Michael H. Ranzenhofer's Press releases

Ranzenhofer: More funding for potholes, road damage in Genesee County

$40 million in Extreme Winter Weather Assistance Capital 

 

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the 2014-15 State Budget will provide an additional $40 million to help municipalities repair potholes and road surface damage caused by the harsh winter weather.

 

April 4, 2014
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Ranzenhofer: More funding for potholes, road damage in Erie County

$40 million in Extreme Winter Weather Assistance Capital 

 

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the 2014-15 State Budget will provide an additional $40 million to help municipalities repair potholes and road surface damage caused by the harsh winter weather.

 

“While spring has finally arrived, the aftermath of a brutal winter still remains. There are still a significant number of potholes and surface damage all over the roadways.  At the same time, the harsh winter has depleted municipalities’ budgets to repair roads,” said Ranzenhofer.  “These investments will benefit towns and villages throughout Erie County so that new infrastructure repair projects can be undertaken.”

April 4, 2014
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Ranzenhofer secures $10 million funding for GCC capital projects

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that he has secured more than $10 million in matching grants for strategic initiative projects at Genesee Community College as part of the 2014-15 New York State Budget.

 

Senator Ranzenhofer requested that the funding be added to the Executive Budget proposal.

 

April 1, 2014
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Statement: 2014-15 State Budget

Albany, N.Y.– New York State has an on-time budget for the fourth consecutive year.  Senator Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement on some of the details of the 2014-15 State Budget:

 

“I am pleased that the final State Budget includes many of my key priorities: fiscal discipline, tax relief, and funding for our schools.  Overall, this fiscal plan is balanced and responsible, while providing victories for taxpayers, small businesses, manufacturers, and our children.”

 

April 1, 2014
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Ranzenhofer secures 27% increase in VLT aid to City, Town of Batavia and Genesee County

Albany, N.Y.–  State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the 2014-15 New York State Budget will increase Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) aid by more than 27 percent to the host communities of Batavia Downs.

 

Throughout the budget process, Senator Ranzenhofer and his colleagues in the State Senate have been working to secure additional VLT aid.

 

“I am pleased to announce that I was able to secure more VLT aid– for the Town of Batavia, the City of Batavia, and Genesee County– to help offset expenses for hosting Batavia Downs.  This is a huge win for our community.  Local governments and taxpayers will now receive a $171,700 funding boost,” said Ranzenhofer. 

 

March 31, 2014
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Ranzenhofer, Unyts partner for community blood drive at Batavia Downs Gaming

State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer will partner with Unyts– Western New York’s only organ, eye, tissue and community blood center– for an open-to-the-public blood drive on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Batavia Downs Gaming, 8315 Park Road in Batavia.

 

“Your donation can save up to three lives in our community.  That is why it is so critically important to ensure blood is available for our friends and neighbors in their time of need.  I encourage residents to celebrate National Donate Life Month by giving the gift of life through a blood donation,” said Ranzenhofer.

 

March 28, 2014
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Ranzenhofer, Unyts partner for community blood drive at Eastern Hills Mall Neighborhood Donation Center

Williamsville, N.Y. – State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer will partner with Unyts– Western New York’s only organ, eye, tissue and community blood center– for an open-to-the-public blood drive on Saturday, April 5 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Eastern Hills Mall Neighborhood Donation Center, 4545 Transit Road in Williamsville.

 

“Your donation can save up to three lives in our community.  That is why it is so critically important to ensure blood is available for our friends and neighbors in their time of need.  I encourage residents to celebrate National Donate Life Month by giving the gift of life through a blood donation,” said Ranzenhofer.

 

March 27, 2014
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March 26, 2014
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Ranzenhofer announces Earth Day Poster Contest

Encourages kids in grades K-6 to help promote environmental awareness

Senator Mike Ranzenhofer today encouraged local student entries for the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest, a statewide competition that raises student awareness of recycling and waste reduction.

 

“The New York State Senate takes this opportunity to celebrate the great strides New York has made in helping to improve our environment.  By educating students about the importance of recycling, they can be a part of the many New Yorkers who are already helping to make a difference,” said Ranzenhofer.

 

March 20, 2014
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Monthly Column: State Senate moves budget resolution forward

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

By passing its one-house budget bill last week, the New York State Senate moved one step closer to a fourth consecutive on-time budget.  The budget resolution controls spending and builds on the progress of the past three years to stabilize the State’s finances.

 

The Senate’s budget resolution reduces taxes to help small businesses and manufacturers to create jobs; makes greater investments in education; and provides property tax relief for homeowners.

 

March 19, 2014
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Ranzenhofer schedules State Budget Forum in Chili

Encourages residents to let their voice be heard on the 2014-2015 State Budget

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will hold a State Budget Forum at Chili Public Library on Saturday, March 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

 

Senator Ranzenhofer’s State Budget Forum is an opportunity for residents to let their voice be heard on the 2014-2015 State Budget in the State Capitol.

 

March 7, 2014
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Ranzenhofer schedules State Budget Forum in Batavia

Encourages residents to let their voice be heard on the 2014-2015 State Budget

 

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will hold a State Budget Forum at Batavia City Hall on Saturday, March 8th from 11:00 a.m. to noon.

 

Senator Ranzenhofer’s State Budget Forum is an opportunity for residents to let their voice be heard on the 2014-2015 State Budget in the State Capitol.

 

March 3, 2014
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Ranzenhofer schedules State Budget Forum in Amherst

Encourages residents to let their voice be heard on the 2014-2015 State Budget

 

Amherst, NY– State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will hold a State Budget Forum at Lecture Hall 100 at Erie Community College’s Kittinger Hall on Saturday, March 8th from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

 

Senator Ranzenhofer’s State Budget Forum is an opportunity for residents to let their voice be heard on the 2014-2015 State Budget in the State Capitol.

 

February 28, 2014
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Ranzenhofer opposes placement of convicted sex offenders in group homes

 

Echoes concerns of Newstead residents to OPWDD Commissioner
Urges OPWDD to review its placement procedures

 

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has expressed concerns of Newstead residents with the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) Acting Commissioner Laurie Kelley.

 

In a letter, Senator Ranzenhofer conveyed his opposition to the placement of registered sex offenders in group homes.

 

February 25, 2014
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Monthly Column: Budget review process in full swing

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

In mid-January, Governor Cuomo unveiled his Executive Budget proposal for 2014-2015. Now, the budget review and approval process is in full swing.

 

Many of the tax relief proposals outlined in the State of the State address were outlined in greater detail, including a two-year freeze on property taxes, lowering business taxes, eliminating taxes for Upstate manufacturers, and accelerating the phase-out of the utility tax.  As I mentioned in my column last month, these proposals may have the potential to continue chipping away at New York’s high tax burden.  However, closer examination is required.

 

February 19, 2014
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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.

February 10, 2014
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Public Assistance Integrity Act passes State Senate

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the Public Assistance Integrity Act has passed the State Senate earlier this week by a vote of 53 to 4.

 

“I am pleased to announce that the Public Assistance Integrity Act has passed the State Senate with almost unanimous support,” said Ranzenhofer.  “Unfortunately, until the State Assembly takes final action on this fraud prevention measure, there is no law in New York State to prohibit Electronic Benefit Transfer cards from being abused and misused.”

 

February 7, 2014
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Monthly Column: State of the State: More tax relief is still necessary

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

The New York State Senate convened last Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. for the first time in 2014 to officially begin this year’s Legislative Session and to receive an update by Governor Cuomo on the State of the State.  The message of the annual address could be summarized best by two words: tax relief.  

 

The Governor’s presentation outlined a series of tax relief initiatives, including a two-year freeze on property taxes, lowering business taxes, eliminating taxes for Upstate manufacturers and accelerating the phase-out of the utility tax.

 

January 15, 2014
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Statement on State of the State

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address: 

 

“Today’s State of the State message made it clear that tax relief will be at the top of the to-do list.  Enacting a property tax cap and reducing income tax rates has started the process of chipping away at New York’s high tax burden.  Yet, New York State still finishes near last place when ranked by tax climate.” 

 

January 8, 2014
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Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 signed into law

First comprehensive update in over 40 years

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 into law.  

 

Senator Ranzenhofer helped to develop the Nonprofit Revitalization Act after extensive meetings with stakeholders and the convening of multiple public hearings to examine comprehensive amendments to the state’s Not-For-Profit Corporation Law.  

 

December 23, 2013
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