Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications  Senator Joseph Griffo, Chair  9:30 AM, Thursday, May 28, 2015  Room 611 LOB

May 28, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Joseph T. Fraccola

Joseph T. Fraccola proudly served his nation upon being drafted into the United States Army in September 1968. A Vietnam War Veteran, recipient of the Purple Heart for wounds received during an enemy rocket attack on the 7th of June, 1969 while serving with Company E Troop Command, 5th Maintenance Battalion, located in the U.S. Armed Forces II Corps Region of South Vietnam. He reached the Rank of SP/5 during his 2 year commitment to the U.S. Draft finishing his duty at Fort Sill, OK. 

May 19, 2015

Joanne Donaruma Wade

Joanne Donaruma Wade has been a leader in the field of Human Services for over 35 years. She received a bachelor’s degree from Utica College in 1976, cum laude, and began her professional career at The Arc in 1977, recently retiring from The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter. Ms. Wade leaves a legacy of innovative community based programs and services in Utica and the surrounding areas.

May 13, 2015

Public Hearing: Update on the Energy Highway and Reform of the Energy Vision Initiatives

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications
Chair: Senator Joseph Griffo
and Senate Standing Committee on Finance
Chair: Senator John DeFrancisco
Public Hearing: Update on the Energy Highway and Reform of the Energy Vision Initiatives
Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Contact: Anne Tarpinian (518) 455-3334
Media Contact: Rocco LaDucca (315) 793-9072

May 20, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Forum/Town Hall: (NYISO) New York Independent System Operator

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications
Chair: Senator Joseph A. Griffo
Legislative Forum: (NYISO) New York Independent System Operator
Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 10:00 A.M - 12: 00 P.M
Contact: Geraldine Purcell (518) 455-3334
Media Contact: Senate Press Office (518) 455-2264

May 1, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications  Senator Joseph Griffo, Chair  1:30 PM, Tuesday, April 28, 2015  Room 611 LOB

April 28, 1:30 PM - 1:33 PM


Dear Students,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.  This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 47th Senatorial District. Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state.  I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is: Tyler Shantal4th GradeWettel Elementary School

April 10, 2015

Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Senator Joseph Griffo, Chair 1:30 PM, Tuesday, March 3, 2015 Room 611 LOB

March 3, 1:30 PM - 1:36 PM

Griffo Calls For Delay on E-Prescriptions

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo has asked the Department of Health to delay the implementation of a mandatory electronic prescribing method, which is due to start March 27. As a failsafe to protect providers and customers, Griffo has also co-sponsored legislation (S.2486) to accomplish the same goal.

January 29, 2015

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

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

Griffo Comments After Listening to State of the State

"Today's combined message now gives us an opportunity to really delve into the details. This is very unique. So, now we've seen a lot of what the governor has talked about in the past presented to us. So I hope to go back to my constituents and discuss this with them. I'm really happy that the focus remains on economic issues. That should be a priority. Now we have to determine the best way to accomplish some of the goals and continue to keep a line on spending here in the state of New York to create more job opportunities throughout the state, to lower taxes on our businesses and the middle class. So at least the conversation and the acknowledgment and recognition is on economic issues - upstate recovery - so I'm pleased with that.

January 22, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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