Michael H. Ranzenhofer's Press releases

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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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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