Ranzenhofer asks Senate leaders to refocus priorities; Proposes Governor call Legislature back to work to deal with deficit


Amherst, NY – New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer expressed disappointment with Senate leaders for calling back the New York State Senate for special session without addressing Western New Yorkers’ concerns.

“Residents all across my district have expressed their displeasure with the new 2% utility tax and  the elimination of the STAR rebate checks.  But neither of these issues are on the agenda for Thursday’s special session,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.  “It’s time for the Governor to call the Assembly and Senate back to work to seriously deal with these issues and the $2.1 billion State budget deficit.  Western New Yorkers have already waited too long.”

Senator Sampson has called the State Senate into special session for Thursday, September 10 at 2 o’clock.  One of the bills on the agenda establishes a Green Jobs/Green New York program that is billed as an environmentally friendly economic development initiative, when in reality it is simply a tax giveaway to “community organizers” like ACORN and the Working Families Party.

“Western New York needs real solutions and real jobs, not another program that will not produce results and will cost taxpayers $112 million.  Thursday’s special session will mostly out to be a waste of time and money for taxpayers if it fails to eliminate wasteful programs. Enacting across-the-board spending cuts remains the only way to solve the State’s fiscal crisis,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.

Senator Ranzenhofer was elected to the New York State Senate in 2008.  The 61st District includes part of the city of Tonawanda, the Towns of Amherst, Clarence, Newstead and Tonawanda in Erie County and all of Genesee County.