Michael Ranzenhofer to retire from NYS Senate

Ranzenhofer leaves senate seat after serving last decade in it

Mike Baggerman
December 06, 2019 - 1:58 pm

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AMHERST, N.Y. (WBEN) - New York State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer will retire from his seat in Albany at the end of his term in 2020. 

"It has been the highest privilege to represent the many communities of WNY and I am proud of what we have accomplished together on behalf of residents," Ranzenhofer said in a statement. "Despite my decision to retire, I will continue to fight for the residents of the 61st Senate District throughout the remainder of my term.   After many years of serving the community, I look forward to spending more time with my family.”

Ranzenhofer has held the seat since 2009. He previously served as a member of the Erie County Legislature from 1989 to 2008.

Erie County GOP Chairman Karl Simmeth told WBEN that he found out on Thursday night that Ranzenhofer was leaving the senate. He said he was disappointed to hear he's leaving and described him as a "statesman".

"We'll move on and we'll get some candidates together to try and put forth a candidate and run with it," Simmeth said.

The 61st senate district represents Amherst, Clarence, Akron, and parts of Genesee County including the City of Batavia.

Simmeth said that one candidate in mind to replace Ranzenhofer is Erie County Legislator Ed Rath.

 

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