Sen. Griffo gets new committee assignments dealing with science, capital investment; also named to leadership position
Monday, March 4, 2013 - 11:58 am

State Sen. Joseph A. Griffo (R-Rome) has accepted assignments to two more Senate committees and conference leadership position.

Griffo, who represents central St. Lawrence County including Massena and Potsdam, will serve on the new Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship, and the new Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Capital Investment, according to a release from his Albany office.

The 47th District senator is also the new Deputy Republican Conference Leader for Senate/Assembly Relations.

The new Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship will make recommendations on legislative efforts to strengthen entrepreneurial, job creation and innovation efforts in New York. Griffo said this committee will examine legislation to increase collaboration among the state’s academic institutions, private foundations and municipalities, provide greater access to capital markets, and fully utilize the expertise of state and national incubator organizations.

The new Committee on Infrastructure and Capital Investment was created in response to the state’s renewed focus on rebuilding the infrastructure and economy of upstate New York. It will oversee maximizing economic-development opportunities, particularly upstate, and review laws pertaining to public bidding.

Grifforepresents a swath of townships up the middle of St. Lawrence County from Massena to Fine.