Bizzarro joins governor in launching veterans’ website

(Nov 10, 2016)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, joined Gov. Tom Wolf and members of the Pennsylvania National Guard to unveil a website designed to assist veterans and their families. The Pennsylvania Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans and their Families allows service members to obtain information about all the services, support and resources that can help them. The website is www.networkofcare.org . Bizzarro was instrumental in getting the budget line item for the Network of Care Veteran’s component in the state budget. “I am very proud to be part of this easy, upgraded program that will allow all service men and women to access the free information on one single place on the internet,” Bizzarro said. Bizzarro said that each care network is tailor made to each county’s needs across Pennsylvania. The comprehensive website provides: Crisis intervention and emergency services All services by category and location Job board Peer support and advocacy Social networking Personal health records And much more. Joining the governor and Bizzarro at the news conference were Brig. Gen. Anthony Carrelli, Pennsylvania's adjutant general; Ted Dallas, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services; and representatives from various veterans groups across Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro honors senior league all-stars at state Capitol

(Oct 24, 2016)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, paid tribute today to the ladies of the District 1 Senior League softball team for finishing third in the Senior League World Series at a resolution presentation at the state Capitol. The District 1 All-Stars won Section 1, State and Region titles on their road to the World Series. The team went 16-1, but then lost to a team from British Columbia in the international semifinals. “I am so proud of these great women who are not only sports role models but an inspiration to all of us that if you have determination, you can accomplish anything,” Bizzarro said. Bizzarro said the team is made up of players from Cambridge Springs, Cochranton, Conneaut Area, General McLane, Saegertown and Titusville. Head coach John Kutz accompanied the team to Harrisburg. Bizzarro said the women were treated to a tour of the Capitol, met with Gov. Tom Wolf, and received citations from the state House and state Senate. Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro's animal cruelty bill passes state Senate

(Oct 19, 2016)

Rep. Bizzarro's animal cruelty bill passes state Senate Read more

 

Free flu shots at Bizzarro's district office Thursday

(Oct 18, 2016)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, is reminding constituents in the 3 rd Legislative District and throughout the region that free flu shots will be provided from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 in his district office 1101 Peninsula Drive., Suite 209. "I am encouraging anyone who hasn’t been able to afford or obtain a flu shot to take advantage of this free illness-prevention opportunity," Bizzarro said. Flu shots will be administered to people between the ages of 9 and 99 by LifeWorks. There are no upfront costs. All insurances will be billed. Bizzarro said that those interested in getting a flu shot should bring their insurance card and ID. For more information on the flu shots event, or any state-related issue, contact Bizzarro’s district office at (814)835-2880. ATTENTION NEWS/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS : Media coverage is invited Read more

 

Bizzarro: Investing in Home Care Saves PA Money

(Oct 13, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro joined home care workers and advocates in Erie to call for more investment quality care in the home. Long-term care for Pennsylvanians is a crisis, challenging the health of seniors and people with disabilities and the people doing the vital work need better wages and benefits. Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro holds news conference to propose better wages and benefits for home health workers

(Oct 13, 2016)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, joined fellow colleagues and members of the State Employees International Union today at a news conference to outline a plan in an effort to solve the long-term care crisis in Erie. The group has proposed providing a decent living wage and affordable health care so a suitable home health care workforce stays in Erie and across the state “Home health care workers play a critical role in maintaining the health of people they care for, such as people with disabilities and senior citizens. We need to do more,” Bizzarro said. Bizzarro said more senior citizens would be able to continue living their life and keeping their dignity when living in their own home. The union has proposed raising the wages of all Erie County home care workers to $15 per hour and to implement programs to provide quality health care. According to SEIU, to meet the demand for home care by 2015, Erie County will need over 950 more home care workers. Pennsylvania currently ranks 12 th in the country in Medicaid nursing home costs, roughly $60,000 per resident. In addition, it costs approximately $23,000 per resident to receive home care services under the Aging Waiver. In Erie County, $81 million is being spent on nursing home care, compared to $56 million on care at home. In an effort to solve the growing crisis in long-term care, Bizzarro is working with home care workers, health advocates, AARP, the Centers for Independent Living and many other Read more

 

Commentary - Let's Bridge the Gap Between Workers' Wages and Quality Home Care

(Oct 13, 2016)

Commentary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro D-Erie www.pahouse.com/Bizzarro Let’s bridge the gap between workers’ wages and quality home care According to Webster’s Dictionary, the medical definition of a home health aide is a trained and certified health-care worker who provides assistance to a patient in the home with personal care (like hygiene and exercise) and light household duties (like meal preparation) and who monitors the patient's condition. That’s a pretty big responsibility for health care professionals who barely get by financially and often times need to rely on public assistance as an income supplement. That’s right. Home care workers who play a critical role in maintaining the health of the people they care for in Erie and across the state are in need themselves of a living wage and affordable health care. It seems a bit ironic that a state with the fifth-highest senior citizen population, 65 and older, would be the same state that doesn’t adequately pay its home health workers – or for that matter, provide them with decent health care. By 2030, one in four Pennsylvanians will be 65 or older, and nine of 10 seniors want to receive quality health care at home for as long as they can. Our state doesn’t have enough home care attendants to meet growing needs because they keep leaving Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro outlines statistics on solving Erie's long-term care crisis

(Oct 13, 2016)

Solving Erie County’s Long-Term Care Crisis In Erie County – much like the rest of Pennsylvania – a crisis in long-term care is holding back the health and security of seniors and people with disabilities and leaving caregivers struggling to make ends meet. By 2030, one in four Pennsylvanians will be 65 or older , and nine of 10 seniors want quality care at home for as long as possible . At the same time, there are simply not enough home care attendants to meet the growing need for home- and community-based care. Many individuals are discouraged from becoming home care attendants because of low pay, lack of healthcare and limited – if any – training and support. As a result, two out of every five Pennsylvania home care workers leave the field each year . Home health aides in the state are paid an average $10.26/hour, and nearly half of the workforce relies on public assistance for food or healthcare. In Erie County, more than 303,000 residents will be 65 or older by 2025. To solve the growing crisis in long-term care, home care workers, health advocates, AARP, the Centers for Independent Living and many others are working to strengthen home- and community-based care to make sure every seniors gets the quality care they deserve and to bring more people into this important profession. Long-Term Care in Erie County Without improvements to strengthen home- and community-based care, the care crisis will only grow worse in Erie Read more

 

Bizzarro hosts House Democratic Policy hearing on the struggles facing personal assistance, home-based care

(Oct 04, 2016)

ERIE, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, held a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to learn more about the issues surrounding personal assistance service providers. The hearing was held Monday at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center and was co-chaired by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. "Personal assistance service providers deliver home and community-based care services that allow people to stay in their homes instead of entering nursing facilities," Bizzarro said. “What we learned today from some of those who provide personal assistance to the disabled and the elderly on a daily basis is that they help people maintain their independence, and that's a valuable resource." Bizzarro also said that they learned from the testifiers that the personal assistance service field is a tough one, with low pay and high turnover, which not only impacts workers, but also those they care for. Sturla said, "It's important that workers earn a living wage that is commensurate with the level of care and service they provide. Representative Bizzarro is leading the discussion to ensure that great care is provided to those who need and that involves retaining a caring workforce that is paid a fair wage." "The providers who testified said that workforce retention is a major challenge and they're losing workers to less challenging industries, such as fast food and retail," Bizzarro said. "This Read more

 

Bizzarro changes Monday's hearing topic to personal assistance service providers

(Sep 30, 2016)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, has changed the topic for his House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to issues surrounding personal assistance service providers. The hearing still will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3 at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsular Drive. House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will co-chair the hearing. “Personal assistance service providers deliver home and community-based care services that allow people to stay in their homes instead of entering nursing facilities,” Bizzarro said. “Keeping people at home not only increases their quality of life, but it also keeps down the high costs the state absorbs from placement in a nursing facility. However, these providers are having a difficult time keeping quality staff due to the low reimbursement rate that is well below a living wage.” Bizzarro noted that many staff are leaving for higher pay at nursing facilities or elsewhere. This high turnover severely limits the providers’ ability to service consumers in need and forces Pennsylvanians into nursing homes earlier than necessary. The hearing agenda is as follows: 4 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 4:10 p.m. Panel of providers: Carl Berry , Finance Committee chair, PA Providers Coalition Association Chi Bon , social services manager, Helpmates Inc. Deborah Pavlek , director, Family to Family Home Healthcare 5:10 p.m. Panel Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro to participate in Humane Society Cruelty to Animals Forum In Erie next week

(Sep 26, 2016)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, is one of five panelists that will address the crowd at the Humane Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania Animal Cruelty Public Forum from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. The event is free and open to the public. The panelists will discuss current Pennsylvania animal cruelty laws, pending legislation, the roles of specific animal law enforcement officers, and information on what the public can do to help in the fight against animal cruelty. Bizzarro is prime sponsor of H.B. 869 that would require abused animals to be forfeited to an animal shelter after their owner is convicted of animal abuse. That legislation remains in the state Senate under consideration. Bizzarro said there is a lot of stress to the animals when they are allowed to return to their abusers and it places the animals in grave danger. “Anyone convicted of abusing an animal should not be afforded the opportunity to resume the abuse, especially not after the shelter caring for the animal has invested countless charitable contributions into rehabilitating the animal,” Bizzarro said. Panelists, in addition to Bizzarro, who are participating, include: Lisa Stiles, chief investigating officer, Humane Society of NWPA Brian Carroll, animal cruelty officer, The ANNA Shelter Rob Culbertson, animal enforcement officer, City of Erie Brian Froese, county dog warden. “The General Read more

 

State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D- Erie, and state Sen. Michele Brooks, R- Erie, are co-hosting a free Senior Fair and Older Living Expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 at Our Lady of the Lake Church, 128 Sunset Drive, Edinboro.

(Sep 15, 2016)

State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D- Erie, and state Sen. Michele Brooks, R- Erie, are co-hosting a free Senior Fair and Older Living Expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 at Our Lady of the Lake Church, 128 Sunset Drive, Edinboro. “It’s always nice to talk with my constituents who visit the Senior Fair and Older Living Expo,” Bizzarro said. “I am encouraging everyone to spend some time with us and while they’re there, they can obtain a lot of information about state programs and services and seniors can even get flu shots and health screenings.” Bizzarro said more than 65 local and state organizations will provide information on the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, PACE and PACENET, veterans’ benefits information among other items of interest. There will be light refreshments and door prizes available. “My staff will be on hand to answer any questions people may have about how my office can serve constituents,” Bizzarro said Bizzarro said no RSVP is required. For more information, contact Bizzarro’s office at (814) 835-2880 or visit 1101 Peninsula Drive, Suite 209 in the Peninsula Plaza in Erie. Read more

 

Rep Bizzarro's 2016 Summer newsletter

(Sep 01, 2016)

Rep Bizzarro Summer newsletter 2016 Read more

 

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro to sponsor free Senior Fair & Older Living Expo Aug. 29

(Aug 19, 2016)

ERIE, Aug. 19 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, will host his fourth annual free Senior Fair & Older Living Expo from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 29 at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive, Erie. “I always enjoy meeting new neighbors and seeing familiar faces at my annual Senior Fair & Older Living Expo,” Bizzarro said. “This year, more than 65 local and state organizations will provide veterans’ benefits information, health screenings, and flu shots, and my staff and I will outline how my office can help seniors access programs like the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program and PACE and PACENET. We’ll also have door prizes and refreshments. This event is always a fun time, and I hope residents will spread the word to anyone who may be interested in attending.” Bizzarro added a shuttle service will transport seniors from nearby parking lots to the event’s door. No RSVP is required. For more information, contact Bizzarro’s office at (814) 835-2880 or visit 1101 Peninsula Drive, Suite 209 in the Peninsula Plaza in Erie. Media coverage is invited . Read more

 

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro: Over $600,000 in state grants to benefit community improvement projects

(Jul 29, 2016)

HARRISBURG, July 29 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, today announced that Erie County and several area municipalities have been awarded a total of $637,999 in state grants from the Community Development Block Grant Program. “I am pleased that area projects are receiving such significant support from the state,” Bizzarro said. “These grants will benefit the health and safety of residents, and help improve the quality of life here in Erie County.” Erie County will receive $277,768 for projects in the county. The county will also receive the following awards on behalf of area municipalities: Edinboro Borough, $100,959; McKean Township, $84,899; Girard Township, $90,384; and North East Borough, $83,989. The Community Development Block Grant Program through the Department of Community and Economic Development provides funding for such community developments as housing rehabilitation, public services, community facilities, infrastructure improvement, development and planning. More information about the program can be found online at www.newpa.com . Read more

 

Bizzarro: State citation awarded to local entrepreneur

(Jul 07, 2016)

ERIE, July 7 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, said he is pleased to honor Dr. Wei-Shin Lai with a House of Representatives citation for her recognition as Entrepreneur of the Year, awarded annually by Ernst & Young. Lai, CEO of AcousticSheep LLC, was presented with the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 Award in the Retail and Consumer Products category in the Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia region. “Our community is very proud of Dr. Lai’s recent accomplishments. This citation is just one way of showing that her recognition was not only noticed, but also applauded by everyone in Erie, as well as the House of Representatives,” Bizzarro said. After winning the regional award, Lai is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur of the Year national award, hosted in Palm Springs, Calif., in November. “It is great knowing that so much innovation and creative thinking is happening within the Third District. We are very pleased to have Acoustic Sheep headquartered right up the road from us, and wish nothing but continued success for Dr. Lai and her colleagues.” AcousticSheep is an Erie-based company which strives to “create a world of happy, healthy and well-rested people with its comfortable headphones, allowing for easy sleep and enjoyable exercise. The company was formed in 2007 by Lai and her husband. Read more

 

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro: $880,000 in state grants approved for conservation, energy projects

(Jul 01, 2016)

HARRISBURG, July 1 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, is pleased to announce $930,000 in state grants has been awarded to local conservation and energy projects in Erie County. A $680,000 Alternative and Clean Energy Program grant awarded to CNG Services, LLC will be used to construct a public CNG fueling station in McKean Township. The station is estimated to displace more than 250,000 gallons of gasoline each year when operating at full capacity. “This project will provide motorists driving vehicles that run on compressed natural gas easy access to refueling in the area,” Bizzarro said. In addition, a $250,000 Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program grant awarded to Asbury Woods Partnership Inc. will help the organization acquire approximately 62 acres located along Sterrettania Road in Millcreek Township for recreation and access to Walnut Creek. “This grant will go a long way in helping to preserve the environment for future generations,” Bizzarro said. “Asbury Woods provides valuable recreational and education opportunities for residents and visitors, and I am grateful that the state is helping to protect and enhance it.” The grants were approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, an independent state agency that evaluates and administers funding for projects that create jobs and improve cultural and recreational assets. Read more

 

Bizzarro Hails Passage of On-Time Budget

(Jun 30, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro says the House passed an on-time state budget with an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote that delivers an extra $250 million in funding for schools and gets vital funding to social service agencies without broad-based tax increases. Read more

 

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro votes to support bipartisan budget, avoid another harmful impasse

(Jun 30, 2016)

HARRISBURG, June 30 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, today voted to send a final state budget plan to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk that boosts school funding, targets the heroin and opioid addiction crisis, and protects taxpayers from broad-based tax increases. "This budget isn’t necessarily ideal, but it does make strong investments in education and human services during a particularly tough fiscal year," Bizzarro said. "I believe the bipartisan compromise we were able to achieve was necessary to help ensure Pennsylvania will soon have a budget on the books." Under Senate Bill 1073 , basic education would receive a $200 million increase from the previous fiscal year, while special education funding would increase $20 million. As a result, Bizzarro said area school districts are set to receive the following increases: Basic Education Special Education General McLane: $148,439, 1.4 percent $15,239, 1.1 percent Millcreek Township: $493,433, 3.6 percent $50,123, 1.4 percent Erie City: $3,373,571, 5.6 percent $234,418, 2.4 percent "Our schools have been cash-strapped for far too long," Bizzarro said. "This budget will help to restore some of the cuts made by the previous administration so that we can provide the quality education our students deserve." Higher education, including schools like Edinboro University, would receive a 2.5 percent increase in Read more

 

Bizzarro: Budget is a Positive Compromise

(Jun 29, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro discusses the proposed 2016-17 budget. The plan is a good compromise between Republican and Democrat priorities and features increased funding for all levels of basic education, including special education as well additional assistance for human services providers. Read more

 

Bizzarro joins governor in launching veterans’ website
Nov 10, 2016

Rep. Bizzarro honors senior league all-stars at state Capitol
Oct 24, 2016

Rep. Bizzarro's animal cruelty bill passes state Senate
Oct 19, 2016

Free flu shots at Bizzarro's district office Thursday
Oct 18, 2016

Bizzarro: Investing in Home Care Saves PA Money
Oct 13, 2016

Rep. Bizzarro holds news conference to propose better wages and benefits for home health workers
Oct 13, 2016

Commentary - Let's Bridge the Gap Between Workers' Wages and Quality Home Care
Oct 13, 2016

Rep. Bizzarro outlines statistics on solving Erie's long-term care crisis
Oct 13, 2016

Bizzarro hosts House Democratic Policy hearing on the struggles facing personal assistance, home-based care
Oct 04, 2016

Bizzarro changes Monday's hearing topic to personal assistance service providers
Sep 30, 2016

Rep. Bizzarro to participate in Humane Society Cruelty to Animals Forum In Erie next week
Sep 26, 2016

State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D- Erie, and state Sen. Michele Brooks, R- Erie, are co-hosting a free Senior Fair and Older Living Expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 at Our Lady of the Lake Church, 128 Sunset Drive, Edinboro.
Sep 15, 2016

Rep Bizzarro's 2016 Summer newsletter
Sep 01, 2016

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro to sponsor free Senior Fair & Older Living Expo Aug. 29
Aug 19, 2016

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro: Over $600,000 in state grants to benefit community improvement projects
Jul 29, 2016

Bizzarro: State citation awarded to local entrepreneur
Jul 07, 2016

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro: $880,000 in state grants approved for conservation, energy projects
Jul 01, 2016

Bizzarro Hails Passage of On-Time Budget
Jun 30, 2016

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro votes to support bipartisan budget, avoid another harmful impasse
Jun 30, 2016

Bizzarro: Budget is a Positive Compromise
Jun 29, 2016