Restores STAR rebate checks for millions of New Yorkers
Increases tax credits to help struggling middle-class families
Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R, C, I – Amherst) joined members of the Senate Republican Conference today to unveil the Family Tax Relief Act. The plan would restore the STAR property tax rebate check program and increase tax breaks that have not kept pace with inflation for more than 25 years.
Representatives from Genesee ARC stopped by Senator Ranzenhofer's district office to discuss restoring $120 million in State funding for people with developmental disabilities. Pictured are Genesee ARC Board Member Deb Riggi and her husband Mike Riggi, as well as their two daughters, Masha and Cassidy, and Senator Ranzenhofer.
By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer, State Senator - 61st District
In 2009, the State Budget imposed an energy tax surcharge, known as the two percent utility tax, that has cost each and every ratepayer in New York State $2.5 billion over the last four years. I voted against this tax surcharge because it hurt businesses, hindered job growth, and took more money away from families and seniors.
Surcharge set to expire March 2014 Executive budget calls for 5-year extension Businesses, consumers to pay $3 billion more in taxes
Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R, C, I – Amherst) has announced his opposition to a five-year extension of the 18-a surcharge as proposed in the Executive Budget. The energy tax surcharge is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014.
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 talks to Rochester Mayor Thomas Richards and University of Rochester President Joel Seligman after a meeting at the Rochester Business Alliance. During the meeting, the Rochester Community Coalition presented it's 2013 Agenda to community leaders, including representatives of local governments, business, education, non-profit organizations and labor.
Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and CommissionsChair: Senator Michael RanzenhoferPublic Hearing: The Future of LIPA – To examine the best course of action to ensure theresidents of Long Island receive the electrical and customer service that theydeserve at affordable pricesPlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany,New YorkTime: 11:00 A.M.Contact: Debbie Peck Kelleher (518) 455-2390Media Contact: Kathy Wilson (516) 922-1811ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
Joins Finance as new member Chairs Corporations for second consecutive session Serves on a total of 8 committees
Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R, C, I – Amherst) has been appointed to serve as Chairman of the Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee for another legislative session.
Senator Ranzenhofer speaks at a Buffalo Niagara Partnership press conference, announcing a Buy Local Challenge to encourage businesses to purchase a product or service from a new vendor within the Buffalo Niagara region in 2013.
For more information about the Buffalo Niagara Partnership's Buy Local Challenge, click here.
Amherst, N.Y. - State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer addresses business and community leaders at the Amherst Chamber of Commerce's Annual Luncheon. Senator Ranzenhofer served as inductor for the Chamber's 2013 Board of Directors and Officers.
Amherst, NY - In a farewell ceremony to departing Daemen College President Dr. Edwin Clausen, New York State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer has presented Dr. Clausen with an official pen certificate commemorating a 2012 amendment to New York State law permitting college and university physical therapy faculty to form not-for-profit practices.
The new law was initiated by Daemen and received bipartisan support, carrying it through both houses of the State Legislature in a 164-0 vote as the 2012 Legislative session drew to a close.
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.