Michael H. Ranzenhofer

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Senate confirms new Commissioner of Economic Development

Senator Ranzenhofer comments on the floor of the State Senate during the confirmation process of Howard Zemsky as Commissioner of Economic Development and President & CEO of Empire State Development Corporation.

March 31, 2015
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Senate confirms new Thruway Authority Chair

Senator Ranzenhofer comments on the floor of the State Senate during the confirmation process of Joanne Mahoney as Chair of the New York State Thruway Authority.

March 31, 2015
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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.

March 24, 2015
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March 19, 2015
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Senate passes brighter future budget plan

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

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.  

 

March 18, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation to Prohibit Sex Offenders from Living in Community Residences with Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

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. 

 

March 16, 2015
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Statement on Senate Budget Resolution

Albany, NY – The New York State Senate has passed its one-house budget resolution. State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

 

March 12, 2015
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Ranzenhofer Named Deputy Majority Leader for Economic Development

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.

 

March 12, 2015
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Grown in NY Plan

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. 

March 11, 2015
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Ranzenhofer Backs ‘Grown in New York’ Plan

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.

 

March 10, 2015
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Genesee County Economic Development Center Annual Luncheon

Batavia, NY- State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer gives remarks at Genesee County Economic Development Center's annual luncheon at Batavia Downs. 

March 6, 2015
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2015 Constituent Questionnaire

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!

February 23, 2015
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End the GEA

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

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.  

 

February 18, 2015
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Ranzenhofer, Hawley Author Bill to Enact Special State Law

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.

February 11, 2015
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Your Voice with Senator Ranzenhofer - February 9

Senator Ranzenhofer discusses the Executive Budget proposal, funding for Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and major priorities for the State's $5 billion windfall from numerous bank settlements.

February 9, 2015
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Ranzenhofer Receives Committee Assignments

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.

 

January 30, 2015
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2015-2016 EXECUTIVE BUDGET PROPOSAL INFORMATION

Governor Andrew Cuomo has just unveiled his new Executive Budget Proposal for the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year.  

January 28, 2015
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Senate Passes Package of Bills to Toughen Penalties for Sex Offenders

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.

 

January 26, 2015
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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
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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
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