Michael H. Ranzenhofer's Press releases

Crossing signal time to increase at Route 5, Ross Street

Helping walkers to cross East Main Street more safely

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will be increasing the crosswalk signal time by 20 percent for pedestrians at the intersection of Route 5 and Ross Street in Batavia.

Senator Ranzenhofer requested the NYSDOT conduct a study late last year.

“After receiving complaints that the time allotted by the signal had been too short – especially for residents at a nearby senior housing facility – to walk across a multi-lane road safely, I requested the State Department of Transportation determine essential improvements for the intersection,” said Ranzenhofer.

September 25, 2012
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Monthly Column: New York is starting to get back on track

By Michael H. Ranzenhofer

New York State is starting to get back on track.  Our ongoing efforts – throughout the last two budget cycles – to put the State’s fiscal house back in order have started a turnaround, and it’s getting noticed too. 

First, one of the nation’s top credit agencies, Standard & Poor’s, has boosted its outlook from stable to positive for New York, citing two balanced and on-time budgets in a row, deficit reduction and long-term spending reforms that reined in pension and Medicaid costs.  That’s good news for taxpayers because, similar to individual credit scores, higher ratings mean lower borrowing costs and other expenses. But there is still more good news.

September 19, 2012
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Ranzenhofer encourages parents to get their child’s car seat checked

Sponsors free car seat safety check this Saturday

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will sponsor a free car seat safety check this Saturday, August 25, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, 165 Park Road in Batavia.

“Every parent knows installing a car seat can be difficult.  Certified technicians from local police agencies will be on hand to check your child’s car seat.  I encourage all parents, as well as grandparents, to stop by to have their child’s car seat checked this Saturday morning.  Even if you may think it has already been installed properly, it never hurts to double-check,” said Ranzenhofer. 

August 22, 2012
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Monthly Column: 2012 Legislative Session makes investments in local colleges, students

By Michael H. Ranzenhofer

As I mentioned in my July column, the 2012 Legislative Session has New York continuing to move in a more positive direction.  Just as important though are the actions taken during this year’s session to move our higher education institutions in a more positive direction as well, particularly the University at Buffalo, Erie Community College and Daemen College.

August 14, 2012
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ECC, Ranzenhofer mark completion of North Campus consolidation

Williamsville, NY - Representatives of Erie Community College joined New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer to celebrate a $50,000 state allocation to consolidate and enhance ECC’s North Campus Student Services wing on Monday, August 6th inside the college’s Spring Student Center in Williamsville. “Here at Erie Community College, we consider ourselves a student-first institution,” said ECC President Jack Quinn. “With the help of Senator Ranzenhofer, we’re now able to serve our students better than ever before.” In 2010, ECC teamed with the second-term senator to acquire the funds necessary to consolidate the college’s student services—such as admissions, registration and financial aid offices—into one location.

August 6, 2012
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Ranzenhofer to host Family Health Fair

Free health services, screenings and information from more than 80 vendors
Free admission / No reservations needed
Bring the whole family

Amherst, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that he will host a Family Health Fair on Saturday, August 4th  from 9 a.m. to noon at the Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway.

July 19, 2012
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Monthly Column: Changing the way Albany works

By Michael H. Ranzenhofer

With the 2012 Legislative Session drawn to a close, one thing is clear: the gridlock and dysfunction that once characterized New York State government are now things of the past.   For the second consecutive year, we’ve worked together in a bipartisan way with Governor Cuomo to keep New York moving in a new, stronger and more positive direction.

July 18, 2012
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Ranzenhofer sponsors Unyts community blood drive

Encourages enrollment in NYS Donate Life registry

New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will sponsor a Unyts blood drive at the Batavia Downs Casino Paddock Room on Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Residents can schedule an appointment to donate blood by contacting Unyts at 1-800-227-4771.

“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 Batavia Downs,” said Ranzenhofer.

July 5, 2012
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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 24, 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 19, 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 6, 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 5, 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 17, 2012
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May 15, 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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