Michael H. Ranzenhofer's Press releases

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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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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