Local governments question contracts with not-for-profit agency, demand accountability
Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), Senator Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo), and Assemblyman John Ceretto (R-I, Lewiston)-state leaders representing Niagara County-joined a host of elected officials today in denouncing the reprehensible allegations of widespread animal maltreatment at the Niagara County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
Recent media reports have detailed unprecedented amounts of dog and cat euthanizations and horrifying charges of medical maltreatment in recent months.
In stark contrast to the gridlock in Washington D.C., the Senate Republican Majority has worked together with Governor Andrew Cuomo to accomplish major changes and positive reforms this year. The new Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan will build on these successes by cutting taxes for hardworking middle class families, and helping to create new private sector jobs.
“Let’s show the rest of the state how loud Western New York’s Voice is”
Senator Grisanti is the first state Senator to take a a stand against cuts to the NFTA. Senator Grisanti is also the first lawmaker to launch an online petition in support of the NFTA. The Senator is hoping all of Western New York signs the petition to show other lawmakers in Albany how important the NFTA is in our daily lives.
UB is to be Awarded $35 Million Dollars by State under the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program $375 Million Plan Will Create More Than 3,000 jobs
Albany, NY (December 13, 2011)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed the University of Buffalo 2020 challenge grant in Amherst, kick-starting a $375 million plan that will help revitalize Buffalo's economy and create thousands of jobs.
(ALBANY, NY) - New York State Senator Mark Grisanti today announced his endorsement of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to overhaul state income tax rates and give average middle class households much-needed tax relief.
“I commend the Governor and Senate leadership for this groundbreaking initiative,” Grisanti said. “I stand proudly with The Business Council of New York State and the National Federation of Independent Business in support of this measure.”
“My constituents need this significant tax relief today, right now, ASAP - and they don’t have time for partisan bickering,” Grisanti said.
New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (60th District) launched a free "job resource center" online that will provide assistance to constituents in his district who are currently looking for a job."Creating new jobs and retaining existing jobs is really what it is all about here in Western New York," said Senator Grisanti. "Since taking office in January, I have made bringing jobs back to Western New York one of my top priorities." Currently unemployment is at 9.1% in the United States, 8% in New York State-wide and in 7.3% in the Buffalo/Niagara Region.
One of the main focuses in the improvement of Western New York is bringing and finding jobs locally around the area. As the State Senator for the 60th district below are key links and articles to assist the constituents of Buffalo, Grand Island, and Niagara Falls looking for employment, and helpful hunting tips. Not only is it important to find an open job in the city but to be completely prepared when that interview day comes.
With billions of gallons of untreated sewage released in New York’s waters each year, including a recent accident where over 200 million gallons of raw sewage entered the Hudson River, the New York State Senate Environmental Conservation Committee held a major hearing on the issue.
The hearing, organized by Senators Adriano Espaillat and Mark Grisanti, focused on preventing untreated sewage from entering our waterways and establishing strong notification systems to protect the public.
The hearing took testimony from various experts and activists, including New York City Dept. of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Regional Administrator Venetia Lannon.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation (A.8206-a/S.4844-a) that would allow Nik Wallenda to perform a high wire walk between the United States and Canada over Niagara Falls. The measure was approved by the State Legislature in June 2011 and, according to the law, Wallenda will have one year from today to perform the walk. The remaining hurdle is for Wallenda to obtain approvals from Canadian officials.
As we approach the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, I join many of my colleagues who serve as elected officials when I say “thank you” to our country’s emergency responders and military personnel.
I encourage my constituents to pause and reflect for a moment of silence on Sunday, September 11, as we remember what happened 10 years ago as a result of horrific acts that lead to the destruction of New York City’s World Trade Center, damage to the Pentagon and the loss of nearly 3,000 American lives.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today visited the New York Remembers exhibition in Buffalo, where he was joined by family members and first responders at Buffalo State to commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11th.
“This exhibit gives New Yorkers here in Buffalo and in Western New York an opportunity to gather to remember those who died on September 11th and embrace the spirit of unity that brought us together ten years ago,” Governor Cuomo said. “We will never forget those who lost their lives and the countless acts of heroism by our first responders. As we commemorate the ten year anniversary, these exhibits will allow us to reflect and mourn, while also educating a new generation about September 11th.”
USA Niagara Development Corporation (USAN) Board of Directors today met and approved expanded boundaries for the USAN Development District, helping facilitate a cultural district as proposed in the City of Niagara Falls’ Comprehensive Plan. The revised boundaries will now include nearly 22 acres north of Main Street, including the area surrounding the Aquarium of Niagara, improving USAN’s ability to fulfill its long-term vision for a cultural destination that is integral component of local economic development and revitalization plans.
Members of the Western New York Legislative Delegation gathered Monday morning to provide key updates on their collaborative efforts to enact Laura Cummings Law, a bill named in honor of the young developmentally disabled Erie County woman who was murdered by her mother in January 2010 after years of abuse and mistreatment.
Senator Mark Grisanti, Senator Patrick Gallivan, Senator George Maziarz, Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, Senator Cathy Young and Senator Tim Kennedy--have joined together to release the following statement in support of the signing of the NYSUNY 2020 legislation (S.5855-A/A.8519) into law:
We began the year by working together, across party lines, for the future of public higher education in Western New York, particularly at our university center—the University at Buffalo. Eight months later, after a remarkably productive legislative session, we are still working together for that same goal.
“This nearly $10 million in funds for the Buffalo Public Schools represents a positive step towards rehabilitating the affected schools. However, this funding is just a minor step in transforming these schools. It is only through collaborative work between all stakeholders that true and needed changes can be made to reform the school district. We continue to pledge to meet and work with each of these stake holders to reform the Buffalo Public Schools so that our children can receive a quality education.”
"This nearly $10 million in funds for the Buffalo Public Schools represents a positive step towards rehabilitating the affected schools. However, this funding is just a minor step in transforming these schools. It is only through collaborative work between all stakeholders that true and needed changes can be made to reform the school district. We continue to pledge to meet and work with each of these stake holders to reform the Buffalo Public Schools so that our children can receive a quality education."
All six state senators from Western New York--Senator Mark Grisanti, Senator George Maziarz, Senator Patrick Gallivan, Senator Timothy Kennedy, Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, and Senator Cathy Young--have joined together to release the following statement in support of the signing of the NYSUNY 2020 legislation (S.5855-A/A.8519) into law: We began the year by working together, across party lines, for the future of public higher education in Western New York, particularly at our university center—the University at Buffalo. Eight months later, after are markably productive legislative session, we are still working together for that same goal.
Gov. Cuomo Has Now Signed 15 Bills into law, Sponsored by Grisanti.
Five more bills were signed into law by Governor Cuomo this week sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti. “ I am honored as a freshman Senator to now have 15 bills signed into law that I have sponsored,” said Sen. Grisanti.
Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60th District) and Assemblyman John Ceretto (R,I-Lewiston) have introduced legislation to increase revenues collected from Tribal casinos by local municipalities. The legislation, which amends the Tribal State Compact, allows municipalities to collect up to 50 percent of the net drop from electronic gaming devices. Under current law, municipalities may only collect up to 25 percent of the net drop from these machines.