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Governor Signs Griffo Bill to Increase Clothes Donations to Charity

 

MARCY – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today thanked Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing his bill, which will allow counterfeit clothing items to be distributed to people in need instead of destroyed. He was joined at a news conference by Major Francis Coots, commanding officer of New York State Police Troop D; Vincent P. Scalise, executive director of the CNY Veteran’s Outreach Center; and Matt Miller, executive director of the Rome Rescue Mission.

December 23, 2014
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Griffo Bill Benefiting Volunteer Firefighters & Ambulance Workers Now Law

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo announced Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law the senator’s bill that will provide benefits to firefighters and ambulance workers injured while assisting at a scene before an officer in command is established.

“When there’s an accident, every second is precious,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “We simply cannot have volunteer firefighters or ambulance workers withholding critical help because an insurance company may not cover a potential injury. I thank Governor Cuomo for approving this common sense legislation.”

December 19, 2014
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Griffo Criticizes Gaming Board's Decision

“The Gaming Facility Location Board made a terrible mistake today by recommending that three developers receive gaming licenses.

Since voters narrowly approved the referendum in November 2013, economic conditions have changed so rapidly that four New Jersey casinos closed within nine months – and a fifth is in bankruptcy.

December 17, 2014
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Griffo Secures $50,000 For Boilermaker Road Race

UTICA – State Senator Joseph A. Griffo today visited Boilermaker headquarters to announce he has secured $50,000 in state funds to make energy efficient upgrades at the organization’s Court Street building.

December 16, 2014
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Griffo Statement on Regional Economic Development Council Awards for Mohawk Valley & Northern New York

ALBANY – State Senator Joseph A. Griffo offered the following statement regarding the allocation of $709.2 million in state funding through the fourth round of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

“I am very pleased to learn that New York is committing $123 million to initiatives in the Mohawk Valley ($59.6 million) and Northern New York ($63.4 million) that will spur job creation and investment and help our businesses expand their global footprint.

December 11, 2014
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Griffo, Oneida County Officers & Prosecutors Call for Tougher Penalties for Impersonating a Police Officer

UTICA – State Sen. Joseph A. Griffo – with the support of law enforcement and prosecutors in Oneida County – today announced he will sponsor a bill that would stiffen sentences for anyone who commits a crime while impersonating a police officer.

The bill would automatically make crimes up to class B felonies one category higher than the offense would have been if the person was not impersonating a police officer.

December 9, 2014
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THANKSGIVING ESSAYS AND CONTRIBUTIONS

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”

On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.

Sincerely,

December 2, 2014
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Griffo, Brindisi Write To Feds Regarding Delta Lake Hydropower Project

 

ROME – Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi and Senator Joseph A. Griffo recently wrote a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission expressing concerns about the environmental and economic impact of a proposed hydropower project at the Delta Dam.

The City of Watervliet is proposing to build a $12 million, 7.4 megawatt hydroelectric plant at the dam, which is now more than a century old. The proposal includes a 9,920 horsepower turbine and a 17,000 foot underground cable extension to the National Grid substation in Rome.

November 3, 2014
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Senator Griffo Announces Crisis Intervention Funding for Utica PD

Law enforcement will be trained to handle incidents involving people with mental illness

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that the City of Utica will be fully reimbursed for special training that will help law enforcement officers learn how to safely and more effectively handle situations involving individuals with psychiatric disabilities.

October 28, 2014
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Griffo Secures $10,000 to Address Domestic Violence in Lewis County

LOWVILLE - Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that he has secured $10,000 for Lewis County Opportunities to use toward services that directly help victims of domestic violence.

"During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it's important that we recognize agencies that are helping victims by giving them the tools they need to regain control of their lives," said Griffo, R-Rome. "Lewis County Opportunities provides confidential help free of charge and, in doing so, have become an indispensible community resource."

October 20, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #35: Help For Existing Businesses, Not Just New Ones

New York has the dubious distinction of ranking dead last among the 50 states in a survey of business tax climates. The governor’s initiative, START-UP NY, represented an out-of-the-box approach to lure jobs here.

However, we simply cannot earmark all of our tax breaks, credits and incentives for new businesses. The strength of an economy comes from existing business, and reducing their competitiveness to new companies can result in too many good jobs being lost.

October 9, 2014
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Mohawk Valley Legislative Delegation Pledges Support for Remington Arms, Ilion Workforce

ALBANY- State legislators representing the Mohawk Valley have pledged their continued support to venerable Herkimer County manufacturer Remington Arms.  In light of the state’s adoption of strict new guns laws in 2013, recent out of state expansions, and the announcement of job layoffs in Ilion, the state elected officials publicly recommitted their unrelenting support for Remington and its employees.

In a letter to Remington Chairman and CEO George Kollitides, the legislators wrote:

October 8, 2014
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Senator Griffo Unveils Major New Job Creation Plan: New Start NY

ORISKANY - Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today visited Fiber Instrument Sales to outline his new job creation proposal for the Empire State, which is designed to catalyze the innovation, design and manufacture of new products. The plan builds on the senator’s record of supporting job growth and helping to make a better business climate in New York by proposing additional tax relief and reforms.

October 6, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #34: Why You Should Vote

Oct. 10 is the last day to register to vote and be eligible for this year’s election.

In my last column, I encouraged you to register to vote by dispelling some common misconceptions. This week, I’m going to argue why you should make it to the ballot box on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Naysayers argue that their vote doesn’t make a difference.

If you’re a statistician, that viewpoint has some merit. In a 2001 study, two economists found that one of every 15,000 votes cast in state legislative elections “mattered in the sense that they were cast for a candidate that officially tied or won by one vote.”

But that ignores the reality that votes, even those cast for a losing candidate, do have an impact.

October 2, 2014
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Griffo To Host E-Cycling + Document Shred + Shed The Meds Event Saturday in Rome

ROME – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo is sponsoring a free drop-off Saturday for local residents to properly dispose of their electronics, confidential documents and unused and expired medication.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westgate Shopping Plaza, 1148 Erie Boulevard West. The senator is partnering with Time Warner Cable, Confidata, Sunnking and the Rome Police Department for the event.

“This is a perfect opportunity to get rid of junk that is taking up unnecessary space in your house,” said Griffo. “The services we offer are free and there are no questions asked.”

September 30, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #33: Myths vs. Facts Regarding Voter Registration

“Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote,” writer George Jean Nathan once observed.

Election Day is Nov. 4. To participate, however, you’ll need to be registered to vote by Oct. 10.

I know from reading research and talking to people that there are several reasons why people don’t vote. First, I’d like to tackle some misconceptions about registering to vote.

Myth: If I register to vote, I’ll be called for jury duty.

September 25, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #32: Helping My Community Trumps Partisanship

New Yorkers, on the whole, tend to have a low opinion of politicians. It’s understandable when you consider more than 30 current or former officeholders in the Empire State have been convicted of crimes, faced sanctions or been accused of wrongdoing in the past decade.

Assuming all politicians are just looking out for themselves, however, is painting with too broad a brush.

I was very pleased this past week that the Observer-Dispatch highlighted my working relationship with Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi. It’s telling that our partnership is considered rare and it’s a reflection of the increasingly partisan world in which we live.

September 18, 2014
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Griffo To Host Public Service Commissioner In Open Forum

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo will host representatives from the Public Service Commission during a 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. forum Wednesday at the North Utica Senior Citizens Community Center, 50 Riverside Drive.

The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Commissioner Diane X. Burman and members of her office will give a 15 to 20 minute presentation and then open the floor to audience questions.

September 15, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #31: Remembering Sept. 11

It started as an ordinary business trip, and ended as indelible memories of both tragedy and heroism.

I arrived in New York City Sept. 10, 2001.

My itinerary was simple and straightforward. I had tickets to see my favorite team, the New York Yankees, play that night against their longtime rivals, the Boston Red Sox. The following morning, I was helping to complete a bond sale in my duties as Rome city mayor.

Everything changed that Tuesday morning.

Like those here at home, I watched in horror as the planes struck the towers. It was not a freak accident, we’d come to learn, but an act of terror.

September 11, 2014
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Griffo, Butler Applaud Hawkinsville Dam Decision

BOONVILLE – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo and Assemblyman Marc Butler issued the following statements regarding the future of the Hawkinsville Dam:

September 10, 2014
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