Ranzenhofer launches online petition to stop Governor’s plan to delay tax refunds


Amherst, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has launched an online petition drive to stop Governor Paterson’s plan to delay State income tax refunds. 

“I encourage Western New Yorkers to sign the online petition on my web site to get the tax refunds out the door as soon as possible.  I will deliver the petition to the Governor to let him know how we feel,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.  “New Yorkers worked hard last year.  They deserve to receive their money back in a timely manner.  For the Governor to propose that New Yorkers can’t have their money back is just ridiculous.”

Residents can sign the online petition by visiting http://www.nysenate.gov/press-release/it-s-your-money-line-petition-stop-withholding-tax-refunds.

Earlier this week, Senator Ranzenhofer signed a Senate petition-for-consideration to bring legislation, which would require the State to provide personal income tax refunds within 30 days after a taxpayer files a return, to the Senate floor for a vote.  Thirty Senate Republicans signed the petition-for-consideration.  Only eight Democrats’ signatures are necessary for the bill to come to the Senate floor for a vote. 

The petition-for-consideration process was one of many reforms pushed by Senator Ranzenhofer and others to empower rank-and-file members of the Legislature.  Senators can bypass the normal committee process and send a bill directly to the floor by securing 38 signatures.

The State Senate passed a non-binding resolution calling on Governor Paterson to stop his proposal to delay the tax refunds on Tuesday. 

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