Today the Public Service Commission approved a joint proposal that includes a rate freeze for Western New York customers of the National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation starting immediately through September 30, 2015. The customer-friendly joint proposal also requires the utility to refund $5.5 million to customers and provide $2 million to fund home-weatherization projects and a furnace replacement program for low-income customers in the Buffalo region.
Senator George Maziarz, Assemblyman John Ceretto, and Assemblywoman Jane Corwin have sent a letter to the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Conservation urging that the 60-day public comment period on the CWM hazardous waste landfill expansion that begins today be extended to 120-days. A copy of the letter is attached.
Senator George Maziarz (R-Newfane) and Assemblyman Sean Ryan (D-Buffalo) today announced their joint efforts to advance legislation that would restrict private lobbyists from obtaining pensions through the New York State and Local Retirement System.
State Sen. George Maziarz (R,C,I-Newfane) and Assemblyman John Ceretto (R,C,I-Lewiston) are working to protect the health of Wheatfield residents and the surrounding communities by asking the DEC to revoke permits that allow the Quasar Energy Group to dump an industrial byproduct called equate on land in Western New York. Residents have raised serious concerns about the practice and their voices need to be taken into consideration. Ceretto has joined with State Sen.
Brunner International near Medina is embarking on a multi-million dollar expansion project with support from Empire State Development (ESD) and the Orleans Economic Development Agency. The $10 million venture will include construction of a new 48,000-square foot building at Brunner's Bates Road site, and will create up to 35 new jobs and retain 363 jobs. Brunner, which is a leading international producer of components for heavy-duty truck and trailers, chose to expand its current operations in New York State rather than relocate to other out-of-state locations.
Senator George D. Maziarz is pleased to announce that legislation he cosponsored to make New York State more relevant in presidential elections was approved in both chambers of the Legislature by overwhelming margins yesterday.
The “National Popular Vote” bill (S.3149-A/A.4422-A) would allow New York to enter into an interstate agreement through which all member states would award their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the nationwide popular vote.
Senator George Maziarz, New York State’s executive committee member on the interstate Great Lakes Legislative Caucus, today sent the attached letter to the United States Army Corps of Engineers urging federal action to halt the spread of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes. The Asian Carp is an invasive species that currently poses a tremendous threat to the ecology of native species within Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, and other nearby freshwater resources.
Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to examine the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction. Senator Maziarz will serve as a member of the Task Force.
Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that today the Senate approved legislation (S.2031-A) to change how members of the New York State Board of Regents are selected. The 17-member Board of Regents is responsible for supervising educational activities in the state, including the public education system and the SUNY system.
Senator George Maziarz and members of the Senate Republican Conference today unveiled their “Young Farmers NY” plan to address issues related to the advancing average age of New York farmers and to preserve the future of family farming. The initiative will support and encourage a new generation of farmers and help strengthen the state’s leading industry for decades to come.
“Young Farmers NY,” which was announced today at a Capitol news conference, is a series of proposals to smooth the transfer of farmland to the next generation, preserve existing farmland, and help young farmers overcome obstacles to give them a greater opportunity for a successful career in agriculture.
Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) was recently presented with the 2013 Industry Appreciation Award from the Buffalo Niagara Builders Association. The prestigious award was presented to Senator Maziarz “in recognition of industry excellence.”
Starting with the New York State Transmission and Reliability Study (STARS) that identified significant bottlenecks in our transmission infrastructure back in 2010, policymakers and the public alike have become very aware of the significant and persistent problems that an aging and inefficient transmission system has created. Make no mistake—these negative consequences affect each and every New Yorker.
Thousands upon thousands of New Yorkers are working long hours, cutting back on expenses, and saving every penny to be able to afford a college education for themselves or their children. These New Yorkers know that a college degree is a ticket to career success in today’s workforce. They also know that it doesn’t come cheap.
Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) and Assemblyman John Ceretto (R-Lewiston) today announced that they are giving their full support to their constituent, Lewiston resident Dr. Walter S. Polka, in his effort to be chosen to serve on the New York State Board of Regents as an at-large member.
Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that Independent Health has agreed to renew its contract with New York State to offer Medicaid Managed Care, known as MediSource, in Niagara County.