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State Senate Passes 2013-2014 Budget That Delivers Tax Relief For Businesses And Families

The New York State Senate today concluded its passage of the 2013-14state budget that delivers on priorities outlined by the Senate RepublicanConference to provide much-needed tax relief for middle-class families,help businesses create jobs, and, for the third consecutive year, thebudget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent withthe local spending cap that applies to school districts and localgovernments.

March 27, 2013

Seventh Annual Buffalo Enviro-Fair

Join Senator Mark Grisanti at the 7th Annual Buffalo Enviro-Fair on Friday, April 26, from 11am to 2pm in Niagara Square in the City of Buffalo.

Find out ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, interact with green organizations, receive a FREE seedling, and help us even plant a tree!

The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, visit

April 26, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Parkside Summer Arts Program

Parkside Community Association

The Parkside Summer Arts Camp is accepting registrations for children ages 5-11. Two sessions are offered, July 8 – 26 and July 29 – August 16. The program runs from 9am – 3pm Monday through Friday at St Mary’s School For the Deaf, 2253 Main Street in Buffalo. New this year, the Camp will offer early drop off and late pick up options for those parents that need to be at work by 9am.

The cost of attending one three week session is $100 per child if the child qualifies for free/reduced school lunch or $225 per child for all other children.

March 20, 2013

Senator Grisanti and Advocates Urge Lawmakers to Continue New York State Multiple Sclerosis Registry

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60), a member of the New York State Multiple Sclerosis Legislative Alliance in the New York State Senate, and supporters are advocating for continuation of The New York State Multiple Sclerosis Registry during MS Awareness Week. "This is very personal to me, my brother Richard has MS and I know firsthand the struggles that MS patients go through. We must be able to detect the causes of MS at the earliest stage.

March 15, 2013

Grisanti and fellow senators speak out for veterans at mental health rally

Advocating for mental health services for veterans, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) today addressed the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS) and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) at the Association’s annual legislative lobby day rally in Albany. The gathering of more than 300 mental health experts, advocates and family members, also included dozens of veterans from Suffolk and Nassau Counties.

March 13, 2013

BUFFALO NEWS: Law would make improper disposal of body a felony

A bill now before the State Legislature would remedy a disturbing legal shortcoming by making it a felony to improperly dispose of human remains.

The need for the legislation came to light after the death of Amanda Lynn Wienckowski. The 20-year-old Kenmore native’s body was found frozen inside a trash receptacle on the morning of Jan. 9, 2009, outside a church at Spring and Clinton streets in Buffalo. That’s how we learned that the disposal of a body without a burial or removal permit elicited not much more than a slap on the wrist. If that.

March 13, 2013

VIDEO: Your Voice With Senator Mark Grisanti

Senator Grisanti talks about developmental disabilities budget, Phoenix's Law, social media, being named the Southtowns Walleye Association "Elected Official of the Year" and sportsman licenses.

March 12, 2013


Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican conference today announced a bold and sweeping job creation plan to improve New York’s business climate so it not only keeps up with other states, but surpasses them. Among other things, the “Senate Republican Blueprint for Jobs: ReThink. ReVitalize. ReBuild.” would cut taxes for one million small businesses and reduce energy costs for every business and residential ratepayer in New York, saving them $2.5 billion.

March 11, 2013

Senator Grisanti applauds majority leaders on restoration of $120 million in spending cuts for people with development disabilities

"I applaud both houses for restoring $120 million in spending cuts to the OPWDD, restoring these cuts will bring significant care to some of the most needy and vulnerable individuals who reside in New York."

Previous press release and letter from Senator Grisanti can be found by clicking here:

March 10, 2013

Senator Grisanti speaks in favor of legalizing mixed martial arts in New York State

Senator Grisanti-(R,I-60) is the co-sponsor of S.2755 which would allow professional Mixed Martial Arts(MMA) events to be held within New York State. On Wednesday, Senator Grisanti voted yes, and the bill passed the Senate by a margin of 47 to 15.

MMA is legal in 47 states and has a huge following based on attendance and pay per view sales alone.

The success of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), the premier MMA League, has brought economic benefits to cities around the country and the globe.

An exhibition in Toronto last spring set a record of $11 million in ticket sales alone with over 50,000 tickets sold. The total impact from weigh-in on Friday until the end of events on Sunday was $35 million.

March 8, 2013

Amanda Lynn's Law Passed By New York State Senate

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I,-60) today announced that the New York State Senate has voted to pass Bill S.1590, which makes it a crime to conceal a death by knowingly moving or otherwise hiding a human corpse so that discovery of the death will be hindered.

The bill is sponsored by Senator Grisanti and Amanda Lynn's Law has passed the Senate the past two years.  It will now be sent to the Assembly.  

March 7, 2013

Get The Facts On The 2013-2014 Executive Budget Plan

Governor Andrew Cuomo has just unveiled his new Executive Budget Proposal -- marking the beginning of the State Budget negotiation and adoption process for the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year.

For the past two years, the Senate successfully passed on-time budgets that achieved our key goals of controlling spending, avoiding tax increases and helping to create new private sector jobs. This year, we will look to build upon this progress by passing another on-time, fiscally responsible budget that keeps New York moving forward.

We encourage you to visit this section of our website on a regular basis to learn more about the Governor's new budget proposal, and to stay up-to-date on new developments as the budget review and approval process moves forward.

March 6, 2013

The 2013 Family Tax Relief Act

How would a tax break of $500 for your family sound? How about $1,000? $2,000? Or more?

March 6, 2013

New York State Senate Youth Leadership Recognition Awards

February is Youth Leadership Month and the New York State Senate is highlighting the occasion by encouraging participation in the Youth Leadership Recognition Awards program, which is designed to recognize the outstanding young students who will become our State’s future leaders.

The program is designed to highlight and congratulate well-rounded students who excel academically and have exhibited leadership through extracurricular or volunteer activities. Current juniors and seniors are eligible to participate. Students must be nominated by a teacher, administrator, counselor or other school faculty member. A student can ask a faculty member to nominate them or a faculty member can initiate the process by recommending a student deserving of special recognition.

March 6, 2013

Senator Grisanti Sends Letter to Majority Leader Advocating for Funding to Support the Developmentally Disabled

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I,-60) a member of the Senate Finance committee today asked his colleagues in the Senate to fully restore approximately $120 million in proposed cuts in funding that supports and services people with developmental disabilities.

Sen. Grisanti and Senate Finance Chair John DeFrancisco believe full restoration of the funding will support New York State's most vulnerable residents.

March 5, 2013

VIDEO: Your Voice With Senator Mark Grisanti

Senator Grisanti discusses Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, Richardson Complex, Historic Homes Tax Credit Program, Hiring Veterans, Roswell Park Development and the Environmental Conservation Budget Hearing.

February 27, 2013

FIREFIGHTER NEWSPAPER: Grisanti proud of bill signed into law that protects firefighters

By New York State Senator Mark Grisanti

Among the accomplishments I achieved during my first two years in the state Senate that I am most proud of was a bill that was signed into law that took a number of years to resolve that relates to the safety of all of our firefighters.

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February 25, 2013

Senator Grisanti Applauds Plan to Reduce Fees on Hunting and Fishing Licenses

"As chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee, I applaud Governor Cuomo's recent announcement on his plans to streamline hunting and fishing licenses and reducing license fees. New York Open for Fishing and Hunting will support various tourism opportunities throughout the state, including here in Western New York.

February 21, 2013

Senator Grisanti Introduces Bills Protecting Our Pets

Read the bills in full here:

S1594A-2013: Creates the animal abuser central registry, and to require that certain convicted animal abusers register with such registry


S3753-2013: Relates to preemption of local laws; repealer


February 20, 2013

National MS Society Upstate NY Chapter Research Night

As a member of the New York State MS Legislative Alliance, Sensator Grisanti would like to invite to join the National MS Society Upstate NY Chapter on April 23 from 6pm to 7:30pm at the Buffalo Marriott Niagara, located at 1340 Millersport Highway in the Town of Amherst, NY for "MS Research Night."

April 23, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM