Initiatives to help our hometown heroes

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer


New York’s heroic servicemen and women deserve our respect, our gratitude, and as much support as we can possibly provide.  We should always be mindful of their sacrifice and service on behalf of all Americans.  As your State Senator, I have always worked to support New York’s courageous veterans.


Earlier this year, I honored a hometown hero at a State Capitol ceremony as one of the newest inductees of the Veterans’ Hall of Fame.  While he enlisted in the United States Army decades ago, James Neider continues to serve veterans and their families to this day. He is a founder of the Joint Veterans’ Honor Guard and a tireless advocate for locating a National Military Cemetery to our region.

November 19, 2014

Helping every child learn, grow and succeed

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer


We all know that great schools and a high quality education are the keys that can open the door to a brighter future for our children.  Although there is still much unfinished business to attend to, this year’s Legislative Session will help every child learn, grow and succeed.


A quick look at the facts makes clear that this year’s session produced good news for our schools and our kids: 


Reducing the Damage of the GEA 

October 28, 2014

Progress Report: Delivering Tax Relief

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer


As your State Senator, I am committed to working in a bi-partisan way to give all Western New Yorkers the opportunity to succeed.  Delivering tax relief is one way to ensure a brighter, stronger and more prosperous future.  


Over the last four years, real progress has been achieved in providing greater tax relief for residents, manufacturers, homeowners and businesses.  In total, 49 tax cuts have been enacted, reducing the tax burden by $5.6 billion in New York State. 


September 26, 2014

Ranzenhofer announces $250,000 for new public plaza at Williamsville Water Mill

Historic structure, currently under renovation, to see new twist for public access


Williamsville, N.Y. – State Sen. Michael H. Ranzenhofer, R-Amherst, this morning announced $250,000 in state funding for the ongoing renovations of the Williamsville Water Mill complex in the Village of Williamsville. 


“The Water Mill complex is a landmark in the Village of Williamsville. I am pleased to have secured funding to create a new public plaza for the residents of Williamsville to enjoy.  This major funding will help to anchor the economic revitalization of the Williamsville Mill," said State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer.


September 16, 2014

Ranzenhofer joins Amherst officials for ground breaking of Amherst Court Expansion Project

Amherst, N.Y.– Senator Ranzenhofer has joined Amherst Town Officials in marking the start of the Amherst Justice Court Expansion Project with an official ground breaking ceremony where a new building will be constructed to improve security and provide adequate space for the increased volume of prisoners processed at the facility.


The expansion project will include demolishing and relocating concrete areas, duct ways, as well as removing existing windows, then constructing a new 2,058 square foot expansion with associated systems and constructing associated driveway and drainage facilities.  


September 10, 2014

Changes in State law seek to help economy, offer better services to seniors

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

As I outlined in my column in July, the 2014 Legislative Session could be characterized as productive, especially when considering many of the new policies to lower New York’s heavy tax burden.  


Additionally, two bills which I sponsored in the State Senate will also help to keep New York moving forward.  I have been working to usher these two initiatives through the legislative process for the past eight months. Here is an update on the progress made for both proposals:


First, Senate Bill No. 7196B corrects a wrong in the State tax code, in an effort to help New York manufacturers expand their business and create more jobs.


August 20, 2014

Grand Re-Opening for Reflections Hair Design

Clarence, NY- Senator Ranzenhofer joins Reflections Hair Design owner Debbie Michnik for a grand re-opening ceremony for their Sheridan Drive location.

June 23, 2014

Grand Opening for Niagara County Produce

East Amherst, NY-Senator Ranzenhofer joins Niagara County Produce Owners Richard Dorr and Jody Chesko for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at their new 86,000 square-foot facility on Transit Road near Millersport Highway.

June 14, 2014

Celebrate Yogurt Day at State Capitol

Albany, NY-Senator Ranzenhofer welcomes Byron-Bergen Elementary students to the State Capitol for Celebrate Yogurt Day.

June 11, 2014

Great Genesee Street Flower Planter Project

Rochester, NY - Senator Ranzenhofer teams up with the Genesee Corridor Business Association for the Great Genesee Street Flower Planter Project.

May 24, 2014

Neider reflects on Veterans' Hall of Fame induction ceremony, service to country

Albany, N.Y. - New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame Honoree Jim Neider reflects on his service in the United States Army and the induction ceremony in the State Capitol. Senator Ranzenhofer nominated Neider from the 61st Senate District.  Click here to learn more.

May 23, 2014

Committee Meeting: Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions  Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, Chair  1:30 PM, Wednesday, May 28, 2014  Room 801 LOB

May 28, 1:30 PM - 1:44 PM

Ranzenhofer to host public forum for Heroin and Opioid Addiction Task Force in Batavia

Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will host a public forum for the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction this Friday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at Batavia City Hall, One Batavia City Centre.  Members of the public are invited to attend and participate in the discussion.


The forum is one of seventeen statewide to solicit input on the rise of heroin and opioids and to develop legislative recommendations for treating and preventing addiction and its consequences.


May 21, 2014

Monthly Column: State Budget: New initiatives to help strengthen our community

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer


As I outlined in my column last month, the new State Budget gives all Western New Yorkers the opportunity to succeed.  However, it does more than just that.  The 2014-15 State Budget also implements a new fraud prevention measure to prevent welfare fraud, includes more funding for local road repairs, and delivers real results for seniors.


New fraud prevention measure

May 21, 2014

Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - May 19

Albany, NY - Senator Ranzenhofer updates constituents about his efforts in the State Capitol, including a bill to designate yogurt as the official State snack, honoring Chili Senior Center Director Mary Anne Sears as a 2014 Woman of Distinction, and a recent program to stop old electronics from being sent to a landfill. 

May 20, 2014

Ranzenhofer honors Sears at Woman of Distinction Ceremony in State Capitol

Albany, NY - Senator Mike Ranzenhofer honored Chili Senior Center Director Mary Anne Sears at a State Capitol ceremony.  Sears is the 2014 Woman of Distinction for the 61st Senate District. Click here for more information. 

May 19, 2014

James B. Neider

After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, James B. Neider volunteered to serve his country in the United States Army in 1968. Mr. Neider served in Germany with the 3rd Armored Division’s 503rd Military Police Co. as a logistics specialist. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Expert M-14 Badge for his meritorious service.

Upon returning to his community, Mr. Neider earned a Master’s of Science in Education on the G.I. Bill, and soon started teaching at an elementary school in Alexander, New York. He retired in 2000 after 30 years of service. Mr. Neider also served as Town Justice in Batavia for 14 years.

May 17, 2014

Mary Anne Sears

Mary Anne Sears has helped to ensure that seniors remain healthy, active and independent members of the Chili community for nearly a decade! Currently, she serves as the Director of Programs for the Aging at the Chili Senior Center. Under her leadership and guidance, she has brought the Center back to life.

Since she began, Ms. Sears has increased membership to almost 2,000 seniors, from only a few hundred, years ago. She has worked to foster a warm, caring environment by providing enrichment activities such as lectures and local trips. These initiatives are vital to help meet some of the social, cognitive, physical and emotional needs of many seniors in the community.

May 14, 2014

Committee Meeting: Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, Chair 1:30 PM, Monday, May 12, 2014 Room 801 LOB

May 12, 1:30 PM - 1:43 PM