Mark Grisanti's Press releases

Sen Grisanti Joins Gov. Cuomo at Buffalo State College for "New York Remembers" in honor of 9/11

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today visited the New York Remembers exhibition in Buffalo, where he was joined by family members and first responders at Buffalo State to commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11th. 

“This exhibit gives New Yorkers here in Buffalo and in Western New York an opportunity to gather to remember those who died on September 11th and embrace the spirit of unity that brought us together ten years ago,” Governor Cuomo said. “We will never forget those who lost their lives and the countless acts of heroism by our first responders. As we commemorate the ten year anniversary, these exhibits will allow us to reflect and mourn, while also educating a new generation about September 11th.”

September 7, 2011
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USAN Board of directors Approve Boundary Revision in NF

USA Niagara Development Corporation (USAN) Board of Directors today met and approved expanded boundaries for the USAN Development District, helping facilitate a cultural district as proposed in the City of Niagara Falls’ Comprehensive Plan.  The revised boundaries will now include nearly 22 acres north of Main Street, including the area surrounding the Aquarium of Niagara, improving USAN’s ability to fulfill its long-term vision for a cultural destination that is integral component of local economic development and revitalization plans.

August 30, 2011
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Western New York Legislative Delegation continues efforts to enact “Laura Cummings Law”

Members of the Western New York Legislative Delegation gathered Monday morning to provide key updates on their collaborative efforts to enact Laura Cummings Law, a bill named in honor of the young developmentally disabled Erie County woman who was murdered by her mother in January 2010 after years of abuse and mistreatment.

August 22, 2011
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SUNY 2020 Legislation Signed Into Law

Senator Mark Grisanti, Senator Patrick Gallivan, Senator George Maziarz, Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, Senator Cathy Young and Senator Tim Kennedy--have joined together to release the following statement in support of the signing of the NYSUNY 2020 legislation (S.5855-A/A.8519) into law:

We began the year by working together, across party lines, for the future of public higher education in Western New York, particularly at our university center—the University at Buffalo. Eight months later, after a remarkably productive legislative session, we are still working together for that same goal.

August 22, 2011
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Statement on State Education Awards For Buffalo Public Schools

“This nearly $10 million in funds for the Buffalo Public Schools represents a positive step towards rehabilitating the affected schools. However, this funding is just a minor step in transforming these schools. It is only through collaborative work between all stakeholders that true and needed changes can be made to reform the school district. We continue to pledge to meet and work with each of these stake holders to reform the Buffalo Public Schools so that our children can receive a quality education.”

-Senator Mark Grisanti, 60th District

August 15, 2011
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Statement on State Education Awards For Buffalo Public Schools

"This nearly $10 million in funds for the Buffalo Public Schools represents a positive step towards rehabilitating the affected schools. However, this funding is just a minor step in transforming these schools. It is only through collaborative work between all stakeholders that true and needed changes can be made to reform the school district. We continue to pledge to meet and work with each of these stake holders to reform the Buffalo Public Schools so that our children can receive a quality education."

-Senator Mark Grisanti, 60th District

August 11, 2011
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Gov. Cuomo Signs NYSUNY 2020

All six state senators from Western New York--Senator Mark Grisanti, Senator George Maziarz, Senator Patrick Gallivan, Senator Timothy Kennedy, Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, and Senator Cathy Young--have joined together to release the following statement in support of the signing of the NYSUNY 2020 legislation (S.5855-A/A.8519) into law: We began the year by working together, across party lines, for the future of public higher education in Western New York, particularly at our university center—the University at Buffalo.  Eight months later, after are markably productive legislative session, we are still working together for that same goal.

August 9, 2011
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Sen. Grisanti has Five Bills signed into law.

Gov. Cuomo Has Now Signed 15 Bills into law, Sponsored by Grisanti.

Five more bills were signed into law by Governor Cuomo this week sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti. “ I am honored as a freshman Senator to now have 15 bills signed into law that I have sponsored,” said Sen. Grisanti.

The New Laws Include:

August 5, 2011
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Grisanti and Ceretto Introduce Legislation To Increase Revenues To Municipalities From Tribal Casinos

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60th District) and Assemblyman John Ceretto (R,I-Lewiston) have introduced legislation to increase revenues collected from Tribal casinos by local municipalities.  The legislation, which amends the Tribal State Compact, allows municipalities to collect up to 50 percent of the net drop from electronic gaming devices.  Under current law, municipalities may only collect up to 25 percent of the net drop from these machines.

August 3, 2011
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Sen. Grisanti Joins Heritage Centers' 60th Anniversary Celebration

New York State Senator Mark J. Grisanti will pay a visit to Heritage Centers’ Allentown Industries in downtown Buffalo on Thursday,

August 4, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. as part of the agency’s 60th anniversary celebration.

August 3, 2011
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Sen. Grisanti's "TRIS Bill" to Protect Children is Now a Law in New York State

GOVERNOR CUOMO TO SIGN LAW TO PROHIBIT SALE OF CHILD PRODUCTS CONTAINING DANGEROUS CHEMICALS

New Law Protects Children by Banning TRIS Flame Retardant, a known Cancer-Causing Substance, from Child Care Products

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he will sign a law to prohibit the sale of child care products containing the flame retardant chemical TRIS which has been known to cause cancer in test animals and has been banned for decades from children’s clothing.

July 30, 2011
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THE BUFFALO NEWS: Grisanti Makes A Splash

What a difference an election makes.

A year ago, New York’s 60th State Senate District was occupied — barely — by Democrat Antoine Thompson, who thought his position entitled him to milk the public for all it was worth: swelling his office’s patronage staff; sending more than 1 million pieces of self-promotional bulk mail at a taxpayer cost of more than $400,000; voting one way but claiming to have voted the other; taking $8,600 in donations in the AEG casino bidding scandal. And more.

Things change. Today, that seat is held by Republican Mark Grisanti, who, with the help of Senate leadership, just ended his first six months in office with a whirlwind of notable accomplishments. The difference could hardly be more stark. Consider:

July 11, 2011
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Statement By Senator Grisanti Regarding his “Yes” Vote for Same Sex Marriage

“Tonight, I joined my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to legalize same sex marriage in New York State.  Since I began my term as Senator I have met with many people on both sides of this issue, read numerous documents and independent studies.  Given the high stakes, I felt I owed it to everyone to make a well-informed decision.  I have come to believe that all New Yorkers should be entitled to the same 1324 rights that come with a civil marriage.  As an attorney I analyzed the legislation and concluded that the amendments provide critical exemptions for religious institutions.  Passage of this bill now rather than later ensures that these protections be included.  I cannot deny anyone in my district and across New York the same rights I have

June 24, 2011
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Senate Passes Historic Property Tax Cap Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed historic property tax relief legislation that enacts a cap on the growth of local property taxes.

The bill (S.5856), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, will cap school and local government taxes to less than two percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is lower. Mandate relief is also included, with $127 million in savings to local governments, in addition to the creation of a Mandate Relief Council to identify and repeal unsound, unduly burdensome laws and regulations.

June 24, 2011
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Grisanti Sponsors and Votes “Yes” To SUNY 2020, Job Creation in Western New York

Grisanti Votes “Yes” To SUNY 2020, Job Creation in Western New York

 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to establish the NY-SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program that includes capital funds for investments in economic expansion and job creation at the four SUNY University Centers, as well as a predictable and rational plan for SUNY tuition that will allow students and families to plan for tuition costs.

Senator Grisanti sponsored (S.5855) the bill and this represents a three-way agreement among the Governor, Senate and Assembly.

June 24, 2011
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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
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Senator Grisanti sponsors bill related to disability history and awareness education

A bill sponsored by New York State Senator Mark Grisanti related to disability history and awareness education was recently approved by the New York State Senate.

The bill will help teachers prepare students to better understand, accept and respect people with disabilities by making available to all children in grades K through 12 educational materials related to disability history and awareness.

June 17, 2011
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Senator Grisanti recognizes Michael Lewandowski for being named to Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame

Michael Lewandowski of the City of Tonawanda was recently named to the New York State Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

Michael Lewandowski was born in Amherst on December 12, 1982. Michael spent his childhood in Cheektowaga and attended Kenmore West High School. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in February 2003 after receiving his Associates Degree from Erie Community College in Buffalo. He was sent to boot camp in May 2003 in Parris Island, South Carolina for 13 weeks. After completing his first year of studies at Hilbert College in Hamburg, he completed eight weeks of infantry school at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

June 17, 2011
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Sen. Grisanti's Legislation Passes in Senate: "Adopt-a-Park" Program Bill Would Facilitate Volunteer-Driven Park Improvement Projects and Beautification

The New York State Senate today passed the “Adopt-a-Park” bill, which allows the state and municipalities to work together to develop agreements with volunteers to beautify park lands. Bill S.2686A, sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R, North Buffalo), would assist local governments in continuing to provide communities with safe and enjoyable public spaces by allowing volunteer groups to provide services to enhance and maintain parks.

May 16, 2011
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Grisanti seeks to reduce public marijuana penalty

ALBANY — Legislation proposed by a freshman senator from Buffalo would make smoking marijuana in public a violation instead of the more serious criminal misdemeanor charge.

“The law’s outdated,” State Sen. Mark Grisanti, a Republican, said of a 1977 law that decriminalized small amounts of marijuana possession but that critics say has been misinterpreted by some police agencies over the years.

Grisanti said his bill, which has a sponsor in the Assembly, would save time and money for police and prosecutors.

The 1977 law made possession of less than seven-eighths of an ounce of marijuana a violation instead of a criminal offense unless the drug was in “public view.”

May 14, 2011
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