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Legislature Passes Brindisi-Griffo Bill Authorizing Utica Schools To Make Kindergarten Mandatory

Bill introduced at request of the school board and its administrators

UTICA – New York state senators today joined their Assembly counterparts by passing a bill that would allow Utica City School District to require five-year-olds to attend kindergarten.

The Senate bill (S7193) passed, 58-0, unofficially. The Assembly bill (A9472) passed, 120-10, on June 2. It now goes to the governor for his approval or disapproval.

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Griffo, Brindisi Announce $400,000 Commitment To Rome City Schools

ROME – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi today announced they have secured a combined $400,000 for the Rome City School District after receiving assurances from school officials that they will submit to an immediate review, followed by a full audit by the state Comptroller’s Office.

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Griffo Announces $418,980 in Construction Grants For Libraries

ALBANY – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that public libraries in his district have been awarded a combined $418,980 for construction funds.

“Many of our public libraries are in desperate need of renovations and upgrades,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “We need to make libraries accessible and enjoyable for all, which means building better access for those who are disabled, installing heating and air conditioning for comfort and providing Internet and other electronic technology to aid in learning. I thank the New York State Library for granting these needed funds so that we can preserve our local libraries for decades to come.”

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Griffo Announces $3 Million for SUNY Potsdam

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that SUNY Potsdam will receive $3 million in capital funding to make improvements to its legendary Crane School of Music.

“The Crane School is home of the oldest music education program in the country, and its reputation is unparalleled among serious musical performers,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “The popularity of the programs offered has caused a need for space, so it’s important from both a safety and health standpoint for the university to meet student needs. I advocated for this funding in the Senate, and I’m pleased to be able to announce this award today.”

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Senator Griffo Statement on Clarkson University Being Selected For START-UP Initiative

"Clarkson University continues to be a real teammate in our ongoing efforts to revitalize the north country economy.

"First, its Shipley Center for Innovation was picked as the hub for information and resources for new businesses in the north country.

"Now the college’s creative pitch has won the approval of the START-UP NY board and is sure to attract new businesses in the fields of nanoscience, web development and sustainable technology – just to name a few.

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Your Voice With Senator Griffo: Tax Relief, Common Core, Financial Windfall

Senator Griffo discusses the 2014 session, including tax relief initiatives, Common Core changes, highway and road funding, tuition assistance for college-bound New Yorkers and what to do with a $3 billion windfall from a bank settlement. Julia Lilkendey hosts.

Griffo Calls for $4B Investment In Infrastructure, Schools, Tax Relief and Debt Relief

ALBANY – Senator Joseph A. Griffo today outlined how he believes the state should use its net $4.2 billion windfall from five financial settlements, as outlined in Monday’s state Division of Budget financial report (link opens PDF).

“In the context of a $142 billion spending plan, these settlements won’t pay for everything,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “It’s important to maintain perspective and prioritize. Creating new programs and funding pet projects may make some lawmakers look good, but it’s not a good use of a one-time revenue.”

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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #28: What To Do With An Extra $4.2 Billion

Recently, a French bank named BNP Paribas admitted laundering $190 billion through financial institutions in our state. The money was originating in Sudan and Iran, two countries blacklisted by ours for their support of terrorist organizations.

The bank is paying a huge fine - $8.9 billion – for its crimes. Our state is receiving $3.6 billion from the settlement. It’s one of five financial settlements that will, together, bring in $4.2 billion in unexpected revenue in the 2015 fiscal year.

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