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Senator Grisanti Sponsors and Passes Amanda Lynn's Law in New York State Senate

Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I-60) today announced that Senate Bill S.1590, which makes it a crime to conceal a death by knowingly moving or otherwise hiding a human corpse so that discovery of the death will be hindered, has been passed following a vote by the New York State Senate.

 

The bill, which was sponsored by Senator Grisanti, was previously passed in the state Senate the past two years but has yet to be approved by the state Assembly.  

March 6, 2014
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Senator Grisanti Welcomes Decision By Buffalo Bills

     I was extremely pleased to learn of the decision by the Buffalo Bills to end their arrangement to play one "home" game per year in Toronto.

 

          Playing their entire home schedule at Ralph Wilson Stadium will be an economic shot in the arm for the Southtowns in general, and the Town of Orchard Park in particular.

March 5, 2014
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Senator Grisanti Names Jack O’Connor ‘Veteran Of The Month’

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti is proud to announce Jack O’Connor is the second recipient of his “Veteran of the Month” recognition program.

O’Connor, a resident of the Village of Kenmore, becomes the second of what will be twelve recipients of an honor presented by Senator Grisanti following an application and nomination process coordinated by staff members who work in Grisanti’s veterans liaison office.

“I am happy to recognize Jack for his outstanding service to his country,” said Senator Grisanti. “He is one of our outstanding veterans living in Western New York who is a positive role model for us all. I encourage all of my constituents to look up to and admire Jack for all that he has done for his nation.”

March 5, 2014
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Senator Mark Grisanti’s Statement on State Assembly’s Passage of “The Dream Act”

    

“I was against this proposal two years ago, and I remain against it today. I cannot in good conscience support diverting tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds annually to children of illegal immigrants by giving them access to TAP grants and other higher education assistance programs when so many students are struggling to meet the costs of higher education. Sheldon Silver needs to come to the realization that the wallets of taxpayers are not bottomless pits. His proposal may work in New York City, but the overwhelming majority of people I have been elected to represent are vehemently opposed to it.

February 26, 2014
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Grisanti Calls on Assembly to Immediately Pass “Public Assistance Integrity Act”

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-Buffalo) has called on New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to bring the ‘Public Assistance Integrity Act’ to the floor for a vote immediately or risk of losing $120 million in federal aid.

New York State must show the federal government, through legislative action, how it is going to prevent welfare fraud and abuse from EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards. If the state does not act, New York will stand to lose more than $120 million in federal Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF). The deadline is Saturday, February 22.

February 24, 2014
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Senator Grisanti Launches Petition Against Free College For Prisoners

New York State Senator Mark J. Grisanti (R,I - Buffalo) announced today that he has launched an online petition to gather public opposition to a recent proposal by Governor Andrew Cuomo to give taxpayer-subsidized college classes to inmates at 10 state prisons.

 

The petition, "Say 'NO' To Free College For Prisoners", went live today.

February 18, 2014
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Senator Grisanti Will Back "Compassionate Care Act"

State Senator Mark Grisanti (R,IP,-Buffalo) announced today that he will support the "Compassionate Care Act", which would legalize the use of medical marijuana to treat certain diseases.

 

February 18, 2014
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Senator Grisanti Opposes Plan To Fund College Classes For Prisoners

New York Senator Mark J. Grisanti (R,I-Buffalo) announced today that he is opposed to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's proposal to use tax dollars to pay for college tuition for inmates at state prisons.

Cuomo's plan, announced during the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus this weekend at the Capitol, would provide college-level education at 10 state prisons, at a cost to taxpayers of about $5,000 per inmate per year. There are an estimated 54,500 inmates currently confined in state prisons.

February 18, 2014
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Senators Maziarz, Grisanti Release Joint Letter In Support Of Keeping St. Francis of Assisi School Open

Today, Senator George Maziarz and Senator Mark Grisanti released a joint letter in support of keeping St. Francis of Assisi open to The Most Reverend Carlo Maria Viganò , the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.

 

In the letter, the Senators said in part:

 

February 12, 2014
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VIDEO: Public Assistance Integrity Act

Learn more about the Public Assistance Integrity Act by clicking on the link.

February 12, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Environmental Conservation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation  Senator Mark J. Grisanti, Chair  9:00 AM, Tuesday, February 11, 2014  Room 901 LOB

February 11, 9:00 AM - 9:07 AM
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Senator Grisanti Recognizes National Women And Girls In Sport Day

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti today recognized National Women and Girls in Sport Day, which marks the importance of sports participation in the lives of girls and women.

 

February 5, 2014
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Public Assistance Integrity Act Legislation Co-Sponsored by Senator Grisanti Passes State Senate

The New York State Senate passed the Public Assistance Integrity Act (S966). Senator Mark Grisanti co-sponsored the legislation, and this is the third consecutive time it has passed the NY State Senate.

“I am proud to co-sponsor this legislation which would protect your tax dollars and stop the abuse in the welfare program. Using your tax dollars to support a transaction at a liquor store, casino or strip club is not only inappropriate but it goes against the intent of the welfare program,” said Senator Mark Grisanti.

The legislation would cut down on the flagrant abuse of EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards by prohibiting welfare recipients from using cash assistance to purchase tobacco, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or to gamble.

February 5, 2014
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Your Voice With Senator Mark Grisanti

February 3, 2014 - Senator Mark Grisanti discusses Environmental Issues, Energy Grid and Lake Shore Hospital

February 4, 2014
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American Heart Association says lives will be saved by CPR in Schools bill

Buffalo, NY –Today the American Heart Association applauded Senator Mark Grisanti for introducing legislation that holds the power to create a generation of lifesavers in New York: the CPR in School bill.The bill ensures all students learn bystander CPR before they graduate, preparing them to respond to sudden cardiac arrest, whose victims usually die before Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) arrive because nobody administered CPR.For two local families, the bill has special meaning.  Suzy McCarthy and her family advocate in honor of their daughter and sister, Madison Lee.  Madison was just five years old when she suffered cardiac arrest while attending kindergarten.  Annette Adamczak is dedicated to teaching hands-only CPR to high school students across Western New York,

February 3, 2014
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Another Voice: Education Investment Tax Credit will benefit schools and all New Yorkers

By Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Jane Corwin and Mark GrisantiTwo seemingly unrelated news items last week combined to make a powerful point.The first was the Catholic Diocese’s announcement that it would close 10 schools. Universally, reaction could only be described as pain and sadness.The second was the Oscar nominations. Why? Because several of the films contending for the honor were produced with the help of a New York tax credit that has helped our state.In 2014, why can’t we have a tax credit that will help save children, parents and our communities from suffering through the continual closing of their Catholic and other schools?A bipartisan group of legislators from Western New York is co-sponsoring exactly such legislation.

February 3, 2014
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Senator Grisanti Names Kevin Meehan 'Veteran Of The Month'

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti is proud to announce Kevin Joseph Meehan, Jr. is the first recipient of his "Veteran of the Month" recognition program.

 

Meehan becomes the first of what will be twelve recipients of a prestigious honor that is presented by Senator Grisanti following an application and nomination process involving the staff who work in Grisanti's veterans liaison office, which is based in the senator's district office.

 

January 29, 2014
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Take Your Child To The Library Day

Saturday, February 1, is “Take Your Child to the Library Day!”  Many of the 37 Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries will be offering family friendly programming, including crafts, games, storytelling and movies.   Library Director Mary Jean Jakubowski said “Saturday will be a perfect day to introduce your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends, etc., to the wonderful world of libraries. And, “Take Your Child to the Library Day” is a terrific opportunity to get children the best present ever, a free library card!”   In 2012, a children's librarian in Waterford, Connecticut, came up with the idea for “Take Your Child to the Library Day” and selected the first Saturday in February as the annual day of celebration.

February 1, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Your Voice with Senator Mark Grisanti

January 22, 2014 - Senator Grisanti discusses 2013 Legislative Recap, Puppy Mill Bill, Environmental Conservation, Mercury Thermostat Collection, Western NY Development, Medical Research

January 23, 2014
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2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Observance

For more information on how New York State is honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., please visit the New York State Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday Memorial Observance web site.

January 21, 2014
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