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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

 

BIZZARRO: Senate Judiciary Moves Legislation to Establish Statewide Veterans Courts

(Jan 29, 2020)

State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced that today the Senate Judiciary Committee moved legislation to establish statewide veterans’ courts. Read more

 

Bizzarro announces more than $166k to district in Fire Company, Emergency Medical Service Grant Program awards

(Jan 17, 2020)

Volunteer fire companies and emergency service providers were awarded state funding from the Office of the State Fire Commissioner’s Fire Company, Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, announced Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie. Read more

 

Bizzarro, Harkins, Merski: More than $100,000 in funding to expand computer science in Erie schools

(Jan 17, 2020)

ERIE, Jan. 17 – Erie students will see more computer science in the curriculum, thanks to three state grants totaling $105,000, state Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, all D-Erie, announced today. The PAsmart targeted grants from the state Department of Education will provide $35,000 apiece to the Millcreek Township, Fort LeBoeuf and Iroquois school districts. “With the advent of the digital age, computers are an essential part of every industry – not just the tech sector,” Bizzarro said. “Software applications are used in nearly every modern industry, from health care and transportation to education and finance, so making sure our students develop tech skills is essential to keeping our industries competitive and our economy thriving.” Harkins agreed, noting, “ As our reliance on technology continues to increase, the need for a tech-savvy workforce becomes more and more important to our economy. For this reason, a solid foundation in computer science skills is essential for our next generation of workers.” Merski added that adding computer science to the curriculum provides kids with the important problem-solving skills they need to succeed. “Computer science teaches students of all ages how to think logically and gives them the confidence of knowing that they can rely on their own skills to solve problems, which is an incredibly valuable lesson as they go through Read more

 

Two Teens Who Abused Dying Deer In Facebook Videos Charged With Animal Cruelty Under Libre’s Law

(Jan 17, 2020)

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, Governor Tom Wolf, and state Reps. Todd Stephens and Ryan Bizzarro all spoke out calling for these two men to be charged both with state and federal laws for the shocking behavior they displayed openly in the videos. Read more

 

PUC designation will allow Velocity.net communications to expand Erie County broadband

(Jan 17, 2020)

There could be good news coming for visitors to Presque Isle State Park who dream of having internet access while still enjoying the popular state park has to offer. Read more

 

$144,000 in Grants Awarded to Fire Stations and Emergency Services

(Jan 17, 2020)

12 Fire stations and Emergency Services Awarded by Rep. Ryan Bizzarro in Grant Money Read more

 

PUC designation will allow Velocity.net Communications to expand Erie County broadband

(Jan 16, 2020)

ERIE, Jan. 16 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro today announced that thanks to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission designating Velocity.Net Communications as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier, Erie County broadband will soon improve. The petition will promote efforts to provide voice and broadband services in underserved parts of northwestern Pennsylvania by authorizing Velocity.Net to receive federal universal service funding. “Many take for granted easy and swift access to voice and streaming services. Some communities in Erie still aren’t receiving the high-speed access needed to remain competitive in business negotiations and in providing quality educational experiences. This investment will put Erie in a better position to have quality telecommunications access,” Bizzarro explained. VNCI intends to use the federal funds to extend existing fiber optic network and provide telecommunications and broadband internet access services. As a condition of the designation, VNCI will also participate in the federal Lifeline program, offering Lifeline service to qualified low-income customers or households in those census blocks, in accordance with applicable federal and state law. Bizzarro thanked the PUC for taking action to ensure we don’t lose federal high cost support in Pennsylvania. “This support will help ensure our community remains a Read more

 

Bizzarro, Harkins, Merski: $120,000 grant to promote school-business partnerships, real-world learning for students

(Jan 16, 2020)

ERIE, Jan. 16 – A state grant of $120,000 will bolster career readiness for Erie students and improve the pool of talented job candidates for area businesses, state Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, all D-Erie, announced today. The grant from the state Department of Labor and Industry will fund the Northwest Workforce Development Board’s “Student in the Workforce” project – designed to bring students from Erie and several other counties into the workplace for real-world experiences with high-demand jobs. “T he funding announced today allows us to build incredibly valuable connections between our schools and area businesses,” Bizzarro said. “Giving students a chance to interact with area employers in real-world settings can provide once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and open new doors to career pathways. It prepares students to hit the ground running when they venture out into the working world.” Harkins agreed, noting, “A connection between the classroom and the workplace is invaluable – particularly for students from lower-income households, who might not otherwise have an opportunity to develop these connections. It’s a way to level the playing field and ensure that all students have a meaningful chance to compete for high-demand, good-paying jobs.” “ Experiential learning is the most effective tool for educating our young people, Read more

 

Bill introduced in the House, Alina’s Law, would strengthen PFA orders

(Jan 16, 2020)

The murder of a University of Pittsburgh student in 2017 has sparked Pennsylvania lawmakers to act. A bill has been introduced in the House to establish Alina’s Law, named after a young woman who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend a little more than two years ago. Read more

 

$120,000 Grant to Help Schools, Businesses Prepare Students for Careers

(Jan 16, 2020)

The grant was provided through the Business-Education Partnerships grant program, which is funded by the federal government. Read more

 

Pennsylvania charges two teens who abused a dying deer with animal cruelty under Libre’s Law

(Jan 10, 2020)

n November, Americans were stunned by a viral video that showed two teenagers kicking and stomping an injured white tail deer they had just shot. In the 30-second clip, Alex Smith, 18, and his companion could be seen laughing and ripping off one of the deer’s antlers as the injured animal tried to get away. Read more

 

State grant to provide students with paid internships
Mar 05, 2020

Bizzarro, Harkins, Merski: Nearly $20,000 in grants awarded to fund historical society, children’s museum
Mar 04, 2020

Winter 2020 Newsletter
Feb 28, 2020

League of Women Voters Legislative Luncheon
Feb 28, 2020

Bizzarro: Over $700,000 in safety resources to benefit local schools
Feb 26, 2020

Erie-region schools receive state grants
Feb 26, 2020

Mail In Voting Could Delay Election Results
Feb 25, 2020

Grant secured to offer direct flights to Washington DC
Feb 24, 2020

Bizzarro lauds education, workforce development and environmental investments in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2020 budget address
Feb 04, 2020

BIZZARRO: Senate Judiciary Moves Legislation to Establish Statewide Veterans Courts
Jan 29, 2020

Bizzarro announces more than $166k to district in Fire Company, Emergency Medical Service Grant Program awards
Jan 17, 2020

Bizzarro, Harkins, Merski: More than $100,000 in funding to expand computer science in Erie schools
Jan 17, 2020

Two Teens Who Abused Dying Deer In Facebook Videos Charged With Animal Cruelty Under Libre’s Law
Jan 17, 2020

PUC designation will allow Velocity.net communications to expand Erie County broadband
Jan 17, 2020

$144,000 in Grants Awarded to Fire Stations and Emergency Services
Jan 17, 2020

PUC designation will allow Velocity.net Communications to expand Erie County broadband
Jan 16, 2020

Bizzarro, Harkins, Merski: $120,000 grant to promote school-business partnerships, real-world learning for students
Jan 16, 2020

Bill introduced in the House, Alina’s Law, would strengthen PFA orders
Jan 16, 2020

$120,000 Grant to Help Schools, Businesses Prepare Students for Careers
Jan 16, 2020

Pennsylvania charges two teens who abused a dying deer with animal cruelty under Libre’s Law
Jan 10, 2020