Michael H. Ranzenhofer's Press releases

Statement from Senator Ranzenhofer

The State Department of Taxation and Finance notified Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs) earlier this month of a “cost recovery” tax on revenues, included in the 2009-2010 State Budget, to cover costs of State government services; even though State statute required the notification by November 1, 2009. 

Senator Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

February 25, 2010

It’s YOUR money: on-line petition to stop the withholding of tax refunds

Dear Friend,You may have heard that the Governor is thinking about delaying the return of state income tax refunds. I think this is a bad idea and ask you to work with me to help him change his mind!I encourage you to sign an on-line petition on my website to get the tax refunds out the door as soon as possible. I will deliver the petition to the Governor in the next few weeks to let him know how we feel. Click here to sign our petition!

February 25, 2010

Ranzenhofer launches online petition to stop Governor’s plan to delay tax refunds

Amherst, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has launched an online petition drive to stop Governor Paterson’s plan to delay State income tax refunds. 

February 24, 2010

Public Hearing set for Farm Labor Death Bill

Albany, NY – The State Senate Agriculture Committee has set a public hearing on the Farm Labor Death Bill for Monday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Hearing Room A of the Legislative Office Building.

“The public hearing is an open, transparent way to conduct the people’s business. While I strongly oppose the proposed legislation, I am looking forward to listening to both sides of the issue,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

February 24, 2010


Local business leaders joined with New York State Senators today at a Western New York Business Roundtable Discussion focusing on the challenges of running a business in our state and a major new jobs initiative designed to improve New York's business climate, reduce taxes and bureaucratic red tape, and create thousands of new jobs for workers across the state.    Senator Mike Ranzenhofer (Amherst), Senator Dale Volker (Depew), Senator George D.

February 17, 2010

Statement from Senator Ranzenhofer

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the tragedy of Flight 3407.  Senator Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

February 12, 2010

Statement on the Expulsion of Senator Monserrate

“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

February 9, 2010

Ranzenhofer Announces Satellite Office Hours in Newstead

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.

February 4, 2010

Ranzenhofer unveils tools to put New Yorkers back to work; Job Creation plan includes tax credits for hiring unemployed, new jobs

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.

February 3, 2010

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.

October 1, 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 21, 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 17, 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 11, 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 9, 2009
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