Bizzarro announces nearly $1.5 million in grant funding

(Dec 09, 2020)

ERIE, Dec. 9 -- State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced that the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency awarded a total of $1.49 million to Erie County agencies to support improvements to adult probation, juvenile prosecution and probation, crime victim services and children’s advocacy centers. “These agencies provide crucial services,” Bizzarro said. “As someone who has worked in victims services, I understand the role of these agencies in protecting our children, helping victims cope, and reintegrating offenders into our communities.” PCCD voted to approve five grants to Erie County: $400,000 to Erie-based Pennsylvania Chapter of Children Advocacy Centers to provide 80 trainings, four networking meetings, and other development of the statewide network. $47,000 to Children’s Advocacy Center of Erie County to support services to children who are victims of abuse in this time of limited fundraising ability. $541,727 to Crime Victim Center of Erie County to improve oversight and management of the juvenile criminal system and improve victims’ services, including notification and compensation. $42,028 federal funding to support overtime costs due to civil disturbances. $463,030 for county adult probation and parole, which represent flat state funding for county-based services. “I am heartened to see the effects Read more

 

Bizzarro cheers SeaWolves decision to stay

(Dec 09, 2020)

Erie, Dec. 9 -- State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, is celebrating the announcement today by the Detroit Tigers that the Erie SeaWolves will continue playing as their double-A affiliate in Erie. The team’s fate was uncertain after it was placed on a possible elimination list in 2019 by Major League Baseball. “This is welcome news for the entire region,” Bizzarro said. “The SeaWolves create jobs, revitalize our communities and boost economic activity for Erie and surrounding communities.” Because of their multi-million-dollar impact on the region, Bizzarro fought hard for $12 million in state investment to improve UPMC Park, which Gov. Tom Wolf approved in 2018. When the SeaWolves faced elimination last year, Bizzarro introduced a resolution calling on MLB to keep the team where they are. Today’s announcement from the Tigers comes after efforts by Bizzarro in partnership with Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Wolf and other officials to make sure MLB understood the far-reaching impact the opposite decision would have had. “Pennsylvania and Erie Events played ball and made these significant investments in UPMC Park – I’m glad that this team will stay open for our community and we’ll fully realize the benefits of that investment,” Bizzarro said. Read more

 

Bizzarro lauds FCC investment in rural broadband expansion to Erie

(Dec 08, 2020)

ERIE, Dec. 18 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro today announced that the Federal Communications Commission has allocated nearly $370 million to expand broadband service to rural Pennsylvanians. The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction will bring access to an estimated 327,000 people living and working in the state. “I am thrilled to learn of this investment. Improved access to broadband puts Erie in a better position to welcome bigger employers to the region and offer better educational opportunities. Seamless access to broadband is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity, especially as we rely on connecting virtually for productivity and public safety efforts,” Bizzarro said. Erie-based organizations received a total allocation of more than $2.5 million, which will expand services to an additional 3,099 customers. CCO Holdings LLC (Charter Communications) received a $2.15 million investment. Erie Space E xploration Technologies Corp. received $172,222 and Erie Windstream Services LLC received $258,098. The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction is part of the FCC’s broader effort to close rural America’s digital divide. Additional information about the initiative is available here . Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro: Erie organizations to receive more than $17k in Historical Society Funding

(Dec 02, 2020)

Erie, Dec. 2 – The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has awarded $17,563 in grants to Erie organizations, Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced today. The Erie County Historical Society is set to receive $10,436 and ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum will receive $7,127. The grants are part of a package awarded to applicants under the Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program. The program is designed to provide general operating support to Pennsylvania museums and county historical societies that are not directly supported by other state agency programs. “The children’s museum and Erie Historical Society provide such rich cultural value to our community. I’m proud to report this state funding coming to our region to help preserve Erie history and provide a great learning experience to Erie children and families,” Bizzarro said. “They’ve experienced the impacts of this pandemic too, and these funds will help offset some of those hardships.” A museum must have an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000 (excluding capital and in-kind services) and at least one full-time professional staff person (or approved equivalent) to be eligible for the funding. Additional details about the grants can be found here . Read more

 

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 this 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

 

Bizzarro announces nearly $1.5 million in grant funding
Dec 09, 2020

Bizzarro cheers SeaWolves decision to stay
Dec 09, 2020

Bizzarro lauds FCC investment in rural broadband expansion to Erie
Dec 08, 2020

Rep. Bizzarro: Erie organizations to receive more than $17k in Historical Society Funding
Dec 02, 2020

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