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New York State Senator Mark Grisanti honored by New York Coalition for Recreational Fishing

The New York Coalition for Recreational Fishing recently honored New York State Senator Mark Grisanti for his legislative work that supports the freedoms enjoyed by the many recreational fishermen in New York State.

May 23, 2012
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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
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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
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Matthew Mondoux

Matthew Mondoux, a 31-year old Niagara Falls resident, is an extraordinary man who sees himself as just an ordinary person. After the September 11th terrorist attacks, Matthew felt he wanted to give back to his country, and traded college to join the Army. Matthew was assigned to the New York State Army National Guard 27th Brigade and the 2/108th infantry out of Genesso. Eventually, he was sent overseas and fought in both Iraq and Afghanistan. For his exemplary service to our country, he received numerous services awards; including the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Armed Forces Reserved Medal and a Combat Action Badge for his time in Iraq.

May 18, 2012
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Jaroslaw Kril

Specialist Jaroslaw “Jerry” Kril served in Company C, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry, First Infantry Division of the United States Army. He fought in the Vietnam War. For his outstanding service, Jerry was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, and received three air medals for performing over one hundred helicopter air assaults. He received an Honorable Discharge in January 19, 1970.

May 18, 2012
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Loraine O’Donnell

Loraine O’Donnell has been a staple of the Buffalo arts community since she arrived for her first acting gig right out of a New York City drama school. The Boonville native has appeared on almost every stage in Western New York and has contributed to the theater as writer, director, costumer and singer.

May 15, 2012
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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
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WIVB-TV: Copper thefts on the rise across Western New York

Throughout western New York, Judge Richard Kloch says, “copper theft is on the rise, markedly and alarmingly.”

From idle air conditioners to to live wires, thieves are risking their lives throughout the region. They’re stealing copper to make some green. Judge Kloch says enough is enough.

“To people in front of me, if you’re going to plea to a copper theft, you’re going to jail. Plain and simple. You steal copper, you plead guilty, I’m going to have to put you in jail.”

Research shows these crimes have become crimes of opportunity. Lockport Police Chief Lawrence Eggert says any home or business may be vulnerable.

May 8, 2012
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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
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UB 2020 Legislation

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti speaks about the UB2020 Legislation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNnbLNlnWPI

May 1, 2012
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WKBW-TV: Amanda Lynn’s Law passed by the New York State Senate

Amanda Lynn’s Law is clearing another political hurdle in Albany, where the senate has passed the legislation making it a felony to tamper with… or dispose of… human remains. On January 9, 2009, Amanda Wienckowski’s nude body was found in a garbage tote along side of a church on Spring Street in Buffalo. She had been missing for weeks. Wienckowski’s family is pushing for a new law and with the help of State Senator Mark Grisanti…the law has now passed the New York State Senate. “We know that poor Amamda did not find herself in that dumpster by herself. Somebody put her there. When somebody does that…somebody needs to be held accountable. They are tampering with evidence. They are tampering with the potential of a crime scene,” Senator Grisanti said.

May 1, 2012
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WGRZ-TV: Grisanti bill to reclassify Buffalo River as inland waterway passed by 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.

May 1, 2012
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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
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Undy 5000 5K Run in Buffalo

Senator Mark Grisanti posed with Deputy Chief of Staff Joel Feroleto at the Undy 5000 race, held April 28 at Delaware Park in the City of Buffalo. Senator Grisanti spoke at the first ever Undy 5000 event in Buffalo event and presented a proclamation to Tess Fraser, who was the key person in bringing the Buffalo Undy 5000 to our community. Feroleto ran the 5K in Saturday's event.

April 30, 2012
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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
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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
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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
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Join The Fight To Establish A State Registry For Pet Abusers In NY

Animal abusers are heinous people who hurt and kill animals that are incapable of defending themselves.  An individual who would hurt an animal should be punished severely and creating a State animal registry will ensure they are not able to own more possible victims of their future violence.

April 24, 2012
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BUFFALO NEWS: State must increase support for first responders

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, one of the most glaring problems that emerged was that emergency personnel did not have radio systems that could communicate with each other. This deficiency was responsible for hundreds of emergency responders not hearing the warning to vacate the towers. The deaths of these brave responders might have been prevented with the proper communication systems.

April 17, 2012
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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
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