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Monthly Column: A “New Start” for New York

By Michael H. Ranzenhofer, State Senator - 61st District

After years of record spending increases and countless tax and fee hikes, the conclusion of the 2011 Legislative Session marked a dramatic turnaround for State government.  With new leadership in the Senate, as well as a new Governor, a lot was accomplished– including an on-time budget, property tax cap, ethics reform, and NY-SUNY 2020.

New York still faces major challenges ahead and a great deal of work needs to be done, but I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of the positive steps that were taken during this year’s session:

July 26, 2011
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Ranzenhofer donates items to MHA clothing store

Batavia, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer stops by the Mental Health Association in Genesee County to donate items to the social club’s clothing store. 

Donations provide professional attire for re-entry into the workforce and opportunities for members to learn workforce skills, such as customer service and inventory.  New or gently used clothing items may be donated to the clothing store at 25 Liberty Street, Monday thru Friday during business hours.  For more information, call the Mental Health Association in Genesee County at (585) 344-2611.

Photo: (from left to right) State Senator Ranzenhofer and Mental Health Association Executive Director Millie Tomidy-Pepper.

July 22, 2011
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Ranzenhofer sponsors car seat safety check

Parents can get their child’s seat inspected for free

Amherst, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will sponsor a free car seat safety check on Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to Noon at Main Transit Fire Department, 6777 Main Street in Williamsville.

“Every parent knows that installing a car seat can be difficult.  Certified technicians from local police agencies will be on hand to ensure your child’s car seat is safely and properly secured. Even if you think your child’s car seat is already properly installed, it never hurts to double-check,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

July 15, 2011
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SENATE PASSES PROPERTY TAX CAP LEGISLATION

Bill also provides for mandate relief for school districts, municipalities

The New York State Senate has passed historic property tax relief legislation that enacts a firm cap on local property taxes and provides for mandate relief for school districts and municipal governments.

“Since hearing from so many of my constituents about out-of-control property tax increases, I worked with the Governor to enact a tax cap.  New York is now the 44th state to cap property taxes.  A cap will stop dramatic spikes in property taxes and prevent homeowners from being taxed out of their homes,” said Ranzenhofer.

June 28, 2011
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Statement

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

“The State Senate passed historic legislation last night to make New York the 44th state to cap property taxes.  A cap will stop property taxes from spiraling out of control and prevent homeowners from being taxed out of their homes. But in order for the cap to work, mandate relief will be needed.”

“That is why the State Senate also took the first steps to begin to provide $127 million in much needed mandate relief for school districts and municipalities. The act also sets up a Mandate Relief Council to establish a procedure to repeal unfunded mandates.”

June 25, 2011
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Ranzenhofer, State Library team up for Senate Summer Reading Program

Urges youngsters to read all summer long

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer and the New York State Library have partnered in support of summer reading for children and families to announce the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program for children grades kindergarten through twelve.

Parents can register their child for the program by visiting Senator Ranzenhofer’s website at ranzenhofer.nysenate.gov and clicking on the Summer Reading Program icon.  Once registration is complete, students can read books that they are interested in and enter their information into an online journal.  When a student’s journal has been completed they will receive a Congratulatory Certificate of Completion.

June 23, 2011
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Video: Ranzenhofer comments on Williamsville East High School's national award for arts program

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has honored Williamsville East High School with a Joint Legislative Resolution for being named by the College Board as the Middle States  Regional winner and the National winner of the annual Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts.

The school submitted the Collaborations and Connections program for consideration. The Collaborations and Connections program, founded in 2000, is built around the work of a guest poet whose own work inspires students to collaborate on poetry, music, dance and the visual arts.  The yearlong program brings together students from Buffalo and Williamsville to create a truly community-oriented experience. 

June 21, 2011
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Ranzenhofer honors Williamsville East for National Award

Recognizes teachers with Resolution during Senate session

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has honored Williamsville East High School with a Joint Legislative Resolution for being named by the College Board as the Middle States  Regional winner and the National winner of the annual Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts.  School teachers Dr. Stephen Shewan and John Kryder represented the school district at the State Capitol.

June 21, 2011
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Video: Senator Ranzenhofer comments on the Veterans Hall of Fame Senate resolution

Senator Ranzenhofer speaks in support of Senate Resolution J.2277, honoring the distinguished veterans from New York on their induction into the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame.

June 17, 2011
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Video: Pilozzi selected as Veterans Hall of Fame Honoree

United States Army Commissioned Second Lieutenant and City of Tonawanda Mayor Ronald J. Pilozzi has been selected – by State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer – as a New York State Veterans Hall of Fame Honoree for his gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces and service to the community. 

Pilozzi served as a Commissioned Second Lietuenant in U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972 after joining ROTC at Canisius College. During that time, he 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. 

June 16, 2011
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Pilozzi selected as Veterans Hall of Fame Honoree

Honored in Albany at induction ceremony on Flag Day

Albany, N.Y. – United States Army Commissioned Second Lieutenant and City of Tonawanda Mayor Ronald J. Pilozzi has been selected – by State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer – as a New York State Veterans Hall of Fame Honoree for his gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces and service to the community. 

Pilozzi served as a Commissioned Second Lietuenant in U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972 after joining ROTC at Canisius College. During that time, he 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. 

June 16, 2011
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Ronald J. Pilozzi

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.

June 9, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, Chair 12:30 PM, Monday, June 6, 2011 Room 801 LOB

June 6, 12:30 PM - 12:37 PM
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Senate celebrates Memorial Day with passage of bills to help veterans and active military

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.

May 27, 2011
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Ranzenhofer, Graber announce passage of legislation that allows courts to suspend driver’s license when a person fails to comply with the court

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.

May 26, 2011
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Senator Ranzenhofer speaks with 2011 Woman of Distinction Honoree Millie Tomidy-Pepper

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.

May 26, 2011
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Ranzenhofer honors Millie Tomidy-Pepper as Woman of Distinction

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.

May 25, 2011
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