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Grisanti Sponsored Bill To Protect Children Passes New York State Senate

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) announced that the New York State Senate today passed the "Protect Our Children Act," a bill he sponsored which would create the new crime of aggravated murder of a child with a sentence of life in prison without parole.


The bill (S1721B) would expand an existing law of aggravated abuse of a child which makes it a crime when someone recklessly causes physical injury to a child under the age of 14.


May 21, 2014

Senator Grisanti Honored By ASPCA

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti recently received a Humane Leadership Award from the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


May 20, 2014

2014 Woman of Distinction

Cindy Abbott Letro was named Senator Grisanti's 2014 Woman of Distinction award recipient.

May 14, 2014

Grisanti Names Cindy Abbott Letro 2014 'Woman of Distinction'

Cindy Abbott Letro will be honored in Albany on Tuesday, May 13 as part of a ceremony that recognizes female residents of New York who were recognized as part of the state's celebration of Women's History Month. 
Cindy Abbott Letro is committed to strengthening the fabric of our community through volunteerism, philanthropy and leadership. Lending her expertise developed over 25 years as a broadcast/marketing professional, Ms.

May 12, 2014

Grisanti's Bill Establishes Green Development Home Tax Exemption For Erie County

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced the passage of a bill that establishes a green development home tax exemption for local property owners, making an amendment of the state's real property tax law for property located within Erie County.


The legislation is expected to facilitating growth in the green home market by offering an incentive for homes that typically cost more than the average new home.


May 12, 2014

Supporting Lake Shore Central School District's Energy Education Initiatives

Senator Grisanti recently visited Lake Shore High School for an Earth Day presentation recognizing his support for the Lake Shore Central School District's Energy Education Initiatives. Senator Grisanti was honored with a certificate of appreciation as well as a framed illustration by Alfonso Butlak IV, a senior at Lake Shore High School, which pays tribute to the senator's support of the district. The district has saved more than $180,000 through the Energy Education Program.

May 8, 2014

Local veterans honored for their service

Members of the Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 77 recently presented caps of the five armed services at the “Missing Man Table Ceremony” as the VA marked Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day in Buffalo.

Among those who were honored were Silviu Dan of North Tonawanda and J. Donald Griffin of Cheektowaga, who also received special recognition for their military service from New York State Senator Mark Grisanti.

Pictured from left are Ron Pilozzi of Senator Grisanti’s veterans liaison office; J. Donald Griffin, a ball turret gunner who served during World War II; Silviu Dan, an aerial gunner who served during World War II; and Ron Deschenes of Senator Grisanti’s veterans liaison office.

May 8, 2014

Grisanti Sponsored Bill To Award Diplomas To All Veterans

Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I-60) announced passed legislation (S6292) today that he sponsored that would make all veterans eligible for "Operation Recognition," which allows veterans to be awarded a high school degree based on their knowledge and experience gained while in the military. 


May 7, 2014

Your Voice With Senator Mark Grisanti

May 5, 2014 - Senator Grisanti discusses District Events, Budget Passage, EPF Budget, GEA, Ralph Wilson:

May 6, 2014

Land Conservancy Awarded $49,700 from Conservation Partnership Program Grants

On Thursday, April 24, Governor Cuomo announced $1.4 million
in Conservation Partnership Program grants for 50 nonprofit land trusts across
the state. Representatives of the Department of Environmental Conservation
(DEC) and the Land Trust Alliance unveiled the grantees at an event at Indian
Ladder Farms in Albany County as part of a weeklong celebration of Earth Day.
The grants, funded through the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), will be
matched by nearly $1.1 million in private and local funding and will support
projects to enhance public access and recreational opportunities, protect
farmland, and conserve open space.

April 29, 2014

Grisanti Names Tonawanda Resident Joseph Chudoba 'Veteran Of The Month'

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti recently announced Joseph Gregory Chudoba as the fourth recipient of his "Veteran of the Month" recognition program.


Airman First Class Chudoba, a resident of Tonawanda, is the fourth recipient of a monthly honor presented by Senator Grisanti following an application and nomination process coordinated by staff members in Grisanti's veterans liaison office.


April 28, 2014

Grant For Lighting Upgrades Allows Lake Shore School District To Direct Savings To Educational Programming

A grant from New York State Senator Mark Grisanti will provide perpetual savings to the Lake Shore Central School District and taxpayers.

Senator Mark Grisanti awarded $50,000 in funding to the District in the form of bullet aid for the 2013-14 school year with the designation the funding as being for one-time expenditures. 

“Senator Grisanti’s grant allowed Lake Shore to replace exterior lighting at five facilities in the District, continuing our efforts in energy conservation as well as improving safety and security by increasing visibility on our campuses,” Mr. Przepasniak said.


April 22, 2014

Grisanti's Bill Designates Pedestrian Bridge In Buffalo As 'Scajaquada 9/11 Memorial Bridge'

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced the passage of a 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 designation of the bridge was spearheaded by community activists who have been working on this project for over three years to have a memorial located in the city honoring people who were killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.


April 18, 2014

Earth Day 2014 Poster Contest: District 60

Dear Students,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 60th Senatorial District.Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:Rose QuinlanGrade 6Orchard Park Middle School

April 17, 2014

WIVB-TV: Senator Grisanti Bill Would Ban Tattooing And Piercing Pets

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti says body piercing or tattooing a pet is animal abuse and he is co-sponsoring a bill that would ban it.

“This practice needs to stop,” said Senator Grisanti. “Animals do not have the ability to make decisions on whether or not to get a tattoo or body piercing, but we as human beings can do the right thing and make it illegal for pet owners to tattoos or pierce their pets.”

In the bill, body piercing of a pet would only be allowed for medical purposes, while animal tattoos would only be permitted if it is determined a permanent mark on the skin is needed for a medical benefit or would be used strictly for identification purposes. Violations would carry fines of up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

April 14, 2014

Grisanti Sponsored Bill Would Ban Pet Tattoo And Piercings

 Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I-60) today announced he is co-sponsoring a bill that would ban the piercing or permanent tattooing of companion animals, pointing out that subjecting pets to body piercing or tattooing are cruel acts that fall under the category of animal abuse.The month of April is Animal Cruelty Prevention Month."This practice needs to stop," said Senator Grisanti. "Animals do not have the ability to make decisions on whether or not to get a tattoo or body piercing, but we as human beings can do the right thing and make it illegal for pet owners to tattoos or pierce their pets."

April 11, 2014

2014-15 New York State Budget

The State Senate has completed final adoption of the New York State Budget for the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year.   

This marks the fourth consecutive year that the Senate has successfully passed an on-time budget that achieves our key goals of controlling spending, reducing the tax burden on families, and increasing opportunities for all New Yorkers. Click on the link below to access to a number of documents related to the budget, including final school runs, enacted budget bills, and information regarding the Governor's original Executive Budget proposal.  We encourage you to visit this section of our website on a regular basis to learn more about the new budget and how it will impact your family and your community.

April 4, 2014

Senate Majority Coalition Announces Joint Task Force On Heroin And Opioid Addiction

Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to examine the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.The bipartisan task force will be chaired by Senator Phil Boyle (R-C-I, Suffolk County), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

April 4, 2014

Innovative Partnership Model Moves Scajaquada Creek Restoration Forward in Forest Lawn

Supported by a $100,000 grant from the New York Economic Development Capital Program, secured by NYS Senator Mark Grisanti, the first step in the efforts to restore Scajaquada Creek has been completed, with the release today of a detailed report on creek habitat and water quality in the 2 ½ mile portion of Scajaquada Creek that daylights and meanders through Forest Lawn.The report is the result of a two-year collaboration between the Forest Lawn Heritage Foundation, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

April 4, 2014