Mark Grisanti's Press releases

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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Sen. Grisanti to Host Listening Session in the City of Tonawanda

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti will host the fourth stop on his “Listening Tour” on Thursday, April 7 at Tonawanda City Hall, located at 200 Niagara Street in Tonawanda.

The event, which will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m., will be an opportunity for constituents to hear from their representative in Albany as Sen. Grisanti speaks about his ideas for reforming state government. Attendees will be able to ask questions and express their concerns about their community.

The event is free and open to the public and will be held at no cost to taxpayers.

The 60th State Senate Distict includes parts of Erie and Niagara counties, including Tonawanda, a portion of the City of Buffalo, the City of Niagara Falls and Grand Island.

March 30, 2011
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Sen. Grisanti to Host Listening Session in the City of Tonawanda

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti will host the fourth stop on his “Listening Tour” on Thursday, April 7 at Tonawanda City Hall, located at 200 Niagara Street in Tonawanda.

The event, which will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m., will be an opportunity for constituents to hear from their representative in Albany as Sen. Grisanti speaks about his ideas for reforming state government. Attendees will be able to ask questions and express their concerns about their community.

The event is free and open to the public and will be held at no cost to taxpayers.

The 60th State Senate Distict includes parts of Erie and Niagara counties, including Tonawanda, a portion of the City of Buffalo, the City of Niagara Falls and Grand Island.

March 30, 2011
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Gov. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Skelos and Assembly Speaker Silver Reach Agreement on 2011-12 New York State Budget

Historic Budget Provides Transformational Plan for State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced an agreement on a 2011-2012 budget that eliminates a $10 billion deficit. The agreement includes historic reforms that redesign state government, create efficiencies through consolidation, cap spending increases for education and Medicaid, and transform the future budgeting process.

March 27, 2011
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“The Buffalo News”- Another Voice-”Real reform is the answer to education dilemma” By Mark Grisanti

Acommentary by Billy Easton of the Alliance for Quality Education that was recently published in The Buffalo News regarding the proposed cuts to education funding in New York State missed the mark. Taxes — throwing money at the issue — doesn’t work. You cannot spend yourself into prosperity; it has never happened.

I support a well-measured restoration of funding for education. We are at a point in time where there has to be careful planning and consideration given to each and every problem relating to our students. We need to re-evaluate our current course and establish revisions that will both maximize benefits to students as well as minimize wasteful spending.

March 26, 2011
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"The Buffalo News" State Senate working to help Western New York

During the election last fall, Western New York was a battleground for control of the State Senate. By returning control of the Senate to the Republicans, the voters sent a clear message that they were tired of the region being ignored by Albany and sick of the inaction on the issues that truly matter—jobs, taxes and spending.

In less than three months, we have already begun to address those issues, with the leadership of the senators that represent Western New York.

March 21, 2011
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