Mark Grisanti's Press releases

Senator Grisanti Names Jack O’Connor ‘Veteran Of The Month’

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti is proud to announce Jack O’Connor is the second recipient of his “Veteran of the Month” recognition program.

O’Connor, a resident of the Village of Kenmore, becomes the second of what will be twelve recipients of an honor presented by Senator Grisanti following an application and nomination process coordinated by staff members who work in Grisanti’s veterans liaison office.

“I am happy to recognize Jack for his outstanding service to his country,” said Senator Grisanti. “He is one of our outstanding veterans living in Western New York who is a positive role model for us all. I encourage all of my constituents to look up to and admire Jack for all that he has done for his nation.”

March 5, 2014

Senator Mark Grisanti’s Statement on State Assembly’s Passage of “The Dream Act”


“I was against this proposal two years ago, and I remain against it today. I cannot in good conscience support diverting tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds annually to children of illegal immigrants by giving them access to TAP grants and other higher education assistance programs when so many students are struggling to meet the costs of higher education. Sheldon Silver needs to come to the realization that the wallets of taxpayers are not bottomless pits. His proposal may work in New York City, but the overwhelming majority of people I have been elected to represent are vehemently opposed to it.

February 26, 2014

Grisanti Calls on Assembly to Immediately Pass “Public Assistance Integrity Act”

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-Buffalo) has called on New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to bring the ‘Public Assistance Integrity Act’ to the floor for a vote immediately or risk of losing $120 million in federal aid.

New York State must show the federal government, through legislative action, how it is going to prevent welfare fraud and abuse from EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards. If the state does not act, New York will stand to lose more than $120 million in federal Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF). The deadline is Saturday, February 22.

February 24, 2014

Senator Grisanti Launches Petition Against Free College For Prisoners

New York State Senator Mark J. Grisanti (R,I - Buffalo) announced today that he has launched an online petition to gather public opposition to a recent proposal by Governor Andrew Cuomo to give taxpayer-subsidized college classes to inmates at 10 state prisons.


The petition, "Say 'NO' To Free College For Prisoners", went live today.

February 18, 2014

Senator Grisanti Will Back "Compassionate Care Act"

State Senator Mark Grisanti (R,IP,-Buffalo) announced today that he will support the "Compassionate Care Act", which would legalize the use of medical marijuana to treat certain diseases.


February 18, 2014

Senator Grisanti Opposes Plan To Fund College Classes For Prisoners

New York Senator Mark J. Grisanti (R,I-Buffalo) announced today that he is opposed to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's proposal to use tax dollars to pay for college tuition for inmates at state prisons.

Cuomo's plan, announced during the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus this weekend at the Capitol, would provide college-level education at 10 state prisons, at a cost to taxpayers of about $5,000 per inmate per year. There are an estimated 54,500 inmates currently confined in state prisons.

February 18, 2014

Senators Maziarz, Grisanti Release Joint Letter In Support Of Keeping St. Francis of Assisi School Open

Today, Senator George Maziarz and Senator Mark Grisanti released a joint letter in support of keeping St. Francis of Assisi open to The Most Reverend Carlo Maria Viganò , the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.


In the letter, the Senators said in part:


February 12, 2014

Senator Grisanti Recognizes National Women And Girls In Sport Day

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti today recognized National Women and Girls in Sport Day, which marks the importance of sports participation in the lives of girls and women.


February 5, 2014

Public Assistance Integrity Act Legislation Co-Sponsored by Senator Grisanti Passes State Senate

The New York State Senate passed the Public Assistance Integrity Act (S966). Senator Mark Grisanti co-sponsored the legislation, and this is the third consecutive time it has passed the NY State Senate.

“I am proud to co-sponsor this legislation which would protect your tax dollars and stop the abuse in the welfare program. Using your tax dollars to support a transaction at a liquor store, casino or strip club is not only inappropriate but it goes against the intent of the welfare program,” said Senator Mark Grisanti.

The legislation would cut down on the flagrant abuse of EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards by prohibiting welfare recipients from using cash assistance to purchase tobacco, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or to gamble.

February 5, 2014

American Heart Association says lives will be saved by CPR in Schools bill

Buffalo, NY –Today the American Heart Association applauded Senator Mark Grisanti for introducing legislation that holds the power to create a generation of lifesavers in New York: the CPR in School bill.The bill ensures all students learn bystander CPR before they graduate, preparing them to respond to sudden cardiac arrest, whose victims usually die before Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) arrive because nobody administered CPR.For two local families, the bill has special meaning.  Suzy McCarthy and her family advocate in honor of their daughter and sister, Madison Lee.  Madison was just five years old when she suffered cardiac arrest while attending kindergarten.  Annette Adamczak is dedicated to teaching hands-only CPR to high school students across Western New York,

February 3, 2014

Senator Grisanti Names Kevin Meehan 'Veteran Of The Month'

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti is proud to announce Kevin Joseph Meehan, Jr. is the first recipient of his "Veteran of the Month" recognition program.


Meehan becomes the first of what will be twelve recipients of a prestigious honor that is presented by Senator Grisanti following an application and nomination process involving the staff who work in Grisanti's veterans liaison office, which is based in the senator's district office.


January 29, 2014

2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Observance

For more information on how New York State is honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., please visit the New York State Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday Memorial Observance web site.

January 21, 2014

Senator Grisanti Sends Request to Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos in support of the “Education Investment Tax Credit”

BUFFALO, NY – Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos requesting that Senate Bill S4099, better known as the “Education Investment Tax Credit,” be included in the 2014-2015 state budget.Recently, Bishop Malone made the unfortunate announcement that 10 Catholic Schools in the Western New York area will be permanently closing at the end of the current school year, displacing 1,154 students (K-8) and 195 faculty and staff.Senators Grisanti, Patrick Gallivan and George Maziarz are the Western New York Senators co-sponsoring this measure, which previously passed the Senate in 2011 and 2012, with no action being taken on the legislation by the Assembly.In the letter to Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Grisanti said, ”Catholic and other schools in Wes

January 17, 2014

Buffalo-Niagara Partnership Hosted Western New York Delegation in Support of Business Tax Relief Plan

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership today joined members of the Western New York Delegation to express support for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan for tax relief for businesses as detailed in last week’s State of the State address and the Tax Relief Commission’s recommendations.

January 17, 2014
January 16, 2014

Senator Grisanti Announces Over $700,000 For City Of Buffalo Pre-K Program

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced that the City of Buffalo has been awarded $741,220 through a competitive grant to expand the available number of slots for full day pre kindergarten programs.


"This is great news for families in the City of Buffalo," said Senator Grisanti. "Studies have overwhelming showed that the first few years of a child's life are critical for their cognitive development and learning. If we can expose children to education early on then as students they will have a better chance for success in their later years of education."

January 13, 2014

Grisanti-Sponsored Bill Regulating Animal Breeders And Pet Stores Signed Into Law

 Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced a bill he sponsored regulating animal breeders and pet stores has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.


Grisanti's sponsorship of bill S.3753 will allow forward-thinking local governments to regulate commercial pet breeders and pet stores and gets tough on puppy mills by addressing the ineffectiveness of New York State's "Pet Dealer" law and the proliferation of unregulated dog breeders in the state.

January 10, 2014

Senator Grisanti to appear on Fox News Business Network

Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I- 60) is scheduled to appear on "The Independents" Friday, December 20th at 9pm on the Fox News Business Network to discuss the Mixed Martial Arts legislation in the New York State Legislature.     Senator Grisanti is a co-sponsor of lifting the ban on Mixed Martial Arts in New York State and has successfully passed the legislation in the Senate multiple times, with no action in the Assembly. If passed, the legislation would allow events like UFC pay-per-views to take place in New York State.

December 20, 2013

Governor Cuomo Announces East Canal Project in Buffalo Now Open to the Public

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the ribbon was cut on the $5 million East Canal project in Buffalo, signifying its on-schedule completion and that the public space stretching between Washington and Main streets is now open to the public. It is the latest component of the Canalside development on Buffalo’s waterfront.

December 18, 2013

Governor Cuomo Announces OneTouch Direct to Bring 270 Jobs to Western New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that OneTouch Direct, LLC (OTD), a marketing and call center partner to Fortune 500 companies across North America, will establish a customer service center in Western New York, creating 271 jobs. The company, which has more than $53 million in sales, will invest more than $1.5 million to build out and equip a facility in Orchard Park, New York.


December 16, 2013
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