Mark Grisanti's Press releases

Grisanti Bill Protects Consumers From Telephone Scammers

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

June 19, 2012

New York State Senate passes unit pricing bill to make shopping for value easier for consumers

   The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.7277A), sponsoredby Senator Mark Grisanti, that would require certain retail chain stores todisclose their unit pricing in an effort to make shopping less confusingfor customers looking for the best values. The changes would only affectstores with more than $2.5 million in annual sales.

June 6, 2012

National Job Fair month to includes event at ECC City Campus in Buffalo

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that the state will host eleven job fairs across New York during June as part of National Job Fair month.

The job fairs are a part of the Governor’s NY Works program to put New Yorkers back to work, and the eleven events will bring together more than 375 employers statewide and feature more than 10,000 job openings.

June 5, 2012

Governor Cuomo makes two Grisanti sponsored bills into law

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced Governor Andrew Cuomo has made laws of two Grisanti bills.

June 1, 2012

New York State Senate passes “New Jobs-NY” job creation plan

The New York State Senate today passed the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY JobCreation Plan.  The Senate’s comprehensive plan will help create thousandsof new private sector jobs by delivering tax relief to small businesses andmanufacturers, reducing energy costs, and enacting major fiscal reforms tomake New York State more economically competitive.

May 31, 2012

Senator Grisanti sponsored-bill allows Buffalo Common Council to appoint one member of Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I -60) today announced that the New York State Senate has voted to pass Bill S.3133B to amend the public housing law to grant the Buffalo Common Council the power to appoint one commissioner to the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority governing board. 

The Housing Authority will now be comprised of seven members including two elected by tenants, one member appointed by the common council and four members appointed by the mayor of the City of Buffalo.    The Mayor will designate the Chairman who will serve at his pleasure.  Members of the Municipal Housing Authority receive a designated salary and the two tenant members receive a monthly stipend of $250.

May 23, 2012

Senator Grisanti-sponsored bill calls for training and certification of animal control officers

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced that the New York State Senate has voted to pass Bill S.2409D that amends the agriculture and markets law to provide for the training and certification of animal control officers.

The Agriculture Department will create a program to provide training, examination and certification for dog control officers, police officers and peace officers who deal with animal control or animal abuse issues.  This legislation is needed to protect both people and animals from untrained officers.

May 21, 2012

Senator Grisanti nominates Matthew Mondeoux to Veterans’ Hall Of Fame

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced  that he is nominating Matthew Mondeoux of the City of Niagara Falls to the New York Senate's Veterans' Hall of Fame. 

The New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame was created in 2005 to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from across the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life.  The Hall of Fame provides an expression of our gratitude and admiration for their meritorious service to our nation.

May 21, 2012

Senator Grisanti introduces new Medicaid fraud technology that will save taxpayers $5 billion

Senator Mark Grisanti today unveiled new biometric technology during a midday press conference that will combat Medicaid fraud in New York State.

Grisanti’s co-sponsorship of bill S.4384 establishes the Medicaid identification and anti-fraud technology program utilizing the science of measuring human body characteristics like fingerprinting for authentication purposes.

This legislation will require the Department of Health to develop and implement a program using biometric technologies in hospitals, clinics and pharmacies for the purpose of fighting fraud in the Medicaid program by having patients and providers verify their identity prior to payment being made.  

May 10, 2012

Grisanti Sponsors Bill To Increase Instruction On Disabilities Passes Senate

BUFFALO, NY-May 2, 2012-Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced passage of his bill S. 2352  that would amend the education law to provide curriculum on the understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities to students in grades seven to twelfth.   This bill is intended to promote greater awareness and tolerance of students with disabilities, Disability curriculum provides a forum for discussion and inspires respect for individual differences and ultimately provides a roadmap for creating an accepting society.  Present law requires the NYS Board of Regents create a curriculum that educates elementary students only.

May 2, 2012

Senator Grisanti’s bill to reclassify the Buffalo River as an inland waterway passes the New York State Senate

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced passage in the New York Senate of his bill S-6646 that amends the executive law to make the Buffalo River classified an inland waterway paving the way for the application of federal funds to assist with the restoration and protection of the river.

The Buffalo River is the river that empties into the eastern end of Lake Erie between the United States Coast Guard Station and the Erie Basin Marina.  It is the Buffalo Creek until it reaches the western border of the Town of West Seneca as it receives the contents of the Cayuga and Cazenovia Creeks.  The Buffalo Harbor includes a series of federal navigation channels designed so that deep-draft commercial vessels can safely navigate the harbor. 

May 1, 2012

New York State Senate Passes Grisanti’s Bill Criminalizing Concealment Of Human Corpse

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that the New York State Senate has voted to pass the Bill S.6489 which makes it a crime to conceal a death by knowingly moving or otherwise hiding a human corpse so that discovery of the death will be hindered.

The bill known as “Amanda Lynn’s law” would make the commission of this crime a D Felony up from a misdemeanor for the improper disposal of a dead body.

April 30, 2012

Grisanti Proposes Law To Establish Central State Registry For Pet Abusers In New York State

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced  the sponsorship of legislation (S6875) that would amend the agriculture and markets law to have the commissioner create an animal abuse central registry in New York State for anyone over the age of 18 who is convicted in a case of animal abuse. 

April 24, 2012

Senator Grisanti Proposes Bill to Increase Number of Green Homes Built In New York State

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced his sponsorship of bill (S-6664) to establish a real property tax exemption of thirty five percent for a period of no longer than twenty years for homes that meet certain specific National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.  The goal of this legislation is to incentivize builders to invest in green homes which are typically more expensive to build.

April 24, 2012

Grisanti repair program for pesticide containers signed into law by governor

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that  Governor Cuomo has signed into law Grisanti’s legislation which extends for two years the provision of the environmental conservation law that allows merchants in the State of New York to implement a “minor repair program” for damaged pesticide containers and lawn fertilizers containing pesticides.

This act will bring New York State in line with the national program implemented by the EPA in 2009 to address concerns of the unnecessary disposal of consumer pesticide products such as lawn fertilizers.

April 11, 2012

Senator Grisanti announces legislative package aimed at protecting our environment with regards to hydrofracking

As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation for these last sixteen months, I have advanced a number of reforms aimed at protecting the environment, from sponsoring New York’s Water Withdrawal legislation that ensures compliance with the Great Lakes Compact, to advocating for enhancing our Environmental Protection Fund.  Nonetheless, I have encountered no single issue as critical, controversial and important as high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF).

I held a Public Hearing, attended and participated in a Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) hearing, as well as observed an Assembly hearing on this topic.  Further, held extensive meetings and discussions regarding hydraulic fracturing with stakeholders.

April 4, 2012

New York State Senate passes bill to protect domestic violence victims

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that givesjudges the ability to consider well-established risk factors in determiningbail or recognizance in domestic violence cases so that a victim and theirfamily can be further protected from an assailant.

       The bill (S.1414A), sponsored by Senator Stephen Saland (R-I-C,Poughkeepsie), would allow the history of violence or threats of violence,prior orders of protection, and the accused’s access to guns to beconsidered by a judge, potentially affecting their release conditions andsparing many victims and their children additional harm or even death.

March 30, 2012

Governor Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Skelos and Assembly Speaker Silver Announce Agreement on 2012-2013 Budget

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver have announced an agreement on the 2012-2013 New York State Budget.

The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state’s roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

March 27, 2012
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