Michael H. Ranzenhofer's Press releases

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August 21, 2015

More Progress Coming Out of 2015 Legislative Session

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer



As I outlined in my column last month, the extension of the property tax cap was not only one of my legislative priorities, it was one of the major achievements of this year’s session.  However, more progress has been made on efforts to control spending, cut taxes and create jobs.


The 2015-16 State Budget is balanced, on-time and it avoids new taxes and fees.  Additionally, expenditures are being held below two percent.  Taxpayers have saved $23 billion, or $3,919 per taxpayer, since my Senate colleagues and I pushed for a self-imposed cap on spending. 


August 19, 2015

Ranzenhofer Announces State Aid for Library Construction Awards for Pavilion, Byron-Bergen Public Libraries

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer announced today that Pavilion Public Library has been awarded $283,877, while Byron-Bergen Public Library has been awarded $65,355, in public library construction funds.


The funds are from $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2014 State Budget.  Pavilion Public Library’s grant is for a new 1,790 square foot children’s addition to the library’s existing building.  Byron-Bergen Public Library’s grant is for fixing drainage issues in the parking lot, replacing an emergency exit door, and installing energy efficient windows.  


August 11, 2015

Ranzenhofer Sponsors Erie County’s Largest Health Fair

Free health services, screenings and information from 90 organizations


Amherst, NY– A total of 90 organizations will provide health information, services and screenings to residents at Senator Ranzenhofer’s Family Health Fair. The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 1st from 9 a.m. to noon at the Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway in Amherst.


July 30, 2015

Amherst Justice Court Security Building Opens

Amherst, NY– State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer joined Amherst Town Officials to announce the Grand Opening of the Amherst Justice Court Security Building.  The new building was constructed to improve security and provide adequate space for the increased volume of prisoners processed at the facility.


This project was funded through the Town of Amherst Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and through a $250,000 State Grant secured by State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer.


July 24, 2015

Ranzenhofer Partners with Unyts for Blood Drive at Erie County’s Largest Family Health Fair

Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will be sponsoring an open-to-the-public blood drive with Unyts– Western New York’s only Organ, Eye, Tissue and Community Blood Center– during the 2015 Family Health Fair on Saturday, August 1st from 9 a.m. to noon at the Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway. 


To schedule an appointment, visit www.unyts.org, click the “Donate Blood” icon and enter Sponsor Code 001201 or call Unyts at (716) 512-7940.


“One person needs blood every two seconds.  Your blood donation can save up to three lives, helping our family members, friends and neighbors right here in Western New York.  I encourage residents to schedule an appointment to help save lives,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.  

July 22, 2015

Property Tax Cap Renewal Secures Continued Savings, Prevents Spiraling Tax Increases for Years to Come

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

I am pleased to report that one of my top legislative priorities, extending the property tax cap, has been accomplished during the final days of the 2015 Legislative Session.  


Residents all across the 61st Senate District have stressed the importance of renewing the tax cap.  In fact, three out of every four residents expressed to me their support for making the property tax cap permanent in a recent Constituent Questionnaire.


July 15, 2015

Results: 2015 Constituent Questionnaire

Senator Ranzenhofer has released the results of the 2015 Constituent Questionnaire.  Thousands of residents filled out the 14-question survey either by mail, via Facebook or at Senator Ranzenhofer's website. 


1. Do you believe that New York State is headed in the right direction?

Yes - 21%

No - 57%

Undecided - 22%


2. How would you rate New York's economy?

Good - 5%

Strong and Improving - 11%

Average - 43%

Weak and Worsening - 33%

Poor - 8%

June 23, 2015

Ranzenhofer Secures $480,000 State Grant for New Graduate Studies Technology Center at Daemen

Amherst, NY – Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer announced today that he has secured $480,000 in state funding to establish a Graduate Studies Technology Center in Daemen College’s Research and Information Commons building. This is believed to be the second largest state grant ever received in the college’s history.


June 22, 2015

Senate, Assembly Pass Bill to Spur Investment in Vacant, Abandoned Residential Properties

New program aimed at about 70 properties located in City of Batavia


Albany, NY – A bill (S.5196A/A.7570A) has passed the State Senate and State Assembly that would allow the City of Batavia to provide tax relief for residents willing to redevelop abandoned properties into owner-occupied single-family residences.


The new program would create a real incentive for residents to redevelop distressed properties since the high level of investment often required outpaces the value of the redeveloped home, keeping these types of properties vacant for many years. 


June 19, 2015

Monthly Column: 2015 Constituent Questionnaire Results

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer


As your State Senator, your views are important to me; your input helps me to best represent you, your family and our community.  Earlier this year, I offered residents an opportunity to share their opinions with me in a 2015 Constituent Questionnaire.


The 2015 Constituent Questionnaire collected input on a number of important legislative issues, including New York’s economy, Common Core, minimum wage, and more.  Thousands of residents, all across the 61st Senate District, filled out the 14-question survey either by mail, via Facebook or at my website.  


The results of the questionnaire have been compiled, and I would like to share some of the figures with you:

June 17, 2015

Flag Day Ceremony

Williamsville, NY - Senator Ranzenhofer participates in a Flag Day Ceremony at Forest Elementary School.

June 12, 2015

State Senate Passes Bill Permitting Rifles for Deer Hunting

Legislation for Genesee County heads to State Assembly


Albany, NY – A bill, S.1292, to allow the use of rifles for big game hunting in Genesee County has passed the State Senate by a vote of 52 to 4.  State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer is the bill’s author and sponsor in the State Senate.


“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.  “I am pleased to report that the bill has passed the State Senate, and I am hopeful that the State Assembly will pass it before session ends next month.”


May 28, 2015

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

Mosher Inducted Into Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame

Honored by Ranzenhofer at State Capitol ceremony


Albany, NY –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

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

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer


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

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

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

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

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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