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Your Voice with Senator Mark Grisanti

March 12, 2012 — Senator Grisanti discusses job creation, lower energy cost, local projects, hire veteran tax incentive, college tuition, Niagara Falls Air Base, 9/11 Bridge and environmental protection.

March 13, 2012
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“Protect Our Children Act” bill sponsored by Senator Grisanti makes violent crimes against children a felony with increased penalties

Senator Mark Grisanti recently announced that the Senate has passed the “Protect Our Children Act” which he sponsored to change the laws of New York State to save and protect children from cruel and repeated maltreatment. 

The bill, S5862A-2011, fixes problems that allowed perpetrators of serious child abuse to receive misdemeanor and nonviolent felony charges with probationary sentences that did not deter actions or even repeat actions. 

Now, prosecutors will have the option of charging felony child endangerment to protect children from serious reckless abuse as well as increasing penalties for not reporting the death of a child, obstructing the investigation into a missing child and repeat offenders. 

March 13, 2012
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Working to create new jobs for Western New York

Throughout 2011, I partnered successfully with Governor Cuomo to reduce state spending, cut income taxes for the middle class and cap local property taxes.

In 2012, we need to keep New York moving forward by overcoming the most critical challenge we face – creating new jobs.

March 12, 2012
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Senator Grisanti sponsors bill to improve birth outcomes and promote informed consultation between women and doctors

In honor of International Women’s Day, Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced the sponsorship of S5153-A that reduces premiums for physicians and midwives who complete a risk management strategies obstetrics course to better educate women on all options regarding labor and delivery.

This increased education is intended to improve women’s safety, birth outcomes and to promote informed consultation between women and their doctors during pregnancy.   

March 8, 2012
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Senator Grisanti-sponsored bill requiring one NYPA trustee be from Niagara County approved

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) sponsored and passed a bill that is designed to change the makeup of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to include a resident of Niagara County.  The Bill, co-sponsored by Senator Maziarz, amends the public authorities’ law to provide that the NYPA Board of Trustees appointed by the Governor with the approval of the Senate must contain one trustee who is from Niagara County and one who is from St. Lawrence County.  Presently, there are seven trustees appointed by the Governor for terms of up to five years and not one is from Niagara County. 

March 5, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator Mark Grisanti

March 1, 2012: Senator Grisanti discusses EPF, cyberbullying and Nick Wallenda’s Niagara Falls high wire act:

March 2, 2012
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Senate forecasts $355 million in additional state revenues

       Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and members of the SenateMajority Conference today released a revenue forecast by the Senate FinanceCommittee that estimates additional General Fund revenues, above theExecutive’s projection, of $290 million in 2012-13, and  $65 million morethan the Executive’s estimate for state fiscal year 2011-12.

       The revenue projection, based on an economic forecast by the Senate’snationally recognized fiscal consultants, IHS Global Insight, shows thatthe total two-year General Fund revenue surplus is $355 million.

February 29, 2012
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Senator Grisanti receives support from New York State Association of Nurse Anesthetists

The New York State Association of Nurse Anesthetists (NYSANA), the statewide professional association representing over 1200 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA)  and students, announced today their support and honor of Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) for his work in the New York State Senate.  The mission of NYSANA  is to promote and protect the scope of practice of Nurse Anesthetists through advocacy and education.   The group met with the Senator at the Fort Orange Club where they made the presentation during a morning breakfast.

February 29, 2012
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Hispanics United of Buffalo Awards Luncheon

Senator Grisanti was honored to visit with award recipients at the most recent Hispanics United of Buffalo Awards Luncheon.

February 23, 2012
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Senator Grisanti works closely with officials in Albany, including Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti and New York State Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy discuss pending legislation during a recent meeting in the state capital.

February 23, 2012
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BUFFALO NEWS: Concerns aired over prescription drug crisis

Doctors, pharmacists, regulators, lawmakers and parents who lost children to prescription drug addictions all agreed Monday that the state needs to take steps this year to address what is becoming a growing epidemic.

What those solutions could entail is still a ways off, as was made clear in a round-table discussion at the State Capitol hosted by Senate Republicans.

Still, several families involved in the effort left Albany confident.

“I am very encouraged by what I’m seeing here today,” testified Avi Israel, whose son Michael, addicted to prescription drugs, killed himself in his Buffalo home last year.

February 21, 2012
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NIAGARA GAZETTE: Wallenda Gets His Walk

The Niagara Parks Commission will allow tightrope walker Nik Wallenda to walk a wire across the Niagara gorge – a 180-degree turn from its established policy.

Commissioners voted Wednesday to allow the stunt during their Wednesday morning meeting.

It’s an about face for the provincial agency responsible for managing the public property along the Niagara River. It goes against a decades-old policy banning stunters from Niagara Falls.

The parks commission has decided to allow one “qualified stutner” every 20 years.

“It’s a new day,” Niagara Parks Commission chairwoman Janice Thomoson said.

The commission will give Wallenda 45 days to negotiate the arrangements for the walk.

February 21, 2012
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Senator Grisanti Sponsors Bill to Prevent Blackouts on Cable TV

Senator Mark Grisanti is co-sponsoring legislation to amend the public service law in relation to requiring negotiation of fair terms between cable television franchisees and competing independent cable channel.

“In Western New York we are not able to watch Buffalo Sabres hockey games on television if you have Time Warner Cable due to these unfair negotiations,” said Senator Grisanti. “Since terms cannot be reached we want the public service commission to amend the law so that the parties must conduct an arbitration.”

Time Warner Cable has been negotiating with MSG for over a year, but no deal has been reached to bring MSG’s networks and the Sabres game back to Time Warner Cable customers.

February 7, 2012
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Senator Grisanti votes in favor of legislation to ensure child safety

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.

February 6, 2012
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Senator Grisanti and Assemblymember Gabryszak working together to help protect victims against fraudulent financial practices

Assemblymember Dennis Gabryszak (D-Cheektowaga) announced the Assembly passed a bill he authored that would amend the Criminal Procedure Law to assist a victim of false financial practice, helping them remedy the fraudulent financial claim that the victim is indebted or obligated to a defendant, or secured party, in a criminal action (A.3457)“When someone makes a false financial claim against you, it can cause excessive and unfair damage to your credit rating,” Assemblymember Gabryszak said. “We cannot allow victims of fraudulent financial statements to go unprotected with nowhere to turn.

January 31, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator Mark Grisanti

Jan 30, 2012 -- Senator Mark Grisanti discusses Redistricting, Budget Concerns, Helping Veterans and Businesses:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ6GAouim30

January 30, 2012
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Senator Grisanti's Statement on Proposed Redistricting Plans

Throughout the redistricting process, my priority has been to ensure that the communities of Buffalo and Western New York maintain strong representation in Albany. In the past, downstate political insiders with agendas that conflict with the best interests of our communities have been allowed to influence the redistricting process, often resulting in Western New York being left with gerrymandered districts with peculiar boundaries.   Having attended the public comment portion of the redistricting process, I know that many individuals expressed their desire to unite communities of interest in the City of Tonawanda, the West Side of Buffalo and Niagara County. The commission clearly heard those concerns and acted accordingly by reconnecting those communities.

January 26, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator Mark Grisanti

Senator Mark Grisanti discusses UB2020, Economic Development and Governor Cuomo's Budget:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3g0XchfjSiM

January 24, 2012
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