George D. Maziarz's News items

Councilman inducted into state Hall of Fame

By Michael Regan 

The Tonawanda News

July 3, 2014

Energy chair pushes Cuomo on Finger Lakes propane storage

By Scott Waldman 3:13 p.m. | Jul. 1, 2014 - Capital NY


ALBANY—The chair of the State Senate's energy committee is urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make a decision on propane storage facility in the Finger Lakes after five years of delay.

July 1, 2014

Give consumers a choice on prescriptions

An op-ed piece published in the Albany Times-Union on August 2, 2011.  Submitted by Senator George Maziarz and Assemblyman Carl Heastie.

We are a Democratic assemblyman from an urban district in the Bronx, and a Republican senator from a rural and suburban western New York district. What do we agree on? Not much.

But we have something important in common. We have heard repeated concerns from constituents who were blocked from filling prescriptions at neighborhood pharmacies that have served their families for generations. It turns out their insurance providers forced them to buy prescriptions from mail-order companies rather than their trusted pharmacists.

August 2, 2011

State moves to dissolve obsolete Medina agencies

From the Batavia Daily News...

Senator George Maziarz, R-C, Newfane, announced that the State Senate Thursday gave final passage to legislation requested by the village of Medina that would dissolve its Urban Renewal Agency and Housing Authority.

''These two authorities, like scores of others in small communities around the state, have been defunct for decades,'' Maziarz said. ''By formally dissolving them, we are taking a small but tangible step to reduce the size of government.''

According to Assemblyman Steve Hawley, R-I-C, Batavia, the bill's sponsor in the Assembly, the measure was approved unanimously in that chamber on Tuesday.

June 17, 2011

Young archers can now tackle big game


With Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s signing of a youth archery bill last week, hunters aged 12 and 13 will be able to hunt big game during the coming archery season.

Previously, youths ages 12 and 13 could hunt small game with a parent or designated adult 21 or older. For years, State Sen. George D. Maziarz (R-Newfane) had sponsored a Senate bill to allow for a lowering of the archery hunting age from 14 to 12.

June 8, 2011

Governor signs net metering bill; announces grants for renewables


A bill meant to ease regulations on farmers and others who at least partially produce their own energy was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, according to one of the bill’s sponsors.

The new law, which was pushed by Senate Energy Chair George Maziarz, R-Newfane, Niagara County and Bronx Assemblyman Marcus Crespo, allows for the net metering of energy production happen off site.

June 8, 2011

Renee's Law introduced in Senate


LOCKPORT, N.Y. — It's been almost two years since group home worker Renee Greco was bludgeoned to death by two residents during a burglary at Avenue House, a six bed group home in Lockport.

19-year-old Anthony Allen and 17-year-old Robert Thousand were convicted of her murder. Since her death, family and friends have been trying to get a law passed that would protect group home workers from violent youth offenders.

"The New York State office of Children and Family Services put her unnecessarily in grave danger," said state Senator George Maziarz (R).

"Renee, I believe very strongly, would still be alive if Renee's Law had been in place" said state Senator Cathy Young (R).

June 8, 2011

Kidnap bill allows for age

Tonawanda News, May 20, 2010... by Neale Gulley

May 24, 2010

Medicaid expansion will compound state’s crisis

(Op-ed piece that ran in The Buffalo News, January 2010, by: Congressman Chris Lee, Senator George Maziarz, Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, Assemblyman Jim Hayes, Assemblyman Jack Quinn, Assemblyman Stephen Hawley and Assemblywoman Jane Corwin.)

The final health care legislation shaping up in Washington may have a direct, negative impact on our state budget crisis in Albany.

January 25, 2010

Senator Maziarz Supports Historic SUNY Reforms

Gov. David A. Paterson announced today (Jan. 15, 2010) that he will include in his 2010 Executive Budget significant reforms that would give SUNY—and UB—the financial flexibility to position the system and university to play a major role in the state’s economic resurgence and support UB 2020 as a basis for economic transformation in Western New York.

January 15, 2010

Niagara Falls Airport written up in Myrtle Beach newspaper

Myrtle Beach receives N.Y. kudos

By Monique


Several area leaders traveled to Niagara Falls, N.Y., Friday after Myrtle Beach was honored for boosting the traffic to Niagara Falls International Airport and demonstrating the need for building a new and improved terminal there.

December 19, 2009

Vigil held for domestic abuse victims

Mother pushes for Kari Ann Gorman Law
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - They are among the silent victims of domestic violence and on Thursday night, a local community gathered to remember them.

Silhouettes stand beside an empty dinner table.

At each place setting is the name of a woman.

They are murder victims of domestic violence.

December 10, 2009
September 9, 2009

State OKs low-cost power for Yahoo! facility

By Jonathan D. Epstein


Gov. David A. Paterson announced Tuesday that Yahoo! would bring a new data center and more than 100 jobs to Western New York, but the Internet company said it is still considering other states.

May 20, 2009

Is It Time for Term Limits?

From WGRZ (Channel 2 News)

Over a dozen states around the country have term limits. An exclusive poll conducted for 2 On Your Side reveals that an overwhelming number of state residents would like to see reform by means of limiting the number of years a lawmaker serves in Albany.

Senator Dale Volker has served in Albany over three decades. He is opposed to term limits, but he admits "oh, it's been talked about for years."

May 7, 2009

State transit funding targets NYC but excludes upstate

By Tom Precious


ALBANY — A deal approved Wednesday for New York City’s transportation system contains no funding to fix upstate roads and bridges.

May 7, 2009

Maziarz is GOP attack dog

By Robert J. McCarthy

Even by politician standards, State Sen. George D. Maziarz ranks in recent days as the meanest attack dog in the Albany junkyard.

The Newfane Republican is growling at Democrats on radio and television and barking in the newspapers.

He rants at public hearings, submits letters to the editor and isn’t bashful about calling reporters.

May 5, 2009

Maziarz Plan to Eliminate Utility Tax


We continue to hear from Western New Yorkers frustrated and confused about the new state budget that includes new fees and taxes. Now, one lawmaker is taking the governor up an offer to get rid of an unpopular new tax.

"I don't think we need any more taxes," said Don Liddle.

Liddle says he watches what he spends and how much heat he uses. But thanks to the state's new budget, a new utility tax will charge electric and gas companies an additional two percent on their gross revenue which they would then pass on to their customers.

April 19, 2009
April 17, 2009

Insightful Commentary From the Buffalo News on Power Rate Hikes

N.Y. Power Authority surplus will go to state, not customers

article by Donn Esmonde

March 23, 2009
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