Monthly Column: While progress has been made, challenges still remain for Empire State

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

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.  

January 16, 2013

Senator Ranzenhofer reacts to State of the State

Albany, N.Y. - Senator Ranzenhofer offers his reaction to Governor Andrew Cuomo's third State of the State address.

January 10, 2013

Statement on State of the State Address

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R, C, I- Amherst) has issued the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address: 

“Over the last two years, 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 the lowest levels in 58 years and realigned investments towards job-creation initiatives, such as ReCharge NY and Regional Economic Development Councils.  Despite our fiscal house being put back in order, difficult choices remain ahead since the State still faces a $1 billion budget gap.  

January 9, 2013

Ranzenhofer takes oath of office

Batavia, N.Y. - State Assemblyman Steve Hawley administers the oath of office to State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer at the Old Genesee County Courthouse for a third term representing the 61st district in the New York State Senate.

The 61st Senate District encompasses: the Towns of Amherst, Clarence, and Newstead and the Villages of Akron and Williamsville in Erie County; all of Genesee County, and the Towns of Chili and Riga, the Village of Churchville and part of the City of Rochester in Monroe County.

January 5, 2013

Ranzenhofer announces investments in local economic projects

Area projects among winners of Regional Economic Development Awards
Seven projects will receive almost $2.4 million in investment
Includes half-million dollars in infrastructure work for STAMP Project


State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer today announced that seven job-creation projects in the 61st Senate District will receive State funding as part of the second round of Regional Economic Development Council awards.

December 19, 2012

Monthly Column: Positive actions taken in 2012 to benefit taxpayers, local residents

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

In the past year, the State Legislature has taken a number of important actions and enacted numerous laws to benefit taxpayers all across the State and many local residents in Western New York.  

So, as 2012 draws to a close, I would like to highlight some of the legislative proposals, as well as state and local issues, that I have been focused on during the last 12 months. 

December 19, 2012

Ranzenhofer visits Pavilion High School

Pavilion, N.Y. - Senator Ranzenhofer visits a classroom of students studying government at Pavilion High School. 

December 13, 2012

Ranzenhofer honors Glen Park Tavern for 125th Anniversary

Williamsville, NY - Senator Ranzenhofer honored Glen Park Tavern with a Proclamation for its 125th Anniversary. The Glenn Park Tavern is one of only forty restaurants in the State of New York that is registered as a tavern.  It also is a member of the National and New York State Restaurant Association.

December 3, 2012

Ranzenhofer gives legislative update to restaurant owners

Senator Ranzenhofer gives a legislative update at a meeting of the Restaurant Association.

November 26, 2012

Monthly Column: Burial privileges for murderers loophole closed

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

More than three years ago, a horrific tragedy struck a Western New York family when a Tonawanda man murdered his wife in their own home.  It’s a shocking story that just makes your heart sink when you read about it in the newspaper. 

“Husband of slain Tonawanda woman arrested for murder,” read one newspaper headline.  But what wasn’t reported in any articles was another tragedy: a loophole in State health law would allow the murderer the sole rights to his victims’ remains since he had also been the spouse.

November 21, 2012

New law stops murderers from controlling victims’ remains

Closes loophole in New York State’s public health law

Amherst, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law domestic violence legislation (S.7638/A.10624) that included his bill (S.4124/A.7594) to 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.

October 25, 2012

State Ophthalmological Society selects Ranzenhofer for 2012 Outstanding Legislator Award

The New York State Ophthalmological Society (NYSOS) has chosen State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer as the recipient of the organization’s 2012 Outstanding Legislator Award.

The annual award acknowledges one State Senator and State Assembly member for utilizing the legislative process to impress upon others the importance of maintaining the highest quality of medical eye care as a means of protecting and promoting the ocular health and safety of their constituents and all New Yorkers. 

October 19, 2012

Monthly Column: ReChargeNY Program connected to over 27,000 WNY jobs

By Michael H. Ranzenhofer

As I mentioned in my September column, New York State’s fiscal house is starting to get back on track, but a lot more is needed to spur private-sector job creation.  Regional Economic Development Councils have made a difference, and the State Senate’s New NY Job Creation plan has the potential to create thousands of jobs.  However, a program aimed at providing low-cost electricity to businesses has helped to create or retain tens of thousands of jobs in our own backyard.

October 17, 2012

LeRoy School Board Meeting

LeRoy, NY - The Le Roy Central School District offered Senator Michael Ranzenhofer their sincere thanks and appreciation for the support he provided the district this past year. The Senator worked with the district to secure some additional funding to help defray unanticipated costs incurred by the district as a result of significant environmental testing. Picture: (from left to right) Kim Cox, Superintendent of Schools; Donald Hobart, Le Roy School Board President; and Senator Ranzenhofer. 

October 9, 2012

Car Seat Safety Check at Clarence H.S.

Clarence, N.Y. - Senator Mike Ranzenhofer sponsored a child car seat safety check at Clarence High School. In total, technicians from the Erie County Sheriff's Department inspected over 20 car seats.

October 6, 2012

2012 Outstanding Legislator Award

The New York State Ophthalmological Society has presented its 2012 Outstanding Legislator Award to Senator Ranzenhofer for his commitment to the preservation of quality medical eye care for all New Yorkers. Senator Ranzenhofer received the award at a dinner for the Buffalo Ophthalmological Society.

October 5, 2012

Ranzenhofer organizes car seat safety check

• 3 out of 4 kids’ car seats are not being used correctly• Vehicle crashes: leading cause of death for kids, ages 1 to 12 • Car seats decrease risk of fatality by 71% for infants, 54% for toddlers

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will sponsor a free car seat safety check on Saturday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Clarence High School parking lot, 9625 Main Street in Clarence.

September 28, 2012

Crossing signal time to increase at Route 5, Ross Street

Helping walkers to cross East Main Street more safely

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will be increasing the crosswalk signal time by 20 percent for pedestrians at the intersection of Route 5 and Ross Street in Batavia.

Senator Ranzenhofer requested the NYSDOT conduct a study late last year.

“After receiving complaints that the time allotted by the signal had been too short – especially for residents at a nearby senior housing facility – to walk across a multi-lane road safely, I requested the State Department of Transportation determine essential improvements for the intersection,” said Ranzenhofer.

September 26, 2012

Alpina Foods opens first yogurt plant in Batavia

Batava, N.Y. - Senator Ranzenhofer joins Alpina Foods' leadership, Empire State Development Corporation CEO Ken Adams, and other elected officials for a ground-breaking ceremony at the company's first manufacturing facility in the United States. The $20 million factory currently employes 30 people, with another 20 more jobs expected in the next few months.

September 24, 2012

Genesee County Bar Association marks 100th year anniversary

Senator Ranzenhofer offers remarks at a ceremony near the steps of the Old County Courthouse in Batavia to mark the 100th year anniversary of the Genesee County Bar Association.

September 20, 2012