Michael H. Ranzenhofer's Press releases

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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