Senior Health Expo 2020 to be held as a drive-thru event

(Sep 18, 2020)

State Representative Ryan Bizzarro will modify his 8th annual Senior Fair by hosting it as drive-thru event. Read more

 

REP. BIZZARRO: Gordon’s Butcher & Market to receive $350,000 Fresh Food Financing grant

(Sep 17, 2020)

ERIE, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro said he is thrilled to announce Gordon’s Butcher Market is set to receive $350,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Food Financing Initiative. The FFFI is a statewide public-private financing program investing in new or expanding grocery and healthy food retail outlets in Pennsylvania, especially those serving low-income communities. Gordon’s Butcher & Market is one of 115 recipients selected statewide. “Gordon’s has been vital to several in our community by providing access to quality meat, produce, dairy and essential supplies. Even during this pandemic, they’ve continued to supply essential, high quality life-sustaining goods and services to all in our community safely,” said Bizzarro. Gordon’s announced the grant on the market’s Instagram account saying, “We cannot thank Ryan Bizzarro enough for his efforts on helping us attain this initiative and we promise the investment will be so amazing for the area and everyone in the neighborhood.” Gordon’s Butcher & Market will use the grant to expand and improve their footprint in a struggling underserved local market, expanding the store into a boutique market called “Gordon’s South Market” offering affordable high-quality meats, seafood, produce, and essential goods. “Having Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro resolution designates September 2020 ‘Light the Night Walk’ Month

(Sep 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – The state House today unanimously adopted state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro’s H.R. 978 recognizing the importance of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s ‘Light the Night Walk’ events. Bizzarro, a leukemia survivor, introduced H.R. 978, which designates September 2020 as “Light the Night Walk Month” in Pennsylvania, raising awareness of blood cancers and support of survivors and their families. “Light the Night walks help to bring light to the darkness of cancer, showing support of those living with cancer and bringing awareness to blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma,” Bizzarro said. “These events are a community display of care to those living with cancer – and their families – and a way to remember those who lost their battle.” The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society reports the events have generated more than $1.3 billion to critical research initiatives aimed at identifying treatments and potential cures for blood cancers. As a result of COVID-19, 2020 Light the Night events will be held virtually. Bizzarro said he encourages those interested in participating to visit www.lightthenight.org for information. Read more

 

Gordon's Butcher & Market to Receive $350,000 Fresh Food Financing Grant

(Sep 17, 2020)

Gordon's Butcher Market is the recipient of a $350,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's Fresh Food Financing Initiative (FFFI), state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro announced Thursday. Read more

 

Bizzarro, Harkins, Merski: Nearly $257,000 in grants to bolster Erie arts, cultural, natural science attractions impacted by pandemic

(Sep 15, 2020)

ERIE, Sept. 15 – Four grants totaling $256,916 will help key Erie arts, cultural and natural science attractions offset revenue losses caused by the pandemic, state Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, all D-Erie, announced today. The lawmakers said the grants approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority include $125,052 to the Erie Zoological Society, $63,179 to the Erie Philharmonic, $43,685 to the Erie Playhouse and $25,000 to the expERIEnce Children’s Museum. “Erie has a wealth of unique resources, from our community of talented artists, musicians and performers to our museums and zoo,” Bizzarro said. “Unfortunately, the organizations that showcase those resources – and enhance area tourism – have been deeply impacted by the pandemic. Securing this funding will help them offset losses and regain strength so they can resume their role in enriching our community and stimulating our economy.” Harkins said, “Like other businesses and organizations, many of the attractions that make our Erie community special – our philharmonic, playhouse, children’s museum and zoo – have felt the impact of empty concert halls and exhibit rooms. Our unique zoo – which has served our region for more than 90 years and welcomes more than 300,000 visitors annually – has lost more than $1.6 million in revenue. These grants will help bolster these beloved Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro to host drive thru senior fair Sept. 21

(Sep 15, 2020)

ERIE, Sept. 15 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, said he is modifying his eighth annual senior fair to make it safer for seniors and their caregivers to gain access to vital state information, programs and services. The eighth annual senior fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21 at the Waldameer Park parking lot off Peninsula Drive as a drive-thru event. “It’s important that we continue this annual tradition of connecting senior residents with the information they need on state programs available to them,” Bizzarro said. “COVID-19 added an additional challenge to the planning, but this drive-thru format will reduce the risk and still allow us to connect with our senior residents.” More information is available by calling Bizzarro’s office at 814-835-2880 or visiting the office at 1101 Peninsula Dr., Suite 213, in Peninsula Plaza. Read more

 

Reps. Bizzarro, Harkins and Merski announce $74,000+ grant to LECOM

(Sep 10, 2020)

ERIE, Sept. 10 – Erie state Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Bob Merski and Pat Harkins today announced $74,376 was allocated to Lake Erie College of Medicine to improve educational services amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant, awarded through the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Funds, aims to help schools and other educational agencies implement public health and safety plans to resume safe operations this fall. “Students deserve access to a quality educational experience and through these unprecedented times, this funding will help LECOM continue to provide that. This pandemic has caused many life disruptions, but it’s also shown us a resiliency and determination to come out stronger, smarter and more considerate. These resources will help LECOM prepare a whole new workforce that will be equipped for the challenges of tomorrow,” Bizzarro said. Merski said, “As a former teacher, I know that the safety of our students and staff is paramount as we educate during the pandemic. This grant will help LECOM and our local education providers develop the best plans to resume teaching while at the same time ensuring that students enjoy the safest possible learning environment.” Harkins said, “LECOM’s dedicated educators and administrators are committed to providing exceptional training for young adults, but the pandemic has made that more complicated. Securing this funding Read more

 

LECOM awarded $74000 grant to improve educational services during COVID-19 pandemic

(Sep 10, 2020)

State Representatives Ryan Bizzarro, Bob Merski and Pat Harkins announced that a total of $74,376 was allocated to LECOM to “improve educational services amidst the COVID-19 pandemid,” according to a news release Thursday afternoon. Read more

 

Bizzarro: All Frontline Workers Deserve Hazard Pay

(Aug 27, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro is fighting for more support for our state’s frontline workers, many who have yet to receive hazard pay. Read more

 

Harkins, Merski, Bizzarro urge state to expand hazard grants

(Aug 26, 2020)

ERIE, Aug. 26 – Saying it creates an unfair situation that arbitrarily rewards some workers but not others, state Reps. Pat Harkins, Bob Merski and Ryan Bizzarro, all D-Erie, are calling on officials to revisit the state’s hazard pay grant program, which they claim unfairly excluded thousands of essential workers. In a letter to Dennis Davin, secretary of the state Department of Community and Economic Development, the lawmakers and several other colleagues from the Northwest Democratic Caucus are demanding a new round of grants. “Hazard pay is designed to compensate workers for braving dangerous conditions on the job,” Harkins said. “With the advent of the pandemic, the risks may arise in different ways, but they all amount to the same basic danger: the possibility of contracting a potentially deadly illness. It’s illogical and irresponsible for the state to separate out some workers as more deserving of hazard pay than others.” “Essential workers are just that – essential to the commonwealth,” Bizzarro said. “Whether they are transporting a patient by ambulance, providing nursing care or dispensing a prescription, they are all serving acute needs and, in the process, knowingly exposing themselves to danger. By selectively designating some essential workers as eligible for hazard pay but not others, we are suggesting that some are more deserving than others when nothing Read more

 

Harkins, Merski, Bizzarro urge state to expand hazard grants

(Aug 26, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro is fighting for more support for our state’s frontline workers, many who have yet to receive hazard pay. Read more

 

Merski, Bizzarro Harkins: Nearly $190,000 to help students with special needs retain crucial skills during pandemic

(Aug 20, 2020)

ERIE, Aug. 20 – Funding of $189,895 to six area schools and districts will help ensure Erie students with special needs are not left behind during the pandemic, state Reps. Bob Merski, Pat Harkins and Ryan Bizzarro, all D-Erie, announced. “One of the most difficult aspects of the pandemic from a learning standpoint has been the loss of classroom learning,” Merski said. “All students benefit from in-person instruction, but for students with special needs, specifically designed instruction can be essential. This funding will help provide those extra services to ensure students with special needs don’t fall behind and are prepared to tackle the new year with skills intact.” “Our exceptionally dedicated teachers and special education staff are doing what they can to ensure students with special needs don’t fall behind during the pandemic,” Bizzarro said. “Nevertheless, gaps in classroom learning have posed special challenges requiring additional resources. This funding is going to put those resources into educators’ hands so they are able to supplement remote learning with real-time instruction and ensure vulnerable students continue to thrive.” “Inclusion is the key to ensuring our next generation is equipped to face the future and step into good-paying jobs,” Harkins said. “But that means giving all of our students an equal opportunity to advance. When Read more

 

Several Local Schools to Receive Funding to Help Special Needs Students Amid Pandemic

(Aug 20, 2020)

Several Local Schools to Receive Funding to Help Special Needs Students Amid Pandemic Read more

 

Fall 2020 Newsletter

(Aug 18, 2020)

A summary of how Rep. Bizzarro is working for the community in Erie and Harrisburg. Read more

 

Hazard Pay Grants will help bolster Erie frontline worker pay

(Aug 17, 2020)

Hazard Pay Grants will help bolster Erie frontline worker pay HARRISBURG, Aug. 17 -- Thanks to the COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay Grants, Erie businesses will receive $331,800 to boost pay to front-line workers helping the community through the pandemic announced Erie state Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Pat Harkins and Bob Merski. The following Erie-based service providers were awarded grants through the program to help boost essential workers’ pay from Aug. 16 through Oct. 24: $183,600 - LifeServices Management Corp., Westlake Woods Assisted Living Community, Southwoods Assisted Living Community, Hawthorne Woods Assisted Living Community, Richland Woods Assisted Living Community, and The Winds at Mattern Orchard Assisted Living Community. $169,440 - The Sarah A. Reed Retirement Center. “These grants will help front-line workers earn a living wage as they jeopardize their, and their family’s, health and safety by going to work, keeping shelves stocked, caring for children, keeping health care facilities clean, transporting our neighbors and more,” Bizzarro said. “Specifically, the workers of Erie’s care facilities have faced many challenges caring for our most at-risk population and their hard work and dedication more than deserves this boost in pay.” “Since the start of the pandemic, assisted living and nursing care workers have shown up day after day – under the Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro announces over $700K in water system improvement grants

(Aug 17, 2020)

ERIE, Aug. 17 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro today announced that McKean Township and Middleboro will receive state grants from the PA Small Water and Sewer program for construction, repairs and improvements to community wastewater sewage treatment plants. “I strongly advocated for these investments that will help keep public water supplies safe. It’s always less expensive to invest in clean water treatment measures instead of cleaning up contamination. I am thrilled with the state’s investment in helping our local municipalities complete these projects and keep our water supplies clean,” said Bizzarro. Projects funded by the PA Small Water and Sewer Program in Erie’s 3 rd Legislative District as announced by the Commonwealth Financing Authority today include: McKean Township - $425,000 to replace the Colonial Village Subdivision Sewage Treatment Plant. Middleboro - $114,312 to extend a sanitary sewer line along N. Main St. in McKean Borough. Middleboro - $163,801 to construct streambank protection measures for the wastewater treatment plant along Elk Creek in McKean Borough. The Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Programs offers municipalities and municipal authorities grants for small water and sewer infrastructure projects. Grants can be used to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary Read more

 

Bizzarro, Harkins, Merski announce Erie to receive $300K investment for area housing security

(Aug 13, 2020)

ERIE, Aug. 13 – State Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, D-Erie, today announced that four Erie-based organizations will receive $300,000 in state funding to help local residents with housing costs. “As we navigate this pandemic, housing security is an important part of public safety. These projects will improve access to affordable housing while stimulating our economy. Public-private partnership is an important part of addressing the drastic need for housing that people can afford,” explained Bizzarro. “These funds will go directly to supporting our most vulnerable neighbors and those who care for them.” “Safe, affordable housing has never been more important as our community endures the economic impact of this pandemic,” Harkins said. “This funding is going to help make sure those in our community who are displaced or in danger of becoming homeless will have the security that comes with knowing they have affordable options. It will also assist residents in making necessary repairs and improvements.” “In addition to helping more Erie families find safe, affordable housing, this funding is going to support and improve related social services,” Merski said. “Some of the funding will be used to develop a centralized intake system so housing counselors can serve additional clients, while other funding will go to support our direct care workers who may facing evictions Read more

 

Four organizations to receive $300,000 in state funding to help Erie residents with housing costs

(Aug 13, 2020)

A total of four Erie-based organizations will receive $300,00 in state funding to help local residents with housing costs, as announced on Thursday by State Representatives Ryan Bizzarro, Pat Harkins and Bob Merski. Read more

 

Area school districts to receive nearly $700,000 in health and safety grants

(Aug 07, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 7 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced that area schools will receive state grants to help fund health and public safety concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Schools have been particularly burdened with the impacts of the coronavirus. These funds will help students and teachers get back to classrooms in the safest way possible, equipped with appropriate protective materials. Career and technical schools faced unique challenges and disruption in education, and this grant will help them resume operations and the hands-on learning they provide,” Bizzarro explained. Grant recipients in the 3rd Legislative District include: Millcreek Township School District -- 378,925 PCCD grant General McLane School District -- $203,535 PCCD grant Erie County Technical School -- $116,101 CTC Equity grant The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency awarded COVID-19 Disaster Emergency School Health and Safety grants for the 2020-21 school year from its allocation of federal CARES Act money. Schools may use the funding to purchase cleaning and sanitizing products; training and professional development of staff on sanitation and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases; equipment purchases; modifying existing areas to support appropriate social distancing of students and staff; providing mental health services and supports; purchasing educational Read more

 

Bizzarro, Harkins, Merski: $13,000 in COVID emergency relief to Erie Art Museum, Historical Society

(Aug 05, 2020)

ERIE, Aug. 5 – The Erie Art Museum and Erie Historical Society will receive $13,000 in federal funding to help with operations impacted by the pandemic, state Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, all D-Erie, announced today. The grants include $7,000 to the historical society and $6,000 to the art museum. “As we reopen, rebuild and restructure to adapt to life during the pandemic, it’s critical that we continue supporting these special places that showcase and preserve our unique Erie history and culture,” Merski said. “The artwork and documents they protect and display serve as a chronicle for future generations about how our community persevered and survived -- even during times of adversity. Keeping them operating is as important now as ever." Harkins said, “In addition to collecting and preserving unique and important art and artifacts, our Erie Art Museum and Historical Society do so much to keep our community educated and engaged through learning, community programs, classes and events. This funding will help ensure that these important community centers can continue operating to provide these services now and in the months to come.” Bizzarro said, “Through their exhibits and displays, our Erie Art Museum and Historical Society play an important role in attracting visitors and tourists to our area, which is important to our local economy. This funding is going Read more

 

Senior Health Expo 2020 to be held as a drive-thru event
Sep 18, 2020

REP. BIZZARRO: Gordon’s Butcher & Market to receive $350,000 Fresh Food Financing grant
Sep 17, 2020

Rep. Bizzarro resolution designates September 2020 ‘Light the Night Walk’ Month
Sep 17, 2020

Gordon's Butcher & Market to Receive $350,000 Fresh Food Financing Grant
Sep 17, 2020

Bizzarro, Harkins, Merski: Nearly $257,000 in grants to bolster Erie arts, cultural, natural science attractions impacted by pandemic
Sep 15, 2020

Rep. Bizzarro to host drive thru senior fair Sept. 21
Sep 15, 2020

Reps. Bizzarro, Harkins and Merski announce $74,000+ grant to LECOM
Sep 10, 2020

LECOM awarded $74000 grant to improve educational services during COVID-19 pandemic
Sep 10, 2020

Bizzarro: All Frontline Workers Deserve Hazard Pay
Aug 27, 2020

Harkins, Merski, Bizzarro urge state to expand hazard grants
Aug 26, 2020

Harkins, Merski, Bizzarro urge state to expand hazard grants
Aug 26, 2020

Merski, Bizzarro Harkins: Nearly $190,000 to help students with special needs retain crucial skills during pandemic
Aug 20, 2020

Several Local Schools to Receive Funding to Help Special Needs Students Amid Pandemic
Aug 20, 2020

Fall 2020 Newsletter
Aug 18, 2020

Hazard Pay Grants will help bolster Erie frontline worker pay
Aug 17, 2020

Rep. Bizzarro announces over $700K in water system improvement grants
Aug 17, 2020

Bizzarro, Harkins, Merski announce Erie to receive $300K investment for area housing security
Aug 13, 2020

Four organizations to receive $300,000 in state funding to help Erie residents with housing costs
Aug 13, 2020

Area school districts to receive nearly $700,000 in health and safety grants
Aug 07, 2020

Bizzarro, Harkins, Merski: $13,000 in COVID emergency relief to Erie Art Museum, Historical Society
Aug 05, 2020