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VIDEO: Senator Mark Grisanti's Comments On Welfare Fraud

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti's comments from June 18, 2013 on welfare fraud.

June 19, 2013
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Senate To Act On Public Assistance Integrity Act

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.

June 19, 2013
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Join the Fight to Protect Your Tax Dollars

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.

June 17, 2013
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EPIC Coverage Available for Seniors

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.

June 17, 2013
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Grisanti, Peoples-Stokes, DPCC,Buffalo Reform-Ed Community Leaders Call on State Assembly to Vote on Legislation to Reform Buffalo Public Schools

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.

 

June 17, 2013
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VIDEO: Your Voice With Senator Mark Grisanti .

Senator Grisanti discusses Disabilities Education, Animal Advocacy Day, End of Year Legislation and Summer Reading Program.

June 13, 2013
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WBFO 88.7 FM: Could Buffalo voters decide future city school budgets?

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.

June 13, 2013
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Buffalo News Editorial: November election for School Board will boost turnout, save city money

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.

June 13, 2013
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Senator Grisanti Calls For Buffalo School Board Annual Budget To Be Approved By Voters

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.

June 12, 2013
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Senator Grisanti To Host Free Electronics Recycling Collection Event On Grand Island

Environmental Conservation Committee Chairman Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) will be hosting an free electronics recycling  collection event in the Town of Grand Island.

June 15, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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BUFFALO NEWS: Peace Bridge projects must move forward in Buffalo

By Mark Grisanti and Sean Ryan

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.

June 6, 2013
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Grisanti's Bill Allows Volunteer Emergency Responders To Take Authorized Leaves Of Absence For States Of Emergency

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

June 5, 2013
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BUFFALO NEWS: Primary focus must be the outer harbor, not Skyway

By Mark J. Grisanti

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.

June 5, 2013
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VIDEO: Your Voice with Senator Mark Grisanti .

Senator Grisanti discusses the Skyway in the City of Buffalo, Veteran's Hall of Fame Honoree Rodger Woodworth, green tax credits, protecting animals and Memorial Day events.

May 30, 2013
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Grisanti Bill Moving School Board Elections to November Passes Senate

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.

May 30, 2013
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Senator Grisanti Co-Sponsors "Jackie's Law"

" 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.

May 29, 2013
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Grisanti And Ryan: Bill to Increase Funding for Scajaquada Creek Restoration Signed Into Law

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.

May 29, 2013
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BUFFALO NEWS: Mark Grisanti and Crystal Peoples-Stokes: It’s time to legalize popular sport in New York

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.

May 26, 2013
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Grisanti and Ryan Announce Legislation to Reform the Niagara River Greenway

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.

May 24, 2013
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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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