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Ranzenhofer to retire from state Senate at end of term

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Amherst state Senator Michael Ranzenhofer has announced he will not run for reelection in 2020.Ranzenhofer, 65, has represented the 61st District as a Republican, which stretches from the Buffalo suburbs to Rochester, since 2008. Before that, Ranzenhofer was an Erie County legislator for two decades.

In a statement, Ranzenhofer says he will continue to fight for the residents in his district through the remainder of his term, after which he will retire.

“Today I am announcing that I will not seek re-election and will retire from the NYS Senate at the end of next year. 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. 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,” Ranzenhoer said, in the statement.

Ranzenhofer told The Buffalo News the Republican Party's loss of control of the Senate did not factor into his decision.

Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.