George D. Maziarz's Press releases

Senator Maziarz reacts to State of the State Address

 

We accomplished much last year, and I’m optimistic that the Legislature can continue to work with Governor Cuomo to achieve more in 2012, specifically in the areas of economic development and energy.

January 4, 2012
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Community leaders question misconduct at Niagara SPCA, demand accountability

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), Senator Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo), and Assemblyman John Ceretto (R-I, Lewiston)—state leaders representing Niagara County—joined a host of elected officials today in denouncing the reprehensible allegations of widespread animal maltreatment at the Niagara County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). 

Recent media reports have detailed unprecedented amounts of dog and cat euthanizations and horrifying charges of medical maltreatment in recent months.

January 3, 2012
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Legislators back investments in Niagara Falls State Park

Today Assemblyman John Ceretto and Senator George Maziarz voiced their support for increased funding for Niagara Falls State Park, which was announced yesterday at a meeting of New York State Park officials.

December 16, 2011
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Senator Maziarz touts anti-mandatory mail order pharmacy bill signing

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation that (S.3510-B/A.5502-B) would prohibit health insurance providers from requiring that their customers obtain prescription drugs from mail order pharmacies only.

December 13, 2011
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Economic development progress for the Niagara region

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) today acknowledged the positive impact that substantial awards from the Regional Economic Development Council initiative will have in the Niagara Region.  The awards were revealed by Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders this morning in Albany.

December 8, 2011
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Senate passes $3.3 billion tax cut and job creation plan

The New York State Senate has passed the Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan that will reduce taxes for millions of hardworking, middle-class taxpayers to their lowest levels in more than half a century. In addition, the comprehensive plan will help strengthen our economy and create new jobs by eliminating the job-killing MTA payroll tax for more than 78 percent of the small employers that pay the tax. The plan will provide a total of more than $3.3 billion in tax relief to individuals and businesses.

December 8, 2011
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Penn State scandal inspires state legislation to bring child abusers to justice

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) today announced that he is introducing legislation in the New York State Senate to close a loophole in the state’s child abuse reporting requirements.  The bill would add new individuals to the list of mandatory reporters of child abuse in New York: college coaches, athletic directors, professors, graduate assistants, administrators, and college presidents.

November 17, 2011
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HEAP applications accepted beginning November 16

HEAP is a federally funded program that provides heating benefits to supplement a household's annual energy cost. HEAP also provides emergency assistance for households in a heat or heat related energy emergency. Additionally, HEAP assists with furnace repairs and/or replacements for households with inoperable heating equipment.

Visit http://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/apply/ for more information.

November 14, 2011
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Businesses can apply for ReCharge NY benefits until end of November

The deadine to apply for the ReCharge New York Power Program is 4:00 PM on Wednesday, November 30, 2011.  Up to 100 megawatts will be awarded to small businesses and not-for-profits in the competitive process, for delivery beginning in July 2012.

Visit https://apps.cio.ny.gov/apps/cfa/ for more details.

November 14, 2011
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Farm Bureau's 'Circle of Friends" includes Senator Maziarz

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that he has again been welcomed into the New York Farm Bureau’s “Circle of Friends.”  The award, bestowed by the state’s largest farm advocacy organization, is an indication of Senator Maziarz’ support of New York agriculture and the Farm Bureau during the 2011 legislative session.

October 25, 2011
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Senator Maziarz gets an "A" for supporting libraries

Senator George Maziarz is pleased to announce that he has earned an “A” grade from the New Yorkers for Better Libraries Political Action Committee.  This PAC recently released rankings of state legislators based on legislative support for libraries and library users.

October 25, 2011
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Senecas commend initial Select Committee hearing

We recently testified at the first meeting of the New York State Senate Select Committee on State-Native American Relations. A forum of this nature has long been missing in the state capitol. This new committee embodies what Senator George Maziarz and the other senators who serve on this committee recognize is the urgent need for a productive dialogue between the State of New York and the Indian Nations and tribes located within the state. For too long, New York State's leaders made decisions that impacted the Seneca and other native peoples without having an adequate understanding of our history, our culture, and our sovereign and treaty rights.

September 26, 2011
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Bill allowing Nik Wallenda high wire walk over Niagara Falls signed into law


Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation (A.8206-a/S.4844-a) that would allow Nik Wallenda to perform a high wire walk between the United States and Canada over Niagara Falls. The measure was approved by the State Legislature in June 2011 and, according to the law, Wallenda will have one year from today to perform the walk. The remaining hurdle is for Wallenda to obtain approvals from Canadian officials.

September 23, 2011
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Senator Maziarz recognized with award for supporting youth services

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) has been presented with the first-ever Mary Lucariello Legislative Award from the Western New York Youth Bureau Association.  The award was announced at the Association’s Presentation and Awards Breakfast held at Woodlawn Beach Lodge in Blasdell this morning.

September 22, 2011
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State-Native American committee holds hearing in Albany

This morning the New York State Senate Select Committee on State-Native American Relations held a public hearing in Albany to advance a productive dialogue between Indian nations and state government.  Representatives of the Oneida, Seneca, and St. Regis Mohawk Indian Nation met with a bipartisan group of state senators to talk about economic development and challenges facing their tribes.

September 21, 2011
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"New York Remembers" exhibit highlights 9/11 anniversary

Senator George Maziarz joined Governor Andrew Cuomo, family members of victims, and first responders at the Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College to commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11th via the New York Remembers exhibition.  In the accompanying photo, Senator Maziarz poses with Mr. & Mrs. Len Castriano, Sr, who lost their son in the World Trade Center attacks.

September 8, 2011
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Statement from Senator George Maziarz

As a proponent of safe drilling in the Marcellus Shale, I’m very encouraged by the draft SGEIS study released today.

September 8, 2011
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WNY Delegation pushing for Laura Cummings Law

Members of the Western New York Legislative Delegation gathered Monday morning to provide key updates on their collaborative efforts to enact Laura Cummings Law, a bill named in honor of the young developmentally disabled Erie County woman who was murdered by her mother in January 2010 after years of abuse and mistreatment.

August 22, 2011
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WWII veteran Margaret Gill honored in North Tonawanda

The late Margaret Gill, a US Army nurse who grew up in North Tonawanda, has been inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame, according to Senator George Maziarz.  A plaque commemorating Gill’s service was unveiled today in North Tonawanda City Hall.

August 19, 2011
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Senators support NYSUNY 2020

All six state senators from Western New York have joined together to release the following statement in support of the signing of the NYSUNY 2020 legislation (S.5855-A/A.8519) into law:

August 9, 2011
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