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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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Senator Grisanti Sends Request to Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos in support of the “Education Investment Tax Credit”

BUFFALO, NY – Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos requesting that Senate Bill S4099, better known as the “Education Investment Tax Credit,” be included in the 2014-2015 state budget.Recently, Bishop Malone made the unfortunate announcement that 10 Catholic Schools in the Western New York area will be permanently closing at the end of the current school year, displacing 1,154 students (K-8) and 195 faculty and staff.Senators Grisanti, Patrick Gallivan and George Maziarz are the Western New York Senators co-sponsoring this measure, which previously passed the Senate in 2011 and 2012, with no action being taken on the legislation by the Assembly.In the letter to Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Grisanti said, ”Catholic and other schools in Wes

January 17, 2014
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Buffalo-Niagara Partnership Hosted Western New York Delegation in Support of Business Tax Relief Plan

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership today joined members of the Western New York Delegation to express support for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan for tax relief for businesses as detailed in last week’s State of the State address and the Tax Relief Commission’s recommendations.

January 17, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Environmental Conservation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation Senator Mark J. Grisanti, Chair 9:00 AM, Thursday, January 23, 2014 Room 901 LOB

January 23, 9:00 AM - 9:05 AM
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January 16, 2014
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Senator Grisanti Announces Over $700,000 For City Of Buffalo Pre-K Program

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced that the City of Buffalo has been awarded $741,220 through a competitive grant to expand the available number of slots for full day pre kindergarten programs.

 

"This is great news for families in the City of Buffalo," said Senator Grisanti. "Studies have overwhelming showed that the first few years of a child's life are critical for their cognitive development and learning. If we can expose children to education early on then as students they will have a better chance for success in their later years of education."

January 13, 2014
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Grisanti-Sponsored Bill Regulating Animal Breeders And Pet Stores Signed Into Law

 Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced a bill he sponsored regulating animal breeders and pet stores has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

 

Grisanti's sponsorship of bill S.3753 will allow forward-thinking local governments to regulate commercial pet breeders and pet stores and gets tough on puppy mills by addressing the ineffectiveness of New York State's "Pet Dealer" law and the proliferation of unregulated dog breeders in the state.

January 10, 2014
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A Day of Remembrance – International Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Senator Mark Grisanti and the Domestic Violence Taskforce of SUNY Buffalo law school invite you to a join us for a day of remembrance for victims of human trafficking. The day includes a moment of silence and guest speakers on this important issue.For More Information please contact Talia at Senator Grisanti’s office at 716-854-8705 or email TR.grisanti@gmail.comClick here to download the flyer for this event.Where?The Newman Center UB North 495 Skinnersville Road Amherst, NY 14228When?January 11th 20142:00-3:30pm

January 11, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: Rally To Save Lake Shore Hospital

The following is a letter sent to my constituents in the towns of Evans and Brant informing them of a rally scheduled to take place this Saturday, January 11th:

Dear Friend,

I am sure you have heard recently on the news that Lake Shore Hospital may soon be closed. This situation is of great concern to me because I believe if the facility were to be shut down it would be a terrible blow to our community, specifically for residents of the towns of Brant and Evans, the villages of Farnham and Angola and the many residents who live in Derby, Irving and other surrounding communities.

January 11, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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WBEN 930-AM: Will 2014 Be MMA’s Year In New York?

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) – State Senator Mark Grisanti says that New York is missing out on a way to boost the economy that’s sitting right under their nose.Grisanti is co-sponsor of a bill that would legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York state.The bill has passed the senate three separate times, but has still not passed through the assembly.“The problem is that the Speaker (Sheldon Silver) won’t bring the bill on to the floor” Grisanti said.

December 26, 2013
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