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.
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.’’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On January 1, 2013, the NYS Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program had many prescription benefits restored. EPIC will provide expanded coverage for those enrolled in Medicare Part D drug plans throughout the year instead of just in the Part D coverage gap. This change will result in additional savings for members to purchase needed medications.
EPIC members must be enrolled in a Medicare Part D drug plan in order to receive benefits. EPIC will provide secondary prescription coverage for Medicare Part D and EPIC covered drugs after any Medicare Part D deductible is met. Additionally, EPIC will also cover many Part D excluded drugs. EPIC co-payments will continue to be $3, $7, $15 and $20.
Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today was joined by representatives of the District Parent Coordinating Council , Buffalo ReformEd, and other community leaders to urge the State Assembly to act on two pieces of legislation that would increase parents involvement and save taxpayers money in the City of Buffalo.
Bill S. 868 calls for moving the election of members of the City of Buffalo School Board from May to November, a measure that will improve voter turnout and save taxpayers over $100,000 by consolidating elections. 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.
State Senator Mark Grisanti says he hopes to spark change in the Buffalo School District at a critical time. On Tuesday, the Senate passed a bill, introduced by Grisanti, that would allow city residents to vote on the school budget.
The recent School Board election in the City of Buffalo drew many more voters than the previous one, but that isn’t saying much. The paltry turnout is why it’s important to move city School Board elections from May to November.
This year we saw one of the most controversial elections in recent memory, and fewer than 12,000 voters turned out. More than 3,200 of those votes were cast in the Park District, where developer Carl P. Paladino overwhelmed opponent Adrian F. Harris.
But it shouldn’t take an electrifying candidate to raise voter turnout. One sure-fire method of drawing more voters would be to align the School Board election with November’s general election.
Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced that the Senate has passed bill S.1044 requiring the City of Buffalo's board of education to submit their annual school district budget to voters for approval prior to final adoption of the spending plan. Senator Grisanti's introduction of this bill, combined with his recent introduction of legislation that calls for the annual election of school board members in Buffalo to be moved from May to November, are efforts to try and increase the community's participation and involvement with the Buffalo School District.
In recent weeks, a lot of attention has been paid to the Peace Bridge Authority and our proposed legislation. We would like to clarify how the legislation would work and why we think it is needed.
The authority was created solely for the purpose of financing the construction of the Peace Bridge. The original legislation that formed the authority provided that it would dissolve upon repayment of its bonds. Our legislation would return the Bridge Authority to that status, thereby putting the future of the authority in the hands of its board.
Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) announced passage of Senate Bill S.1604 that will change the labor law to make it an authorized absence for members of the volunteer fire department and volunteer ambulance squads when they respond to a state of emergency declared by either the federal or state government. Employers will not be able to charge the time to vacation, sick leave or other excused absences provided the employee provides a statement from the head of the volunteer firefighter department or volunteer ambulance squad defining the applicable period of time that the employee was called on to respond to the state of emergency. "I am pleased that this bill has passed the Senate and will protect those who serve as volunteer firefighters and ambulance squad memb
The debate over the Skyway has long been at the forefront of the Buffalo waterfront development discussion. With emerging projects like Canalside, HarborCenter and the Outer Harbor Concert series, the Skyway has become even more prominent in the development conversation.
The core of this conversation is twofold: the transportation it provides for commuters from the Southtowns, and development of the outer harbor, which remains one of the longest undeveloped waterfronts in the nation.