Michael H. Ranzenhofer's Press releases

Ranzenhofer hosts 2013 Family Health Fair

Free Health services, screenings and info from more than 80 providers
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Amherst, NY– State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that he will host a Family Health Fair on Saturday, August 3rd  from 9 a.m. to noon at the Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway in Amherst.  

July 18, 2013
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Monthly Column: Positive actions taken at end of session

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

During the 2013 Legislative Session, the New York State Senate passed 1,408 pieces of legislation, while the State Assembly approved 1,071 bills.  Six hundred fifty bills were approved by both the Senate and Assembly, and the Governor will be considering whether or not to sign each and every one into law.

 

While there were many controversial issues often making the front page of the news, I wanted to offer an update on other positive actions taken that are just as important but you may not have heard about in the headlines.

 

Honoring Staff Sergeant Wilson (S3550B)

July 17, 2013
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Ranzenhofer to hold Meet & Greet at Chili Library

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will hold a Meet & Greet on Tuesday, July 9th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chili Public Library, 3333 Chili Avenue.

 

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.”

 

June 24, 2013
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State Legislature approves new name for I-990

Designates I-990 as “Staff Sergeant William R. Wilson III Memorial Highway”

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that legislation to designate a portion of the I-990 as the “Staff Sergeant William R. Wilson III Memorial Highway” has passed both houses of the State Legislature.

 

Senator Ranzenhofer introduced the bill earlier this year.

 

June 21, 2013
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State Senate passes bill to revitalize not-for-profit laws

Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 is First Comprehensive Update in Over 40 Years

 

 

Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Senate today passed the Nonprofit Revitalization Act (S5845), sponsored by Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), that would – for the first time in 40 years – overhaul state laws that govern charities and other not-for-profit organizations.

 

June 21, 2013
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Monthly Column: Cut red tape that hurts job creation

By: Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

In May’s edition of Chief Executive magazine, New York State ranked 2nd to last for the cost of doing business.  The only state to be ranked as having a worse business climate was California.  More specifically, when rating the Empire State on its taxes and regulations, New York yielded only one star, out of a possible five star ranking.

 

The fact of the matter is that, in addition to high taxes, the other major culprits of New York’s poor business climate are regulations and red tape.  Along with the need to provide tax relief, burdensome regulations continue to be a major obstacle when it comes to revitalizing our economy.  

 

June 19, 2013
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Ranzenhofer secures $290,000 for Space Lab Planetarium

Ensures state-of-the-art facility continues to be a regional asset for students all across Western New York

 

Williamsville, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has secured a $290,000 grant for the Williamsville Education Foundation to upgrade and replace outdated equipment for the Space Lab Planetarium at Williamsville North High School.

 

June 10, 2013
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Wilson inducted into NYS Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame

Posthumously honored by Ranzenhofer at State Capitol ceremony

Albany, N.Y. – Staff Sergeant William R. “Billy” Wilson III has been inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.  Senator Ranzenhofer nominated Staff Sgt. Wilson, posthumously honoring him Tuesday morning at a State Capitol ceremony.

 

Staff Sgt. Wilson served on two combat deployments to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and one tour of duty during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.  While in Afghanistan, he was training Afghan soldiers and police to take over the country’s security.  He was killed in action while in Paktika Province, located in the eastern part of Afghanistan, on March 26, 2012.  He was 27 years old.

May 24, 2013
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Ranzenhofer to convene series of public hearings

 

Examining proposed changes to New York’s Not-For-Profit Law

Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Chairman Michael H. Ranzenhofer  (R-C-I, Amherst) will begin to convene a series of public hearings this week to examine the re-codification of New York State’s not-for-profit corporation law, in an effort to reduce unnecessary burdens on nonprofits and to enhance nonprofit governance and oversight.

 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 

Hearing Room B

May 19, 2013
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Monthly Column: Albany's new wasteful spending idea: taxpayer-funded campaigns

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

The onslaught of public corruption and scandals that has rocked State government, for many years before I started serving in the State Senate and most recently during the last month or so, has spurred some in Albany to propose implementing a statewide taxpayer funded campaign finance system, similar to the one in New York City.  

However, funding political campaigns with the tax dollars of hardworking Western New Yorkers is a bad idea.  

May 15, 2013
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Ranzenhofer launches petition drive to reject Federal budget proposal’s “Double Tax Plan”

 

Eliminates state and local tax deduction on Federal tax return
139,101 WNY taxpayers would be hit with average tax hike of $2,800
Over 3.2 million New Yorkers to see tax increase if enacted

 

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer today urged New Yorkers to sign his new online petition, rejecting Federal budget proposals that would increase taxes on Western New Yorkers by an average of $2,800.  Click here to sign the petition.

May 10, 2013
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Ranzenhofer selects Lindner as Woman of Distinction

Clarence resident honored at State Capitol ceremony

 

Albany, N.Y. –  State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer honored Clarence resident Ginger Lindner Tuesday evening at the 16th Annual Women of Distinction ceremony, recognizing her outstanding contributions in enriching the quality of life for the community and beyond.

May 9, 2013
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Three Batavia Downs host communities to see rise in VLT aid

2013 State Budget increases VLT aid by 22 percent from prior year
Host communities for Batavia Downs will receive $112K more

Albany, N.Y. –  State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that three Batavia Downs host communities will receive a 22 percent increase in Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) aid as part of the 2013-14 State Budget.

April 30, 2013
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Ranzenhofer sponsors blood drive at Batavia Downs Casino

Partners with Unyts to celebrate National Donate Life month
One blood donation can save up to 3 lives
Encourages enrollment in NYS Donate Life Registry

 

Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will be hosting an open-to-the-public blood drive with Unyts, WNY’s only organ, eye, tissue and community blood center, on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Clubhouse of the Batavia Downs Casino.

 

April 23, 2013
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Ranzenhofer to sponsor blood drive at Eastern Hills Mall

Partners with Unyts to celebrate National Donate Life month
One blood donation can save up to 3 lives
Encourages enrollment in NYS Donate Life Registry

 

Williamsville, N.Y. – Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will be hosting an open-to-the-public blood drive with Unyts, WNY’s only organ, eye, tissue and community blood center, on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Eastern Hills Mall Neighborhood Blood Donation Center.

 

April 19, 2013
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Ranzenhofer adds name to bill repealing NYSAFE Act

Joins 14 State Senators in calling for repeal of law
Writes letter to NYS Police Superintendent to discuss implementation
Intends to introduce bill to stop warrantless access to medical records

 

 

Batavia, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that he has added his name as a co-sponsor to legislation (S3948) repealing the NYSAFE Act.

 

April 18, 2013
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Monthly Column: 2013-14 State Budget passes on time for third year in a row

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

As your State Senator, I want to report that the third consecutive on-time State Budget has been approved– the first time that has happened in nearly 30 years.  The 2013-14 State Budget is a fiscally balanced plan that closes a billion dollar budget gap by controlling spending.

The new fiscal plan protects your household budget by avoiding tax increases.  In fact, it reduces, and then eliminates, a tax surcharge on your energy bills.  

April 17, 2013
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Statement on 2013-14 State Budget

 

 

Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Senate has completed passage of the 2013-14 State Budget. State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R, C, I – Amherst) has issued the following statement:

 

“The State Senate has finished passage of an early State Budget for the third year in a row – a first in over 30 years.  The 2013-14 State Budget is a balanced, fiscally responsible plan that closes a billion dollar budget gap without tax increases.

 

For middle-class families, the budget provides over $1 billion in tax relief over three years to make up for the value of child tax credits eroded by inflation and ensures the continuation of the lowest personal income tax rates in 60 years.

 

March 27, 2013
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Ranzenhofer outlines CHIPS funding for Genesee County

2013-14 State Budget increases funding for road, bridge projects; Genesee county to get $275K more, 19 percent year-over-year increase

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that the 2013-14 State Budget will increase funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS), providing more than $275,000 in additional funding for infrastructure projects in Genesee County.

March 25, 2013
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Ranzenhofer outlines CHIPS funding for Erie County

2013-14 State Budget increases funding for road, bridge projects

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that the 2013-14 State Budget will increase funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).

“For the first time in five years, more funding for local road and bridge repair projects will go directly to towns, cities and villages in Erie County.  Maintaining and improving our infrastructure is so important to our economy, while keeping drivers and their passengers safe,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.

March 25, 2013
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