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Jacobs’ Office Responsible for 50% of County Surplus

Jacobs’ Office Responsible for 50% of County Surplus

       Says proud of role Clerk’s office plays to support critical services while keeping down taxes

Erie County, NY – Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs reported today that his office accounted for 50% of the overall county surplus.  Jacobs’ is referring to the County Comptroller’s report released yesterday which shows an overall budget surplus of $4.27 Million, and  “roughly 50% of the county’s entire operating surplus,” came from the County Clerk  said the Erie County Comptroller in his budget close-out report.

“We were proud to report our over $2 million dollar surplus several months ago but the fact that we contributed such a large percentage to the County’s overall surplus is quite significant,” said Jacobs. The Clerk’s Office represents only 4% of the County’s work force but is responsible for one-half of the 2012 County’s surplus.

Senator Grisanti Receives 2013 Liberty Bell Award From Erie County Bar Association

Senator Grisanti Receives 2013 Liberty Bell Award From Erie County Bar Association

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) recently received the prestigious 2013 Liberty Bell Award, the highest award that is bestowed at the Annual Law Day Luncheon of the Bar Association of Erie County.


The award, established in 1964, recognizes community service that has strengthened the American system of freedom under the law and acknowledges outstanding contributions to the effective functioning of our institutions of government.

The award was presented to Senator Grisanti at a luncheon held at Statler Towers in the City of Buffalo. Receiving the award in his absence (Session Day in Albany) was his father, Richard Grisanti, who has been practicing law for over 50 years.

Senator Grisanti Appoints Hamburg Firefighter As Fire/EMS Liaison

Senator Grisanti Appoints Hamburg Firefighter As Fire/EMS Liaison

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) recently announced the appointment of Ric Dimpfl as his fire, EMS and emergency services liaison for the Southtowns portion of the 60th New York State Senate District.

A Village of Hamburg resident, Dimpfl served in a similar capacity in the past for two former New York State assemblymen who also represented the Southtowns region of Western New York.
"Ric is the ideal person to fill this volunteer role for me by serving as my liaison to all of the volunteer fire companies and other emergency response organizations based in the Southtowns," says Senator Grisanti. "Ric knows the area and will work closely with me and my staff in my district office in Buffalo to make sure an ongoing dialogue continues so I can better understand the needs of the many dedicated men and women who volunteer their time and skills to provide our community with quality public safety."

Grisanti Staff To Hold Office Hours At Hamburg Town Hall

Grisanti Staff To Hold Office Hours At Hamburg Town Hall

A member of the staff of New York State Senator Mark Grisanti will hold satellite office hours at Hamburg Town Hall, 6100 South Park Avenue, starting this month.

The staffer will be present to answer any questions or address any concerns that constituents may have about state-related issues.

"These town hall meetings will help establish easy and efficient communication between our office and our constituents," said Senator Grisanti. "At no cost to the taxpayer, state government will be able to come to you."

In addition to Hamburg, the visits will be happening aross the senator's district in the town halls of Orchard Park, Tonawanda, Brant, Evans, Grand Island and the City of Tonawanda.

Grisanti's staff will have available to the public various forms, informational brochures and contact information for constituents.

Dates that Senator Grisanti's staff will be at Hamburg Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. are below:

Senator Grisanti speaks in favor of legalizing mixed martial arts in New York State

Senator Grisanti speaks in favor of legalizing mixed martial arts in New York State

Senator Grisanti-(R,I-60) is the co-sponsor of S.2755 which would allow professional Mixed Martial Arts(MMA) events to be held within New York State. The bill passed the Senate by a margin of 47 to 15.


MMA is legal in 47 states and has a huge following based on attendance and pay per view sales alone.


The success of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), the premier MMA League, has brought economic benefits to cities around the country and the globe.

An exhibition in Toronto last spring set a record of $11 million in ticket sales alone with over 50,000 tickets sold. The total impact from weigh-in on Friday until the end of events on Sunday was $35 million.

An independent study done a couple of years ago indicated that Buffalo could reap almost $5 million from one exhibition.

Amanda Lynn's Law Passed By New York State Senate

Amanda Lynn's Law Passed By New York State Senate

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I,-60) recently announced that the New York State Senate has voted to pass Bill S.1590, 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 is sponsored by Senator Grisanti and Amanda Lynn's Law has passed the Senate the past two years.  It will now be sent to the Assembly.

Senator Grisanti Named Elected Official of the Year by the Southtowns Walleye Association

Senator Grisanti Named Elected Official of the Year by the Southtowns Walleye Association

Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I-60) has been named "Elected Official of the Year" by the Southtowns Walleye Association, the largest single species fishing club in North America.

As chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee, Senator Grisanti has oversight of all legislation that relates to sportsmen. His work with the Department of Environmental Conservation in advancing legislation that would lower all fishing, trapping and hunting licenses to the levels they were prior to the last fee increase are among the accomplishments the Senator is most proud of during his first two years in office.

"I am absolutely humbled and honored to receive this award.  I will continue to be an advocate for sportsmen across New York State," said Senator Mark Grisanti.