Statement on State of the State


    Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address: 


    “Today’s State of the State message made it clear that tax relief will be at the top of the to-do list.  Enacting a property tax cap and reducing income tax rates has started the process of chipping away at New York’s high tax burden.  Yet, New York State still finishes near last place when ranked by tax climate.” 


    “That is why I am pleased that the Governor followed the lead of the report released by my colleagues in the State Senate to reduce, simplify and eliminate taxes across the board. Eliminating the tax rate for manufacturers in Upstate New York will enhance firms’ ability to invest, expand and create jobs.  Accelerating the phase-out of the 18-A surcharge will put more money back in households’ wallets, while helping to keep energy costs down for businesses.  I have been an advocate of these tax  relief initiatives for several years now.”  


    “One of my major legislative priorities will be cutting taxes for all New Yorkers– small businesses, manufacturers, families, retirees, young professionals, property owners and seniors– at every level.  Overall, tax relief with the farthest reach, and to as many New Yorkers as possible, will help to ensure a brighter, stronger and more prosperous economy for Western New York.”