New York Senator Mark J. Grisanti (R,I-Buffalo) announced today that he is opposed to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's proposal to use tax dollars to pay for college tuition for inmates at state prisons.
Cuomo's plan, announced during the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus this weekend at the Capitol, would provide college-level education at 10 state prisons, at a cost to taxpayers of about $5,000 per inmate per year. There are an estimated 54,500 inmates currently confined in state prisons.
Today, Senator George Maziarz and Senator Mark Grisanti released a joint letter in support of keeping St. Francis of Assisi open to The Most Reverend Carlo Maria Viganò , the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.
The New York State Senate passed the Public Assistance Integrity Act (S966). Senator Mark Grisanti co-sponsored the legislation, and this is the third consecutive time it has passed the NY State Senate.
“I am proud to co-sponsor this legislation which would protect your tax dollars and 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.
The legislation would 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.
Buffalo, NY –Today the American Heart Association applauded Senator Mark Grisanti for introducing legislation that holds the power to create a generation of lifesavers in New York: the CPR in School bill.The bill ensures all students learn bystander CPR before they graduate, preparing them to respond to sudden cardiac arrest, whose victims usually die before Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) arrive because nobody administered CPR.For two local families, the bill has special meaning. Suzy McCarthy and her family advocate in honor of their daughter and sister, Madison Lee. Madison was just five years old when she suffered cardiac arrest while attending kindergarten. Annette Adamczak is dedicated to teaching hands-only CPR to high school students across Western New York,
By Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Jane Corwin and Mark GrisantiTwo seemingly unrelated news items last week combined to make a powerful point.The first was the Catholic Diocese’s announcement that it would close 10 schools. Universally, reaction could only be described as pain and sadness.The second was the Oscar nominations. Why? Because several of the films contending for the honor were produced with the help of a New York tax credit that has helped our state.In 2014, why can’t we have a tax credit that will help save children, parents and our communities from suffering through the continual closing of their Catholic and other schools?A bipartisan group of legislators from Western New York is co-sponsoring exactly such legislation.
New York State Senator Mark Grisanti is proud to announce Kevin Joseph Meehan, Jr. is the first recipient of his "Veteran of the Month" recognition program.
Meehan becomes the first of what will be twelve recipients of a prestigious honor that is presented by Senator Grisanti following an application and nomination process involving the staff who work in Grisanti's veterans liaison office, which is based in the senator's district office.
Saturday, February 1, is “Take Your Child to the Library Day!” Many of the 37 Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries will be offering family friendly programming, including crafts, games, storytelling and movies. Library Director Mary Jean Jakubowski said “Saturday will be a perfect day to introduce your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends, etc., to the wonderful world of libraries. And, “Take Your Child to the Library Day” is a terrific opportunity to get children the best present ever, a free library card!” In 2012, a children's librarian in Waterford, Connecticut, came up with the idea for “Take Your Child to the Library Day” and selected the first Saturday in February as the annual day of celebration.
BUFFALO, NY – Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos requesting that Senate Bill S4099, better known as the “Education Investment Tax Credit,” be included in the 2014-2015 state budget.Recently, Bishop Malone made the unfortunate announcement that 10 Catholic Schools in the Western New York area will be permanently closing at the end of the current school year, displacing 1,154 students (K-8) and 195 faculty and staff.Senators Grisanti, Patrick Gallivan and George Maziarz are the Western New York Senators co-sponsoring this measure, which previously passed the Senate in 2011 and 2012, with no action being taken on the legislation by the Assembly.In the letter to Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Grisanti said, ”Catholic and other schools in Wes
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership today joined members of the Western New York Delegation to express support for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan for tax relief for businesses as detailed in last week’s State of the State address and the Tax Relief Commission’s recommendations.
Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced that the City of Buffalo has been awarded $741,220 through a competitive grant to expand the available number of slots for full day pre kindergarten programs.
"This is great news for families in the City of Buffalo," said Senator Grisanti. "Studies have overwhelming showed that the first few years of a child's life are critical for their cognitive development and learning. If we can expose children to education early on then as students they will have a better chance for success in their later years of education."
Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced a bill he sponsored regulating animal breeders and pet stores has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Grisanti's sponsorship of bill S.3753 will allow forward-thinking local governments to regulate commercial pet breeders and pet stores and gets tough on puppy mills by addressing the ineffectiveness of New York State's "Pet Dealer" law and the proliferation of unregulated dog breeders in the state.
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.