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Senate Passes Griffo's Co-Sponsored NY-SAFE Act Reforms

ALBANY – The State Senate on Monday passed legislation co-sponsored by Sen. Joseph Griffo that would repeal certain aspects of the so-called NY SAFE Act.

Sen. Griffo has always shared a strong belief with many constituents across his district in Oneida, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties that the Governor’s SAFE Act is a flawed and overreaching policy that was rushed into implementation in 2013 without any input from law-abiding gun owners. The law was tasked with certain authorities without knowing relevant facts at the time, and therefore Sen. Griffo believes the Senate’s vote to revise the SAFE Act is a step toward addressing some of the most egregious provisions.

June 8, 2015

Senate Passes Griffo's Bill to Ban Sale of Powdered Alcohol

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S1757A), sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo (R-C-I, Rome), that would prohibit the sale of any powdered or crystalline alcohol product in the state. 

June 8, 2015

Senate passes Griffo’s bill to ban chemicals in synthetic drug “N-Bomb”

ALBANY – The State Senate on Wednesday passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Joseph Griffo that would ban key ingredients contained in certain synthetic drugs that mimic the hallucinogenic effects of LSD.

The synthetic drug known as “N-Bomb” or “Smiles” has already been linked to a number of fatalities nationwide, particularly in Arizona last month. But by banning four of the chemicals used to manufacture these potentially harmful drugs, Griffo believes this legislation (S738) will help prevent the scourge of N-Bomb from ever gaining a foothold in New York State.

June 4, 2015


Every Hero Has A Story: Griffo announces Summer Reading Program for children

UTICA – With school nearly out for the summer, State Sen. Joseph Griffo is encouraging children to keep up their reading through the New York Senate’s 2015 Summer Reading Program.As he has every year since being elected, Senator Griffo is again partnering with local libraries to offer children an amusing way to keep their mind focused on learning during the summer break. This year’s theme is “Every Hero Has A Story,” a message that is sure to teach children valuable life lessons.

June 3, 2015

Senate passes Griffo's bill to reduce early release of most violent criminals

Legislation stems from 2011 murder of Linda Turner by Robert Blainey in North Utica motel

June 2, 2015


ALBANY – State senators Joseph Griffo and John DeFrancisco are urging the Governor’s energy policy makers and regulators to seriously consider the concerns of private sector businesses, clean and renewable energy generation developers and labor interests as the State moves forward with its energy sector modernization initiatives.

May 20, 2015


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

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 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

Governor Signs Griffo Bill to Increase Clothes Donations to Charity


MARCY – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today thanked Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing his bill, which will allow counterfeit clothing items to be distributed to people in need instead of destroyed. He was joined at a news conference by Major Francis Coots, commanding officer of New York State Police Troop D; Vincent P. Scalise, executive director of the CNY Veteran’s Outreach Center; and Matt Miller, executive director of the Rome Rescue Mission.

December 23, 2014

Griffo Bill Benefiting Volunteer Firefighters & Ambulance Workers Now Law

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo announced Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law the senator’s bill that will provide benefits to firefighters and ambulance workers injured while assisting at a scene before an officer in command is established.

“When there’s an accident, every second is precious,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “We simply cannot have volunteer firefighters or ambulance workers withholding critical help because an insurance company may not cover a potential injury. I thank Governor Cuomo for approving this common sense legislation.”

December 19, 2014