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Dear Resident of the 61st Senate District:

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website! 

At my website, you’ll be able to check out what I’m doing in Albany and in our community, learn more about my positions on important issues, and take a look at legislation I’m sponsoring in the State Senate.

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Click here to view legislation before the State Senate.

Click here for a map of the 61st State Senate District.

August 21, 2015
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More Progress Coming Out of 2015 Legislative Session

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

 

As I outlined in my column last month, the extension of the property tax cap was not only one of my legislative priorities, it was one of the major achievements of this year’s session.  However, more progress has been made on efforts to control spending, cut taxes and create jobs.

 

The 2015-16 State Budget is balanced, on-time and it avoids new taxes and fees.  Additionally, expenditures are being held below two percent.  Taxpayers have saved $23 billion, or $3,919 per taxpayer, since my Senate colleagues and I pushed for a self-imposed cap on spending. 

 

August 19, 2015
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Ranzenhofer Announces State Aid for Library Construction Awards for Pavilion, Byron-Bergen Public Libraries

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer announced today that Pavilion Public Library has been awarded $283,877, while Byron-Bergen Public Library has been awarded $65,355, in public library construction funds.

 

The funds are from $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2014 State Budget.  Pavilion Public Library’s grant is for a new 1,790 square foot children’s addition to the library’s existing building.  Byron-Bergen Public Library’s grant is for fixing drainage issues in the parking lot, replacing an emergency exit door, and installing energy efficient windows.  

 

August 11, 2015
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Elba Onion Festival

Elba, NY - Senator Ranzenhofer poses for a photo with Assemblyman Steve Hawley after marching in the Elba Onion Festival parade.  The Town of Elba, located in Genesee County, is known as the "Onion Capital of the World." Click here for more information about the festival.

August 7, 2015
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Back of the Eye MD Offers Free Retina Scans at Family Health Fair

Amherst, NY - Back of the Eye MD provides free retina scans to 150 residents at Senator Mike Ranzenhofer's 2015 Family Health Fair. 

Photo: Senator Ranzenhofer participates in the eye screening during the three-hour event.

 

August 1, 2015
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Over 1,000 Residents Attend Family Health Fair

Amherst, NY - More than 1,000 residents attend Senator Mike Ranzenhofer's Family Health Fair. The event is co-sponsored by Kaleida Health and the Amherst Senior Center, in conjunction with Assembly members Ray Walter and Jane Corwin.

Photo: Senator Ranzenhofer welcomes attendees to Erie County's Largest Family Health Fair.

August 1, 2015
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Windsong Radiology Provides Free Bone Density Heel Scans at Health Fair

Amherst, NY - Windsong Radiology provides free bone density heel scans to 66 residents during the 2015 Family Health Fair.

Photo: (from left to right) Gina Fedele, Senator Ranzenhofer, Dr. Teresa Small

August 1, 2015
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Roswell Park Team Members Promote Tobacco-Free Western New York

Amherst, NY - Roswell Park Cancer Institute helps to promote a Tobacco-Free Western New York at Senator Mike Ranzenhofer's Family Health Fair.

Photo: (from left to right) Roswell Park team members Shannon Waddell, Annamaria Twarozek Masucci, Jenna Brinkworth.

August 1, 2015
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Ranzenhofer Sponsors Erie County’s Largest Health Fair

Free health services, screenings and information from 90 organizations

 

Amherst, NY– A total of 90 organizations will provide health information, services and screenings to residents at Senator Ranzenhofer’s Family Health Fair. The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 1st from 9 a.m. to noon at the Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway in Amherst.

 

July 30, 2015
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New Law Permits Rifles for Deer Hunting in Genesee County

Governor Cuomo has signed Senator Ranzenhofer's bill into law, allowing the use of rifles for big game hunting in Genesee County.  Last fall, the Genesee County Legislature and the Genesee County Federation of Sportsman Club requested the special legislation.

Photo: Senator Ranzenhofer presents a ceremonial pen certificate to representatives of the Genesee County Federation of Sportsman Club.

July 27, 2015
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Ranzenhofer Donates Books to Newstead Public Library

Akron, NY - Senator Mike Ranzenhofer donates books to the Newstead Public Library during a visit.

 

July 24, 2015
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Amherst Justice Court Security Building Opens

Amherst, NY– State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer joined Amherst Town Officials to announce the Grand Opening of the Amherst Justice Court Security Building.  The new building was constructed to improve security and provide adequate space for the increased volume of prisoners processed at the facility.

 

This project was funded through the Town of Amherst Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and through a $250,000 State Grant secured by State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer.

 

July 24, 2015
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Ranzenhofer Partners with Unyts for Blood Drive at Erie County’s Largest Family Health Fair

Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will be sponsoring an open-to-the-public blood drive with Unyts– Western New York’s only Organ, Eye, Tissue and Community Blood Center– during the 2015 Family Health Fair on Saturday, August 1st from 9 a.m. to noon at the Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway. 

 

To schedule an appointment, visit www.unyts.org, click the “Donate Blood” icon and enter Sponsor Code 001201 or call Unyts at (716) 512-7940.

 

“One person needs blood every two seconds.  Your blood donation can save up to three lives, helping our family members, friends and neighbors right here in Western New York.  I encourage residents to schedule an appointment to help save lives,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.  

July 22, 2015
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Property Tax Cap Renewal Secures Continued Savings, Prevents Spiraling Tax Increases for Years to Come

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

I am pleased to report that one of my top legislative priorities, extending the property tax cap, has been accomplished during the final days of the 2015 Legislative Session.  

 

Residents all across the 61st Senate District have stressed the importance of renewing the tax cap.  In fact, three out of every four residents expressed to me their support for making the property tax cap permanent in a recent Constituent Questionnaire.

 

July 15, 2015
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Ranzenhofer Learns More About the HOME Rochester Program

Rochester, NY - Senator Ranzenhofer tours one of the residential properties for the HOME Rochester Program. The program allows individuals and families with low and moderate incomes an opportunity to participate in the American Dream through homeownership.  Click here for more information. 

July 14, 2015
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Ranzenhofer Tours OACES

Rochester, NY - Senator Ranzenhofer tours the Office of Adult & Career Education Services on Hart Street in the city of Rochester.  OACES delivers a comprehensive range of career-related services to participants, including academic and workforce development programs. For more information, click here.

July 14, 2015
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Rotary Club of Akron-Newstead

Akron, NY - Senator Ranzenhofer provides an update on the 2015 Legislative Session to members of the Rotary Club of Akron-Newstead.

July 9, 2015
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Save the Date: Family Health Fair

Senator Ranzenhofer's Family Health Fair is scheduled for Saturday, August 1st from 9 a.m. to noon at the Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway. 

July 7, 2015
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Fourth of July Parade

Akron, NY - Senator Ranzenhofer celebrates Independence Day by walking in the Fourth of July Parade in Akron.

July 4, 2015
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Electronics Recycling Event is a Huge Success!

Chili, NY - More than 800 residents recycled a total of 106,000 pounds of electronics at Senator Ranzenhofer's event in May. Senator Ranzenhofer sponsored the electronics recycling event to prevent hazardous e-waste from going to landfills.  Part of the proceeds will go to the Greater Rochester Robotics Team. 

July 2, 2015
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