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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 Kicks Off Great Race Events: Antique Race Cars Stop In Buffalo Thursday

Grisanti Kicks Off Great Race Events: Antique Race Cars Stop In Buffalo Thursday

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60)  will kick off the festivities as the first of 92 vintage race cars start to arrive at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum.  Over an hour and a half period, one car will arrive every minute.  The race cars left Traverse City, Michigan on Saturday June 16 and will end on July 1st in Dearborn, Michigan.  The Buffalo overnight stop will celebrate the city’s rich automotive history.

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Senate Passes Grisanti Bill That Requires Certification and Education For Central Service Technician

Senate Passes Grisanti Bill That Requires Certification and Education For Central Service Technician

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that the New York State Senate has voted to pass Bill S.5155D that will improve the quality control procedures in hospitals throughout the State of New York.  This bill will require individuals who work in the supply of central services to hospitals to be certified and undergo continuing education. 

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.