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Grisanti Family Sails Up Hertel Avenue on Columbus Day

Maria Grisanti, daughter Theresa, State Senate Candidate Mark Grisanti, Ashlee and John march along the Santa Maria in Saturday’s Columbus Day Parade on Hertel Avenue. 518 years ago today, October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus discovered a New World. This year, on Election Day, November 2, 2010, Attorney Mark Grisanti is hoping families throughout our area will be discovering a New Buffalo! Mark’s first priority is clean up Hoyt Lake behind the Art Gallery so that families could safely go sailing without the fear of toxic pollution. “It’s time to do something about the environment in our district and we should start in the middle of it,” says Grisanti, “there is no good reason why we should have to put up with environmental disasters in our backyard!”

Following the parade, coffee and Italian Ice, both lemon and strawberry, were served to a large crowd at 1862 Hertel Avenue in Buffalo’s Little Italy where Mark Grisanti has his Campaign Headquarters.

At the event Grisanti announced; “I am running for New York State Senator because I have been trained my whole life to represent people regardless of race, gender, creed, age or where they live. I believe we have been lacking that type of representation and an indication of that is that our community has been labeled the third poorest in the nation. I have a plan to change that. And I will represent all of the people of the 60th District and not just the interests of New York City!”

Mr. Grisanti’s opponent, Antoine Thompson, vacationed with his office manager in Jamaica during New York State’s biggest budget crisis of all time. Thompson was the major cause of Buffalo losing over 30,000 high paying jobs and destroying all hopes of U.B. 2020.  The Committee for Economic Growth began informing the general public that Thompson had cost Western New York at least 20,000 jobs at the University of Buffalo while fundraising in New York City.

One of our area’s top labor organizations withdrew its support of Thompson, and the president of the Buffalo Building and Construction Trades Council, Paul Brown, sent a letter to Thompson pulling their endorsement and warned him to refrain from any implication that he has the unions’ support. “Please do not, in any way shape or form, even suggest that we are supporting you as that would be completely untrue,” the president wrote.

The Buffalo Building and Construction Trades Council, which represents construction workers in 18 separate locals, says Thompson should have “stuck to his guns” regarding UB 2020, contending that because Thompson reneged on promises of support, the area lost an additional 8,000 to 9,000 construction jobs. “It was just ridiculous the way he waffled,” the president of Construction Trades Council said. “It’s unbelievable what he did.” The president was particularly critical of Thompson, who he said represents a significant number of minority constituents. A third of construction jobs resulting from the proposal, he said, would have been reserved for women and minorities.


  • Mary Ayoungin

    I hope the lake will be saved, it’s in such a beautiful setting. It shouldn’t take too much effort, but it will take some effort…

  • Margot Sullivan

    Wow this is just regurgitation from many past slime articles from other ‘media outlets’

    Poor journalistic integrity gone down the tube.

    Tell us, do you have to recant this when people foil information that shows Thompson requested one day off of legislative session to go to Jamaica and that session was cancelled on the day he requested off because of bad weather?

    Oh and he went to Jamaica in February and the budget wasn’t even due until April…haha so much for ‘during the budget crisis’

  • James Drenning

    Performance instead of promises, Grisanti’s got my vote!

  • Grisanti has my vote for sure. We need to fight back and get rid of Antoine Thompson, I dont even hear about him unles its something bad, another way hes wasting our tax dollars, or his fifty mailings that lead up to election days. Im ready for change & I think the rest of this district is. TEAM GRISANTI!

  • Calvin McBride

    Thompson’s in New York City at this very moment for 2 fundraisers. This is how they control Buffalo.
    Time to fire Thompson!

    http://senatorantoinethompson.com/events.html

  • Lancey Howard

    Antoine Thompson has got to be the phoniest politician of all time. his office is like a carnival of con-men and women. he’s got some people from the Old Green Gold Scam in there. he actually said he is a tree hugger after mailing out 2,000,000 pieces of literature. that equals 20 trees. what does he do, hug the 21st tree?
    what a phoney!

  • SATAN

    I think Antione Thompson is doing great work and I can’t wait to see what he might do in the future!

  • Patrick O’Malley

    Margot Sullivan, you are such a kidder. Everyone knows Thompson went to Jamaica to secure jobs for Western New York; he said so on T.V.
    Don’t you believe him?

  • Bob Schroeder

    Hoyt Lake could become something spectacular with a little work. We have to fire Thompson for the ridiculous and stupid things he does.

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  • HERE IS TODAY’S NEWS!

    HERE IS TODAY’S NEWS!
    October 14, 2010 :

    http://www.buffalonews.com/city/article219396.ece

    THOMPSON BOOK SEEN AS TOOL FOR CAMPAIGN
    TAXPAYERS’ MONEY USED TO FOOT COSTS

  • John Paul

    Thompson is a crook!
    What a Disgrace!

  • fire thompson

    thompson is a disgrace to western new york. we need him out of office ASAP. Team Grisanti all the way