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Kreter selected as 2012 Veterans’ Hall of Fame Honoree

Honored by Ranzenhofer at induction ceremony in State Capitol

Albany, N.Y. – United States Marine Corps Master Sergeant (retired) and Genesee County Veterans Service Agency Director Harry “Hal” Kreter has been selected – by State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer – as a New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame Honoree for the 61st District for his gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces and service to the community.

May 23, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO AND SENATOR RANZENHOFER ANNOUNCE FIRST ROUND OF POWER ALLOCATIONS FOR RECHARGE NEW YORK PROGRAM

Low cost power will help create or retain more than 23,500 jobs in Western New York

Albany, N.Y. – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer today announced that 64 businesses and not-for-profit organizations across Western New York will be awarded the first round of low cost power allocations under the ReCharge New York (RNY) program, a major statewide initiative for retaining and creating jobs and spurring capital investments by making low cost power available to New York State companies.

May 22, 2012
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Harry Kreter

Harry “Hal” Kreter entered the U.S. Marine Corps in June of 1971 and never looked back. Serving on active duty for 24 years, he was honorably discharged in 1995 as a Master Sergeant. For over four decades, Hal has provided exceptional service to our country, the military and its veterans. 

During his career as a Vietnam era veteran, Hal’s journey in the Marine Corps took him to Vietnam and Okinawa. He served almost two years of Foreign Service, as well as six months of sea service. Sixteen years of Hal’s military service were devoted to career recruiting duties in various areas of New York State. During this time, he received numerous awards as an outstanding recruiter and as the Non Commissioned Officer In Charge of recruiting sub stations.

May 18, 2012
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Ranzenhofer honors DiPirro as Woman of Distinction

President and CEO of Amherst Chamber receives recognition

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer honored Amherst Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Colleen C. DiPirro Tuesday evening at the 15th Annual Women of Distinction ceremony, honoring her outstanding contributions in enriching the quality of life for the community and beyond.

May 18, 2012
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May 16, 2012
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Video: Press conference on legislation to protect remains of crime victims

Senator Ranzenhofer announced the pending Senate action on the bill at a Capitol news conference yesterday where he was joined by Elaine O’Toole of Tonawanda, the cousin of Constance Shepherd, and by Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, who is sponsoring the bill in the Assembly.

May 15, 2012
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Colleen C. DiPirro

Colleen C. DiPirro began her illustrious career with the Amherst Chamber of Commerce 30 years ago as the single staff person after graduating from Alfred College. Under her leadership, the Chamber has seen an increase in membership from fewer than 200 businesses to over 2,500. Similarly, the annual budget has grown from $24,000 when she started to today’s high of nearly $2 million. The Chamber currently boasts eight full-time, professional staff and operates out of a suite of offices in Williamsville.

May 15, 2012
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Senate passes bill to protect remains of crime victims

Photo: Senator Ranzenhofer announced the pending Senate action on the bill at a Capitol news conference yesterday where he was joined by Elaine O’Toole of Tonawanda, the cousin of Constance Shepherd, and by Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, who is sponsoring the bill in the Assembly. 

Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Senate has passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, that would close a loophole in the state health law that gave a Western New York man who killed his wife the sole rights to her remains.

May 14, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, Chair 1:30 PM, Monday, May 14, 2012 Room 801 LOB

May 14, 1:30 PM - 1:33 PM
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Committee Meeting: Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, Chair 1:30 PM, Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Room 801 LOB

May 30, 1:30 PM - 1:38 PM
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - May 1

Senator Ranzenhofer discusses funding restorations made to EPIC programs in the 2012 State budget, legislation to prohibit cyber-bullying and other issues from the State Capitol.

May 2, 2012
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Video: State sales tax on clothing eliminated

Senator Ranzenhofer discusses action taken by the Governor and State Legislature to eliminate the State sales tax on clothing purchases.  As of April 1st, clothing and footwear purchases up to $110 are not subject to New York State sales tax. Click here for more information.

April 24, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - April 18

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

April 23, 2012
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Ranzenhofer sponsors Unyts blood drive

Encourages enrollment in NYS Donate Life registry

Amherst, N.Y. – New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will celebrate National Donate Life month in April by sponsoring a Unyts blood drive at the Neighborhood Blood Donation Center at the Eastern Hills Mall on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

“As the only community blood bank in Western New York, Unyts ensures your blood donation helps families, friends and neighbors right here in our community.  Your donation can save up to three Western New York lives.  I encourage residents to help save lives by participating in my Unyts blood drive at the Eastern Hills Mall,” said Ranzenhofer.

April 23, 2012
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Earth Day 2012 Poster Contest: District 61

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.   This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 61st Senatorial District.

Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state.  I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2012 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

Siddharth Suresh

Grade: 2

April 20, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, Chair 1:30 PM, Monday, April 30, 2012 Room 801 LOB

April 30, 1:30 PM - 1:33 PM
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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.

April 18, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, Chair 1:30 PM, Tuesday, April 17, 2012 Room 801 LOB

April 17, 1:30 PM - 1:33 PM
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