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Senator Grisanti’s Bill to Increase Number of Green Homes Built In NYS Passes Senate

Senator Grisanti’s Bill to Increase Number of Green Homes Built In NYS Passes Senate

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) announced passage of Senate bill S. 1710 which would provide green development home tax exemptions. Grisanti’s bill would allow a tax exemption of 35 percent for real property for a period of no longer than 20 years if authorized by the local municipality.

According to Senator Grisanti, the legislation will help to incentivize builders to invest in green homes, which are typically more expensive to build.

Roger Woodworth Nominated by Senator Grisanti for Veterans Hall of Fame in New York State Senate

Roger Woodworth Nominated by Senator Grisanti for Veterans Hall of Fame in New York State Senate

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti recently announced he nominated United States Army Captain Roger L. Woodworth as his nominee for the New York State Senate’s 2013 Veterans Hall of Fame Honoree Celebration.

CPT Woodworth was recently recognized at a ceremony and luncheon in Albany for his efforts in the military as well as his work as a veteran in Western New York.

“I am proud to nominate Roger for this honor because of the many contributions he has made and continues to make in our community,” said Senator Grisanti. “His efforts at the Veteran One-Stop Center and the Western New York Veterans Housing Coalition as well as his various interests outside of that work are to be commended, which is why I am glad to acknowledge the work of him and all veterans as part of our celebration of veterans.”

National Women's Health Week

National Women's Health Week

We are currently celebrating National Women’s Health Week.

With this in mind, I’m pleased to report that I’ve just voted to approve two critically important bills that are designed to improve women’s health care throughout our state. These measures include the following:

Breast Cancer Mapping — Few New York families haven’t been touched in some way by the great pain, suffering and loss that can be caused by breast cancer. Fortunately, both the Senate and Assembly have now taken action on legislation allowing funds from the Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund to be used for breast cancer mapping initiatives, and to generate innovative proposals that can help identify why some areas are more prone to breast cancer than others. We’ve made great strides in identifying the incidences of breast cancer statewide, but more can and should be done to isolate clusters and areas of the state where this insidious disease is more common than others.

Jacobs to Deliver Nearly $8 Million to Local Governments

Jacobs to Deliver Nearly $8 Million to Local Governments

Says Mortgage Tax Collections up 16.8% Over Same Period Last Year

Erie County, NY-Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs announced his office will soon distribute to local governments throughout the County their share of the Erie County Mortgage Tax collections based off of real estate transactions recorded in the Clerk’s Office.  The total to be distributed on May 15th is $7,896,969.86 and covers the six month period October 1, 2012-March 31, 2013.  This amount is 16.8% higher than the same period last year.

“Record low interest rates have fueled both refinancing and home purchases throughout Western New York.  This is a positive development for Erie County’s municipal governments since mortgage tax distributions are a major source of revenue for many of the County’s cities, towns and villages,” stated County Clerk Jacobs.

Bangladesh: the cost of cheap labour

Bangladesh: the cost of cheap labour

The garment trade has been the focus in recent months due to its lack of worker safety standards. The fire that killed over 100 people and the recent collapse of a illegally built factory that killed over 700 is turning the focus on the millions of women and children working in the garment industry. The European Union is well aware of the issue surrounding these conditions with 60% of the clothes going to Europe its a billion dollar industry which comes with duty free access and low wages. Bangladesh garment exports rose 10% and makes up close to 80% of its exports and has totaled close to $20 Billion this year alone.

Senator Grisanti to Receive Humane Leadership From ASPCA at May 6th "Voices For Animals Day" in Alba

Senator Grisanti to Receive Humane Leadership From ASPCA at May 6th "Voices For Animals Day" in Alba

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti has been selected by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to receive the organization's coveted Humane Leadership Award at its annual "Voices For Animals" Day. For more information, please visit www.senatormarkgrisanti.com/?p=6332

Enabling Buffalo Niagara’s Workforce to Change with the Times

Enabling Buffalo Niagara’s Workforce to Change with the Times

Buffalo Niagara employers say finding workers who are ready to step into jobs is one of their most pressing challenges, year in and year out.  Despite a robust network of colleges and universities and the dated notion that “there are no jobs out there,” the problem of finding skilled and reliable talent is a very real challenge for employers across the region.

Thousands of people in looking for work in Buffalo Niagara, but hundreds of employers still have difficulty filling vacant jobs.  

The good news?  Several programs are in place to help Buffalo Niagara build the workforce necessary for the region to succeed in 2014, 2015, and beyond.