Joseph A. Griffo's Press releases

Senate Passes Griffo-Backed Brittany's Law to Create Statewide Violent Felony Offender Registry

Senate Passes Brittany's Law  Creates Statewide Violent Felony Offender Registry  Registry would help law enforcement track violent offenders after release from prison

May 17, 2011

Griffo Tapped for Key Policy Committee

Griffo Tapped to Join Key Policy Committee

May 16, 2011

Griffo Helps Commemorate New Purple Heart Stamp Classification

Griffo Commemorates New Purple Heart Stamp ClassificationU.S. Postal Service Makes Purple Heart Stamp “Forever”

(Utica) – State Senator Joseph Griffo joined members of the Central New York Chapter 490 Military Order of the Purple Heart of the USA in commemorating the national unveiling of the new Purple Heart 'Forever' stamp by the United States Postal Service. The U.S. Postal Service will officially unveil and issue the Purple Heart “Forever” stamp in San Diego on May 5, 2011.

May 5, 2011

Griffo Gets $600K for Oneida County 911

Griffo Secures $600,000 to Assist Oneida County with 911 Emergency Services Consolidation

April 25, 2011

Senator Griffo Announces Scholarship Opportunity

Awards Geared Towards Italian-American Students

Utica - Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R,C, IP - Rome) announced today that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for four scholarships to be awarded on June 6th at their Annual Legislative Conference Day.

April 20, 2011

Griffo Responds to Former Mayor Ed Koch


April 13, 2011

Griffo Passes Measure to Help Grieving Military Families

Griffo Pushes Back On Behalf of Grieving Military Families


(Utica) - State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) today announced that he is moving forward with legislation to protect military families from being subjected to indignity in a time of deep grief.

April 7, 2011

Griffo Reports that Restoration of Tug Hill Commission in Final Budget

Griffo Reports Restoration of Tug Hill Commission in Final Budget Agreement Senator Confident that Review of Commission will confirm its continued need

April 6, 2011

Griffo Says Adopted State Budget is First of More Challenges To Com

Griffo: Hard work not over with budget passage

April 1, 2011

Griffo Says Budget Agreement is Fiscally Responsible

State Budget Addresses NY’s Top Priority

Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) said the budget compromise unveiled in Albany fulfils a promise made to the people of the 47th District and all of New York to make fiscal responsibility the top issue in Albany.

“No one enjoys passing a budget that makes painful cuts, but this was a hard dose of fiscal reality that was necessary,” Griffo said. “For agencies looking for money, this will not be a good budget. For taxpayers wondering if the state has heard their voices, it’s an encouraging sign.”

March 28, 2011

Sen. Griffo Pushes for Measure to Fight Over-the-counter Sales of Meth-like Substances

Senator Griffo Introduces Bill to Ban Hallucinogenic "Bath Salts"Dangerous meth-like drugs marketed as “bath salts” a growing problem

Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) today announced new legislation (Senate bill 3322) to ban the sale, manufacturing possession and distribution of deceptively-labeled, hallucinogenic “bath salts” in New York State.  These “bath salts ”are a dangerous series of chemicals that cause extreme paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, agitation, hypertension, chest pain, headache, and suicidal thoughts when smoked, snorted or injected.

March 15, 2011

Griffo Supports Senate Approval of Governor's 'Recharge NY' Program Bill

SENATE APPROVES CREATION OF “RECHARGE NY” POWER PROGRAM Program Bill Would Establish New, Permanent Low-Cost Power Program to Create & Retain Jobs

Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) confirmed today that the Senate passed his co-sponsored legislation (Senate bill 3164), to create a new, permanent program called “Recharge NY,” that would provide low-cost power to help businesses create and retain jobs.

March 9, 2011

Griffo Supports Senate Extension of Military Vote Count

Griffo Supports Senate Extension of Military Vote Count Governor-backed measure expected to be signed soon

New York State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) this week, voted to ensure that special elections in New York State provide more time for military absentee ballots to be mailed and counted.

The Senate passed the legislation (Senate bill # 3500); one day after the Assembly passed the companion version.

March 7, 2011

Statement By Senator Griffo on Governor's Nomination of Assemblywoman Destito as New Commissioner

Griffo Thanks Destito for Service to Her District 

State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) today thanked departing Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito for her 19 years of service to the 116th Assembly District.

February 25, 2011

STAR Program

If you own your home, and are turning 65 or older anytime during 2011, and meet the income requirements, you may qualify for the “Enhanced” STAR program that can help reduce your school taxes this year. Enhanced STAR offers a bigger break on your property taxes than Basic STAR, which is available to most other homeowners.

You must apply for this important property tax relief benefit, and the deadline is March 1, 2011 in most towns and cities. (Exceptions include Utica, which has a deadline of Aug. 1; and Rome, with a deadline of July 26. But you can still send in your application now.) You won’t have to reapply every year if you enroll in the optional Income Verification Program.

February 17, 2011

Griffo: Local Schools Use Opportunity To Press For Balance in Education Aid

Griffo: Local Schools Use Opportunity To Press For Balance in Education Aid

Balance was the critical issue addressed by local school leaders who this week accepted Senator Joseph A. Griffo’s offer to meet personally with Senate Education Committee Chair John Flanagan to discuss school aid in the coming state budget.

February 17, 2011

New York State Pollution Prevention Institute Honors Utica-Area Manufacturer

TECT Power receives Pollution Prevention Achievement Award

 The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, housed at Rochester Institute of Technology, awarded its 2011 Pollution Prevention Achievement Award to TECT Power, a subsidiary of TECT Corp. an international aerospace components manufacturer. The award was presented today during a ceremony at the company’s production facility, 2 Halsey Road, in Whitesboro, N.Y.

TECT Power was recognized for its efforts to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals in its production processes.

February 16, 2011

Senate Passes Legislation to Go After Child Sex-Abusers

Griffo-Sponsored Harsher Penalty Bill for Child Sex-Abusers Passes Senate

 (Albany) – State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) reported that the New York State Senate today passed legislation to strengthen the penalties for those adults who are convicted of the sexual abuse of a child.

Senate bill 1882 amends current criminal provisions to allow for a person to be found guilty of sexual abuse in the 1st degree when the abuser is at least twenty-one years old and the victim is less than thirteen years old.

February 9, 2011

Senator Griffo on Governor Cuomo’s 2011 Budget Proposal

Senator Griffo on Governor Cuomo’s 2011 Budget Proposal

Senator Joseph A. Griffo today affirmed his support for the broad overall goals of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget, while noting that a thorough review of the budget is required to address his concerns.

February 3, 2011
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