"I lead the fight for homeowners, seniors and middle-class families on the Senate floor today and proposed an amendment to the State budget that would have reinstated STAR rebate checks for each and every homeowner in Western New York.
Unfortunately, Senate democrats rejected my proposal, refusing to provide tax relief for homeowners that already pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation. As a result, families will lose an average of $369 in Erie County and $525 in Genesee County for 2009 in much needed property tax relief.
Albany, NY - With millions of Western New Yorkers working harder than ever to balance their own family budgets—and with businesses struggling to cope with an historic economic downturn, the Democrats have passed a State Budget that includes massive increases in spending and the largest tax increase in state history. The whopping $132 Billion dollar plan increases spending by $10.5 billion or roughly 10% and includes $8 billion dollars in new taxes and fees.
State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer, Ranking Republican member of the Senate Committee on Aging, announced his support for the idea that New York’s elderly should be allowed to purchase lower cost prescription drugs from outside of the United States. Senator Ranzenhofer has been a strong advocate for our seniors in the State Senate, including his strong advocacy for the restoration of Senior STAR Rebate checks.
“The New York Power Authority’s rejection of a 12.1 % rate increase or more accurately a tax increase on hydroelectric power and cancellation of outrageous bonuses to its employees is a major victory for Western New Yorkers today. The New York Power Authority finally understood Western New Yorkers’ message that it’s absolutely irresponsible for the Power Authority to raise rates while paying out outrageous bonuses to its employees.
Tonawanda and LeRoy, N.Y. – New York State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer called on Governor Paterson and State leaders to reinstate the STAR Property Tax Rebate checks in the 2009-2010 State budget today.
After tremendous pressure from the community and others across the State, the three Democratic leaders from New York City removed only $1.3 Billion in fees, leaving $5 billion in new fees and taxes still intact. The Governor and Democratic legislators have failed to reinstate the STAR rebate checks.
Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer today expressed his disbelief at a bill being offered by Sen. Antoine Thompson that would offer two additional paid days off per child to all 332,000 state workers to “participate in child’s education”. This bill would be in addition to an excused leave program that already allows state and local government workers to take paid time off in addition to their sick and personal leave and vacation time for specific reasons.
Williamsville, N.Y. – New York State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer announced his opposition to Governor Paterson’s 142 new taxes and fees in his 2009-2010 Executive Budget outside Jerry’s Barber Shop in Williamsville today. Among the Governor’s proposals are new taxes and fees on haircuts, bowling, movie tickets, gym memberships, health insurance, pedicures, plane tickets, iTunes downloads, and store coupons.
Amherst, N.Y. – State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer (R-Amherst) has been appointed to the newly created Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform. Senator Ranzenhofer plans to voice his agenda of cutting wasteful spending, providing property tax relief, and reforming the way Albany does business.
“On behalf of the citizens of the 61st District and the Town of Clarence, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families affected by the tragedy of Flight 3407. Our thoughts and prayers, as well as those of the entire State of New York, are with you at this most difficult time.
Amherst, N.Y. – State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer announced an extension for the property tax deadline for Clarence residents today due to the Flight 3407 tragedy. Governor David Paterson has extended the deadline to Tuesday, February 24, 2009 by Executive Order.
LeRoy, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R-Amherst) promoted shared municipal services at the LeRoy Highway Department last week. The towns of LeRoy and Stafford purchased a truck hoe excavator in an effort to streamline government expenses without sacrificing the delivery of town services.
Amherst, N.Y. – State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-Amherst) has become the Ranking Member of the State Senate Committee on Aging. He will also serve on the Agriculture, Banks, Corporations, Judiciary and Tourism Committees.
To commemorate New York State’s upcoming Memorial Day observance, the State Senate took time on Wednesday to honor current and former military service members, and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Nine bills focused on supporting veterans and active service members were passed. Two bills in particular, sponsored by Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), provide important parental rights protections for military service men and women. Bill S.3228 prevents the courts from considering the potential for a military service deployment as a detrimental factor when determining parental custody of a child.