As a new year begins, so does another legislation session, and with that, Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his third State of the State address last Wednesday afternoon at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. While he emphasized the progress of the last two years, there are many remaining challenges ahead for the Empire State.
The State Legislature has been able to work together– unlike the gridlock and partisanship in Washington, D.C.– to pass two on-time budgets that reduced overall spending, lowered middle-class tax rates to their lowest levels in 58 years, and established Regional Economic Development Councils.
Batavia, N.Y. - State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer shares his leadership experiences on a panel with other government officials during a Student Leadership Conference. Over 60 students from Byron-Bergen, LeRoy and Oakfield-Alabama Schools attended the forum. The event was organized by Byron-Bergen 12th grader Jennalyn Long.
Rochester, N.Y. - State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer joins University of Rochester officials, Mt. Hope community members, and other government leaders for the groundbreaking of College Town.
Located at the intersection of Mt. Hope and Elmwood avenues, College Town is a comprehensive plan to redevelop 14 acres owned by the University of Rochester to provide destination dining, shopping, and services in one city of Rochester setting. For more information about the project, click here.
In May’s edition of Chief Executive magazine, New York State ranked 2nd to last for the cost of doing business. The only state to be ranked as having a worse business climate was California. More specifically, when rating the Empire State on its taxes and regulations, New York yielded only one star, out of a possible five star ranking.
The fact of the matter is that, in addition to high taxes, the other major culprits of New York’s poor business climate are regulations and red tape. Along with the need to provide tax relief, burdensome regulations continue to be a major obstacle when it comes to revitalizing our economy.
State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will hold a Meet & Greet on Tuesday, July 9th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chili Public Library, 3333 Chili Avenue.
Senator Ranzenhofer’s Meet & Greet is an opportunity for residents to meet with their representative in State government.
“As your State Senator, I place a tremendous value on meeting with and listening to constituents. Now that the 2013 Legislative Session has concluded, I want to give residents an opportunity to meet me and talk about issues important to our community,” said Ranzenhofer. “Please join me at my upcoming Meet & Greet where I will provide an update on the 2013-14 State Budget and Legislative Session.”
Chili, NY - Over fifty residents attended Senator Ranzenhofer's Meet & Greet on July 9th. Senator Ranzenhofer hosted the event at the Chili Public Library to give residents an opportunity to meet with their representative in State government.
During the 2013 Legislative Session, the New York State Senate passed 1,408 pieces of legislation, while the State Assembly approved 1,071 bills. Six hundred fifty bills were approved by both the Senate and Assembly, and the Governor will be considering whether or not to sign each and every one into law.
While there were many controversial issues often making the front page of the news, I wanted to offer an update on other positive actions taken that are just as important but you may not have heard about in the headlines.