Mark Grisanti's Press releases

Remembering September 11th

The members of the New York State Senate solemnly remember and honor the lives of those who were lost on September 11th, 2001, and encourage all New Yorkers to consider attending one of the many memorial commemorations taking place in communities across the state.

For more information, visit www.911memorial.org

September 11, 2013
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Grisanti Announces $9.48 Million Investment For Projects On Elmwood Avenue and 198 In City Of Buffalo

     Senator Mark J. Grisanti. (R,I- Buffalo), announced today a $9.48 million investment for road and bridge projects for Elmwood Avenue and the 198 in the City of Buffalo. The investment will be funded through the New York Works State Highway and Bridge Project Acceleration Program. This project is a part of the $45.96 million that has been secured for Region 5.

September 6, 2013
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Free Rabies Clinics In Erie County

The Erie County Department of Health in association with The Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society and The SPCA Serving Erie County will host three free rabies clinics this month.

Details of each event are as follows:

 

- Wednesday, September 4 from 4pm to 7pm,
TOWN OF TONAWANDA HIGHWAY GARAGE, 450 Woodward Avenue (off of Military Road) in Tonawanda

September 3, 2013
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Erie County Workshops: Organics And Waste Paint Management

Erie County Department of Environment & Planning is participating in two regional projects to improve the management of problem wastes - particularly in rural areas: latex paint& organics, including food waste. Both projects include holding training workshops, so to make it easier for you to learn about both topics, they are scheduled for the same day. There is no registration fee and lunch will be provided (free) for those attending the waste paint workshop.

September 3, 2013
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Senator Grisanti Announces New Dates And Times For ‘Bringing Government To You’ Satellite Office Hours

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced his district office will be holding special satellite office hours at town halls in the 60th District in an effort to interact with constituents as part of his “Bringing State Government To You” approach to representing his district that spans from Grand Island to Brant.

The new dates and times reflect a change in Grisanti’s previous efforts to interacting with the residents of his district, which includes the towns of Grand Island, Tonawanda, Orchard Park, Hamburg, Evans and Brant as well as the City of Tonawanda.

August 28, 2013
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Grisanti Announces $400,000 In Funding For Tonawanda

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) announced today that he has secured funding for the Town of Tonawanda that will be used for environmental, public safety and parks and recreation projects that will enhance and improve conditions in the town while accomplishing budgetary relief and increasing efficiency.

August 9, 2013
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Grisanti And Gallivan Co-Sponsor Human Trafficking Roundtable

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) is pleased to announce today he will be co-sponsoring a roundtable with Senator Patrick Gallivan (R, C, I-59) aimed addressing human trafficking. Human Trafficking is a concern for WNY as the region is located on the border with Canada. The senators are hoping to stimulate conversation in order to prevent, suppress and bring awareness to the issue of trafficking in persons, especially women and children. The roundtable will be held on Wednesday August 7th from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at the Walter J.

August 7, 2013
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Grisanti-Sponsored Bill Aimed To Protect Dogs And Cats From Abusive Treatment By Pet Dealers Signed Into Law

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60)
today announced Bill S.3955A has been signed into law, legislation that
protects dogs and cats from abusive treatment by pet dealers in New York State.
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August 5, 2013
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Grisanti Has Six Bills Signed Into Law By Governor

After being highlighted as Western New York's most productive legislator by NYPIRG in early July, Senator Grisanti (R, I - Buffalo) had six bills, of 18 that passed both houses, signed into law today.

NYPIRG released the results from a study of the 2013 New York State Legislative Session found that Sen. Grisanti had the most pieces of legislation pass both the Senate and the Assembly when compared to his colleagues from Western New York.

August 1, 2013
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Construction To Begin On Sherwood Greenway Trail

New York
State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Acting Regional Director Darrell
Kaminski was joined by federal, state and local officials to break ground on a
project to construct the Sherwood Greenway Trail and make highway improvements
to NY Route 324 (Sheridan Drive) and NY Route 325 (Sheridan Drive Extension) in
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July 30, 2013
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Grisanti-Sponsored Legislation That Prohibits The Sale, Possession And Distribution Of Shark Fins Signed Into Law

Buffalo legislator led push to make it illegal to
possess, sell or distribute shark fins in New
York

July 26, 2013
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Senator Grisanti Continues Push for Stronger Animal Cruelty Laws by Urging Governor to Sign Bill That Cracks Down on Puppy Mills

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I - Buffalo) today (July 16, 2013) renewed his call for a crack down on puppy mills by urging Governor Cuomo to sign into law Bill S.3753, which would allow forward-thinking local governments to regulate commercial pet breeders and pet stores. The legislation addresses the ineffectiveness of New York's "Pet Dealer" law, the proliferation of unregulated dog breeders in the state and the pet industry's complicit support of inherently cruel, out-of-state puppy mills.

July 16, 2013
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Senator Mark Grisanti Announces Grants For Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti brought good news to local libraries this afternoon when he announced $128,000 in  grants through the "Bullet Aid" targeted education fund for libraries.

July 15, 2013
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Senator Grisanti Was Most Productive Senator From Western New York During 2013 Legislative Session

an independent report shows New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) was one of the Empire State's busiest and most effective lawmakers, according to a recently released study of legislation that passed this session in both the New York State Senate and New York State Assembly. The 20 bills passing both houses is more then any member of both the Assembly and Senate who are members of the WNY Delegation.

 

July 1, 2013
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Grisanti Asks Judge For Maximum Penalties Against Tonawanda Coke

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I-Buffalo) today submitted a letter to the Chief District Judge of the United States District Court asking for the maximum fine that is allowed by law to be handed to Tonawanda Coke Corporation for the illegal actions and willful violation of environmental law that resulted in health-related problems and illnesses for some residents who live near the Tonawanda Coke facility. As chairman of the New York State Senate's Environmental Conservation Commission, Sen. Grisanti believes his request to Chief District Judge William M.

June 28, 2013
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Senator Grisanti Hosting Special Veterans Presentation With Senate Co-Majority Leaders

Senator Grisanti (R, I-Buffalo) is hosting a special Veterans benefits presentation highlighting legislation passed and proposed in the New York State Senate this past year. Joined by Co-Majority Leaders Sen. Dean Skelos (R, C, I-Long Island) and Sen. Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), Sen. Grisanti’s presentation will take place on Thursday, June 27 at 3pm, at the Buffalo Naval and Military Park at 1 Naval Park Cove, Buffalo, NY, 14202. All veterans are welcome to attend.

 

June 25, 2013
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New York State Senate Promoting Public Assistance Integrity Act

The New York State Senate will act today on the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” sponsored by Senator Tom Libous (R-C-I, Binghamton) and Co-sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I, Buffalo)  that would help 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.

 

June 21, 2013
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Senate To Act On Public Assistance Integrity Act

The New York State Senate will act today on the "Public Assistance Integrity Act," sponsored by Senator Tom Libous (R-C-I, Binghamton) and Co-sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I, Buffalo)  that would help 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. "The Senate again made the right choice in protecting your tax dollars by passing a measure that would 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.

June 19, 2013
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EPIC Coverage Available for Seniors

On January 1, 2013, the NYS Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program had many prescription benefits restored. EPIC will provide expanded coverage for those enrolled in Medicare Part D drug plans throughout the year instead of just in the Part D coverage gap. This change will result in additional savings for members to purchase needed medications.

EPIC members must be enrolled in a Medicare Part D drug plan in order to receive benefits.  EPIC will provide secondary prescription coverage for Medicare Part D and EPIC covered drugs after any Medicare Part D deductible is met.  Additionally, EPIC will also cover many Part D excluded drugs.  EPIC co-payments will continue to be $3, $7, $15 and $20.

June 17, 2013
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