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Monthly Column: 2012 State Budget passes ahead of schedule

By Michael H. Ranzenhofer

Working together in a bi-partisan fashion with Governor Cuomo, I am pleased to report that the 2012-2013 State Budget has passed ahead of schedule for the second consecutive year.  The recently adopted budget is a fiscally responsible plan that closes a $2 billion deficit by cutting spending without raising taxes.  It is a plan that will help to create thousands of jobs and strengthen our economy. 

For the second year in a row, overall spending has been reduced.  In an effort to shrink the size of State government, the budget plan eliminates 25 repetitive, inactive boards and commissions, consolidates various departments, and implements efficiencies to reduce government expenditures.


Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - April 18

Senator Ranzenhofer discusses the 2012-2013 New York State Budget.

Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - May 22

Senator Ranzenhofer discusses the newly adopted pension reform law, one of his bills on the move in the State Legislature and honoring 61st Senate District constituents in the State Capitol.

Monthly Column: Reforming pension system protects taxpayers

By Michael H. Ranzenhofer


Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - June 5

Senator Ranzenhofer talks about a new job creation plan, making college more affordable and a proposal to lessen the penalties for possessing marijuana.

Monthly Column: Changing the way Albany works

By Michael H. Ranzenhofer

With the 2012 Legislative Session drawn to a close, one thing is clear: the gridlock and dysfunction that once characterized New York State government are now things of the past.   For the second consecutive year, we’ve worked together in a bipartisan way with Governor Cuomo to keep New York moving in a new, stronger and more positive direction.


Amherst Chamber Business After Hours at Ingram Micro

July 17, 2012 - Senator Ranzenhofer speaks to Ingram Micro employees and members of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce during a Business After Hours event.



Monthly Column: 2012 Legislative Session makes investments in local colleges, students

By Michael H. Ranzenhofer

As I mentioned in my July column, the 2012 Legislative Session has New York continuing to move in a more positive direction.  Just as important though are the actions taken during this year’s session to move our higher education institutions in a more positive direction as well, particularly the University at Buffalo, Erie Community College and Daemen College.


Monthly Column: ReChargeNY Program connected to over 27,000 WNY jobs

By Michael H. Ranzenhofer

As I mentioned in my September column, New York State’s fiscal house is starting to get back on track, but a lot more is needed to spur private-sector job creation.  Regional Economic Development Councils have made a difference, and the State Senate’s New NY Job Creation plan has the potential to create thousands of jobs.  However, a program aimed at providing low-cost electricity to businesses has helped to create or retain tens of thousands of jobs in our own backyard.


Monthly Column: Burial privileges for murderers loophole closed

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

More than three years ago, a horrific tragedy struck a Western New York family when a Tonawanda man murdered his wife in their own home.  It’s a shocking story that just makes your heart sink when you read about it in the newspaper. 

“Husband of slain Tonawanda woman arrested for murder,” read one newspaper headline.  But what wasn’t reported in any articles was another tragedy: a loophole in State health law would allow the murderer the sole rights to his victims’ remains since he had also been the spouse.