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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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April 4, 2012
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Statement on 2012-13 State Budget

Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Senate has passed the 2012-2013 State Budget.  State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

“Today, for the second time since 1983, the State Senate has passed the State Budget ahead of the April 1st deadline.  The 2012-2013 State Budget is a fiscally responsible plan that closes a budget deficit by cutting spending and without raising taxes.  For the second time in 15 years, and for the second consecutive year, overall spending has been reduced.  The budget shrinks the size of State government once again by eliminating 25 repetitive, inactive boards and commissions and consolidating various departments.

March 30, 2012
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State sales tax exemption expanded for clothing/footwear purchases

Starts this Sunday, April 1

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced clothing and footwear items sold for less than $110 will be exempt from the four percent State sales tax starting on Sunday, April 1, 2012.  Currently, the exemption only applies to items sold for less than $55.

“This expanded State sales tax exemption will help relieve the tax burden at the cash register for all New Yorkers, saving a total of $220 million,” said Ranzenhofer.  “Now, families and residents will notice a few extra dollars being returned to their pockets the next time they go to the store for clothes or shoes.”

March 28, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - March 27

Senator Ranzenhofer outlines his 2012-2013 State Budget priorities - funding for education, infrastructure projects, STAR rebate check program and WNY STAMP project - as the April 1st deadline approaches.

March 27, 2012
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Monthly Column: New York is one step closer to on-time budget for second year in a row

By Michael H. Ranzenhofer

New York State is one step closer to having a budget passed on schedule for a second year in a row, after the State Senate and State Assembly passed separate one-house budget resolutions last week.

Last year, I partnered with Governor Cuomo and the State Assembly to pass a State Budget which reduced spending for the first time in 15 years.  It is imperative that the State Legislature continue to make good on the progress from last year.

March 21, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - March 15

Senator Ranzenhofer updates constituents on the State Senate's job creation plan, efforts to lower the cost of doing business in New York and its work on the 2012-2013 State Budget.

March 16, 2012
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Landmark anti-crime bill to become law

Senate, Assembly and Governor join forces to expand DNA database

Senator Ranzenhofer has announced today that legislation, implementing the largest expansion of New York’s DNA databank since it was first created in 1994, is expected to become law.  The database expansion, which has been agreed to by Governor Cuomo and the State Assembly, will help close thousands of unsolved cases, bring justice to crime victims and help prevent dangerous criminals from committing more crimes.

March 15, 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, March 19, 2012 Room 801 LOB

March 19, 1:30 PM - 1:43 PM
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Senator Ranzenhofer discusses actions taken in Senate Budget resolution

Senator Ranzenhofer discusses actions taken in the State Senate's one-house budget resolution on March 12, including the restoration of STAR rebate checks for seniors.

March 14, 2012
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Senator Ranzenhofer meets with Amherst East Rotary

Senator Ranzenhofer met with members of Amherst East Rotary to discuss the progress of the 2012-2013 State Budget and other issues affecting the community.

March 9, 2012
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Senate passes bill to lower cost of doing business in N.Y.

Repeals burdensome, costly mandate passed in 2010

The New York State Senate has passed legislation, Senate Bill No. S6360A, aimed at lowering the cost of doing business in New York State by repealing a burdensome mandate requiring employers to provide annual written notice of wages to all employees.

Senator Ranzenhofer voted for the proposal.

March 2, 2012
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