Michael H. Ranzenhofer's Press releases

Ranzenhofer proposes bill to restore STAR rebate check program for seniors

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has introduced legislation in the New York State Senate to reinstate the STAR rebate check program for senior citizens.  Senate Bill No. S6286 would provide seniors, who qualify for the Senior STAR exemption, with a rebate check.

“Property taxes are a serious burden for seniors, making it more difficult for them to afford the increased costs of staying in their homes. That is why I have proposed a bill in the State Senate to reinstate the STAR rebate check program and restore property tax relief to senior homeowners,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.

February 15, 2012
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Monthly Column: State Assembly must pass All Crimes DNA bill A.S.A.P.

On the last day in the month of January, the State Senate passed legislation, by a resounding vote of 49 to 10, to expand New York’s DNA database to require the collection of DNA samples from all crimes upon conviction.  The law, as it is written now, requires a DNA sample from people convicted of felonies and only 36 misdemeanors in the penal law.  Unfortunately, this means that in over half of all criminal convictions, those convicted do not have to supply a DNA sample. 

February 15, 2012
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Ranzenhofer, law enforcement officials call on State Assembly to pass DNA database expansion bill

Over half of all criminal convictions fail to require collection of DNA
Expansion covers all convicted felonies and penal law misdemeanors
Proposal expected to add 46,000 DNA samples a year to database

Batavia, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer  joined local law enforcement officials Thursday morning to announce passage of legislation in the State Senate that would expand New York’s DNA database –  to require people convicted of all felonies, as well as misdemeanors in the penal law – to submit DNA samples, and to call on the State Assembly to pass the legislation immediately.

February 2, 2012
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Ranzenhofer requests State investment in STAMP project

Seeks $9 million for next 2 years to move project forward

 

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has written to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, requesting his continued support in the form of a $9 million investment in the STAMP project for each of the next two years to bring the project to Shovel-Ready-Lite status. 

January 31, 2012
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Ranzenhofer bill, which closes loophole for court evaders, passes State Senate

Albany, N.Y. – Senator Ranzenhofer’s legislation, closing a loophole in State law that does not allow courts to penalize persons when they fail to comply with the court, has passed the State Senate today. 

Senate Bill No. 3188 grants courts the authority to suspend a driver license – in cases of underage possession of alcohol and unlawful possession of marijuana – when a person fails to appear before the court or comply with the sentence of the court.

January 23, 2012
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Get the Facts on the 2012-13 Executive Budget Plan

Governor Andrew Cuomo has just unveiled his new Executive Budget Proposal -- marking the beginning of the State Budget negotiation and adoption process for the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year.  Last year, the Senate passed an on-time budget that achieved our critically important goals of controlling spending, avoiding tax increases and helping to create new private sector jobs.  This year, we will look to build upon this progress by passing an on-time, fiscally responsible budget that keeps our State moving in the right direction.We encourage you to visit this section of our website on a regular basis to learn more about the Governor's new budget proposal, and to stay up-to-date on new developments as the budget review and approval process moves forward. 

January 20, 2012
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Monthly Column: Jobs, economic development at the top of this year's to-do list

By Michael H. Ranzenhofer, State Senator - 61st District

 

With his delivery of the 2012 State of the State Address earlier this month, Governor Cuomo has officially kicked off the start of a new legislative session. 

Throughout the 2011 Legislative Session, we ended partisan gridlock by partnering with the Governor to produce real results for taxpayers. In 2012, we must continue the momentum from last year to further deliver results to New Yorkers. 

January 18, 2012
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Statement on Medicaid petition drive

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement in support of the Medicaid petition drive promoted by the Genesee County Legislature:

“I applaud each and every member of the Genesee County Legislature for launching a petition drive, urging the State to take over the county’s share of Medicaid.  Their leadership on this issue is to be commended.  As a former county legislator for many years, I understand how Medicaid costs burden county budgets.

January 13, 2012
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Iran Divestment bill passes State Senate

Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Senate earlier this week passed the Iran Divestment Act of 2012 (S5917A), prohibiting companies that provide goods, services or credit worth $20 million or more to Iran’s energy industry from entering into or renewing state and local government contracts.

“It is important that the State take the necessary steps to prevent awarding government contracts to private companies with ties to Iran,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.  “The actions by Iran’s tyrannical government – its nuclear weapons program and support for terrorist organizations – continue to pose a threat to our national security.  The Iran Divestment Act of 2012 sends a strong message that the country’s actions are unacceptable.”

January 12, 2012
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Statement on State of the State Address

Albany, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State:

“By working together in 2011, the State Legislature reduced spending and the size of government, closed a $10 billion deficit without new taxes, and lowered tax rates for the middle class.  For 2012, the State Legislature must continue to work together and further build upon its successes of the prior year.

January 4, 2012
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Monthly Column: Tax relief for Western New York residents

By Michael H. Ranzenhofer, State Senator - 61st District

Working in a bipartisan manner, the State Legislature enacted a plan earlier this month that will cut taxes by $3.3 billion for millions of New Yorkers and thousands of manufacturers.

Under this Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation plan, every person who pays State income taxes will either pay less or the same amount as they pay now, and the overwhelming majority of taxpayers will get a tax break.

Parts of the tax cut plan include:

Over 4.4 million middle-class taxpayers will receive a total of $690 million returned to them in their paychecks, cutting tax rates for the middle class to their lowest levels in over 50 years.

December 21, 2011
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MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT AND JOB CREATION PLAN

Fact Sheet: Changes to tax rates for each tax bracket

 

The Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan:

• Decreases the tax rate from 6.85 percent to 6.45 percent on the following incomes:o Married – Incomes between $40,000 and $150,000o Single – Incomes between $20,000 and $75,000o Head of Household – Between $30,000 and $100,000

• Decreases the tax rate from 6.85 percent to 6.65 percent on the following incomes:o Married – Incomes between $150,000 and $300,000o Single – Incomes between $75,000 and $200,000o Head of Household – Incomes between $100,000 and $250,000

December 9, 2011
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State Senate passes $3.3 billion tax cut for New Yorkers

No taxpayers will see their personal income taxes go up
Overwhelming majority of taxpayers to receive a tax break
91% of taxpayers affected by the PIT surcharge to receive tax cut

 

To figure out your reduced tax rate as a result of the Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan, click here.

December 9, 2011
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Statement on personal income tax cuts

To figure out your reduced tax rate as a result of the Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan, click here.

 

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

“Today, for the first time in the three years since being elected to the State Senate, the State Legislature passed a bill which actually cuts taxes – instead of resorting to increasing taxes by billions of dollars as in prior State budgets.  

December 7, 2011
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New York State Senate comes to Batavia this Wednesday

Ranzenhofer staff hosts mobile office hours

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that his staff will hold mobile office hours at the Old Courthouse, 7 Main Street in Batavia, this Wednesday, November 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

“Many Batavia residents wrote letters, sent e-mails and called my office throughout the legislative session to have their voice heard.  But now that session in Albany is over, I still want to hear from them.  That’s why we’re bringing the New York State Senate to Batavia on Wednesday morning,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

November 28, 2011
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Ranzenhofer invites Senate Education Chairman to Buffalo

Organizes meeting with superintendents to discuss education issues

 

Amherst, N.Y. – New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has organized a meeting between school superintendents and the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, Senator John J. Flanagan, last Thursday.  School district leaders had the opportunity to share their concerns regarding education funding and state mandates.

Senator Ranzenhofer expressed the importance of a dialogue before State Legislators return to Albany in January.

November 22, 2011
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Monthly Column: New York must do more to compete for biopharmaceutical jobs

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer, State Senator - 61st District

 

The Public Policy Institute for New York State released a report in April, entitled The Global Struggle for Biopharmaceutical Jobs.  According to the report, when it comes to biopharmaceutical jobs, New York is in a global struggle, it must step up its game, and Western New York is in a pivotal position to be a part of the effort.

We’re competing not just with other states within the Northeast – New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts; nor even with just national rivals like California, Texas and North Carolina.  Instead, the report indicates we are in a global competition, with China and India, where new capital is flowing to new and huge laboratory space.

November 16, 2011
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Ranzenhofer invites Senate Education Chairman to Batavia

Plans to hold meeting with rural school district leaders

 

New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has invited the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, Senator John J. Flanagan, to travel to Batavia and meet with members of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership on November 17 at the BEST Center at Genesee Community College. 

The purpose of the meeting will be for rural school district leaders to share their concerns about education funding and mandates with Senator Flanagan.

November 7, 2011
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New York State Senate comes to Amherst

Ranzenhofer staff hosts mobile office hours

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that his staff will hold mobile office hours at the Eggertsville-Snyder Branch of the Amherst Public Library, 4622 Main Street, on Wednesday, November 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

“Many Amherst residents wrote letters, sent e-mails and called my office throughout the legislative session to have their voice heard.  But now that session in Albany is over, I still want to hear from constituents.  That’s why we’re bringing the New York State Senate to Amherst this Wednesday afternoon,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

October 27, 2011
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