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

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

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

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

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

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

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