Senator Bartolotta E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Remembering Pearl Harbor with Student Essay Contest
  • Acknowledging the Efforts of the Agricultural Community
  • Ribbon Cutting Marks Opening of Southern Beltway
  • PennDOT Invites Pennsylvanians to Share Feedback
  • Discussing How to Best Protect PA Communities
  • Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to Open Oct. 18

Remembering Pearl Harbor with Student Essay Contest

It has been 80 years since December 7, 1941, the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared it “a date which will live in infamy,” and it has. Within days, the United States set forth formal declarations of war, launching us into WWII. We continue to remember the 2,403 individuals killed, along with the additional 1,178 who were injured. 

To ensure that today’s generation recognize and honor those we lost, I am sponsoring an essay contest for high school seniors in partnership with Alex E. Paris Contracting Company, Inc., Allegheny Strategy Partners, Beaver Valley Slag and PGT Inc. Trucking. Each of the four winners will receive $1,000.

Pearl Harbor Essay Contest

Each original essay must address why we must never forget.

All students must be enrolled in the 12th grade either in a public, private or home school program within Pennsylvania. Essays should not exceed 750 words and should be submitted no later than Sunday, Nov. 7. 

Entries will be judged by an independent panel of judges not including Pennsylvania senators on creativity, content, effectiveness of message delivery and whether the student followed instructions.

Click here for full contest details and to submit an entry.

Acknowledging the Efforts of the Agricultural Community 

Thank you to the farmers, students, business owners and elected officials from Senate District 46 who attended and participated in my legislative breakfast held this week.

The purpose of the event was to share an agriculture and energy update and encourage discussion on related issues. Additionally, State Treasurer Stacy Garrity provided a keynote address, and a special presentation was made to the Washington County Conservation District which was awarded the 2021 Leadership Excellence Award by the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission. A special thanks to the event sponsors including, Log Cabin Fence Co., PennAg Industries, Seneca Resources, Coterra Energy, Range Resources, Energy Transfer and The Barn at Ike’s Place, who hosted the event.

For more information on this event or to share your interest in future events, please contact my office.

Senator Bartolotta presents Todd Thornburg from the Washington County Conservation District with a Senate Citation for the 2021 Leadership Excellence Award.

Ribbon Cutting Marks Opening of Southern Beltway

The Southern Beltway officially opens today, October 15, which creates the second major interchange for the region. On Thursday, I joined leaders from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, as well as local officials for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of what will be known as Interstate 576.

Senator Bartolotta is pictured with Senator Devlin Robinson (R-37) and Washington County Commissioner Nick Sherman at the ribbon-cutting ceremony that marked the opening of the Southern Beltway.

PennDOT Invites Pennsylvanians to Share Feedback

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is inviting the public to share construction and maintenance services feedback via an online survey through Oct. 26.

The 20-question survey asks how they receive PennDOT roadway information and how often PennDOT meets or exceeds expectations in construction and maintenance activities.

Respondents are also asked about experiences with reporting concerns to the department, and whether or how they use the state’s 511PA traveler information services, which provide information about the condition of more than 40,000 roadway miles in Pennsylvania online at

Discussing How to Best Protect PA Communities

The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee hosted a public hearing focusing on Senate Bill 698, which would allow counties to create countywide public safety authorities for firefighting and/or emergency medical services (EMS). Rather than replacing volunteer and career fire and EMS companies, authorities would exist to support them and their work.

The speaking panels included people representing local government, fire and EMS. They shared varying opinions about how to most effectively preserve access to life-saving care for all Pennsylvanians.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to Open Oct. 18

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which promotes funding for mitigation measures that reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property for future disasters, will open on Monday, Oct. 18.

State agencies, federally recognized tribes, local governments/communities and private nonprofit organizations are eligible to develop mitigation project sub-applications to submit to their state, territory or tribal government. States, territories and tribes are then responsible for selecting the sub-applications that align with their mitigation priorities and submit them in an application to FEMA.

FEMA will conduct a final eligibility review of all sub-applications to ensure compliance with federal regulations.

Click here for more information.

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