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September 21, 2010 - 12:14pm

Coppola calls Ranzenhofer a hypocrite on state spending

posted by Billie Owens in politics, marc coppola, michael ranzenhofer.

Here's a news release sent in today from Marc Coppola, a Democrat running for the state Senate in the 61st District.

Candidate for New York State Senate Marc A. Coppola is railing against his opponent, incumbent Senator Michael Ranzenhofer. The 61st District Senator is an outright hypocrite, claiming to be a fiscal conservative, while spending like a liberal.

“Ranzenhofer continues to call for budget cuts and less spending, but what does he do? He spends, and spends, and then spends more taxpayer money,” Coppola said.

Ranzenhofer sent out taxpayer-funded mailings through his government offices. This most recent mailer simply invites people to come and meet his staff. Another mailer informs people to be safe on Halloween.

“Are these messages really important enough to spend thousands of taxpayers' dollars on?” asked Coppola.

The practice is widely criticized as wasteful.

Coppola believes Ranzenhofer is misleading the public when he sounds the alarm about state spending and reducing taxes, yet he continues to spend more than any other WNY Senator in his conference on useless mailers.

Ranzenhofer wants it both ways contends Coppola, “He’s telling his constituents that he’s trying to reduce state spending, but nobody will listen to him. He is ineffective because he has no creditability and doesn’t practice what he preaches.”

Coppola also criticized Ranzenhofer for using the system to further his re-election campaign with mailers close to the election at taxpayer expense. Ranzenhofer should have used campaign funds, said Coppola.

“He has over a quarter of a million dollars in his campaign war chest, why not lead by example and use that, rather than taxpayer money when the state is virtually bankrupt,” he added.

Arthur Welser
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Yeah! Where has Marc been all these years? That's what you call the power of the incombancy! i like particularly the pats on the backs they give themselves for no brainers. What I detest though is when you have an attorney such as Ranzenhofer that with multiple interests might ignore a peice of legislation that might otherwise come forthbecause it might effectaclient or Frieddman & Ranzenhofer's bottom line. That could be said here in the Buffalo area of attorney's Grisanti, Domagalsski and Quinn as well! Not exclusive to Western NY, there are 20 attorneys in the Senate!
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the hypocrite definitely doesn't deserve to be re-elected
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Marc will be at Pontillo's on Monday, Oct. 11. at 5:30pm for a meet and greet. This is a fundraiser for Marc, but unlike others that ask for a set price for the event and then pick your pockets dry while you are there, this is a pass the hat. If you feel that Marc deserves your support, any amount (large or small) is appreciated. I find Marc to be an intelligent and caring person who tells it like it is. He isn't afraid of Albany and will serve our area with dignity and a healthy respect for YOUR dollars. I hope to see many of you at Pontillo's.
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Ok Coppola tells us about Ranzenhofer trying to reduce state spending..But what does he plan to do..More of the same that has been going on in Albany under Democratic rule..Cmon Marc,you can to better than that..
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Mark, why don't you come down to Pontillo's on Monday night and ask Marc yourself. What do you have to lose? You might be pleasantly surprised at his expertise and experience. Ask him about getting a NY budget in on time. I hope to see you there.

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