ROME – State Senator Joseph Griffo of Rome and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi of Utica announced today that they have successfully included $3 million in the 2016-17 State Budget to strengthen and retain military facilities in New York State, as well as to defend them against possible future cutbacks in defense spending.

ALBANY – State Senator Joseph Griffo announced today that the New York State Senate has once again passed a bill that would expand benefit coverage for volunteer firefighters who are diagnosed with various forms of cancer linked to their duties.

This is the second time the Senate has approved this proposed legislation, as well as being included in the Senate Budget Resolution. Now, Senator Griffo is urging the Assembly to vote on this important bill and pass it so that it can be presented to the Governor.

ALBANY – State Senator Joseph Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi announced today that the Rome and Utica City School Districts are among those that will benefit from $175 million in funding through the 2016-2017 State Budget to transform struggling schools into community schools.

The breakdown of local schools to receive Community School funding are:

Rome City School District:                               $369,655

Utica City School District:                                $273,267

The New York State Senate this week passed legislation to extend critical benefits to volunteer firefighters as they risk their health and safety to protect others. The bill (S3891), sponsored by Senator Michael Nozzolio (R-C, Fayette), amends the Volunteer Firefighters’ Benefit Law to provide heightened levels of protections for firefighters that contract certain cancer-related diseases while serving as volunteers.   

Albany, NY– State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the new 2016-17 State Budget commits a record level of funding for infrastructure projects all across Upstate New York.

Transportation Parity
The new budget includes a record $27.1 billion transportation capital plan for Upstate New York, representing true parity of transportation dollars between Upstate and Downstate regions of the state.  

ALBANY – State Senator Joseph Griffo announced today that $250,000 has been budgeted to help volunteer fire departments recruit more men and women to their ranks.

As the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) prepares to kickoff its annual RecruitNY open-house weekend April 23 and 24, Senator Griffo said this funding well help these volunteer departments better promote their recruitment efforts.

In honor of Equal Pay Day we believe lawmakers in Albany should act swiftly to make equal pay for equal work a reality throughout the Empire State.”

NEW YORK – In recognition of Equal Pay Day, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) and Assemblymember Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan) released the following joint statement today urging lawmakers in Albany to pass legislation they carry that would utilize New York State’s contracting authority to eliminate wage disparities across the state.