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.”
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.
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$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.
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.
"Governor Andrew Cuomo presented some options on how to reduce state spending, and eliminate the deficit. The Governor and I share the same vision to consolidate government operations by merging eleven separate entities into four state agencies, and reducing state spending by 10 percent. The Governor's proposed budget sets the right tone for the challenges ahead. I understand that this budget is not pretty, but I am confident in working with the people of Western New York, the Governor and elected officials from both sides of the aisle to assure that Western New York is not forgotten about and that the budget is passed on-time."
The New York State Senate today passed property tax relief legislation (S.2706) that would place a cap on the growth of school property taxes at two percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is less. If enacted, New York would become the 44th state to cap local property taxes. In addition, the Senate approved two measures related to providing mandate relief to school districts and local governments.
“ We need to keep residents and businesses in Western New York,” Senator Mark Grisanti said. “By supporting this legislation, this will ensure that small businesses and residents pay fewer taxes and remain in New York,” said Sen. Grisanti.
The bill, which is supported by business organizations across the state, includes the following provisions:
New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (60th District) will hold his local swearing-in ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 22 at the Montante Cultural Center at Canisius College.Grisanti, who was formally sworn in earlier this month during a ceremony in Albany, is a graduate of Canisius College.
New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (60th District) and New York State Assemblyman John Ceretto (138th District) today voiced their support of the introduction of legislation by New York State Assemblyman Philip Boyle (8th District) that calls for the creation of a bill that would make it a misdemeanor for any elected official who destroys public documents.At a press conference held this morning in Albany, Boyle shared details of his proposal in a bipartisan announcement of legislation that would make it a crime, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $25,000 fine, for any elected official to knowingly destroy "open" constituent case files. Both Grisanti and Ceretto discovered their immediate predecessors have destroyed existing constituent case files. Of