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Monthly Column: Medicaid cost structure grossly unfair to counties

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

According to an Empire Center for New York State Policy report, 1.2 million New Yorkers moved to other states between 2000 and 2009, and taxpayers exiting New York had incomes 22 percent higher than those moving in.  These facts are startling, but do not come as a surprise to many of us, who have had neighbors, friends and family leave New York for other states. 

As more and more residents have left over the last decade, the burden of New York’s Cadillac Medicaid program becomes heavier and heavier for the remaining New York State residents, especially for homeowners whose property tax dollars almost all go towards the county’s share of Medicaid costs.

October 18, 2011
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New York State Senate comes to Akron next Tuesday

Ranzenhofer staff hosts mobile office hours

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that his staff will hold mobile office hours at Akron Village Hall, 21 Main Street, next Tuesday, October 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

“Many Akron residents wrote letters, sent e-mails and called my office throughout the legislative session to have their voice heard.  But now that session in Albany is over, I still want to hear from constituents.  That’s why we’re bringing the New York State Senate to Akron next Tuesday morning,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

October 17, 2011
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New York State Senate comes to LeRoy this Friday

Ranzenhofer hosts mobile office hours

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that he will hold mobile office hours at LeRoy Town Hall, 48 Main Street, this Friday, October 14 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

“Many LeRoy residents wrote letters, sent e-mails and called my office throughout the legislative session to have their voice heard.  But now that session in Albany is over, I still want to hear from constituents.  That’s why we’re bringing the New York State Senate to LeRoy on Friday morning,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

October 11, 2011
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Monthly Column: Unemployment surcharge hurts future job growth

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

Last Friday, the Buffalo News reported that the Buffalo-Niagara region gained 5,500 private-sector jobs over the past twelve months. 

In July, M&T Bank announced an investment of $51.2 million over five years in a data center in Amherst, along with the creation of 124 jobs.

A few weeks ago, UnitedHealth Group announced it will hire 75 more workers, after creating 125 positions earlier this year, at its facility in Tonawanda.

September 20, 2011
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Ranzenhofer urges Congress to waive business tax

Calls for repeal of $95 million unemployment surcharge

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has written to Western New York’s Congressional representatives, requesting the passage of legislation to repeal a federal tax of $95 million imposed on New York businesses to cover unemployment costs.

“Since Congress has failed to act on legislation that would extend this much needed relief, now businesses in New York have had to fork over another $95 million in tax payments to their government,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.  “That is why I am urging our representatives in the House and Senate to pass this legislation immediately so that these dollars can have a better purpose – for reinvestment in businesses and the creation of jobs.”

September 1, 2011
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Monthly Column: Wanted: more mandate relief from Albany

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer, State Senator – 61st District

As I mentioned in my July column, A ‘new start’ for New York State, the 2011 Legislative Session marked a dramatic turnaround for the State.  Certainly, the passage of an on-time budget, a strong property tax cap, landmark ethics reform and NY SUNY 2020 were positive steps.  But I also stressed that there is still more work to be done – especially by providing savings, through mandate relief, to school districts and local governments, and ultimately to taxpayers.

August 18, 2011
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Ranzenhofer sponsors car seat safety check in Kenmore

Parents can get their child’s seat inspected for free

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will sponsor a free car seat safety check on Saturday, August 27 from 10 a.m. to Noon at Kenmore West High School, 33 Highland Parkway in Kenmore.

“Every parent knows that installing a car seat can be difficult.  Certified technicians from local police agencies will be on hand to ensure your child’s car seat is safely and properly secured. Even if you think your child’s car seat is already properly installed, it never hurts to double-check,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

August 15, 2011
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Small Business Leaders meet with Ranzenhofer

Hosts business roundtable at GCC BEST Center

 

Batavia, N.Y. – Today, State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer hosted a Small Business Roundtable at Genesee Community College’s BEST Center with small business leaders to offer an update of issues addressed in the 2011 Legislative Session and receive input on State government policies and regulations affecting small business.

August 4, 2011
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Monthly Column: A “New Start” for New York

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

After years of record spending increases and countless tax and fee hikes, the conclusion of the 2011 Legislative Session marked a dramatic turnaround for State government.  With new leadership in the Senate, as well as a new Governor, a lot was accomplished– including an on-time budget, property tax cap, ethics reform, and NY-SUNY 2020.

New York still faces major challenges ahead and a great deal of work needs to be done, but I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of the positive steps that were taken during this year’s session:

July 26, 2011
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Ranzenhofer donates items to MHA clothing store

Batavia, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer stops by the Mental Health Association in Genesee County to donate items to the social club’s clothing store. 

Donations provide professional attire for re-entry into the workforce and opportunities for members to learn workforce skills, such as customer service and inventory.  New or gently used clothing items may be donated to the clothing store at 25 Liberty Street, Monday thru Friday during business hours.  For more information, call the Mental Health Association in Genesee County at (585) 344-2611.

Photo: (from left to right) State Senator Ranzenhofer and Mental Health Association Executive Director Millie Tomidy-Pepper.

July 21, 2011
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Ranzenhofer sponsors car seat safety check

Parents can get their child’s seat inspected for free

Amherst, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will sponsor a free car seat safety check on Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to Noon at Main Transit Fire Department, 6777 Main Street in Williamsville.

“Every parent knows that installing a car seat can be difficult.  Certified technicians from local police agencies will be on hand to ensure your child’s car seat is safely and properly secured. Even if you think your child’s car seat is already properly installed, it never hurts to double-check,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

July 15, 2011
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SENATE PASSES PROPERTY TAX CAP LEGISLATION

Bill also provides for mandate relief for school districts, municipalities

The New York State Senate has passed historic property tax relief legislation that enacts a firm cap on local property taxes and provides for mandate relief for school districts and municipal governments.

“Since hearing from so many of my constituents about out-of-control property tax increases, I worked with the Governor to enact a tax cap.  New York is now the 44th state to cap property taxes.  A cap will stop dramatic spikes in property taxes and prevent homeowners from being taxed out of their homes,” said Ranzenhofer.

June 28, 2011
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Statement

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

“The State Senate passed historic legislation last night to make New York the 44th state to cap property taxes.  A cap will stop property taxes from spiraling out of control and prevent homeowners from being taxed out of their homes. But in order for the cap to work, mandate relief will be needed.”

“That is why the State Senate also took the first steps to begin to provide $127 million in much needed mandate relief for school districts and municipalities. The act also sets up a Mandate Relief Council to establish a procedure to repeal unfunded mandates.”

June 25, 2011
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Ranzenhofer, State Library team up for Senate Summer Reading Program

Urges youngsters to read all summer long

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer and the New York State Library have partnered in support of summer reading for children and families to announce the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program for children grades kindergarten through twelve.

Parents can register their child for the program by visiting Senator Ranzenhofer’s website at ranzenhofer.nysenate.gov and clicking on the Summer Reading Program icon.  Once registration is complete, students can read books that they are interested in and enter their information into an online journal.  When a student’s journal has been completed they will receive a Congratulatory Certificate of Completion.

June 23, 2011
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Video: Ranzenhofer comments on Williamsville East High School's national award for arts program

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has honored Williamsville East High School with a Joint Legislative Resolution for being named by the College Board as the Middle States  Regional winner and the National winner of the annual Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts.

The school submitted the Collaborations and Connections program for consideration. The Collaborations and Connections program, founded in 2000, is built around the work of a guest poet whose own work inspires students to collaborate on poetry, music, dance and the visual arts.  The yearlong program brings together students from Buffalo and Williamsville to create a truly community-oriented experience. 

June 21, 2011
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Ranzenhofer honors Williamsville East for National Award

Recognizes teachers with Resolution during Senate session

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has honored Williamsville East High School with a Joint Legislative Resolution for being named by the College Board as the Middle States  Regional winner and the National winner of the annual Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts.  School teachers Dr. Stephen Shewan and John Kryder represented the school district at the State Capitol.

June 21, 2011
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Video: Senator Ranzenhofer comments on the Veterans Hall of Fame Senate resolution

Senator Ranzenhofer speaks in support of Senate Resolution J.2277, honoring the distinguished veterans from New York on their induction into the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame.

June 17, 2011
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