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Grisanti Bill Requires Emergency Escape Systems For Firefighters

Grisanti Bill Requires Emergency Escape Systems For Firefighters

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that the Senate has passed his bill S.7677 that requires cities or other employers of firefighters to identify if a firefighter will be exposed to  entrapment's at higher levels, identify if those firefighters will be exposed to fire and determine the appropriate escape system.  The bill will provide the firefighter community with the latitude to effectively respond to the needs of their locality, to consider appropriate alternatives and to provide communities with the flexibility to outfit their firefighters with the equipment that best suits their unique needs.  Present law has inadvertently prevented the firefighting community from using equipment generally recognized to be acceptable because it was not covered in the most recent edition of the  National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1983 Standard on Fire Service Life Safety Rope and System  Components.
 

Grisanti Bill Exempts Buffalo Contractors From Asbestos Project Notification Fees For Demolitions

Grisanti Bill Exempts Buffalo Contractors From Asbestos Project Notification Fees For Demolitions

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that the Senate has passed his bill S.6248 to help Buffalo fight its vacant building problem by passing a labor law exemption for contractors employed by the City of Buffalo from payment of asbestos project notification fees for demolitions.  

The cost of an asbestos notification fee can be more than $4,000.  This fee is ultimately paid by the city and the taxpayers in the City of Buffalo.  Since July of 2008, over half of all demolitions in Buffalo have required an asbestos notification fee.  When a project is large, subdivided and has a garage, it is often viewed to be multiple projects thus requiring the submission of several notification fees to the state. 

Grisanti Legislation Gives Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Squads Authorized Absences

Grisanti Legislation Gives Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Squads Authorized Absences

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced passage of S.6368A 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 the Federal or State government.  Employers will not be able to charge the time to vacation, sick leave or other excused absences   The Employee must provide the employer with 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.

Governor Cuomo Makes Two Grisanti Sponsored Bills Into Law

Governor Cuomo Makes Two Grisanti Sponsored Bills Into Law

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced Governor Andrew Cuomo has made laws of two Grisanti bills. The first bill, S.6639, amends the environmental conservation law to extend the State Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund fifty percent subsidy through September 30, 2015 to allow municipalities to receive financial assistance to acquire, construct and upgrade eligible water pollution control projects.  The second bill S. 6048B amends the parks, recreation and historic preservation law for the not-for-profit corporation known as the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission to add a new voting member and extend the deadline for submitting a draft management plan.

Applications Now Available For Mayor Brown's Citizens' Participation Academy Spring 2012

Applications Now Available For Mayor Brown's Citizens' Participation Academy Spring 2012

A Statement Released by The City of Buffalo

 Mayor Byron W. Brown is pleased to announce that applications for the Citizens’ Participation Academy are now available for interested citizens.  Classes for this session are scheduled every Thursday from June 14th 2012 – August 9th 2012, with an additional Saturday and Tuesday.

Grisanti Bill Allows Common Council To Appoint One Member of Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority

Grisanti Bill Allows Common Council To Appoint One Member of Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I -60) today announced that the New York State Senate has voted to pass Bill S.3133B to amend the public housing law to grant the Buffalo Common Council the power to appoint one commissioner to the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority governing board. 

The Housing Authority will now be comprised of seven members including two elected by tenants, one member appointed by the common council and four members appointed by the mayor of the City of Buffalo.    The Mayor will designate the Chairman who will serve at his pleasure.  Members of the Municipal Housing Authority receive a designated salary and the two tenant members receive a monthly stipend of $250.

Live from Cairo: From Tahrir to the Muslim Brotherhood

Live from Cairo: From Tahrir to the Muslim Brotherhood

On Tuesday, January 25, 2011, the people of Egypt led a campaign of non violent civil resistance against the 30 year regime of dictator, President Hosni Mubarak.

Hany Ghoraba, a journalist, businessman and political analyst in Cairo, describes on live audio, the years preceding, during and up to present Egypt, focusing on The Egyptian Revolution:


Live from Cairo: From Tahrir to the Muslim Brotherhood

 

Ahmed Salah, an Egyptian activist, public speaker and advocate of non violent resistance,  shared his account through photos HERE.