George D. Maziarz's Press releases

Senator George Maziarz named "Eco-Star" for environmental efforts

The New York League of Conservation Voters, which works to make environmental sustainability a top political and policy priority in New York State, has named Senator George Maziarz (62nd Senate District) a 2013 “Eco-Star” for his work on environmental initiatives in Albany.

October 15, 2013
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Senator Maziarz remains a member of Farm Bureau's "Circle of Friends"

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) has been included on the list of the New York Farm Bureau’s annual “Circle of Friends.”  The award indicates Senator Maziarz support of agriculture and the Farm Bureau during the past year.

October 4, 2013
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Summit for Smarter Schools is widely attended

Senator George Maziarz, Senator Tim Kennedy, and Assemblyman Sean Ryan last night hosted the “Summit for Smarter Schools” where a diverse set of stakeholders gathered for a substantive conversation about smarter schools reform and the future of education in New York State. A capacity crowd of over 2,000 people is expected to attend the Summit at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo.

October 3, 2013
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Senator Maziarz promotes liquefied natural gas facilities in New York

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee applauded last week’s action by the Department of Environmental Conservation in proposing regulations to allow for the construction and operation of new liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities under permit from the Department of Environmental Conservation.

October 2, 2013
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While great strides have been made in the fight against this deadly disease, there is still a long way to go: over 40,000 women (and 400 men) die annually of breast cancer.

October 2, 2013
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Niagara Wine Trail expansion signed into law

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation (S.1095-A) that expands and renames the Niagara Wine Trail system.  The new configuration, which takes effect immediately, extends the trail across all of Orleans County and into Western Monroe County, encompassing more wineries than ever before.

October 1, 2013
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Senate Energy Committee holds hearing in New York City regarding Indian Point

Yesterday morning the New York State Senate Committee on Energy and Telecommunications held a public hearing in New York City to discuss the Indian Point Contingency Plan being conducted by the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC). The hearing examined the impacts of potential outcomes on the state’s environment and particularly air quality, as well as ratepayer costs, reliability and competitive markets..

October 1, 2013
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New law restores funding cuts to the disabled community

Earlier this year, I stood with my Senate colleagues to block $120 million in cuts to programs that serve developmentally disabled New Yorkers.  While our efforts during the 2013-1014 budget negotiations restored some of the funding, programs throughout our state were still in danger due to a $90 million budget shortfall --- threatening to diminish access to important services for thousands of developmentally disabled citizens across the state.

Few issues this year have generated more input from concerned constituents. That's why I am pleased to announce that support for these vital programs will now be protected under legislation that Governor Andrew Cuomo just signed into law.

September 30, 2013
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Senator Maziarz focuses on Middleport remediation debate

The following is a "guest view" submitted to local newspapers by Senator George Maziarz and Assemblyman Jane Corwin:

September 26, 2013
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Orleans County school districts benefit from Bullet Aid

Senator George D. Maziarz is pleased to announce that he has secured “bullet aid” earmarks in the 2013-2014 state budget for school districts in Orleans County.  Each of the five school districts—Albion, Holley, Kendall, Lyndonville, and Medina—will receive $67,800 in bullet aid, which is above and beyond the regular state aid these districts are slated to receive.

Today’s announcement was made at the offices of the Albion Central School District, hosted by Albion Superintendent Mike Bonnewell.

September 9, 2013
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Breaking ground for Meadow Drive extension in North Tonawanda

Senator George Maziarz, Mayor Rob Ortt, Congressman Brian Higgins, former Congressman Thomas Reynolds, City Attorney Shawn Nickerson and other local officials participated in a ground breaking event for the long awaited Meadow Drive Extension which will extend from West to East between Nash Road and Erie Avenue.

August 28, 2013
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Message from Senator Maziarz: To continue to get tax relief, Basic STAR recipients must re-register

I have some very important news to share with homeowners in Western New York.  If you are a homeowner who receives a Basic STAR exemption for your school property taxes, you will need to register with the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance to keep getting the STAR exemption in 2014 and beyond.  This is part of a new effort to eliminate fraud and protect property taxpayers.

August 28, 2013
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State Still Taking Assessment Information for Summer Storms

The State came out with a new 1-800 number today for individuals and businesses to call and submit their assessment information from both the storm in Lockport on June 28th, and the storm that hit Niagara County on July 19th.  If you were unable to submit your information when the mobile command centers were in town, you can still submit information via this new number.  There are also individuals available to answer your questions.  The number is:

1-800-339-1759

August 26, 2013
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From the Union Sun & Journal: Maziarz to receive first "Friend of YWCA" award"

For more than 25 years, the YWCA of Niagara has provided food, housing, counseling and advocacy for some of the most fragile members of the Niagara County community; the hundreds of women and children, victims of domestic violence, victims who call the emergency hotline or come to the YWCA seeking lifesaving shelter and a chance at a new life for themselves and their children.

August 19, 2013
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Remembering Medal of Honor winner George "Bud" Day

One-time Niagara County resident George “Bud” Day, who led a stellar military career through three wars and received the Medal of Honor, died on July 27 at the age of 88.  He deserves to be remembered.

August 16, 2013
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State funds available to repair flood damage to private property

If you or someone you know in the Lockport area suffered property damage during the late June flood, this message is for you: the State of New York is making a total of $2,000,000 available to help Niagara County residents repair and rebuild.

These dollars—earmarked in the state budget for emergencies such as ours—will be very helpful to local residents because there was not enough damage to trigger FEMA aid, and insurance providers do not cover all losses.

July 18, 2013
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FEDEX TO DONATE SHIPPING FOR LOCAL PEACE CORP VOLUNTEER

Senator George D. Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that thanks to the generous donation of FedEx, local Peace Corp volunteer Luis Rivera is able to ship equipment to Botswana for a team he started during his service in that country.

 

July 17, 2013
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Upcoming public meeting on Lake Ontario lake levels

If you are concerned about extremely low or high water levels in Lake Ontario, as I am, I urge you to attend a special upcoming public hearing where you can make your views known.

July 9, 2013
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Senator Maziarz announces library construction funding

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) announced that several libraries in his district will benefit from Public Library Construction Grant Program funds.  The grants are made from $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2012-2013 state budget.

The awardees are as follows:

June 20, 2013
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Lakeside Reborn as URMC's Strong West

Less than two months after Lakeside Health System officially closed its hospital to patients, the Lakeside Board today announced plans to sell most of the system’s assets to the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). The deal breathes new life into the West Avenue campus in Brockport, reestablishing urgent care and outpatient services to support Brockport-area physicians and patients.

June 18, 2013
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