Michael H. Ranzenhofer's Press releases

Ranzenhofer to Offer Free Electronics Recycling

Green practice stops hazardous e-waste from going to a landfill

 

State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer will offer residents an opportunity to recycle old electronics at a free drop-off event on Saturday, May 30th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chili Paul Plaza, 3240 Chili Avenue in Chili.  Residents are encouraged to enter the plaza off of Paul Road.

 

Senator Ranzenhofer is committed to using green practices to positively impact the environment.

 

May 22, 2015
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Welcome to my website!

Dear Resident of the 61st Senate District:

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website! 

At my website, you’ll be able to check out what I’m doing in Albany and in our community, learn more about my positions on important issues, and take a look at legislation I’m sponsoring in the State Senate.

Here are a few quick links to different areas of my website:

Click here to view legislation before the State Senate.

Click here for a map of the 61st State Senate District.

May 22, 2015
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Mosher Inducted Into Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame

Honored by Ranzenhofer at State Capitol ceremony

 

Albany, N.Y. –World War II veteran and Clarence resident John L. Mosher has been selected – by State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer – as a New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame Inductee for the 61st District for his gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces and service to the community.

 

Drafted in March 1945, Mosher served as a rifleman and mortar gunner in Company H of the 88th Division of the 350th Regiment.  He served in Tarcento, Italy as a post-war peacekeeper on the Yugoslavian border until his honorable discharge in December 1946.

 

May 21, 2015
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Seniors May Qualify For New York’s Low-Cost Prescription Drug Program!

As your State Senator, helping older Western New Yorkers pay for the soaring costs of prescription drugs is, and always will be, a priority. In fact, one of my proudest accomplishments in recent years was restoring funding to New York’s Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program.

 

EPIC is a New York State cost-sharing program that helps eligible seniors pay for their prescription drugs.  The program has been recognized as one of the best low-cost prescription drug programs in the nation.  Currently, more than a quarter of a million EPIC members are saving, on average, 90 percent of the costs of their medicines.  

 

May 20, 2015
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Ranzenhofer Honors Marone as Woman of Distinction

Leadership Genesee Director travels to State Capitol for ceremony

 

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has honored Leadership Genesee Director Peggy Marone as a Woman of Distinction at the 18th annual ceremony in the State Capitol, recognizing her outstanding contributions in enriching the quality of life for the community and beyond.

 

“Peggy inspires participants of Leadership Genesee to enhance their capacity to lead, and every graduate of the one-year program can tell you how her philosophy has improved their personal and professional lives,” said Ranzenhofer.  “Our community is lucky to have such a thoughtful, genuine leader.” 

 

May 14, 2015
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New Budget: More Property Tax Relief, Investments in Infrastructure, Schools

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

For the fifth straight year, the 2015-16 State Budget keeps within a two-percent spending cap, rejects tax increases and turns a $10 billion deficit into a surplus within those five years.  

 

The new budget reflects my commitment to spending restraint, and the only way to reduce the tax burden is to control spending.  In doing so, I have been able to push for more property tax relief, and this year’s budget builds upon this progress.

 

April 22, 2015
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Ranzenhofer Sponsors Prescription Drug Drop-Off Program

Amherst, NY – State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer has announced today that residents can properly dispose of any expired or unwanted medications at a prescription drug drop-off program on Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, 1540 Maple Road in Williamsville.

 

“Properly disposing of expired or unwanted medications prevents pollution of our waterways, helping to protect our environment,” said Ranzenhofer.  “It also prevents accidental poisoning and keeps them out of the wrong hands.  I encourage residents to take advantage of this important program.”

 

April 20, 2015
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Monroe County: Funding for Local Road, Bridge Repairs Hits New High

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the 2015-16 State Budget makes a record level of investment to support local highway, road and bridge repair projects.  

 

The new State Budget allocates a total of $488 million in statewide funding, including $438 million for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) and $50 million for Extreme Winter Recovery.

 

April 9, 2015
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Genesee County: Funding for Local Road, Bridge Repairs Hits New High

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the 2015-16 State Budget makes a record level of investment to support local highway, road and bridge repair projects.  

 

The new State Budget allocates a total of $488 million in statewide funding, including $438 million for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) and $50 million for Extreme Winter Recovery.

 

April 9, 2015
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Erie County: Funding for Local Road, Bridge Repairs Hits New High

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the 2015-16 State Budget makes a record level of investment to support local highway, road and bridge repair projects.  

 

The new State Budget allocates a total of $488 million in statewide funding, including $438 million for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) and $50 million for Extreme Winter Recovery.

 

April 9, 2015
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Senate Passes Brighter Future Budget Plan

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

I am pleased to report that the State Senate is moving the State Budget process forward with a balanced, fiscally responsible plan that will cut taxes, control spending and build a brighter future for Western New York. 

 

The Senate one-house budget resolution reflects many of my major budget priorities, especially securing continued funding for Roswell Park, ending the GEA budget cuts, providing more direct tax relief to homeowners and small businesses, and maintaining our roads and bridges.  

 

March 18, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation to Prohibit Sex Offenders from Living in Community Residences with Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would prohibit registered sex offenders from living with individuals with developmental disabilities in community residences operated or licensed by the state. 

 

The bill (S2885), sponsored by Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), strengthens current protections and helps ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities are living in a safe environment. 

 

March 16, 2015
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Statement on Senate Budget Resolution

Albany, NY – The New York State Senate has passed its one-house budget resolution. State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

 

March 12, 2015
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Ranzenhofer Named Deputy Majority Leader for Economic Development

New leadership role to focus on job creation, economy

 

Albany, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has been named Deputy Majority Leader for Economic Development as part of the Senate Republican Majority’s Leadership Team.  The new leadership position involves more responsibilities to develop economic development policies.

 

March 12, 2015
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Ranzenhofer Backs ‘Grown in New York’ Plan

New commitment will help strengthen agriculture industry

 

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer, member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, announced his support today for the “Grown in New York” initiative to help meet consumers’ demands for locally-grown food, support local farmers in their efforts to provide quality, fresh food, and strengthen rural communities.

 

"Family farms all across Genesee County are a major contributor to New York’s $5 billion agriculture industry.  The initiatives proposed as part of the Grown in New York plan will help to grow our family farms and their employees by delivering more healthy, fresh food to our tables," said Ranzenhofer.

 

March 10, 2015
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Genesee County Economic Development Center Annual Luncheon

Batavia, NY- State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer gives remarks at Genesee County Economic Development Center's annual luncheon at Batavia Downs. 

March 6, 2015
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End the GEA

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

Back in 2010, when the Legislature was controlled by New York City Democrats, taxpayers all across the Empire State were repeatedly hurt by bad decisions.  New job-killing taxes were imposed.  State expenditures spiraled out of control. Among the worst was the creation of the Gap Elimination Adjustment or GEA.

 

The GEA resulted in billions of dollars being unfairly taken away from our local school districts, especially in rural and suburban areas of New York.  Since then, this multi-billion dollar budget cutting scheme has hurt local schools and property taxpayers.  

 

February 18, 2015
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Ranzenhofer, Hawley Author Bill to Enact Special State Law

Legislation would allow rifles for deer hunting in Genesee County

 

Albany, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Stephen Hawley have introduced special legislation, S.1292/A.4367, in the New York State Legislature to allow the use of rifles for big game hunting in Genesee County.

 

“In several areas of New York State, sportsmen are allowed to hunt deer with rifles and this change in law would allow the use of rifles in Genesee County,” said Ranzenhofer.  “As the this year’s session progresses, Assemblyman Hawley and I will be working together to get this bill signed into law.”

 

Assemblyman Stephen Hawley is sponsoring the bill in the State Assembly.

February 11, 2015
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Ranzenhofer Receives Committee Assignments

Albany, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will serve as Chairman of the Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee for the 2015-16 Legislative Session.

 

“It has been my pleasure, as Chair of the Committee for the last four years, to work with my colleagues to enact 75 bills into law that will positively impact authorities, commissions and corporations across the state for years to come.  We have updated New York’s Not-for-Profit laws for the first time in 40 years, dissolved defunct commissions, and forced more transparency at public authorities.  I am eager to continue the important work of this Committee,” said Ranzenhofer.

 

January 30, 2015
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Senate Passes Package of Bills to Toughen Penalties for Sex Offenders

Albany, NY - The New York State Senate today announced the passage of six bills that would help keep communities safer from sexual predators. 

 

Senator Michael Ranzenhofer has sponsored legislation (S869) making it a crime for anyone to knowingly harbor, house, or employ a sex offender who has failed to register or verify residence or employment and fails to contact their local law enforcement agency.

 

January 26, 2015
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