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.
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.
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.
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).
(Op-ed piece that ran in The Buffalo News, January 2010, by: Congressman Chris Lee, Senator George Maziarz, Senator MichaelRanzenhofer, Assemblyman Jim Hayes, Assemblyman JackQuinn, 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.
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.
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.
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."
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.