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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #3: Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther Jr. often witnessed the worst of the human condition, yet still saw reason to be optimistic.

Dr. King lived with honorable purpose, in a way that ensured his teachings about peace, faith and service would endure long after his death.

Many of us will pause from work to honor Dr. King, who would have turned 85 last week.

In times of great turmoil and tension, Dr. King’s call for passive disobedience rose above the rest. He rejected, as extreme, the belief that African Americans could only achieve equality through violent means. Dr. King urged his brethren to win hearts and minds through nonviolent measures, and remained steadfast in that philosophy even when facing great societal pressure.

January 20, 2014
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Senator Griffo Statement on Alcoa Announcement

"I’m disappointed to hear of Alcoa’s decision to close its remaining two potlines at the East Plant earlier than originally planned. My hope is that the company takes advantage of state and federal programs to help its affected workers transition to new jobs within or outside the organization. My office stands ready to assist anyone who is left without adequate employment as a result of this decision.

January 15, 2014
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Griffo to Governor: Let's Cut Red Tape Together

UTICA –  Joseph A. Griffo today applauded his Senate colleagues for identifying more than 2,200 regulations that, if eliminated, could produce 20,000 new private sector jobs.

“Businesses in New York spend an estimated $274 billion annually to comply with our state’s 750,000 regulations. Frankly, this sort of comprehensive review was long overdue,” said Sen. Griffo, R-Rome.

January 15, 2014
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Senator Griffo Speaks in Support of "Jobs For Heroes" Bill

“I am pleased to represent so many veterans who serve at Fort Drum. My goals is to keep as many of these skilled, knowledgeable people in my district after their military service is finished. I support this legislation because it offers a real opportunity for those with a service-connected disability to start a second career here. I am pleased to again support Senator Ball’s legislation and I commend Governor Cuomo for recently speaking out in support of this bill. Hopefully, this is the year New York joins the federal government and 40 other states in offering a helping hand to these small business owners.” - Senator Joseph A. Griffo

January 14, 2014
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Sen. Griffo Appears on WUTQ's "Talk of the Town"

Sen. Joseph Griffo joined Mark and Frank on the WUTQ 100.7FM's "Talk of the Town" morning show to discuss the State of the State. You can listen to the full interview on WUTQ's website.

The senator's initial thoughts are below.

"I thought it, overall, had broad themes about the agenda for the year. I thought there were some exciting and interesting proposals and initiatives that the governor is advancing. In two weeks, on the 21st of January, he will detail some of these initiatives when he gives his budget address. So that will be very important – so we have an opportunity to examine and delve into this.

January 10, 2014
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Senator Griffo Reacts to Governor Cuomo's State of the State Message

"I thought this was an interesting speech - a lot of exciting initiatives and ideas that have been proposed, mainly focusing on jobs, our economy and tax relief, investing in education. Paying attention to the needs of upstate New York - particularly Central New York and the north country is going to be very important - looking at helping regulatory reform and zero tax for small manufacturers. The I-98 proposal being considered in the north country is, I think, going to be very important. Finally, we get the study. Because transportation is a significant part of economic development.

"So, overall, a lot of ideas and initiatives that are worthy of our consideration and examination. And when the budget comes out, we'll delve into this all. I'm hoping for a successful session."

January 9, 2014
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Sen. Joseph A. Griffo response to Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address

Gov. Cuomo’s themes of taxes, technology and tourism in today’s State of the State Address are key facets of growing our economy in Central and Northern New York.

The governor’s proposal to reduce the corporate income tax rate for upstate manufacturers to zero is perhaps the most welcomed news of his address. This, combined with the elimination of a utility surcharge, should make our region a more attractive place to start or grow a business. I look forward to working with my colleagues to make both a reality.

January 8, 2014
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Statement from Senator Joseph A. Griffo Regarding Upcoming State of the State Address

"I’m looking forward to hearing Gov. Cuomo’s roadmap for the year ahead. My specific focus is on jobs and tax relief. We’ve made some improvement in making New York more attractive for business, but we’ve still got a long way to go. I’m looking forward to hearing about any new initiatives, especially if they result in lower taxes or utility costs or reducing the regulatory burden.

January 7, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #1: The Right Route For Government

Happy New Year!

My wife and I did some traveling for the holidays. Our destination was the same as the year before – and many years before that. One thing had changed, however. We didn’t agree on how to get there.

Governing is a lot like a road trip. All participants share a common destination, but the disagreements are always about what exact route to take.

State legislators and the governor, regardless of political affiliation, all want to help New York attract good-paying jobs and grow our economy. We also want to invest in our children and keep spending in check while maintaining services.

This week, Governor Cuomo will unveil his roadmap in a State of the State address. As always, I’m looking forward to hearing his plan.

January 2, 2014
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I (Snowmobile) NY Tourism Event, Lowville

Governor Andrew Cuomo gathers with state legislators to announce that the state to spend $4.5 million on print, radio and television advertisements encouraging tourists to visit the Tug Hill region.

From left: Assemblyman Kenneth Blankenbush, R-Black River; Sen. Betty O'C. Little, R-Queensbury; Governor Cuomo; Assemblywoman Addie Russell, D-Theresa; Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome.

December 30, 2013
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Statement From Senator Griffo Regarding Governor Cuomo's Tourism-Related Visit to Lowville

New York will spend $4.5 million on print, radio and television advertisements promoting the Tug Hill Region in state, national and international markets. Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement today at The Ridgeview Inn, Lowville.

“I’m pleased that Governor Cuomo has decided to spotlight the Tug Hill region as part of the state’s ‘I Love NY’ tourism campaign. This is the premier destination in New York for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds, especially during the winter months. Snowmobilers provide $868 million in economic impact annually, including more than $165 million right here in the Tug Hill. That’s why I’ve been pleased to support several pieces of legislation designed to make snowmobiling more enjoyable and safer.”

December 30, 2013
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Regarding the New York State Tax Relief Commission Report

“I’m committed to making New York a more attractive place to live and work, so I welcome the Commission’s ideas on how best to accomplish that through tax relief.
“I, along with my colleagues in the Senate Republican Conference, have long advocated for a reduction in property taxes for individuals as well as a lowering of taxes on business. It’s encouraging to see this group echo that philosophy.”
“While I appreciate the Commission’s recommendations, I believe we can – and we should – go further.

December 17, 2013
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Statement from Senator Joseph A. Griffo regarding Economic Development Council funding

“I’m tremendously pleased by today’s announcement that New York is committing $163.7 million to important economic projects in the regions I represent. We truly have the best collaborators and leaders in economic development right here.

The Council remains impressed with the North Country, whose projects earned ‘top performer’ status for the third time in a row. These ‘firecracker’ projects, as the regional leaders call them, will enhance Northern New York’s status as a premier tourism destination and make the area more attractive to forward-thinking businesses, especially those in the biotechnology field.

December 11, 2013
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Thanksgiving Essays and Contributions

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”

On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.

Sincerely,

December 6, 2013
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Cutting the Ribbon on SUNY Potsdam's Performing Arts Center

"What makes this story more remarkable is: During his freshman year, as this bill was going through, some of the Senate leadership wanted to reduce the scope of this particular project. Well, fortunately, Senator Griffo stood tall against the leadership, managed to secure the full $55 million that came through the Senate that resulted in this impressive facility." - SUNY Potsdam Interim President Dennis Hefner

Read more here.

December 5, 2013
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Griffo Bill Would Create Disaster Fund

UTICA – State legislators who represent the Mohawk Valley and Niagara County have followed through on a promise made to flood victims by introducing legislation that would create a state disaster recovery fund.

December 2, 2013
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Testimony from Cyber Security: Defending New York from Cyberattacks

On Monday, Nov. 18, six Senate committees came together at the Griffiss Institute in Rome to hear testimony from experts in law enforcement, finance and commerce regarding an ongoing threat to state and national security: cyber-crime.

The entire hearing can be viewed here.

This document includes testimony from:

November 21, 2013
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Griffo announces $8.5 million for Rome

Empire State Development grant will extend water, sewer to residents, businesses

ROME – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that the state is providing $8.5 million to the City of Rome for a major water-sewer improvement project.

The funds, which come from Empire State Development’s Economic Transformation Program, are for a two-phase project in the north, west and south corridors of Rome.

November 20, 2013
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New York Senate Hearing on Cybersecurity

Joint - Senate Standing Committee on BanksChair: Senator Joseph GriffoSenate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military AffairsChair: Senator Greg BallSenate Standing Committee on InsuranceChair: Senator James SewardSenate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small BusinessChair: Senator David ValeskySenate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and EntrepreneurshipChair: Senator Martin GoldenSenate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction

November 19, 2013
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