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2011-12 Home Energy Assistance Program

The 2011-12 Home Energy Assistance Program season is fast approaching. Please review the following information:

The HEAP mail out of “Early Access” applications to Households with Senior Citizen, Disabled, or other vulnerable members, commenced on 8/29/11. The mail out process will take 2-3 weeks. Please advise clients/constituents you speak with to expect an application, and to mail it in as soon as possible. HEAP funding is limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Attached are application instructions. We are receiving inquiries about need for submitting documentation. Please advise your clients/constituents:

October 20, 2011

New York State Senate Students Program Information Available

From the halls of higher-learning to the halls of the State Capitol, New York State Senate Student Programs offers undergraduate and graduate students exciting opportunities to learn about state government and to experience firsthand the legislative process.


If you have ever thought about a career in public service or state government, now is the time to get started! Our on-site, experiential learning programs provide students with a work experience that is both professionally rewarding and academically enriching.

For more information about internships with the New York State Senate, please click on this link:

October 13, 2011

Two more bills signed into law that were sponsored by Senator Grisanti

Governor Andrew Cuomo has now signed 17 bills into law that were sponsored by Senator Grisanti, including two more bills that were signed into law by Cuomo this week.

“ I am humbled to have 17 bills signed into law as a freshman senator,” said Sen. Grisanti. “I anticipate that all 23 of my sponsored bills will be signed into law by Governor Cuomo.”

Details of the new law are as follows:

* S. 3791-Requires the modification of the New York State Stormwater Management Design Manual by the department of environmental conservation Stormwater retention ponds present a potential hazard to public safety. The Stormwater Management Design Manual currently provides for discretionary implementation of safety features under the “Design Guidance.”

September 27, 2011

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Governor OKs tightrope walk over Niagara Falls


The Flying Wallenda who wants to cheat death with a tightrope walk across Niagara Falls will get his wish, at least with the blessing of New York state.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation today permitting Nik Wallenda’s bid to walk 1,800 feet across the falls on a two-inch wide steel cable.

Officials on the Canadian side of the falls have yet to signal their final word on the matter.

September 26, 2011

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Puerto Rican Day Parade kicks off with flag-raising event in City of Buffalo

A flag-raising event was recently held in Niagara Square as a lead-up to the Puerto Rican Day Parade to be held Sept. 10.

The ninth annual parade, put on by the Puerto Rican Day Parade of Western New York Association, kicks off from the steps of City Hall at 1 p.m. that Saturday.

The parade will head north on Niagara Street to Porter Avenue where an after-parade event will be held — including amusement rides, music and food — from 3 to 9 p.m. in LaSalle Park.

Activities will continue in the park from noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 11.

September 2, 2011

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Nice to see politicians involved in good cause

Everybody’s Column – The Buffalo News – August 31, 2011

Nice to see politicians involved in good cause

I attended the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis walk in Delaware Park on Aug. 6, and I must say it was a great turnout for a great cause. However, one thing that stood out to me was the lack of local elected officials. The only representative I did see there was Sen. Mark Grisanti from Buffalo. He was walking with his family to support ALS. I even had a chance to meet and talk with him and I could grasp from our conversation that he was very interested in charitable work and has genuine concern for the people.

August 31, 2011

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Boundaries expanded to develop the Falls

The USA Niagara Development District has expanded by more than 21 acres north of Main Street to include the Aquarium of Niagara and the city’s proposed Cultural District — a move that comes as the aquarium plans to double in size during the next five years.

The board of directors for USA Niagara Development Corp., the local arm of the state’s economic-development agency, voted unanimously Tuesday to expand the boundary at the urging of Assemblyman John D. Ceretto, R-Lewiston, and State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, D-Buffalo.

August 31, 2011

NIAGARA GAZETTE: Aquarium's in the zone now

NIAGARA FALLS - The Aquarium of Niagara and roughly 22 acres of property surrounding it off north Main Street are now officially eligible to receive assistance from a state-run agency charged with overseeing development in the downtown area.During a meeting Tuesday, the board of directors for the USA Niagara Development Corp.

August 31, 2011

Residential Appliance Rebate Program

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently announced a new $3 million rebate program specifically for the purchase of high-efficiency ENERGY STAR® refrigerators and clothes washers. The program begins Sept. 2, for more detail about super-efficient refrigerators and clothes washers.

August 24, 2011

State implements quarantine to prevent spread of Emerald Ash Borer

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today added Orange County to its eastern state quarantine area (Ulster and Greene Counties) to prevent the spread of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a tree-killing beetle. The Emergency Quarantine Order encompasses all of Orange County and restricts the movement of ash trees, ash products, and firewood from all wood species in order to limit the potential introduction of EAB to other areas of the state.

August 24, 2011

WNED 970-AM: Legislators Push Criminal Provision of Laura Cummings Law

A bi-partisan group from Western New York's state legislature delegation is urging their colleagues to pass the final provision of a bill designed to protect the developmentally disabled. Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed provisions of "Laura Cummings Law" into effect that allow agencies to share information about prior abuse reports and to get a court order to access a home. However, State Senator George Maziarz says the law still lacks criminal sanctions. Maziarz says the Assembly is holding up the final provision of the bill. "What we're saying is, if you deny access to the authorities of an individual that is developmentally disabled, that is being abused, you're going to pay a criminal penalty.

August 23, 2011

YNN NEWS: Moving Laura Cummings' Law forward

State legislators from Western New York are pushing for legislation to help prevent a local tragedy from happening again. Laura Cummings' Law was created in honor of the developmentally disabled young woman from North Collins who was killed after years of mistreatment. YNN's Kaitlyn Lionti tells us more about the legislation and why legislators are calling on their colleagues to help it move forward.

"The fact that Laura Cummings suffered abuse at the hands of her own family and ultimately was killed at the hands of her own family is unconscionable. The fact that it was preventable is even more so," said State Senator Tim Kennedy (D).

August 23, 2011


There are few better ways to spend Niagara River Greenway money than development of the LaSalle Waterfront Park in Niagara Falls.

Mayor Paul A. Dyster and Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, and other local and state officials recently broke ground on the park, the satisfying end to a long road.

And while elected officials, especially Dyster, deserve credit for the rebirth of a park that had fallen into disrepair, its development into a community asset belongs first and foremost to its members. In particular, resident John J.Mikula, who spearheaded the revival and to whom Dyster gives much credit.

August 22, 2011

Black Rock Canal Park project moves forward in the City of Buffalo

 Senator Grisanti supports the concept of Black Rock Canal Park to help remedy the many deficiencies in the current designs of the Ontario Street Boat Launch as well as the south end of the park.

Phase I work represents a collaboration of community, city, county, state and federal entities working together to improve the waterfront and create a regional asset.

A formal announcement and celebration was recently held at the Ontario Street Boat Launch. The press conference occurred during the second annual Ride Along the Waterfront, a yearly event that encourages people to come out and enjoy the Niagara River with a bike ride, kayak paddle and Wellness Fair.

August 19, 2011

THE BUSINESS REVIEW: New York State added 14,100 private sector jobs to its economy last month

New York State added 14,100 private sector jobs to its economy last month, according to the latest figures from the State Labor Department. That job growth amounted to .2 percent and was not enough to budge the state’s overall unemployment rate.

New York’s unemployment rate held steady at eight percent in July. The national unemployment rate was 9.1 percent for the same period. The number of unemployed New Yorkers looking for work did go down from 759,900 in June to 756,600 last month, according to the State Labor Department.

August 19, 2011

WNED 970 AM: Grisanti urges further fracking review

Dozens of groups across New York want more time to review the state’s proposed “fracking” rules.

76 organizations representing thousands of residents signed a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Department of Environmental Conservation urging them to extend the public comment period.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is supporting groups request, including State Senator Mark Grisanti.

“The public itself doesn’t have time to review it,” Grisanti told WNED News.

The DEC’s draft regulations for the controversial natural gas drilling process weigh in at more than a thousand pages and the public, right now, will get 60 days to review the complex document and respond.

Grisanti is Chair of the Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee.

August 19, 2011

BUFFALO NEWS: Ground Broken In LaSalle Area Of Niagara Falls

LaSalle makes up a distinct part of the city’s fabric. Home to the city’s only branch library, a community organization and proud, vocal residents, the neighborhood has been missing one key component:

A park where residents will finally have access to the undeveloped shoreline of the Niagara River.

“The LaSalle neighborhood has rediscovered itself,” Mayor Paul A. Dyster said today in LaSalle Waterfront Park. “It’s rediscovered its history, which is a history that is closely linked with the waterfront.”

Dyster joined Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, and other local and state officials today to officially break ground on the park, though chainsaws and chippers have already been blaring.

August 15, 2011

BUFFALO RISING: North Buffalo Organizations Form Coalition


By Joann Steinmetz:

Richard Raines wasn’t looking to become a community activist.  But a series of car break-ins, burglaries, and muggings that plagued North Buffalo last fall motivated the Wellington Road homeowner to reach out to leaders of several neighborhood organizations and eventually establish the North Buffalo Coalition (NBC).

August 15, 2011

Senate passes bill that helps to make products for children safer

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti recently announced the passage of legislation that he sponsored that prohibits the sale of products aimed at children under the age of three containing the flame retardant chemical TRIS 2-chloroethyl phosphate.


This measure, which was also sponsored byNew York State Assemblyman Bob Sweeney, is the first of its kind nationwide. 


June 22, 2011

Senate passes mandate relief legislation

The New York State Senate recently passed three mandate relief bills that would give local governments more authority and flexibility and help save taxpayer dollars.


One measure would authorize localities to deliver proposed local laws to members of their legislative bodies by e-mail. 


Another bill would tax collectors to send tax statements by email to homeowners who opt out of receiving paper statements.


In addition, the Senate passed legislation that would allow two or more contiguous towns to jointly purchase highway equipment.

February 8, 2011
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