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Let's Keep NY Safe -- Join the Fight

Sign the Petition Below in Support of a Powerful Crime-fighting ToolExpanding the DNA databank will empower law enforcement, provide justice to crime victims and help prevent repeat offenders from committing even more crimes. That’s why I am encouraging residents throughout our community to sign my online petition and join my fight to expand the State's DNA databank.Look at the facts:

February 27, 2012
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Ranzenhofer holds Common Cents Budget Forum in Batavia

Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer listens to constituents and answers their questions at a Common Cents State Budget forum February 25 at Batavia City Hall.  Senator Ranzenhofer provided an update on the progress of the 2012-2013 State Budget and offered an opportunity for residents to ask questions regarding State and other community issues.

February 25, 2012
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Ranzenhofer holds Common Cents Budget Forum in Amherst

Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer listens to constituents and answers their questions at a Common Cents State Budget Forum on February 25 at Erie Community College.  Senator Ranzenhofer provided an update on the progress of the 2012-2013 State Budget and offered an opportunity for residents to ask questions regarding State and other community issues.

February 25, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - February 14

An update from the State Capitol for residents of the 61st Senate District in another edition of Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer.

February 16, 2012
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Ranzenhofer proposes bill to restore STAR rebate check program for seniors

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has introduced legislation in the New York State Senate to reinstate the STAR rebate check program for senior citizens.  Senate Bill No. S6286 would provide seniors, who qualify for the Senior STAR exemption, with a rebate check.

“Property taxes are a serious burden for seniors, making it more difficult for them to afford the increased costs of staying in their homes. That is why I have proposed a bill in the State Senate to reinstate the STAR rebate check program and restore property tax relief to senior homeowners,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.

February 15, 2012
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Monthly Column: State Assembly must pass All Crimes DNA bill A.S.A.P.

On the last day in the month of January, the State Senate passed legislation, by a resounding vote of 49 to 10, to expand New York’s DNA database to require the collection of DNA samples from all crimes upon conviction.  The law, as it is written now, requires a DNA sample from people convicted of felonies and only 36 misdemeanors in the penal law.  Unfortunately, this means that in over half of all criminal convictions, those convicted do not have to supply a DNA sample. 

February 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, February 13, 2012 Room 801 LOB

February 13, 1:30 PM - 1:33 PM
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - February 7

Senator Ranzenhofer reports to you on his recent Teletown Hall, hearings on the State Budget and funding for education.

February 8, 2012
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Ranzenhofer comments on DNA database expansion bill

Senator Ranzenhofer discusses legislation before the State Senate to expand the State's DNA database.

February 3, 2012
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Ranzenhofer, law enforcement officials call on State Assembly to pass DNA database expansion bill

Over half of all criminal convictions fail to require collection of DNA
Expansion covers all convicted felonies and penal law misdemeanors
Proposal expected to add 46,000 DNA samples a year to database

Batavia, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer  joined local law enforcement officials Thursday morning to announce passage of legislation in the State Senate that would expand New York’s DNA database –  to require people convicted of all felonies, as well as misdemeanors in the penal law – to submit DNA samples, and to call on the State Assembly to pass the legislation immediately.

February 2, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - January 31

Senator Ranzenhofer discusses legislation to expand the DNA database, the status of the STAMP project in Genesee county, and other issues in the State Capitol.

February 1, 2012
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Ranzenhofer requests State investment in STAMP project

Seeks $9 million for next 2 years to move project forward

 

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has written to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, requesting his continued support in the form of a $9 million investment in the STAMP project for each of the next two years to bring the project to Shovel-Ready-Lite status. 

January 31, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - January 24

Senator Ranzenhofers asks for feedback from constituents on the Governor's budget proposal, discusses State funding for Roswell Park Cancer Institute and talks about one his bills which recently passed the State Senate.

January 25, 2012
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Ranzenhofer bill, which closes loophole for court evaders, passes State Senate

Albany, N.Y. – Senator Ranzenhofer’s legislation, closing a loophole in State law that does not allow courts to penalize persons when they fail to comply with the court, has passed the State Senate today. 

Senate Bill No. 3188 grants courts the authority to suspend a driver license – in cases of underage possession of alcohol and unlawful possession of marijuana – when a person fails to appear before the court or comply with the sentence of the court.

January 23, 2012
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Get the Facts on the 2012-13 Executive Budget Plan

Governor Andrew Cuomo has just unveiled his new Executive Budget Proposal -- marking the beginning of the State Budget negotiation and adoption process for the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year.  Last year, the Senate passed an on-time budget that achieved our critically important goals of controlling spending, avoiding tax increases and helping to create new private sector jobs.  This year, we will look to build upon this progress by passing an on-time, fiscally responsible budget that keeps our State moving in the right direction.We encourage you to visit this section of our website on a regular basis to learn more about the Governor's new budget proposal, and to stay up-to-date on new developments as the budget review and approval process moves forward. 

January 20, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - January 19

Senator Ranzenhofer talks about personal income tax cuts, Medicaid reform, Property Tax cap, and Pension reform.

January 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, January 30, 2012 Room 801 LOB

January 30, 1:30 PM - 1:32 PM
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Monthly Column: Jobs, economic development at the top of this year's to-do list

By Michael H. Ranzenhofer, State Senator - 61st District

 

With his delivery of the 2012 State of the State Address earlier this month, Governor Cuomo has officially kicked off the start of a new legislative session. 

Throughout the 2011 Legislative Session, we ended partisan gridlock by partnering with the Governor to produce real results for taxpayers. In 2012, we must continue the momentum from last year to further deliver results to New Yorkers. 

January 18, 2012
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Statement on Medicaid petition drive

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement in support of the Medicaid petition drive promoted by the Genesee County Legislature:

“I applaud each and every member of the Genesee County Legislature for launching a petition drive, urging the State to take over the county’s share of Medicaid.  Their leadership on this issue is to be commended.  As a former county legislator for many years, I understand how Medicaid costs burden county budgets.

January 13, 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, Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Room 801 LOB

January 18, 1:30 PM - 1:38 PM
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