April 27 Veterans Expo to feature Network of Care; Hitting the road for issues and answers; April is Safe Digging Month; and more

(Apr 12, 2017)

Rep. Ryan Bizzarro reports that his April 27 Veterans Expo will feature demonstrations of the multitude of services available through the Network of Care program. Read more

 

Bizzarro Helps People with Intellectual Disabilities

(Apr 11, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro joined the House Democratic Policy Committee for a hearing today at SpArc Philadelphia to discuss concerns for people with intellectual disabilities. Bizzarro says we must find room in the state budget to help our most vulnerable citizens live a full and normal life. Read more

 

PA House to Vote on Funding for Unemployment Centers

(Apr 04, 2017)

As I said in this Erie News Now story, we need a permanent fix to the debacle surrounding the state's unemployment compensation centers. Read more

 

REAL ID update newsletter

(Apr 04, 2017)

If you want the latest update on how federal REAL ID rules are impacting Pennsylvania, a rundown is available in my latest newsletter. Read more

 

Veterans Expo

(Mar 31, 2017)

Veterans Expo April 27 Read more

 

Bizzarro sponsoring free ‘Treasury Hunt’ on March 16 for unclaimed property

(Mar 15, 2017)

Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, is sponsoring a Treasury Hunt from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at his Peninsula Plaza constituent-service office to help constituents reclaim unclaimed property being held by the state Treasury Department. Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro, Policy Committee highlight job creation in Erie and Pa.

(Mar 07, 2017)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, and members of the House Democratic Policy committee held a meeting in Erie to discuss policies that would enhance innovation and spur new business development with the goal of employing more people and keeping human capital in Pennsylvania. Bizzarro held the meeting with the objective of bringing together the public, practitioners in business, leaders in technology and the legislators for a discussion on policy changes that would advance job creation in the region. Bizzarro co-chaired the hearing with House Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “The Erie region and Pennsylvania are facing tough economic challenges to not only create more jobs but keep them here in the Erie Region and across the state,” Bizzarro said. “I brought elected officials from all across the state here to Erie to see what we are up against in our battle to attain good-paying jobs.” “Pennsylvania has to keep up with the times to grow our economy and create family-sustaining jobs,” Sturla said. “We need to keep Pennsylvania residents here and give people a reason to relocate here. Representative Bizzarro’s hearing brought together a lot of great testifiers to help get an understanding of how we can improve the job market in Erie and across the state.” Panelists included Brian Slawin, Ben Franklin Partnership NW regional director and portfolio manager; Dr. Valerica Vlad, professor of Read more

 

Rep Bizzarro will host a House Policy Committee hearing on jobs tomorrow in Erie

(Mar 06, 2017)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on 21 st century jobs at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at the Manufacturer & Business Association, Forum Room, 2171 W. 38 th St. House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will co-chair the hearing. Bizzarro requested the hearing to further explore what more can be done to increase job creation in the region. The hearing agenda is as follows: 4 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 4:10 p.m. Panel One: Brian Slawin , Ben Franklin Partnership NW Regional Director and Portfolio Manager Dr. Valerica Vlad , professor of economics, Penn State Behrend Maggie Horne , director of Small Business Development Center, Gannon University Janet Anderson , Director of Partners for Performance, NWPA Workforce Development Board 4:50 p.m. Panel Two: Sean Fedorko , co-founder, Radius CoWork Beth Zimmer , co-founder and managing director, Innovation Collaborative Matt Wiertel, director of business development, Velocity Network 5:30 p.m. Closing remarks Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro to host Policy Committee hearing on jobs Tuesday in Erie

(Mar 01, 2017)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on 21 st century jobs at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at the Manufacturer & Business Association, Forum Room, 2171 W. 38 th St. House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will co-chair the hearing. Bizzarro requested the hearing to further explore what more can be done to increase job creation in the region. The hearing agenda is as follows: 4 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 4:10 p.m. Panel One: Brian Slawin , Ben Franklin Paretnership NW Regional Director and Portfolio Manager Dr. Valerica Vlad , professor of economics, Penn State Behrend Maggie Horne , director of Small Business Development Center, Gannon University 4:50 p.m. Panel Two: Sean Fedorko , co-founder, Radius CoWork Beth Zimmerman , co-Founder and managing director, Innovation Collaborative Matt Wiertel, director of business development, Velocity Network 5:30 p.m. Closing remarks Read more

 

Veterans are invited to my expo on April 27 in Erie

(Mar 01, 2017)

I am cordially inviting veterans from all U.S. military branches to my 2017 Veterans Expo from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 27 at the Rainbow Gardens, 220 Waldameer Park Road in Erie. Join me for my first Veterans Expo . My free event will feature dozens of area vendors offering a variety of veterans’ services, including VA claims reporting and employment opportunities, as well as legal and financial programs. Information will also be available on state services and programs benefiting veterans and your families, including: Veterans Assistance Program information Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications And much more! Stop in to meet my staff and me, and enjoy light refreshments and great door prizes. For more information about the event, contact my office at (814) 835-2880. Throughout American history, the U.S. military has continually led the response to protect liberty and restore freedom in nearly every corner of the globe. Our servicemen and women, both past and present, are undoubtedly heroes, and as such deserve our thanks, our respect and our assistance. Veterans’ issues are expanding both in number and complexity, and managing their widespread needs has become more challenging, and that is why I am offering a free expo for all veterans in order to address veterans’ issues appropriately and thoroughly. Every veteran deserves to have his or her needs Read more

 

Bizzarro appointed to Pa. Grade Crude Development Advisory Council

(Feb 22, 2017)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, has been appointed to serve on the 17-member Pennsylvania Grade Crude Development Advisory Council by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny. Bizzarro said the council will examine and make recommendations regarding existing technical regulations and policies for oil and gas implemented by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. “I consider it a great honor to serve on this council because I have an interest in the way oil and gas are not only extracted but distributed here in Pennsylvania,” Bizzarro said. “I look forward to working with the secretary of DEP on new policies that would impact the conventional oil and gas industry.” The council will also provide institutional support for the conventional oil and gas industry, develop a plan to increase grade crude oil production in an environmentally friendly way, develop a joint working group to develop ways to provide viable production water management options, and annually issue a report of its activities and recommendations. Bizzarro said the council will review the regulatory framework for environmental oversight and enforcement regarding the oil and gas industry. The next council meeting is scheduled for May. The council is comprised of state elected officials and representatives from the oil and gas industry. Bizzarro is vice-chairman of the House Northwest Caucus Delegation. Read more

 

Save the date!!! Pot o' Gold unclaimed property event March 16th

(Feb 22, 2017)

Do you have unclaimed property? Let my office help you check for unclaimed property. On Thursday, March 16 th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. I will hold an unclaimed property event to help you recover lost revenue and property for free . The state Treasury Department estimates it is holding $2.3 billion in unclaimed property. This means many of you may have unclaimed property coming to you but don’t know about it! Not sure what unclaimed property is? Unclaimed property is essentially money or valuables left behind waiting for owners like YOU to claim! You may have unclaimed property or if you started a new job without receiving your final paycheck from your last job, opened a savings or checking account and forget about it, have inheritance from a relative that you never received, of if you forgot to redeem a gift certificate and it expired. My staff and I want to help you put your money back in your wallet. See you there! As always, if you have a state-related concern please contact my office. Read more

 

PennLive Op-Ed praises Rep. Bizzarro's animal cruelty legislation

(Feb 21, 2017)

http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2017/02/its_time_to_put_some_teeth_in.html Read more

 

Bizzarro, Harkins push for Unemployment Compensation claims office funding

(Feb 15, 2017)

State Reps. Ryan Bizzarro and Pat Harkins, both D-Erie, have co-sponsored legislation ( H.B. 34 ), that would restore the full $57.5 million to reopen unemployment call centers and bring back all furloughed jobs. “People need their unemployment benefits to pay the mortgage, buy food and just to survive,” Bizzarro said. “Every day I am hearing from frustrated constituents who are spending upwards of six weeks, calling hundreds of times trying to get through to the call centers. The call center situation needs to be fixed fast because these people need their money.” "This has been a devastating problem for the entire state, affecting people in Erie and everywhere ,” Harkins said. “Our unemployed, who need the financial assistance to get by, are struggling to get their claims processed in a timely manner. We need to fix this immediately.” Bizzarro said House Labor and Industry and Appropriations committee hearings are scheduled. “How long can the state continue to operate under these circumstances by literally stringing along claimants?” Bizzarro said. Bizzarro said the legislation has bipartisan support in the House. Read more

 

Reps. Bizzarro and Harkins are pushing for funding to re-open Pa. Unemployment offices

(Feb 15, 2017)

The Erie News NOW story here http://www.erienewsnow.com/story/34506554/bizzarro-harkins-push-for-funding-to-reopen-pa-unemployment-offices?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_ENNMattKnoedler Read more

 

Bizzarro to participate in Humane Society presentation in Erie Wednesday

(Feb 13, 2017)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, will participate in the Humane Society of the United States and Erie Leadership “Advocate We Love’ award to Erie animal advocate Jessica Carlson. The event is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the ANNA Shelter, 1555 E. 10 th St., Erie, Pa. The Humane Society of the United States’ Puppy Mills Campaign will present one of their 14 annual ‘Advocates We Love Awards’ to Carlson for her work with numerous local advocacy groups including the Erie Puppy Mill Awareness Group. Bizzarro will present information on legislation, H.B. 13, formerly H.B. 869, which includes animal protection, known as “Libre’s Law.” Additional presenters include: Ruth Thompson, Founder and Director at the Anna Shelter; Bob Merski, Erie city councilman; Jay Breneman, chairman, Erie city council; Kristen Tullo, Pennsylvania State Director at the HSUS; and Jessica Carlson, award recipient. Media coverage is invited. Read more

 

Citizens Voice newspaper in Wilkes Barre focused on my letter to the editor against animal cruelty

(Feb 13, 2017)

http://citizensvoice.com/opinion/thwart-animal-abuse-by-supporting-house-bill-13-1.2153410 Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro Op-Ed Meadville Tribune : Let's Thwart Animal Abuse by Supporting my legislation

(Feb 10, 2017)

http://www.meadvilletribune.com/opinion/columns/column-help-thwart-animal-abuse-by-supporting-hb/article_ffbcda8e-ed4a-11e6-a107-4310700ec828.html Read more

 

Observer-Reporter Editorial: It's time to strengthen our animal-abuse laws

(Feb 09, 2017)

In this editorial, the Observer-Reporter discusses how a recent news story about an abused puppy in Bentleyville casts light on the need to improve Pennsylvania's animal cruelty law and highlights my bill that would do that. Read more

 

Rep Bizzarro explains what the state budget means for you

(Feb 08, 2017)

http://www.yourerie.com/news/local-news/governor-tom-wolf-to-release-budget-today/651546699 Read more

 

April 27 Veterans Expo to feature Network of Care; Hitting the road for issues and answers; April is Safe Digging Month; and more
Apr 12, 2017

Bizzarro Helps People with Intellectual Disabilities
Apr 11, 2017

PA House to Vote on Funding for Unemployment Centers
Apr 04, 2017

REAL ID update newsletter
Apr 04, 2017

Veterans Expo
Mar 31, 2017

Bizzarro sponsoring free ‘Treasury Hunt’ on March 16 for unclaimed property
Mar 15, 2017

Rep. Bizzarro, Policy Committee highlight job creation in Erie and Pa.
Mar 07, 2017

Rep Bizzarro will host a House Policy Committee hearing on jobs tomorrow in Erie
Mar 06, 2017

Rep. Bizzarro to host Policy Committee hearing on jobs Tuesday in Erie
Mar 01, 2017

Veterans are invited to my expo on April 27 in Erie
Mar 01, 2017

Bizzarro appointed to Pa. Grade Crude Development Advisory Council
Feb 22, 2017

Save the date!!! Pot o' Gold unclaimed property event March 16th
Feb 22, 2017

PennLive Op-Ed praises Rep. Bizzarro's animal cruelty legislation
Feb 21, 2017

Bizzarro, Harkins push for Unemployment Compensation claims office funding
Feb 15, 2017

Reps. Bizzarro and Harkins are pushing for funding to re-open Pa. Unemployment offices
Feb 15, 2017

Bizzarro to participate in Humane Society presentation in Erie Wednesday
Feb 13, 2017

Citizens Voice newspaper in Wilkes Barre focused on my letter to the editor against animal cruelty
Feb 13, 2017

Rep. Bizzarro Op-Ed Meadville Tribune : Let's Thwart Animal Abuse by Supporting my legislation
Feb 10, 2017

Observer-Reporter Editorial: It's time to strengthen our animal-abuse laws
Feb 09, 2017

Rep Bizzarro explains what the state budget means for you
Feb 08, 2017