Michael H. Ranzenhofer's Press releases

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 30, 2009
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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 15, 2009
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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 20, 2009
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Ranzenhofer Holds First Agriculture Advisory Meeting; Discusses proposed legislation that mandates overtime for farm workers

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.

June 16, 2009
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Ranzenhofer Honors Leamer as Woman of Distinction; Dedicated resident from Akron, Clarence receives recognition

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.

June 11, 2009
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Flora Leamer to be Honored as a "Woman of Distinction" in Statewide Event on Wednesday

Senator Ranzenhofer today announced that Flora Leamer of Clarence and Akron has been selected as a 2009 New York State Women of Distinction.

“I am proud to honor Flora as a Woman of Distinction and even prouder of her dedication and service to the communities of Akron and Clarence throughout the years,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

Leamer will be honored Wednesday, June 10 at a reception in Albany, where her photograph and biography will be displayed in a special public exhibit. 

June 9, 2009
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Ranzenhofer Joins Bipartisan Coalition; Enacts landmark reform to create open, transparent government

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.

June 9, 2009
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Statement from Senator Ranzenhofer Regarding UB 2020

“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."

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June 4, 2009
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Ranzenhofer votes YES to save taxpayer dollars; Legislation that allows local government consolidation/dissolution passes Senate

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.  

June 3, 2009
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Senator Ranzenhofer Announces Town Halls to Discuss the 2009 State Budget

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. 

May 29, 2009
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Ranzenhofer Favors New Law that puts Seniors and Kids Before Criminals; Proposed bill stops criminal records from being hidden

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.

May 28, 2009
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Ranzenhofer and Veterans Purchase the New 44 Cent Purple Heart Stamp

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.

May 16, 2009
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Senator Ranzenhofer Announces Veterans Outreach

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. 

May 8, 2009
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Ranzenhofer Opposes Proposed Gun Legislation

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.

April 30, 2009
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Senator Ranzenhofer Launches Grass-Roots Petition Drive to Restore STAR Rebate Checks Eliminated by Democrats

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.

April 29, 2009
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Ranzenhofer Denounces Political Patronage

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. 

April 28, 2009
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Ranzenhofer Welcomes Democrats Conversion "But Is It Too Little, Too Late?"

Albany, NY- Over the last several days Deputy Democrat Leader Jeff Klein along with Democrat Senators Craig Johnson and Brian Foley have announced that they are going to move forward a bill to restore STAR rebate checks.

April 21, 2009
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Statement from Senator Ranzenhofer on Reinstating STAR Rebate Checks in Budget

"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.

April 3, 2009
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Democrats Pass Largest Tax Increase in State History; Ranzenhofer Leads the Fight to Restore STAR Rebate Checks

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.

April 3, 2009
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