Michael H. Ranzenhofer's Press releases

Ranzenhofer Announces Free Car Seat Safety Checks in Kenmore/Tonawanda

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced a Free Car Seat Safety Check on Saturday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to Noon at the parking lot of the Kenmore West High School, 33 Highland Parkway in Kenmore.

“Every parent knows that installing a car seat can be difficult.  This event will give parents information on how to properly install car seats as well as ensure the car seat they have is safely secured,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

The program is free and open to the public.  No appointment or RSVP is necessary.  Water and pop will be served.  For more information, please contact Senator Ranzenhofer’s District Office at (716) 631-8695.

July 22, 2010
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Ranzenhofer Names Kahn 2010 Woman of Distinction; Kenmore-East graduate, Amherst resident receives award

Albany, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has named Carrie Kahn the 2010 Woman of Distinction for the 61st Senatorial District, honoring her for her outstanding contributions to education in the community.

“It is an honor to name Carrie Kahn the 2010 Woman of Distinction.  Her commitment to education has enriched the quality of life in our community and beyond.  She truly is an excellent role model to many young women in Western New York,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.

June 1, 2010
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Amherst Chamber honors Ranzenhofer as 2010 Small Business Advocate of the Year; Cites strong voice, legislative proposals for small businesses

Amherst, NY – The Amherst Chamber of Commerce has recognized State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer with the Small Business Advocate Award today at the 2010 Small Business Awards Luncheon.  The Award is given to an individual that has aided other small businesses and contributed to their prosperity through their contributions.

May 21, 2010
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‘Build Up. Don’t Tear People Down.’; Students unveil campaign slogan, logo to stop bullying

Alexander, NY – Alexander Middle School students have unveiled a slogan and logo to stop bullying today – with the support of school administrators, Batavia Muckdogs President Brian Paris and State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer.  The campaign slogan, ‘Build Up. Don’t Tear People Down,” will be included with others on banners from Batavia, Oakfield-Alabama, Elba and Caledonia-Mumford schools during the Batavia Muckdogs Anti-Bullying Night on June 28.

May 14, 2010
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Ranzenhofer Supports Anti-Bullying Legislation; New York among only seven States with no anti-bullying law

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced his support for anti-bullying legislation.   New York is only one of seven states that do not have a law to target school bullying.  Bully Police, a national watchdog group, has given New York State its lowest grade for not passing a law to protect school children from bullies.

May 6, 2010
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Ranzenhofer praises Genesee County family farms

Batavia, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer applauded Genesee County family farms today for their tremendous efforts to defeat the ‘Farm Labor Death Bill’, alongside NY Farm Bureau President Dean Norton and members of the agriculture community.

April 22, 2010
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SENATE REPUBLICANS DEFEAT ANTI-ECONOMIC BILL PUSHED BY DEMOCRATS AND OPPOSED BY STATE’S LEADING BUSINESS GROUPS

Albany, NY – Senate Republicans defeated anti-economic development legislation (S1635) last night, sponsored by Senator Antoine Thompson of Buffalo, that would shut down virtually all economic development activity in New York, increase the number of frivolous lawsuits and even put up an obstacle to sound environmental projects throughout the State.

April 21, 2010
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Statement on 'Farm Labor Death Bill'

Albany, NY –  State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer and his colleagues led the effort to defeat the Farm Labor Death Bill earlier this morning.  The State Senate Agriculture Committee has voted down Senate Bill No. 2247 by a six to three vote, preventing the legislation from moving to the Senate floor for a vote or being released to another committee for consideration.

Senator Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

April 20, 2010
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Statement on Senate Budget Resolution

Albany, NY – The State Senate passed a resolution which outlines a general plan for the 2010-2011 State Budget.  Senator Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

“The Senate Democrats drafted their final budget resolution in secret, without any input from Republicans.  They then released the resolution less than an hour before it was voted on.  Only a budget resolution crafted in secret would produce such a bad deal for New Yorkers.

March 23, 2010
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Task Force recommends new efforts to end Medicaid fraud

Albany, NY – The State Senate Task Force on Medicaid Fraud has released an initial report of policy recommendations to empower localities to strengthen their Medicaid fraud prevention, combat waste and stop overutilization of services.  

March 22, 2010
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Statement from Senator Ranzenhofer

The State Senate Task Force on Medicaid Fraud held its first public hearing this morning to explore ways the Legislature can assist counties to improve Medicaid fraud prevention efforts. 

Senator Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

“Today’s public hearing was a productive step towards eliminating the Medicaid fraud burden on taxpayers.  Many innovative leaders in fighting Medicaid fraud put forth their expertise and real solutions.

March 8, 2010
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Ranzenhofer unveils Domestic Violence Act of 2010; Joins effort to strengthen New York’s Domestic Violence laws

Albany, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has voiced his support for the Domestic Violence Act of 2010, a major effort to strengthen State domestic violence laws.

“The Domestic Violence Act of 2010 finally provides law enforcement officials with the necessary tools to stamp out domestic violence by increasing the penalties for repeat offenders and those who commit the most serious crimes. This a comprehensive effort to strengthen New York State’s porous and ineffective domestic violence laws currently on the books,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

March 4, 2010
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Ranzenhofer Awards Liberty Medals to Clarence First Responders; One of New York's highest civilian honors

Clarence, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer awarded New York State Senate Liberty Medals to Clarence First Responders last night at the Clarence Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner. 

February 25, 2010
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Ranzenhofer Announces Satellite Office Hours in Clarence

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that his staff will hold satellite office hours on Thursday, March 11, 2010 from 10 a.m. to Noon at the Clarence Public Library, 3 Town Place.

“Ensuring my constituents have access to New York State government is one of my top priorities.  I welcome all Clarence residents to meet with a member of my staff to discuss important issues or ask questions concerning State departments or agencies,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

February 25, 2010
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Statement from Senator Ranzenhofer

The State Department of Taxation and Finance notified Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs) earlier this month of a “cost recovery” tax on revenues, included in the 2009-2010 State Budget, to cover costs of State government services; even though State statute required the notification by November 1, 2009. 

Senator Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

February 25, 2010
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It’s YOUR money: on-line petition to stop the withholding of tax refunds

Dear Friend,You may have heard that the Governor is thinking about delaying the return of state income tax refunds. I think this is a bad idea and ask you to work with me to help him change his mind!I encourage you to sign an on-line petition on my website to get the tax refunds out the door as soon as possible. I will deliver the petition to the Governor in the next few weeks to let him know how we feel. Click here to sign our petition!

February 25, 2010
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Ranzenhofer launches online petition to stop Governor’s plan to delay tax refunds

Amherst, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has launched an online petition drive to stop Governor Paterson’s plan to delay State income tax refunds. 

February 24, 2010
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Public Hearing set for Farm Labor Death Bill

Albany, NY – The State Senate Agriculture Committee has set a public hearing on the Farm Labor Death Bill for Monday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Hearing Room A of the Legislative Office Building.

“The public hearing is an open, transparent way to conduct the people’s business. While I strongly oppose the proposed legislation, I am looking forward to listening to both sides of the issue,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

February 24, 2010
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LOCAL BUSINESS LEADERS JOIN SENATOR RANZENHOFER TO DISCUSS JOB CREATION PLAN DESIGNED TO HELP WESTERN NEW YORK ECONOMY

Local business leaders joined with New York State Senators today at a Western New York Business Roundtable Discussion focusing on the challenges of running a business in our state and a major new jobs initiative designed to improve New York's business climate, reduce taxes and bureaucratic red tape, and create thousands of new jobs for workers across the state.    Senator Mike Ranzenhofer (Amherst), Senator Dale Volker (Depew), Senator George D.

February 17, 2010
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Statement from Senator Ranzenhofer

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the tragedy of Flight 3407.  Senator Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

February 12, 2010
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