Mark Grisanti's Press releases

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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Hoyt, Grisanti Call on NYS DOT to Pursue Federal High Speed Rail Funding

Lobbying Feds Could Result in up to $2.4 Billion for New York

BUFFALO- Senator Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo) and Assemblyman Sam Hoyt (D-Buffalo) sent a letter to NYS DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald this week urging her to pursue $2.4 billion in federal funds that are available for high speed rail after Florida rejected the money.

Hoyt and Grisanti said in the letter: “The economic impact of a high speed rail connection from Buffalo to New York City would be tremendous, and the service would be expeditious, easy, environmentally friendly and energy efficient.”

March 17, 2011
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Senate Passes Independent Redistricting Commission: Grisanti votes "yes"

Measure Would Reform Process To Draw District Lines In A Fair, Non-partisan Manner

The New York State Senate today passed a constitutional amendment, sponsored by Senator John Bonacic (R-C-I, Mount Hope), that would significantly reform the process by which new legislative and congressional district lines are determined.  The amendment would create an independent, non-partisan apportionment commission, as called for in the NY Uprising pledge.

March 14, 2011
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Hoyt, Grisanti Announce Passage of Key Bill for Richardson Reuse

BUFFALO, NY – Assemblymember Sam Hoyt (D-Buffalo) and Senator Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo) announce the passage of legislation (A371/S1406) important to the restoration of the H.H. Richardson Complex on Buffalo’s West Side. The Assembly vote was unanimous 121-0 and the bill passed the Senate last week, carried by Grisanti.

March 14, 2011
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"The Buffalo News" Editorial Board: For UB, once again

Fifty-five state senators, Republicans and Democrats, stood in solidarity for the University at Buffalo last week, passing a new bill supporting the UB 2020 strategic plan. It's a new momentum for the bill that could bolster all of Western New York. It must not be lost.The bill was sponsored by freshman Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, and supported by Majority Leader Dean Skelos. It now demands support in the Assembly, especially as it takes out the key opposition argument of affordability in allowing the university to raise its own tuition.

March 11, 2011
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Grisanti Votes "Yes" to Repeal Anti-Job IDA Tax: Bill Passes Through Senate

Bill Mirrors Proposal in Executive Budget

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.2682), sponsored by Senator Mike Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), to repeal a burdensome tax on local economic development agencies that hinders job growth and economic investment. The tax, first enacted in 2009, provides a direct obstacle to the ability of Industrial Development Agencies and Authorities (IDAs) to invest in new projects, support local businesses and create jobs.

"One of my campaign promises was to create jobs and cut  taxes,"  said Senator Grisanti. "By repealing this burdensome tax from 2009, we are promoting job growth in Western New York and across the state," said Grisanti.

March 10, 2011
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Senate Passes Plan to Create “Recharge NY” Power Program: Bill Would Establish New, Permanent Low-Cost Power Program to Create & Retain Jobs

The New York State Senate voted to pass (S.3164), sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), to create a new, permanent program called “Recharge NY,” that would provide low-cost power to help businesses create and retain jobs.

“ The passage of this legislation will allow more business in my district and across New York access cheaper electricity to create jobs,” said Senator Mark Grisanti.

“The program has been renewed on an annual basis for several years, but we’ve needed a permanent solution so businesses can plot their growth. The passage of this legislation ensures that businesses across New York will have the stability needed to plan long-term,” said Senator George D. Maziarz, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee.

March 9, 2011
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Statement on the Confirmation of Joesph Martens, New DEC Chair of NY

"It is my pleasure to support the nomination of Joseph Martens as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.  Commissioner Martens appeared before the Senate Encon Committee and was passed out unanimously.  During his hearing, Commissioner Martens took the time to answer each and every question presented to him, and I thank him for that.  In the brief time I have known Commissioner Martens he has shown himself to be an open minded individual willing to work with anyone on issues affecting the stewardship of this great State. For these reasons, I strongly support the nomination of Joseph Martens as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation."

- Senator Mark J. Grisanti

March 8, 2011
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Statement Regarding Recent Lady Gaga Emails

"We have received approximately 600 emails, which represent positions on both sides of the issue. We intend to respond to each and every email that we have received on this matter as we do with every piece of correspondence that comes into our office."

- Doug Curella, Chief of Staff and Spokesman For Senator Mark Grisanti

March 7, 2011
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Statement on Niagara County Legislator Renae Kimble Not Seeking Re-Election

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (60th District) issued a statement today  in response to today’s announcement by Niagara County Legislator Renae Kimble, D-2nd Legislative District, that she would not seek re-election and retire at the end of her current term:

“I wish Renae the very best in her future endeavors. She is a well-respected leader in Niagara Falls who has always put the best interest of her community first.  I hope that the Niagara County Redistricting Commission will protect representation for the African-American community in Niagara Falls, as the commission outlines the new legislative districts in Niagara County. “

-Senator Mark J. Grisanti

March 7, 2011
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Statement on Lady Gaga Remarks

“Lady Gaga is a terrific world renowned performer, entitled to her opinion. That is why our country is so great because you have the opportunity to have your voice be heard, and reach out to your local representatives. But Senator Grisanti has already reached out to Outspoken Equality, and is meeting with them next week.

 

Additionally, I have personally met with the Outspoken for Equality in Albany, and we had a very informative and constructive conversation. We look forward to learning more about their issues and concerns with regards to Same-Sex Marriage.”

 

March 5, 2011
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Sen. Grisanti Votes Yes To Strengthen Voting Process for Military Voters

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative approval today to legislation (S.3500) sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, to ensure that special elections in New York State provide more time for military absentee ballots to be mailed and counted.

March 3, 2011
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Senator Grisanti Follows Through on His Campaign Promise With Passage of UB 2020 Legislation

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (60th District) today joined his colleagues from the Western New York legislative delegation in introducing a new bill that supports the University at Buffalo’s strategic plan, legislation that will benefit students, families and the economy of Western New York.

“This legislation represents one of the major pieces of the puzzle when you talk about the economic future of Western New York,” Senator Grisanti said. “This action today helps send a unified message to Governor Cuomo and others in Albany that we are serious about seeing this important legislation moves forward.”

March 2, 2011
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Senator Grisanti Follows Through On Campaign Promise With Passage Of UB 2020 Legislation

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (60th District) today joined his colleagues from the Western New York legislative delegation in introducing a new bill that supports the University at Buffalo’s strategic plan, legislation that will benefit students, families and the economy of Western New York.

“This legislation represents one of the major pieces of the puzzle when you talk about the economic future of Western New York,” Senator Grisanti said. “This action today helps send a unified message to Governor Cuomo and others in Albany that we are serious about seeing this important legislation moves forward.”

March 2, 2011
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Senator Grisanti Strongly Opposed to Bicycle License Legislation

Chairman of State Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee calls proposal ‘outrageous’

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (60th District) issued a statement today strongly opposing proposed legislation that would require every bicycle in New York State to have a license plate.

March 1, 2011
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