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Ryan says Grisanti staying in GOP is good for WNY

State Senator Mark Grisanti is telling the Buffalo News that in spite of the criticism he's getting from conservatives for his vote to legalize gay marriage, he has no plans to jump back to the Democratic Party.

Grisanti has led some to speculate whether the Republican might return to his original party, but Grisanti is telling the newspaper he's comfortable in his place with the G.O.P.

In Buffalo, State Assemblyman Sean Ryan suggests Grisanti remaining a Republican works to the advantage of the entire local delegation.

"An assembly bill helping Western New York dies unless it has a willing Republican Senate sponsor, and Mark Grisanti has been that willing Republican sponsor," said Ryan, who joined the Assembly this fall after winning a special election to fill the seat vacated by Sam Hoyt. "Mark made his choice and I think we'll make the best out of that choice. But I'm optimistic that I will have a willing and will continue to have a willing Republican sponsor on the other side of the aisle."

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is reportedly coming to Buffalo on Friday to visit with Grisanti, one week before a deadline to make a final decision on party affiliation for next year's election.

Michael Mroziak is an experienced, award-winning reporter whose career includes work in broadcast and print media. When he joined the WBFO news staff in April 2015, it was a return to both the radio station and to Horizons Plaza.