BUFFALO NEWS EDITORIAL: Two changes needed in historic tax credit program

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo delivered good news for the long-term prospects of rehabilitating commercial properties with his proposal to extend the state’s tax credits for renovating those buildings.

The tax credit program, which was due to expire next year, has been a key factor in Buffalo’s revitalization. One example is developer Rocco Termini’s spectacular makeover of the Hotel @ the Lafayette downtown.

February 1, 2013

BUFFALO NEWS: Tour aimed at promoting charter schools coming here


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.

February 1, 2013

BUFFALO NEWS: Lawmakers demand answers on handling of Abdi’s case


Two Erie County legislative leaders want top administrators from the Department of Social Services to explain how a child who twice called 911 complaining to be physically abused by his stepfather could end up dead a year later.

In addition, State Sens. Mark J. Grisanti, R-Buffalo, and George D. Maziarz, R-Newfane, said Tuesday that they are working on legislation that would require state officials to release portions of state-mandated fatality reports on slain children who had received services from county child-protection workers.

February 1, 2013

BUFFALO NEWS: Community group seeks soil tests in Town of Tonawanda


State and federal environmental agencies are being asked to test soil near homes in the Town of Tonawanda’s industrial corridor after samples collected by a community group revealed contaminants related to foundry coke oven emissions.

The likely source of a suspected carcinogen – polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) – found in samples taken last fall from a playground and yards on Sawyer, Kaufman and James avenues is the nearby Tonawanda Coke Corp., according to Jackie James Creedon, founder of the Tonawanda Community Fund. Though NRG Energy’s Huntley Plant also is a potential source, Creedon noted that NRG installed new air controls in 2010.

February 1, 2013

Dyngus Day Buffalo - Pussy Willow Prince Announcement

Members of Dyngus Day Buffalo will share information about the 2013 Dyngus Day Buffalo Festival, the annual Dyngus Day Buffalo Parade in the Historic Polonia District and the inaugural crowning of the “Pussy Willow Prince” on Thursday, February 7 at 1pm at Buffalo City Hall.

Capitalizing on the unprecedented national and international television coverage Dyngus Day received following last year’s Dyngus Day, organizers are busy preparing for what is expected to be the largest year in the festival’s history.

February 7, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Job Search Seminar - Grand Island High School Business Department

Grand Island High School recently announced that a job search seminar will be held on Thursday, February 14.

The event, which will take place from 8:30am to 1pm, will take place at the Holiday Inn Grand Island (100 Whitehaven Road on Grand Island.)

Breakout sessions will be provided by local colleges at the event, which was developed by the Grand Island High School Business Department in response to local businesses and their need for more qualified and prepared student workers.

The unique one-day event will assist students with the interview process, with local business leaders and educatores serving as the interviewers, with some businesses prepared to hire on the spot.

February 14, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Committee Meeting: Environmental Conservation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation Senator Mark J. Grisanti, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Room 901 LOB

February 5, 9:00 AM - 9:04 AM

Global Youth Service Day

The Buffalo Recycling Alliance will host their Global Youth Service Day celebration on Saturday, April 27.

The event, which will be held at Community Charter School in the City of Buffalo, will run from 9am to 3pm.

Members of local block clubs, area churches and owners and employees of local businesses are encouraged to attend and join their efforts by supporing their movement to increase the recycling rate in Buffalo.

For more information about Global Youth Service Day, visit

For more information about the Buffalo Recycling Alliance, visit

April 27, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


By Jessica Bagley

State Sen. Mark Grisanti touched on a number of hot topics during his keynote speech at the Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce's first luncheon of 2013, held Friday at Banchetti by Rizzo's.

Per new redistricting measures, Grisanti has recently taken over a role in Kenmore and Tonawanda, and Friday's event served as a chance for him to discuss a variety issues with his new constituents, including the passage of the gun control legislation, which Grisanti voted for. 

"I have received a lot of feedback from people who believe my vote infringed upon their Second Amendment rights," Grisanti said. "But I took action to get things taken out of the original proposal that could have been massive infringements."

January 30, 2013

Character Council of Western New York Educator Seminar

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 (

March 14, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

First Phase of Redevelopment of Richardson Olmsted Complex in Buffalo Announced

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the Richardson Center Corporation (RCC) today announced the first phase of redevelopment of the Richardson Olmsted Complex, a National Historic Landmark in Buffalo. The state support for the redevelopment of the 19th century complex will leverage private investment and create over 500 construction jobs and up to 90 permanent full-time jobs.

January 25, 2013

Senator Grisanti Appointed to Sit on Powerful Finance Committee in New York State Senate

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) has been reappointed as Chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee and has also been appointed to sit on the Finance Committee in the New York State Senate.  "As a member of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, I will have oversight on the state budget, have a role at confirming all Senate nominations, and be able to vote on any piece of legislation that has a fiscal impact before it is sent to the floor of the Senate," said Senator Grisanti.

January 25, 2013

Your Voice with Senator Mark Grisanti

Senator Grisanti talks about his new district, the Buffalo Bills remaining in Orchard Park, his legislative accomplishments and plans to combat violence:

January 24, 2013

Statement on SAFE Legislation

"After numerous negotiations with the Governor and Assembly, we have passed a bipartisan gun safety package that will keep New Yorkers safer in schools, homes and neighborhoods and help curb gun violence by going after criminals who use guns illegally. Highlights of this legislation include increased penalties for criminals who use a gun in the commission of a crime on school grounds or straw purchases.

It also strengthens Kendra’s Law to insure individuals with mental illness to get the treatment they need and those who pose a danger to themselves or others will not be able to legally access to a gun. In addition, this legislation proposes life in prison without parole to anyone who shoots and kills a first responder.

January 15, 2013

Senator Grisanti Introduces Legislation to Expand the Availability of Flu Vaccines

Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I-Buffalo) and Assemblyman Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) today introduced legislation to expand influenza vaccination programs by providing insurance coverage for influenza vaccine and its administration at all authorized locations. The bills are S.1709 and the same as bill A.1090.

January 14, 2013

Groundbreaking For 49 Townhomes In Buffalo's Historic Fruit Belt

Transformation of Buffalo’s historic Fruit Belt neighborhood continued on Dec. 14 when federal, state and local government officials joined religious leaders in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new townhome project.

The event was held at 145 Maple Street, where a three-bedroom, fully handicapped accessible unit is now under construction.

St. John Fruit Belt Community Development Corp. is developing 49 new townhomes on properties near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The $15.3 million project will include 17 buildings, with two, three and four-bedroom townhomes that will be energy efficient. 

December 14, 2012

Senator Grisanti Hosts Successful Town Hall Meeting At ECC South To Educate Community On How To Stop Cough Medicine Abuse Among Teens

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that a successful town hall meeting was held Wednesday night at the South Campus of ECC highlighting both the important steps to take to prevent teen abuse of cough medicine and the signs to look for to stop the abuse before it starts.

More than 50 parents and interested members of the community  listened to experts from Pathways Treatment services, Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), local law enforcement officials and Legislator Lynn Dixon during an enlightening discussion that lasted for about two hours.  

October 18, 2012

Grisanti Legislation To Protect Consumers Signed By Governor Cuomo

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that  Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the Grisanti sponsored Bill S7652 into 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 the new law is to prevent unsuspecting victims from dialing local information and resources telephone numbers that turn out to be telephone scams costing money.   Many, if not most times, the caller receives worthless information after making the call and then notices a “remote call forwarding” charge on their next telephone bill.  This new law requires a notice of warning of fee/charge imposition for calling certain telephone numbers. “I am pleased that

October 4, 2012

BUFFALO NEWS: Grisanti blasts plan to help illegals with tuition

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.

August 22, 2012