As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation for these last sixteen months, I have advanced a number of reforms aimed at protecting the environment, from sponsoring New York’s Water Withdrawal legislation that ensures compliance with the Great Lakes Compact, to advocating for enhancing our Environmental Protection Fund. Nonetheless, I have encountered no single issue as critical, controversial and important as high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF).
I held a Public Hearing, attended and participated in a Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) hearing, as well as observed an Assembly hearing on this topic. Further, held extensive meetings and discussions regarding hydraulic fracturing with stakeholders.
For the second consecutive year, the New York State Senate has completed an early passage of the state budget. The 2012-13 state budget achieves the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs. The new state fiscal year begins April 1st.“The Senate has worked together with the Governor and Assembly to once again pass an early state budget that reduces overall spending, does not increase any taxes or fees, includes mandate relief measures to ease the burden on property taxpayers and makes important investments to create thousands of jobs across the state,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation that givesjudges the ability to consider well-established risk factors in determiningbail or recognizance in domestic violence cases so that a victim and theirfamily can be further protected from an assailant.
The bill (S.1414A), sponsored by Senator Stephen Saland (R-I-C,Poughkeepsie), would allow the history of violence or threats of violence,prior orders of protection, and the accused’s access to guns to beconsidered by a judge, potentially affecting their release conditions andsparing many victims and their children additional harm or even death.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver have announced an agreement on the 2012-2013 New York State Budget.
The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state’s roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.
Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) announced that the New York Senate passed three bills to combat auto insurance fraud which costs New Yorkers more than $1 billion a year, as well as legislation that would impose stronger criminal penalties for staging auto accidents.
Recently, high profile cases have uncovered massive crime rings incorporating doctors, lawyers, and scam artists who stage accidents and use New York’s no-fault insurance program as their own personal ATM machine.
In Brooklyn, 16 people were arrested and charged with intentionally causing a dozen accidents involving unsuspecting motorists between 2009 and 2011 and then submitting fraudulent insurance claims that defrauded insurance companies for $400,000.
A plan to end or sharply cut state aid in two years to Roswell Park Cancer Institute has been tentatively reshaped to give more time for the hospital to enter into moneymaking arrangements to improve its fiscal health.
The deal, expected to be part of the 2012 state budget coming together this week at the Capitol, would remove a deadline for Roswell Park to become “operationally independent” from the state by March 2014.
Senator Mark Grisanti recently passed the Senate version of an Assembly bill that will change the labor law to make it an authorized absence for members of the volunteer fire department and volunteer ambulance squads when they respond to a state of emergency declared by the federal or state government.
Employers will not be able to charge the time to vacation, sick leave or other excused absences. The employee must provide the employer with a statement from the head of the volunteer firefighter department or volunteer ambulance squad defining the applicable period of time that the employee was called on to respond to the state of emergency.
Senator Mark Grisanti recently announced sponsorship of the “Sewage Pollution Right To Know Act” to amend the environmental conservation law to establish a procedure for the operator of any sewage treatment plant to notify the public of all raw sewage overflows within 24 hours.
The bill spells out all the information that must be reported to the New York State Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Conservation including when, where and how much has been spilled.
The purpose of this legislation is to provide valuable information to the public about spills in a timely manner and in an effective way.
Senator Mark Grisanti recently sponsored a bill that will reduce the amount of pesticides that are unnecessarily released into the environment. The bill also has environmental and economic benefits by reducing the amount of pesticides needing to be applied or disposed of as hazardous waste.
Senator Grisanti’s bill (S.6401A), which has also been approved by the state Assembly, allows New York’s retailers to continue repairing minor damage to containers, under proper conditions, so that the product can be sold and used as intended.
The measure helps alleviate concerns with the unnecessary disposal of pesticide products and will continue to significantly reduce the amount of pesticides that are disposed of as hazardous waste.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.