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Monthly Column: State of the State: More tax relief is still necessary

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

The New York State Senate convened last Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. for the first time in 2014 to officially begin this year’s Legislative Session and to receive an update by Governor Cuomo on the State of the State.  The message of the annual address could be summarized best by two words: tax relief.  

 

The Governor’s presentation outlined a series of tax relief initiatives, including a two-year freeze on property taxes, lowering business taxes, eliminating taxes for Upstate manufacturers and accelerating the phase-out of the utility tax.

 

January 15, 2014
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Ranzenhofer backs bill to implement "Jobs for Heroes" program in New York

State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer talks about the importance of passing legislation to implement the "Jobs for Heroes" program in New York State. Currently, almost forty other states are utilizing this program to honor our veterans. 

January 14, 2014
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Celestial Reopening of Williamsville's Space Lab Planetarium

Williamsville, NY - Senator Ranzenhofer joins the Williamsville School District and Williamsville Education Foundation for a ribbon-cutting to officially reopen the Space Lab Planetarium, marking the completion of $290,000 in renovations to the facility.  

Photo (from left to right): Planetarium Director Mark Percy, Ranzenhofer, Williamsville Education Foundation President Trey Measer and Williamsville School District Superintendent Dr. Scott Martzloff.

About the Space Lab Planetarium

January 10, 2014
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Renovations complete at Space Lab Planetarium in Williamsville

Williamsville, NY- Senator Ranzenhofer checks out the recently completed renovations to the Space Lab Planetarium at Williamsville North High School. Senator Ranzenhofer secured $290,000 in State funding to replace the hemispheric dome, install a new computer control system for the star projector and repair the structure's roof.

January 10, 2014
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Ranzenhofer reacts to 2014 State of the State

Senator Ranzenhofer reacts to the 2014 State of the State address.

January 8, 2014
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Statement on State of the State

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

 

“Today’s State of the State message made it clear that tax relief will be at the top of the to-do list.  Enacting a property tax cap and reducing income tax rates has started the process of chipping away at New York’s high tax burden.  Yet, New York State still finishes near last place when ranked by tax climate.” 

 

January 8, 2014
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Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 signed into law

First comprehensive update in over 40 years

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 into law.  

 

Senator Ranzenhofer helped to develop the Nonprofit Revitalization Act after extensive meetings with stakeholders and the convening of multiple public hearings to examine comprehensive amendments to the state’s Not-For-Profit Corporation Law.  

 

December 23, 2013
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Ranzenhofer co-sponsors four bills to address issues concerning Common Core Learning Standards

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that he is a prime co-sponsor of four separate pieces of legislation in the State Senate– S.6006, S.6007, S.6008 and S.6009– to address issues concerning Common Core Learning Standards.

 

“I am pleased to announce my support for four legislative proposals to address the most serious concerns with the Regents Reform Agenda, particularly Common Core implementation, protecting student privacy and testing,” said Ranzenhofer.  “As the 2014 Legislative Session gets underway, I will be working with my colleagues in the State Senate and State Assembly to pass each of these bills.”

 

Senator Ranzenhofer has added his name as a prime co-sponsor of legislation to: 

December 20, 2013
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Monthly Column: New Senate report out with a focus on cutting taxes

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

This year’s State Budget continued middle-class tax rates at their lowest levels in 60 years, reduced taxes for small businesses under the personal income tax, and cut the corporate tax rate for manufacturers.  These positive initiatives began the process of chipping away at the State’s high tax burden.  New York’s last place finish, measured in business tax climate, needs to change.

 

Improving this ranking is critical to New York’s long-term economic growth.  That is why I am pleased to announce a new State Senate report with a focus on cutting taxes has been released.

 

December 18, 2013
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Education Committee’s report out on Regents Reform Agenda

Calls for immediate action by State Education Department

 

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the Senate Education Committee has released its final report, entitled The Regents Reform Agenda: “Assessing” Our Progress, after completing five statewide public hearings.

 

December 17, 2013
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New Senate report recommends tax reform

A State Senate report is out with a focus on cutting taxes.  The new report calls for New York's personal income taxes, business taxes, and local property taxes to be reformed, simplified, and reduced.  Overall, the recommendations in the report will help to ensure a brighter, stronger and more prosperous economy for Western New York.

Click here to view the report.

December 16, 2013
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Monthly Column: Honoring All Who Have Served

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

It is so important that we remember the great sacrifices that our veterans have given to our nation.  

 

Last week, Governor Cuomo signed legislation, which I carried in the State Senate, to re-name Route 98 as the “Genesee and Orleans Veterans’ Memorial Highway.”  Last month, I joined members of the Wilson Family to unveil the interstate highway 990’s new designation as the “Staff Sergeant William R. Wilson III Memorial Highway.”

 

As we honor our distinguished military veterans throughout the month of November, I would like to share with you a number of other important State initiatives to support these courageous men and women.

 

November 20, 2013
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Sweet Home Military Wall of Honor Dedication Ceremony

Senator Ranzenhofer offers remarks at the dedication ceremony for the Sweet Home Military Wall of Honor.  The Wall of Honor recognizes graduates of Sweet Home High School who have served in the United States Military. 

November 15, 2013
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Ranzenhofer pays tribute to New York's veterans

Senator Ranzenhofer pays tribute to New York's veterans.

November 8, 2013
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Over 40 residents attend Senator Ranzenhofer's Meet & Greet in Rochester

Rochester, NY - Over forty residents attended Senator Ranzenhofer's Meet & Greet on November 7th.  Senator Ranzenhofer hosted the event at Arnett Public Library to give residents an opportunity to meet with their representative in State government.

November 7, 2013
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Three thousand join Ranzenhofer’s campaign to protect tax dollars

Encouraging State Assembly to pass the Public Assistance Integrity Act

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that his new petition drive,  encouraging the State Assembly to pass the Public Assistance Integrity Act, has garnered more than 3,300 signatures since launching the campaign one week ago.

“Thousands of Western New York residents have added their voice to mine in calling on the State Assembly to pass a bill that protects our tax dollars,” said Ranzenhofer.  “We are sending a powerful message to the State Assembly: a fraud prevention measure is needed to prohibit welfare benefits from being spent on alcohol, cigarettes and other non-essential items.”

November 1, 2013
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Ranzenhofer to hold Meet & Greet at Arnett Library

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will hold a Meet & Greet on Thursday, November 7th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Arnett Public Library, 310 Arnett Boulevard in the City of Rochester.

 

Senator Ranzenhofer’s Meet & Greet is an opportunity for residents to meet with their representative in State government.

 

“As your State Senator, I place a tremendous value on meeting with and listening to constituents.  Now that the 2013 Legislative Session has concluded, I want to give residents an opportunity to meet me and talk about issues important to our community,” said Ranzenhofer.  “Please join me at my upcoming Meet & Greet where I will provide an update on the 2013-14 State Budget and Legislative Session.”

 

October 31, 2013
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Ranzenhofer launches campaign to protect taxpayer dollars

Encourages State Assembly to pass Public Assistance Integrity Act

 

Batavia, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has started a new campaign to protect taxpayer dollars by launching a petition drive to encourage the State Assembly to pass a bill that would prohibit Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards from being used by welfare recipients to purchase alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets and other non-essential items.

 

October 25, 2013
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Ranzenhofer attends Rochester Library Legislative Breakfast

Rochester, NY - Senator Ranzenhofer talks to representatives of Chili Public Library before the Greater Rochester Area Library Legislative Thank You breakfast.

October 25, 2013
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WNY Computer Science Teachers Fall Conference

Buffalo, NY - Senator Mike Ranzenhofer talks about how to best advocate for increased access to and recognition of computer science in New York's education system.  The local chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association held its fifth annual Fall Conference at Buffalo State College on October 18. 

October 18, 2013
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