Sen. Mark Grisanti
HAMBURG — Sen. Mark Grisanti attended the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce meeting held Sept. 17, to update those present about issues that affect the local community.
Grisanti was introduced by Chief of Staff and Legal Counsel Doug Curella Esq., who said that he was excited to be representing the town of Hamburg.
Curella explained his ties to Hamburg, such as his position as a former assistant men’s soccer coach at Hilbert College and his time spent with the Hamburg Hawks Hockey Club and the Young America Soccer Club of Hamburg.
Grisanti spoke to the chamber at Woodlawn Beach, as a part of its Government Relations Advocacy Series. Approximately 40 businesspeople were in attendance. The event was catered by Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant.
The senator explained what he has accomplished for the town of Hamburg, during his first year representing the area.
These actions included an increase in school funding to Hamburg and Frontier and more than $130,000 in additional bullet aid to the Hamburg, Frontier and Randolph schools.
An increase in Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program funding for the town and village of Hamburg and the village of Hamburg totaled $368,000. The senator also brought about an increase in the town’s casino revenue share of 22 percent.
Grisanti reminded those present that STAR rebates are now done online and spoke about other legislation initiatives, such as mandate relief, that he said should happen during next year’s legislative session.
The senator talked about fixing documented issues at Woodlawn Beach and how discussion has already taken place with engineers. Grisanti chairs the Environmental Conservation Committee.
Grisanti asked local businesspeople for input about regulations and laws that may be holding them back and asked for business-specific issues, so “we can change them and get the red tape out of the way.”
Each person in the audience was handed a packet summarizing legislation in Albany and Hamburg-specific issues.
Other elected officials in attendance included Hamburg Town Supervisor Steve Walters and Village Mayor Tom Moses.