George D. Maziarz's Press releases

"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

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

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

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

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

Senator Maziarz comments on Power NY bill signing

Enacting the Power New York plan was a collaborative process.  I commend Governor Cuomo for his involvement in helping us advance the legislation and for signing the bill into law today.

August 4, 2011

Wallenda visits Niagara Falls to discuss high wire walk

Productive discussions between famed high wire performer Nik Wallenda and state and local officials in New York continued today during a meeting held at the Top of the Falls Restaurant located within Niagara Falls State Park.  Wallenda and a team of his advisors laid out plans and answered questions from American officials about how a high wire walk above Niagara Falls could be accomplished logistically.  Earlier this

August 3, 2011

Senator Maziarz joins Governor in announcing WNY economic development council

Senator George Maziarz today joined Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in launching the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, which will redesign the relationship between the state government and businesses to stimulate regional economic development and create jobs statewide. They were joined by Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy, local officials, business leaders, and community members to launch the Regional Council at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. The Western New York Regional Council will be led by Satish K. Tripathi, President of University at Buffalo, and Howard A.

July 26, 2011

Property tax cap signed into law in Western New York

After signing the new property tax cap legislation into law today during a visit to Western New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo gave Senator George Maziarz, a strong advocate for tax relief, one of the pens he used to write his name on the document. 

Under the new law, property tax increases will be capped at 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less. Local communities and local voters could override the cap with a 60 percent vote on the budget for school boards or relevant legislative bodies.This cap on property taxes includes safeguards to ensure delivery of critical services for New Yorkers. There will be limited exceptions to the cap, including:

July 5, 2011

Senator Maziarz supports DEC plan to permit hydrofracking

As Chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, I have long been optimistic about drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale through ‘hydrofracking.’  This technology will increase the supply of natural gas available to us all.  We need natural gas to heat our homes, use our appliances, and make everything from steel to plastic to fertilizer to electricity.

July 1, 2011

Support growing for Wallenda walk over Niagara River Gorge

The Mayor of Niagara Falls, Ontario, has endorsed the plan to invite Nik Wallenda to perform a high-wire walk across the Niagara River above Niagara Falls.  Such a feat has not been accomplished legally in more than a century.  In a letter he recently sent to State Senator George Maziarz, Mayor James Diodati acknowledged the great potential for the act to put Niagara Falls in the world’s spotlight.

June 28, 2011

Historic "Power NY" plan approved in Legislature

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, announced that the State Senate has approved historic legislation (S.5844/A.8510) known as the Power New York Act.  This measure will permanently renew Article X of the Public Service Law, which governs the siting of power generation facilities in New York.  With no state siting regulations in place since the e

June 22, 2011

Olcott Beach land transfer OK'd by Legislature

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) and Assemblyman John Ceretto (R-I, Lewiston) are pleased to announce that the State Legislature approved a bill (S.4253-B/A.6855-B) to allow the ownership of the beachfront and terraced recreational area at Olcott Beach to be conveyed from Niagara County to the Town of Newfane.  Both local governments are seeking state approval for the transfer to ensure the summer operation and maintenance of Olcott Beach for the enjoyment of local residents.

June 21, 2011

Senate approves Renee's Law

The New York State Senate today passed “Renee’s Law,” which would help protect staff of the state’s youth residential programs and ensure appropriate placement of youth based on their criminal history. The bill (S.5565), co-sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C – Olean) and Senator George Maziarz (R,C – Newfane), was prompted by the brutal 2009 murder of Renee Greco committed by youth in her care. Renee Greco was only 24-years-old when she was bludgeoned to death while supervising troubled teenagers at a group home in Lockport, Niagara County.  

June 15, 2011

Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011

The New York State Senate today passed major ethics reform legislation, entitled the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011. The measure represents a three-way agreement with the Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo, and is a significant step toward restoring the public’s trust in government.

June 14, 2011

Caldwell honored as a Woman of Distinction

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that last month Christa Caldwell of Lockport was recognized as a 2011 New York State “Woman of Distinction.”

June 7, 2011

Laura Cummings' Law approved in Senate

The New York State Senate recently passed a measure to prevent child and adult abuse and expand the authority of protective workers to enable full investigations into allegations of abuse. The bill (S.3306B), is sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) due to the murder and abuse of Laura Cummings, a mentally and physically challenged young adult from Erie County.

Twenty-three-year-old Laura Cummings was murdered last year by her mother and suffered a lifetime of physical, mental, and sexual abuse by her mother and half-brother. The abuse was reported to Social Services officials on numerous occasions but no actions were taken to prevent the terrible conditions Laura endured.

June 6, 2011

Renee's Law introduced in Senate

A bill created as a result of the brutal murder of a Lockport group home worker two years ago has been introduced, according to the legislation’s co-sponsors Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C – Olean) and Senator George Maziarz (R,C – Newfane).

June 3, 2011


Legislation will protect New York’s most vulnerable citizens

State Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) announced that legislation to improve the operations of the Child and Adult Protective Services systems in order to prevent tragedies like the murder of 23-year old North Collins resident Laura Cummings unanimously passed in the New York State Senate today.  The measure has been dubbed the “Laura Cummings’ Law” in her memory.

May 26, 2011

Statement from Senator Maziarz on Indian Point nuclear safety hearing

The testimony provided at this hearing was invaluable in that it provided a fair and balanced assessment of the security situation at Indian Point, and in my mind demonstrated that the plant is taking the necessary steps to protect both its employees and the surrounding communities.



May 13, 2011
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