Michael H. Ranzenhofer's Press releases

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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Ranzenhofer announces construction grant awards for City, Town of Tonawanda public libraries

New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that public libraries in the City and Town of Tonawanda will receive funding from the Public Library Construction Grant Program.

The City of Tonawanda Public Library will receive $15,278 for water and energy conservation for three restrooms, improvements to patron access areas with lighting upgrades and more efficient plumbing and electrical fixtures.  The Kenmore Branch of the Town of Tonawanda Public Library will receive $76,805 for a new children’s area, new public computer space with electrical upgrades and ADA access to public service at circulation and computer distribution points.

May 13, 2011
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Ranzenhofer announces construction grant award for Richmond Memorial Library

New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that Richmond Memorial Library will receive $3,500 in funding from the Public Library Construction Grant Program for a replacement window in the children’s room. 

“This grant will serve as a reinvestment in Richmond Memorial Library in the City of Batavia and will ultimately allow existing patrons and future generations to enjoy all the services the library has to offer,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.

The grant funds are from $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2010 State Budget.  Grants can pay up to a maximum of fifty percent of total eligible project costs and libraries must provide funds to pay for the remaining costs of the project. 

May 13, 2011
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Statement on NYSUNY 2020

Albany, N.Y. – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and University of New York Chancellor Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher announced the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program earlier this afternoon. State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

 

May 2, 2011
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Ranzenhofer sponsors UNYTS blood drive; Recognizes April as National Donate Life month

Amherst, N.Y. – New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will recognize National Donate Life month by sponsoring an Upstate New York Transplant Services (UNYTS) blood drive at the Eastern Hills Mall on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

“One person needs blood every two seconds.  Your blood donation helps families, friends and neighbors right here in Western New York and can save up to three lives.  I encourage residents to help save lives by donating blood to Upstate New York Transplant Services,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.  

April 21, 2011
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Keeping the Commitment - Information on the 2011-12 State Budget

The New York State Senate has completed passage of the 2011-12 state budget one day prior to the April 1st budget deadline.  The budget, which has now received final approval by the Assembly, achieves the critically important goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.

To learn more about the State's new fiscally responsible budget plan, I encourage you to review the documents below. 

April 1, 2011
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Statement on 2011-12 State budget

Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Senate passed the 2011-2012 State budget late last night. State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

“The State Senate finished debate on the 2011-2012 State budget before the stroke of midnight on Wednesday, passing the first early budget since 1983.  The passage of an early budget is a historic moment for all New Yorkers; especially since last year’s budget, one of the latest in the State’s history, passed in August, more than five months after the April 1st deadline.

March 31, 2011
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Sales tax exemption for clothing purchases reinstated; Exemption goes into effect Friday

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced clothing and footwear items sold for less than $55 will once again be exempt from the four percent State sales tax starting this Friday.  The sales tax exemption for clothing and footwear items will increase from $55 to $110 next year on April 1, 2012. 

 

March 30, 2011
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Statement on Senate Budget Resolution

Albany, NY – Today, the State Senate passed a budget resolution. State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

“New York is facing one of the toughest budget challenges in its history, but it also presents us with the opportunity to change the direction of this State by stopping the endless increases in taxes and spending. The State Senate turned obstacle into opportunity today, by passing a budget resolution that closes a $10 billion deficit, reduces spending and rejects tax increases.

March 15, 2011
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State Senate repeals “cost recovery” tax; Passes bill to relieve economic development agencies from unfair tax

Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.2682) that repeals the “cost recovery” tax imposed on local economic development agencies in 2009 and also requires the State to reimburse agencies for any monies previously paid.

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer introduced the bill in the State Senate.

March 9, 2011
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State Senate passes UB 2020 legislation; Moves strategic plan to create jobs in Western New York

The New York State Senate has passed UB 2020 legislation that supports the University at Buffalo’s strategic plan to encourage economic growth and create jobs in Western New York. 

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer voted in favor of the legislation.

March 2, 2011
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Statement on legislation ensuring military voters overseas can vote in special elections

Albany, N.Y. – Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer, in a meeting of the Elections Committee, has voted in support of legislation that ensures military voters overseas can vote in special elections. 

Senator Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

“The Senate Committee on Elections took the first step to ensure the right to vote in special elections for members of the military who are serving overseas.

February 28, 2011
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Ranzenhofer kicks off YouCut Albany effort; Encourages citizens’ input to cut State spending

Amherst, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has launched a YouCut Albany campaign today to provide citizens an opportunity to express their ideas to cut State government expenditures.

“The current level of spending in State government is taking taxpayers to the cleaners and this year’s budget will have to reduce costs,” said Ranzenhofer.  “I want taxpayers to be part of the process and give them a chance to offer their solutions.  YouCut Albany is a way for them to speak out and take action on how the State spends their money.  By working together, we can save New Yorkers millions of dollars.”

February 26, 2011
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