Michael H. Ranzenhofer's Press releases

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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Governor's Proposed Taxes and Fees Hurt Western New York's Middle-Class Families and Small Businesses, says Ranzenhofer

Williamsville, N.Y. –  New York State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer announced his opposition to Governor Paterson’s 142 new taxes and fees in his 2009-2010 Executive Budget outside Jerry’s Barber Shop in Williamsville today.  Among the Governor’s proposals are new taxes and fees on haircuts, bowling, movie tickets, gym memberships, health insurance, pedicures, plane tickets,  iTunes downloads, and store coupons. 

March 7, 2009
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Senator Ranzenhofer Announces Property Tax Deadline Extension for Clarence Residents

Amherst, N.Y. – State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer announced an extension for the property tax deadline for Clarence residents today due to the Flight 3407 tragedy.  Governor David Paterson has extended the deadline to Tuesday, February 24, 2009 by Executive Order. 

February 13, 2009
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Senator Ranzenhofer Joins Tax and Budget Reform Committee

Amherst, N.Y.State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer (R-Amherst) has been appointed to the newly created Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform.  Senator Ranzenhofer plans to voice his agenda of cutting wasteful spending, providing property tax relief, and reforming the way Albany does business.

February 13, 2009
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Statement From Senator Ranzenhofer Regarding Flight 3407 Tragedy

“On behalf of the citizens of the 61st District and the Town of Clarence, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families affected by the tragedy of Flight 3407.  Our thoughts and prayers, as well as those of the entire State of New York, are with you at this most difficult time.

 

February 13, 2009
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Senate Majority Fails in Effort to Protect WNY Jobs, says Ranzenhofer

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer today said efforts to save local jobs were killed when the Senate Majority approved a New York City Democrat plan that hurts local families and our economy.

February 6, 2009
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Senator Ranzenhofer Announces Civil Service Exam for Correction Officers

Amherst, N.Y. – New York State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer announced today that the Department of Civil Service will hold a civil service examination for Correction Officer Trainee on April 4, 2009.

 

February 6, 2009
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