Michael H. Ranzenhofer's Press releases

Ranzenhofer takes lead role in promoting better access to quality affordable healthcare

Legislation Changes New York State Law to Allow College and University Physical Therapy Faculty to Form Non-Profit Practices

Amherst, N.Y. - In a press conference on Monday, June 25 at Daemen College, Daemen officials, State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, and New York Assemblyman Ray Walter announced a major change in New York State law that will improve access to quality affordable healthcare. The amendment to the law was initiated by Daemen, and received bipartisan support, carrying it through the State Legislature.

June 25, 2012
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Monthly Column: Working to Create New Jobs for Western New York

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

With the State Budget now passed, jump-starting New York’s economy and getting people back to work are at the top of the to-do list.  Every new job created is one step closer to a stronger economy and greatly impacts a family’s quality of life.  That’s why I have been working to enact the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan.

While the legislation has passed in the State Senate, it is still awaiting action in the State Assembly.  This job creation plan would deliver $624 million in tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers, and reduce energy costs by $522 million to make our State more economically competitive: 

June 20, 2012
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Senators Skelos, Ranzenhofer announce $2 million in funding for STAMP site

While site approval continues with town of Alabama, infrastructure investments to make site shovel ready remain ongoing

Batavia, NY – New York State Senate Majority Leader Skelos and New York State Senator Ranzenhofer were joined by various local and state officials, including Empire State Development Finger Lakes Region President, Bob McNary and Assemblyman Steven Hawley to announce a two million grant for ongoing infrastructure improvements at the Science Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Plant (STAMP) site in the town of Alabama, NY.  The funding will be used towards land acquisition, design and construct of roadways, electrical and water services to accommodate the first one million square feet of the physical structure.

June 7, 2012
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Statement on Thruway toll increase

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

“It is without hesitation that I announce my staunchest opposition to a recent proposal made by the State Thruway Authority to increase commercial tolls on trucks by 45 percent.  If the State Thruway is considered the blood vessel of the New York’s economy – allowing the flow of goods and commerce – then this toll increase serves as a damaging blockage.

June 6, 2012
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STATE SENATE PASSES “NEW JOBS-NY” JOB CREATION PLAN

$129 million in tax relief for small businesses; $495 million for manufacturers
Creates new incentives for business to hire
Accelerates repeal of 500% energy tax hike

 

Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Senate has passed the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan.  The plan delivers tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers and reduces energy costs to make New York State more economically competitive.

May 31, 2012
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Kreter selected as 2012 Veterans’ Hall of Fame Honoree

Honored by Ranzenhofer at induction ceremony in State Capitol

Albany, N.Y. – United States Marine Corps Master Sergeant (retired) and Genesee County Veterans Service Agency Director Harry “Hal” Kreter has been selected – by State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer – as a New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame Honoree for the 61st District for his gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces and service to the community.

May 23, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO AND SENATOR RANZENHOFER ANNOUNCE FIRST ROUND OF POWER ALLOCATIONS FOR RECHARGE NEW YORK PROGRAM

Low cost power will help create or retain more than 23,500 jobs in Western New York

Albany, N.Y. – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer today announced that 64 businesses and not-for-profit organizations across Western New York will be awarded the first round of low cost power allocations under the ReCharge New York (RNY) program, a major statewide initiative for retaining and creating jobs and spurring capital investments by making low cost power available to New York State companies.

May 22, 2012
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Ranzenhofer honors DiPirro as Woman of Distinction

President and CEO of Amherst Chamber receives recognition

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer honored Amherst Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Colleen C. DiPirro Tuesday evening at the 15th Annual Women of Distinction ceremony, honoring her outstanding contributions in enriching the quality of life for the community and beyond.

May 18, 2012
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May 16, 2012
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Senate passes bill to protect remains of crime victims

Photo: Senator Ranzenhofer announced the pending Senate action on the bill at a Capitol news conference yesterday where he was joined by Elaine O’Toole of Tonawanda, the cousin of Constance Shepherd, and by Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, who is sponsoring the bill in the Assembly. 

Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Senate has passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, that would close a loophole in the state health law that gave a Western New York man who killed his wife the sole rights to her remains.

May 14, 2012
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Ranzenhofer sponsors Unyts blood drive

Encourages enrollment in NYS Donate Life registry

Amherst, N.Y. – New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will celebrate National Donate Life month in April by sponsoring a Unyts blood drive at the Neighborhood Blood Donation Center at the Eastern Hills Mall on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

“As the only community blood bank in Western New York, Unyts ensures your blood donation helps families, friends and neighbors right here in our community.  Your donation can save up to three Western New York lives.  I encourage residents to help save lives by participating in my Unyts blood drive at the Eastern Hills Mall,” said Ranzenhofer.

April 23, 2012
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Monthly Column: 2012 State Budget passes ahead of schedule

By Michael H. Ranzenhofer

Working together in a bi-partisan fashion with Governor Cuomo, I am pleased to report that the 2012-2013 State Budget has passed ahead of schedule for the second consecutive year.  The recently adopted budget is a fiscally responsible plan that closes a $2 billion deficit by cutting spending without raising taxes.  It is a plan that will help to create thousands of jobs and strengthen our economy. 

For the second year in a row, overall spending has been reduced.  In an effort to shrink the size of State government, the budget plan eliminates 25 repetitive, inactive boards and commissions, consolidates various departments, and implements efficiencies to reduce government expenditures.

April 18, 2012
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April 4, 2012
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Statement on 2012-13 State Budget

Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Senate has passed the 2012-2013 State Budget.  State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

“Today, for the second time since 1983, the State Senate has passed the State Budget ahead of the April 1st deadline.  The 2012-2013 State Budget is a fiscally responsible plan that closes a budget deficit by cutting spending and without raising taxes.  For the second time in 15 years, and for the second consecutive year, overall spending has been reduced.  The budget shrinks the size of State government once again by eliminating 25 repetitive, inactive boards and commissions and consolidating various departments.

March 30, 2012
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State sales tax exemption expanded for clothing/footwear purchases

Starts this Sunday, April 1

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced clothing and footwear items sold for less than $110 will be exempt from the four percent State sales tax starting on Sunday, April 1, 2012.  Currently, the exemption only applies to items sold for less than $55.

“This expanded State sales tax exemption will help relieve the tax burden at the cash register for all New Yorkers, saving a total of $220 million,” said Ranzenhofer.  “Now, families and residents will notice a few extra dollars being returned to their pockets the next time they go to the store for clothes or shoes.”

March 28, 2012
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Monthly Column: New York is one step closer to on-time budget for second year in a row

By Michael H. Ranzenhofer

New York State is one step closer to having a budget passed on schedule for a second year in a row, after the State Senate and State Assembly passed separate one-house budget resolutions last week.

Last year, I partnered with Governor Cuomo and the State Assembly to pass a State Budget which reduced spending for the first time in 15 years.  It is imperative that the State Legislature continue to make good on the progress from last year.

March 21, 2012
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Landmark anti-crime bill to become law

Senate, Assembly and Governor join forces to expand DNA database

Senator Ranzenhofer has announced today that legislation, implementing the largest expansion of New York’s DNA databank since it was first created in 1994, is expected to become law.  The database expansion, which has been agreed to by Governor Cuomo and the State Assembly, will help close thousands of unsolved cases, bring justice to crime victims and help prevent dangerous criminals from committing more crimes.

March 16, 2012
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Senate passes bill to lower cost of doing business in N.Y.

Repeals burdensome, costly mandate passed in 2010

The New York State Senate has passed legislation, Senate Bill No. S6360A, aimed at lowering the cost of doing business in New York State by repealing a burdensome mandate requiring employers to provide annual written notice of wages to all employees.

Senator Ranzenhofer voted for the proposal.

March 2, 2012
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S6286 gets the OK from Aging Committee

Bill to restore STAR rebate checks referred to Finance

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that the Senate Aging Committee voted Senate Bill No. S6286 out of committee today.  The legislation, written by Senator Ranzenhofer, would reinstate the STAR rebate check program for seniors.

February 29, 2012
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Ranzenhofer starts online petition to spur passage of All Crimes DNA legislation

After approval in State Senate, 28 days elapse with no Assembly action 

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has started an online petition to garner support to encourage  the New York State Assembly to pass the All Crimes DNA bill.  The State Senate passed the proposal to expand the State’s DNA database on January 31.  Since then, twenty-eight days have elapsed without any action taken by the State Assembly.

February 28, 2012
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