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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - May 6

Senator Ranzenhofer discusses the 2014-15 State Budget, legislation to make yogurt New York's official state snack, and an upcoming electronics recycling event in Amherst. 

May 6, 2014
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Ranzenhofer to offer free electronics recycling

Green practice stops hazardous e-waste from going to a landfill

State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer will offer residents an opportunity to recycle old electronics at a free drop-off event on Saturday, May 10th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road.

Senator Ranzenhofer is committed to using green practices to positively impact the environment.

April 30, 2014
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Yogurt as state snack gets committee approval

Bill starts to move through legislative process

 

 

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee has approved Senate Bill No. S6695. The legislation, authored by Senator Ranzenhofer, would designate yogurt as the official State snack.

 

A Byron-Bergen fourth-grade class, while studying the history and government of New York State, wrote to Senator Ranzenhofer to suggest the idea for the bill.

 

April 29, 2014
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Yogurt as state snack gets committee approval

Bill starts to move through legislative process

 

 

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee has approved Senate Bill No. S6695. The legislation, authored by Senator Ranzenhofer, would designate yogurt as the official State snack.

 

A Byron-Bergen fourth-grade class, while studying the history and government of New York State, wrote to Senator Ranzenhofer to suggest the idea for the bill.

 

April 29, 2014
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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, April 28, 2014 Room 801 LOB

April 28, 1:30 PM - 1:45 PM
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Earth Day 2014 Poster Contest: District 61

Dear Students,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 61st Senatorial District.Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:Cassandra BGrade 6Saint Gregory the Great School

April 17, 2014
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Monthly Column: New State Budget gives all Western New Yorkers the opportunity to succeed!

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

By working together in a bi-partisan manner, we’ve just enacted the 2014-15 State Budget.  Not only is the budget on-time for the fourth consecutive year, it’s also the fourth consecutive one to reduce taxes.  More importantly, this fiscal plan is balanced and responsible.

 

The new State Budget will help New York to move in the right direction and give all Western New Yorkers the opportunity to succeed!  

 

April 16, 2014
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Maple West Elementary School recognized as 2013 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence

Williamsville, NY- The United States Department of Education has recognized Maple West Elementary as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence designation.  Students at Maple West Elementary invited Senator Mike Ranzenhofer to celebrate the school's new designation.

Picture: Senator Ranzenhofer congratulates faculty, staff, students, and parents as part of the school's celebration.

April 11, 2014
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Byron-Bergen students rally to make yogurt New York's official snack

Senator Mike Ranzenhofer speaks to an assembly of Byron-Bergen Elementary students as part of a rally to support designating yogurt as the official snack of New York State.  Senator Ranzenhofer has introduced legisation to make yogurt the official state snack.

April 10, 2014
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Byron-Bergen fourth-grade class proposes idea for legislation

Earlier this year, Fourth-Grade Teacher Craig Schroth and his students wrote to Senator Ranzenhofer with a suggestion for new legislation, a bill to designate yogurt as New York's official state snack. The fourth-graders developed the proposal while studying the history and government of New York State. Since then, Senator Ranzenhofer has introduced the class's bill in the New York State Senate. Click here to review the legislation.

Picture: Senator Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Steve Hawley pose with Schroth's fourth-grade class after a yogurt rally.

April 10, 2014
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Ranzenhofer tours Museum of disABILITY History

Snyder, NY- Senator Mike Ranzenhofer tours the Musuem of disABILITY History.  Senator Ranzenhofer is one of the museum's newest members.

 

Click here for more information and to become a member.

April 8, 2014
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Ranzenhofer: More funding for potholes, road damage in Monroe County

$40 million in Extreme Winter Weather Assistance Capital 

 

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the 2014-15 State Budget will provide an additional $40 million to help municipalities repair potholes and road surface damage caused by the harsh winter weather.

 

April 4, 2014
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Ranzenhofer: More funding for potholes, road damage in Genesee County

$40 million in Extreme Winter Weather Assistance Capital 

 

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the 2014-15 State Budget will provide an additional $40 million to help municipalities repair potholes and road surface damage caused by the harsh winter weather.

 

April 4, 2014
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Ranzenhofer: More funding for potholes, road damage in Erie County

$40 million in Extreme Winter Weather Assistance Capital 

 

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the 2014-15 State Budget will provide an additional $40 million to help municipalities repair potholes and road surface damage caused by the harsh winter weather.

 

“While spring has finally arrived, the aftermath of a brutal winter still remains. There are still a significant number of potholes and surface damage all over the roadways.  At the same time, the harsh winter has depleted municipalities’ budgets to repair roads,” said Ranzenhofer.  “These investments will benefit towns and villages throughout Erie County so that new infrastructure repair projects can be undertaken.”

April 4, 2014
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Ranzenhofer congratulates ITT Tech graduates

Senator Mike Ranzenhofer congratulates graduates of ITT Technical Institute.  He served as commencement speaker at the ceremony.

April 3, 2014
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Ranzenhofer secures $10 million funding for GCC capital projects

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that he has secured more than $10 million in matching grants for strategic initiative projects at Genesee Community College as part of the 2014-15 New York State Budget.

 

Senator Ranzenhofer requested that the funding be added to the Executive Budget proposal.

 

April 1, 2014
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Statement: 2014-15 State Budget

Albany, N.Y.– New York State has an on-time budget for the fourth consecutive year.  Senator Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement on some of the details of the 2014-15 State Budget:

 

“I am pleased that the final State Budget includes many of my key priorities: fiscal discipline, tax relief, and funding for our schools.  Overall, this fiscal plan is balanced and responsible, while providing victories for taxpayers, small businesses, manufacturers, and our children.”

 

April 1, 2014
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SCOPE members visit Albany

Genesee County SCOPE members visit Senator Mike Ranzenhofer in the State Capital. Picture: SCOPE members pose with Senator Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Steve Hawley for a picture in The Well of the Legislative Office Building.

April 1, 2014
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Ranzenhofer secures 27% increase in VLT aid to City, Town of Batavia and Genesee County

Albany, N.Y.–  State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the 2014-15 New York State Budget will increase Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) aid by more than 27 percent to the host communities of Batavia Downs.

 

Throughout the budget process, Senator Ranzenhofer and his colleagues in the State Senate have been working to secure additional VLT aid.

 

“I am pleased to announce that I was able to secure more VLT aid– for the Town of Batavia, the City of Batavia, and Genesee County– to help offset expenses for hosting Batavia Downs.  This is a huge win for our community.  Local governments and taxpayers will now receive a $171,700 funding boost,” said Ranzenhofer. 

 

March 31, 2014
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Ranzenhofer, Unyts partner for community blood drive at Batavia Downs Gaming

State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer will partner with Unyts– Western New York’s only organ, eye, tissue and community blood center– for an open-to-the-public blood drive on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Batavia Downs Gaming, 8315 Park Road in Batavia.

 

“Your donation can save up to three lives in our community.  That is why it is so critically important to ensure blood is available for our friends and neighbors in their time of need.  I encourage residents to celebrate National Donate Life Month by giving the gift of life through a blood donation,” said Ranzenhofer.

 

March 28, 2014
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