Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address and Executive budget proposal:
“In the coming days and weeks, I will be going over the Executive budget proposal with a fine-tooth comb. I am pleased that the Governor has proposed major investments in infrastructure, a new property tax relief program and expanding broadband access in rural communities.”
Later today, Governor Andrew Cuomo will present his 2015 State of the State Address, along with the release of the 2015-16 Executive Budget. In the coming days and weeks, I will be going over the Executive Budget proposal with a fine-tooth comb. Generally, my priorities are pushing for more broad-based tax relief, spending restraint and initiatives to spur private-sector job creation.
The budget won’t be the only agenda item for this year’s Legislative Session. The State Legislature must answer another important question: What should New York do with the over $5 billion windfall from numerous bank settlements?
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The Western New York Delegation roundtable discussion has been postponed until further notice due to officials at the N.Y.S. Thruway Authority declining an invitation to participate. The Thruway Authority had previously confirmed its attendance.
Senator Michael Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, co-deans of the Western New York State Legislative Delegation, have issued the following statement:
Senator Michael Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Robin Schimminger are pleased to announce that S.2118-B/A.4611-B has been signed into law by the Governor.
The new law, Chapter 549 of the Laws of 2014, which was sponsored by Schimminger in the Assembly and Senator Michael Ranzenhofer in the Senate, will enable continuing care retirement communities to offer additional service options to seniors.
Senator Michael Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, co-deans of the Western New York Legislative Delegation, will host a roundtable discussion on Friday, January 9, 2015 to update the entire delegation and observing public on how the incident management protocols developed to respond to weather-related and other traffic emergencies on major thoroughfares in the Buffalo Niagara region functioned during the unprecedented November winter storm.
It was truly an honor to be re-elected last month to another term as your New York State Senator. To each and every resident of the 61st Senate District: Thank you for your continued support and confidence in my ability to represent you in the State Capitol. I am excited to continue to represent you, your family and our community.
Working together, we have made some progress in Albany. The State Budget has been passed on time now for four consecutive years. Each one of these budgets has controlled spending, closing a $15 billion budget deficit. As a result, 49 different tax cuts have been enacted so that $5.6 billion could be returned to taxpayers.
Akron, NY- School Resource Officers (SRO) are once again assigned to Akron Schools thanks to funding secured for the District with the help of State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer. Two part-time Akron Police Department officers began their SRO function in November. The funding covers all compensation costs to place the officers.
Superintendent of Akron Schools, Mr. Kevin Shanley, personally expressed his thanks to Senator Ranzenhofer during a brief visit by Ranzenhofer to the District.
New York’s heroic servicemen and women deserve our respect, our gratitude, and as much support as we can possibly provide. We should always be mindful of their sacrifice and service on behalf of all Americans. As your State Senator, I have always worked to support New York’s courageous veterans.
Earlier this year, I honored a hometown hero at a State Capitol ceremony as one of the newest inductees of the Veterans’ Hall of Fame. While he enlisted in the United States Army decades ago, James Neider continues to serve veterans and their families to this day. He is a founder of the Joint Veterans’ Honor Guard and a tireless advocate for locating a National Military Cemetery to our region.
We all know that great schools and a high quality education are the keys that can open the door to a brighter future for our children. Although there is still much unfinished business to attend to, this year’s Legislative Session will help every child learn, grow and succeed.
A quick look at the facts makes clear that this year’s session produced good news for our schools and our kids:
As your State Senator, I am committed to working in a bi-partisan way to give all Western New Yorkers the opportunity to succeed. Delivering tax relief is one way to ensure a brighter, stronger and more prosperous future.
Over the last four years, real progress has been achieved in providing greater tax relief for residents, manufacturers, homeowners and businesses. In total, 49 tax cuts have been enacted, reducing the tax burden by $5.6 billion in New York State.
Historic structure, currently under renovation, to see new twist for public access
Williamsville, N.Y. – State Sen. Michael H. Ranzenhofer, R-Amherst, this morning announced $250,000 in state funding for the ongoing renovations of the Williamsville Water Mill complex in the Village of Williamsville.
“The Water Mill complex is a landmark in the Village of Williamsville. I am pleased to have secured funding to create a new public plaza for the residents of Williamsville to enjoy. This major funding will help to anchor the economic revitalization of the Williamsville Mill," said State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer.
Amherst, N.Y.– Senator Ranzenhofer has joined Amherst Town Officials in marking the start of the Amherst Justice Court Expansion Project with an official ground breaking ceremony where a new building will be constructed to improve security and provide adequate space for the increased volume of prisoners processed at the facility.
The expansion project will include demolishing and relocating concrete areas, duct ways, as well as removing existing windows, then constructing a new 2,058 square foot expansion with associated systems and constructing associated driveway and drainage facilities.
As I outlined in my column in July, the 2014 Legislative Session could be characterized as productive, especially when considering many of the new policies to lower New York’s heavy tax burden.
Additionally, two bills which I sponsored in the State Senate will also help to keep New York moving forward. I have been working to usher these two initiatives through the legislative process for the past eight months. Here is an update on the progress made for both proposals:
First, Senate Bill No. 7196B corrects a wrong in the State tax code, in an effort to help New York manufacturers expand their business and create more jobs.
Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will be sponsoring an open-to-the-public blood drive with Unyts during the Family Health Fair on Saturday, August 2nd from 9 a.m. to noon at the Amherst Senior Center.
To schedule an appointment to donate blood, residents can contact Unyts at (716) 512-7940.
“One person needs blood every two seconds. Your blood donation helps families, friends and neighbors right here in Western New York and can save up to three lives. I encourage residents to schedule an appointment to help save lives at Erie County’s largest Family Health Fair,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.
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Amherst, NY– State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer has announced that he will host Erie County’s largest Family Health Fair again this year. The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 2nd from 9 a.m. to noon at the Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway in Amherst.
Albany, NY – State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer has announced that 11 bills to combat the statewide Heroin and Opioid crisis have passed both houses of the State Legislature.
The comprehensive legislative package will target prevention, treatment, and enforcement issues raised by experts and parents at a public forum of the Heroin and Opioid Addiction Task Force hosted by Senator Ranzenhofer at Batavia City Hall.
Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer wants students to have fun and keep learning this summer at their public library. Senator Ranzenhofer is partnering with the New York State Library to get more kids reading this summer.
With only a few days left in the 2014 Legislative Session, many bills already passed by the State Senate are awaiting action by the State Assembly.
The State Senate has been working diligently on legislation to end pregnancy discrimination in the workplace and also to prevent the tragedy of human trafficking. In particular, two pieces of legislation dealing with both these issues passed the State Senate first in 2013 and again as recently as last week.