I am pleased to report that the State Senate is moving the State Budget process forward with a balanced, fiscally responsible plan that will cut taxes, control spending and build a brighter future for Western New York.
The Senate one-house budget resolution reflects many of my major budget priorities, especially securing continued funding for Roswell Park, ending the GEA budget cuts, providing more direct tax relief to homeowners and small businesses, and maintaining our roads and bridges.
Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would prohibit registered sex offenders from living with individuals with developmental disabilities in community residences operated or licensed by the state.
The bill (S2885), sponsored by Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), strengthens current protections and helps ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities are living in a safe environment.
New leadership role to focus on job creation, economy
Albany, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has been named Deputy Majority Leader for Economic Development as part of the Senate Republican Majority’s Leadership Team. The new leadership position involves more responsibilities to develop economic development policies.
The Grown in New York plan will help to meet consumers’ demands for locally-grown food, support local farmers in their efforts to provide quality, fresh food, and strengthen rural communities. Click here for more information.
New commitment will help strengthen agriculture industry
State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer, member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, announced his support today for the “Grown in New York” initiative to help meet consumers’ demands for locally-grown food, support local farmers in their efforts to provide quality, fresh food, and strengthen rural communities.
"Family farms all across Genesee County are a major contributor to New York’s $5 billion agriculture industry. The initiatives proposed as part of the Grown in New York plan will help to grow our family farms and their employees by delivering more healthy, fresh food to our tables," said Ranzenhofer.
As your State Senator, your views are important to me. To best represent your needs and interests, I need your input. That is why I am asking constituents to complete this 2015 Legislative Questionnaire. Your responses will help me focus on the issues most important to you and your family. Be assured that your responses and information will remain confidential. Thank you in advance for taking the time to participate!
Back in 2010, when the Legislature was controlled by New York City Democrats, taxpayers all across the Empire State were repeatedly hurt by bad decisions. New job-killing taxes were imposed. State expenditures spiraled out of control. Among the worst was the creation of the Gap Elimination Adjustment or GEA.
The GEA resulted in billions of dollars being unfairly taken away from our local school districts, especially in rural and suburban areas of New York. Since then, this multi-billion dollar budget cutting scheme has hurt local schools and property taxpayers.
Legislation would allow rifles for deer hunting in Genesee County
Albany, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Stephen Hawley have introduced special legislation, S.1292/A.4367, in the New York State Legislature to allow the use of rifles for big game hunting in Genesee County.
“In several areas of New York State, sportsmen are allowed to hunt deer with rifles and this change in law would allow the use of rifles in Genesee County,” said Ranzenhofer. “As the this year’s session progresses, Assemblyman Hawley and I will be working together to get this bill signed into law.”
Assemblyman Stephen Hawley is sponsoring the bill in the State Assembly.
Albany, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will serve as Chairman of the Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee for the 2015-16 Legislative Session.
“It has been my pleasure, as Chair of the Committee for the last four years, to work with my colleagues to enact 75 bills into law that will positively impact authorities, commissions and corporations across the state for years to come. We have updated New York’s Not-for-Profit laws for the first time in 40 years, dissolved defunct commissions, and forced more transparency at public authorities. I am eager to continue the important work of this Committee,” said Ranzenhofer.
Albany, NY - The New York State Senate today announced the passage of six bills that would help keep communities safer from sexual predators.
Senator Michael Ranzenhofer has sponsored legislation (S869) making it a crime for anyone to knowingly harbor, house, or employ a sex offender who has failed to register or verify residence or employment and fails to contact their local law enforcement agency.
Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address and Executive budget proposal:
“In the coming days and weeks, I will be going over the Executive budget proposal with a fine-tooth comb. I am pleased that the Governor has proposed major investments in infrastructure, a new property tax relief program and expanding broadband access in rural communities.”
Later today, Governor Andrew Cuomo will present his 2015 State of the State Address, along with the release of the 2015-16 Executive Budget. In the coming days and weeks, I will be going over the Executive Budget proposal with a fine-tooth comb. Generally, my priorities are pushing for more broad-based tax relief, spending restraint and initiatives to spur private-sector job creation.
The budget won’t be the only agenda item for this year’s Legislative Session. The State Legislature must answer another important question: What should New York do with the over $5 billion windfall from numerous bank settlements?
Albany, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has been recognized by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) as a recipient of the “Guardian Award.” The award is NFIB’s highest honor for elected officials who vote and stand up consistently in the interest of New York small business owners.
NFIB/NY State Director Mike Durant presented the award to Senator Ranzenhofer.
Albany, NY – The Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York, administered the oath of office to Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer on the floor of the State Senate before the 2015-16 Legislative Session started on Wednesday.
As the Senate’s most senior Western New York representative, Senator Ranzenhofer will now lead the Western New York State Legislative Delegation, along with Assemblyman Robin Schimminger.
The Western New York Delegation roundtable discussion has been postponed until further notice due to officials at the N.Y.S. Thruway Authority declining an invitation to participate. The Thruway Authority had previously confirmed its attendance.
Senator Michael Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, co-deans of the Western New York State Legislative Delegation, have issued the following statement: