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Rep. Bizzarro aims to support Pa. Dept. of Labor and Industry amidst COVID-19 strains

(Apr 08, 2020)

ERIE , APRIL 8 -- State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro reached out to Department of Labor and Industry Secretary Gerard Oleksiak to discuss the department’s capacity to expeditiously handle unemployment claims in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Erie County legislator said he is hoping to help ensure the Pa. Department of Labor and Industry has the resources needed to process unemployment claims in a timely manner for the hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians applying. “Our Commonwealth is facing unprecedented times. My office is fielding hundreds of calls on how this pandemic is impacting their lives and livelihood. The UC system has been pushed beyond capacity and I want to make sure that the Department of Labor and Industry has what they need from the legislature to process claims with as little delay as possible,” explained Bizzarro. “It is my hope that we can alleviate challenges faced by the department and the delays to Pennsylvanians applying for unemployment compensation.” A copy of the letter is available here . Read more

 

Frustrations are building up with unemployment claims

(Apr 08, 2020)

Joblessness is being felt all around the region with more than a million unemployment claims being filed in Pennsylvania.Frustrations are mounting while bills are piling up. Here is how local residents are dealing with the process. Read more

 

State Representative Ryan Bizzarro speaks out against Wabtec

(Apr 01, 2020)

State Representative Ryan Bizzarro is demanding action to be taken against Wabtec following images that surfaced showing their “sanitation stations.” Read more

 

County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper provides daily COVID-19 update for Erie County

(Apr 01, 2020)

In today’s report County executive Kathy Dahlkemper confirms that Erie County has no new confirmed cases of COVID-19. This leaves the number at 16 cases. Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro Issues Statement on Congressman Mike Kelly Coronavirus Diagnosis

(Mar 27, 2020)

ERIE, MARCH 27 -- Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, released the following statement following news that Congressman Mike Kelly tested positive for COVID-19: “I’m saddened to learn that our Congressman Mike Kelly tested positive for COVID-19. This disease does not discriminate and it’s imperative that we follow recommendations to stay home and stay safe, practice social distancing and only go out if absolutely necessary. Coronavirus is extremely serious, and we must adhere to the strict mitigation efforts if we are going to beat this and protect our family and friends from this terrible virus. “My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this time. I hope that no one is further negatively impacted as a result of his diagnosis.” Read more

 

Wabtec upgrades safety procedures

(Mar 27, 2020)

A Wabtec spokeswoman detailed new procedures that she said not only follow, but exceed CDC guidelines. Read more

 

Bizzarro: Emergency School Code Relief bill provides support to districts, teachers and staff

(Mar 25, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 25 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, said today the Pa. House voted in support of emergency School Code relief in response the COVID-19 pandemic. Senate Bill 751 provides authority to the secretary of education to close all schools until the pandemic comes to an end and increase the number of allowable flexible institution days. The measure applies to school districts, intermediate units, career and technical, charter and cyber charter schools. Schools must make good-faith efforts to maintain continuity of education to students throughout PDE closures, submitting plans to PDE and posting to their website. The bill also extends the current continuing education deadline by one year for teachers and school leaders. “I am happy to see my recommendation to waive the 180-day requirement for all schools has been included in this legislation. It also guarantees that school cleaning staff will have the materials and protective supports needed to stay safe, as recommended by the CDC,” Bizzarro explained. “In the face of adversity and uncertainty, it’s imperative that we continue to support those who keep our educational system going and enact measures that help our educators and students bounce back quickly from these challenging times.” The bill now moves to the Senate for concurrence. Read more

 

Bizzarro calls on Wabtec to consider public safety over profit amidst COVID-19 pandemic

(Mar 23, 2020)

ERIE, March 23 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, released the following statement today calling on Wabtec to adhere to CDC guidelines and do their part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. “The decision by Wabtec to remain open without properly protecting its workforce during this pandemic shows a lack of judgement and general disregard for its employees and our greater Erie community, as we all work together to limit the spread of COVID-19. Employee health, proper workplace disinfecting per the CDC guidelines, and social distancing should be fundamental concerns facing each and every business across Pennsylvania, particularly as non-life-sustaining entities. My office has received constituent calls from management and hourly employees about a lack of sanitizing protocols that could facilitate unnecessary spread of the COVID-19 virus. “While the PA Governor’s office has granted a waiver to Wabtec, with the health of our community in mind, I am calling Wabtec officials to take efforts to test every employee that arrives to work at the Erie County plant, sanitize the facility per CDC guidelines, and take the necessary steps to prepare the facility for employees to return to work safely (per CDC guidelines) and without anxiety of unnecessary exposure to them and their community. This virus outbreak is not a time for corporate America to put profits above people. These are our neighbors and families, and we must consider Read more

 

Erie County COVID-19 Newsroom Alerts

(Mar 23, 2020)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, released the following statement today calling on Wabtec to adhere to CDC guidelines and do their part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19."The decision by Wabtec to remain open without properly protecting its workforce during this pandemic shows a lack of judgment and general disregard for its employees and our greater Erie community, as we all work together to limit the spread of COVID-19. Read more

 

Erie County: Partly open for business

(Mar 23, 2020)

Business owners and their employees in Erie and across the state continued to seek answers Monday about how Gov. Tom Wolf would define non-life-sustaining business. Read more

 

State Rep. Bizzarro calling on Wabtec to adhere to CDC COVID-19 guidelines

(Mar 23, 2020)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, released the following statement today regarding the safety and health of Wabtec employees during the COVID-19 pandemic: Read more

 

Bizzarro announces more than $178k in state grant funding coming to Erie

(Mar 18, 2020)

ERIE, March 18 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced today that organizations throughout Erie County will receive state grant dollars totaling $178,225 for business development and 2020 Census efforts. GR8T Manufacturing was awarded $168,946 in PASmart Next Generation Industry Partnership grant funding from the Pa. Department of Labor and Industry. The funds will be used to improve community business to business partnerships, promote manufacturing careers and branding the region. Census 2020 Outreach grants were awarded to Edinboro Community and Economic Development Corp., and Culture, Arts, Festival, and Events of Erie in the amounts of $4,279 and $5,000 respectively. The grants, awarded through the Pa. Department of Community and Economic Development may be used for census-related outreach including local media buys, community census events, and event-related costs. “It’s important that in this time, we continue to work together to invest in our community. I’m excited to see how GR8T Manufacturing uses this grant to improve business partnerships and career opportunities in our region,” Bizzarro said. “Now, more than ever, it’s time to ramp up efforts to ensure our community’s voice is heard in the 2020 census. I urge everyone to make sure they fill out the Census when it becomes available and answer those nine questions. They will have an impact on how our community is represented and Read more

 

Bizzarro to close district office to the public starting Tuesday

(Mar 16, 2020)

ERIE, March 16 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced today that effective midnight tonight his legislative offices will be closed to the public until further notice. “We must take this pandemic seriously and act in the best interest of our most vulnerable populations. My staff will be available by phone to assist with state-related issues and we will be practicing social distancing,” Bizzarro said. “There is a lot of information coming from state resources, including recommended restrictions and unemployment compensation. We have to look out for our neighbors as well as ourselves in this time.” Bizzarro also called on residents to avoid going to non-essential businesses including: Community and recreation centers. Gyms including yoga, barre and spin facilities. Hair salons. Nail salons. Spas. Casinos. Concert venues. Theaters. Bars. Automobile dealerships. Sporting event venues. Golf courses. Retail facilities including shopping malls. At the recommendation of Gov. Wolf, restaurants are urged to only offer carry-out and delivery. “By avoiding these places, we can help mitigate the spread of this highly contagious virus. Please limit public exposure to trips to the pharmacy, grocery store or healthcare providers if necessary. While there are no confirmed cases in Erie at this time, it’s important that we stay Read more

 

Department of Community and Economic Development awards Millcreek Township $130,000 grant

(Mar 15, 2020)

Millcreek township is the recipient of over $100,000 in grant money from the department of community and economic development. Read more

 

Bizzarro lauds Wolf’s closure of Pa. Schools

(Mar 13, 2020)

ERIE, March 13 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, released the following statement commending Gov. Tom Wolf for closing Pennsylvania’s K-12 schools: “Each school district across the state faces a different level of threat and challenges. I applaud Governor Wolf for recognizing the threat that COVID-19 poses to public health and safety and for taking action that prioritizes Pennsylvania’s children, teachers and school staff. “Earlier today, I circulated a co-sponsorship memo for legislation that would allow school districts to request a waiver for the 180 days of school mandate. Hearing the governor include in his announcement today that school districts will not be penalized for not meeting the requirement is a sigh of relief for all Pennsylvania districts. “I still plan to pursue support for my legislation calling for districts to work in concert with the Department of Education so that requests to adjust the mandated school days can be handled quickly. Enacting this legislation will ensure that this pandemic and any future disruptions do not tie the hands of our educators and impact Pennsylvania children’s educational experience.” Read more

 

Bizzarro: DCED Awards Millcreek $130k Grant

(Mar 13, 2020)

ERIE, March 12 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced the Pa. Department of Community and Economic Development awarded a $130,000 grant to Millcreek Township. The Department issued the grant via its Strategic Management Planning Program and funds will match investment from Millcreek Township that will be used to purchase updated financial software and develop a sub-area plan. “This grant will help Millcreek with their comprehensive plan, Embrace Millcreek. The funding will allow for improved software vital to township operations and get the ball rolling on projects to help determine redevelopment options for Presque Isle. Erie is growing and I’m proud to work with Millcreek to help capitalize on our region’s valuable resources,” expressed Bizzarro. The Strategic Management Planning Program is administered by DCED and provides matching grant funds to help municipalities develop comprehensive financial plans to establish short- and long-term financial objectives. Read more

 

Bizzarro cancels March 17 Treasury Hunt

(Mar 13, 2020)

ERIE, March 13 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, today announced he will cancel Tuesday’s Unclaimed Property Treasury Hunt in accordance with recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and the Pa. Department of Health. “Out of an abundance of caution and for the health and safety of our community, Tuesday’s Unclaimed Property Treasury Hunt is cancelled. As COVID-19 continues to spread around the commonwealth and country, the CDC recommends practicing social distancing strategies and as a public official, I feel it’s important that my staff and I lead by example,” explained Bizzarro. Bizzarro urges Erie residents to visit the Pa. Department of Health’s website for up-to-date information about COVID-19. Read more

 

State Rep. Bizzarro releases statement regarding the closure of PA schools

(Mar 13, 2020)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, released the following statement on Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to close Pennsylvania’s K-12 schools: Read more

 

PA House Dems Highlight Voting, Campaign Reform Proposals

(Mar 10, 2020)

Harrisburg, PA (WENY)-- Late last year, Pennsylvania lawmakers passed the biggest election reform in state history in more than 80 years. But some Democrats say the job still isn’t done, and more reform is needed. Read more

 

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

 

Rep. Bizzarro aims to support Pa. Dept. of Labor and Industry amidst COVID-19 strains
Apr 08, 2020

Frustrations are building up with unemployment claims
Apr 08, 2020

State Representative Ryan Bizzarro speaks out against Wabtec
Apr 01, 2020

County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper provides daily COVID-19 update for Erie County
Apr 01, 2020

Rep. Bizzarro Issues Statement on Congressman Mike Kelly Coronavirus Diagnosis
Mar 27, 2020

Wabtec upgrades safety procedures
Mar 27, 2020

Bizzarro: Emergency School Code Relief bill provides support to districts, teachers and staff
Mar 25, 2020

Bizzarro calls on Wabtec to consider public safety over profit amidst COVID-19 pandemic
Mar 23, 2020

Erie County COVID-19 Newsroom Alerts
Mar 23, 2020

Erie County: Partly open for business
Mar 23, 2020

State Rep. Bizzarro calling on Wabtec to adhere to CDC COVID-19 guidelines
Mar 23, 2020

Bizzarro announces more than $178k in state grant funding coming to Erie
Mar 18, 2020

Bizzarro to close district office to the public starting Tuesday
Mar 16, 2020

Department of Community and Economic Development awards Millcreek Township $130,000 grant
Mar 15, 2020

Bizzarro lauds Wolf’s closure of Pa. Schools
Mar 13, 2020

Bizzarro: DCED Awards Millcreek $130k Grant
Mar 13, 2020

Bizzarro cancels March 17 Treasury Hunt
Mar 13, 2020

State Rep. Bizzarro releases statement regarding the closure of PA schools
Mar 13, 2020

PA House Dems Highlight Voting, Campaign Reform Proposals
Mar 10, 2020

Bizzarro, Harkins, Merski: More than $90,000 awarded to provide paid internships for area students, young adults
Mar 05, 2020