State Senator Mark Grisanti says he hopes to spark change in the Buffalo School District at a critical time. On Tuesday, the Senate passed a bill, introduced by Grisanti, that would allow city residents to vote on the school budget.
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.
Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced that the City of Buffalo has been awarded $741,220 through a competitive grant to expand the available number of slots for full day pre kindergarten programs.
"This is great news for families in the City of Buffalo," said Senator Grisanti. "Studies have overwhelming showed that the first few years of a child's life are critical for their cognitive development and learning. If we can expose children to education early on then as students they will have a better chance for success in their later years of education."
By Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Jane Corwin and Mark GrisantiTwo seemingly unrelated news items last week combined to make a powerful point.The first was the Catholic Diocese’s announcement that it would close 10 schools. Universally, reaction could only be described as pain and sadness.The second was the Oscar nominations. Why? Because several of the films contending for the honor were produced with the help of a New York tax credit that has helped our state.In 2014, why can’t we have a tax credit that will help save children, parents and our communities from suffering through the continual closing of their Catholic and other schools?A bipartisan group of legislators from Western New York is co-sponsoring exactly such legislation.
Today, Senator George Maziarz and Senator Mark Grisanti released a joint letter in support of keeping St. Francis of Assisi open to The Most Reverend Carlo Maria Viganò , the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.
“I was against this proposal two years ago, and I remain against it today. I cannot in good conscience support diverting tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds annually to children of illegal immigrants by giving them access to TAP grants and other higher education assistance programs when so many students are struggling to meet the costs of higher education. Sheldon Silver needs to come to the realization that the wallets of taxpayers are not bottomless pits. His proposal may work in New York City, but the overwhelming majority of people I have been elected to represent are vehemently opposed to it.
"Today I will be voting "NO" to re-elect the current members of the Board of Regents. The status quo is unacceptable and I cannot in good conscience vote for those individuals who are most responsible for creating the anxiety, uncertainty and fear in New York's classrooms. It's time to clean up this mess.
Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I – Buffalo) called on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and his Assembly colleagues to join with Senate Republicans to accelerate the restoration of funding lost by school districts under the Gap Elimination Adjustment and eliminate it by the 2016-17.
The Gap Elimination Adjustment is affecting many schools across New York State, especially in Western New York.