Michael H. Ranzenhofer's Press releases

Medicaid Fraud Costs Billions Annually; Ranzenhofer joins Task Force to eliminate fraud, restore accountability

Albany, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has joined the Senate Medicaid Fraud Task Force today.  The U.S. Government Accountability office estimates New York’s Medicaid Fraud to be near $5 billion in 2010.

“Medicaid fraud costs billions of dollars every year. We must investigate ways to eliminate fraud and recover taxpayer dollars to finally restore accountability to New York’s Medicaid program,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.  “I am eager to begin working with county leaders and district attorneys who are on the front lines of fighting fraud.”

February 2, 2010

Ranzenhofer Announces Satellite Office Hours in Amherst

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that his staff will hold satellite office hours on Thursday, February 11, 2010 from 10 a.m. to Noon at the Clearfield Branch Library, 770 Hopkins Road in Amherst.

“Ensuring my constituents have access to New York State government is one of my top priorities.  I welcome all Amherst residents to meet with a member of my staff to discuss important issues or ask questions concerning State departments or agencies,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

January 28, 2010

NY Farm Bureau honors Razenhofer in 'Circle of Friends'

The New York Farm Bureau has honored State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer with the ‘Circle of Friends’ Legislative Award for the 2009 Legislative Session.

“It is an honor to be recognized in the Farm Bureau’s ‘Circle of Friends’ and it is a pleasure to represent many farms and agri-businesses in our community.  As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I will continue to work with my colleagues in Albany and with the members of my Agricultural Advisory Committee to protect the future generations of our local farms,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.

January 27, 2010

Statement on Ethics Reforms

“After serving in the State Senate for twelve months, I’m encouraged by yesterday’s passage of ethics reform.  For too long, special interests have been able to unfairly influence State representatives behind closed-doors without the public’s knowledge.  As a result, Albany politicians have been unaccountable for their actions because of weak ethics laws.  New York citizens deserve better.

January 20, 2010

Statement on the Governor's Budget Proposals

“New Yorkers were outraged last year when spending increased by $12 billion and taxes and fees by $8.5 billion.  In light of some of his recent comments, I fully expected the Governor to roll back many of his taxes and fees and anticipated that he would cut spending.  After hearing Governor Paterson’s Budget proposals today, his budget actions have not changed from last year, even though he talked tough on spending and taxes during the State of the State address. His budget proposals will increase taxes and fees by almost $1 billion and spendi

January 19, 2010

Ranzenhofer Announces Veterans Outreach; Information on benefits, networking and business start-up programs

New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will hold a Veterans Outreach Program on Thursday, November 12, 2009 from 6 to 8 p.m.

November 4, 2009

Downstate businesses pay half of new tax on utilities; While WNY businesses struggle to survive, create jobs

Tonawanda, NY – The two-percent tax on utility bills, included in the State budget earlier this year, excludes the Long Island Power Authority.  The law only requires Long Island Power Authority customers to pay a one percent tax.

September 30, 2009

Ranzenhofer Holds First Aging Advisory Committee Meeting

Clarence, NY – Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer hosted his first Aging Advisory Committee Meeting last Wednesday at the Clarence Senior Center.  The Committee, comprising of members from various sectors of the aging and elderly care industries in Erie and Genesee County, will meet two to three times per year to discuss State issues important to preserving the financial and economic stability of the aging population. 

September 20, 2009

Ranzenhofer applauds STAMP project approval; Project expects to create over 9300 jobs in Genesee County

Senator Ranzenhofer applauded the approval of $1 million for Phase II of the Western New York Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP) by the Empire State Development Corporation earlier this morning. 

September 16, 2009

Statement on Ethics Reform By Senator Ranzenhofer

“During last night’s special session, I was poised to vote for the Senate ethics reforms so that New Yorkers would begin to have greater confidence in their State government.  Unfortunately, the ethics reform proposal became poisoned by an amendment to create a partisan board that lacks fair and balanced representation. 

September 10, 2009

Ranzenhofer asks Senate leaders to refocus priorities; Proposes Governor call Legislature back to work to deal with deficit

Amherst, NY – New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer expressed disappointment with Senate leaders for calling back the New York State Senate for special session without addressing Western New Yorkers’ concerns.

September 8, 2009

Remarks from Senator Ranzenhofer at Clarence American Legion Meeting on September 9th

Remarks from Senator Ranzenhofer at Clarence American Legion MeetingSeptember 9, 2009

September 8, 2009

Ranzenhofer, Hawley announce new law for shared court locations, savings for taxpayer; Law allows shared court facility for towns of Elba, Oakfield and Batavia

Batavia, NY – State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Steve Hawley announced the passage of a law that allows the court proceedings for the towns of Elba, Oakfield and Batavia to be held at a single location in an effort to save taxpayer dollars.

August 31, 2009

Ranzenhofer, Hawley call on residents to sign petition to repeal 2% utility tax; Introduce legislation to immediately repeal the tax

Batavia, NY –  New York State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer and State Assemblyman Steve Hawley called on residents today to sign petitions calling for the repeal of the new 2% tax on all utility bills.

August 19, 2009

Remarks from State Senator Ranzenhofer for Tonawanda Veterans Memorial Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony

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

August 17, 2009


Click here to sign Senator Ranzenhofer's online petition: http://www.senatorranzenhofer.com

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. 



August 10, 2009

Applications for NY Prescription $aver Program Available at Senator Ranzenhofer's Office

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.

August 5, 2009

Statement from Senator Ranzenhofer on Division of Budget's First Quarter Financial Update

“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.

July 29, 2009

Ranzenhofer Announces Safety Outreach Program

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. 

July 14, 2009

Democrats Hire Nearly 800 Staffers; Continue shameful record of wasteful spending and political patronage

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.

June 19, 2009
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