Mark Grisanti's Press releases

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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Grisanti, Peoples-Stokes, DPCC,Buffalo Reform-Ed Community Leaders Call on State Assembly to Vote on Legislation to Reform Buffalo Public Schools

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today was joined by representatives of the District Parent Coordinating Council , Buffalo ReformEd, and other community leaders to urge the State Assembly to act on two pieces of legislation that would increase parents involvement and save taxpayers money in the City of Buffalo.

 

Bill S. 868 calls for moving the election of members of the City of Buffalo School Board from May to November, a measure that will improve voter turnout and save taxpayers over $100,000 by consolidating elections. The legislation also calls for extending the terms of current members of the Buffalo School Board to the last day of December rather than June, allowing for future terms of office to run from January through December.

 

June 17, 2013
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Senator Grisanti Calls For Buffalo School Board Annual Budget To Be Approved By Voters

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced that the Senate has passed bill S.1044 requiring the City of Buffalo's board of education to submit their annual school district budget to voters for approval prior to final adoption of the spending plan.    Senator Grisanti's introduction of this bill, combined with his recent introduction of legislation that calls for the annual election of school board members in Buffalo to be moved from May to November, are efforts to try and increase the community's participation and involvement with the Buffalo School District.

June 12, 2013
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Grisanti's Bill Allows Volunteer Emergency Responders To Take Authorized Leaves Of Absence For States Of Emergency

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) announced passage of Senate Bill S.1604 that will change the labor law to make it an authorized absence for members of the volunteer fire department and volunteer ambulance squads when they respond to a state of emergency declared by either the federal or state government. Employers will not be able to charge the time to vacation, sick leave or other excused absences provided the employee provides a statement from the head of the volunteer firefighter department or volunteer ambulance squad defining the applicable period of time that the employee was called on to respond to the state of emergency. "I am pleased that this bill has passed the Senate and will protect those who serve as volunteer firefighters and ambulance squad memb

June 5, 2013
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Grisanti Bill Moving School Board Elections to November Passes Senate

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced that the Senate has passed bill S.868, which calls for moving the election of members of the City of Buffalo School Board from May to November, a measure that he says will improve voter turnout and save taxpayers money.

The bill marks the third time that it has passed the Senate.

Grisanti estimates that his bill would save taxpayers over $100,000 due to elections being condensed to one day in November.  The legislation also calls for extending the terms of current members of the Buffalo School Board to the last day of December rather than June, allowing for future terms of office to run from January through December.

May 30, 2013
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Senator Grisanti Co-Sponsors "Jackie's Law"

" I am proud to be a co- sponsor of "Jackie's Law" in the New York State Senate. Now, with bi-partisan support this piece of legislation has a realty of passing the New York State Senate. Installing a GPS device is a form of stalking that must be stopped.  With the introduction of new technology, our laws must be changed to keep up with criminals in order  to protect victims of domestic violence and other related crimes."

- Senator Mark Grisanti ( R,I-60)

The proposed legislation will update the State's penal code under "Unlawful Surveillance in the Second Degree" to include GPS tracking devices.

May 29, 2013
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Grisanti And Ryan: Bill to Increase Funding for Scajaquada Creek Restoration Signed Into Law

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I- Buffalo) and New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan (D,WF- Buffalo) announced today that legislation they sponsored in the Senate and Assembly has passed and been signed into law by Governor Cuomo. The legislation (S2075, A836) adds Scajaquada Creek to the state list that defines inland waterways.

Prior to this new law, the list did not include Scajaquada Creek, which meant it was not eligible for state and federal grants under the New York State Environmental Protection Fund's Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (EPF-LWRP). Adding Scajaquada Creek to this list will allow funding from the EPF-LWRP to be used to improve water quality and assist with clean-up efforts along the creek.

May 29, 2013
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BUFFALO NEWS: Mark Grisanti and Crystal Peoples-Stokes: It’s time to legalize popular sport in New York

By Sen. Mark Grisanti and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-StokesNow is the time to legalize and regulate mixed martial arts (MMA) in New York. We should join the 48 states that have legalized MMA, the fastest-growing sport in the country.We recognize that MMA is not a sport for everyone, just as some are not fans of hockey, baseball, NASCAR or football. However, there are millions of New York MMA fans, who can and do watch MMA in New York already.It’s on broadcast, cable and pay-per-view television. In fact, more UFC pay-per-view events are purchased by New Yorkers than by residents of any other state.

May 26, 2013
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Grisanti and Ryan Announce Legislation to Reform the Niagara River Greenway

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I - Buffalo) and New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan (D, WF - Buffalo) announced today legislation to reform the Niagara River Greenway.  Created by state law in 2004, the Niagara River Greenway Plan was designed to improve the waterfront along the Niagara River, in 13 municipalities, by "creating a linear system of parks, and conservation areas, linked by multi-use trails". A recently released report by the Partnership for the Public Good (PPG) has found that the Greenway Standing Committees, which determine funding for Greenway projects, have spent nearly $50 million since 2004.

May 24, 2013
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Memorial Day Message From Senator Mark Grisanti

Dear Friend:

On Memorial Day, our nation will together to honor the members of our military who have made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our freedoms.  These brave men and women from across our are the very reason we can enjoy the lives we lead and it is so important that we honor their service and sacrifice.

Throughout the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, many of our communities will pay tribute to these heroes by hosting parades and ceremonies. It is my hope that we can all take some time during this weekend to participate in one of these events to remember those we have lost as well as the sacrifice of the family members who survive them.

Please have a safe Memorial Day and God Bless America!

Sincerely,

May 24, 2013
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Grisanti-Sponsored Bill Passes in Senate to Protect Children From Jewelry Made With Harmful Materials

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that creates comprehensive safety requirements for children's jewelry to prevent exposure to harmful materials. The bill (S3947), sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R-I, North Buffalo), regulate heavy metals, magnets, and batteries in jewelry intended for use by children age 12 and younger, consistent with the federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. "This legislation is another step in protecting our children from harmful substances," Senator Grisanti, Chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee, said. "Our children are the most important parts of a parent's life, parents do all they can to shield and protect them. However, their growing bodies are much more vulnerable to harmful substances.

May 24, 2013
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Grisanti's Bill Designates Pedestrian Bridge 'Scajaquada 9/11 Memorial Bridge'

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) announced passage of bill that amends the highway law to designate the bridge that crosses over Route 198 into Delaware Park that connects Nottingham Terrace with Hoyt Lake in the City of Buffalo as "Scajaquada 9/11 Memorial Bridge."  The renaming of the bridge - approved with the passage of Senate Bill 1599 - culminated the efforts of local community activists who have been working on this project for over two years as part of their ongoing efforts to have a memorial in the city that honors people who were killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

May 22, 2013
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Senator Grisanti’s Bill to Increase Number of Green Homes Built in New York State Passes Senate

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) announced passage of Senate bill S. 1710 which would provide green development home tax exemptions. Grisanti’s bill would allow a tax exemption of 35 percent for real property for a period of no longer than 20 years if authorized by the local municipality.

According to Senator Grisanti, the legislation will help to incentivize builders to invest in green homes, which are typically more expensive to build.

May 22, 2013
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Roger Woodworth Nominated by Senator Grisanti for Veterans Hall of Fame in New York State Senate

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced he has nominated United States Army Captain Roger L. Woodworth as his nominee for the New York State Senate’s 2013 Veterans Hall of Fame Honoree Celebration.

CPT Woodworth will be recognized at a ceremony and luncheon on Tueaday in Albany for his efforts in the military as well as his work as a veteran in Western New York.

May 22, 2013
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National Women's Health Week

We are currently celebrating National Women’s Health Week.

With this in mind, I’m pleased to report that I’ve just voted to approve two critically important bills that are designed to improve women’s health care throughout our state. These measures include the following:

May 13, 2013
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Grisanti Bill Increases Criminal Penalties for Animal Cruelty During Commission of a Felony

Senator Mark Grisanti ( R,I-60) has introduced a bill that would increase criminal penalties to those who abuse or kill animals during the commission of a felony.

Just recently, according to The Buffalo News an “incident occurred sometime between 6 p.m. Monday and 3:15 a.m. Tuesday, when the resident returned home to find that the front door of his Woodlawn Avenue home had been kicked in. The resident also found his dog stabbed, and Northeast District police said the dog died of its injuries.”
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May 13, 2013
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Leslie Zemsky Nominated by Senator Grisanti for "Women of Distinction" Honor

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced Leslie Zemsky of the City of Buffalo is his nominee for the New York State Senate's 16th annual Women of Distinction celebration.

 

May 6, 2013
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Senator Grisanti Wants YOUR input on "The Future of The Buffalo Skyway"

Senator Grisanti (R,I-60) invites you to share your input on "The Future of the Buffalo Skyway," a roundtable of stakeholders that will examine the best practices moving forward with the Skyway.

We would like to address a number of issues including access to the Inner and Outer Harbor, Ohio St and Furhman Blvd, the role that the Skyway plays with regards to business, the cost effectiveness of the overall maintenance of the Skyway versus the removal of it, and what could be developed on the waterfront if the Skyway is removed.

May 6, 2013
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Senator Grisanti to Receive Humane Leadership From ASPCA at May 6th "Voices For Animals Day" in Albany

Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I-Buffalo) today announced he has been selected by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to receive the organization's coveted Humane Leadership Award at its annual "Voices for Animals Day" on Monday, May 6th in The Well of Albany's Legislative Office Building.    
"I am honored to receive this award from the ASPCA, and would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all of the programs and services they provide in communities across New York," Grisanti said.  "As a loving owner of two dogs, I strongly feel we must protect our four-legged friends from abuse and harm however possible."

May 6, 2013
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