BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick is requesting federal assistance for small businesses affected by the Boston Marathon bombing.
The governor sent a letter to the U.S. Small Business Administration on Friday asking that the agency issue and Economic Injury Declaration for Boston. That would allow the SBA to issue low-interest, long-term loans to businesses and nonprofit organizations.READ MORE: Green Line Trolley Driver Facing Charges For July Crash
Several businesses were damaged in the April 15 bombing and a stretch of Boylston Street was closed for more than a week after the blast.READ MORE: CDC Advisers Recommend Who Can Get Booster Shots Of Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine
Also Friday, Patrick held a ceremony to honor state police, members of his cabinet and state government employees who helped in rescue and recovery efforts after the bombing.
He called them “heroes” and said that their efforts were appreciated.MORE NEWS: Salem Haunted Tour Is Most Booked Experience Of Fall, According To Tripadvisor
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