Mark Grisanti's News items

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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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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Another Voice: Education Investment Tax Credit will benefit schools and all New Yorkers

By Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Jane Corwin and Mark GrisantiTwo seemingly unrelated news items last week combined to make a powerful point.The first was the Catholic Diocese’s announcement that it would close 10 schools. Universally, reaction could only be described as pain and sadness.The second was the Oscar nominations. Why? Because several of the films contending for the honor were produced with the help of a New York tax credit that has helped our state.In 2014, why can’t we have a tax credit that will help save children, parents and our communities from suffering through the continual closing of their Catholic and other schools?A bipartisan group of legislators from Western New York is co-sponsoring exactly such legislation.

February 3, 2014
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WBEN 930-AM: Will 2014 Be MMA’s Year In New York?

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) – State Senator Mark Grisanti says that New York is missing out on a way to boost the economy that’s sitting right under their nose.Grisanti is co-sponsor of a bill that would legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York state.The bill has passed the senate three separate times, but has still not passed through the assembly.“The problem is that the Speaker (Sheldon Silver) won’t bring the bill on to the floor” Grisanti said.

December 26, 2013
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State Senators Advocating To Keep Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center Open

Republican state senators from Western New York – George Maziarz, Patrick Gallivan, Mark Grisanti and Mike Ranzenhofer – today wrote to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to urge him to personally intervene to help save the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca. Under the New York State Office of Mental Health’s Regional Centers of Excellence Plan, the WNY CPC would be closed and its staff and residents relocated to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, which primarily provides inpatient, outpatient, and residential services to adults.Last week, Cuomo announced three mental health facilities in other parts of the state that were also slated for closure under the Centers of Excellence Plan will now remain open.

December 26, 2013
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STAR registration events across New York State

Written by Joseph Spector, Gannett

ALBANY– The state tax department is holding weeklong registration events across the state starting Monday to get people to register for STAR.

The state is requiring homeowners who receive the tax break to re-register, and they’ll have the events in Binghamton, Rochester and Buffalo and three other cities, as well as on Long Island.

The deadline to re-register for STAR is Dec. 31.

December 2, 2013
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CITY & STATE: Expert Roundtable- Green New York

Mark GrisantiChair, New York State Senate Environmental Conservation Committee

October 30, 2013
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THE BUFFALO NEWS: Community pulls together to save the day after theft of needy kids’ school supplies

It has been a roller coaster week for the Ken-Ton Closet.

Tuesday morning, staff at the small donation center in the Parkside Village Community Center discovered at least one thief had accessed the center via an unlocked door and made off with hundreds of dollars in donated school supplies – supplies intended to help disadvantaged kids from the Town of Tonawanda get ready for the start of school.

But just days later, as word of the break-in spread via news reports and social media, the Ken-Ton Closet is stuffed with back-to-school supplies once more, thanks to the generosity of many in the community who felt moved to help a center more accustomed to doing the helping itself.

September 3, 2013
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WIVB-TV: After Theft, Many Donate School Supplies

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Western New Yorkers are making sure students in need don't head back to class empty handed after school supplies were stolen from a charity shop in the Town of Tonawanda.

Families were among the donors bringing in bags of clothing and school supplies to make up for what thieves stole from Ken-Ton Closet this week. Shelves had been emptied out and bags of clothing ripped open at Sheridan Parkside Community Center location.

Tonawanda resident Gennie Vitko said, "A lot of our friends were upset and willing to help, and I said well drop it off at my house or I'll come and pick it up and be happy to drop it off for them."

September 3, 2013
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WGRZ-TV: Burglars Raid Charity That Provides School Supplies

TONAWANDA, N.Y. - It's bad enough when someone robs a charity. But to wipe out a charity that provides school supplies for needy children a week before school starts requires a special level of cruelty.

That's exactly what happened in one local community, which was left stunned by the news.

On a normal day, the Ken-Ton Closet, which is a small charity located inside a Town of Tonawanda community center, collects clothing, toiletries, and school supplies for district children in need.

September 3, 2013
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THE SUN: Hamburg Collaborates With Senator Mark Grisanti On Town-Wide Recycling Event

By Steve Dlugosz

HAMBURG — The Hamburg Town Hall parking lot was buzzing with activity early on Aug. 17.

Those present for the event collected used TV sets and other obsolete electronic items that were dropped off as part of the first ever E-waste recycling event in Hamburg.

The collaboration was done as part of an initiative between New York State Sen. Mark Grisanti’s office’s “Recycle-Reduce-Reuse” and SunnKing Electronics Recycling, with Time Warner Cable.

A similar recycling/collections event has already taken place in Grand Island, with another scheduled for September in Tonawanda.

August 23, 2013
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BUFFALO NEWS: Cuomo set to sign law banning shark fin trade in New York State

Shark fin soup goes back to the Ming Dynasty and is almost as hard to find in
Western New York as a Super Bowl trophy.

But the expensive Asian delicacy is about to go off menus across New York,
making environmentalists happy.

Legislation is now before Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to ban the sale, trade and
distribution of shark fins. Cuomo is expected to sign the bill as early as
today, according to advocates and lawmakers, who passed the measure with all but
one vote in the Senate and Assembly this spring.

July 26, 2013
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BUFFALO NEWS: New York State, Canada Announce Peace Bridge Agreement

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Canadian officials this morning announced an agreement concerning improvements at the Peace Bridge.

“We prefer partnership,’’ said Gary Doer, the Canadian ambassador to the United States, of the end to the months-long dispute that seriously tested relations between New York and Canada.

“Some would say we’ve been trying to do this for 20 years,’’ Cuomo said. He said the deal is between Canada and New York and ensures that delays on the Peace Bridge Authority will no longer get in the way. “There’s nothing conceptual here ... This is a very specific plan with projects that we’re committed to.’’

June 27, 2013
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BUFFALO NEWS: Kenmore Celebrates The Dog Days Of Summer

Sid Cranston of Wilson and his 2-year-old mixed breed, Benson, won the owner look-alike contest for their matching grey beards.

Becket Panfil, 13, of Angola and his Yorkiepoo, Horton, won best trick when the dog rolled to his side and played dead.

And Christine Feliciano of Buffalo took home the best costume award for dressing up her beagle, Lola, in a pink dress and baby’s hat.

But if there was a throne for a top dog Sunday at Dog Days of Kenmore 2013, it surely would have belonged to Phoenix, the Jack Russell terrier puppy who narrowly survived being doused in lighter fluid and set on fire in October. Two Buffalo residents were convicted in that attack.

June 24, 2013
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BUFFALO NEWS: State senate leaders hosting meeting with veterans on June 27

Local military veterans will get a chance to rub elbows with the two top leaders of the New York State Senate when they come to town next week to discuss issues they’re facing, including high unemployment among younger vets.

State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, a member of the Senate’s Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, announced Tuesday that the meeting with Senate coalition leaders Dean G. Skelos and Jeffrey D. Klein is set for 3 p.m. June 27 at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park at Canalside.

In urging veterans to attend the meeting, Grisanti, R-Buffalo, said it is important for state leaders to receive direct input from former members of the armed forces.

June 19, 2013
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WBFO 88.7 FM: Could Buffalo voters decide future city school budgets?

State Senator Mark Grisanti says he hopes to spark change in the Buffalo School District at a critical time. On Tuesday, the Senate passed a bill, introduced by Grisanti, that would allow city residents to vote on the school budget.

June 13, 2013
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Buffalo News Editorial: November election for School Board will boost turnout, save city money

The recent School Board election in the City of Buffalo drew many more voters than the previous one, but that isn’t saying much. The paltry turnout is why it’s important to move city School Board elections from May to November.

This year we saw one of the most controversial elections in recent memory, and fewer than 12,000 voters turned out. More than 3,200 of those votes were cast in the Park District, where developer Carl P. Paladino overwhelmed opponent Adrian F. Harris.

But it shouldn’t take an electrifying candidate to raise voter turnout. One sure-fire method of drawing more voters would be to align the School Board election with November’s general election.

June 13, 2013
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BUFFALO NEWS: Peace Bridge projects must move forward in Buffalo

By Mark Grisanti and Sean Ryan

In recent weeks, a lot of attention has been paid to the Peace Bridge Authority and our proposed legislation. We would like to clarify how the legislation would work and why we think it is needed.

The authority was created solely for the purpose of financing the construction of the Peace Bridge. The original legislation that formed the authority provided that it would dissolve upon repayment of its bonds. Our legislation would return the Bridge Authority to that status, thereby putting the future of the authority in the hands of its board.

June 6, 2013
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BUFFALO NEWS: Primary focus must be the outer harbor, not Skyway

By Mark J. Grisanti

The debate over the Skyway has long been at the forefront of the Buffalo waterfront development discussion. With emerging projects like Canalside, HarborCenter and the Outer Harbor Concert series, the Skyway has become even more prominent in the development conversation.

The core of this conversation is twofold: the transportation it provides for commuters from the Southtowns, and development of the outer harbor, which remains one of the longest undeveloped waterfronts in the nation.

June 5, 2013
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