(Albany) - State Sen. Joseph A. Griffo (R-IP-C, Rome) today reacted with alarm to Albany’s plan to renege on a commitment for matching funds for sorely needed high-speed Internet access to North Country homes and businesses.
Senate and Assembly Democrats stripped $100 million in funding from the state budget for broadband matching grants, including at least $2 million that, together with federal stimulus funding, was planned for projects in rural St. Lawrence County, according to a story in today’s Journal News.
“Democrats called their plan a ‘roadmap,’ but cutting funds for programs that are tied to job growth and economic revitalization can only lead to a dead end for North Country jobs and businesses,” Griffo said.
Posted by Rayan Aguam on Friday, November 15th, 2013
ROME -Six Senate committees will hold a joint hearing at noon Monday to hear testimony from experts in law enforcement, finance and computer science about thestate’s preparedness against cyber-attacks.
“Cyber crime is a major economic issue, resulting in more than $500 million in losses last year alone,” said Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, who chairs the Senate Banking Committee and is hosting the event. “There’s a reason why England considers it an even greater threat than nuclear war. We need to take a closer look at what our state is doing to prevent cyberattacks that could affect our security, our economy and our government.”
Joint - Senate Standing Committee on Banks Chair: Senator Joseph Griffo Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Chair: Senator Greg Ball Senate Standing Committee on Insurance Chair: Senator James Seward Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Developmentand Small Business Chair: Senator David Valesky Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship Chair: Senator Martin Golden Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Chair: Senator Patrick M. Gallivan Public Hearing: Cybersecurity: Defending New York from cyber attacks Place: The Griffiss Institute, 725 Daedalian Drive, Rome, New York Time: 12:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Contact: Dwight Evans (518) 455-3334 Media Contact: Rayan Aguam (315) 793-9072 ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
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.”