In mid-January, Governor Cuomo unveiled his Executive Budget proposal for 2014-2015. Now, the budget review and approval process is in full swing.
Many of the tax relief proposals outlined in the State of the State address were outlined in greater detail, including a two-year freeze on property taxes, lowering business taxes, eliminating taxes for Upstate manufacturers, and accelerating the phase-out of the utility tax. As I mentioned in my column last month, these proposals may have the potential to continue chipping away at New York’s high tax burden. However, closer examination is required.
State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the Public Assistance Integrity Act has passed the State Senate earlier this week by a vote of 53 to 4.
“I am pleased to announce that the Public Assistance Integrity Act has passed the State Senate with almost unanimous support,” said Ranzenhofer. “Unfortunately, until the State Assembly takes final action on this fraud prevention measure, there is no law in New York State to prohibit Electronic Benefit Transfer cards from being abused and misused.”
The New York State Senate convened last Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. for the first time in 2014 to officially begin this year’s Legislative Session and to receive an update by Governor Cuomo on the State of the State. The message of the annual address could be summarized best by two words: tax relief.
The Governor’s presentation outlined a series of tax relief initiatives, including a two-year freeze on property taxes, lowering business taxes, eliminating taxes for Upstate manufacturers and accelerating the phase-out of the utility tax.
Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address:
“Today’s State of the State message made it clear that tax relief will be at the top of the to-do list. Enacting a property tax cap and reducing income tax rates has started the process of chipping away at New York’s high tax burden. Yet, New York State still finishes near last place when ranked by tax climate.”
State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 into law.
Senator Ranzenhofer helped to develop the Nonprofit Revitalization Act after extensive meetings with stakeholders and the convening of multiple public hearings to examine comprehensive amendments to the state’s Not-For-Profit Corporation Law.
State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that he is a prime co-sponsor of four separate pieces of legislation in the State Senate– S.6006, S.6007, S.6008 and S.6009– to address issues concerning Common Core Learning Standards.
“I am pleased to announce my support for four legislative proposals to address the most serious concerns with the Regents Reform Agenda, particularly Common Core implementation, protecting student privacy and testing,” said Ranzenhofer. “As the 2014 Legislative Session gets underway, I will be working with my colleagues in the State Senate and State Assembly to pass each of these bills.”
Senator Ranzenhofer has added his name as a prime co-sponsor of legislation to:
This year’s State Budget continued middle-class tax rates at their lowest levels in 60 years, reduced taxes for small businesses under the personal income tax, and cut the corporate tax rate for manufacturers. These positive initiatives began the process of chipping away at the State’s high tax burden. New York’s last place finish, measured in business tax climate, needs to change.
Improving this ranking is critical to New York’s long-term economic growth. That is why I am pleased to announce a new State Senate report with a focus on cutting taxes has been released.
Calls for immediate action by State Education Department
State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the Senate Education Committee has released its final report, entitled The Regents Reform Agenda: “Assessing” Our Progress, after completing five statewide public hearings.
A State Senate report is out with a focus on cutting taxes. The new report calls for New York's personal income taxes, business taxes, and local property taxes to be reformed, simplified, and reduced. Overall, the recommendations in the report will help to ensure a brighter, stronger and more prosperous economy for Western New York.
It is so important that we remember the great sacrifices that our veterans have given to our nation.
Last week, Governor Cuomo signed legislation, which I carried in the State Senate, to re-name Route 98 as the “Genesee and Orleans Veterans’ Memorial Highway.” Last month, I joined members of the Wilson Family to unveil the interstate highway 990’s new designation as the “Staff Sergeant William R. Wilson III Memorial Highway.”
As we honor our distinguished military veterans throughout the month of November, I would like to share with you a number of other important State initiatives to support these courageous men and women.
Encouraging State Assembly to pass the Public Assistance Integrity Act
State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that his new petition drive, encouraging the State Assembly to pass the Public Assistance Integrity Act, has garnered more than 3,300 signatures since launching the campaign one week ago.
“Thousands of Western New York residents have added their voice to mine in calling on the State Assembly to pass a bill that protects our tax dollars,” said Ranzenhofer. “We are sending a powerful message to the State Assembly: a fraud prevention measure is needed to prohibit welfare benefits from being spent on alcohol, cigarettes and other non-essential items.”
State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will hold a Meet & Greet on Thursday, November 7th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Arnett Public Library, 310 Arnett Boulevard in the City of Rochester.
Senator Ranzenhofer’s Meet & Greet is an opportunity for residents to meet with their representative in State government.
“As your State Senator, I place a tremendous value on meeting with and listening to constituents. Now that the 2013 Legislative Session has concluded, I want to give residents an opportunity to meet me and talk about issues important to our community,” said Ranzenhofer. “Please join me at my upcoming Meet & Greet where I will provide an update on the 2013-14 State Budget and Legislative Session.”
Encourages State Assembly to pass Public Assistance Integrity Act
Batavia, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has started a new campaign to protect taxpayer dollars by launching a petition drive to encourage the State Assembly to pass a bill that would prohibit Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards from being used by welfare recipients to purchase alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets and other non-essential items.
During the 2013 Legislative Session, the New York State Senate approved a bill– entitled the Public Assistance Integrity Act– to protect your tax dollars by prohibiting welfare benefits from being spent on beer, lotto tickets and other non-essential items.
Over the years, abuse of public assistance has been well documented. Earlier this year, the New York Post concluded, after analyzing records obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request, that cash assistance was being misused all too often.
West Amherst, NY– State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer and State Assemblyman Ray Walter, along with members of The Wilson Family, today unveiled the interstate highway 990’s new designation as the “Staff Sergeant William R. Wilson III Memorial Highway.”
State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer today has joined with the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Campaign to encourage New York women to take advantage of the Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program.
“October is Breast Cancer Awareness month,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. “Some women may neglect their own health while taking care of their family and others. That is why we want to send out the message that when you take care of yourself, you’re taking care of your family.
Whether for emotional support or to find out how to get a free or low-cost mammogram, the hotline is available seven days a week for women all across Western New York.”
In last month’s column, I shared five helpful tips to protect yourself from identity theft. Another way to safeguard your privacy is to sign up for the National Do Not Call Registry.
The National Do Not Call Registry is a service managed by the nation’s consumer protection agency, the Federal Trade Commission. The agency offers the opportunity to limit the number of telemarketing calls which you receive free of charge. Registration is free.
State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer will hold a free drop-off event for electronics recycling on Saturday, September 14th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Parking Lot of the Transportation Facility for the Churchville-Chili School District, 3461 Westside Drive, Churchville, NY.
“Recycling your unwanted electronic waste – old televisions, desktops, printers or anything with a circuit board or cord– can help protect the environment by sending less hazardous waste to landfills. That is why I am sponsoring a free electronics recycling drop-off event next Saturday,” said Ranzenhofer. “I encourage residents to join me in making a positive impact on the environment by getting rid of their electronic waste.”
Over the last decade, identity theft has been causing ever-increasing problems for many people across New York State. According to the Federal Trade Commission, as many as 9 million Americans’ identities are stolen every year.
Due to the availability of information in computer databases; increased use of credit, debit and ATM cards; and the growth in e-commerce, identity theft has become the number one financial and consumer crime of the information age.
State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will hold a free car seat safety check this Saturday, August 24 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, 165 Park Road in Batavia.
“Every parent knows installing their child’s car seat isn’t as easy as a click of a seat belt, and the pages and pages of instructions that are included in the box often don’t make it any easier. With the first day of school right around the corner, I am encouraging parents and grandparents to get their child’s car seat checked,” said Ranzenhofer.