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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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!"
In 2013, New York State initiated a program that all recipients of The Basic STAR Property Tax exemption (Property owners UNDER AGE 65, or those over age 65 whose incomes exceeded $81,900) would have to re-register in order to receive the Basic STAR exemption. This was part of an initiative to protect New Yorkers against fraudulent or inappropriate STAR Exemptions.
Beginning in 2013, legislation requires all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR property tax exemption to register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years. This is part of a new initiative to protect New Yorkers against inappropriate or fraudulent STAR exemptions.
In 2013, New York State initiated a program that all recipients of The Basic STAR Property Tax exemption (Property owners UNDER AGE 65, or those over age 65 whose incomes exceeded $81,900) would have to re-register in order to receive the Basic STAR exemption. This was part of an iniative to protect New Yorkers against fraudulent or inappropriate STAR Exemptions.
"After receiving calls from the community and having conversations with Commissioner Joe Martens from the Department of Environmental Conservation regarding the air quality in the neighborhood near the Peace Bridge, I am happy to see that the DEC has agreed to my request to extend the air quality monitoring process and add more air monitoring sites during the upcoming high-traffic summer months.
New York State Senator Mark Grisanti has been named the Boys and Girls Town of Italy 2013 Man of the Year award recipient.
Senator Grisanti will be honored for his dedication to charitable causes and for his support of Boys and Girls Town of Italy WNY Chapter at the organization’s 50th annual gala at 6 p.m. on Monday, November 11 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.
The Calvary Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, which annually honors men from Western New York for their contributions to their community, has named New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (60th District) as a "Men Moving Forward" award recipient.
According to Calvary CME Church Pastor Shirley Billps Bell and general chairpersons Bonnie Conerly and Shelby Pittman, the purpose of the celebration is "to ensure that young men in our community can seek out these high profile men as their role model.