ERIE, Nov. 16 – Today, the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved a $14,274 award for the Edinboro American Legion Pool in Erie County to replace a failing heater that enables people to use the pool on cooler days in the early or late summer. Each year, the Edinboro American Legion Pool records between 9,000 and 12,000 visitors, according to pool manager Harry Glunt. He said the pool was even able to remain open during the pandemic, attracting 7,000 guests over the course of three months. “Seniors and kids alike use our pool every year, and if we don’t get this heater replaced, it will simply be too cold for use,” said Harry Glunt, manager of the Edinboro American Legion pool. “These funds going to the pool today enables the Legion to do what it needs to do so members and guests can enjoy the pool next summer,” said Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie. “This money demonstrates how much we value what the Edinboro American Legion does for our community.” “The American Legion pool is a popular place to be in the summertime and a favorite gathering place for people of all ages,” said Sen. Michele Brooks, R-Erie/Crawford/Mercer/Warren. “It’s important that we support our American Legions and our shared resources, and I am happy that we were able to help with this project for the community of Edinboro.” The support is derived from the state’s Greenway, Trails and Recreation Program through the Read more
ERIE, Nov. 16 – Today, the Commonwealth Financing Authority announced $100,000 will go to Millcreek Township for stream bank and channel stabilization efforts on Wilkins Run Stream. These funds are a portion of the $361,453 needed to help restore and stabilize 982 feet of stream bank and channel on Wilkins Run Stream, which flows into Lake Erie. “Stormwater management is an issue that must be addressed,” said Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie. “These funds will help Millcreek Township address the challenges faced by our region in experiencing stronger storms and the flooding and damage that results. I remain committed to fighting for funds and attention to this issue in Harrisburg.” The money came from the Watershed Restoration and Protection Program. Read more
The threatening letter sent to the Lehigh County Board of Elections this week by state House Republican Leadership is another attack meant to undermine the public’s confidence in Pennsylvania’s election system and is an overstep of our role as state legislators. Read more
Rep. Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie) partners with the Office of Pennsylvania’s Attorney General to host an event about combatting the Opioid Crisis in Pennsylvania. Read more
House Democratic leadership today released the following statement upon unveiling “Propel PA,” a plan to make Pennsylvania more attractive to businesses and more supportive to workers:“Pennsylvania is currently facing the unique opportunity to not simply recover from this pandemic, but to rethink how our economy operates and bring forth pioneering approaches to build a stronger business atmosphere that attracts and rewards both employers and employees. Read more
State Representative Ryan Bizzarro was pleased to see so many contributions to Erie County. “More than $2 million is going to applicants who interact with my office regularly and are committed to making our community strong,” Bizzarro said. “I’m prepared to continue fighting for them so that they get the support that they need to continue serving our community and making Erie County what it is today.” Read more
HARRISBURG, PA. (ErieNewsNow) - Just over two weeks ago, direct support professionals and intellectual disability advocates rallied at the Pennsylvania State Capitol to address a serious worker shortage. Today, direct care professionals and independent living advocates held a rally outside the Capitol with a similar message. Read more
ERIE, Nov. 9 – Today, state Rep. Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced funding will go to 18 organizations supporting more than 20 community revitalization projects in Erie County. Read more
Election Day is over. The victory parties have passed for the winners and it’s time for them to get to work. The defeated are ready to work together with the winners — we hope — while holding all elected officials responsible to their promises. There’s just one more thing to do: take down the yard signs from public property. Read more
The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) has approved a low-interest loan for Scott’s Bayfront Hotel in Erie County to help expand operations, better serve their customers, and create and retain jobs. Read more
“This is one of the reasons I voted for the Pennsylvania Farm Bill,” said Rep. Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie). “Connecting kids with where their food comes from locally, while helping them grow up to be healthy eaters is a win-win.” Read more
ERIE, October 26 – Helping kids have better access to healthy, local foods and teaching them about where it comes from is the subject of three grants awarded in Erie County, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro announced today. "Kids can’t get ahead without good nutrition,” said Rep. Bizzarro. “The Farm to School program connects them with healthy food in schools while supporting Pennsylvania farmers.” The Pennsylvania Farm Bill Farm to School Grant Program also works to teach students about where their food comes from, and why they should be making healthy choices when it is time to eat. The three projects awarded funding in Erie County are: $11,876.13 to Early Connections, Inc. for the purchase of agricultural focused children’s books and agriculture classroom curriculum. Food will be bought from the Edinboro Farmers Market and there will be a field trip to local maple syrup producer. $15,000 to the Girard School District to build raised beds for a school garden and implement a second-grade agriculture education curriculum. $14,876.13 to the YMCA of Corry to provide a hydroponic garden at Corry Area High School, nutritional education and a field trip to local farmers markets. “This is one of the reasons I voted for the Pennsylvania Farm Bill,” said Rep. Bizzarro. “Connecting kids with where their food comes from locally, while helping them grow up to be healthy eaters is a Read more
State Representative Ryan Bizzarro (D-03) of Erie says the COVID-19 Pandemic played a large role in the evolution and severity of the now polysubstance overdose crisis. Read more
Representative Ryan Bizzarro has announced the return of the Veteran’s Assistance Program in Erie County. Read more
ERIE, Oct. 20 – The pandemic put a halt to many in-person events and programs, including the Veteran’s Assistance Program in Erie County. This Thursday, Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, brings the program back. Read more
State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie) is bringing back the monthly Veteran's Assistance Program to his office starting Thursday, Oct. 21. Read more
PHOENIXVILLE, Oct. 13 – At the top of the legislative agenda for House Democrats is helping Pennsylvanians stay safe and recover from the pandemic. That means prioritizing small, community businesses like those in Phoenixville. “The Borough of Phoenixville provides a rich case study for how a community of business owners, non-profit organizations, and residents came together to preserve its main street through the challenges of COVID-19,” said Rep. Shusterman, D-Chester. “I am pleased to host this event and invite the public, press, and my fellow legislators to hear their stories. I believe these insights will be critical to our Commonwealth's ongoing economic recovery.” House members participated in a hearing on the business impact of Covid prior to a tour of Phoenixville. During the formal hearing municipal leaders and small business owners spoke of operating through the pandemic, despite hardships. During a tour of downtown Phoenixville small businesses, House members spoke with owners who worked with local government to make sure that the pandemic restrictions didn’t lead to closure. “We need policy that prioritizes small businesses and communities throughout Pennsylvania,” said Chair of the Democratic Policy Committee, Rep. Bizzarro, D-Erie. “The legislature has the ability to deploy funds allocated to communities like Phoenixville, and serve as liaisons for municipal leaders to work together with Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 6 -- Pennsylvania has laws on the books that criminalize or control behaviors through HIV-specific statues and regulations. During a hearing today, PA House Democrats heard testimony from a victim of these laws and those advocating for change. “HIV is not a crime but there are outdated laws that make it a crime in Pennsylvania,” said Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Philadelphia. “We cannot have people losing lives and livelihoods because of this.” The victim who spoke at the hearing was Julie Graham, a resident of Cumberland County, who described the impact of these laws on her life after she was charged with four crimes, including two felonies, based on allegations by a man she had dated who claimed she didn’t disclose her HIV status. Due to these allegations, she faced personal and professional consequences that forever impacted the trajectory of her life. “I support and applaud your courage and advocacy to testify here today,” said Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Philadelphia, who was the Co-Chair of the Policy Committee and host for the hearing today. “Being HIV positive is not a crime and we must do better in supporting those in Pennsylvania who are living with HIV.” PA House Democratic Policy Committee Chair, Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, was also in attendance and added: “HIV decriminalization is important to the entire Democratic Caucus and I am grateful to the testifiers who came today to speak on Read more
Pennsylvania is one of 22 states that have laws that criminalize or control behaviors through HIV-specific statutes and regulations. This has serious consequences for Pennsylvanians that Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta will explore as he hosts a hearing about decriminalizing HIV in Pennsylvania. The hearing will be held October 6 at 9:30 a.m. in 414 Main Capitol in Harrisburg. The media and public are invited in-person or to watch online here. Media inquiries may be submitted via email to email@example.com. The agenda and written testimony can be found here. Read more
Erie, PA, Oct. 5 – Cash is being given to Allegheny Health Network in Erie County and surrounding hospitals to improve outcomes for individuals in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD). State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro announced today that assistance is coming to Erie County to address substance abuse disorders impacting the region. ” We know that o nly 17% of Pennsylvanians who were dependent on or used illicit drugs receive treatment they need,” said Rep. Ryan Bizzarro. “We must commit resources if we are to combat addiction and help those struggling to recover from addiction.” These funds expand access opportunities to those seeking Medication Assisted Treatment and focus efforts on assisting those who received treatment and are recovering. Pennsylvania’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) administered these funds as part of $55 million awarded to Pennsylvania through the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Program COVID-19 Supplemental Awards. ”Pennsylvania’s disaster declaration for opioid addiction might have ended but the work to help those struggling with substance abuse disorder continues ,” Bizzarro said. For information about how Rep. Bizzarro is fighting for Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs please visit RepBizzarro.com . Read more
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