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

January 22, 2014

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

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

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

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

Ranzenhofer reacts to 2014 State of the State

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

January 8, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Join Senator Ranzenhofer’s efforts to protect your tax dollars!

Yes Senator, I agree with you that public assistance should not be used to purchase items such as alcohol, lottery tickets and cigarettes, and by signing this petition I encourage the State Assembly to pass the Public Assistance Integrity Act.

October 9, 2013