Small Business Leaders meet with Ranzenhofer


Hosts business roundtable at GCC BEST Center


Batavia, N.Y. – Today, State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer hosted a Small Business Roundtable at Genesee Community College’s BEST Center with small business leaders to offer an update of issues addressed in the 2011 Legislative Session and receive input on State government policies and regulations affecting small business.

The 2011-2012 State Budget closed a $10 billion deficit without raising taxes and fees and instead reduced spending for the first time in over 15 years.  The budget also phased out a multi-billion dollar income tax increase for thousands of small businesses and strengthened the Recharge NY and Excelsior Jobs programs.  The passage of the property tax cap is a positive development for the business community as property taxes have been a huge impediment to job creation.

“The 2011 Legislative Session marked a dramatic turnaround for State government.  While this change to the Albany tax-and-spend mentality was long overdue, I believe New York still has a long road ahead to become more business friendly,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.  “That is why I am asking business owners and community leaders to offer their input, and even constructive criticism, for changes to existing policies and regulations.  From this discussion, I hope to introduce  legislation that aims to foster a better environment for small businesses to grow and create jobs in our area, more specifically Genesee County.”

Another policy addressed by the State Legislature is the repeal of the cost recovery tax imposed on local economic development agencies in the 2009 State Budget.

“Senator Ranzenhofer was the driving force behind the repeal of the IDA Tax Assessment.  The repeal of which ensured that IDAs were not unfairly taxed and kept local funding at the local level.   In turn, this allowed IDAs to focus on their missions; business retention, expansion, attraction and job development,” said President and CEO of the Genesee County Economic Development Center Steve Hyde.

Chief Executiver Officer and President of Bank of Castile Jim Fulmer said: “It’s refreshing to have a champion of small businesses in our corner, fighting for us in the State Capitol.  I am grateful for Senator Ranzenhofer coming out to Genesee County to address the concerns of small business issues and hear our feedback.”

Genesee Community College Associate Vice President for Workforce Development Jerry Kozlowski said: “Senator Ranzenhofer continues to be a loyal friend and ally to the business community in Genesee County.  His willingness to conduct roundtables such as the one here today means we can continue to count on him to express our concerns in Albany.”

Small business leaders participating in the discussion include: Craig Alexander, O-AT-KA Milk; Jim Fulmer, Bank of Castile; Allan Davis, Liberty Pumps; Jeff Boshart, Boshart Enterprises; Jerry Kozlowski, BEST Center; Steve Hyde, GCEDC; Rachael Tabelski, GCEDC; Jerry McCullough, LeRoy Business Council; Katie White, LeRoy Business Council; and Don Burkle, Downtown Batavia Improvement District.