Michael H. Ranzenhofer's Press releases

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 20, 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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Monthly Column: Productive session to keep New York moving forward

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

As you may know, the 2014 Legislative Session has just concluded.  Many initiatives passed in this year’s Session will help to keep our State moving forward.

 

Major highlights include:

1.  Tax relief for residents: lower energy taxes and a new property tax rebate;

2.  More tax relief so that small businesses and manufacturers can succeed, grow and help create new job opportunities;

3.  Job training initiatives to open doors to successful careers and a bright, rewarding future;

4.  Funding for critical road, bridge and infrastructure upgrades to keep our economy moving; and

5.  Helping seniors lead healthy, independent lives with an expansion of the EPIC program.

July 16, 2014
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Bills to address Heroin and Opioid crisis get final passage

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.

 

June 23, 2014
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Fizz Boom Read!

Ranzenhofer supports student literacy with Summer Reading Program

 

Click here for more information about the 2014 Summer Reading Program for students in fourth through sixth grades and to register your child.

 

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.

 

June 19, 2014
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Monthly Column: State Assembly must change its course of inaction on important issues

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

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. 

 

June 18, 2014
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Statement on final passage of bill to name yogurt New York's official snack

Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Assembly has passed legislation, S.6695, to designate yogurt as the official snack for the State of New York.

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement: 

June 11, 2014
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State Senate approves Ranzenhofer bill to stop placement of sex offenders in group homes

Albany, NY – A bill to prevent registered sex offenders from residing in community group homes has passed the State Senate by a 55-2 vote.  Senate Bill No. 7503 is sponsored by Senator Mike Ranzenhofer.

 

“It is inappropriate that registered sex offenders have been placed to reside with these most vulnerable individuals who deserve the best care and protection that we can provide.  This bill will ensure the safety of those who we are charged with protecting, while assuring residents in our neighborhoods.  Simply put, this measure will go a long way in guarding residents from harm,” said Ranzenhofer.     

 

Existing law permits sex offenders to reside in community group homes.  

 

June 10, 2014
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Legislative package backed by Heroin Task Force passes State Senate

Albany, NY- Senator Mike Ranzenhofer has announced that the State Senate has passed 23 bills to address issues surrounding the increase in heroin and opioid abuse, addiction, and related crimes in New York.  

The bills are part of a comprehensive legislative package proposed in a report by the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction.  Senator Ranzenhofer hosted a public forum last month at Batavia City Hall, along with Task Force Chairman Senator Phil Boyle (R-C-I, Suffolk County).

June 9, 2014
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Neider inducted into NYS Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame

Honored by Ranzenhofer at State Capitol ceremony

 

Albany, N.Y. – United States Army Specialist 5th Class James B. Neider has been selected – by State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer – as a New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame Honoree for the 61st District for his gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces and service to the community.

 

Neider volunteered to serve in 1968 after receiving a Bachelor degree in Education.  He served in Germany with the 3rd Armored Division’s 503rd Military Police Company.

 

May 23, 2014
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Ranzenhofer to host public forum for Heroin and Opioid Addiction Task Force in Batavia

Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will host a public forum for the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction this Friday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at Batavia City Hall, One Batavia City Centre.  Members of the public are invited to attend and participate in the discussion.

 

The forum is one of seventeen statewide to solicit input on the rise of heroin and opioids and to develop legislative recommendations for treating and preventing addiction and its consequences.

 

May 21, 2014
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