"The Buffalo News" Editorial Board: For UB, once again

Fifty-five state senators, Republicans and Democrats, stood in solidarity for the University at Buffalo last week, passing a new bill supporting the UB 2020 strategic plan. It's a new momentum for the bill that could bolster all of Western New York. It must not be lost.The bill was sponsored by freshman Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, and supported by Majority Leader Dean Skelos. It now demands support in the Assembly, especially as it takes out the key opposition argument of affordability in allowing the university to raise its own tuition.

March 11, 2011

Grisanti Votes "Yes" to Repeal Anti-Job IDA Tax: Bill Passes Through Senate

Bill Mirrors Proposal in Executive Budget

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.2682), sponsored by Senator Mike Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), to repeal a burdensome tax on local economic development agencies that hinders job growth and economic investment. The tax, first enacted in 2009, provides a direct obstacle to the ability of Industrial Development Agencies and Authorities (IDAs) to invest in new projects, support local businesses and create jobs.

"One of my campaign promises was to create jobs and cut  taxes,"  said Senator Grisanti. "By repealing this burdensome tax from 2009, we are promoting job growth in Western New York and across the state," said Grisanti.

March 10, 2011

Statement on the Confirmation of Joesph Martens, New DEC Chair of NY

"It is my pleasure to support the nomination of Joseph Martens as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.  Commissioner Martens appeared before the Senate Encon Committee and was passed out unanimously.  During his hearing, Commissioner Martens took the time to answer each and every question presented to him, and I thank him for that.  In the brief time I have known Commissioner Martens he has shown himself to be an open minded individual willing to work with anyone on issues affecting the stewardship of this great State. For these reasons, I strongly support the nomination of Joseph Martens as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation."

- Senator Mark J. Grisanti

March 8, 2011

Statement Regarding Recent Lady Gaga Emails

"We have received approximately 600 emails, which represent positions on both sides of the issue. We intend to respond to each and every email that we have received on this matter as we do with every piece of correspondence that comes into our office."

- Doug Curella, Chief of Staff and Spokesman For Senator Mark Grisanti

March 7, 2011

Statement on Niagara County Legislator Renae Kimble Not Seeking Re-Election

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (60th District) issued a statement today  in response to today’s announcement by Niagara County Legislator Renae Kimble, D-2nd Legislative District, that she would not seek re-election and retire at the end of her current term:

“I wish Renae the very best in her future endeavors. She is a well-respected leader in Niagara Falls who has always put the best interest of her community first.  I hope that the Niagara County Redistricting Commission will protect representation for the African-American community in Niagara Falls, as the commission outlines the new legislative districts in Niagara County. “

-Senator Mark J. Grisanti

March 7, 2011

Statement on Lady Gaga Remarks

“Lady Gaga is a terrific world renowned performer, entitled to her opinion. That is why our country is so great because you have the opportunity to have your voice be heard, and reach out to your local representatives. But Senator Grisanti has already reached out to Outspoken Equality, and is meeting with them next week.


Additionally, I have personally met with the Outspoken for Equality in Albany, and we had a very informative and constructive conversation. We look forward to learning more about their issues and concerns with regards to Same-Sex Marriage.”


March 5, 2011

Sen. Grisanti Votes Yes To Strengthen Voting Process for Military Voters

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative approval today to legislation (S.3500) sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, to ensure that special elections in New York State provide more time for military absentee ballots to be mailed and counted.

March 3, 2011

Senator Grisanti Follows Through On Campaign Promise With Passage Of UB 2020 Legislation

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (60th District) today joined his colleagues from the Western New York legislative delegation in introducing a new bill that supports the University at Buffalo’s strategic plan, legislation that will benefit students, families and the economy of Western New York.

“This legislation represents one of the major pieces of the puzzle when you talk about the economic future of Western New York,” Senator Grisanti said. “This action today helps send a unified message to Governor Cuomo and others in Albany that we are serious about seeing this important legislation moves forward.”

March 2, 2011

Senator Grisanti comments on UB 2020 legislation

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti comments on the UB 2020 legislation on the Senate floor: 

March 2, 2011

Senator Grisanti Strongly Opposed to Bicycle License Legislation

Chairman of State Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee calls proposal ‘outrageous’

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (60th District) issued a statement today strongly opposing proposed legislation that would require every bicycle in New York State to have a license plate.

March 1, 2011
March 1, 2011

NY DEC Announces Plans to Modify Baitfish Transport Regulations

Revised Rules Will Address Overland Transport Restrictions

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Acting Commissioner Joe Martens today announced that DEC will propose revisions to the current rule restricting overland transport of uncertified baitfish.

“I appreciate the helpful criticism of the Department’s existing baitfish regulations and we are revising the rule accordingly,” said Acting Commissioner Joe Martens. “Fishing is an important part of our outdoor sports economy, and we expect anglers will welcome this change and support our common goal of protecting New York’s world class fisheries.”

March 1, 2011

Senator Grisanti Urges 'Big Four" Districts to Repeal 'Last In First Out' Law

Republican state legislator teams with Democratic colleague in asking for a  new system for teacher evaluation

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (60th District) is pushing to repeal the “last in, first out” (LIFO) policy by joining with administrators and board of education members from the “Big Four” school districts of New York (Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers) in their request for new systems for teacher evaluation to be put into place.

February 28, 2011

Free Healthy Heart Awareness Seminar Sunday Feb. 27th

This Sunday, February 27th, from Noon until 2:00 pm, you can join State Senator Mark Grisanti along with Terrie and her staff (Shown above) at:

Terrie’s Workout Center,1473 Hertel Ave. Buffalo NY 14216716 - 833 -


You will get free Health Tips on: weight training, stress management boxing, pilates, stretching and yoga for a healthier and stronger heart. Special Health Bags and information will be provided by Univera Health.

The Event Is Free & Open To The Public.


February 22, 2011

Hoyt, Grisanti Urge Feds to Redirect High Speed Rail Funds to NYS

$2.4 Billion from Federal Government Would Boost Rail Development

BUFFALO, NY –Assemblymember Sam Hoyt and Senator Mark Grisanti sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today urging him to redirect $2.4 billion in high speed rail funding that was recently rejected by Florida to New York. This injection of money to develop New York’s high speed rail corridor would be a dramatic boost for the development.

February 18, 2011

Senate Passes Anti-Crime Bills

The New York State Senate recently passed a package of bills that would strengthen laws and toughen criminal penalties for certain sex offenses related to rape and  child pornography.

In addition, bills were passed to expand information on criminal background checks for individuals applying for employment in law enforcement and increasing penalties for the crime of criminally negligent homicide.

Legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos would require consecutive prison sentences for each separate act of rape when an individual is convicted of multiple counts.

February 15, 2011

Senate passes mandate relief legislation

The New York State Senate recently passed three mandate relief bills that would give local governments more authority and flexibility and help save taxpayer dollars.


One measure would authorize localities to deliver proposed local laws to members of their legislative bodies by e-mail. 


Another bill would tax collectors to send tax statements by email to homeowners who opt out of receiving paper statements.


In addition, the Senate passed legislation that would allow two or more contiguous towns to jointly purchase highway equipment.

February 8, 2011