Michael H. Ranzenhofer's Press releases

Monthly Column: It’s time to turn off the lights on energy tax surcharge

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

In 2009, the State Budget imposed an energy tax surcharge, known as the two percent utility tax, that has cost each and every ratepayer in New York State $2.5 billion over the last four years.  I voted against this tax surcharge because it hurt businesses, hindered job growth, and took more money away from families and seniors.

February 20, 2013

Ranzenhofer opposes 2% utility tax extension

Surcharge set to expire March 2014
Executive budget calls for 5-year extension
Businesses, consumers to pay $3 billion more in taxes


Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R, C, I – Amherst) has announced his opposition to a five-year extension of the 18-a surcharge as proposed in the Executive Budget.  The energy tax surcharge is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014.  

February 11, 2013

Ranzenhofer gets committee assignments

Joins Finance as new member
Chairs Corporations for second consecutive session
Serves on a total of 8 committees


Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R, C, I – Amherst) has been appointed to serve as Chairman of the Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee for another legislative session.

January 29, 2013

Ranzenhofer honors Daemen President for role in promoting better access to quality healthcare


Amherst, NY - In a farewell ceremony to departing Daemen College President Dr. Edwin Clausen, New York State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer has presented Dr. Clausen with an official pen certificate commemorating a 2012 amendment to New York State law permitting college and university physical therapy faculty to form not-for-profit practices.

The new law was initiated by Daemen and received bipartisan support, carrying it through both houses of the State Legislature in a 164-0 vote as the 2012 Legislative session drew to a close.

January 16, 2013

Monthly Column: While progress has been made, challenges still remain for Empire State

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

As a new year begins, so does another legislation session, and with that, Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his third State of the State address last Wednesday afternoon at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center.  While he emphasized the progress of the last two years, there are many remaining challenges ahead for the Empire State. 

The State Legislature has been able to work together– unlike the gridlock and partisanship in Washington, D.C.– to pass two on-time budgets that reduced overall spending, lowered middle-class tax rates to their lowest levels in 58 years, and established Regional Economic Development Councils.  

January 16, 2013

Statement on State of the State Address

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R, C, I- Amherst) has issued the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address: 

“Over the last two years, the State Legislature has been able to work together – unlike the gridlock and partisanship in Washington, D.C.– to pass two on-time budgets that reduced overall spending, lowered middle-class tax rates to the lowest levels in 58 years and realigned investments towards job-creation initiatives, such as ReCharge NY and Regional Economic Development Councils.  Despite our fiscal house being put back in order, difficult choices remain ahead since the State still faces a $1 billion budget gap.  

January 9, 2013

Ranzenhofer announces investments in local economic projects

Area projects among winners of Regional Economic Development Awards
Seven projects will receive almost $2.4 million in investment
Includes half-million dollars in infrastructure work for STAMP Project


State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer today announced that seven job-creation projects in the 61st Senate District will receive State funding as part of the second round of Regional Economic Development Council awards.

December 19, 2012

Monthly Column: Positive actions taken in 2012 to benefit taxpayers, local residents

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

In the past year, the State Legislature has taken a number of important actions and enacted numerous laws to benefit taxpayers all across the State and many local residents in Western New York.  

So, as 2012 draws to a close, I would like to highlight some of the legislative proposals, as well as state and local issues, that I have been focused on during the last 12 months. 

December 19, 2012

Monthly Column: Burial privileges for murderers loophole closed

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

More than three years ago, a horrific tragedy struck a Western New York family when a Tonawanda man murdered his wife in their own home.  It’s a shocking story that just makes your heart sink when you read about it in the newspaper. 

“Husband of slain Tonawanda woman arrested for murder,” read one newspaper headline.  But what wasn’t reported in any articles was another tragedy: a loophole in State health law would allow the murderer the sole rights to his victims’ remains since he had also been the spouse.

November 21, 2012

New law stops murderers from controlling victims’ remains

Closes loophole in New York State’s public health law

Amherst, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law domestic violence legislation (S.7638/A.10624) that included his bill (S.4124/A.7594) to 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.

October 25, 2012

State Ophthalmological Society selects Ranzenhofer for 2012 Outstanding Legislator Award

The New York State Ophthalmological Society (NYSOS) has chosen State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer as the recipient of the organization’s 2012 Outstanding Legislator Award.

The annual award acknowledges one State Senator and State Assembly member for utilizing the legislative process to impress upon others the importance of maintaining the highest quality of medical eye care as a means of protecting and promoting the ocular health and safety of their constituents and all New Yorkers. 

October 19, 2012

Monthly Column: ReChargeNY Program connected to over 27,000 WNY jobs

By Michael H. Ranzenhofer

As I mentioned in my September column, New York State’s fiscal house is starting to get back on track, but a lot more is needed to spur private-sector job creation.  Regional Economic Development Councils have made a difference, and the State Senate’s New NY Job Creation plan has the potential to create thousands of jobs.  However, a program aimed at providing low-cost electricity to businesses has helped to create or retain tens of thousands of jobs in our own backyard.

October 17, 2012

Ranzenhofer organizes car seat safety check

• 3 out of 4 kids’ car seats are not being used correctly• Vehicle crashes: leading cause of death for kids, ages 1 to 12 • Car seats decrease risk of fatality by 71% for infants, 54% for toddlers

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will sponsor a free car seat safety check on Saturday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Clarence High School parking lot, 9625 Main Street in Clarence.

September 28, 2012

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 26, 2012

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

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

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 15, 2012

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

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

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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