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Grisanti Law Signed By Cuomo Supports Craft Beer Industry

Grisanti Law Signed By Cuomo Supports Craft Beer Industry

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that Governor Cuomo has signed a package of laws to support the craft beer industry.  This legislation will help increase demand for locally grown farmer products, support local breweries and wineries and expand industry related economic development and tourism    The laws keeps intact a tax benefit for small beer breweries, exempts those that produce small batches of beer from paying an annual State Liquor Authority fee, and creates a “Farm Brewery License” so craft breweries can expand their operations through opening restaurants or selling beer related products.  Grisanti sponsored the original Bill S. 5829 that sought to help small craft breweries expand their operations to include shops or restaurants.

Grisanti Bill Requires Unit Pricing In Certain Retail Stores For Easy Comparison

Grisanti Bill Requires Unit Pricing In Certain Retail Stores For Easy Comparison

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced passage of his bill S.7277A in the Senate that would amend the agriculture and markets law to include chain stores  that sell consumer goods with annual sales of $2.5 million in the requirement of disclosure of price per measure as well as the retail selling price.  This unit pricing law will allow consumer to comparison shop so they can find the best value.  This bill will also allow the Department of Agriculture and Markets to investigate and stop false advertising by discount retailers who sell significant amounts of consumer commodities but claim to be exempt from the unit pricing requirement.   

Grisanti Introduces New Medicaid Fraud Technology That Will Save Taxpayers $5 Billion

Grisanti Introduces New Medicaid Fraud Technology That Will Save Taxpayers $5 Billion

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today unveiled new biometric technology during a midday press conference that will combat Medicaid fraud in New York State. Grisanti’s co-sponsorship of bill S.4384 establishes the Medicaid identification and anti-fraud technology program utilizing the science of measuring human body characteristics like fingerprinting for authentication purposes. 

This legislation will require the Department of Health to develop and implement a program using biometric technologies in hospitals, clinics and pharmacies for the purpose of fighting fraud in the Medicaid program by having patients and providers verify their identity prior to payment being made.  

Grisanti Resolution Designates May As Motorcycle Safety And Awareness Month

Grisanti Resolution Designates May As Motorcycle Safety And Awareness Month

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that by order of a resolution passed by the New York State Senate and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, May shall be designated as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month.  As the number of motorcyclist increases there becomes a greater need to teach riders how to operate their machines safely and the general public needs to become more aware of the proper ways to safely share the road with bikers. This resolution is designed to remind the public that another riding season has started and that they should be alert to the presence of motorcycles on the streets and highways. 

NY Senate Passes Grisanti Law Criminalizing Concealment Of Human Corpse

NY Senate Passes Grisanti Law Criminalizing Concealment Of Human Corpse

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that the New York State Senate has voted to pass the Bill S6489 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 known as “Amanda Lynn’s law” would make the commission of this crime a D Felony up from a misdemeanor for the improper disposal of a dead body.

“I am pleased that the Senate has voted to pass this law in honor of Amanda Lynn.  Current law is totally inadequate for the seriousness of the crime of improperly disposing of a human being.  With the passing of Amanda Lynn’s law anyone who attempts to move or conceal a body in the attempt to hinder its discovery will find the full weight of the legal system thrown at them,” said Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60).

Homeless Alliance of Western New York Releases 2011 Data

Homeless Alliance of Western New York Releases 2011 Data

The Homeless Alliance of WNY has released the results of their State of Homelessness 2011 for the federal reporting year October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011.  The data used to create this report were compiled from the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) as well as the annual Point in Time count, Housing Inventory Chart, Unsheltered Street Count, and the Erie County Department of Social Services and Veterans Administration.

Throughout the year of 2011, there were an estimated 5,050 people who experienced homelessness in Erie County and on any given night there were approximately 1,000 homeless people.  These figures include people in Emergency Housing, Transitional Housing, Safe Havens, the unsheltered, and those taking part in the Code Blue Warming Center beds.  Although the majority of homeless persons are single, the number of homeless families increased by 4% from 2010 to 29%.

Owner of Ooo La La honored by County Legislature

Owner of Ooo La La honored by County Legislature

Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo recognized Crista Botticello during the Legislature's April 5, 2012 session. Owner of Ooo La La Boutique in East Aurora, Botticello was honored for giving back to her community through the creation of a scholarship program. Legislator Lorigo commends Botticello for her efforts.

The following proclamation was read during session and presented to Botticello:

I Hereby Certify, that at a regular session of the Legislature of Erie County, held in the County Hall, in the City of Buffalo, on the 5th day of April 2012, A.D. a resolution was adopted, of which the following is a true copy:

 

WHEREAS, Crista Botticello, an East Aurora native graduated from Iroquois Central School in 2009, and;