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Monthly Column: A “New Start” for New York

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

After years of record spending increases and countless tax and fee hikes, the conclusion of the 2011 Legislative Session marked a dramatic turnaround for State government.  With new leadership in the Senate, as well as a new Governor, a lot was accomplished– including an on-time budget, property tax cap, ethics reform, and NY-SUNY 2020.

New York still faces major challenges ahead and a great deal of work needs to be done, but I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of the positive steps that were taken during this year’s session:

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Monthly Column: Wanted: more mandate relief from Albany

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

As I mentioned in my July column, A ‘new start’ for New York State, the 2011 Legislative Session marked a dramatic turnaround for the State.  Certainly, the passage of an on-time budget, a strong property tax cap, landmark ethics reform and NY SUNY 2020 were positive steps.  But I also stressed that there is still more work to be done – especially by providing savings, through mandate relief, to school districts and local governments, and ultimately to taxpayers.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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