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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. 

Grisanti Bill to Reclassify Buffalo River as Inland Waterway Passes Senate

Grisanti Bill to Reclassify Buffalo River as Inland Waterway Passes Senate

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced passage in the New York Senate of his bill S-6646 that amends the executive law to make the Buffalo River classified an inland waterway paving the way for the application of federal funds to assist with the restoration and protection of the river.

The Buffalo River is the river that empties into the eastern end of Lake Erie between the United States Coast Guard Station and the Erie Basin Marina.  It is the Buffalo Creek until it reaches the western border of the Town of West Seneca as it receives the contents of the Cayuga and Cazenovia Creeks.  The Buffalo Harbor includes a series of federal navigation channels designed so that deep-draft commercial vessels can safely navigate the harbor. 

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%.

Grisanti Proposes Bill to Increase Number of Green Homes Built In NY

Grisanti Proposes Bill to Increase Number of Green Homes Built In NY

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced his sponsorship of bill (S-6664) to establish a real property tax exemption of thirty five percent for a period of no longer than twenty years for homes that meet certain specific National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.  The goal of this legislation is to incentivize builders to invest in green homes which are typically more expensive to build.

Builders will have to ensure that the lot is located near mass transit, protects high value vegetation, soil improved with organic mulch, low flow showers and toilets mandated, energy star rating of 3.0 or higher, at least one renewable energy for the house, rain barrels provided at no less than 2 downspouts and over fifty percent of the internal components must be green certified products. These are some but not all of the requirements spelled out in the legislation.

The City of Buffalo Common Council Announces a Vancancy in the South Common Council District

The City of Buffalo Common Council Announces a Vancancy in the South Common Council District

 

BUFFALO, NY—The City of Buffalo Common Council hereby advertises the vacancy for the position of South District Common Council Member.

Pursuant to Section 3-6 of the City of Buffalo Charter, “In the case of a vacancy in the office of District Council Member, otherwise than by expiration of the term, the remaining members of the Council shall appoint a qualified resident of the same political party and district as the Council Member whose place is vacant to fill such vacancy until the first day of January following the next general election at which a District Council Member may, pursuant to law, be chosen for the balance of the term.”

The Common Council is seeking to obtain a current resume and letter requesting appointment to the vacancy from any qualified resident seeking consideration for the appointment.

Interested applicants should deliver the required documents (in person or by mail, email will not be accepted) to the Cit