Mark Grisanti's News items

WIVB.COM: Lawmakers want inmates to have co-pay

Thanks to taxpayers, inmates receive free health care. But proposed legislation could change that and force prisoners to pay up.

May 2, 2013

BUFFALO NEWS: Veterans get one-stop center to deal with needs

With the cutting of a red, white and blue ribbon, the Veterans One-stop Center of Western New York opened for business Monday in Buffalo.

The idea of having a single location with many services to help veterans was years in the making, according to wounded Vietnam War veteran Edward Simmons, who was given the honor of cutting the ceremonial ribbon at the center housed at 1280 Main St.

May 1, 2013

BUFFALO NEWS: Law would make improper disposal of body a felony

A bill now before the State Legislature would remedy a disturbing legal shortcoming by making it a felony to improperly dispose of human remains.

The need for the legislation came to light after the death of Amanda Lynn Wienckowski. The 20-year-old Kenmore native’s body was found frozen inside a trash receptacle on the morning of Jan. 9, 2009, outside a church at Spring and Clinton streets in Buffalo. That’s how we learned that the disposal of a body without a burial or removal permit elicited not much more than a slap on the wrist. If that.

March 13, 2013

FIREFIGHTER NEWSPAPER: Grisanti proud of bill signed into law that protects firefighters

By New York State Senator Mark Grisanti

Among the accomplishments I achieved during my first two years in the state Senate that I am most proud of was a bill that was signed into law that took a number of years to resolve that relates to the safety of all of our firefighters.

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February 25, 2013

GRAND ISLAND DISPATCH: Grisanti Working to get New York Back on Track

By New York State Senator Mark Grisanti

Over the last two years, we have helped stop the bleeding when it comes to New York State’s budget situation, but I still believe much more needs to be done to help get us back on track.

February 20, 2013

GRAND ISLAND DISPATCH: Grisanti legislation helps combat busy flu season

By Senator Mark Grisanti

We are currently in the midst of a bad flu season.  With this in mind, I wanted to provide you with some helpful information about the flu, including details about recent legislation I sponsored that was passed in the New York State Senate last year but was not voted on in the New York State Assembly.

February 5, 2013

BUFFALO NEWS EDITORIAL: Two changes needed in historic tax credit program

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo delivered good news for the long-term prospects of rehabilitating commercial properties with his proposal to extend the state’s tax credits for renovating those buildings.

The tax credit program, which was due to expire next year, has been a key factor in Buffalo’s revitalization. One example is developer Rocco Termini’s spectacular makeover of the Hotel @ the Lafayette downtown.

February 1, 2013

BUFFALO NEWS: Tour aimed at promoting charter schools coming here


A cross-country “whistle-stop” train tour aimed at promoting alternative choices for public education – mainly charter schools – will bring its message to Buffalo during a breakfast reception at 8 a.m. Friday in Statler City, 107 Delaware Ave.

Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo; State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo; and Samuel L. Radford III, president of the Buffalo District Parent Coordinating Council, will be among the speakers “celebrating the progress that Buffalo has made on charter schooling and parent empowerment,” according to Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week.

February 1, 2013

BUFFALO NEWS: Lawmakers demand answers on handling of Abdi’s case


Two Erie County legislative leaders want top administrators from the Department of Social Services to explain how a child who twice called 911 complaining to be physically abused by his stepfather could end up dead a year later.

In addition, State Sens. Mark J. Grisanti, R-Buffalo, and George D. Maziarz, R-Newfane, said Tuesday that they are working on legislation that would require state officials to release portions of state-mandated fatality reports on slain children who had received services from county child-protection workers.

February 1, 2013

BUFFALO NEWS: Community group seeks soil tests in Town of Tonawanda


State and federal environmental agencies are being asked to test soil near homes in the Town of Tonawanda’s industrial corridor after samples collected by a community group revealed contaminants related to foundry coke oven emissions.

The likely source of a suspected carcinogen – polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) – found in samples taken last fall from a playground and yards on Sawyer, Kaufman and James avenues is the nearby Tonawanda Coke Corp., according to Jackie James Creedon, founder of the Tonawanda Community Fund. Though NRG Energy’s Huntley Plant also is a potential source, Creedon noted that NRG installed new air controls in 2010.

February 1, 2013


By Jessica Bagley

State Sen. Mark Grisanti touched on a number of hot topics during his keynote speech at the Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce's first luncheon of 2013, held Friday at Banchetti by Rizzo's.

Per new redistricting measures, Grisanti has recently taken over a role in Kenmore and Tonawanda, and Friday's event served as a chance for him to discuss a variety issues with his new constituents, including the passage of the gun control legislation, which Grisanti voted for. 

"I have received a lot of feedback from people who believe my vote infringed upon their Second Amendment rights," Grisanti said. "But I took action to get things taken out of the original proposal that could have been massive infringements."

January 30, 2013

BUFFALO NEWS: Albany Needs To Pass Key Crime Legislation To Protect Children and Drivers

By New York State Senator Mark Grisanti

Now that the election is over, we need Albany to get back to work on some important legislation that will make it safer for children and drivers alike. At least nine key pieces of crime legislation that passed the Senate were killed last session by the Democratic Majority in the Assembly.  In the new legislative session that begins in January, all of these key pieces of crime legislation need to be reintroduced and passed in both Houses.  We need to analyze the core merits of the bills and not make decisions solely on political expediency.

December 11, 2012

Holiday stockings sent overseas

Even though they may be far away from home, Western New Yorkers are trying to spread some holiday cheer for our troops overseas.

For the last ten years, volunteers have held "Holiday for Soldiers" where they collect everyday items and toiletries, as well as monetary donations to send stockings overseas.

Senator Mark Grisanti says "You're talking playing cards, razors, socks, deodorant, toothpaste; things we kind of take for granted every day that our troops overseas would love to have."

This year's gifts will be shipped in honor of Getzville native, William Wilson III who was killed in Afghanistan last Spring.

December 3, 2012

Licenses could soon be black-and-white

ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) - New York drivers' license used to be made by a company based in England. But a new company from Canada may soon take over at an extra cost to taxpayers - and the pictures will be in black-and-white.

The State DMV notified bidders the next company to print driver's licenses will have to tighten its belt. But the DMV then awarded the contract to an Ottawa-based company whose bid was about $38 million higher than the lowest bid, which was offered by the company that has been printing the licenses for the last 16 years.

State lawmakers, including Senator Mark Grisanti, are outraged.

November 14, 2012

BUFFALO NEWS: Law requires transparency on information phone calls

Ever dial a number for local information or resources and find out later that you’ve been charged a fee for making the phone call?

That’s the situation a new law, signed last week by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, seeks to prevent. The law will require telecommunications companies to provide advance notice to patrons who use their services if they will be charged a fee for the call, said Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, a sponsor of the measure.

Grisanti, a Republican, is seeking re-election in the 60th Senate District, which includes portions of Buffalo as well as towns ranging from Evans and Brant to Orchard Park and Hamburg.

October 15, 2012

BUFFALO NEWS: Firefighter regulations win praise from two legislators

New state regulations designed to protect firefighters working in high-rise buildings were praised Monday by State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, R-Buffalo, and Assemblyman Dennis H. Garbryszak, D-Cheektowaga, during a Grand Island news conference.

In announcing approval of the legislation just signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, the legislators said fire companies are now required to provide safety ropes and other escape equipment to firefighters who may find normal exits blocked during the course of extinguishing a blaze. It also allows individual fire companies to decide what equipment is needed.

August 22, 2012

GRAND ISLAND DISPATCH: Gabryszak and Grisanti create new safety requirements for firefighters

Assemblyman Dennis Gabryzak, D-Cheektowaga, and State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-North Buffalo, announced Monday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation that would require cities and employers of firefighters to provide emergency escape systems for all firefighters.Under bills passed in both houses (A10677, S 7677), cities or other employers of fighterfighters are required to identity if a firefighter is at risk for becoming trapped at higher elevations, and if the firefighters could need to be prepared to escape a fire. This gives the firefighter community the ability to better evaluate its escape routes and plan accordingly to different situations that may be potentially hazardous due to height and differing equipment.

August 22, 2012

BUFFALO NEWS: Grisanti blasts plan to help illegals with tuition

State Sen. Mark Grisanti blasted Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s proposed legislation that would allow young illegal immigrants to access financial aid for college in New York, saying it’s unfair to students and their families who live in the United States legally and are struggling to cover the cost of tuition.

“I’m compassionate … But I can’t help that some of their parents brought them here illegally,” Grisanti said Saturday, a day after the Democratic Assembly leader made his proposal.

“The people I’ve talked to in my district and even in Albany – people born here in the U.S. or came here through proper channels – can’t even afford to get their own children into school,” Grisanti said.

August 22, 2012

WGRZ-TV: Telemarketing With Recorded Messages To Be Banned In New York State

Telemarketers will now be prohibited from using prerecorded messages in telephone calls to New Yorkers under a law signed Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The measure was approved by the state Legislature this year, but it won't affect one area: the automated robo calls for political campaigns.

August 15, 2012
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