Senator concerned about staff safety in light of recent riot
UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo wrote today to the state Office of Mental Health regarding the Sept. 3 riot at the Central New York Psych Center in Marcy that left 12 staff members injured.
The senator asked Commissioner Anne Marie T. Sullivan what her office was doing to better ensure the safety of staff in light of this incident and questioned whether the offending inmates could be transferred to state prison.
“If these inmates are mentally capable of planning and executing a coordinated attack on officers at a predetermined time, is it appropriate for them to be in the Psychiatric Center at all?” Griffo asked.
UTICA – Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi and Senator Joseph A. Griffo have secured $850,000 for the second phase of improvements at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.
The funds are being used for the façade work currently ongoing, and will also be used to make interior improvements, including bathrooms and seating. Griffo and Brindisi worked together to ensure the funds were included in the 2014-15 state budget. Last year, the pair was successful in securing $2 million for the first phase of restorations.
Labor Day is our annual opportunity to collectively recognize the hard working men and women who are the backbone of our economy.
From the smelter in Massena to the small business in Sangerfield, my district includes many highly motivated individuals. Many posses a technical expertise that is, frankly, unrivaled.
As a state representative, I’m committed to holding on to each and every skilled worker and to fighting the “brain drain” that too often plagues upstate. While we can’t directly prevent business contractions and closings, we can do two things to soften the blow.
The state’s biggest music and entertainment festival, trade show and agriculture exhibit is happening right now and it’s all in one place – the Great New York State Fair.
The state fair is the capstone to what is always a great county fair season. It is a celebration of all things New York. It is a showcase for one of the state’s most important industries, agriculture, which has a $5.7 billion annual economic impact. It serves as an introduction to many of our citizens’ diverse backgrounds and cultural traditions. And it’s a platform for our best and brightest young people to show off their talents, whether it’s on a stage or in a barn.
ALBANY – Unshackle Upstate, a bipartisan coalition of business and trade organizations representing more than 700,000 companies, has given Sen. Joseph A. Griffo its third highest grade for his votes in the Senate supporting businesses and taxpayers this legislative session.
Griffo scored a 88 out of 100 possible points by the pro-business group. The organization gave the senator favorable marks for his ‘yes’ votes on a series of bills aimed at reducing regulations on businesses. In addition, the group applauded his support of the on-time state budget, as well as his sponsorship of two bills that would limit new taxes and protect businesses from illegitimate unemployment claims.
SYRACUSE - State Senator Joseph A. Griffo will be cooking up some tasty treats Thursday at the New York State Fair – and featuring maple syrup, apples and corn from upstate New York.
Griffo is bringing three recipes to make in the Wegmans Taste New York demonstration kitchen: spicy maple nuts, apple nachos and oven roasted corn on the cob with flavored butter. The cooking will begin at 2 p.m. in the Art & Home Center at the fairgrounds.
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.
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.”
UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that he has secured $600,000 for the City of Utica to pay for repairing two roads.
“The deep freeze of this past winter was hard on many local roads, resulting in craters and cracks that have frustrated motorists who use these streets daily,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “I suggested – and was pleased to see – a $40 million ‘winter weather’ fund included in this year’s state budget to help all our local communities repair their roads.”
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.
"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.
ROME – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that he has secured $50,000 in state funds for upgrades at two Rome parks.
The city will dedicate half of the funds - $25,000 – to various repairs at Veterans Memorial Park on North James Street. These include re-pointing the concrete which has deteriorated around the monument to Rome’s war veterans and various landscaping improvements.
The other half will go toward improvements at the Pinti Field action sports park.
Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases are on a sudden, sharp rise in New York, causing a public health concern that has my attention and that of my Senate colleagues.
In St. Lawrence County, the frequency of Lyme disease cases jumped 41 percent in 2013, when compared to the previous three year average. It increased 34 percent in Oneida County and 4 percent in Lewis County.
Statewide, there are more than 450 new cases this year.
NEW HARTFORD – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that he has helped secure a $298,000 grant on behalf of the town highway department.
“The ‘deep freeze’ may have subsided, but its impact is evident on our local roads and highways,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “This grant comes at an opportune time for the town, and I’m pleased to have helped secure the needed funds.”
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.”
Legislature approves measure, now sent to the governor
ALBANY – When small businesses in metro New York look to expand, legislators want them looking upstate – not out of state – for help.
Sen. Joseph A. Griffo and Assemblymen Anthony Brindisi and Joseph R. Lentol have sponsored a bill (S.7564/A.8308B) which would establish a cross-regional small business partnership program. This program would encourage natural relationships between urban and upstate business.