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.
Western New York lawmakers are hailing the recently approved UB 2020 plan as an initiative that will improve the city’s economy and quality of the university.
The grant, approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Amherst last Tuesday, is part of the SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program he signed in August. The plan awards $35 million in state funds to the University of Buffalo and begins the first phase of a larger $375 million strategic development that will relocate the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in downtown Buffalo.
The New York State Senate today passed a series school bus bills that will ensure child safety and enhanced communication.
A bill was passed, sponsored by Senator John Bonacic, that increases the penalties for passing a stopped school bus (S.3099A). The legislation would impose a sixty day suspension of a driver’s license if convicted of passing a stopped school bus two or more times.
This legislation would make the penalties for passing a stopped school bus multiple times the same as penalties for drivers convicted of speeding in a construction zone two or more times.
State Sen. Mark Grisanti blasted Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s proposed legislation that would allow young illegal immigrants to access financial aid for college in New York, saying it’s unfair to students and their families who live in the United States legally and are struggling to cover the cost of tuition.
“I’m compassionate … But I can’t help that some of their parents brought them here illegally,” Grisanti said Saturday, a day after the Democratic Assembly leader made his proposal.
“The people I’ve talked to in my district and even in Albany – people born here in the U.S. or came here through proper channels – can’t even afford to get their own children into school,” Grisanti said.
The Character Council of Western New York will present an educator seminar on Thursday, March 14.
The event, scheduled to take place at Michael's Banquet Facility, located on Southwestern Boulevard in the Town of Hamburg, will begin with check-in at 8am and will feature a program from 8:30am to 3pm.
The program will assist schools with the implementation of character initiatives designed to foster the concept of "Creating a Culture of Character." The featured speaker of the day will be Dr. Tim Elmore, president of Growing Leaders (www.growingleaders.com)
A cross-country “whistle-stop” train tour aimed at promoting alternative choices for public education – mainly charter schools – will bring its message to Buffalo during a breakfast reception at 8 a.m. Friday in Statler City, 107 Delaware Ave.
Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo; State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo; and Samuel L. Radford III, president of the Buffalo District Parent Coordinating Council, will be among the speakers “celebrating the progress that Buffalo has made on charter schooling and parent empowerment,” according to Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week.
Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I-60) was successful in fighting for increased school aid for school districts located in the 60th Senate District.
The New York State Legislature passed its third consecutive on-time budget which included an increase for every school district located in Senator Grisanti's district.
"Our school districts provide invaluable services here in Western New York and across New York State, and they operate on a tight budget. We must provide the resources necessary to educate our children, keep them in school and ultimately graduate prepared for college or the workforce. We were able to increase school aid across the 60 District, and this will help children receive the resources they need to succeed," said Senator Grisanti.
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.
The recent School Board election in the City of Buffalo drew many more voters than the previous one, but that isn’t saying much. The paltry turnout is why it’s important to move city School Board elections from May to November.
This year we saw one of the most controversial elections in recent memory, and fewer than 12,000 voters turned out. More than 3,200 of those votes were cast in the Park District, where developer Carl P. Paladino overwhelmed opponent Adrian F. Harris.
But it shouldn’t take an electrifying candidate to raise voter turnout. One sure-fire method of drawing more voters would be to align the School Board election with November’s general election.