New York State is starting to get back on track. Our ongoing efforts – throughout the last two budget cycles – to put the State’s fiscal house back in order have started a turnaround, and it’s getting noticed too.
First, one of the nation’s top credit agencies, Standard & Poor’s, has boosted its outlook from stable to positive for New York, citing two balanced and on-time budgets in a row, deficit reduction and long-term spending reforms that reined in pension and Medicaid costs. That’s good news for taxpayers because, similar to individual credit scores, higher ratings mean lower borrowing costs and other expenses. But there is still more good news.
State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will sponsor a free car seat safety check this Saturday, August 25, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, 165 Park Road in Batavia.
“Every parent knows installing a car seat can be difficult. Certified technicians from local police agencies will be on hand to check your child’s car seat. I encourage all parents, as well as grandparents, to stop by to have their child’s car seat checked this Saturday morning. Even if you may think it has already been installed properly, it never hurts to double-check,” said Ranzenhofer.
As I mentioned in my July column, the 2012 Legislative Session has New York continuing to move in a more positive direction. Just as important though are the actions taken during this year’s session to move our higher education institutions in a more positive direction as well, particularly the University at Buffalo, Erie Community College and Daemen College.
A student of UB School of Pharmacy checks Senator Ranzenhofer's blood pressue at the 2012 Family Health Fair. The UB School of Pharmacy provided blood pressure checks and precription reviews for participants at Senator Ranzenhofer's Family Health Fair.
Williamsville, NY - Representatives of Erie Community College joined New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer to celebrate a $50,000 state allocation to consolidate and enhance ECC’s North Campus Student Services wing on Monday, August 6th inside the college’s Spring Student Center in Williamsville. “Here at Erie Community College, we consider ourselves a student-first institution,” said ECC President Jack Quinn. “With the help of Senator Ranzenhofer, we’re now able to serve our students better than ever before.” In 2010, ECC teamed with the second-term senator to acquire the funds necessary to consolidate the college’s student services—such as admissions, registration and financial aid offices—into one location.
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Amherst, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that he will host a Family Health Fair on Saturday, August 4th from 9 a.m. to noon at the Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway.
With the 2012 Legislative Session drawn to a close, one thing is clear: the gridlock and dysfunction that once characterized New York State government are now things of the past. For the second consecutive year, we’ve worked together in a bipartisan way with Governor Cuomo to keep New York moving in a new, stronger and more positive direction.
New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will sponsor a Unyts blood drive at the Batavia Downs Casino Paddock Room on Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Residents can schedule an appointment to donate blood by contacting Unyts at 1-800-227-4771.
“As the only community blood bank in Western New York, Unyts ensures your blood donation helps families, friends and neighbors right here in our community. Your donation can save up to three Western New York lives. I encourage residents to help save lives by participating in my Unyts blood drive at Batavia Downs,” said Ranzenhofer.
Legislation Changes New York State Law to Allow College and University Physical Therapy Faculty to Form Non-Profit Practices
Amherst, N.Y. - In a press conference on Monday, June 25 at Daemen College, Daemen officials, State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, and New York Assemblyman Ray Walter announced a major change in New York State law that will improve access to quality affordable healthcare. The amendment to the law was initiated by Daemen, and received bipartisan support, carrying it through the State Legislature.
With the State Budget now passed, jump-starting New York’s economy and getting people back to work are at the top of the to-do list. Every new job created is one step closer to a stronger economy and greatly impacts a family’s quality of life. That’s why I have been working to enact the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan.
While the legislation has passed in the State Senate, it is still awaiting action in the State Assembly. This job creation plan would deliver $624 million in tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers, and reduce energy costs by $522 million to make our State more economically competitive: