“Yesterday’s vote to expel Senator Hiram Monserrate followed the recommendations of the Senate Select Committee, which investigated the facts and circumstances surrounding Senator Monserrate’s conduct. The Select Committee determined that he engaged in domestic violence and failed to cooperate in any way with the work of the Select Committee. Over the last decade, the Senate passed over 100 pieces of legislation to provide law enforcement officials and members of the judiciary with severe penalties to deter acts of domestic violence and punish tho
State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that his staff will hold satellite office hours on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Newstead Public Library, 33 Main Street.
Batavia, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced a plan to help put the unemployed back to work and create an environment to add jobs in New York. Under the plan, a business can qualify for a $3,000 tax credit if a new hire is taken from the ranks of the unemployed who are collecting unemployment insurance from the State.
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.”
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.
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.
“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.
“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
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.