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Memorial Day Message From Senator Mark Grisanti

Dear Friend:

On Memorial Day, our nation will together to honor the members of our military who have made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our freedoms.  These brave men and women from across our are the very reason we can enjoy the lives we lead and it is so important that we honor their service and sacrifice.

Throughout the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, many of our communities will pay tribute to these heroes by hosting parades and ceremonies. It is my hope that we can all take some time during this weekend to participate in one of these events to remember those we have lost as well as the sacrifice of the family members who survive them.

Please have a safe Memorial Day and God Bless America!

Sincerely,

May 24, 2013
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Grisanti-Sponsored Bill Passes in Senate to Protect Children From Jewelry Made With Harmful Materials

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that creates comprehensive safety requirements for children's jewelry to prevent exposure to harmful materials. The bill (S3947), sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R-I, North Buffalo), regulate heavy metals, magnets, and batteries in jewelry intended for use by children age 12 and younger, consistent with the federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. "This legislation is another step in protecting our children from harmful substances," Senator Grisanti, Chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee, said. "Our children are the most important parts of a parent's life, parents do all they can to shield and protect them. However, their growing bodies are much more vulnerable to harmful substances.

May 24, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Environmental Conservation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation Senator Mark J. Grisanti, Chair 9:00 AM, Thursday, May 30, 2013 Room 901 LOB

May 30, 9:00 AM - 9:06 AM
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Forum/Town Hall: New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman's Erie County Community Forum

Monday June 3, 2013 at the Burchfield Penney Art Center on Buff State’s campus at 6pm.

Hear from the Attorney General and his senior officials about important issues impacting our community including environmental conservation, labor rights, civil rights, healthcare, and consumer fraud and protection,

June 3, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Grisanti's Bill Designates Pedestrian Bridge 'Scajaquada 9/11 Memorial Bridge'

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) announced passage of bill that amends the highway law to designate the bridge that crosses over Route 198 into Delaware Park that connects Nottingham Terrace with Hoyt Lake in the City of Buffalo as "Scajaquada 9/11 Memorial Bridge."  The renaming of the bridge - approved with the passage of Senate Bill 1599 - culminated the efforts of local community activists who have been working on this project for over two years as part of their ongoing efforts to have a memorial in the city that honors people who were killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

May 22, 2013
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Senator Grisanti’s Bill to Increase Number of Green Homes Built in New York State Passes Senate

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) announced passage of Senate bill S. 1710 which would provide green development home tax exemptions. Grisanti’s bill would allow a tax exemption of 35 percent for real property for a period of no longer than 20 years if authorized by the local municipality.

According to Senator Grisanti, the legislation will help to incentivize builders to invest in green homes, which are typically more expensive to build.

May 22, 2013
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Roger Woodworth Nominated by Senator Grisanti for Veterans Hall of Fame in New York State Senate

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced he has nominated United States Army Captain Roger L. Woodworth as his nominee for the New York State Senate’s 2013 Veterans Hall of Fame Honoree Celebration.

CPT Woodworth will be recognized at a ceremony and luncheon on Tueaday in Albany for his efforts in the military as well as his work as a veteran in Western New York.

May 22, 2013
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Roger L. Woodworth

Captain Roger L. Woodworth enlisted in the Army in 1996, attending basic training in South Carolina and advanced individual training in Virginia. After serving three years as an enlisted Terrain Analyst on the 42nd Infantry Division Terrain Team, he attended Offi cers Candidate School. Commissioned in 1999, he began his career as an Army Offi cer with service in Headquarters & Headquarters Detachment, Engineer Brigade, 42nd Infantry Division as a Tactical Intelligence Officer.

May 20, 2013
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Leslie Zemsky

Leslie Zemsky, is the Director of Special Events and Projects for the Larkin Group in the City of Buffalo. Known as the company’s “Director of Fun,” Ms. Zemsky plays an integral role in the success of the Larkin Development Group, considered one of the most prestigious companies based in Buffalo’s central business district. 

Ms. Zemsky is also the owner of Rockspring Designs, LLC. Using her artistic skills, she produces artwork in the mediums of watercolor, gouache and oil and provides services for custom illustrating and design and layout features for cards, invitations and other special print products. 

May 13, 2013
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National Women's Health Week

We are currently celebrating National Women’s Health Week.

With this in mind, I’m pleased to report that I’ve just voted to approve two critically important bills that are designed to improve women’s health care throughout our state. These measures include the following:

May 13, 2013
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Grisanti Bill Increases Criminal Penalties for Animal Cruelty During Commission of a Felony

Senator Mark Grisanti ( R,I-60) has introduced a bill that would increase criminal penalties to those who abuse or kill animals during the commission of a felony.

Just recently, according to The Buffalo News an “incident occurred sometime between 6 p.m. Monday and 3:15 a.m. Tuesday, when the resident returned home to find that the front door of his Woodlawn Avenue home had been kicked in. The resident also found his dog stabbed, and Northeast District police said the dog died of its injuries.”
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May 13, 2013
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Leslie Zemsky Nominated by Senator Grisanti for "Women of Distinction" Honor

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced Leslie Zemsky of the City of Buffalo is his nominee for the New York State Senate's 16th annual Women of Distinction celebration.

 

May 6, 2013
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Senator Grisanti Wants YOUR input on "The Future of The Buffalo Skyway"

Senator Grisanti (R,I-60) invites you to share your input on "The Future of the Buffalo Skyway," a roundtable of stakeholders that will examine the best practices moving forward with the Skyway.

We would like to address a number of issues including access to the Inner and Outer Harbor, Ohio St and Furhman Blvd, the role that the Skyway plays with regards to business, the cost effectiveness of the overall maintenance of the Skyway versus the removal of it, and what could be developed on the waterfront if the Skyway is removed.

May 6, 2013
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Senator Grisanti to Receive Humane Leadership From ASPCA at May 6th "Voices For Animals Day" in Albany

Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I-Buffalo) today announced he has been selected by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to receive the organization's coveted Humane Leadership Award at its annual "Voices for Animals Day" on Monday, May 6th in The Well of Albany's Legislative Office Building.    
"I am honored to receive this award from the ASPCA, and would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all of the programs and services they provide in communities across New York," Grisanti said.  "As a loving owner of two dogs, I strongly feel we must protect our four-legged friends from abuse and harm however possible."

May 6, 2013
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Forum/Town Hall: Senator Grisanti Announces Roundtable Discussion on "The Future of the Buffalo Skyway"

WHO: Senator Mark Grisanti ( R,I- 60) and Senator Charles Fuschillo (R,-8), Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. WHAT: Roundtable Discussion on the "The Future of the Buffalo Skyway."  WHEN: Wednesday May 15, 2013 at 10:00 am.WHERE: Pierce Arrow Transportation Museum, 263 Michigan Ave  Buffalo, NY 14204List of invitees include: General Mills, Erie Canal Harbor Development, Uniland Development, Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Both City and County Public Works Commissioners, Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council, Buffalo and Erie County Naval Park, NFTA and Citizen Regional Transportation Council and other state elected officials.WHY: This Roundtable will examine the "The Future of the Buffalo Skyway" and what are the best practices moving forward.

May 15, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Committee Meeting: Environmental Conservation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation Senator Mark J. Grisanti, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, May 7, 2013 Room 901 LOB

May 7, 9:00 AM - 9:03 AM
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Your Voice With Senator Mark Grisanti

Senator Grisanti discusses solar energy, protect sharks and Earth Day.

May 2, 2013
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WIVB.COM: Lawmakers want inmates to have co-pay

Thanks to taxpayers, inmates receive free health care. But proposed legislation could change that and force prisoners to pay up.

May 2, 2013
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BUFFALO NEWS: Veterans get one-stop center to deal with needs

With the cutting of a red, white and blue ribbon, the Veterans One-stop Center of Western New York opened for business Monday in Buffalo.

The idea of having a single location with many services to help veterans was years in the making, according to wounded Vietnam War veteran Edward Simmons, who was given the honor of cutting the ceremonial ribbon at the center housed at 1280 Main St.

May 1, 2013
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Senator Grisanti Calling on Other State Legislators to Pass Pet Abuse Registry Legislation

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today urged his colleagues in both the Senate and Assembly to act on legislation he introduced last year that would create a state registry of all criminals convicted of abusing animals in an effort to prevent them from gaining access to another innocent victim.

Grisanti's bill S. 1594 calls for the creation of an easily accessible statewide database listing anyone who has ever been found guilty of abusing an animal by prohibiting animal abusers from possessing, adopting, owning, purchasing or exercising any type of control over an animal as long as they are required to register.

April 29, 2013
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