Joseph A. Griffo's Press releases

Griffo Comment on Assembly Power Sharing Proposal

Sheldon Silver needs to step down from his post as Assembly speaker. This cockamamie idea where five people are going to take turns negotiating on behalf of their conference is going to severely undermine the effectiveness of the budget process. It’s too important to the people of New York that we deliver an on-time budget.

This proposed power sharing is never going to work. Here’s why: In negotiations, compromises are inevitably made. It’s a give-and-take, in which one area of the budget sustains a cut so another can receive funding. How in the world are we going to make progress if five people need to negotiate among themselves before they can negotiate with the governor and the Senate?

January 26, 2015
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Griffo Named Senate Energy Committee Chairman

ALBANY – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome, was today appointed chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee. He replaces former retired Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, in the position.

January 23, 2015
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Griffo Statement on Governor's State of the State Address & Budget Proposal

Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget respects the spending cap, while offering tax relief to property owners and incentives for businesses to expand and add jobs. I share these priorities, so it’s helpful the governor has started the negotiations off at this point.

My goal is to help deliver a fifth consecutive on-time budget – a plan that will help bring prosperity to the people of the Mohawk Valley and Northern New York.

I received the entirety of the governor’s plan and vision for the first time today. My colleagues and I will now begin a thorough review. As I work, I welcome the opportunity to discuss various ideas with my constituents.

January 21, 2015
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Griffo to Gaming Commission: Adding Four Casinos in NY is a Bad Bet

UTICA – With the Gaming Facility Location Board deciding Tuesday to re-open the bidding process for a fourth casino, Senator Joseph A. Griffo is asking the state Gaming Commission to put a moratorium on granting licenses.

January 14, 2015
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Oneida County DA Scott McNamara Named to State Commission

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that Oneida County District Attorney Scott D. McNamara has been appointed to the Commission on Forensic Science and Establishment of DNA Identification Index.

January 14, 2015
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Griffo Helps Pass Women's Equality Agenda

 

Demonstrating his continued commitment to creating equality for women in the Empire State, Sen. Joseph A. Griffo’s first legislative action in 2015 was to vote in support of the Women’s Equality Agenda.

“In Governor Cuomo’s 2013 State of the State address, he challenged us to reject institutional and cultural norms and make New York a leader in creating equality for women,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “I’m tremendously proud that me and my Senate colleagues have now met this challenge for each of the last the years.”

January 12, 2015
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Griffo Secures $100,000 for Utica Fire Academy

 

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that he has secured $100,000 for the benefit of the Utica Fire Academy. The announcement was made at the Utica Fire Department’s live burn fire training tower on Leland Avenue, which will be upgraded with the funds.

January 12, 2015
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Griffo & Brindisi Take the Oath of Office with Middle School Students Observing

For The Second Time, Two Mohawk Valley State Legislators Hold a Ceremony to Give Children a Real-Life Civics Lesson

WHITESBORO -  State Senator Joseph Griffo, a Rome Republican and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, a Utica Democrat may belong to different political parties, but for the second time, the two state legislators were sworn in at a public school in the Mohawk Valley, to give students and members of the public a chance to ask questions about the political process.

January 8, 2015
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Griffo, Rozic Announce Law to Increase Protections for Children in Foster Homes

Bill Improves the Screening Process for Prospective Foster Parents

UTICA – Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D,WF-Queens) and Senator Joseph Griffo (R-Rome) announced that legislation (A8474/S6875) they drafted to protect foster children from being placed in unsuitable homes has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo. The new law creates a formal system for an agency to review and evaluate an applicant’s history if the applicant were to apply to another agency to take in foster children.

January 5, 2015
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Griffo Statement on Passing of Governor Mario Cuomo

"I am saddened to learn of the death of our former governor, Mario Cuomo.

"I got to know Mario during his last term as governor, which coincided with my first term as mayor of Rome. I was always impressed with his intellect, his love for the Empire State and his talent for delivering memorable speeches.

"Mario was a dedicated public servant with a seemingly unyielding work ethic. I remember him calling me when our city sustained damage during a storm. I returned his call late at night, and was surprised to hear Mario’s voice on the other end of the line. He was working.  When we had issues or challenges, the governor did his best to become interested and involved.

January 1, 2015
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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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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 #36: Tips for Addressing Domestic Violence

Recent national headlines have put a spotlight on a growing menace to society’s well-being: domestic violence.

Sadly, our area is not immune. Last year, police agencies in the counties I represent – Oneida, Lewis and St. Lawrence – reported 2,308 victims of domestic violence. The overwhelming majority involved physical abuse.

Domestic violence impacts every demographic: women and men; young and old; poor and rich; rural and city. It rips apart families and the emotional scars left behind never heal as fast as the physical wounds.

October 16, 2014
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