Ronald J. Pilozzi served as a Commissioned Second Lieutenant in the United States Army from 1970 to 1972. During that time, Ron served as an Artillery Officer with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam and then as an Executive Officer of the 81st Artillery in West Germany. For his service and dedication to his country, Ron received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star with “V” Device, Vietnam Campaign Metal with "V" Device, Air Metal, National Defense Service Metal and Vietnam Service Metal awards.
To commemorate New York State’s upcoming Memorial Day observance, the State Senate took time on Wednesday to honor current and former military service members, and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Nine bills focused on supporting veterans and active service members were passed. Two bills in particular, sponsored by Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), provide important parental rights protections for military service men and women. Bill S.3228 prevents the courts from considering the potential for a military service deployment as a detrimental factor when determining parental custody of a child.
Batavia, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer and Darien Town Justice Gary Graber announced passage of legislation in the State Senate that grants courts the authority to suspend a driver’s 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.
If a person does not comply with the court’s sentencing or appear before the court, there is nothing the court can do and the court cannot issue a warrant since jail time is not a possible sentence.
State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer honored Millie Tomidy-Pepper as the 2011 Woman of Distinction for the 61st District at the 14th Annual Senate Women of Distinction ceremony, honoring her outstanding contributions in enriching the quality of life for the community and beyond.
Executive Director of Genesee Mental Health Association receives recognition
Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer honored Millie Tomidy-Pepper Tuesday evening as the 2011 Woman of Distinction for the 61st District at the 14th Annual Senate Women of Distinction ceremony, honoring her outstanding contributions in enriching the quality of life for the community and beyond.
Measure Seeks To Improve State Consideration of Issues Facing Vets
Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Senate today approved legislation to help older veterans by creating an advisory committee that specifically assists state officials in addressing important veterans issues. New York has the second highest veteran population in the United States and bill S.3337, sponsored by Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), focuses on improving the care and state support available to aging veterans by creating a panel of gerontology and veterans’ issue experts.
New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that public libraries in the City and Town of Tonawanda will receive funding from the Public Library Construction Grant Program.
The City of Tonawanda Public Library will receive $15,278 for water and energy conservation for three restrooms, improvements to patron access areas with lighting upgrades and more efficient plumbing and electrical fixtures. The Kenmore Branch of the Town of Tonawanda Public Library will receive $76,805 for a new children’s area, new public computer space with electrical upgrades and ADA access to public service at circulation and computer distribution points.
New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that Richmond Memorial Library will receive $3,500 in funding from the Public Library Construction Grant Program for a replacement window in the children’s room.
“This grant will serve as a reinvestment in Richmond Memorial Library in the City of Batavia and will ultimately allow existing patrons and future generations to enjoy all the services the library has to offer,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.
The grant funds are from $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2010 State Budget. Grants can pay up to a maximum of fifty percent of total eligible project costs and libraries must provide funds to pay for the remaining costs of the project.
Millie Tomidy-Pepper has long been a champion for the rights of those afflicted with mental illness. She has earned the respect and admiration of her colleagues and has also become a trusted and reliable resource as Executive Director of the Mental Health Association in Genesee County.
Ms. Tomidy-Pepper has an impressive history of selfless volunteerism. Her impact reaches far beyond the walls of her office by taking time to serve her community as well. Among the numerous organizations that are benefited by Ms. Tomidy-Pepper’s vast contributions are the Community Services Board-Mental Health Subcommittee, Mental Health Court, Crime Victims’ Rights Week Planning Committee, Genesee Veterans Support Network, GCC Human Service Committee and the Genesee Area Personnel Association.
Clarence, N.Y. – Upstate New York Transplant Services (UNYTS) Representative Michele Holder congratulates State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer for the “Best Donor Day to Date” in front of the Hometown Heroes Wall at the UNYTS Eastern Hills fixed site. Thirty-four donors participated in a UNYTS blood drive sponsored by Senator Ranzenhofer.
Batavia, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer presents a poster, commemorating the introduction of the Purple Heart stamp as a Forever stamp, to Genesee County Veterans Director Hal Kreter and Purple Heart recipients. The United States Postal Service officially unveiled and issued the Purple Heart Forever stamp on May 5 in San Diego, California.
Clarence, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer presents a poster, commemorating the introduction of the Purple Heart stamp as a Forever stamp, to members of the Clarence American Legion – Post 838. The United States Postal Service officially unveiled and issued the Purple Heart Forever stamp yesterday in San Diego, California.
In 2009, Senator Ranzenhofer wrote to Postmaster General John Potter and co-sponsored a legislative resolution requesting the U.S. Postal Service issue the Purple Heart stamp as a permanent Forever stamp. The new classification ensures the Purple Heart stamp will continue in circulation and supporters will no longer need to advocate to for its reissue each time the price of stamps increases.
Albany, N.Y. – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and University of New York Chancellor Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher announced the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program earlier this afternoon. State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:
Amherst, N.Y. – New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will recognize National Donate Life month by sponsoring an Upstate New York Transplant Services (UNYTS) blood drive at the Eastern Hills Mall on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“One person needs blood every two seconds. Your blood donation helps families, friends and neighbors right here in Western New York and can save up to three lives. I encourage residents to help save lives by donating blood to Upstate New York Transplant Services,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.