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Grisanti's Bill Designates Pedestrian Bridge In Buffalo As 'Scajaquada 9/11 Memorial Bridge'

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced the passage of a bill that amends the highway law to designate the bridge that crosses over Route 198 into Delaware Park that connects Nottingham Terrace with Hoyt Lake in the City of Buffalo as "Scajaquada 9/11 Memorial Bridge."  The designation of the bridge was spearheaded by community activists who have been working on this project for over three years to have a memorial located in the city honoring people who were killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

 

April 18, 2014
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Electronics Recycling Event with Senator Mark Grisanti - April 19, 2014

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced he will join Orchard Park Town Supervisor Patrick Keem and Time Warner Cable in hosting a free electronics recycling event on Saturday, April 19 in the town of Orchard Park.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Orchard Park Senior High School, located at 4040 Baker Road in the Town of Orchard Park.

The electronics recycling drop off will offer professional disposal of unused and obsolete items to help ensure they do not end up harming the environment. Computer monitors, printers, fax machines, home telephones, televisions, video game consoles, laptop computers, scanners, cellular telephones and MP3 players are among the items that will be collected that day and properly disposed.

April 15, 2014
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WIVB-TV: Senator Grisanti Bill Would Ban Tattooing And Piercing Pets

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti says body piercing or tattooing a pet is animal abuse and he is co-sponsoring a bill that would ban it.

“This practice needs to stop,” said Senator Grisanti. “Animals do not have the ability to make decisions on whether or not to get a tattoo or body piercing, but we as human beings can do the right thing and make it illegal for pet owners to tattoos or pierce their pets.”

In the bill, body piercing of a pet would only be allowed for medical purposes, while animal tattoos would only be permitted if it is determined a permanent mark on the skin is needed for a medical benefit or would be used strictly for identification purposes. Violations would carry fines of up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

April 14, 2014
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Grisanti Sponsored Bill Would Ban Pet Tattoo And Piercings

 Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I-60) today announced he is co-sponsoring a bill that would ban the piercing or permanent tattooing of companion animals, pointing out that subjecting pets to body piercing or tattooing are cruel acts that fall under the category of animal abuse.The month of April is Animal Cruelty Prevention Month."This practice needs to stop," said Senator Grisanti. "Animals do not have the ability to make decisions on whether or not to get a tattoo or body piercing, but we as human beings can do the right thing and make it illegal for pet owners to tattoos or pierce their pets."

April 11, 2014
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2014-15 New York State Budget

The State Senate has completed final adoption of the New York State Budget for the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year.   

This marks the fourth consecutive year that the Senate has successfully passed an on-time budget that achieves our key goals of controlling spending, reducing the tax burden on families, and increasing opportunities for all New Yorkers. Click on the link below to access to a number of documents related to the budget, including final school runs, enacted budget bills, and information regarding the Governor's original Executive Budget proposal.  We encourage you to visit this section of our website on a regular basis to learn more about the new budget and how it will impact your family and your community.

April 4, 2014
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Senate Majority Coalition Announces Joint Task Force On Heroin And Opioid Addiction

Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to examine the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.The bipartisan task force will be chaired by Senator Phil Boyle (R-C-I, Suffolk County), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

April 4, 2014
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Innovative Partnership Model Moves Scajaquada Creek Restoration Forward in Forest Lawn

Supported by a $100,000 grant from the New York Economic Development Capital Program, secured by NYS Senator Mark Grisanti, the first step in the efforts to restore Scajaquada Creek has been completed, with the release today of a detailed report on creek habitat and water quality in the 2 ½ mile portion of Scajaquada Creek that daylights and meanders through Forest Lawn.The report is the result of a two-year collaboration between the Forest Lawn Heritage Foundation, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

April 4, 2014
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Senate Budget: 2014-2015 Budget Bolsters EPF, Invests in State Parks and Helps Improve Environmental Infrastructure

The New York State Senate today passed a 2014-15 state budget that helps protect and enhance New York’s natural resources and invests in key environmental initiatives that create jobs, increase tourism, and benefit communities throughout the state. The budget includes a $9 million increase to the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), bringing the total to $162 million, while also making significant investments in improvements to state park facilities and environmental infrastructure.

March 31, 2014
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Grisanti Announces Over $865,000 For Town of Hamburg From Video Lottery Terminals

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced that his efforts were successful in obtaining additional funding for the Town of Hamburg in 2014 state budget for hosting the video lottery terminals.

Senator Grisanti was able to secure over $865,679 to the Town of Hamburg and $288,560 to Erie County for a total of $1,154,239.

“I am proud to have been able to secure additional state funding for the Town of Hamburg and increase that total from 2013′s state budget,” said Senator Grisanti. “This is a huge victory for the Town of Hamburg and the extra funding to the Town could be used for a variety of things like continuing to lower taxes, infrastructure or other projects.”

March 30, 2014
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Grisanti Sponsoring Domestic Violence Roundtable With Family Justice Center

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) will sponsor a New York State Senate Roundtable,”Domestic Violence: Prevention Starts With You” on Friday, April 4th from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., at the Walter J. Mahoney Building, 65 Court Street in Buffalo, Senate Hearing Room 6.

Unfortunately, one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Surprisingly, only one in seven instances is reported.

Panelists include:

March 30, 2014
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Grisanti calls on Silver, Assembly to join Senate Republicans in Restoring the Gap Elimination Funding For Schools Across New York State

Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I – Buffalo) called on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and his Assembly colleagues to join with Senate Republicans to accelerate the restoration of funding lost by school districts under the Gap Elimination Adjustment and eliminate it by the 2016-17.

The Gap Elimination Adjustment is affecting many schools across New York State, especially in Western New York.

March 27, 2014
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Senator Grisanti Names Loretta Thomas ‘Veteran of the Month’

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti is proud to announce Loretta S. Thomas is the third recipient of his “Veteran of the Month” recognition program.

Retired Colonel Thomas, a resident of the Town of Hamburg, is the third recipient of a monthly honor presented by Senator Grisanti following an application and nomination process coordinated by staff members who work in Grisanti’s veterans liaison office.

“I am pleased to recognize Loretta with this honor, especially because March is National Women’s History Month,” said Senator Grisanti. “She is a shining example of dedication, hard work and sacrifice and I commend her for her long career of distinguished service.”

March 27, 2014
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Senator Grisanti Will Vote "No" on Board of Regents Incumbents

"Today I will be voting "NO" to re-elect the current members of the Board of Regents. The status quo is unacceptable and I cannot in good conscience vote for those individuals who are most responsible for creating the anxiety, uncertainty and fear in New York's classrooms.  It's time to clean up this mess.

 

March 11, 2014
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Senator Grisanti Recognized MS Awareness Week

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I-60) today recognized "MS Awareness Week" as it is continues to be celebrated in New York State until Sunday, March 9.

 

March 10, 2014
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Senator Grisanti Sponsors and Passes Amanda Lynn's Law in New York State Senate

Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I-60) today announced that Senate Bill S.1590, which makes it a crime to conceal a death by knowingly moving or otherwise hiding a human corpse so that discovery of the death will be hindered, has been passed following a vote by the New York State Senate.

 

The bill, which was sponsored by Senator Grisanti, was previously passed in the state Senate the past two years but has yet to be approved by the state Assembly.  

March 6, 2014
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Senator Grisanti Welcomes Decision By Buffalo Bills

     I was extremely pleased to learn of the decision by the Buffalo Bills to end their arrangement to play one "home" game per year in Toronto.

 

          Playing their entire home schedule at Ralph Wilson Stadium will be an economic shot in the arm for the Southtowns in general, and the Town of Orchard Park in particular.

March 5, 2014
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Senator Grisanti Names Jack O’Connor ‘Veteran Of The Month’

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti is proud to announce Jack O’Connor is the second recipient of his “Veteran of the Month” recognition program.

O’Connor, a resident of the Village of Kenmore, becomes the second of what will be twelve recipients of an honor presented by Senator Grisanti following an application and nomination process coordinated by staff members who work in Grisanti’s veterans liaison office.

“I am happy to recognize Jack for his outstanding service to his country,” said Senator Grisanti. “He is one of our outstanding veterans living in Western New York who is a positive role model for us all. I encourage all of my constituents to look up to and admire Jack for all that he has done for his nation.”

March 5, 2014
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Senator Mark Grisanti’s Statement on State Assembly’s Passage of “The Dream Act”

    

“I was against this proposal two years ago, and I remain against it today. I cannot in good conscience support diverting tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds annually to children of illegal immigrants by giving them access to TAP grants and other higher education assistance programs when so many students are struggling to meet the costs of higher education. Sheldon Silver needs to come to the realization that the wallets of taxpayers are not bottomless pits. His proposal may work in New York City, but the overwhelming majority of people I have been elected to represent are vehemently opposed to it.

February 26, 2014
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Grisanti Calls on Assembly to Immediately Pass “Public Assistance Integrity Act”

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-Buffalo) has called on New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to bring the ‘Public Assistance Integrity Act’ to the floor for a vote immediately or risk of losing $120 million in federal aid.

New York State must show the federal government, through legislative action, how it is going to prevent welfare fraud and abuse from EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards. If the state does not act, New York will stand to lose more than $120 million in federal Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF). The deadline is Saturday, February 22.

February 24, 2014
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