Transformation of Buffalo’s historic Fruit Belt neighborhood continued on Dec. 14 when federal, state and local government officials joined religious leaders in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new townhome project.
The event was held at 145 Maple Street, where a three-bedroom, fully handicapped accessible unit is now under construction.
St. John Fruit Belt Community Development Corp. is developing 49 new townhomes on properties near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The $15.3 million project will include 17 buildings, with two, three and four-bedroom townhomes that will be energy efficient.
By Senator Mark Grisanti Recently, the State Department of Motor Vehicles announced a plan to save money on the printing of New York Drivers’ licenses. After 16 years with the same company in England, a bidding process was conducted to find a cheaper option.
Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I-60) today urged his colleagues in both the Senate and Assembly to quickly pass legislation he introduced in the spring that would create a State registry of criminals convicted of abusing animals and prevent them from getting near another innocent victim. Grisanti's bill (S-6875A) creates an easily accessible statewide data base of anyone who has been found guilty of abusing an animal and makes ownership of another animal impossible as all pet shops or outlets would have immediate access to the information.
Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that a successful town hall meeting was held Wednesday night at the South Campus of ECC highlighting both the important steps to take to prevent teen abuse of cough medicine and the signs to look for to stop the abuse before it starts.
More than 50 parents and interested members of the community listened to experts from Pathways Treatment services, Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), local law enforcement officials and Legislator Lynn Dixon during an enlightening discussion that lasted for about two hours.
Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the Grisanti sponsored Bill S7652 into law to require persons or entities operating a telecommunications service system to provide notice when the caller will be charged a fee on their telephone bill. The purpose of the new law is to prevent unsuspecting victims from dialing local information and resources telephone numbers that turn out to be telephone scams costing money. Many, if not most times, the caller receives worthless information after making the call and then notices a “remote call forwarding” charge on their next telephone bill. This new law requires a notice of warning of fee/charge imposition for calling certain telephone numbers. “I am pleased that
The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (Peace Bridge Authority) board of directors recently announced their authorization of separate "no idling" zones for the Canada and U.S. secondary Customs plaza areas and adjacent Duty Free parking lots.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) commenced air monitoring activity in the vicinity of the Peace Bridge U.S. plaza, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens recently announced.
The monitoring effort will assess local air quality via particulate matter concentrations for a six-month period before and after proposed renovations to the current plaza area. After each study period, DEC will evaluate the collected air quality data and provide a report to the public in both English and Spanish.
I do not support a pay raise for members of the New York State Senate and Assembly, and I will not vote for any proposal that includes a pay increase.
Over the last two years, we have made a good deal of progress in righting New York’s fiscal ship. But much more remains to be done, and this is no time for the Legislature to be feathering its own nest.
All over New York State, public employees are being asked to forego pay increases. Every family has had to tighten their belt. It would set a terrible example for elected officials not to do the same.
Assemblyman Dennis Gabryzak (D-Cheektowaga) and Senator Mark Grisanti (R-North Buffalo) today announced that Governor Cuomo has signed into law legislation that would require cities and employers of firefighters to provide emergency escape systems for all firefighters.
Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) recently announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the “Sewage Pollution Right To Know Act” which passed the Senate in June.
This bill, which Grisanti introduced, amends the environmental conservation law to establish a procedure for the operator of any sewage treatment plant to notify the public of all raw sewage overflows within 24 hours. The bill spells out all the information that must be reported to the New York State Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Conservation including when, where and how much has been spilled. The purpose of this legislation is to provide valuable information to the public about spills in a timely manner and in an effective way.
Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced that the state Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) has selected the City of Buffalo and the City of Niagara Falls police departments to each receive funding as a part of Operation IMPACT to target violent and gun crime and domestic violence. Operation IMPACT awarded $13 million to 17 counties with priority given to those jurisdictions with the highest volume of crime.
Senator Mark Grisanti (R- North Buffalo) and Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak (D-Cheektowaga) today announced that Governor Cuomo has signed into law legislation to protect victims against the filing of a false financial statement. The new law proposed in both houses by the local legislators will require a court to issue and file a certificate of conviction with the New York Secretary of State in cases where a defendant is convicted of a crime related to the intentional fraudulent filing of a financial statement.
New York State law says a person is guilty of issuing a false financial statement when they knowingly describe the financial condition or ability to pay of a person in an inaccurate manner on a signed written document.
SKM Group, a full-service marketing communications agency, recently announced that it has donated $50,000 to cancer-related causes throughout the country.
The donation was a result of $25,000 the agency raised through various fundraising efforts and community events in 2011-12 and $25,000 SKM committed to match.
“I knew it was a pretty ambitious goal, but I continue to be impressed by the generosity of the community, our partners and our clients,” said Susan K. Meany, President. “This was no exception. Our team dove into this with such enthusiasm and creativity, and it’s been so rewarding to see all of our hard work come to fruition.”
Senator Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo) today announced at a Press Conference a bill in the Senate to return the funding levels for municipalities in which video lottery gaming facilities operate to the levels from the fiscal year 2008-2009. Over the past four budget cycles, the amount of money returned to the local governments that contain video lottery operations was cut by almost 60 percent. In the seven regions across New York State where there are nine racetrack casinos, the fiscal strain placed on budgets has resulted in cutbacks or tax increases to cover the short fall.
The New York Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” which will protect public assistance for welfare recipients from being used to purchase cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or for casino gambling. Present law allows cash assistance purchases of these items. The Bill S.7671 which was sponsored by State Senator Thomas W. Libous, Senate Deputy Majority Leader, and co-sponsored by Senator Grisanti (R-Buffalo) stops individuals receiving welfare from using the EBT card to make ATM withdrawals from certain places including liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs.
Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that the Senate has passed his bill S.7677 that requires cities or other employers of firefighters to identify if a firefighter will be exposed to entrapment’s at higher levels, identify if those firefighters will be exposed to fire and determine the appropriate escape system. The bill will provide the firefighter community with the latitude to effectively respond to the needs of their locality, to consider appropriate alternatives and to provide communities with the flexibility to outfit their firefighters with the equipment that best suits their unique needs. Present law has inadvertently prevented the firefighting community from using equipment generally recognized to be acceptable because it was not covered in the most r
Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that the Senate has passed his bill S7652 which amends the general business law to require persons or entities operating a telecommunications service system to provide notice when the caller will be charged a fee on their telephone bill. The purpose of this bill is to prevent unsuspecting victims from dialing information and resources telephone numbers that turn out to be telephone scams that cost money. Scammers often use an ad with a local number that is transferred to a pay-per-call line