Senate advances property tax cap, mandate relief

Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Senate on Monday approved legislation capping the growth of school property taxes at 2 percent or the Consumer Price Index, whichever is less.  State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer voted for the act, Senate bill 2706.

“One of the reasons residents continue to leave New York State is high property taxes,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. “Homeowners are sick and tired of paying the highest property taxes in the nation – especially after the STAR rebate check program was eliminated.  A cap prevents property taxes levied by school districts and towns from sky-rocketing at current levels.”

February 5, 2011

Committee Meeting: Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Meeting

Senate Committee on Corporations, Authorities and CommissionsMichael RanzenhoferTuesday, February 8th, 2011 12:00pmRoom 801 LOB

February 8, 12:00 PM - 12:11 PM

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February 1, 2011

NY Senate confirms Shah as Department of Health Head; Ranzenhofer congratulates former Williamsville resident

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer congratulates Dr. Nirav R. Shah after being unanimously confirmed by the New York State Senate on Monday, January 24 as Commissioner of the Department of Health.  Dr. Shah was valedictorian of the Williamsville East High School Class of 1990.  Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated Dr. Shah for the post on January 3.

January 24, 2011

Medicaid opt-out legislation re-introduced in the State Senate

Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer - joined by County Executive Chris Collins, Assemblywoman Jane Corwin and Assemblyman Kevin Smardz - announces the re-introduction of legislation in the State Legislature to allow counties to opt-out of Medicaid programs not mandated by the Federal government.

January 21, 2011

Ranzenhofer explains State spending cap legislation

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer explains Senate Bill No. 1892, which would enact a State spending cap at two percent or 120 percent of the Consumer Price Index, whichever is less.  If a spending cap had been implemented for the previous ten years, New York would spend $30 billion less next year. Enacting a spending cap now would force the State to cut spending by $9 billion next year.  The legislation, introduced and sponsored by Senator Ranzenhofer, passed the State Senate on January 19.


January 19, 2011

NY Senate passes cap on State spending; Included in 3-part Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act

Albany, NY - The New York State Senate has passed a constitutional amendment to enact a cap on state spending at two percent or 120 percent of the Consumer Price Index, whichever is less.  Under the legislation, the state spending cap for 2011-12 would be 1.92 percent.

“The spending cap is needed more than ever because of the $11 billion deficit caused by years of overtaxing and overspending,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.  “The unchecked growth in spending has resulted in New York having the highest tax burden in the nation.  Thirty states currently have some kind of a spending cap.  New York must enact a cap now to force fiscal responsibility and enable us to reduce taxes.”

January 19, 2011

UB 2020 is top priority for Western New York Legislative Delegation

The Western New York Legislative Delegation has made the University at Buffalo’s 2020 strategic plan for excellence and growth a top priority for 2011, reaffirming its belief that UB’s future and Western New York’s future are closely linked.

Today the delegation spoke with one voice in demonstrating its unified feelings about UB 2020.  The bipartisan group of senators and assemblymembers announced they are sending a joint letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking that the chief elements of the UB 2020 plan be incorporated into the executive budget proposal for the 2011-2012 state fiscal year, which is expected to be released on February 1, 2011.  A copy of the letter is attached.

January 14, 2011

Ranzenhofer receives committee posts

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will serve as Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions.  Senator Ranzenhofer will also serve on the Banks, Judiciary, Agriculture, Education, Energy and Racing, Gaming and Wagering committees.

Senator Ranzenhofer is eager to begin working to reduce State spending and restore trust in State government as Chairman of the Corporations Committee.

January 12, 2011

Senator Ranzenhofer visits Clarence High School

Over 100 Clarence High School seniors in Government and Public Affairs classes heard from State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer in January. Senator Ranzenhofer talked about representing the 61st Senate District in the State Legislature and answered questions from students on issues such as funding for education, UB2020 legislation and ways to cut the State budget deficit.

January 10, 2011

Statement on State of the State

Albany, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address:

“Today, the Governor’s State of the State address echoed opinions of so many New Yorkers, including myself – especially for the State to close the budget deficit, impose a property-tax cap, and create private-sector jobs. 

I have been an outspoken advocate and introduced legislation on many of these issues during my first term and I am pleased to hear the Governor make them his major legislative priorities.  More importantly, New Yorkers have been demanding property tax relief and a smaller and leaner State government over the past few years as well. 

January 5, 2011

Ranzenhofer Announces Series of Mobile Office Hours

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that his staff will hold mobile office hours from 1 to 3 p.m. at:

LeRoy Village Hall            Pembroke Town Hall          Bergen Town Hall    3 West Main Street            1145 Main Road                10 Hunter StreetTuesday, Sept. 28              Thursday, Sept. 30              Tuesday, Oct. 5  

September 24, 2010

Statement on the Retirement of UB President Simpson

“President John B. Simpson’s vision and leadership has made a positive contribution to the students and faculty at the University at Buffalo, as well as our entire Western New York community. 

August 29, 2010

Corner Bakery Cafe Grand Opening in Amherst

Senator Ranzenhofer presents a certificate to Fran DeSimone before a ribbon cutting ceremony with community and business leaders for Corner Bakery Cafe's grand opening at its new location in Amherst.

August 29, 2010

Car Seat Safety Checks in LeRoy

On Saturday, August 7, Senator Ranzenhofer sponsored a Car Seat Safety Check at Wolcott Street School in LeRoy. Special thanks to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office, the City of Batavia Police Department and the Village of LeRoy Police Department.

August 9, 2010

Ranzenhofer Announces Free Car Seat Safety Checks in LeRoy

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced a Free Car Seat Safety Check on Saturday, August 7 from 10 a.m. to Noon at Wolcott Street School, 2-6 Trigon Park in LeRoy.

“Every parent knows that installing a car seat can be difficult.  This event will give parents information on how to properly install car seats as well as ensure the car seat they have is safely secured,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

The program is free and open to the public.  No appointment or RSVP is necessary.  Water and pop will be served.  For more information, please contact Senator Ranzenhofer’s District Office at (716) 631-8695.

July 30, 2010

Senator Ranzenhofer comments on the 12th Budget Extender

Last week, the State Senate passed the 12th Budget Extender. Senator Ranzenhofer voted against it becuase he believes that the State Legislature must pass a complete budget now - not piece-meal portions on a weekly basis.More fees, more spending and more new State employees and programs were included in the latest budget extender, along with $40 million in tax and fee increases.

June 25, 2010

Ranzenhofer Names Kahn 2010 Woman of Distinction; Kenmore-East graduate, Amherst resident receives award

Albany, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has named Carrie Kahn the 2010 Woman of Distinction for the 61st Senatorial District, honoring her for her outstanding contributions to education in the community.

“It is an honor to name Carrie Kahn the 2010 Woman of Distinction.  Her commitment to education has enriched the quality of life in our community and beyond.  She truly is an excellent role model to many young women in Western New York,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.

June 1, 2010

Patrick W. Welch, Ph.D.

Patrick W Welch, Ph.D., Sgt. USMC (ret) started his military service as an infantry squad leader with the 3rd Division in Vietnam in 1965. Welch was awarded the Purple Heart after being badly injured in combat. As a result of his injuries, Patrick spent the next two years in rehabilitation and had to learn how to walk again. Most recently, Daemen College named Patrick the Director of the Center for Veterans and Veteran Family Services Office.

June 1, 2010

Amherst Chamber honors Ranzenhofer as 2010 Small Business Advocate of the Year; Cites strong voice, legislative proposals for small businesses

Amherst, NY – The Amherst Chamber of Commerce has recognized State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer with the Small Business Advocate Award today at the 2010 Small Business Awards Luncheon.  The Award is given to an individual that has aided other small businesses and contributed to their prosperity through their contributions.

May 21, 2010