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Ranzenhofer announces Earth Day Poster Contest

Encourages kids in grades K-6 to help promote environmental awareness

Senator Mike Ranzenhofer today encouraged local student entries for the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest, a statewide competition that raises student awareness of recycling and waste reduction.

 

“The New York State Senate takes this opportunity to celebrate the great strides New York has made in helping to improve our environment.  By educating students about the importance of recycling, they can be a part of the many New Yorkers who are already helping to make a difference,” said Ranzenhofer.

 

March 20, 2014
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Monthly Column: State Senate moves budget resolution forward

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

By passing its one-house budget bill last week, the New York State Senate moved one step closer to a fourth consecutive on-time budget.  The budget resolution controls spending and builds on the progress of the past three years to stabilize the State’s finances.

 

The Senate’s budget resolution reduces taxes to help small businesses and manufacturers to create jobs; makes greater investments in education; and provides property tax relief for homeowners.

 

March 18, 2014
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Ranzenhofer hosts State Budget Forum in Monroe County

Senator Ranzenhofer hosted a State Budget Forum in Monroe County on March 15th.  More than 70 residents had an opportunity to let their voice be heard on the 2014 State Budget and other issues impacting the community.  Click here to review specific details of the Executive Budget, stay up-to-date on new developmenmts, and share your input on the budget plan.

March 14, 2014
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - March 13

Senator Ranzenhofer explains his vote against confirming four candidates for the Board of Regents, and updates constituents on the Senate's Budget Plan and the flawed roll-out of Common Core by the State Education Department and Board Regents.

March 14, 2014
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Ranzenhofer explains vote against Board of Regents confirmation

Senator Ranzenhofer explains his vote against confirming four Board of Regents candidates for re-election.  The State Assembly is responsible for nominating candidates for the Board of Regents.

March 13, 2014
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State Budget Forum at Batavia City Hall

Residents joined Senator Senator Ranzenhofer for a discussion and question-and-answer session on the 2014 State Budget and other issues impacting the community at a State Budget Forum at Batavia City Hall.  Click here to review specific details of the Executive Budget, stay up-to-date on new developmenmts, and share your input on the budget plan.

March 8, 2014
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Ranzenhofer schedules State Budget Forum in Chili

Encourages residents to let their voice be heard on the 2014-2015 State Budget

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will hold a State Budget Forum at Chili Public Library on Saturday, March 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

 

Senator Ranzenhofer’s State Budget Forum is an opportunity for residents to let their voice be heard on the 2014-2015 State Budget in the State Capitol.

 

March 7, 2014
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - March 3

Senator Ranzenhofer discusses his opposition to the placement of sex offenders in residential group homes, remembering Flight 3407, and upcoming opportunities for residents to let their voice be heard on the 2014 State Budget.

March 6, 2014
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Ranzenhofer schedules State Budget Forum in Batavia

Encourages residents to let their voice be heard on the 2014-2015 State Budget

 

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will hold a State Budget Forum at Batavia City Hall on Saturday, March 8th from 11:00 a.m. to noon.

 

Senator Ranzenhofer’s State Budget Forum is an opportunity for residents to let their voice be heard on the 2014-2015 State Budget in the State Capitol.

 

March 3, 2014
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Ranzenhofer schedules State Budget Forum in Amherst

Encourages residents to let their voice be heard on the 2014-2015 State Budget

 

Amherst, NY– State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will hold a State Budget Forum at Lecture Hall 100 at Erie Community College’s Kittinger Hall on Saturday, March 8th from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

 

Senator Ranzenhofer’s State Budget Forum is an opportunity for residents to let their voice be heard on the 2014-2015 State Budget in the State Capitol.

 

February 28, 2014
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Ranzenhofer opposes placement of convicted sex offenders in group homes

 

Echoes concerns of Newstead residents to OPWDD Commissioner
Urges OPWDD to review its placement procedures

 

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has expressed concerns of Newstead residents with the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) Acting Commissioner Laurie Kelley.

 

In a letter, Senator Ranzenhofer conveyed his opposition to the placement of registered sex offenders in group homes.

 

February 25, 2014
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Monthly Column: Budget review process in full swing

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

In mid-January, Governor Cuomo unveiled his Executive Budget proposal for 2014-2015. Now, the budget review and approval process is in full swing.

 

Many of the tax relief proposals outlined in the State of the State address were outlined in greater detail, 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.  As I mentioned in my column last month, these proposals may have the potential to continue chipping away at New York’s high tax burden.  However, closer examination is required.

 

February 19, 2014
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New York State Senate commemorates 5th Anniversary of Flight 3407

The New York State Senate paused in its deliberations on February 11th to commemorate the 5th Anniversary of the crash of Continental Airlines Flight 3407 in Clarence Center. 

February 11, 2014
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Welcome to my website!

Dear Resident of the 61st Senate District:

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website! 

At my website, you’ll be able to check out what I’m doing in Albany and in our community, learn more about my positions on important issues, and take a look at legislation I’m sponsoring in the State Senate.

Here are a few quick links to different areas of my website:

Click here to view legislation before the State Senate.

Click here for a map of the 61st State Senate District.

February 10, 2014
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Public Assistance Integrity Act passes State Senate

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the Public Assistance Integrity Act has passed the State Senate earlier this week by a vote of 53 to 4.

 

“I am pleased to announce that the Public Assistance Integrity Act has passed the State Senate with almost unanimous support,” said Ranzenhofer.  “Unfortunately, until the State Assembly takes final action on this fraud prevention measure, there is no law in New York State to prohibit Electronic Benefit Transfer cards from being abused and misused.”

 

February 7, 2014
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - February 3

Senator Ranzenhofer gives an update on what he is working on in the State Capitol on behalf of constituents across the 61st District.

February 5, 2014
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - January 22

Senator Ranzenhofer discusses the Governor's State of the State address and Executive Budget proposal, legislative proposals to reform the implementation of Common Core Learning Standards, and the reopening of the Space Lab Planetarium at Williamsville North High School.

January 23, 2014
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2014-2015 EXECUTIVE BUDGET PROPOSAL INFORMATION

Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled his new Executive Budget Proposal for the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year.  

January 22, 2014
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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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