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Statement on State of the State, Budget Proposal

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.”  


January 21, 2015

Invest in Infrastructure Projects with $5 Billion Windfall

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer


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?


January 21, 2015

Ranzenhofer Named Guardian of Small Business

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.


January 15, 2015

Ranzenhofer Sworn in for Fourth Term

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.



January 9, 2015


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:


January 6, 2015

Governor signs Legislation to Offer More Continuing Care Services to Seniors

Senator Michael Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Robin Schimminger are pleased to announce that S.2118-B/A.4611-B has been signed into law by the Governor. 


The new law, Chapter 549 of the Laws of 2014, which was sponsored by Schimminger in the Assembly and Senator Michael Ranzenhofer in the Senate, will enable continuing care retirement communities to offer additional service options to seniors.


January 5, 2015

Western New York Delegation to host roundtable discussion about Winter Storm

Senator Michael Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, co-deans of the Western New York Legislative Delegation, will host a roundtable discussion on Friday, January 9, 2015 to update the entire delegation and observing public on how the incident management protocols developed to respond to weather-related and other traffic emergencies on major thoroughfares in the Buffalo Niagara region functioned during the unprecedented November winter storm.


December 29, 2014

Focus: Working for you, your family, our community

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer


It was truly an honor to be re-elected last month to another term as your New York State Senator.  To each and every resident of the 61st Senate District: Thank you for your continued support and confidence in my ability to represent you in the State Capitol. I am excited to continue to represent you, your family and our community.

Working together, we have made some progress in Albany.  The State Budget has been passed on time now for four consecutive years.  Each one of these budgets has controlled spending, closing a $15 billion budget deficit.  As a result, 49 different tax cuts have been enacted so that $5.6 billion could be returned to taxpayers.


December 17, 2014

School Resource Officers return to Akron Central School through State funding

Akron, NY- School Resource Officers (SRO) are once again assigned to Akron Schools thanks to funding secured for the District with the help of State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer.  Two part-time Akron Police Department officers began their SRO function in November.  The funding covers all compensation costs to place the officers.


Superintendent of Akron Schools, Mr. Kevin Shanley, personally expressed his thanks to Senator Ranzenhofer during a brief visit by Ranzenhofer to the District.


December 15, 2014

Initiatives to help our hometown heroes

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer


New York’s heroic servicemen and women deserve our respect, our gratitude, and as much support as we can possibly provide.  We should always be mindful of their sacrifice and service on behalf of all Americans.  As your State Senator, I have always worked to support New York’s courageous veterans.


Earlier this year, I honored a hometown hero at a State Capitol ceremony as one of the newest inductees of the Veterans’ Hall of Fame.  While he enlisted in the United States Army decades ago, James Neider continues to serve veterans and their families to this day. He is a founder of the Joint Veterans’ Honor Guard and a tireless advocate for locating a National Military Cemetery to our region.

November 19, 2014

Ranzenhofer announces $250,000 for new public plaza at Williamsville Water Mill

Historic structure, currently under renovation, to see new twist for public access


Williamsville, N.Y. – State Sen. Michael H. Ranzenhofer, R-Amherst, this morning announced $250,000 in state funding for the ongoing renovations of the Williamsville Water Mill complex in the Village of Williamsville. 


“The Water Mill complex is a landmark in the Village of Williamsville. I am pleased to have secured funding to create a new public plaza for the residents of Williamsville to enjoy.  This major funding will help to anchor the economic revitalization of the Williamsville Mill," said State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer.


September 16, 2014

Ranzenhofer joins Amherst officials for ground breaking of Amherst Court Expansion Project

Amherst, N.Y.– Senator Ranzenhofer has joined Amherst Town Officials in marking the start of the Amherst Justice Court Expansion Project with an official ground breaking ceremony where a new building will be constructed to improve security and provide adequate space for the increased volume of prisoners processed at the facility.


The expansion project will include demolishing and relocating concrete areas, duct ways, as well as removing existing windows, then constructing a new 2,058 square foot expansion with associated systems and constructing associated driveway and drainage facilities.  


September 10, 2014

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March 26, 2014