Michael H. Ranzenhofer's Press releases

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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Monthly Column: Medicaid cost structure grossly unfair to counties

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

According to an Empire Center for New York State Policy report, 1.2 million New Yorkers moved to other states between 2000 and 2009, and taxpayers exiting New York had incomes 22 percent higher than those moving in.  These facts are startling, but do not come as a surprise to many of us, who have had neighbors, friends and family leave New York for other states. 

As more and more residents have left over the last decade, the burden of New York’s Cadillac Medicaid program becomes heavier and heavier for the remaining New York State residents, especially for homeowners whose property tax dollars almost all go towards the county’s share of Medicaid costs.

October 19, 2011
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New York State Senate comes to Akron next Tuesday

Ranzenhofer staff hosts mobile office hours

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that his staff will hold mobile office hours at Akron Village Hall, 21 Main Street, next Tuesday, October 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

“Many Akron 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 Akron next Tuesday morning,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

October 17, 2011
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New York State Senate comes to LeRoy this Friday

Ranzenhofer hosts mobile office hours

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that he will hold mobile office hours at LeRoy Town Hall, 48 Main Street, this Friday, October 14 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

“Many LeRoy 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 LeRoy on Friday morning,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

October 11, 2011
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Monthly Column: Unemployment surcharge hurts future job growth

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

Last Friday, the Buffalo News reported that the Buffalo-Niagara region gained 5,500 private-sector jobs over the past twelve months. 

In July, M&T Bank announced an investment of $51.2 million over five years in a data center in Amherst, along with the creation of 124 jobs.

A few weeks ago, UnitedHealth Group announced it will hire 75 more workers, after creating 125 positions earlier this year, at its facility in Tonawanda.

September 21, 2011
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Ranzenhofer urges Congress to waive business tax

Calls for repeal of $95 million unemployment surcharge

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has written to Western New York’s Congressional representatives, requesting the passage of legislation to repeal a federal tax of $95 million imposed on New York businesses to cover unemployment costs.

“Since Congress has failed to act on legislation that would extend this much needed relief, now businesses in New York have had to fork over another $95 million in tax payments to their government,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.  “That is why I am urging our representatives in the House and Senate to pass this legislation immediately so that these dollars can have a better purpose – for reinvestment in businesses and the creation of jobs.”

September 1, 2011
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Ranzenhofer sponsors car seat safety check in Kenmore

Parents can get their child’s seat inspected for free

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will sponsor a free car seat safety check on Saturday, August 27 from 10 a.m. to Noon at Kenmore West High School, 33 Highland Parkway in Kenmore.

“Every parent knows that installing a car seat can be difficult.  Certified technicians from local police agencies will be on hand to ensure your child’s car seat is safely and properly secured. Even if you think your child’s car seat is already properly installed, it never hurts to double-check,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

August 15, 2011
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Small Business Leaders meet with Ranzenhofer

Hosts business roundtable at GCC BEST Center

 

Batavia, N.Y. – Today, State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer hosted a Small Business Roundtable at Genesee Community College’s BEST Center with small business leaders to offer an update of issues addressed in the 2011 Legislative Session and receive input on State government policies and regulations affecting small business.

August 4, 2011
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Ranzenhofer sponsors car seat safety check

Parents can get their child’s seat inspected for free

Amherst, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will sponsor a free car seat safety check on Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to Noon at Main Transit Fire Department, 6777 Main Street in Williamsville.

“Every parent knows that installing a car seat can be difficult.  Certified technicians from local police agencies will be on hand to ensure your child’s car seat is safely and properly secured. Even if you think your child’s car seat is already properly installed, it never hurts to double-check,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

July 15, 2011
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SENATE PASSES PROPERTY TAX CAP LEGISLATION

Bill also provides for mandate relief for school districts, municipalities

The New York State Senate has passed historic property tax relief legislation that enacts a firm cap on local property taxes and provides for mandate relief for school districts and municipal governments.

“Since hearing from so many of my constituents about out-of-control property tax increases, I worked with the Governor to enact a tax cap.  New York is now the 44th state to cap property taxes.  A cap will stop dramatic spikes in property taxes and prevent homeowners from being taxed out of their homes,” said Ranzenhofer.

June 28, 2011
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Statement

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

“The State Senate passed historic legislation last night to make New York the 44th state to cap property taxes.  A cap will stop property taxes from spiraling out of control and prevent homeowners from being taxed out of their homes. But in order for the cap to work, mandate relief will be needed.”

“That is why the State Senate also took the first steps to begin to provide $127 million in much needed mandate relief for school districts and municipalities. The act also sets up a Mandate Relief Council to establish a procedure to repeal unfunded mandates.”

June 25, 2011
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Ranzenhofer, State Library team up for Senate Summer Reading Program

Urges youngsters to read all summer long

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer and the New York State Library have partnered in support of summer reading for children and families to announce the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program for children grades kindergarten through twelve.

Parents can register their child for the program by visiting Senator Ranzenhofer’s website at ranzenhofer.nysenate.gov and clicking on the Summer Reading Program icon.  Once registration is complete, students can read books that they are interested in and enter their information into an online journal.  When a student’s journal has been completed they will receive a Congratulatory Certificate of Completion.

June 23, 2011
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Ranzenhofer honors Williamsville East for National Award

Recognizes teachers with Resolution during Senate session

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has honored Williamsville East High School with a Joint Legislative Resolution for being named by the College Board as the Middle States  Regional winner and the National winner of the annual Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts.  School teachers Dr. Stephen Shewan and John Kryder represented the school district at the State Capitol.

June 21, 2011
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Pilozzi selected as Veterans Hall of Fame Honoree

Honored in Albany at induction ceremony on Flag Day

Albany, N.Y. – United States Army Commissioned Second Lieutenant and City of Tonawanda Mayor Ronald J. Pilozzi has been selected – by State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer – as a New York State Veterans Hall of Fame Honoree for his gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces and service to the community. 

Pilozzi served as a Commissioned Second Lietuenant in U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972 after joining ROTC at Canisius College. During that time, he served as an Artillery Officer with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam and then as an Executive Officer of the 81st Artillery in West Germany. 

June 16, 2011
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Senate celebrates Memorial Day with passage of bills to help veterans and active military

To commemorate New York State’s upcoming Memorial Day observance, the State Senate took time on Wednesday to honor current and former military service members, and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Nine bills focused on supporting veterans and active service members were passed. Two bills in particular, sponsored by Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), provide important parental rights protections for military service men and women. Bill S.3228 prevents the courts from considering the potential for a military service deployment as a detrimental factor when determining parental custody of a child.

May 27, 2011
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Ranzenhofer, Graber announce passage of legislation that allows courts to suspend driver’s license when a person fails to comply with the court

Batavia, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer and Darien Town Justice Gary Graber announced passage of legislation in the State Senate that grants courts the authority to suspend a driver’s 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.

If a person does not comply with the court’s sentencing or appear before the court, there is nothing the court can do and the court cannot issue a warrant since jail time is not a possible sentence.

May 26, 2011
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Ranzenhofer honors Millie Tomidy-Pepper as Woman of Distinction

Executive Director of Genesee Mental Health Association receives recognition

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer honored Millie Tomidy-Pepper Tuesday evening as the 2011 Woman of Distinction for the 61st District at the 14th Annual Senate Women of Distinction ceremony, honoring her outstanding contributions in enriching the quality of life for the community and beyond.

May 25, 2011
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Senate acts to create new panel to support aging veterans

Measure Seeks To Improve State Consideration of Issues Facing Vets

Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Senate today approved legislation to help older veterans by creating an advisory committee that specifically assists state officials in addressing important veterans issues. New York has the second highest veteran population in the United States and bill S.3337, sponsored by Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), focuses on improving the care and state support available to aging veterans by creating a panel of gerontology and veterans’ issue experts.

May 16, 2011
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