Michael H. Ranzenhofer's Press releases

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 8, 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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Monthly Column: State Budget: New initiatives to help strengthen our community

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

As I outlined in my column last month, the new State Budget gives all Western New Yorkers the opportunity to succeed.  However, it does more than just that.  The 2014-15 State Budget also implements a new fraud prevention measure to prevent welfare fraud, includes more funding for local road repairs, and delivers real results for seniors.

 

New fraud prevention measure

May 21, 2014
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Ranzenhofer selects Sears as Woman of Distinction

Chili Senior Center Director honored at State Capitol ceremony

 

Albany, N.Y. –  State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer honored Chili Senior Center Director of Programs for the Aging Mary Anne Sears Tuesday evening at the 17th Annual Women of Distinction ceremony, recognizing her outstanding contributions in enriching the quality of life for the community and beyond.

 

May 16, 2014
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State Senate chooses yogurt for official snack

Bill goes to State Assembly for consideration

 

 

Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Senate has passed legislation, sponsored by State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer, to name yogurt as the official snack for the State of New York.  The bill, S.6695, passed by a 52 to 8 vote.   

 

“Yogurt is not only a delicious, healthy treat; it is also an economic driver for many communities in New York, with yogurt manufacturers located all across the State–from Western New York to Long Island.  That is why yogurt is such a suitable choice to be New York’s State snack,” said Ranzenhofer.  “I am pleased that the State Senate has approved this bill, and I encourage the State Assembly to pass it.” 

May 6, 2014
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Ranzenhofer to offer free electronics recycling

Green practice stops hazardous e-waste from going to a landfill

State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer will offer residents an opportunity to recycle old electronics at a free drop-off event on Saturday, May 10th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road.

Senator Ranzenhofer is committed to using green practices to positively impact the environment.

April 30, 2014
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Yogurt as state snack gets committee approval

Bill starts to move through legislative process

 

 

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee has approved Senate Bill No. S6695. The legislation, authored by Senator Ranzenhofer, would designate yogurt as the official State snack.

 

A Byron-Bergen fourth-grade class, while studying the history and government of New York State, wrote to Senator Ranzenhofer to suggest the idea for the bill.

 

April 29, 2014
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Yogurt as state snack gets committee approval

Bill starts to move through legislative process

 

 

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee has approved Senate Bill No. S6695. The legislation, authored by Senator Ranzenhofer, would designate yogurt as the official State snack.

 

A Byron-Bergen fourth-grade class, while studying the history and government of New York State, wrote to Senator Ranzenhofer to suggest the idea for the bill.

 

April 29, 2014
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Monthly Column: New State Budget gives all Western New Yorkers the opportunity to succeed!

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

By working together in a bi-partisan manner, we’ve just enacted the 2014-15 State Budget.  Not only is the budget on-time for the fourth consecutive year, it’s also the fourth consecutive one to reduce taxes.  More importantly, this fiscal plan is balanced and responsible.

 

The new State Budget will help New York to move in the right direction and give all Western New Yorkers the opportunity to succeed!  

 

April 16, 2014
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Ranzenhofer: More funding for potholes, road damage in Monroe 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 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 27, 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 26, 2014
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