Grisanti Announces $400,000 In Funding For Tonawanda

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) announced today that he has secured funding for the Town of Tonawanda that will be used for environmental, public safety and parks and recreation projects that will enhance and improve conditions in the town while accomplishing budgetary relief and increasing efficiency.

August 9, 2013

Grisanti And Gallivan Co-Sponsor Human Trafficking Roundtable

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) is pleased to announce today he will be co-sponsoring a roundtable with Senator Patrick Gallivan (R, C, I-59) aimed addressing human trafficking. Human Trafficking is a concern for WNY as the region is located on the border with Canada. The senators are hoping to stimulate conversation in order to prevent, suppress and bring awareness to the issue of trafficking in persons, especially women and children. The roundtable will be held on Wednesday August 7th from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at the Walter J.

August 7, 2013

Grisanti-Sponsored Bill Aimed To Protect Dogs And Cats From Abusive Treatment By Pet Dealers Signed Into Law

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protects dogs and cats from abusive treatment by pet dealers in New York State.
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August 5, 2013

Grisanti Has Six Bills Signed Into Law By Governor

After being highlighted as Western New York's most productive legislator by NYPIRG in early July, Senator Grisanti (R, I - Buffalo) had six bills, of 18 that passed both houses, signed into law today.

NYPIRG released the results from a study of the 2013 New York State Legislative Session found that Sen. Grisanti had the most pieces of legislation pass both the Senate and the Assembly when compared to his colleagues from Western New York.

August 1, 2013

Construction To Begin On Sherwood Greenway Trail

New York
State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Acting Regional Director Darrell
Kaminski was joined by federal, state and local officials to break ground on a
project to construct the Sherwood Greenway Trail and make highway improvements
to NY Route 324 (Sheridan Drive) and NY Route 325 (Sheridan Drive Extension) in
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July 30, 2013

Grisanti-Sponsored Legislation That Prohibits The Sale, Possession And Distribution Of Shark Fins Signed Into Law

Buffalo legislator led push to make it illegal to
possess, sell or distribute shark fins in New

July 26, 2013

BUFFALO NEWS: Cuomo set to sign law banning shark fin trade in New York State

Shark fin soup goes back to the Ming Dynasty and is almost as hard to find in
Western New York as a Super Bowl trophy.

But the expensive Asian delicacy is about to go off menus across New York,
making environmentalists happy.

Legislation is now before Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to ban the sale, trade and
distribution of shark fins. Cuomo is expected to sign the bill as early as
today, according to advocates and lawmakers, who passed the measure with all but
one vote in the Senate and Assembly this spring.

July 26, 2013

Senator Grisanti Continues Push for Stronger Animal Cruelty Laws by Urging Governor to Sign Bill That Cracks Down on Puppy Mills

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I - Buffalo) today (July 16, 2013) renewed his call for a crack down on puppy mills by urging Governor Cuomo to sign into law Bill S.3753, which would allow forward-thinking local governments to regulate commercial pet breeders and pet stores. The legislation addresses the ineffectiveness of New York's "Pet Dealer" law, the proliferation of unregulated dog breeders in the state and the pet industry's complicit support of inherently cruel, out-of-state puppy mills.

July 16, 2013

Senator Mark Grisanti Announces Grants For Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti brought good news to local libraries this afternoon when he announced $128,000 in  grants through the "Bullet Aid" targeted education fund for libraries.

July 15, 2013

Senator Grisanti Was Most Productive Senator From Western New York During 2013 Legislative Session

an independent report shows New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) was one of the Empire State's busiest and most effective lawmakers, according to a recently released study of legislation that passed this session in both the New York State Senate and New York State Assembly. The 20 bills passing both houses is more then any member of both the Assembly and Senate who are members of the WNY Delegation.


July 1, 2013

Grisanti Asks Judge For Maximum Penalties Against Tonawanda Coke

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I-Buffalo) today submitted a letter to the Chief District Judge of the United States District Court asking for the maximum fine that is allowed by law to be handed to Tonawanda Coke Corporation for the illegal actions and willful violation of environmental law that resulted in health-related problems and illnesses for some residents who live near the Tonawanda Coke facility. As chairman of the New York State Senate's Environmental Conservation Commission, Sen. Grisanti believes his request to Chief District Judge William M.

June 28, 2013

BUFFALO NEWS: New York State, Canada Announce Peace Bridge Agreement

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Canadian officials this morning announced an agreement concerning improvements at the Peace Bridge.

“We prefer partnership,’’ said Gary Doer, the Canadian ambassador to the United States, of the end to the months-long dispute that seriously tested relations between New York and Canada.

“Some would say we’ve been trying to do this for 20 years,’’ Cuomo said. He said the deal is between Canada and New York and ensures that delays on the Peace Bridge Authority will no longer get in the way. “There’s nothing conceptual here ... This is a very specific plan with projects that we’re committed to.’’

June 27, 2013

Senator Grisanti Hosting Special Veterans Presentation With Senate Co-Majority Leaders

Senator Grisanti (R, I-Buffalo) is hosting a special Veterans benefits presentation highlighting legislation passed and proposed in the New York State Senate this past year. Joined by Co-Majority Leaders Sen. Dean Skelos (R, C, I-Long Island) and Sen. Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), Sen. Grisanti’s presentation will take place on Thursday, June 27 at 3pm, at the Buffalo Naval and Military Park at 1 Naval Park Cove, Buffalo, NY, 14202. All veterans are welcome to attend.


June 25, 2013

BUFFALO NEWS: Kenmore Celebrates The Dog Days Of Summer

Sid Cranston of Wilson and his 2-year-old mixed breed, Benson, won the owner look-alike contest for their matching grey beards.

Becket Panfil, 13, of Angola and his Yorkiepoo, Horton, won best trick when the dog rolled to his side and played dead.

And Christine Feliciano of Buffalo took home the best costume award for dressing up her beagle, Lola, in a pink dress and baby’s hat.

But if there was a throne for a top dog Sunday at Dog Days of Kenmore 2013, it surely would have belonged to Phoenix, the Jack Russell terrier puppy who narrowly survived being doused in lighter fluid and set on fire in October. Two Buffalo residents were convicted in that attack.

June 24, 2013

New York State Senate Promoting Public Assistance Integrity Act

The New York State Senate will act today on the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” sponsored by Senator Tom Libous (R-C-I, Binghamton) and Co-sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I, Buffalo)  that would help 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.


June 21, 2013

VIDEO: Your Voice With Senator Mark Grisanti

Senator Grisanti talks about the City of Buffalo School District's budget, ongoing talks about the Peace Bridge and historic preservation.

June 19, 2013

BUFFALO NEWS: State senate leaders hosting meeting with veterans on June 27

Local military veterans will get a chance to rub elbows with the two top leaders of the New York State Senate when they come to town next week to discuss issues they’re facing, including high unemployment among younger vets.

State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, a member of the Senate’s Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, announced Tuesday that the meeting with Senate coalition leaders Dean G. Skelos and Jeffrey D. Klein is set for 3 p.m. June 27 at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park at Canalside.

In urging veterans to attend the meeting, Grisanti, R-Buffalo, said it is important for state leaders to receive direct input from former members of the armed forces.

June 19, 2013

VIDEO: Senator Mark Grisanti's Comments On Welfare Fraud

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti's comments from June 18, 2013 on welfare fraud.

June 19, 2013

Senate To Act On Public Assistance Integrity Act

The New York State Senate will act today on the "Public Assistance Integrity Act," sponsored by Senator Tom Libous (R-C-I, Binghamton) and Co-sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I, Buffalo)  that would help 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. "The Senate again made the right choice in protecting your tax dollars by passing a measure that would 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.

June 19, 2013

Join the Fight to Protect Your Tax Dollars

Under the currently proposed “Campaign Finance Reform” plan New York State would be forcedto spend over $200 million in taxpayer money to fund political campaigns every year. That’s over$200 million that could instead be spent on investing in schools, fixing our roads, or restoring the Governor’s cuts to the developmentally disabled.

Even worse, taxpayers would be required to fund negative TV commercials, annoying robocalls and candidates expenditures for groceries, gas, babysitters, and personal cell phone bills, all while being forced to shell out their tax dollars to candidates they may not support.

June 17, 2013