Ranzenhofer visits Chili Public Library

Chili, NY - State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer meets with representatives of Monroe County Public Library System at the Chili Public Library.

January 30, 2013

Ranzenhofer gets committee assignments

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.

January 29, 2013

Ranzenhofer supports Buy Local Challenge

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.

January 18, 2013

Ranzenhofer serves as inductor for members of Amherst Chamber Board

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.

January 18, 2013

Ranzenhofer honors Daemen President for role in promoting better access to quality healthcare


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.

January 16, 2013

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