Borough, Upper Makefield, West Rockhill Township and Yardley Borough.