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Rep. Bizzarro: Arts, animals, housing and health subjects of latest tax credit awards

(1 day ago)

ERIE, Nov. 15 – A number of redevelopment projects in the Erie region will benefit from $26.5 million in tax credits, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro announced today. The projects Bizzarro advocated for range from arts and culture, to emergency housing and health. “These tax credits will further encourage businesses and programs to continue to invest in our region,” Bizzarro said. “I am excited to see the state continue to support the good work that has already been done to revitalize and reinvigorate the greater Erie community.” Although a number of tax credits were awarded for projects throughout the Erie Region, these are the recipients and amounts that Bizzarro was directly involved with: Erie Philharmonic -- $30,250 to develop a concert experience for students in third through fifth grades in the Erie School District. Teachers will follow a curriculum that ties in music with classroom learning and engages students in the arts. Erie Center for Arts and Technology -- $82,500 to add pharmacy service to Wayne School area, making it easier for families to reach a pharmacy for needed medication. Mother Theresa Academy -- $20,625 to make needed roof repairs. Erie Zoological Society -- $11,000 to make renovations with the goal of expanding the zoo campus to accommodate increased crowds. SafeNet --$24,750 to create shelter housing and handle repairs and maintenance, which will make the Read more

 

State to fund Peninsula Drive pedestrian, bike lane

(Nov 14, 2019)

Ryan Bizzarro, D-3rd Dist., helped secure $1.5 million in House funding, while state Sen. Dan Laughlin of Millcreek, R-49th Dist., secured Read more

 

Northwest birding economic impact study to receive state funding

(Nov 14, 2019)

Report will include feasibility study for birding visitors center at Presque Isle Read more

 

Bizzarro and Laughlin announce $2.5 million in grant funding coming to Millcreek

(Nov 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 12 – Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced today that the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved $2.5 million from the Multimodal Transportation Fund to Millcreek Township. “I am proud to have worked to secure $1.5 million in House funding for this MultiModal Grant for Millcreek,” Bizzarro said. “Senator Dan Laughlin secured $1 million in Senate funding to bring the grand total to $2.5 million. This was a bipartisan effort to maximize state investment in Erie. Our community has been seeking support to improve public safety and access to Presque Isle and this grant will help make that happen. Cyclists, pedestrians and public transit will all benefit from this investment. It will especially improve safety between the Sara’s Complex and residential condos by improving sidewalk access on Peninsula Drive.” “This is good news for pedestrians and bicyclists who travel along Peninsula Drive between the Tom Ridge Center and Presque Isle,” Senator Laughlin said. “Currently those walkers and bikers must use the roadway shoulders. That is a heavily traveled four-lane highway, which makes it a dangerous proposition. This grant will truly improve the safety aspect for everyone, walkers, bikers and motorists included.” Millcreek will use the funding to construct a multipurpose trail from Presque Isle State Park to Tom Ridge Environmental Center, improving Read more

 

Bizzarro: Efforts to protect valuable French Creek Watershed get boost from state grant

(Nov 07, 2019)

An effort to protect the biodiverse French Creek Watershed – home of the Eastern Hellbender, Pennsylvania’s official amphibian – in Erie, Crawford, Mercer and Venango counties has been awarded a state conservation grant Read more

 

Learn how to properly handle a firearm at tomorrow’s FREE event

(Nov 06, 2019)

I want to send out a friendly reminder regarding tomorrow’s Firearm Safety Seminar, where area residents can learn how to properly handle a firearm. Read more

 

Bizzarro votes to support fire companies, emergency medical services

(Oct 30, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 30 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, said he was honored to vote for legislation providing more support to fire companies and emergency medical service providers across the state. The Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program would be extended until 2024 via House Bill 1834. Program revisions under the bill would allow for grant funds to be used for membership recruitment efforts and building new facilities. “Volunteer fire services keep our families and neighbors safe and while you can’t put a price tag on that, their volunteer services save an estimated $10 billion annually. It’s imperative that we provide support to volunteer emergency service providers to help them secure and retain volunteers; have appropriate safety equipment and safe facilities to work in,” explained Bizzarro. Bizzarro said in addition to expansion of the grant program, the House unanimously approved the following legislation that would provide additional support to organizations: S.B. 146: Would make online training more readily available to current and prospective first responders. H.B. 1448: Would expand the career and volunteer loan assistance program for career and volunteer fire and ambulance agencies. H.B. 1838 : Would increase funding available to EMS delivery systems. H.B. 1758 : Would provide police vehicle accident reports to fire and EMS companies free of Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro: Eliminating straight ticket voting will expand voter wait times, disenfranchise voters

(Oct 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 29 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, today cast his vote against a bill that would eliminate the option of straight ticket voting during elections. This bill, Bizzarro said, would result in voters taking longer to cast their ballot and could have unintended consequences on down-ballot races. "Voters already have the option of selecting each candidate one by one, or they can choose to make their selection all at once through straight ticket voting," Bizzarro said. "The goal of voting laws should be making it easier for people to vote. This bill does the opposite. This bill reduces choices, will create longer lines at polling precincts and leaves many questions unanswered.” Bizzarro said that after North Carolina eliminated straight ticket voting in 2013, polling place wait times went up dramatically, having the longest wait times in the country, even though the state also had early voting. "At a time when so many working individuals are struggling to carve time out of their busy day to vote amid their already hectic work schedules and family responsibilities, longer wait times pose an unnecessary burden. "Additionally, when you factor into that the unfamiliarity with the new voting machines that we in Erie County, and many other counties throughout the commonwealth, will be using for the first time next year, voting wait times are only going to get longer. Unfortunately, I foresee many people Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro to host Firearm Safety Seminar on Nov. 7

(Oct 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 28 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, will host a free Firearm Safety Seminar next week for area residents to learn more about how to safely handle firearms. "The ability to own a gun is one of our rights under the Constitution, but with it comes the responsibility of knowing how to safely handle and store firearms," Bizzarro said. "My seminar will utilize experts in the field to inform attendees about firearm laws and how to keep firearms out of the hands of children." The seminar will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 in the Edinboro Borough Building, 124 Meadville St., with instruction provided by the Erie County District Attorney's Office and the county sheriff's Office of Firearms. The seminar will include such topics as firearm safety, storage and laws pertaining to personal ownership, conceal carry, and self defense. All local adults and children accompanied by a parent or guardian are invited to attend. For more information, please contact Bizzarro's office at 814-835-2880 . Read more

 

Bizzarro: More than $264,000 in grants to protect and restore Lake Erie Coastal Zone, area natural resources

(Oct 22, 2019)

ERIE, Oct. 22 – State grants of more than $264,000 will fund projects to protect and restore the Lake Erie Coastal Zone and preserve other area resources, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced today. The grants – from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection – will fund multiple projects related to bluff erosion, shorebird monitoring and research of geographic sources of E. coli contamination at Presque Isle State Park beaches, among other projects. “Lake Erie and Presque Isle State Park are natural gems that provide unique recreational and tourism opportunities, but they’re also more than that,” Bizzarro said. They’re natural features that define our regional identity. That’s why it’s so important to protect them for future generations. “That’s not a simple task – it involves monitoring and preserving delicate ecosystems, land structures and wildlife. In some cases, it also involves eliminating dangers, such as harmful bacteria that has at times restricted swimming at Presque Isle. The funding announced today will allow us to continue being good stewards of the lake while also addressing and overcoming these challenges.” Bizzarro said the grant money will go to the following recipients for the following projects: Erie County $70,000 for coordination and technical assistance with Lake Erie Coastal Zone Read more

 

DEP awards $264000 for Lake Erie Coastal Zone

(Oct 22, 2019)

Grants awarded Tuesday will pay for shorebird monitoring at Presque Isle State Park, the restoration of a stream that runs through Millcreek Township and to research the sources of E. coli contamination in Lake Erie beaches. Read more

 

Bizzarro: $9,000 grant to fund safety-related programs for Millcreek schools

(Oct 18, 2019)

ERIE, Oct. 18 – Millcreek Township School District will receive a grant of $9,000 to fund safety-related programs, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced today. “No parent should ever have to worry about sending their child off to school, and no student should feel at risk walking in school halls or sitting in class,” Bizzarro said. “Unfortunately, the realities of the modern world demand that we be proactive and take steps to ensure students and the staff who work with them stay safe. The grant announced today will fund programs that allow Millcreek students to continue learning in a secure, nurturing environment free of fear.” The grant is part of a package of $7.2 million in competitive 2019-20 Safe Schools Targeted Grants from the state Department of Education. The funding – awarded to both public and non-public schools throughout the commonwealth – is designed to help schools prevent or curb violence, purchase safety and security-related equipment, and provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers. A list of grant recipients and amounts is available by visiting the Office for Safe Schools webpage on the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s website . Read more

 

Bizzarro, Harkins, Merski: $32 million loan to ensure safe water supply for Erie

(Oct 16, 2019)

ERIE, Oct. 16 – A $32 million low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority will ensure that Erie residents continue to enjoy reliable access to safe drinking water, state Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, all D-Erie, announced today. The loan to Erie City Water Authority will fund projects that enhance service for more than 57,000 residents. “Ensuring a safe, reliable water supply depends on smooth, coordinated functioning of multiple systems, from pumps and chlorination equipment to treatment, testing and storage facilities,” Merski said. “This funding is essential to help us address long-standing issues such as pump stations that are at the end of their useable lives and an 80-year-old treatment plant building long overdue for upgrades.” Harkins agreed, noting, “The water authority has already invested more than $60 million in upgrading filtration equipment and standby power. The new financing builds on those improvements by addressing plant infrastructure issues, remedying code violations and expanding water storage to ensure Erie and surrounding towns have a plentiful, continuous supply.” Bizzarro added that the funding allows Erie to continue to fulfill its most important duties to residents. “Safeguarding public and community health is the No. 1 priority for government,” he said. “The Read more

 

State Board of Education Schedules Vote on Erie County Community College

(Oct 16, 2019)

ERIE, Oct. 16 -- The Pennsylvania State Board of Education announced today that it will consider the application to establish a new community college in Erie County at its November 13-14 meeting. The vote will follow The Board’s High Education Sub-Committee has scheduled a meeting on October 29 to review the application and make a recommendation to the Board. State Representative Ryan Bizzarro issued the following statement regarding the Board’s action: “The local case has been made for a community college in Erie County. We applaud our local elected officials, business and education leaders and the community college advocates for their hard work. “Working with the Governor’s office and the Pennsylvania Board of Education our state delegation was able to advance this vote, which will rise or fall on the strength and merit of the application. “I will continue to work with Governor Wolf and my colleagues to ensure Erie County’s education needs are fully considered. Erie County deserves this vote, one way or the other.” Read more

 

Bizzarro, Harkins, Merski: $500,000 grant brings Erie closer to becoming ‘smart city’

(Oct 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 10 – Erie is one step closer to becoming a “smart city,” thanks to a $500,000 grant that will fund the city’s broadband deployment program and provide free public Wi-Fi access, state Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, all D-Erie, announced today. The grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission will expand Erie’s “Secure Smart City Pilot” – a project launched last year to help the city use electronic data collection to better manage resources, fight crime, and improve efficiency. “I’m especially excited about how this program is going to make us a safer community,” Harkins said. “I have been working with law enforcement for some time on this project, and this infusion of funding is going to enhance security in areas that are prone to crime. We’ll be seeing urban security solutions that include traffic monitoring, analytics that can be tracked on a visualization dashboard, and better lighting, including the ability to remotely control streetlights.” Merski noted that the technology also will enable Erie to save money and operate more efficiently. “The theory behind smart cities is that they use information t echnology to capture data that can pinpoint exactly where resources are needed,” Merski said. “That allows us to target specific areas needing assistance while reducing wasteful spending. It Read more

 

Bizzarro to host Senior Fair & Older Living Expo Sept. 27

(Sep 23, 2019)

ERIE, Sept. 23 – Area seniors will want to mark their calendars for the fifth annual Senior Fair and Older Living Expo co-hosted by state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, and state Sen. Michele Brooks, R-Crawford/Mercer/Erie/Warren. The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 27 at the Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department, 125 Meadville St., in Edinboro. Bizzarro said the fair is extremely popular each year because it offers something for everyone. “Seniors love our fair because it offers a one-stop-shop experience,” Bizzarro said. “Visitors can get a flu shot and free health screening; pick up brochures and applications for state programs; and browse exhibits by local vendors offering services on financial planning, housing, transportation and dozens of other resources important to older adults. St aff will be available, as well, to answer questions.” Bizzarro added that there will also be door prizes and light refreshments. Residents interested in learning more should contact his district office at 814-835-2880. Read more

 

Bizzarro bill to improve charitable fundraising heads for House vote

(Sep 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 19 – Legislation that would help non-profit organizations host more successful fundraising events for charity is heading to the House chamber for a vote after being added to another bill approved by the House Liquor Committee today, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced. Bizzarro’s H.B. 1406 would address a major obstacle affecting nonprofit organizations hosting charitable fundraising events: A provision of the state Liquor Code governing special occasion permits prohibits the companies these non-profits hire to plan and organize the events from managing the funds. As a result, the fundraisers are not as efficient or successful as possible. Bizzarro said his legislation would change all that. “Non-profit organizations such as churches and community groups often turn to event planning and organizing companies because of their expertise when it comes to fundraising events,” Bizzarro said. “Unfortunately, the law prevents these organizers from managing the funds, which greatly affects the success and efficiency of these events. My legislation would remove that obstacle by permitting event organizers and planners to collect and manage the funds as long as the non-profit organization is the primary host of the event and the funds are being raised for a charitable purpose. “I’m delighted that this legislation is advancing to the House. Successful fundraising events are Read more

 

Bizzarro: State grant awarded for Edinboro Legion Pool maintenance

(Sep 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, today announced the Edinboro Legion Pool is receiving more than $20,000 for structural maintenance and improvements to the pool and its operating facilities. “The Edinboro Legion Pool is the only publicly accessible pool available in Edinboro Borough. It was in need of repair and I’m proud to report that the state recognizes its value to our community and is investing in making it better for our neighbors and friends,” Bizzarro explained. Funds will be used to repair cracks in the pool, replace the rotting pumphouse door frame, secure pipes, fix damaged cement concrete walls and to replace a broken ice cream chest used for food storage. The grant, approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, is via the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. Projects funded via the grant involve development, rehabilitation and improvements to public parks, recreation areas, greenways, trails and river conservation. Bizzarro said he encourages local organizations to reach out to his Peninsula Plaza Office, 1101 Peninsula Drive, Suite 209, at 814-835-2880 office if interested in identifying and applying state grant opportunities. Read more

 

Bizzarro, Harkins, Merski: More than $376,000 for programs to address domestic violence and abuse, curb gun violence

(Sep 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 12 – State grants totaling $376,741 will bolster Erie programs aimed at reducing gun violence and supporting victims of domestic violence and abuse, state Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, all D-Erie, announced today. The funding – administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency – includes three grants totaling nearly $127,000 under the Victims of Crime Act and one grant of nearly $250,000 under the 2019/20 Gun Violence Reduction Initiative. “In addition to helping victims of domestic violence and abuse rebuild their lives, this funding will benefit our entire community by reducing gun violence and the shadow of fear it casts,” Bizzarro said. “The Gun Violence Reduction Initiative being funded is based on a deterrence model that has proven successful by targeting high-risk individuals and groups through direct communication, enforcement and outreach. I’m hopeful that we’ll see meaningful results in Erie.” Harkins added that the funding will also make a difference for those victimized by domestic violence or abuse. “More than anything, innocent residents whose lives have been shattered by domestic violence or abuse need to feel safe and free from the ongoing threat of violence,” Harkins said. “The PCCD funding will go toward programs that help victims free themselves from the specter of ongoing violence or abuse by obtaining protective Read more

 

Bizzarro learns to fight the blaze at Allegheny County Fire Academy

(Sep 04, 2019)

ERIE, Sept. 4 – As a member of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, recently took part in course and field exercises at the committee’s tour of the Allegheny County Fire Academy. The academy tour involved Bizzarro running into burning buildings, climbing ladders and putting out fires. The Erie legislator said he has a whole new appreciation for Pennsylvania’s hardworking volunteer and paid firefighters. “Today, we’re getting hands-on experience of what they have to go through every single day,” Bizzarro said. “I had the privilege of suiting up in full fire-fighting gear and practicing many of the procedures and tactics that firefighters use to respond to fires and emergencies throughout the state. It was challenging and exhilarating and helped me gain a whole new level of gratitude for those who are constantly on call.” The Allegheny County Fire Academy offers fire, rescue, hazardous materials and terrorism training to emergency service personnel and private industry emergency response teams. Bizzarro and the committee discussed what legislators can do at the state and federal levels to improve public safety efforts and ensure firefighters have the resources needed to respond to emergent situations. “I’ve always been a strong advocate for the women and men who fulfill the calling to run into these most dangerous situations,” Bizzarro said. Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro: Arts, animals, housing and health subjects of latest tax credit awards
1 day ago

State to fund Peninsula Drive pedestrian, bike lane
Nov 14, 2019

Northwest birding economic impact study to receive state funding
Nov 14, 2019

Bizzarro and Laughlin announce $2.5 million in grant funding coming to Millcreek
Nov 12, 2019

Bizzarro: Efforts to protect valuable French Creek Watershed get boost from state grant
Nov 07, 2019

Learn how to properly handle a firearm at tomorrow’s FREE event
Nov 06, 2019

Bizzarro votes to support fire companies, emergency medical services
Oct 30, 2019

Rep. Bizzarro: Eliminating straight ticket voting will expand voter wait times, disenfranchise voters
Oct 29, 2019

Rep. Bizzarro to host Firearm Safety Seminar on Nov. 7
Oct 28, 2019

Bizzarro: More than $264,000 in grants to protect and restore Lake Erie Coastal Zone, area natural resources
Oct 22, 2019

DEP awards $264000 for Lake Erie Coastal Zone
Oct 22, 2019

Bizzarro: $9,000 grant to fund safety-related programs for Millcreek schools
Oct 18, 2019

Bizzarro, Harkins, Merski: $32 million loan to ensure safe water supply for Erie
Oct 16, 2019

State Board of Education Schedules Vote on Erie County Community College
Oct 16, 2019

Bizzarro, Harkins, Merski: $500,000 grant brings Erie closer to becoming ‘smart city’
Oct 10, 2019

Bizzarro to host Senior Fair & Older Living Expo Sept. 27
Sep 23, 2019

Bizzarro bill to improve charitable fundraising heads for House vote
Sep 19, 2019

Bizzarro: State grant awarded for Edinboro Legion Pool maintenance
Sep 17, 2019

Bizzarro, Harkins, Merski: More than $376,000 for programs to address domestic violence and abuse, curb gun violence
Sep 12, 2019

Bizzarro learns to fight the blaze at Allegheny County Fire Academy
Sep 04, 2019