Ranzenhofer will represent agriculture in the state Senate
Our newest state Senator, Mike Ranzenhofer, has taken positions on several state committees, including agriculture and aging.
Ranzenhofer beat out Democratic challenger Joe Mesi to win the seat last Novemeber. When The Batavian spoke with Ranzenhofer prior to that election, he told us a little bit about his plan to seek an across-the-board 15 percent cut to help reign in the state budget. We hope to hear more about Ranzenhofer's efforts in Albany. We'll be sure to keep you filled in.
From the release statement:
State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-Amherst) has become the Ranking Member of the State Senate Committee on Aging. He will also serve on the Agriculture, Banks, Corporations, Judiciary and Tourism Committees.
Senator Ranzenhofer is excited to start work on behalf of his constituents. "These committee assignments will allow me to be an effective voice on the issues that matter most to the residents of the 61st Senate District and to fight for the resources that are necessary for our industries to grow and our communities to prosper," said Senator Ranzenhofer.
He plans to be a strong voice on issues important to the farming community as a member of the Agriculture Committee. "Agriculture represents a major economic engine in the 61st District, especially in Genesee County. I am looking forward to protecting and promoting agribusiness and tourism in our communities," said Senator Ranzenhofer.
As the Ranking Member on the Aging Committee, Senator Ranzenhofer is particularly interested in working with his Senate colleagues on issues related to the elderly. "During this legislative session, we are going to have to address budget cuts proposed by the Governor that would directly impact senior homeowners. I strongly believe that we must do all that we can to keep the STAR property tax relief program. This program allows seniors to stay in their homes. We must protect seniors from budget cuts that threaten basic health services and should work to cut the Albany bureaucracy," said Senator Ranzenhofer.
Senate Republican Leader Dean G. Skelos said: "As the number of older Americans increases, so does the responsibility of government to ensure that their needs are met. I appointed Senator Mike Ranzenhofer to a leadership role on the Senate Aging Committee because he understands the challenges seniors face, especially in Western New York. I am confident he will do an outstanding job ensuring that state government provides the help senior citizens need for a strong quality of life."
Senator Ranzenhofer was elected to the New York State Senate in 2008. 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.