Grisanti Family Sails Up Hertel Avenue on Columbus Day
by John Duke - posted 2:13 pm, October 12, 2010
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.