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New York State Thruway Toll Increases are Bad for Business

New York State Thruway Toll Increases are Bad for Business

It is no secret that our families and local businesses are fighting to pull themselves out of a downed economy. That is why I am strongly opposing the Thruway Authority’s proposed plan to raise tolls on large trucks by almost 45 percent starting Sept. 30.

This toll increase would have the most direct hit on our region’s small businesses that transport goods around New York State. The 45 percent increase would mean large trucks that now pay $88 to travel from Buffalo to New York City would have to pay $127 per one-way trip. It would increase a truck’s cost to travel from Buffalo to Albany from $20 per trip to $44.70.

Grisanti Sponsored “Sewage Pollution Right To Know Act” Signed By Governor

Grisanti Sponsored “Sewage Pollution Right To Know Act” Signed By Governor

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the “Sewage Pollution Right To Know Act” which passed the Senate in June.  This Bill which Grisanti introduced amends the environmental conservation law to establish a procedure for the operator of any sewage treatment plant to notify the public of all raw sewage overflows within 24 hours. The bill spells out all the information that must be reported to the New York State Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Conservation including when, where and how much has been spilled.   The purpose of this legislation is to provide valuable information to the public about spills in a timely manner and in an effective way.

Grisanti and Local Officials Urge Assembly to Pass Medicaid Fraud and STAR Rebate Bills

Grisanti and Local Officials Urge Assembly to Pass Medicaid Fraud and STAR Rebate Bills

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today stood with local elected officials to encourage passage of a package of two bills that fight Medicaid fraud and return the savings to taxpayers with the Middle Class STAR rebate.  The bills have been passed in the past by the Senate but keep dying in the Assembly.

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.

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 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.

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.