Bizzarro, Harkins, Merski: More than $90,000 awarded to provide paid internships for area students, young adults

(Mar 05, 2020)

ERIE, March 5 – Area students and young job seekers will benefit from new internship opportunities, thanks to a $90,189 grant from the state Department of Labor and Industry, state Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, all D-Erie, announced today. The grant to the Northwest Workforce Development Board will fund summer internships that pay a minimum of $10.35 an hour for students and young adults from 16 to 24. “Internships provide a perfect way for students and young adults to get a jump on career readiness by giving them an early, real-world look into the modern workplace,” Bizzarro said. “Those experiences can go a long way toward building confidence in young job seekers, familiarizing them with new technology and making the modern work setting seem more familiar and less daunting.” Harkins agreed, noting, “No amount of classroom training can substitute for actual workplace experience. Summer internships open so many doors: they help young job seekers understand whether their skills are a good match for a given field, they introduce them to the climate and expectations of a modern workplace, and they provide real-time exposure to the latest technology and techniques in rapidly changing modern job settings.” Merski added that the benefits flow both ways, helping employers, as well. “In addition to exposing young job seekers to new skills and learning experiences, Read more


State grant to provide students with paid internships

(Mar 05, 2020)

A state grant is providing students and young adults with real work experience and a paycheck. Read more


Bizzarro, Harkins, Merski: Nearly $20,000 in grants awarded to fund historical society, children’s museum

(Mar 04, 2020)

ERIE, Mar. 4 – Two state grants totaling $19,528 will benefit the Erie County Historical Society and the expERIEnce Children’s Museum, state Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, all D-Erie, announced today. The lawmakers said that the Pennsylvania Museum and Historical Society grants include $12,029 to the historical society and $7,499 to the museum. “Securing this funding for the Erie County Historical Society is so important because it’s an investment in preserving our shared history,” Bizzarro said. “With these resources, our region’s dedicated historians can continue preserving the documents, artifacts, structures and other historical items that keep Erie’s unique history alive for future generations.” Harkins said that he agreed and added, “Our historical society’s invaluable work preserving the past gives us insight into how our community has changed and evolved over time. It also gives us a way to pass that history and shared knowledge on from generation to generation so that we don’t lose touch with our past.” Merski added that the funding will bring educational benefits, as well. “Keeping the link to our past alive through physical exhibits is critically important from a learning perspective because real-life objects that can be seen and touched form an impression on kids in ways that textbooks can’t,” he said. “In much the same way, the Read more


Winter 2020 Newsletter

(Feb 28, 2020)

In my latest newsletter: what you need to know about the UPMC/Highmark 10-year agreement; connecting veterans with the services they've earned; saving the SeaWolves and much more. Read more


League of Women Voters Legislative Luncheon

(Feb 28, 2020)

Some of the topics discussed included redistricting, the environment, education, and voting law changes. Read more


Bizzarro: Over $700,000 in safety resources to benefit local schools

(Feb 26, 2020)

State grants totaling $702,809 will fund new security resources for area schools, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced today. Bizzarro said the grants will fund personnel and equipment-based resources for the Millcreek Township School District, Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5 and the General McLane School District. Read more


Erie-region schools receive state grants

(Feb 26, 2020)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, of Millcreek Township, D-3rd Dist., on Wednesday announced state grants totaling $702,809 to fund new security resources at Erie-region schools. Read more


Mail In Voting Could Delay Election Results

(Feb 25, 2020)

The Pennsylvania primary election is now just two months away.And officials are worried about an expected surge in mail in voting. Read more


Grant secured to offer direct flights to Washington DC

(Feb 24, 2020)

Air travelers will soon be able to take off to a new location from the Erie International Airport. Read more


Bizzarro lauds education, workforce development and environmental investments in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2020 budget address

(Feb 04, 2020)

Following Governor Tom Wolf’s budget address, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro said he’s looking forward to continuing to work for Pennsylvania and released the following statement Read more


Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Jan 01, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more