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.”
Everybody’s Column – The Buffalo News – August 31, 2011
Nice to see politicians involved in good cause
I attended the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis walk in Delaware Park on Aug. 6, and I must say it was a great turnout for a great cause. However, one thing that stood out to me was the lack of local elected officials. The only representative I did see there was Sen. Mark Grisanti from Buffalo. He was walking with his family to support ALS. I even had a chance to meet and talk with him and I could grasp from our conversation that he was very interested in charitable work and has genuine concern for the people.
The USA Niagara Development District has expanded by more than 21 acres north of Main Street to include the Aquarium of Niagara and the city’s proposed Cultural District — a move that comes as the aquarium plans to double in size during the next five years.
The board of directors for USA Niagara Development Corp., the local arm of the state’s economic-development agency, voted unanimously Tuesday to expand the boundary at the urging of Assemblyman John D. Ceretto, R-Lewiston, and State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, D-Buffalo.
NIAGARA FALLS - The Aquarium of Niagara and roughly 22 acres of property surrounding it off north Main Street are now officially eligible to receive assistance from a state-run agency charged with overseeing development in the downtown area.During a meeting Tuesday, the board of directors for the USA Niagara Development Corp.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently announced a new $3 million rebate program specifically for the purchase of high-efficiency ENERGY STAR® refrigerators and clothes washers. The program begins Sept. 2, 2011.www.cee1.org for more detail about super-efficient refrigerators and clothes washers.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today added Orange County to its eastern state quarantine area (Ulster and Greene Counties) to prevent the spread of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a tree-killing beetle. The Emergency Quarantine Order encompasses all of Orange County and restricts the movement of ash trees, ash products, and firewood from all wood species in order to limit the potential introduction of EAB to other areas of the state.
A bi-partisan group from Western New York's state legislature delegation is urging their colleagues to pass the final provision of a bill designed to protect the developmentally disabled. Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed provisions of "Laura Cummings Law" into effect that allow agencies to share information about prior abuse reports and to get a court order to access a home. However, State Senator George Maziarz says the law still lacks criminal sanctions. Maziarz says the Assembly is holding up the final provision of the bill. "What we're saying is, if you deny access to the authorities of an individual that is developmentally disabled, that is being abused, you're going to pay a criminal penalty.
State legislators from Western New York are pushing for legislation to help prevent a local tragedy from happening again. Laura Cummings' Law was created in honor of the developmentally disabled young woman from North Collins who was killed after years of mistreatment. YNN's Kaitlyn Lionti tells us more about the legislation and why legislators are calling on their colleagues to help it move forward.
"The fact that Laura Cummings suffered abuse at the hands of her own family and ultimately was killed at the hands of her own family is unconscionable. The fact that it was preventable is even more so," said State Senator Tim Kennedy (D).
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.
There are few better ways to spend Niagara River Greenway money than development of the LaSalle Waterfront Park in Niagara Falls.
Mayor Paul A. Dyster and Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, and other local and state officials recently broke ground on the park, the satisfying end to a long road.
And while elected officials, especially Dyster, deserve credit for the rebirth of a park that had fallen into disrepair, its development into a community asset belongs first and foremost to its members. In particular, resident John J.Mikula, who spearheaded the revival and to whom Dyster gives much credit.
Senator Grisanti supports the concept of Black Rock Canal Park to help remedy the many deficiencies in the current designs of the Ontario Street Boat Launch as well as the south end of the park.
Phase I work represents a collaboration of community, city, county, state and federal entities working together to improve the waterfront and create a regional asset.
A formal announcement and celebration was recently held at the Ontario Street Boat Launch. The press conference occurred during the second annual Ride Along the Waterfront, a yearly event that encourages people to come out and enjoy the Niagara River with a bike ride, kayak paddle and Wellness Fair.