Michael H. Ranzenhofer, Republican-Conservative-Independence, was elected to a fourth term in the New York State senate on November 4, 2014. Prior to being elected to the State Senate, he served as an Erie County Legislator, from 1989 to 2008.
Shortly after being elected, Senator Ranzenhofer established himself as one of the most outspoken State Legislators in opposition to record increases in taxes and spending in both the 2009 and 2010 State Budgets. His budget priorities have been to fix New York’s fiscal challenges by cutting spending and lowering taxes, creating a more favorable business environment so that the private sector can create jobs. He has led the charge to phase out the 18A assessment on utility bills.
As Chairman of the Senate Corporations Committee, he worked with many non-profit organizations and the New York State Bar Association to pass legislation to overhaul the State’s not-for profit laws for the first time in over forty years. Additionally, he has authored numerous laws to eliminate dormant, unnecessary public authorities.
Senator Ranzenhofer serves as a citizen legislator, a dedicated public servant who still works and volunteers in the community. He represents businesses and individuals in Erie, Genesee and Monroe County as a partner at Friedman & Ranzenhofer, P.C. As an attorney, Senator Ranzenhofer has an increased awareness of the impact that legislation from the State Capitol has on residents and businesses in the Western New York community.
In addition to Senator Ranzenhofer’s work in the State Capitol and in the private sector, he is constantly working to better his community. He organizes and sponsors Erie County’s largest Family Health Fair, providing dozens of free screenings and services to over one thousand residents annually. Senator Ranzenhofer partners with local law enforcement agencies to increase awareness about properly secured child car seats, as well as working with Western New York’s only organ, eye, tissue and community blood center to ensure an adequate blood supply at area hospitals.
For his efforts on behalf of taxpayers, Senator Ranzenhofer has been recognized with numerous awards, including 2012 State Legislator Recognition Award on behalf of the New York State Ophthalmological Society; Guardian of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business; 2010 Business Advocate of the Year Award by the Amherst Chamber of Commerce; and a member of the Farm Bureau’s Circle of Friends.
A longtime resident of the Town of Amherst, he and his wife, Sue, have two children. He graduated from SUNY at Albany in 1976, then continued on to receive a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from SUNY at Buffalo Law School in 1979.
The 61st State Senate District encompasses: the Towns of Amherst, Clarence, and Newstead and the Villages of Akron and Williamsville in Erie County; the Towns of Chili and Riga, the Village of Churchville and part of the City of Rochester in Monroe County; and all of Genesee County.
Standing Committee Assignments: Corporations, Authorities and Commissions (Chair); Agriculture; Education; Finance; Judiciary; Racing, Gaming and Wagering; and Transportation.