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

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

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
January 16, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

State Senators Advocating To Keep Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center Open

Republican state senators from Western New York – George Maziarz, Patrick Gallivan, Mark Grisanti and Mike Ranzenhofer – today wrote to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to urge him to personally intervene to help save the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca. Under the New York State Office of Mental Health’s Regional Centers of Excellence Plan, the WNY CPC would be closed and its staff and residents relocated to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, which primarily provides inpatient, outpatient, and residential services to adults.Last week, Cuomo announced three mental health facilities in other parts of the state that were also slated for closure under the Centers of Excellence Plan will now remain open.

December 26, 2013

Governor Cuomo Announces East Canal Project in Buffalo Now Open to the Public

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the ribbon was cut on the $5 million East Canal project in Buffalo, signifying its on-schedule completion and that the public space stretching between Washington and Main streets is now open to the public. It is the latest component of the Canalside development on Buffalo’s waterfront.

December 18, 2013

Governor Cuomo Announces OneTouch Direct to Bring 270 Jobs to Western New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that OneTouch Direct, LLC (OTD), a marketing and call center partner to Fortune 500 companies across North America, will establish a customer service center in Western New York, creating 271 jobs. The company, which has more than $53 million in sales, will invest more than $1.5 million to build out and equip a facility in Orchard Park, New York.


December 16, 2013

Grisanti Announces 'Veteran of the Month' recognition to start in 2014

Senator Mark Grisanti, (R, I-60) member of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs committee, announced today that he is currently accepting nominations for a new program that will recognize a local military veteran each month during the 2014 calendar year.


December 15, 2013

Third Annual Canalside Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration Schedule of Events

3rd Annual Canalside Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration Schedule of Events


Friday, December 20, 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

December 20, 12:00 AM - December 21, 12:00 AM

Senator Grisanti To Co-Sponsor "Knockout Game" Legislation

New York State Senator Mark J. Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced he will be co-sponsoring legislation in the New York State Senate that would be the first in the nation to protect innocent bystanders from being sucker-punched and assaulted by gangs, who in many cases are juveniles.

The proposed bill, known as the “Knockout Game Deterrent Act,” would ensure that those convicted would receive up to 25 years in prison, regardless of their age, for sucker-punching and assaulting innocent bystanders.

December 3, 2013

STAR registration events across New York State

Written by Joseph Spector, Gannett

ALBANY– The state tax department is holding weeklong registration events across the state starting Monday to get people to register for STAR.

The state is requiring homeowners who receive the tax break to re-register, and they’ll have the events in Binghamton, Rochester and Buffalo and three other cities, as well as on Long Island.

The deadline to re-register for STAR is Dec. 31.

December 2, 2013

Senator Grisanti Calls on Assembly to Bring MMA Legislation to the Floor For a Vote

"Today's economic impact study of Mixed Martial Arts in New York State reaffirms the need to pass legislation to legalize MMA. My Senate colleagues have successfully passed this bill, which I have co-sponsored, every year since I have been in office. Once the legislature is back in session in January, it is my hope that the Assembly will bring this legislation to the floor. With an estimated $33 million in new revenue for Upstate New York and $68 million statewide on the line, the Assembly must take action on this legislation. To me, this is a no-brainer. Bring it to the floor!"

November 22, 2013