Michael H. Ranzenhofer's Press releases

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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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.

January 28, 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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Statement on State of the State, Budget Proposal

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.”  

 

January 21, 2015
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Invest in infrastructure projects with $5 billion windfall

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

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?

 

January 21, 2015
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STATEMENT FROM CO-DEANS OF WNY DELEGATION

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:

 

January 6, 2015
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Governor signs Legislation to Offer More Continuing Care Services to Seniors

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.

 

January 5, 2015
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Western New York Delegation to host roundtable discussion about Winter Storm

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.

 

December 29, 2014
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Focus: Working for you, your family, our community

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

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.

 

December 17, 2014
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School Resource Officers return to Akron Central School through State funding

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.

 

December 15, 2014
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Initiatives to help our hometown heroes

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

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.

November 19, 2014
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Helping every child learn, grow and succeed

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

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: 

 

Reducing the Damage of the GEA 

October 28, 2014
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Progress Report: Delivering Tax Relief

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

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. 

 

September 26, 2014
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Ranzenhofer announces $250,000 for new public plaza at Williamsville Water Mill

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.

 

September 16, 2014
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Ranzenhofer joins Amherst officials for ground breaking of Amherst Court Expansion Project

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.  

 

September 10, 2014
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Changes in State law seek to help economy, offer better services to seniors

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

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.

 

August 19, 2014
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Ranzenhofer to sponsor Unyts blood drive at Health Fair

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.  

 

July 29, 2014
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Ranzenhofer to hold Erie County’s largest Family Health Fair again

Free health services, screenings and information from more than 85 vendors
Free admission 
No reservations needed

 

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.

 

July 25, 2014
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