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

Your Voice with Senator Mark Grisanti

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

January 30, 2012

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

Your Voice with Senator Mark Grisanti

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

January 24, 2012

Senator Grisanti’s Statement on Governor Cuomo’s 2012 Budget Plan

"I applaud Governor Cuomo and his team for their work on the 2012 budget. We look forward to passing an on-time and balanced budget to eliminate the state’s deficit while ensuring vital government services are not impacted.   I am also pleased to see that Environmental Protection Funding held level at $134 million, and the commitment the Governor has in Western New York to get our private sector economy rolling again.  In addition, this budget starts the much needed discussion of true mandate relief, including the state takeover of Medicaid growth, which I support.  I do have some questions about how this budget impacts Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the NFTA, two vital services to Western New York.

January 17, 2012

Senator Grisanti is First Western New York Lawmaker to Co-Sponsor & Support Cyberbullying Bill

Bullying in ANY form will not be tolerated

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti is the first Western New York lawmaker to co-sponsor and support Senator Jeffery Klein’s and his fellow members of the Independent Democrats Conference on legislation to crack down on cyberbulling in New York State.

The bill (S.6132) updates New York’s stalking and harassment laws to cover electronic bullying. Additionally, it allows for criminal prosecution of particular cyberbullying incidents under New York’s hate crime statutes.

January 9, 2012

Senator Mark Grisanti named recipient of William B. Hoyt Environmental Excellence Award

New York State Senator Grisanti was named the winner of the 2012 William B. Hoyt Environmental Excellence Award for his outstanding work on behalf of conservation and the environment. The full award letter can be viewed by clicking here.

“Typically we present this Award to members of the legislature who had a long tenure of fighting for change, but your early dedication to upholding the New York’s State’s environmental laws and your visionary approach to the state’s most pressing conservation issues make you stand out as a most deserving 2012 Hoyt Award Recipient,” said Audubon Council of New York State in the award letter.

January 8, 2012

Reaction to Governor Cuomo's 2012 State of the State Address

Senator Mark Grisanti Reacts to Governor Cuomo's State of the State Message:

January 5, 2012

Senator Grisanti’s statement on Governor Cuomo’s 2012 State of the State Address

Sen. Grisanti will continue to be bipartisan and put people first, not politics.

"I look forward to continue working with Governor Cuomo, the Senate and the Assembly during my second legislative session.  I will continue to put people first, not politics as we carry on our momentum from our first legislative session. I again have no problem crossing party lines to do what is right for Western New York, not downstate special interest groups."

January 4, 2012

Senator Grisanti’s Statement on Governor Cuomo’s Announcement of $1 Billion to Western New York

"I applaud Governor Cuomo, who realizes the potential Western New York has. By investing $1 Billion into Western New York, this should attract businesses to come to our area. As stated a few weeks ago when Governor Cuomo visited the University of Buffalo, I introduced him as 'Western New York's new best friend.' He has certainly lived up to that expectation and I look forward to working with him and other lawmakers to determine the best use of this money and thank him for believing in Western New York.”

-Senator Mark Grisanti, 60th District

January 4, 2012

BUFFALO NEWS: Cuomo committing $1 billion to development in Buffalo

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today will commit the state to spending $1 billion on a multi-year economic development program designed to attract new industry specifically to the City of Buffalo.

The guarantee will be made in the governor’s second State of the State address this afternoon in a convention center near the Capitol, according to officials with knowledge of the governor’s plans.

The targeted money is in addition to the the $100 million recently awarded through a new state regional economic development council.

January 4, 2012

Community leaders call for investigation into gross misconduct at Niagara County SPCA

Local governments question contracts with not-for-profit agency, demand accountability

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), Senator Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo), and Assemblyman John Ceretto (R-I, Lewiston)-state leaders representing Niagara County-joined a host of elected officials today in denouncing the reprehensible allegations of widespread animal maltreatment at the Niagara County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

Recent media reports have detailed unprecedented amounts of dog and cat euthanizations and horrifying charges of medical maltreatment in recent months.

January 3, 2012

Middle Class Tax Cut And Job Creation Plan

In stark contrast to the gridlock in Washington D.C., the Senate Republican Majority has worked together with Governor Andrew Cuomo to accomplish major changes and positive reforms this year. The new Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan will build on these successes by cutting taxes for hardworking middle class families, and helping to create new private sector jobs.


December 28, 2011

BUFFALO NEWS: Petition seeks state funds for NFTA

By Richard Baldwin

More than 450 people signed a petition over the Christmas weekend to restore $10 million in state aid to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to preserve full Metro Bus service in Erie and Niagara counties.

State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, R-Buffalo, said Tuesday he hopes to collect more than 1,000 signatures in coming weeks on his online petition.

The NFTA has announced plans to eliminate about 22 percent of its bus routes and to lay off about 20 of its 100 police officers in order to close a $14.5 million deficit in its budget for the year beginning next April 1.

December 28, 2011

BUSINESS FIRST: Online campaign seeks emergency aid for NFTA

In an effort to stave off projected cuts in service and routes, State Sen. Mark Grisanti has started an online drive to convince Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other Albany leaders to free up $10 million in emergency aid for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

December 27, 2011

LEGISLATIVE GAZETTE: Governor Cuomo OK’s grant to get UB 2020 ball rolling

Western New York lawmakers are hailing the recently approved UB 2020 plan as an initiative that will improve the city’s economy and quality of the university.

The grant, approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Amherst last Tuesday, is part of the SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program he signed in August. The plan awards $35 million in state funds to the University of Buffalo and begins the first phase of a larger $375 million strategic development that will relocate the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in downtown Buffalo.

December 21, 2011

Governor Cuomo Approves UB2020 Application

UB is to be Awarded $35 Million Dollars by State under the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program $375 Million Plan Will Create More Than 3,000 jobs



Albany, NY (December 13, 2011)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed the University of Buffalo 2020 challenge grant in Amherst, kick-starting a $375 million plan that will help revitalize Buffalo's economy and create thousands of jobs.


December 14, 2011

BUFFALO NEWS: WNY wins on state development

Ninety-six projects in Western New York will get state government cash or tax breaks after the region was selected Thursday, along with three other areas, in a new competitive program for economic development.

Officials picked through hundreds of funding applications and approved $100.3 million for the state's five westernmost counties for projects stretching from the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, which is getting nearly 10 percent of the money destined for the area, to a high-temperature lab at Alfred University.

December 9, 2011