Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced that the Senate has passed bill S.868, which calls for moving the election of members of the City of Buffalo School Board from May to November, a measure that he says will improve voter turnout and save taxpayers money.
The bill marks the third time that it has passed the Senate.
Grisanti estimates that his bill would save taxpayers over $100,000 due to elections being condensed to one day in November. The legislation also calls for extending the terms of current members of the Buffalo School Board to the last day of December rather than June, allowing for future terms of office to run from January through December.
" I am proud to be a co- sponsor of "Jackie's Law" in the New York State Senate. Now, with bi-partisan support this piece of legislation has a realty of passing the New York State Senate. Installing a GPS device is a form of stalking that must be stopped. With the introduction of new technology, our laws must be changed to keep up with criminals in order to protect victims of domestic violence and other related crimes."
- Senator Mark Grisanti ( R,I-60)
The proposed legislation will update the State's penal code under "Unlawful Surveillance in the Second Degree" to include GPS tracking devices.
New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I- Buffalo) and New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan (D,WF- Buffalo) announced today that legislation they sponsored in the Senate and Assembly has passed and been signed into law by Governor Cuomo. The legislation (S2075, A836) adds Scajaquada Creek to the state list that defines inland waterways.
Prior to this new law, the list did not include Scajaquada Creek, which meant it was not eligible for state and federal grants under the New York State Environmental Protection Fund's Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (EPF-LWRP). Adding Scajaquada Creek to this list will allow funding from the EPF-LWRP to be used to improve water quality and assist with clean-up efforts along the creek.
By Sen. Mark Grisanti and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-StokesNow is the time to legalize and regulate mixed martial arts (MMA) in New York. We should join the 48 states that have legalized MMA, the fastest-growing sport in the country.We recognize that MMA is not a sport for everyone, just as some are not fans of hockey, baseball, NASCAR or football. However, there are millions of New York MMA fans, who can and do watch MMA in New York already.It’s on broadcast, cable and pay-per-view television. In fact, more UFC pay-per-view events are purchased by New Yorkers than by residents of any other state.
New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I - Buffalo) and New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan (D, WF - Buffalo) announced today legislation to reform the Niagara River Greenway. Created by state law in 2004, the Niagara River Greenway Plan was designed to improve the waterfront along the Niagara River, in 13 municipalities, by "creating a linear system of parks, and conservation areas, linked by multi-use trails". A recently released report by the Partnership for the Public Good (PPG) has found that the Greenway Standing Committees, which determine funding for Greenway projects, have spent nearly $50 million since 2004.
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!
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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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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.
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."
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.