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

Senator Grisanti Speaks About Middle Class Tax Cuts and Job Creation

About The 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.

Click here to read an overview and fact sheet about The Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan:

December 8, 2011

Grisanti Backs Cuomo Tax Cutting Agenda: “Now is the time to make additional cuts on state spending to provide even greater tax savings.”

(ALBANY, NY) - New York State Senator Mark Grisanti today announced his endorsement of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to overhaul state income tax rates and give average middle class households much-needed tax relief.

“I commend the Governor and Senate leadership for this groundbreaking initiative,” Grisanti said. “I stand proudly with The Business Council of New York State and the National Federation of Independent Business in support of this measure.”

“My constituents need this significant tax relief today, right now, ASAP - and they don’t have time for partisan bickering,” Grisanti said.

December 7, 2011

Senator Grisanti launched online 'Job Resource Center'

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (60th District) launched a free "job resource center" online that will provide assistance to constituents in his district who are currently looking for a job."Creating new jobs and retaining existing jobs is really what it is all about here in Western New York," said Senator Grisanti. "Since taking office in January, I have made bringing jobs back to Western New York one of my top priorities."  Currently unemployment is at  9.1% in the United States, 8% in New York State-wide and in 7.3% in the Buffalo/Niagara Region.

November 28, 2011

Senator Grisanti visits local home care patient during National Home Care Awareness Month

State Senator Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo) visited the home of Buffalo resident and home care recipient Randall Clay, to see, first-hand, the value of home and community-based care for residents of the 60th

November 23, 2011

Senator Grisanti proudly supports all of the men and women who have served our nation.

Senator Mark Grisanti recently recognized veterans from the 60th Senate District and throughout Western New York, honoring these brave men and women for their dedication to protecting the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.

November 14, 2011

NIAGARA GAZETTE: Grisanti supports Robert Moses Parkway removal efforts

NIAGARA FALLS - Members of the city’s tourism advisory board will get some help with their concerns about the Robert Moses Parkway from the Republican state senator representing Niagara Falls.Following a meeting Monday at City Hall, state Sen.

November 9, 2011

NIAGARA GAZETTE: Senator Grisanti questioning why local electricians not given jobs for Norampac’s new plant

By Mark Scheer

NIAGARA FALLS — A seemingly routine request for an approval from the city’s planning board turned into a discussion Wednesday about the use of local electricians on a high-profile development project in Niagara Falls.

State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Niagara Falls and Buffalo, used a presentation to the planning board by representatives from Norampac to publicly question the company’s decision to hire a Louisiana firm for electrical work tied to the construction of a new $430 million plant off Packard Road.

October 27, 2011

Mark Grisanti is Getting People Back To Work

One of the main focuses in the improvement of Western New York is bringing and finding jobs locally around the area. As the State Senator for the 60th district below are key links and articles to assist the constituents of Buffalo, Grand Island, and Niagara Falls looking for employment, and helpful hunting tips. Not only is it important to find an open job in the city but to be completely prepared when that interview day comes.

October 24, 2011

Supporting Wallenda's goal to perform in Niagara Falls

Senator Grisanti poses for a photo with Nik Wallenda, "King of the High Wire," along with members of the WNY Delegation.

October 21, 2011

2011-12 Home Energy Assistance Program

The 2011-12 Home Energy Assistance Program season is fast approaching. Please review the following information:

The HEAP mail out of “Early Access” applications to Households with Senior Citizen, Disabled, or other vulnerable members, commenced on 8/29/11. The mail out process will take 2-3 weeks. Please advise clients/constituents you speak with to expect an application, and to mail it in as soon as possible. HEAP funding is limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Attached are application instructions. We are receiving inquiries about need for submitting documentation. Please advise your clients/constituents:

October 20, 2011

Senate Environmental Conservation hearing examines release of sewage into New York’s waters

With billions of gallons of untreated sewage released in New York’s waters each year, including a recent accident where over 200 million gallons of raw sewage entered the Hudson River, the New York State Senate Environmental Conservation Committee held a major hearing on the issue.

The hearing, organized by Senators Adriano Espaillat and Mark Grisanti, focused on preventing untreated sewage from entering our waterways and establishing strong notification systems to protect the public. 

The hearing took testimony from various experts and activists, including New York City Dept. of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Regional Administrator Venetia Lannon.

October 14, 2011

Check presented to Make-A-Wish Foundation

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York today announced it has received a $15,000 donation from One Niagara, LLC and Cataract Tours, both of Niagara Falls.  The donation is to help with the foundation’s work in making wishes come true for local children dealing with life-threatening medical conditions.

October 13, 2011

New York State Senate Students Program Information Available

From the halls of higher-learning to the halls of the State Capitol, New York State Senate Student Programs offers undergraduate and graduate students exciting opportunities to learn about state government and to experience firsthand the legislative process.


If you have ever thought about a career in public service or state government, now is the time to get started! Our on-site, experiential learning programs provide students with a work experience that is both professionally rewarding and academically enriching.

For more information about internships with the New York State Senate, please click on this link:

October 13, 2011