Local small businesses respond to interest in COVID-19 relief funds

(Jul 02, 2020)

Ryan Bizzarro and the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority are giving a helping hand during the pandemic. Read more

 

Bizzarro calls for committee consideration of fireworks safety legislation

(Jun 30, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 30 -- With Independence Day on the horizon, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D- Erie, is calling on the legislature to move a bill that would revise Pennsylvania’s Fireworks law for the well-being of all Pennsylvanians. In a letter to House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Chairman Martin Causer, Bizzarro requested that House Bill 1687 receive a hearing and committee vote to move the measure to the House Floor quickly. “I’m cosponsoring this bill because while fireworks are a great display of celebration, there are unintended consequences to the recently loosened restrictions. This bill takes into consideration the impact on those who suffer from PTSD, our veterans, parents and small children and pets,” Bizzarro said. The legislation would provide specific guidance to local governments, allowing them to implement reasonable regulations regarding the sale and use of fireworks and implement constraints on when fireworks can legally be discharged. In the meantime, Bizzarro encourages residents to adhere to the current Fireworks Law ( https://www.psp.pa.gov/public-safety/Pages/fireworks-safety.aspx ) and be considerate of neighbors when celebrating the upcoming holiday. Read more

 

Uptick in Fireworks Complaints Leads to Renewed Push for Changes in Pa.

(Jun 30, 2020)

Harrisburg, Pa. (WENY)-- An uptick in complaints about fireworks in communities across Pennsylvania is leading to a renewed push for legislation to implement more restrictions on consumer-grade fireworks. Read more

 

Video of Violent Fireworks Attack in City of Erie Appears on Social Media

(Jun 30, 2020)

At one point in the video, the victim's hair catches on fire. Read more

 

Pennsylvania unemployment benefits extended

(Jun 30, 2020)

The commonwealth is extending unemployment benefits for 13 more weeks. Read more

 

Our view: Fireworks disturb the Erie peace

(Jun 29, 2020)

Lawmakers plan to address unintended consequences of changed law. Read more

 

Representative Ryan Bizzarro and ECGRA host zoom town hall to help small businesses with COVID-19 relief funds

(Jun 29, 2020)

Starting at 7 p.m. on June 29th, State Representative Ryan Bizzarro and the Erie County Gaming and Revenue Authority will partner together to host a zoom town hall in order to help small businesses with COVID-19 relief funds. Read more

 

Town hall being held for small business regarding COVID-19 relief grants

(Jun 29, 2020)

On June 29th starting at 7 P.M., State Representative Ryan Bizzarro and the Erie County Gaming and Revenue Authority are partnering to host a Zoom town hall to help small businesses with COVID-19 relief funds. Read more

 

Bizzarro to host Small Business Relief Town Hall via Zoom Monday

(Jun 26, 2020)

ERIE, June 26 – Small business relief is available in the form of state grants and state Representative Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, is partnering with the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority to host a Zoom town hall connecting local businesses with relief opportunities. The workshop will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, June 29 via Zoom. The meeting ID is 991 9658 6146 and the password is 648682. The meeting can also be accessed via this link: https://zoom.us/j/99196586146?pwd=KytHSkNtMjBQYStrV1Z1dFo4TTQ1QT09 “This workshop will help Erie’s local businesses apply for grants that will help them recover from the hit taken as a result of COVID-19. I encourage business owners to apply as soon as possible to give them the best chance at getting a grant,” Bizzarro said. There is a total of $200 million available for small, main street businesses that closed or were negatively impacted by COVID-19. Businesses with less than $1 million in revenue and fewer than 25 employees are eligible to apply Grants will be awarded through local community development financial institutions and based on a percentage of revenue and will be awarded in amounts from $5,000 to $50,000. “It’s terrific to see the value and purpose of CDFIs being put into action to help our small businesses recovery across PA,” said Perry N. Wood, EdD., executive director of ECGRA. “We salute Rep. Bizzarro for organizing Read more

 

Erie Reps. Urge Residents to Be Cautious Amid Green Phase Designation

(Jun 26, 2020)

Erie County is finally in the Green Phase. But as more businesses reopen, lawmakers urge residents to be cautious. Read more

 

Bizzarro reminds residents of fireworks regulations

(Jun 24, 2020)

Fireworks can be a great display of celebration, but there are unintended consequences to the recently loosened restrictions. We must remember to be good neighbors and especially consider our veterans whose PTSD may be triggered. I’m a cosponsor of House Bill 1687 that addresses concerns for our veterans, parents with small children and pets. I think revisiting reasonable controls including time restrictions can allow people to enjoy fireworks without causing stress or harm to our community. The July Fourth holiday is just around the corner and my office has received calls regarding concerns about firework activity. Our frontline workers, specifically those who are called upon to protect and serve, from our police departments to fire companies, have already seen an increase in demand for their services as our communities continue to come back to life amid a global pandemic. As such, the added burden placed by the uptick in pyrotechnics across our communities is not making their jobs any easier, or our streets any safer. I recently read of an incident in the Bronx where police officers responded to what was reported as gunshots only to find a teenager had been struck in his chest while lighting off fireworks. While fireworks are available for legal purchase by Pennsylvania residents, there are regulations and laws that limit where they can be used. Those who are caught violating existing use laws do face citations but Read more

 

Bizzarro, Merski, Harkins: Erie going green June 26 ‘the best possible news’

(Jun 19, 2020)

ERIE, June 19 – State Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Robert Merski and Pat Harkins, all D-Erie, issued the following statements in response to news that Erie County will be moving to the green phase of the state’s reopen plan on Friday, June 26. “To say that this has been a trying period for Erie is an understatement,” Bizzarro said. “It’s hard to remember a time when our community’s endurance and patience were tested more severely, or for so long. “Our delegation fought hard to move Erie to green, but ultimately, it was the people of Erie, doing their part to slow the spread of the virus, that made the difference. To be sure, we face a long road ahead. But with the rest of our businesses soon free to reopen, a community ready and willing to support them and a small business grant program on the horizon, we will soon be forging a path to revitalization.” Merski said, “We fought for weeks to move Erie to green, and the announcement today that this is finally happening is the best possible news we could have received. The pandemic and related shutdowns stopped our economy in its tracks, placed a huge burden on business owners and working families, and left many in our community feeling isolated. Getting into the green will help change all that by lifting most restrictions. “Businesses already running at 50% occupancy will be able to run at 75% occupancy; barbershops and hair Read more

 

State Lawmakers React to Erie County's Green Phase Designation

(Jun 19, 2020)

Local lawmakers are thrilled that the state is finally permitting Erie County to enter the Green Re-Opening Phase Read more

 

Erie County Lawmakers React to News of Erie County Going Green June 26

(Jun 19, 2020)

But they warn the virus is still very much alive and well, and the people of Erie cannot let down their guard. Read more

 

State Representative Ryan Bizzarro ‘Optimistic’ Over Erie County’s Possible Move into Green Phase This Friday

(Jun 18, 2020)

State Representative Ryan Bizzarro ‘Optimistic’ Over Erie County’s Possible Move into Green Phase This Friday Read more

 

Bizzarro, Merski, Harkins: Nearly $155,000 awarded for law enforcement coronavirus preparedness

(Jun 10, 2020)

ERIE, June 10 – Erie law enforcement will be able to apply for up to $154,780 in emergency funding to address challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, state Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, all D-Erie, announced today. The lawmakers said the federal Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding – administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency – will fund critical protections for workers and the communities they serve. “I know from my work as a victim/witness coordinator and victims’ rights advocate how much of our criminal justice system depends on face-to-face, time-sensitive work such as interviewing witnesses and supporting and treating crime victims,” Bizzarro said. “ This funding is going to help address the added challenges staff face in carrying out those essential duties safely in the midst of the pandemic.” Harkins said, “Law enforcement agencies and staff already face a host of challenges, and the pandemic has added another whole layer of logistical problems. Containing the spread of COVID-19 – whether in our county jails, juvenile detention centers, courthouses or the general community – requires resources and planning. This funding will help our agencies implement infection control and keep our dedicated criminal justice workers safe in the field.” Merski said the funding will support a broad Read more

 

Erie lawmakers express anger, frustration over failure to move Erie to green

(Jun 05, 2020)

ERIE, June 5 – Joined by fellow Erie lawmakers on the steps of the county courthouse, state Reps. Pat Harkins, Bob Merski, and Ryan Bizzarro, all D-Erie, expressed deep frustration that Erie is not among the counties moving to the green phase of the state’s reopen plan Friday, June 12. “We had a conference call with one of the governor’s staff, and it did not go well,” Harkins said. “Secretary Levine was on the call. We presented the numbers we are working from, and we asked for additional information. We never received it. “As I was on the phone most of last evening, my line was blowing up with calls from residents and business owners I totally sympathize with. Then, this morning, after we had a press call arranged with the governor, he jumped off the call. “I ran for this office 14 years ago to speak for people who don’t have a voice in Harrisburg. Now, I feel like we don’t have a voice. I worked with the Teamsters and with UPS for 25 years, and I have never experienced anything like this. I have supported Tom Wolf and worked well with him, but this is uncalled for. We need to stick together and do what we have to do to move Erie green.” Merski said, “Today, from the data we received from the state, there are five new cases. We’re keeping this county closed for five new cases. This is ridiculous. “I have stuck with the governor and I Read more

 

County Executive: 'We Need Harrisburg to Listen to Erie' about Moving to Green Phase, Reopening

(Jun 05, 2020)

"I am urging businesses to operate as if they were under the green phase today," Bizzarro said. Read more

 

Republicans and Democrats Denounce Decision to Stay Yellow

(Jun 05, 2020)

Leaders of both parties say Erie County should move to green phase Read more

 

Bizzarro has record of getting things done: Letters to the editor

(Jun 04, 2020)

In 2019, Rep. Bizzarro was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were passed by both the House and the Senate. Read more

 

Local small businesses respond to interest in COVID-19 relief funds
Jul 02, 2020

Bizzarro calls for committee consideration of fireworks safety legislation
Jun 30, 2020

Uptick in Fireworks Complaints Leads to Renewed Push for Changes in Pa.
Jun 30, 2020

Video of Violent Fireworks Attack in City of Erie Appears on Social Media
Jun 30, 2020

Pennsylvania unemployment benefits extended
Jun 30, 2020

Our view: Fireworks disturb the Erie peace
Jun 29, 2020

Representative Ryan Bizzarro and ECGRA host zoom town hall to help small businesses with COVID-19 relief funds
Jun 29, 2020

Town hall being held for small business regarding COVID-19 relief grants
Jun 29, 2020

Bizzarro to host Small Business Relief Town Hall via Zoom Monday
Jun 26, 2020

Erie Reps. Urge Residents to Be Cautious Amid Green Phase Designation
Jun 26, 2020

Bizzarro reminds residents of fireworks regulations
Jun 24, 2020

Bizzarro, Merski, Harkins: Erie going green June 26 ‘the best possible news’
Jun 19, 2020

State Lawmakers React to Erie County's Green Phase Designation
Jun 19, 2020

Erie County Lawmakers React to News of Erie County Going Green June 26
Jun 19, 2020

State Representative Ryan Bizzarro ‘Optimistic’ Over Erie County’s Possible Move into Green Phase This Friday
Jun 18, 2020

Bizzarro, Merski, Harkins: Nearly $155,000 awarded for law enforcement coronavirus preparedness
Jun 10, 2020

Erie lawmakers express anger, frustration over failure to move Erie to green
Jun 05, 2020

County Executive: 'We Need Harrisburg to Listen to Erie' about Moving to Green Phase, Reopening
Jun 05, 2020

Republicans and Democrats Denounce Decision to Stay Yellow
Jun 05, 2020

Bizzarro has record of getting things done: Letters to the editor
Jun 04, 2020