Michael H. Ranzenhofer's Press releases

NY Senate passes cap on State spending; Included in 3-part Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act

Albany, NY - The New York State Senate has passed a constitutional amendment to enact a cap on state spending at two percent or 120 percent of the Consumer Price Index, whichever is less.  Under the legislation, the state spending cap for 2011-12 would be 1.92 percent.

“The spending cap is needed more than ever because of the $11 billion deficit caused by years of overtaxing and overspending,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.  “The unchecked growth in spending has resulted in New York having the highest tax burden in the nation.  Thirty states currently have some kind of a spending cap.  New York must enact a cap now to force fiscal responsibility and enable us to reduce taxes.”

January 19, 2011
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UB 2020 is top priority for Western New York Legislative Delegation

The Western New York Legislative Delegation has made the University at Buffalo’s 2020 strategic plan for excellence and growth a top priority for 2011, reaffirming its belief that UB’s future and Western New York’s future are closely linked.

Today the delegation spoke with one voice in demonstrating its unified feelings about UB 2020.  The bipartisan group of senators and assemblymembers announced they are sending a joint letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking that the chief elements of the UB 2020 plan be incorporated into the executive budget proposal for the 2011-2012 state fiscal year, which is expected to be released on February 1, 2011.  A copy of the letter is attached.

January 14, 2011
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Ranzenhofer receives committee posts

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will serve as Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions.  Senator Ranzenhofer will also serve on the Banks, Judiciary, Agriculture, Education, Energy and Racing, Gaming and Wagering committees.

Senator Ranzenhofer is eager to begin working to reduce State spending and restore trust in State government as Chairman of the Corporations Committee.

January 12, 2011
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Statement on State of the State

Albany, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address:

“Today, the Governor’s State of the State address echoed opinions of so many New Yorkers, including myself – especially for the State to close the budget deficit, impose a property-tax cap, and create private-sector jobs. 

I have been an outspoken advocate and introduced legislation on many of these issues during my first term and I am pleased to hear the Governor make them his major legislative priorities.  More importantly, New Yorkers have been demanding property tax relief and a smaller and leaner State government over the past few years as well. 

January 5, 2011
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Ranzenhofer Announces Series of Mobile Office Hours

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that his staff will hold mobile office hours from 1 to 3 p.m. at:

LeRoy Village Hall            Pembroke Town Hall          Bergen Town Hall    3 West Main Street            1145 Main Road                10 Hunter StreetTuesday, Sept. 28              Thursday, Sept. 30              Tuesday, Oct. 5  

September 24, 2010
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Statement on the Retirement of UB President Simpson

“President John B. Simpson’s vision and leadership has made a positive contribution to the students and faculty at the University at Buffalo, as well as our entire Western New York community. 

August 29, 2010
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Ranzenhofer Announces Free Car Seat Safety Checks in LeRoy

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced a Free Car Seat Safety Check on Saturday, August 7 from 10 a.m. to Noon at Wolcott Street School, 2-6 Trigon Park in LeRoy.

“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 30, 2010
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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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