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Mark Grisanti to recognize veterans

HAMBURG — The following guest column was submitted by Sen. Mark Grisanti.

I recently announced that my district office is accepting nominations for a new program that will recognize one local military veteran each month, during the 2014 calendar year.

This special veteran of the month recognition will highlight the bravery of men and women who live in our community and who have served our nation, by showcasing their personal stories on my website.

It is my belief that all military veterans deserve our respect and admiration for serving, defending and protecting our country. I proudly serve on the state Senate’s veterans, homeland security and military affairs committees. One of my top priorities, when I am working on legislation in Albany, is to make sure that anyone who served our country is given the respect he or she deserves.

My staff helps every veteran who reaches out to us. I remain dedicated to helping those who sacrificed so much, to protect our nation and our way of life.

I am very excited about launching the veteran of the month recognition program. By sharing these stories on a regular basis, I hope to honor some of the great service men and women who live here in Western New York.

I will work closely with two of my staff members, to review the monthly nominations and select each recipient of the honor. Veteran liaisons Ron Deschenes and Michael Little both work in my district office in downtown Buffalo and run a department that vows to leave no veteran behind.

If you want to nominate someone for the veteran of the month honor, please visit, send an email to or call 854-8705.

Speaking of veterans, I would like to remind my constituents that my veterans liaison office is ready, willing and able to assist you. Deschenes served our country, during the Vietnam War, and Little served in Iraq and Afghanistan, during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. If you are a veteran who is seeking any type of help or know of a veteran who needs assistance, please call Deschenes or Little at my district office.

I have a longstanding record of championing tax cuts that provide relief to hardworking WNY residents and create a better business climate for new job creation and economic growth.

My Senate Republican colleagues and I recently issued a report calling for New York state’s personal income taxes, business taxes, estate taxes and local property taxes to be reformed, simplified and reduced. We also want a permanent 2 percent state spending cap.

Comprehensive tax relief will be a top priority for our Senate Republican Conference, throughout 2014. I believe these tax-cutting recommendations will ensure a more prosperous future for our state. This will help make New York more attractive to everyone, including private sector businesses.

My staff’s monthly visits to the Hamburg Town Hall will continue, next year. A staffer will be there from 4 – 7 p.m. on Jan. 7, Feb. 4, March 4, April 1, May 6 and June 3.

In addition, my staff will make monthly visits to the Evans Town Hall, from 4 – 7 p.m. on Jan. 28, Feb. 25, March 25, April 29, May 27 and June 24. They will also visit the Brant Town Hall from 9 a.m. – noon Jan. 24, Feb. 28, March 28, April 25, May 23 and June 27.

For more information, call my district office at 854-8705 or email

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