Mark Grisanti's Press releases

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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Plans Move Foward To Install Sprinkler To Help Clean Hoyt Lake

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Representatives from the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, State Senator Mark Grisanti's office, Assemblyman Sam Hoyt's office and the Army Corps of Engineers met Friday afternoon to discuss their plan to clean up Hoyt Lake.

They agreed to install a fountain system to help supply oxygen to the water. Senator Grisanti already secured $100,000 in Albany to pay for the project.

Because a previous fountain was installed in the lake decades ago, some environmental studies can be bypassed.

May 14, 2011
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Wojtaszek-Gariano nominated by Sen. Grisanti as a ‘Woman of Distinction’

Niagara County Family Court Employee recognized  for contributions to the  Western New York community

State Senator Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, today nominated Kathleen Wojtaszek-Gariano of Niagara Falls as a New York State “Woman of Distinction.”

May 9, 2011
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DEC Commisoner Martens, Sen. Grisanti & Assemblyman Sweeny Join Generations of Enviromentalists at 21st Annual Earth Day Lobby Day

State Lawmakers Join Groups to Protect NY’s Air, Land & Water, Advance High Priority Super Bills on May 2

ALBANY, NY (05/02/2011)—Hundreds of concerned citizens from across New York State traveled to Albany today to call on lawmakers to pass the environmental community’s priority “Super Bills.” New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens, State Senator Mark Grisanti and Assemblyman Robert Sweeney joined attendees at the 21st annual Earth Day Lobby Day and spoke in support of legislation to protect New York’s environment.

May 5, 2011
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Water withdrawal bill to hit Assembly floor-Politics on the Hudson

A bill giving the state power to regulate massive water withdrawals from most New York streams and rivers is set to come up for an Assembly vote today, and the Senate’s Environmental Conservation chair said he expects his house to act soon.

Assemblyman Robert Sweeney, D-Babylon, said he expects the legislation – which would require the state Department of Environmental Conservation to create a permit program for withdrawals over 100,000 gallons – to pass easily.

May 3, 2011
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Gov. Cuomo and SUNY Chancellor Zimpher Unveil Groundbreaking "NYSUNY 2020" Program

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher today unveiled the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program. Phase one of the program is worth up to $140 million dollars to the SUNY University Centers in Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo and Stony Brook.

The NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program will initially consist of $35 million in capital funding per school ($20 million administered by Empire State Development Corporation and $15 million from SUNY's construction fund) for the four SUNY University Centers.

May 2, 2011
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Gov. Cuomo and SUNY Chancellor Zimpher Unveil Groundbreaking "NYSUNY 2020" Program

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher today unveiled the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program. Phase one of the program is worth up to $140 million dollars to the SUNY University Centers in Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo and Stony Brook.

The NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program will initially consist of $35 million in capital funding per school ($20 million administered by Empire State Development Corporation and $15 million from SUNY's construction fund) for the four SUNY University Centers.

May 2, 2011
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Attn Grand Island Residents: Update on Grand Island Bridge project

The New York State Thruway Authority has scheduled work on the Southbound South Grand Island Bridge for 2011 and 2012.

The work involves some additional structural repairs underneath the decking and re-paving of the deck including an overlay similar to the Northbound South Bridge. Currently, the re-paving is planned for the 2012 construction season.   There will be an informational briefing on the extend of the work and the tentative schedule including the maintenance of traffic plans at 9am on Monday, May 9.

The briefing will be made by the Thruway Authority and the project’s consulting engineers. It will take place in the first floor conference room at Grand Island Town Hall, located at 2255 Baseline Road.

April 26, 2011
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City Hall forum addresses range of topics

State Sen. Mark Grisanti on Thursday conducted a town hall meeting on a wide range of issues with about 50 people at Tonawanda City Hall. Grisanti, R-Buffalo, was invited to speak at the request of Tonawanda Councilman Chuck Gilbert. Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick, R-City of Tonawanda, also attended the forum to update residents on county issues. Several speakers Thursday questioned Grisanti’s position on hydrofracking. Grisanti said he’s reserving an opinion on it until he reviews the findings of a scientific survey, the results of which he said are expected within the next few months.

April 8, 2011
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Summit on UB2020 scheduled

ALBANY - A summit Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo proposed to consider a stalled effort by the University at Buffalo for its UB2020 plan will be held during the first week of May at the state Capitol.

Sen. Mark Grisanti said the governor called him this morning, asking him to gather names of people from Western New York -- including university and union officials -- to attend the gathering. The panel also will include including Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, a Manhattan Democrat who has opposed the UB2020 plan.

Officials from SUNY at Stony Brook, which is interested in piggybacking onto the UB plan, may also be on the panel, said Grisanti, a Buffalo Republican.

"It's a positive sign," Grisanti said.

April 6, 2011
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