Harkins, Merski: More than $1.5 million in tax credits to strengthen education, address blight, assist working families and crime victims

(Nov 15, 2019)

ERIE, Nov. 15 – Tax credits totaling about $1.51 million approved through the Neighborhood Assistance Program will benefit numerous community redevelopment projects in the First and Second Legislative Districts, state Reps. Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, both D-Erie, announced today. “These tax credits are going to fund projects that address real-world needs for low-income residents by improving access to health care, expanding resources for crime victims and addressing blighted, vacant properties, among other things,” Harkins said. “New programs funded by these grants will help transform the landscape -- and peoples’ lives.” Merski agreed, noting, “In addition to improving life for working families, these tax credits will be used to renovate school facilities, fund academic programs and bring the arts and culture to our residents. Research shows creative programs in the arts improve students’ critical thinking and other skills needed to succeed. It will be truly exciting to see our community flourish with assistance from this funding.” Merski and Harkins said the entities and amounts receiving the tax credits by district are as follows: First Legislative District $82,000 to the Erie Center for Art and Technology to add a pharmacy as part of the Wayne School project. $33,000 to Erie Arts and Culture to provide access to cultural experiences for low-income youth. Read more

 

Harkins: $40,000 grant for Wesleyville park playground improvements

(Nov 14, 2019)

ERIE, Nov. 14 – New playground equipment and related renovations are coming to Wesleyville’s Memorial Park, thanks to a $40,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, state Rep. Pat Harkins, D-Erie, announced today. “Safe, well-equipped playgrounds where kids can exercise and adults can socialize make a huge quality-of-life difference for stressed, busy parents and kids with energy to burn,” Harkins said. “Last year, Emory ‘Red’ Hinkler Park received a major facelift, but more of these green spaces are desperately needed. Now, thanks to this funding, similar amenities are on the horizon for families in the Memorial Park area.” Harkins said the grant – administered by DCNR through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program – will fund installation of playground equipment with required safety surfacing, ADA access, landscaping, project signage and other site improvements. The C2P2 program funds projects such as planning, acquisition and development of public parks and recreation areas, motorized and non-motorized trails, river conservation and access and conservation of open space. More on the program is at https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Communities/Grants/Pages/default.aspx . Read more

 

Harkins: Nearly $365,000 to resurface multiple Lawrence Township roads

(Nov 12, 2019)

ERIE, Nov. 12 – Multiple streets in Lawrence Park Township will be getting a major facelift, thanks to a $363,800 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority, state Rep. Pat Harkins, D-Erie, announced today. “Rehabilitating Lawrence Park’s deteriorating roads is vitally important to the township’s residents, who deserve the safest, smoothest commute possible,” Harkins said. “With the funding announced today, the township can move forward with repaving aging, inadequate roads and replacing existing sidewalk ramps with ADA-compliant ones to ensure safe access for all pedestrians.” Harkins said the funding – provided by the CFA Multimodal Transportation Fund – will fund repaving of the following roads: Priestley Avenue from Field to Bell. Field Street from Priestley to Rankine. Emmet Street from Rankine to Silliman. Morse Street from Silliman to about 200 feet past Smithson. Smithson Avenue from Main to Iroquois. Rankine Avenue from Field to Main. Rankine Avenue Iroquois to East Lake Road. Lasalle Avenue from Frontenac to Vandalia. Vandalia Avenue from Putnam to Lake Cliff. Putnam Drive from Lake Cliff to Vandalia. Nobel Avenue from Iroquois to East Lake. Cunningham Drive from Emmet to East Lake Road. The township is requesting a waiver to the local match requirement. The total project cost Read more

 

Merski/Harkins bills would strengthen regs to prevent repeat of deadly fire

(Nov 07, 2019)

ERIE, Nov. 7 – By strengthening inspection and equipment requirements governing smoke detectors in child care facilities, a two-bill package introduced by state Reps. Bob Merski and Pat Harkins, both D-Erie, would help prevent a repeat of the tragic fire that claimed the lives of five Erie children at a day care center earlier this year. One bill would require the state Department of Human Services to check all smoke detectors during its annual inspections of child care facilities and ensure that written emergency plans, fire log drills and posted evacuation notices are in place. A second bill would require child care facilities throughout the state to maintain smoke detectors on every floor that are interconnected via hardwire, Bluetooth or any other means that would allow for communications between the devices. “Although state law requires that child care facilities have smoke detectors on every floor, the law does not go far enough – either in terms of inspections or equipment,” Merski said. “While DHS inspects child care facilities for various health and safety issues, state law has not previously mandated that the agency inspect for working smoke detectors. Our bill would change that. It also would require facilities to maintain interconnected smoke detectors so that, regardless of where a fire started, occupants on every floor could be warned with enough time to escape.” Harkins added Read more

 

Harkins, Merski: More than $264,000 to address Lake Erie Coastal Zone projects

(Oct 22, 2019)

ERIE, Oct. 22 – Grants totaling more than $264,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will fund programs to address coastal zone erosion and educate the public about related environmental issues, state Reps. Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, both D-Erie, announced. Merski and Harkins said some of the grants include: $50,000 to the Erie Times-News in Education for a weekly feature on coastal zone environmental issues. $50,000 to the Regional Science Consortium to research the geographical sources of E. coli contamination at Presque State Park beaches. $15,000 to Mercyhurst University to develop a bluff erosion model along Lake Erie’s shoreline. $15,000 to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for shorebird monitoring at Presque Isle State Park. $5,500 to the Erie County Conservation District to develop an invasive species management plan for Millcreek’s Headwaters Park and to finance a youth education program. “Education is always a critical first step in raising awareness and then promoting best practices, and this is especially true when it comes to environmental issues,” Merski said. “The more we educate the public about the unique characteristics and challenges affecting coastal zones, the better we become about being good stewards of this amazing and beautiful natural resource.” Harkins agreed, Read more

 

House Democrats stand with union workers for manufacturing jobs

(Oct 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 21 − House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody said members today welcomed United Auto Workers Local 677, currently striking for job security, benefits and wages at Mack Trucks manufacturing plants, to speak about the ongoing battle to rebuild the middle class. “We couldn’t be prouder to stand in solidarity with these hard-working Pennsylvanians as they fight to make sure the economy helps everyone, not just the corporate executives down in North Carolina,” Dermody said. “You can’t sustain the middle class without these workers on the job, and we’re ready to do what we can to support them.” Dermody said the workers were invited by Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, home of the United Auto Workers Local 677, whose members work at Mack Trucks facilities throughout Pennsylvania. “There’s nothing more American than a Mack truck, unless you’re talking about a union job that pays a wage you can raise a family on, offers benefits to support that family, and makes sure every worker has a chance to retire and let a new worker join the team,” Schweyer said. “These men and women want to get back to work, the local managers want these hard-working professionals back on the lines, and the greater Allentown area needs these people shopping and supporting local businesses. I have their backs 100 percent.” “It’s been nearly 40 years since a Read more

 

Harkins, Merski: Nearly $53,000 to fund Erie school safety resources

(Oct 18, 2019)

ERIE, Oct. 18 – Erie schools are receiving three grants totaling $52,850 to fund safety-related upgrades, state Reps. Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, both D-Erie, announced today. The legislators said the funding includes $24,240 to the Erie City School District for security-related equipment, $24,935 to Erie County Technical School for security-related equipment, and $3,675 to Bethel Christian School for safety-related programs. “After 20 years in the classroom, I know from a teacher’s perspective how important a secure, supportive learning environment is to allow kids to focus, thrive and learn,” Merski said. “The funding announced today is great news for our schools because it allows them to move forward with specific plans they’ve developed to promote this kind of environment.” Harkins agreed, adding, “School safety is about protecting our kids’ physical well-being, but it’s also about making sure they feel secure. The resources made possible by these grants will help keep fear out of the classroom.” The grants are 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, 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 funding 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

 

Harkins, Merski: Grant will bring urban agriculture to the classroom

(Oct 02, 2019)

ERIE, Oct. 2 – Erie students will soon get hands-on experience with urban agriculture thanks to a $825 microgrant that will fund supplies and equipment for 14 school gardens, according to state Reps. Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, both D-Erie. The funding – part of the first round of Pennsylvania Farm Bill grants – will allow the Erie City School District to purchase soil, seed trays and hydro domes to create starter plants for the gardens. “Some of the best lessons are those that allow kids to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty,” Harkins said. “For city kids, planting seeds, watching them sprout and harvesting food they’ve grown themselves teaches about the life cycle in a way no book can. It also shows that you don’t need a lot of land to create a peaceful, productive green space.” Merski agreed, noting, “A well-rounded education isn’t just about teaching kids math and reading – it’s about allowing them to cultivate life-sustaining skills to help address food insecurity and empower whole communities. Those are skills they will carry with them their whole lives.” The grant is part of a package of funding to benefit 28 projects in various counties statewide and comes from the Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program, part of the state’s first-ever Pennsylvania Farm Bill. Read more

 

Harkins: $190,000 grant to fund improvements to McClelland Park

(Sep 17, 2019)

ERIE, Sept. 17 – New walkways and structures will allow Erie residents to more fully enjoy a popular community park, thanks to a $190,000 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority, state Rep. Pat Harkins, D-Erie, announced today. Harkins said the grant to McClelland Park will fund multiple improvements, including the installation of an ADA-accessible land bridge to be constructed across a stream in the park’s eastern section, the construction of a 240-foot boardwalk to improve accessibility over wet ground, and the addition of two gazebos, two pavilions and signage. “I’m thrilled about this funding,” said Harkins. “McClelland Park is a very special place in our community – one that brings residents together to socialize, to exercise and to forge friendships. By funding new structures and creating easier access to park areas that were difficult to navigate, the grant will allow visitors to enjoy this special place from a new perspective.” Harkins noted that the funding was awarded by CFA under the state’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. The total project cost is $201,358, and the city will use the $82,671 land value as match. More information about the CFA is available at the agency’s website . 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

 

Harkins joins workers, advocates to rally on behalf of safety bill

(Sep 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 11 – State Rep. Pat Harkins, D-Erie, joined union leaders, legislators and workers’ rights advocates at Philadelphia’s City Hall today to rally on behalf of his legislation that would guarantee Pennsylvania’s public employees the same workplace safety protections afforded private sector workers. Harkins’ H.B. 1082 – the Jake Schwab Worker Safety Bill – would provide a state safety plan to protect Pennsylvania’s 570,000 public sector workers, who, unlike their counterparts in private industry, are not covered by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act. The bill is named for the 48-year-old Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority worker who died after equipment he was using malfunctioned. “It’s hard to fathom that our state’s public employees – including front-line rescue workers who willingly put themselves in harm’s way to protect the rest of us in an emergency – are denied the same basic safety protections afforded private sector employees because Pennsylvania has yet to pass a workplace safety law protecting them,” Harkins said. “Jake Schwab should have gone home to his wife that evening. Instead, he has become a symbol in the fight for equal protection for public workers.” Harkins has been fighting to bring equal safety protections to the state’s public workers for nearly five years. He first introduced the bill the year after Jake Read more

 

Harkins, Merski: More than $18,000 in funding to benefit homeless children in Erie City School District

(Aug 30, 2019)

ERIE, Aug. 30 – Fifty-two students in the Erie City School District will benefit from $18,605 in funding serving homeless children and displaced youth. The money comes from a federally funded program created to assist local educational agencies serving homeless children and youth displaced by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, or the 2017 California wildfires. “This funding is great news for students in our district whose families are facing extremely difficult circumstances that have disrupted their lives,” Harkins said. “As legislators, we want to do everything in our power to make sure all kids in Erie city schools have an equal chance to learn.” Merski agreed, noting, “As a former teacher, I’ve seen how difficult it can be for kids to learn and achieve when they’re facing homelessness or poverty. This funding should bring a measure of hope and peace of mind to these students that will reduce their stress and uncertainty and allow them to get back to the business of learning and thriving.” Grants were awarded to 17 school districts throughout Pennsylvania with displaced students ranging from 28 to 495 children. Read more

 

Harkins, Merski: Grant of nearly $170,000 to enhance operations, maintenance at Erie International Airport

(Aug 29, 2019)

ERIE, Aug. 29 – A state grant of $168,750 will enable Erie International Airport to purchase additional vehicles and equipment needed for operations and maintenance, state Reps. Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, both D-Erie, announced today. The legislators noted the funding – which follows last year’s grant of $1.7 million for major renovations to the terminal building – is an important investment for the entire area. “Our airport has played – and continues to play – such an important role in our local economy, dating back to its roots early last century, when it became one of the nation’s first airports to be licensed for commercial operations,” Harkins said. “Today, it’s a thriving hub, supporting businesses, sustaining thousands of jobs, and connecting travelers with the rest of the state and the world. Investments that keep it running smoothly benefit the entire region.” Merski agreed, saying, “I’m delighted Erie International is receiving this grant, which will bolster efficient operations and enable better maintenance to the field’s turfed and paved areas. Travelers to and from our region deserve the safest, smoothest experience possible, and this funding will provide the resources needed to ensure that happens.” The funding is part of a package of grants to 29 airports statewide totaling $13.7 million and funded through the state Transportation Department's Aviation Read more

 

Merski, Harkins: $75,000 grant to local university for teacher training

(Aug 06, 2019)

ERIE, Aug. 6 – A $75,000 state grant will help Gannon University develop cutting-edge residency programs that will provide advanced training to teachers, state Reps. Bob Merski and Pat Harkins, both D-Erie, announced today. The funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education is one of 11 grants awarded to universities statewide to support teacher and principal residency programs. The goal is to bolster and diversify the state’s educator workforce to better serve high-need areas. “Teacher training is a dynamic area, and like many other professionals, teachers in training benefit greatly from real-world experience,” Merski said. “My own training as a teacher began with the hands-on cadet teacher program, which builds in-classroom experiences from day one alongside teacher education courses.” Harkins added, “Historically, so many of our communities have faced problems attracting and retaining good teachers. The funding announced today will allow Gannon University to develop the best possible clinical residency programs to turn out educators who are well-equipped to serve in our most high-need areas.” Clinical residency programs must be developed in partnership with at least one high-need local education agency that serves high rates of historically underserved students or demonstrates chronic, multiple teacher shortages in key certification areas, including special education and English as a second language. The Read more

 

Merski, Harkins: $1 million in DEP grants available to small businesses, farms

(Jul 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 29 – Grant funding of $1 million is available from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to help small businesses and farms “grow green” and become more energy efficient while reducing operating costs, state Reps. Bob Merski and Pat Harkins, both D-Erie, announced. The grants – which will be awarded through the DEP’s Small Business Advantage Grant program – will fund projects to promote energy efficiency, pollution prevention and natural resource protection. “I urge local small businesses to take advantage of this grant opportunity, which is a terrific way for them to make improvements that boost efficiency and cut operating expenses, making them more competitive while at the same time helping to protect the environment,” Merski said. Harkins agreed, noting, “The funding is especially valuable because it allows small business owners to make equipment-related improvements such as HVAC and boiler upgrades, installation of solar-powered or high-efficiency LED lighting, improved recycling systems and acquisition of auxiliary power units that can minimize truck engine idling time.” Funding is also available for projects that protect natural resources through construction of riparian buffers, streambank fencing to keep livestock from streams, and stormwater systems to reduce sediment in waterways. Small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible, and the Read more

 

Harkins, Merski, Bizzarro: More than $250,000 in grants will bring fresh fruits and vegetables to school menus

(Jul 16, 2019)

ERIE, July 15 – Erie County elementary school students will see more fresh fruits and vegetables on the school menu thanks to $251,047 in grants awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, state Reps. Pat Harkins, Bob Merski and Ryan Bizzarro, all D-Erie, announced today. “The nutrients in fresh fruits and vegetables are essential for ensuring kids’ healthy growth and bolstering their immune systems, which is so important in a school setting, where kids are in constant close contact,” Harkins said. “I’m so glad we were successful in our efforts to secure this funding.” Merski agreed, noting, “As an educator for many years, I have seen how proper nutrition improves memory skills and boosts academic performance. I’m delighted that our students will be seeing this incredibly important addition to the school menu.” Bizzarro added that the grants help start healthy patterns, saying, “By introducing kids to fresh fruits and vegetables at an early age, we’re helping them understand that healthy eating is a choice that’s available to them and that it feels better than junk food, hopefully a lesson they’ll carry with them for life.” The grants to the First, Second and Third Legislative Districts, by school district, are as follows: Erie City School District Diehl Elementary School – $29,440 Edison Elementary School – Read more

 

Bizzarro, Harkins, Merski: $450,000 in funding to benefit Erie affordable housing, blight reduction projects

(Jul 12, 2019)

ERIE, July 12 – Erie County projects to expand affordable housing and reduce blight will receive $450,000 through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement fund, state Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, all D-Erie, announced today. “This funding is critically important for members of our community in need of housing – particularly those who may be homeless or struggling to make ends meet,” Harkins said. “It’s especially good to know that our efforts to help secure funding were successful because the organizations benefiting, such as Mercy Center for Women, do such vital work in helping residents regain productive lives.” Bizzarro agreed, noting that projects to expand affordable housing are good for the community on multiple levels. “These projects will not only expand affordable housing options for the working families of Erie, they will create jobs and spur increased economic activity,” Bizzarro said. “The projects will open doors for residents in so many ways.” Merski pointed out that the funding will also bolster efforts to revitalize vacant, blighted areas. “It’s great to see part of this funding go toward breathing life back into blighted, vacant areas of our community,” Merski said. “During my years on city council, I drafted the ordinance creating the city land bank for this very purpose. With this funding, the land bank can Read more

 

Harkins, Merski: Grant of nearly $3,000 to support Erie Earth Day Festival

(Jun 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 28 – A $2,955 mini grant to Gannon University will help support Erie Earth Day Festival 2020 and its efforts to raise awareness about environmental issues such as air and water quality, state Reps. Pat Harkins and Bob Merski, both D-Erie, announced. “The grant announced today is great news for Erie because it supports an annual event attended by so many in our community who are concerned about the environmental impact of issues like climate change,” Merski said. “Funding for the event is especially important in light of the many students who attend. As the need for conservation and protection become more evident each year, environmental education becomes an increasingly important supplement to classroom learning.” Harkins agreed, noting that the event generates community-wide involvement. “It’s important that we face critical, time-sensitive issues like climate change, water conservation and air quality as a community because they impact all of us,” Harkins said. “Events like the festival – which bring together local green businesses, advocates, organizations and colleges – are a great way to educate the community, generate energy, and inspire everyone to become involved.” The grant is one of a package of Environmental Education mini grants awarded by DEP to encourage environmental awareness in students and adults. Projects receiving priority include those that educate and Read more

 

Harkins, Merski: More than $1.5 million in tax credits to strengthen education, address blight, assist working families and crime victims
Nov 15, 2019

Harkins: $40,000 grant for Wesleyville park playground improvements
Nov 14, 2019

Harkins: Nearly $365,000 to resurface multiple Lawrence Township roads
Nov 12, 2019

Merski/Harkins bills would strengthen regs to prevent repeat of deadly fire
Nov 07, 2019

Harkins, Merski: More than $264,000 to address Lake Erie Coastal Zone projects
Oct 22, 2019

House Democrats stand with union workers for manufacturing jobs
Oct 21, 2019

Harkins, Merski: Nearly $53,000 to fund Erie school safety resources
Oct 18, 2019

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

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

Harkins, Merski: Grant will bring urban agriculture to the classroom
Oct 02, 2019

Harkins: $190,000 grant to fund improvements to McClelland Park
Sep 17, 2019

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

Harkins joins workers, advocates to rally on behalf of safety bill
Sep 11, 2019

Harkins, Merski: More than $18,000 in funding to benefit homeless children in Erie City School District
Aug 30, 2019

Harkins, Merski: Grant of nearly $170,000 to enhance operations, maintenance at Erie International Airport
Aug 29, 2019

Merski, Harkins: $75,000 grant to local university for teacher training
Aug 06, 2019

Merski, Harkins: $1 million in DEP grants available to small businesses, farms
Jul 29, 2019

Harkins, Merski, Bizzarro: More than $250,000 in grants will bring fresh fruits and vegetables to school menus
Jul 16, 2019

Bizzarro, Harkins, Merski: $450,000 in funding to benefit Erie affordable housing, blight reduction projects
Jul 12, 2019

Harkins, Merski: Grant of nearly $3,000 to support Erie Earth Day Festival
Jun 28, 2019