SAVE THE DATE: Rep. Bizzarro, Sen. Laughlin to tour Presque Isle State Park Friday

(Nov 17, 2020)

ERIE, Nov. 17 -- State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro and state Senator Dan Laughlin will tour Presque Isle State Park Friday, Nov. 20 to view the impact recent storms on the area. The media is encouraged to attend. The tour will take place at 11 a.m. 301 Peninsula Dr, Erie. “As staff works to cleanup Presque Isle State Park, public safety is at the forefront of those efforts. I thank Secretary Dunn for prioritizing the recovery from recent storms and working with Sen. Laughlin and myself to help Presque Isle State Park fully open soon. People come from near and far to enjoy the beauty Presque Isle has to offer. I look forward to the tour with my Senate colleague and look forward to working together to ensure the park reopens as quickly and safely as possible so everyone can enjoy the great outdoors,” Bizzarro said. Senator Laughlin added, “As Chairman of the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee and a member of the Community Economic and Recreational Development Committee, I’ve gained an even greater appreciation for the value Presque Isle brings to our community. We want to do whatever we can to ensure Presque Isle can be enjoyed by families year round.” Recent storms caused power outages, uprooted trees, caused extensive erosion along the shoreline and sand dunes were blown into roads. Paths, parking lot and roadways at the park were covered in sand and water. Portions of the park are Read more

 

MAKING HISTORY IN HARRISBURG

(Nov 13, 2020)

Philadelphia Rep. Joanna McClinton will make history as the new Democratic House leader after Thursday’s caucus leadership elections. Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro elected to serve as House Democratic Policy Committee Chair

(Nov 12, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced he was elected by his colleagues of the Pennsylvanian House Democratic Caucus to serve as Policy Committee chairman for the 2021-22 Legislative Session. Bizzarro won the three-way race, facing colleagues from the Allegheny and Southeast Delegations, two highly-populated regions of the state. He is the first legislator in Erie to serve the Democratic caucus in a leadership role. “I am grateful a majority of my colleagues appointed me to this post. I value their support and confidence in my abilities to serve our caucus in this leadership role. As chairman of the Policy Committee, I look forward to finding innovative ways to bring the issues that matter most to Pennsylvanians to the forefront. I look forward to working with the leadership team to make sure we put people first with good jobs, access to affordable healthcare, and quality school,” Bizzarro said. Bizzarro has served in the legislature since Jan. 1, 2013 and represents the 3rd Legislative District in Erie County. He previously served as chief deputy House whip, vice chairman of the Northwest Delegation and vice chairman of the Policy Committee. Read more

 

House Democrats elect leaders for upcoming legislative session

(Nov 12, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 12 – The 90 members of the House Democratic Caucus who won election last week to serve during the 2021-22 session today chose their caucus leaders. Due to the high risk of Covid-19 transmission a number of lawmakers participated in the meeting virtually. Read more

 

Bizzarro, Merski, Harkins: Millcreek public library receives $25,000 grant

(Nov 12, 2020)

ERIE, Nov. 12 – A $25,000 state Keystone grant will fund a needs assessment and relocation feasibility study for the Erie County Public Library’s Millcreek branch, state Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Bob Merski, and Pat Harkins, all D-Erie, announced today. The lawmakers said the funding from the state Department of Education supports a beloved community resource. “Millcreek Library has worked so hard to foster a love of books in our community,” Bizzarro said. “Even amidst the pandemic, they’ve served as a wonderful resource and continue to provide learning opportunities. This grant will help the library assess its needs so it can continue to enrich our community.” Merski agreed, saying, “With the pandemic having such an isolating effect, it’s especially helpful for people to have a safe gathering place where they can go to search information, attend programs with their kids, or simply relax and interact with neighbors. Securing this funding is going to help the Millcreek branch determine how it can best expand and improve access to those resources.” Harkins said, “Having an accessible community library with open doors is critical because it reminds people that despite how life has changed, there is a still safe, familiar harbor out there. The funding awarded today is an investment in a resource that provides help, hope and a place for people to share common ground.” Read more

 

$129,904.94 coming to Millcreek Township for recycling efforts

(Nov 12, 2020)

ERIE, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced today that recycling efforts in Millcreek Township can be boosted thanks to a $129,904 Recycling Program Performance Grant awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. According to DEP, grants are awarded based on total tons recycled and recycling rates for commercial and residential recycling. “Recycling is a small task we all can do that will help reduce our carbon footprint, keep water cleaner, reduce pollution and even create new materials for needed goods. I’m thrilled to announce Millcreek is receiving this grant for their recycling efforts and can reinvest to continue improving upon them,” Bizzarro said. Funding may be used to expand recycling processing facilities, install data collection systems on recycling vehicles, continue or creating curbside recycling programs, develop educational materials or operate leaf compost facilities. Additional information about the program is available by searching Recycling Performance Grants at www.dep.pa.gov . Read more

 

Bizzarro elected to serve as state House Democratic policy committee chairman

(Nov 12, 2020)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, of Millcreek, D-3rd Dist., has been elected to serve as Pennsylvania House Democratic policy committee chairman for the 2021-22 legislative session. Read more

 

Pa. House Democrats elect new leaders for 2021-22 session

(Nov 12, 2020)

New to the leadership team are Rep. Dan Miller of Allegheny County as caucus chair, Rep. Tina Davis of Bucks County as caucus secretary, Rep. Mike Schlossberg of Lehigh County as caucus administrator, and Rep. Ryan Bizzarro of Erie County as policy chairman. Read more

 

Millcreek Township Receives Nearly $130K State Grant to Boost Recycling Efforts

(Nov 12, 2020)

Millcreek Township is the recipient of a $129,904 state grant to boost recycling efforts in Millcreek Township, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro announced Thursday. Read more

 

Millcreek Public Library to receive $25,000 Keystone grant to fund needs assessment and feasibility study

(Nov 12, 2020)

State Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Bob Merski and Pat Harkins announced a $25,000 state Keystone grant will fund a needs assessment and relocation study for the Millcreek Public Library, a branch of the Erie County Public Library. Read more

 

Rep. Ryan Bizzarro elected to serve as House Democratic Policy Committee Chair

(Nov 12, 2020)

Rep. Ryan Bizzarro announced Thursday evening that he was elected to serve as Police Committee chairman for the 2021-2022 Legislative session. Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro: Edinboro Volunteer Fire Dept. to receive $200K from Volunteer Loan Assistance Program

(Nov 10, 2020)

ERIE, Nov. 10 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro said he is pleased to learn that the Office of the State Fire Commissioner has granted Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department’s request for a low-interest loan for safety equipment updates. The $200,000 loan from the Volunteer Loan Assistance Program will help the department cover the cost of a 2020 Pierce Enforcer Heavy Duty Rescue Pumper with 1,000 gallon tank and 1,500 gpm pump. “The low-interest loan will help ensure that the fire company can improve response times to fire emergencies and save money. I thank Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego and the staff who administer these programs that will support our local fire company,” Bizzarro, D-Erie, said. The Volunteer Loan Assistance Program provides low-interest loans to volunteer fire companies, ambulance services and rescue squads for the purchase and modernizing of apparatus, facilities and equipment. Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro says Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department to receive $200K from Volunteer Loan Assistance Program

(Nov 10, 2020)

State Rep resentative Ryan Bizzarro said he is pleased to learn that the Office of the State Fire Commissioner has granted Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department’s request for a low-interest loan for safety equipment updates. Read more

 

AP: Ryan Bizzarro Wins Reelection in 3rd District State House Race

(Nov 06, 2020)

Democratic incumbent Ryan Bizzarro will be reelected to another term representing Pennsylvania's 3rd district in the State House of Representatives, the Associated Press (AP) projected late Friday afternoon. Read more

 

Merski, Bizzarro Harkins: Liquor license fee waiver will help area bars, restaurants

(Oct 22, 2020)

ERIE, Oct. 22 – A state plan in the works to waive liquor license fees for Pennsylvania’s struggling bars, restaurants and clubs during 2021 will bring an important measure of relief for these critical local businesses, state Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Bob Merski and Pat Harkins, all D-Erie, announced today. The lawmakers said the administration’s plan – which is awaiting final approval from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board – would allow local restaurant and bar owners retain the critical capital they need to stay afloat. “Months of operating under pandemic restrictions have exacted a devastating toll on our area’s family restaurants, bars and clubs, and some creative solutions were definitely needed to help them survive,” Merski said. “Last week, I joined several colleagues in asking the governor to work out a fee waiver plan. “Although it’s not a cure-all for the huge financial challenges that lay ahead and a restaurant relief package is needed as soon as possible, the waiver will help these local mom-and-pop businesses that are so very important to our local economy, and any relief we can provide now is a good thing.” Bizzarro said, “I am happy to see progress being made to support the service industry. These savings will provide great relief to the local restaurants, bars and clubs that have served as a backdrop for many of Read more

 

Small Statures, Big Stories

(Oct 21, 2020)

In 2019, Pennsylvania officially designated October as Dwarfism Awareness Month, with Oct. 25 named Dwarfism Awareness Day. After seeing a concert skit by Zac Brown Band using a little person in a way that was widely seen as degrading, Nick Sorensen, a local member of Little People of America , reached out to State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro and soon, they were working to create and pass the bill that made this a reality. Read more

 

House adopts Bizzarro resolution designating Nov. 22 Veterans Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day

(Oct 20, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 20 – The state House today adopted state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro’s House Resolution 1024 designating Nov. 22, 2020 as Veterans Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day. Bizzarro, D-Erie, said he was approached by Erie County resident Wendy Ridge to work on this resolution recognizing Pennsylvania veterans lost to suicide and to bring awareness to the need for resources and the resources currently available to veterans and their families. “I thank my colleagues for recognizing that our heroes are hurting and that we must support them by acknowledging the reality that we are losing an estimated 22 veterans a day to suicide. The 22 is significant because it helps us to remember those lost. We remind those left behind that we are there for them during these difficult times,” Bizzarro said. House Resolution 1024 urges family members and care providers to initiate free and confidential conversations with Veterans Health Administration Providers via the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255, online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/chat or via text to 838255. “This pandemic had added many additional layers of stress and anxiety to those serving our armed forces and their families. It is more critical than ever to recognize veterans’ suicide as a public health crisis. We have to work earnestly to make sure these men and women who have given our nation so much know there is Read more

 

Over $330K in COVID-19 Relief Grants Awarded to Local Fire, EMS Companies

(Oct 19, 2020)

State lawmakers Ryan Bizzarro, Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, all D-Erie, have announced coronavirus relief grants totaling over $330,000 have been awarded to local fire and EMS companies. Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro resolution will raise epilepsy awareness

(Oct 19, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 19 – Today the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution introduced by state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, that will bring awareness to epilepsy by designating November 2020 as National Epilepsy Month in Pennsylvania. The resolution aims to educate the public on those experiencing seizures and improving the quality of life for those living with the disease. More than 3.4 million Americans have epilepsy and more than 50,000 die annually because of epilepsy or direct complications from it. “With awareness and detection, epilepsy can be treated and managed. Clearing up misinformation and reducing stigma will help people better understand the disease and save lives,” Bizzarro said. “I thank my colleagues for their support of this resolution. House Resolution 979 also highlights the role several state and local organizations play in finding a cure and overcoming the challenges created by epilepsy. The Epilepsy Association of Western and Central Pennsylvania and the Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania work across the Commonwealth on epilepsy advocacy and assisting those diagnosed with how to manage this disease. Several local organizations also assist those diagnosed with epilepsy, such as The AJO Forever Foundation, asking people to remember #AJO as they “pay it forward” with random acts of kindness to raise awareness; and The Epilepsy Read more

 

Bizzarro, Merski, Harkins: $1.5 million grant will expand Innovation Beehive, spur business growth

(Oct 15, 2020)

ERIE, Oct. 15 – A $1,499,225 million grant will allow the Northwest Pennsylvania Innovation Beehive Network to expand and serve more area entrepreneurs and businesses, according to state Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Bob Merski, and Pat Harkins, all D-Erie. The lawmakers said the grant to Penn State University from the Appalachian Regional Commission will fund a project to expand the Beehive’s reach and services, helping it to spur new businesses and support existing ones throughout the region and beyond, into Southern New York and Ohio. “The Beehive is a one-of-a-kind resource that harnesses the talents of our area’s best minds and pools resources to provide specialized expertise and services to businesses and entrepreneurs,” Bizzarro said. “Securing this funding means that the collaborative’s grant-funded centers will be able cast a wider net and serve more businesses and entrepreneurs, generating more economic activity and jobs for our region.” Merski agreed, saying, “With the new funding, more area businesses, inventors and entrepreneurs will benefit from the Beehive’s unique faculty and student-based services, which include everything from graphic design and video production to consulting and market analysis. The new project is going to help the collaborative expand into new services and areas as it supports hundreds of businesses, helps create new ventures and leverages thousands in private Read more

 

SAVE THE DATE: Rep. Bizzarro, Sen. Laughlin to tour Presque Isle State Park Friday
Nov 17, 2020

MAKING HISTORY IN HARRISBURG
Nov 13, 2020

Rep. Bizzarro elected to serve as House Democratic Policy Committee Chair
Nov 12, 2020

House Democrats elect leaders for upcoming legislative session
Nov 12, 2020

Bizzarro, Merski, Harkins: Millcreek public library receives $25,000 grant
Nov 12, 2020

$129,904.94 coming to Millcreek Township for recycling efforts
Nov 12, 2020

Bizzarro elected to serve as state House Democratic policy committee chairman
Nov 12, 2020

Pa. House Democrats elect new leaders for 2021-22 session
Nov 12, 2020

Millcreek Township Receives Nearly $130K State Grant to Boost Recycling Efforts
Nov 12, 2020

Millcreek Public Library to receive $25,000 Keystone grant to fund needs assessment and feasibility study
Nov 12, 2020

Rep. Ryan Bizzarro elected to serve as House Democratic Policy Committee Chair
Nov 12, 2020

Rep. Bizzarro: Edinboro Volunteer Fire Dept. to receive $200K from Volunteer Loan Assistance Program
Nov 10, 2020

Rep. Bizzarro says Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department to receive $200K from Volunteer Loan Assistance Program
Nov 10, 2020

AP: Ryan Bizzarro Wins Reelection in 3rd District State House Race
Nov 06, 2020

Merski, Bizzarro Harkins: Liquor license fee waiver will help area bars, restaurants
Oct 22, 2020

Small Statures, Big Stories
Oct 21, 2020

House adopts Bizzarro resolution designating Nov. 22 Veterans Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day
Oct 20, 2020

Over $330K in COVID-19 Relief Grants Awarded to Local Fire, EMS Companies
Oct 19, 2020

Rep. Bizzarro resolution will raise epilepsy awareness
Oct 19, 2020

Bizzarro, Merski, Harkins: $1.5 million grant will expand Innovation Beehive, spur business growth
Oct 15, 2020