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January 12, 2011 - 4:32pm

Senator Ranzenhofer announces his 2011 committee memberships

posted by Billie Owens in politics, Mike Ranzenhofer.

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer announced today that he will serve as chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions.

Senator Ranzenhofer will also serve on the Banks, Judiciary, Agriculture, Education, Energy, and Racing, Gaming and Wagering committees.

He says he is eager to begin working to reduce state spending and restore trust in state government as chairman of the Corporations Committee.

"State government is so big that residents can no longer afford it and New York’s many authorities and commissions are part of the problem" Ranzenhofer said in a news release. "I plan to find ways to reduce and streamline the number of different authorities and commissions – so that New Yorkers may finally see savings in state government. Over the past few years, there have been too many examples of mismanagement among the state’s authorities and commissions.

"For too long, New Yorkers have become accustomed to a government which is dysfunctional and driven toward political patronage. As chairman, I will work to restore integrity and a higher level of professionalism to our State authorities and commissions.”

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said: “New York faces an enormous challenge as we work to reform state government, make it smaller and more efficient and, most importantly, cost less for taxpayers.

"Senator Mike Ranzenhofer is a very strong advocate for easing the burden on state taxpayers by making government cost less and work better. As chair of the Senate Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions, he will have a leading role in how we achieve that goal."

Ranzenhofer said he's pleased to serve again as a member of the Agriculture Committee.

"During last year’s legislative session, I worked with local farms to defeat the farm labor 'death legislation,'" the senator said. "I look forward to continuing a partnership with the Farm Bureau and local family farms to preserve the next generation of agri-business in Genesee County."

The 61st District includes part of the City of Tonawanda, the towns of Amherst, Clarence, Newstead and Tonawanda in Erie County and all of Genesee County.

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farm labor bill "death legislation"? exactly the kind of over the top hysterical rhetoric in the political discourse that leads to tragedies like what happened in arizona. this guy (from his blatantly gerrymanderd district) ought to be ashamed of himself for trying to sow panic, confusion & misinformation among naive, poorly educated or unsuspecting voters. as for his concern for farmers, these tea party fanatics, with their rabid opposition to comprehensive immigration reform, couldn't care less if upstate crops rotted in the fields or dairy farms went under due to lack of farm labor. their only solution to any of our nation's contemporary pressing problems is to simplistically wave a copy of the constitution in your face. this "party of no" politician has shown himself narrow minded & provincial on issue after issue. can't he do better than to than to parrot sara palin's talking points? this mediocre politician panders to the worst elements in the political debate.
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Hey, Manhattan Dave, haven't heard from ya in a while. How's things? Get your frozen garbage picked up yet? I heard mayor Bloomberg say he would make the city sanitation people work harder this time. How's that been going?

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