It is an honor to be with you here today on this momentous occasion with Former Secretary of State, General Colin Powell , veterans and Tonawanda residents. I would like to personally thank the organizers for inviting me here today, especially the Chair and Co-Chair of the Steering Committee, Dan Crangle and Peter Rizzo. I would also like to thank the veterans present here today and all veterans for their service and dedication to our country. I would be remise if I did not publicly acknowledge the outstanding efforts of Senator Mary Lou Rath and her staunch support
Starting July 1st, individuals and businesses will have to pay a 2% State Assessment Fee on top of their monthly utility bills as part of the 2009-10 New York State Budget. In response to the outrageous tax increase on energy, Senator Ranzenhofer is calling upon State leaders to repeal this onerous tax.
Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that applications are available at his district office for the recently created NY Prescription $aver program (NYP$), sponsored by the State Department of Health. The NYP$ is a free discount card that can reduce the cost of prescriptions by 30% to 60% for eligible lower income residents.
“The Division of Budget’s recent update on the State’s fiscal condition proves to State leaders and all Western New Yorkers that a $12 billion increase in spending, $8.5 billion in new taxes and fees and eliminating STAR rebate checks does not solve a fiscal crisis. More spending, new taxes and fees just don’t work. Instead, they only make matters worse.
State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced a Safety Outreach Program for Saturday, July 25 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at the East Amherst Fire Department, 9100 Transit Road in East Amherst. The program includes the Selt Belt Convincer, K-9 Demonstrations, a Bicycle Safety Presentation, and Car Seat Safety Checks.
“I invite all families to attend my Safety Outreach Program to learn about ways to stay safe for the summer. The program provides an excellent way to learn how to keep our children safe during summer break from school,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.
Despite a multi-billion dollar budget deficit and after passing a State Budget that increases spending by $12 Billion and increases taxes and fees by $8 Billion, the New York City dominated State Senate Democrats have hired 772 new employees between January 1, 2009 and April 10th at a cost of almost $3 million, according to a report in today’s New York Daily News.
Pembroke, NY – At his first Agricultural Advisory Committee Meeting last Saturday at Pembroke Town Hall, New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer discussed proposed legislation that could cripple the local agricultural industry by mandating overtime pay for farm workers.
Albany, NY – Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer honored Flora Leamer Wednesday evening as the 2009 Woman of Distinction for the 61st Senate District at the 12th Annual Senate Women of Distinction ceremony, honoring her outstanding contributions in enriching the quality of life for the community and beyond.
Albany, NY – Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer joined a bipartisan coalition to lead the New York State Senate into an era of reform yesterday. The coalition, composed of the entire reform-minded Republican conference and a number of reform-minded Democrats, enacted numerous reforms and brought an end to five months of dysfunction and failure.
“As a graduate from the University at Buffalo, I am proud that the Senate passed the UB 2020 Flexibility and Economic Growth Act which represents another step towards UB 2020, a plan that allows students to compete in a 21st century global economy and jump starts an economic engine in Western New York. This legislation not only makes UB more competitive with other national research universities, but could create up to 10,000 jobs in Western New York. I call on the State Assembly to immediately pass this bill."
Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer voted today for legislation that would allow citizens and government bodies to initiate the process of consolidating or dissolving local governments more easily, a measure that would save taxpayer dollars.
Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced Town Hall Meetings for Saturday, June 6 at the Clearfield Branch Library, 770 Hopkins Road in Amherst at 10:30 a.m and at the Genesee County Legislature, 7 Main Street in Batavia at Noon. The Town Hall Meetings will give residents an opportunity to discuss the 2009 State Budget with Senator Ranzenhofer.
Getzville, NY – Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer added his support to Senate Bill 5684 along with Senator Dale Volker, local school and nursing home officials today which would repeal a provision of the so-called Rockefeller Drug Law Reforms passed by Senate Democrats during the 2009-2010 State Budget. The provision passed last month allows judges to seal the criminal records of certain felons.
Clarence Center, N.Y. – Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer joined Erie County Veterans Services Director Patrick Welch and other local veterans to purchase the new Purple Heart Stamp re-issued at the First-Class mail price of 44 cents at the Clarence Center Post Office today.
Amherst, N.Y. – New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer announced a Veterans Outreach Program today for Wednesday, May 27, 2009 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road in Amherst. The program, led by Erie County Director of Veterans Services Patrick Welch, informs veterans about benefits as well as presents special opportunities for veterans that include networking and business start-up programs.
Batavia, N.Y. – State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer voiced his opposition to legislation in the State legislature today that would require the renewal of firearms’ licenses every five years for pistol permits. Assemblyman Stephen Hawley, Genesee County Clerk Don Read, Genesee County Undersheriff Bill Sheron and SCOPE Vice-President Jack Taylor joined Senator Ranzenhofer in opposition to the proposed legislation.
Senator Ranzenhofer and members of the Senate Republican Conference today launched a statewide, grass-roots petition drive to restore the STAR property tax relief rebate checks important to middle-class families that were eliminated by the Democrats.
The multifaceted petition drive will utilize email and social networking sites such as Facebook, along with creation of a new on-line petition to pressure Democrat lawmakers to restore the rebate checks they eliminated as part of the recently-enacted State budget.
Albany, N.Y. – Senator Ranzenhofer denounced another case of political patronage today as Susan Grelick has been hired by the Senate Majority as Counsel to the Senate Committee on Local Government. The job pays $90,000 per year.