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Buffalo Niagara Partnership Endorses Mark Grisanti for Re-Election
Buffalo Niagara Partnership Endorses Mark Grisanti for Re-Election

(BUFFALO, N.Y.)–The Buffalo Niagara Partnership, representing over 2,000 member employers, was joined by Unshackle Upstate and the National Federation of Independent Businesses today to endorse Senator Mark Grisanti for election in the upcoming 60th District State Senate primary, as well in the general election this November. 

“The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is endorsing Senator Mark Grisanti in the primary and general elections because he is the best candidate for the job, a job he has done exceptionally well the last two years,” said Andrew J. Rudnick, President & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.  “Senator Grisanti’s first piece of legislation passed in the Senate, which eventually became law, was the up until then stalled UB2020 proposal, the Partnership’s and the region’s top economic development priority.  Without Senator Grisanti, UB2020 may not have become reality. Overall, it is clear that Grisanti’s record makes him the most viable candidate to continue to fight for Buffalo Niagara’s priorities in Albany.”

Senator Grisanti also led the charge in 2011 and 2012 when Roswell Park Cancer Institute faced devastating budget cuts and harmful language that would have severely impacted the future viability of one of Buffalo Niagara’s best assets.  Grisanti’s efforts to keep Roswell’s issues on the radar of Senate leadership led to the restoration of funding and a commitment to ensure Roswell’s future is properly addressed.  Grisanti has also been a vocal advocate for the Peace Bridge Expansion Project, another Partnership priority.

The Partnership has worked closely with Senator Grisanti developing and advocating legislation that came out of the Partnership’s Buffalo Building Re-Use Project.  Senator Grisanti sponsored, and fought for passage in the Senate, legislation that creates a 20 percent tax credit for asbestos remediation in construction projects, legislation that makes the Brownfield Clean-up Program permanent and legislation that expands and reauthorizes the Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program.  The Partnership remains committed to these pieces of legislation, and continues to stand with Senator Grisanti in calling on Governor Cuomo to support them, especially the Historic Preservation Tax Credit increase legislation awaiting his signature.

Senator Grisanti has also been a proactive leader on other high profile legislation, including sponsoring the 2% property tax cap enacted in 2011, addressing New York’s ballast water regulations that were crippling the shipping industry in Upstate New York, fighting for fiscally sound budgets with no new taxes, and the passage of Tier IV pension reform, which will give municipalities much needed mandate relief by addressing employee benefits. 

Those efforts, along with a sound voting record on taxpayer and employer issues, earned Senator Grisanti an 88 on Unshackle Upstate’s Legislative Scorecard for 2011-12.

"We are proud to stand here today with our partners the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and NFIB and endorse Senator Mark Grisanti" said Brian Sampson, Executive Director of Unshackle Upstate. "Senator Grisanti has voted in accordance with our core values of reducing spending, reducing taxes and creating more private sector jobs. He is a leader in his conference and we hope that all of his constituents will send him back to Albany so that we can keep our momentum and return New York to the Empire State that we are proud to call home."

“Senator Grisanti has worked tirelessly to push New York closer to fiscal responsibility and has continuously touted the importance of New York’s small businesses,” said Mike Durant, New York State Director of NFIB.  “Mark Grisanti, through his proven commitment to work for small business owners and taxpayers, has earned NFIB’s endorsement. We look forward to continuing to work together to help propel our state’s economy further.”


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