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Ranzenhofer is scouting for more ways to attract and retain hunters

By Billie Owens
Feb 24, 2020, 3:55pm

Press release from Senator Michael Ranzenhofer:

Participation in hunting is declining across New York State and much of the nation.

This not only has a dramatic impact on conservation funding but also a negative impact on state revenues. It is important that the state examine ways to both attract and retain hunters.

Expanding opportunities for hunters can help boost state revenue and aid the environment.

The issue of hunters “aging out” is well documented and it is important for New York State to do all it can to reverse this trend.

Expanding crossbow-hunting opportunities and loosening ambulatory hunting requirements would provide thousands of willing hunters the opportunity to continue pursuing their passion.

Current laws regarding ambulatory licenses, require that license holders need permanent assistance to qualify.

That being said, many hunters do not need assistance devices to complete daily activities but are unable to navigate a field or more rugged terrain without assistance.

This reality should be reflected when determining who qualifies for these privileges. If enacted, these proposals would help countless hunters.

In addition to retaining hunters, attracting new hunters is critical.

Lowering the hunting age has long been discussed as the primary way to get youth more engaged at a younger age.

While I do believe that reducing the big game hunting age to 12 would be helpful, hunter apprentice programs should also be examined.

Hunter apprentice programs have proven to be an extremely safe and effective way to introduce more youths to hunting in other states.

With the state facing a $6.1 billion deficit, I believe there is a tremendous opportunity to advance proposals that are positive for hunters as well as generate much needed license revenue and conservation dollars for the state.

I have shared these opinions with the Governor and colleagues in the legislature and will continue to advocate for their adoption.

Supporting hunting helps the environment, supports rural communities and provides license revenue for New York State.

Ranzenhofer offers facts and info about new cashless bail law

By Billie Owens
Jan 31, 2020, 4:29pm

Press release from Senator Mike Ranzenhofer:

As we continue to debate the new cashless bail law, I have received several questions regarding what specific changes took place and what crimes are no longer eligible for bail. (See list below.)

According to some estimates, approximately 90 percent of all crimes are no longer eligible for bail. Supporters note that it is necessary to address inequities in our criminal justice system and that the vast majority of offenders are not being accused of violent crimes.

As I have stated several times, there were serious concerns with certain aspects of our criminal justice system. I strongly believe that those accused of crimes should receive a speedy trial, as is mandated by the Constitution. The accused should not be forced to sit in jail for months awaiting trials and hearings over minor offenses because they cannot afford to pay a relatively small amount of bail. However, the answer should be investing in local court systems, not simply letting dangerous offenders run free.

Perhaps the new law’s biggest flaw is removing judicial discretion to consider “dangerousness” when determining bail. Judges must also opt for the least restrictive pretrial condition. Prohibiting bail and mandating that an offender be released back to the streets, when a judge or law enforcement believes they are a danger to the public is simply outrageous.

In addition, far too many crimes no longer qualify for bail. For your convenience, I have included a list of crimes, compiled by the State District Attorneys Association of crimes that no longer qualify for bail under the 2019 Criminal Justice Laws. I have also included several recent news stories from across the state discussing the impact that these laws are having on communities.

Throughout my time in government, I have never seen an issue with such universal, bipartisan calls for reform, across every region of the state. This speaks volumes to me about the real need for change.


Mike Ranzenhofer

State Senator -- 61st District

Offenses that no longer qualify for bail in New York State

Source: the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York

  • Assault in the third degree
  • Aggravated vehicular assault
  • Aggravated assault upon a person less than eleven years old
  • Criminally negligent homicide
  • Aggravated vehicular homicide
  • Manslaughter in the second degree
  • Unlawful imprisonment in the first degree
  • Coercion in the first degree
  • Arson in the third and fourth degree
  • Grand larceny in the first degree
  • Criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds or criminal possession of a firearm
  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first and second degree
  • Criminal sale of a controlled substance in the first and second degree
  • Criminal sale of a controlled substance in or near school grounds
  • Specified felony drug offenses involving the use of children, including the use of a child to commit a controlled substance offense and criminal sale of a controlled substance to a child
  • Criminal solicitation in the first degree and criminal facilitation in the first degree
  • Money laundering in support of terrorism in the third and fourth degree
  • Making a terroristic threat
  • Patronizing a person for prostitution in a school zone
  • Promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child
  • Possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child
  • Promoting a sexual performance by a child
  • Failure to register as a sex offender
  • Obstructing governmental administration in the first and second degree
  • Obstructing governmental administration by means of a self-defense spray device
  • Bribery in the first degree
  • Bribe giving for public office
  • Bribe receiving in the first degree
  • Promoting prison contraband in the first and second degree
  • Resisting arrest
  • Hindering prosecution
  • Tampering with a juror and tampering with physical evidence
  • Aggravated harassment in the first degree
  • Directing a laser at an aircraft in the first degree
  • Criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree
  • Criminal sale of a firearm to a minor
  • Enterprise corruption and money laundering in the first degree
  • Aggravated cruelty to animals, overdriving, torturing and injuring animals
  • Failure to provide proper sustenance
  • Animal fighting

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Ranzenhofer honors Le Royan at Albany Veterans' Hall of Fame

By Billie Owens
May 22, 2019, 2:15pm

Submitted photo and press release:

State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer welcomed Thomas E. Feeley, corporal in the Marine Corps and Le Roy resident, to Albany to be inducted into the Veterans’ Hall of Fame it was announced today.

“Tom has dedicated his life to serving our country, through his military career, career in law enforcement and his service with the Le Roy Fire Department," Ranzenhofer said. "It is a privilege to be able to induct him into the Veterans’ Hall of Fame.”

Feeley was a corporal in the Marine Corps from 1990-1993, serving in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. Afterward, he served as an elite Embassy Marine at the American Embassy Lusaka, Zambia, and the Consulate General Munich, Germany.

Following his military service, Corporal Feeley began his federal law enforcement career in 1996 in Miami. In 1998, he assisted in the opening of the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia.

After 9-11, he became a Federal Air Marshal in Atlanta, serving from 2002-2006. Corporal Feeley was a Course Developer/Instructor and Branch Chief at the Immigration and Customs Academy from 2006-2008, and was then promoted to Assistant Field Office Director in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In 2017, Feeley joined the Senior Executive Service and became Buffalo Field Office director, covering 48 of the 62 counties in New York State.

“I am honored to be recognized by the Senator," Feeley said. "My entire career and civilian life have been dedicated to public service in one way or another.

"I don’t have a lot of spare time, but I do have some time and I think that’s important. Just giving back to my community is enough for me, to be recognized for it on such a grand scale with my family present was an amazing experience.”

Feeley is a recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal (with two bronze service stars), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon (with one bronze service star), Marine Security Guard Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia and Kuwait).

He also received the Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security’s Meritorious Service Silver Medal in 2016. This award recognizes “exceptional individual leadership that is distinguished by achievements of marked significance” and is the second highest award given by the Secretary.

Feeley is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, Le Roy Rotary, Association of Rochester Police and Area Law Enforcement Retirees and Genesee County Criminal Justice Advisory Council. He is also an active member of the Le Roy Fire Department.

Sen. Ranzenhofer announces launch of free writing workshops in Batavia for survivors of breast and gynecologic cancer

By Billie Owens
Feb 28, 2018, 12:17pm
Press release:
This week Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer announced to breast and gynecological cancer survivors in Genesee County that the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester (BCCR) is offering a free, five-week writing workshop beginning on Saturday, March 3.
“I commend the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester for sponsoring this important program, and I encourage breast and gynecologic cancer survivors in Genesee County to participate,” said Ranzenhofer.
The Voices & Visions workshop will run for five consecutive Saturdays through March 31st. Each class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 300 E. Main St. in Batavia.
Kathy Simpson, a retired licensed mental health counselor, will lead the classes, which are limited to 12 participants.
Advance registration is required.
For more information or to register, contact BCCR Regional Programs & Outreach Director Tracy Brown by phone at (585) 473-8177 or by email, [email protected].
About BCCR’s Voices & Visions
Voices & Visions is an exciting program that gives those who have received a diagnosis of breast cancer or gynecologic cancer an opportunity to explore and express their feelings through writing. This warm and supportive group is led by a professional, sensitive instructor. Writing has proven to be very therapeutic for cancer survivors. No previous writing experience necessary!
Additional information is also available on BCCR’s website here.

Ranzenhofer recognized by statewide association as champion for rural schools

By Billie Owens
Aug 25, 2016, 2:02pm

Submitted photo. David Little, left, president of the Rural Schools Association of New York State, presents the Appreciation Award to Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer during the 2016 RSA Conference in Cooperstown.

Press release:

The Rural Schools Association of New York State (RSA) has recognized Sen. Michael H. Ranzenhofer with an Appreciation Award for his advocacy and leadership on behalf of rural schools in Western New York and across New York State.
“The Rural Schools Association of New York State is proud to honor the efforts of Senator Ranzenhofer with our annual Appreciation Award," said RSA Executive Director David A. Little. "Senator Ranzenhofer’s tireless efforts to eliminate the harmful Gap Elimination Adjustment from school funding was of tremendous benefit to all schools. His recognition of the impact of unfunded mandates on school districts and his collaborative approach to working with those he represents serve as examples of the leadership needed to support our rural school districts."
Ranzenhofer was the first to organize a forum at Genesee Community College for rural school districts to express the negative impact of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) budget cuts with then Senate Education Committee Chairman John Flanagan in November 2011. Earlier this year, Ranzenhofer successfully worked to eliminate the GEA once and for all.
“Fighting for our rural schools has been one of my legislative priorities, and it is such an honor to be recognized for my efforts,” Ranzenhofer said. “The GEA budget cuts were even more severe to the bottom lines of rural school districts. Ending the GEA is a major victory for students and parents, and I am proud to champion their cause.”
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership Board Member & RSA Zone Four Director Edward Engel nominated Ranzenhofer for the honor.
"Senator Ranzenhofer has been a steadfast supporter of our rural schools. He is a true legislative partner who listens and understands first, then collaborates to find solutions. For example, he helped to jump start a new Agri-Business program for high school seniors. In a data-driven world, agriculture education programs continue to deliver more significant value than any report or test can demonstrate in the lives of our students," said Engel.
Since 2013, Ranzenhofer has secured $100,000 in state funding annually to support the Agri-Business Academy at the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership. The one-year program helps high school seniors – from across school districts in Genesee County – explore careers in the agri-business industry.
About the Rural Schools Association of New York State (RSA)
The Rural Schools Association is a statewide, member driven organization dedicated to representing the interests of small and rural school districts in New York State. Approximately 300 school districts and BOCES units are currently enrolled as members of RSA. In addition to the financial support provided by RSA members, supplemental assistance is given by New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, in the form of office facilities, utilities, clerical assistance, and the use of equipment.

Le Roy twin brothers inducted into NYS Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame

By Billie Owens
May 28, 2016, 1:49pm

Senator Michael Ranzenhofer honors twin brothers Thomas R. Wood Sr. and William Charles Wood III, both of Le Roy, for their service in the United States Marine Corps. and in the community during an induction ceremony at the State Capitol.
Submitted photo and press release:
Thomas R. Wood Sr. and William Charles Wood III have been selected by State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer as New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame inductees for the 61st District. The Veterans’ Hall of Fame honors and recognizes outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves in military and civilian life.
“I am very proud to be honoring Thomas and William for their service during the First Gulf War,” Ranzenhofer said. “Like so many of our service men and women, they returned home to continue serving their community when their military service was completed. For over two decades, they have been firefighters for the Le Roy Fire Department, and they continue to be active in coaching youth sports.”
The Wood brothers entered the United States Marine Corps. in 1988, attending boot camp together at Parris Island, S.C. Later, in 1990, the twin brothers would be called upon to serve their country in the First Gulf War. Thomas served as part of an amphibious task force aboard the USS Nassau, and William served with a forward combat unit, Romeo 5/11.
Both men received many awards for their exemplary service, including: Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and Liberating Kuwait Medal. William also earned the Southwest Asia Service Metal with two Stars; National Defense Service Award; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; and Rifle Sharp Shooter Badge. In addition, Thomas was awarded a Meritorious Mast for his actions during a helicopter crash in South Korea, as well as an Oversea Ribbon with four Clusters.
“It is a true honor just to be nominated let alone awarded such a prestigious honor. I am very humbled to be in the presence of other veterans. I wish to thank Senator Ranzenhofer for the award and recognize my two children, Chelsie and Tommy, for always being there along with my parents, Ann and Billy. God Bless America and Semper Fi,” Thomas said.
“I'm honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Thank you to Senator Ranzenhofer for nominating me, as well as my loving wife, Kathy, my kids, Riley and Alyssa, and my parents for their continued support. In closing, I am very humbled about this award because there are more deserving veterans. Semper Fi,” William said.
These two distinguished Marines were honorably discharged at the rank of Corporal in 1992. They have been involved for years with youth sports and as members of the American Legion. They have been firefighters for the Le Roy Fire Department for more than two decades, serving in many leadership positions. William has been named Firefighter of the Year twice. More recently, Thomas received the Department’s highest honor, the Medal of Valor.
Currently, Thomas is an officer at the Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, while William works at the Thruway Authority. William and his wife, Kathy, have two children, Alyssa and Riley. Thomas has two children, Chelsie and Thomas.

Senator Ranzerhofer to host forum for breast cancer survivors on Oct. 30 at the YWCA

By Billie Owens
Oct 22, 2015, 12:49pm

Press release:

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that he will host a round table discussion for breast cancer survivors at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30th, at the YWCA of Genesee County, 301 North St. in Batavia.

“The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester and I want to hear your story,” Ranzenhofer said. “Listening to the experiences of survivors is one way to support families here in our community who have been impacted by breast cancer. That is why it is so important for women to share their stories with us at the upcoming community round table.”

The two-hour program will be facilitated by the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester (BCCR).

“No one needs go through breast cancer alone," said BCCR Executive Director Holly Anderson. "If you or a loved one receives a diagnosis of breast cancer, the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester is here to help. The Coalition offers education and support programs, as well as advocacy for those uninsured or underinsured.

"The Coalition is a full-scope, grassroots breast cancer organization serving survivors and families throughout the Finger Lakes Region of Central and Western New York. We can help you find resources in your own community.”

The purpose of the discussion is to learn more about the experiences of survivors during the diagnosis, including:
•    What happened when you were diagnosed with breast cancer?
•    What resources were you given?
•    Where did you turn for support?
•    What resources did you find in your community?
•    What do you wish you would have had access to at any point?

Family members impacted by a breast cancer diagnosis are welcome to attend. Due to limited seating, pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To pre-register, residents can contact the Coalition at (585) 473-8177.

Senator Ranzenhofer secured a $200,000 State grant in the 2015-16 Budget, administered by the State Department of Health, to increase outreach initiatives to individuals impacted by breast cancer and to provide expanded cancer services in our region. Some of the counties in Western New York have the highest rates of breast cancer in the State.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. In New York State alone, 14,000 new cases of breast cancer are reported each year.

About the BCCR
The Coalition’s mission is to provide support to those touched by a diagnosis of breast cancer, to make access to information and care a priority through education and advocacy, and to empower women and men to participate fully in decisions relating to breast cancer. Currently, the Coalition serves individuals in 10 counties, including: Monroe, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates. For more information, visit

Ranzenhofer to hold State Budget Forum at City Hall on Saturday morning

By Billie Owens
Mar 4, 2014, 2:07pm

Press release:

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will hold a State Budget Forum at Batavia City Hall from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 8. This forum is an opportunity for residents to let their voice be heard on the 2014-2015 State Budget in the State Capitol.

“Since the Governor released his Executive Budget proposal, I have been working with my colleagues in the State Senate and State Assembly to scrutinize and review all aspects of the plan. I want to hear residents’ thoughts on the budget plan, too, so that I can share their views with my colleagues,” Ranzenhofer said. ”That is why I hope that residents will join me this Saturday to hear an update on the State Budget, and participate in a discussion and question-and-answer session on important issues impacting our community.”

The forum marks the second opportunity for residents to express their views with their representative in State government, after hosting a Town Hall telephone conference live from the State Capitol with thousands of constituents on Feb. 26.

Senator Ranzenhofer encourages residents to get the facts on the 2014-2015 Executive Budget proposal by visiting

“In an effort to keep residents informed, I have added a new Budget Information Page at my Web site," Ranzenhofer said. "It allows residents to review specific details of the Executive Budget, stay up-to-date on new developments, and share your input on the budget plan. By working together, I am hopeful that a balanced budget plan can be developed in a timely manner to help New York State move in the right direction.”

Residents not able to attend the State Budget Forum can still share their input with Senator Ranzenhofer by sending an e-mail to [email protected] or contacting the district office at (585) 454-0322.

Free car seat safety check tomorrow morning at Sheriff's Office

By Billie Owens
Aug 24, 2012, 1:43pm

Press release:

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will sponsor a free car seat safety check from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow at the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, 165 Park Road in Batavia.

“Every parent knows installing a car seat can be difficult," Ranzenhofer said. "Certified technicians from local police agencies will be on hand to check your child’s car seat.

"I encourage all parents, as well as grandparents, to stop by to have their child’s car seat checked this Saturday morning. Even if you may think it has already been installed properly, it never hurts to double-check."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car seats decrease the risk of fatalities in cars by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for children, ages 1 to 4 years old. An inspection of 3,500 car seats in a study found that 72 percent were not correctly installed.

The program is being held in conjunction with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Le Roy Police Department and City of Batavia Fire Department.

“Many parents don't know the importance of having their child properly secured in a car seat to prevent serious injury if involved in a car crash," said Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha. "This is a great opportunity for parents to learn how to properly install their child's car seat and there is no charge for this service."

Car seats are inspected on a first-come, first-served basis. An appointment is not necessary. Residents can contact Senator Ranzenhofer’s District Office at (716) 631-8695 for more information.

Senator Ranzenhofer will have his mobile office in Le Roy on Friday

By Billie Owens
Oct 13, 2011, 4:53pm

New York State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer comes to Le Roy this Friday to meet with constituents. He and a member of his staff will be at Le Roy Town Hall, located at 48 Main St., from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

“Many Le Roy residents wrote letters, sent emails and called my office throughout the legislative session to have their voice heard," says Ranzenhofer in a press release. "But now that session in Albany is over, I still want to hear from constituents. That’s why we’re bringing the New York State Senate to Le Roy on Friday morning."

Senator Ranzenhofer and a representative from his staff will be on hand to listen to residents’ views on important state issues and answer questions concerning state departments or agencies.  "Senior Citizens Guides to Health Care Services" and "Financial Security" and "Focus on Veterans" brochures will also be available.

No appointment is needed. Le Roy residents can contact Senator Ranzenhofer’s District Office by phone at 1-800-597-3517 for more information.

Ranzenhofer sponsors bill to create an advisory committee to assist aging vets

By Billie Owens
May 29, 2011, 3:00pm

This information comes from Sen. Mike Ranzenhofer's office.

Earlier this month, the New York State Senate approved legislation to help older veterans by creating an advisory committee to specifically assist state officials in addressing important veteran issues.

New York has the second highest veteran population in the United States and bill S.3337, sponsored by Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), focuses on improving the care and state support available to aging veterans by creating a panel of gerontology and veterans’ issue experts.

"Our veterans have sacrificed so much for our country and for the freedoms which we all enjoy,” Ranzenhofer said. “They have earned only the best care and support programs and establishing a Veterans Advisory Committee will ensure that continues.

Older veterans represent a population in New York whose needs and problems pervade multiple geriatrics and gerontology disciplines. This legislation establishes a Veterans Gerontological Advisory Committee, which will advise the Director of the state Office for the Aging on policies, programs, services and trends affecting New York’s aging veteran population.

At no cost to the taxpayers, the advisory committee will be able to provide crucial recommendations aimed at improving the care and support available to aging veterans. The membership will be drawn from the ranks of New York’s finest experts on aging, seniors’ and veterans’ issues, representing medical researchers, practitioners, academia, and veterans’ organizations.

Their mission will be to share information and challenges associated with caring for aging veterans and their families. The panel would provide the Office for the Aging with guidance on pressing concerns including caregiver initiatives, alternative housing trends for veterans, long-term and continuing care, health promotion and rehabilitation, departmental research and dementia research. The committee can also play a role in educating staff and the public on a wide range of issues affecting veterans and seniors.

The bill has been sent to the Assembly.

NY Senate repeals 'cost-recovery tax' for economic development agencies

By Billie Owens
Mar 10, 2011, 2:52pm

Here's a news release from State Sen. Michael H. Ranzenhofer.

The New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.2682), introduced by Senator Ranzenhofer, that repeals the “cost recovery” tax imposed on local economic development agencies in 2009 and also requires the state to reimburse agencies for any monies previously paid.

After being passed in the 2009-10 state budget, the cost-recovery tax hurt the efforts of local industrial development agencies to get New Yorkers back to work by taking away economic development money from local communities and sending more revenue to Albany.

"During a time of high unemployment and an economy struggling from a national recession, the IDA cost-recovery tax made a bad situation even worse,” Ranzenhofer said. “Repealing this unfair tax puts funds back in the right place, in the hands of local community business leaders to entice businesses to locate in the state and create jobs, not in state coffers."

The 2009-10 state budget contained a maximum $5 million statewide cost-recovery tax on local economic development agencies. The tax does not reflect a rational basis for actual costs incurred by the state for providing services to local economic development agencies. Local economic development agencies already pay a Bond Insurance Charge to recover costs.

Members of local economic development agencies expressed their support for the legislation. This tax, based on operating revenue, is a disincentive for IDAs to expand programming or reinvest back into the community.

"Senator Ranzenhofer should be applauded for introducing the legislation to repeal this unfair tax," said Genesee County Economic Development Center President and CEO Steve Hyde. "His fellow Senators who joined him to pass S.2682 also deserve congratulations for standing up against this unfair assessment.”

Governor Cuomo has also included an identical provision in his 2010-11 executive budget proposal.

Ranzenhofer's staff holds mobile office hours in Bergen

By Billie Owens
Sep 29, 2010, 4:12pm

Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer's staff will hold mobile office hours from 1 to 3 p.m. at Bergen Town Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 5. It is located at 10 Hunter St.
A representative from Ranzenhofer’s office will be available to discuss bills before the State Senate or to help with questions regarding state agencies. Brochures will be available for: Senior Citizens Guides to Health Care Services; Easy Access to Government; and Focus on Veterans.

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Coppola invites Ranzenhofer to debate the issues

By Billie Owens
Sep 27, 2010, 2:31pm

Here's a letter sent in by Senate candidate in the 61st District, Marc Coppola, addressed to the incumbent.

Dear Mr. (Michael) Ranzenhofer,
As you and I fully engage in our campaigns for the New York State Senate's 6lst District,
I would hope that you would agree that letting the voters know where we stand on the
issues most important to them is of the utmost importance.

Further, as we both have served in elective office, I believe that our records are a good barometer for the voters as they make their decision of whom to vote for on Election Day.
With that said, I anticipate that you will agree to meet me in front of the voters for at least
three debates, and possibly more if there is time; one of which would take place in
Genesee County.

I am confident that if we can agree on dates and times relatively quickly, and with proper notification, the public, whom we both are seeking to represent in the New York State Senate, will attend.

I am more than willing to have my campaign look into places where we can hold our
debates and notify you (about) what is available to us. I am sure there are plenty of venues, either public or private, which can accommodate us, our audience, and any media that may attend.

It is my sincere hope that you agree and that you respond to my campaign as quickly as
possible so that we can give the voters as much information about us, our positions, and
our records as they go to the polls on Election Day.

I look forward to your reply.


Marc Coppola

NY Farm Bureau prez praises Ranzenhofer's vote to defeat farmworker labor bill

By Billie Owens
Aug 6, 2010, 1:55pm

We received this news release today from Dean Norton, president of the New York Farm Bureau.

Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer last week cast a vote in favor of our local family farmers. He voted to defeat the Omnibus Farmworker Labor bill that threatened to devastate agriculture as we know it here in Upstate New York.

In turn, the bill would have had an equal impact on the overall local economy. It would have dramatically increased our costs and made it impossible for us to keep producing food in this area.

Sen. Ranzenhofer recognized that Albany should be coming up with ways to help agriculture, not hinder it. Like so many times before, Sen. Ranzenhofer cast a vote in favor of our local farmers and the rural economy.

New York Farm Bureau is grateful for the senator's leadership and looks forward to the continued support of our local farmers.

Coppola 'disappointed' by Ranzenhofer's leadership regarding UB

By Billie Owens
Aug 4, 2010, 6:05pm

Here's a news release from Democrat Marc A. Coppola, candidate for New York State Senate’s 61st District.

Marc Coppola claims Senator Mike Ranzenhofer is MIA -- Missing in Action -- in the battle for University of Buffalo 20/20, the largest employer in the 61st District.

Coppola said today that he is very disappointed that the New York State Legislature did not pass the bill that would have given UB certain powers to control its own destiny.

Passing the bill would create a world-class university and economic stimulus that Western New York so desperately needs.

“Failure to pass this legislation, as needed, is just another reason that Western New Yorker’s are frustrated with Albany and have lost confidence in our government," Cappola said. "And Senator Ranzenhofer’s partisan politics didn’t help the situation."

Coppola claims that Ranzenhofer provided no leadership or support, choosing instead to play political blame games and stick with his Albany leaders rather than the residents of the 61st District who elected him.

“Senator Ranzenhofer doesn’t know how to reach across the aisle in order to deliver for his constituents. He would rather put his head in the sand and point fingers than get something accomplished.”

Coppola says he has a track record of working with all parties to deliver for his constituents and he will do the same if given the opportunity to serve the residents of the 61st District.

“If something is good for New Yorkers, especially my district, I will support it. It doesn’t matter to me whose idea it is, as long as it gets done.”

He maintains Ranzenhofer has been so partisan in his more than 20 years as an elected official, that he rarely votes for anything that is sponsored by the other party, even if it’s good for his district, and "this is why he has been so ineffective."

Senate candidate seeks to end corruption and 'fusion voting'

By Billie Owens
Jun 22, 2010, 2:23pm

Here's a news release from Marc Coppola, a candidate for state Senate:

Marc Coppola, Town of Tonawanda resident and candidate for NYS Senate, is calling for an end to political corruption in Albany. Several minor party leaders are now under investigation for alleged illegal activities.

Coppola, who is the endorsed Democrat for State Senate running against Mike Ranzenhofer for the 61st District, believes fusion voting is part of the problem. It’s an election system that allows for candidates to run on multiple party lines.

“Minor parties and their leaders have a disproportionate amount of influence in New York State politics and our government,” Coppola said. “It has proven to be a pay-to-play system and a breeding ground for corruption.

"New York is one of only several states in the country that allows the tail to wag the dog and the voters and residents of this state deserve better."

Coppola has not requested, and will not accept, any party nomination other than his own and challenges his opponent, incumbent Ranzenhofer, to do the same.

"As long as candidates participate in this system that has become disingenuous, sometimes corrupt, and an insult to voters, it will continue," Coppola said. "I for one choose not to."

If elected, Coppola will sponsor legislation ending fusion voting in New York State.

Hawley hosts public outreach meeting at the Old Courthouse in Batavia

By Billie Owens
May 16, 2010, 12:43pm

Assemblyman Steve Hawley will host a public outreach meeting for Genesee County residents from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 21, at the Old Courthouse in Batavia. A representative for State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer will also be in attendance.

“This meeting will be an excellent opportunity for residents to express their concerns on statewide and local issues. I encourage all Genesee County residents to attend,” said Hawley in a news release.

The meeting will be in the courthouse's Legislative Conference Room. The courthouse is at 7 Main St. downtown.

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Senator Ranzenhofer calls 'cost-recovery tax' a job killer

By Billie Owens
Feb 25, 2010, 3:10pm

The State Department of Taxation and Finance notified Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs) earlier this month of a “cost-recovery tax" on revenues, included in the 2009-10 budget, to cover costs of state government services; even though the state statute required the notification by Nov. 1, 2009.

In regard to this, Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

“The most recent development in New York’s tax epic is to punish development agencies for helping businesses locate in our community and create jobs. The 'cost-recovery tax' is nothing but a tax on job creation, effectively hurting efforts of community business leaders to bring jobs to Western New York.

Revenues generated by IDAs are reinvested. The 'cost-recovery tax' steals economic development dollars from our community. Even worse, the tax is based on revenues for 2008, most of which have already been reinvested.

Local industrial development agencies already pay a Bond Issuance Charge to the state for government services. The 'cost-recovery tax' forces local agencies to pay double and this is excessive. After the Authority Budget Office collects the job-creation tax, its budget will increase by 300 percent.

Over the next few days and weeks, I plan to work with my colleagues in state government to defeat yet another job-killing tax.”

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