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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
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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
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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
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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
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A Special Message from Senator Ranzenhofer Regarding School Bullying

New York is only one of seven states that do not have a law to target school bullying. Senator Ranzenhofer announced his support for anti-bullying legislation that would:

Improve education for teachers, parents and students to prevent bullying and cyber-bullying
Define bullying and cyber-bullying and add these acts to the list of incidents for which disciplinary measures must be taken pursuant to the school districts code of conduct

May 19, 2010
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April 27, 2010 - Legislative Report with Senator Mike Ranzenhofer

Senator Mike Ranzenhofer gives his alternatives to taxes and fees, opposition to expand the State Environmental Quality Review Act, and defeating the farm labor bill.

May 19, 2010
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‘Build Up. Don’t Tear People Down.’; Students unveil campaign slogan, logo to stop bullying

Alexander, NY – Alexander Middle School students have unveiled a slogan and logo to stop bullying today – with the support of school administrators, Batavia Muckdogs President Brian Paris and State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer.  The campaign slogan, ‘Build Up. Don’t Tear People Down,” will be included with others on banners from Batavia, Oakfield-Alabama, Elba and Caledonia-Mumford schools during the Batavia Muckdogs Anti-Bullying Night on June 28.

May 14, 2010
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Ranzenhofer Supports Anti-Bullying Legislation; New York among only seven States with no anti-bullying law

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced his support for anti-bullying legislation.   New York is only one of seven states that do not have a law to target school bullying.  Bully Police, a national watchdog group, has given New York State its lowest grade for not passing a law to protect school children from bullies.

May 6, 2010
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Ranzenhofer praises Genesee County family farms

Batavia, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer applauded Genesee County family farms today for their tremendous efforts to defeat the ‘Farm Labor Death Bill’, alongside NY Farm Bureau President Dean Norton and members of the agriculture community.

April 22, 2010
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SENATE REPUBLICANS DEFEAT ANTI-ECONOMIC BILL PUSHED BY DEMOCRATS AND OPPOSED BY STATE’S LEADING BUSINESS GROUPS

Albany, NY – Senate Republicans defeated anti-economic development legislation (S1635) last night, sponsored by Senator Antoine Thompson of Buffalo, that would shut down virtually all economic development activity in New York, increase the number of frivolous lawsuits and even put up an obstacle to sound environmental projects throughout the State.

April 21, 2010
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Statement on 'Farm Labor Death Bill'

Albany, NY –  State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer and his colleagues led the effort to defeat the Farm Labor Death Bill earlier this morning.  The State Senate Agriculture Committee has voted down Senate Bill No. 2247 by a six to three vote, preventing the legislation from moving to the Senate floor for a vote or being released to another committee for consideration.

Senator Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

April 20, 2010
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Statement on Senate Budget Resolution

Albany, NY – The State Senate passed a resolution which outlines a general plan for the 2010-2011 State Budget.  Senator Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

“The Senate Democrats drafted their final budget resolution in secret, without any input from Republicans.  They then released the resolution less than an hour before it was voted on.  Only a budget resolution crafted in secret would produce such a bad deal for New Yorkers.

March 23, 2010
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Task Force recommends new efforts to end Medicaid fraud

Albany, NY – The State Senate Task Force on Medicaid Fraud has released an initial report of policy recommendations to empower localities to strengthen their Medicaid fraud prevention, combat waste and stop overutilization of services.  

March 22, 2010
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New Yorkers deserve a more open budget process

Senator Ranzenhofer calls for public hearings, as mandated by law, on the 2010 State Budget, ensuring a more transparent budget process and an on time budget.

March 19, 2010
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State Senate Medicaid Fraud Task Force: 1st Public Hearing

The first public hearing of the Medicaid Fraud Task Force was a productive step towards eliminating the Medicaid fraud burden on taxpayers. Many innovative leaders in fighting Medicaid fraud put forth their expertise and real solutions.

Over the next few months, I will work closely with my Senate colleagues and partners in county government to create an electronic system to catch fraud and abuse in the Medicaid system.

March 16, 2010
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State Senate Medicaid Fraud Task Force: 1st Public Hearing

The first public hearing of the Medicaid Fraud Task Force was a productive step towards eliminating the Medicaid fraud burden on taxpayers. Many innovative leaders in fighting Medicaid fraud put forth their expertise and real solutions.

Over the next few months, I will work closely with my Senate colleagues and partners in county government to create an electronic system to catch fraud and abuse in the Medicaid system.

March 16, 2010
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Newstead Installation Dinner

Saturday, March 13, 2010 - Senator Ranzenhofer honors Richard M. Litfin for 55 years of outstanding service with the Akron Fire Company at the Newstead Fire Department Installation Dinner.

March 12, 2010
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Statement from Senator Ranzenhofer

The State Senate Task Force on Medicaid Fraud held its first public hearing this morning to explore ways the Legislature can assist counties to improve Medicaid fraud prevention efforts. 

Senator Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

“Today’s public hearing was a productive step towards eliminating the Medicaid fraud burden on taxpayers.  Many innovative leaders in fighting Medicaid fraud put forth their expertise and real solutions.

March 8, 2010
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Ranzenhofer unveils Domestic Violence Act of 2010; Joins effort to strengthen New York’s Domestic Violence laws

Albany, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has voiced his support for the Domestic Violence Act of 2010, a major effort to strengthen State domestic violence laws.

“The Domestic Violence Act of 2010 finally provides law enforcement officials with the necessary tools to stamp out domestic violence by increasing the penalties for repeat offenders and those who commit the most serious crimes. This a comprehensive effort to strengthen New York State’s porous and ineffective domestic violence laws currently on the books,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

March 4, 2010
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Ranzenhofer Announces Satellite Office Hours in Clarence

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that his staff will hold satellite office hours on Thursday, March 11, 2010 from 10 a.m. to Noon at the Clarence Public Library, 3 Town Place.

“Ensuring my constituents have access to New York State government is one of my top priorities.  I welcome all Clarence residents to meet with a member of my staff to discuss important issues or ask questions concerning State departments or agencies,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

February 25, 2010
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