Michael H. Ranzenhofer's Press releases

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 3, 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 2, 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 28, 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 27, 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 15, 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 7, 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 28, 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 27, 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 20, 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 2, 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 2, 2009
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Ranzenhofer Says No to Job-Killing Tax Increases

Tonawanda,  NY – Speaking outside of Office Furniture Center, State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer blasted Governor Paterson’s proposed increases in taxes on Health Insurance and Utility rates.

March 27, 2009
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Ranzenhofer Stands With Our Seniors for Lower Prescription Drug Costs

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.

March 24, 2009
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Statement from Senator Ranzenhofer on NYPA's recent actions

“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.

March 23, 2009
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Ranzenhofer announces reissue of Purple Heart Stamp

State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer announced that the United States Postal service will reissue the Purple Heart Stamp at the First-Class price of 44 cents beginning this May.

March 23, 2009
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Ranzenhofer Calls on State Leaders to Reinstate STAR Rebate Program

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.

March 19, 2009
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NYPA Rate Increases and Bonuses Outrageous

Amherst and Albany, NY – Senator Michael H.

March 19, 2009
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Thompson Proposal Leaves Taxpayers Holding the Bag

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.

March 15, 2009
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