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Senator Grisanti Hosting Special Veterans Presentation

Senator Grisanti Hosting Special Veterans Presentation

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti will host 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 and Sen. Jeffrey Klein, Grisanti’s presentation will take place on Thursday, June 27 at 3pm, at the Buffalo Naval and Military Park, located at 1 Naval Park Cove in downtown Buffalo. All veterans are welcome to attend.

With a veteran unemployment rate over 10 percent, New York State has a higher rate than the national average. Opportunities for those who have given so much to our country cannot be afforded to fall through the cracks any longer. This presentation will focus on benefits for veterans, and what our State Legislature has done to bring down such high veteran unemployment rates.

Grisanti Bill Moving School Board Elections to November Passes Senate

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.

Grisanti is passionate about the issue, saying many constituents in the 60th District have asked him to continue to push for passage of his legislation.

Grisanti And Ryan: Bill to Increase Funding for Scajaquada Creek Restoration Signed Into Law

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.


 

Senator Grisanti's Bill Designates Pedestrian Bridge 'Scajaquada 9/11 Memorial Bridge'

Senator Grisanti's Bill Designates Pedestrian Bridge 'Scajaquada 9/11 Memorial Bridge'

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) announced passage of bill that amends the highway law to designate the bridge that crosses over Route 198 into Delaware Park that connects Nottingham Terrace with Hoyt Lake in the City of Buffalo as "Scajaquada 9/11 Memorial Bridge."
 
The renaming of the bridge - approved with the passage of Senate Bill 1599 - culminated the efforts of local community activists who have been working on this project for over two years as part of their ongoing efforts to have a memorial in the city that honors people who were killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Senator Grisanti’s Bill to Increase Number of Green Homes Built In NYS Passes Senate

Senator Grisanti’s Bill to Increase Number of Green Homes Built In NYS Passes Senate

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) announced passage of Senate bill S. 1710 which would provide green development home tax exemptions. Grisanti’s bill would allow a tax exemption of 35 percent for real property for a period of no longer than 20 years if authorized by the local municipality.

According to Senator Grisanti, the legislation will help to incentivize builders to invest in green homes, which are typically more expensive to build.

Roger Woodworth Nominated by Senator Grisanti for Veterans Hall of Fame in New York State Senate

Roger Woodworth Nominated by Senator Grisanti for Veterans Hall of Fame in New York State Senate

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti recently announced he nominated United States Army Captain Roger L. Woodworth as his nominee for the New York State Senate’s 2013 Veterans Hall of Fame Honoree Celebration.

CPT Woodworth was recently recognized at a ceremony and luncheon in Albany for his efforts in the military as well as his work as a veteran in Western New York.

“I am proud to nominate Roger for this honor because of the many contributions he has made and continues to make in our community,” said Senator Grisanti. “His efforts at the Veteran One-Stop Center and the Western New York Veterans Housing Coalition as well as his various interests outside of that work are to be commended, which is why I am glad to acknowledge the work of him and all veterans as part of our celebration of veterans.”

National Women's Health Week

National Women's Health Week

We are currently celebrating National Women’s Health Week.

With this in mind, I’m pleased to report that I’ve just voted to approve two critically important bills that are designed to improve women’s health care throughout our state. These measures include the following:

Breast Cancer Mapping — Few New York families haven’t been touched in some way by the great pain, suffering and loss that can be caused by breast cancer. Fortunately, both the Senate and Assembly have now taken action on legislation allowing funds from the Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund to be used for breast cancer mapping initiatives, and to generate innovative proposals that can help identify why some areas are more prone to breast cancer than others. We’ve made great strides in identifying the incidences of breast cancer statewide, but more can and should be done to isolate clusters and areas of the state where this insidious disease is more common than others.