State Sen. George Maziarz (R,C,I-Newfane) and Assemblyman John Ceretto (R,C,I-Lewiston) today sent a letter to the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation asking the agency to reconsider a plan to place a new, 7,000 square foot Parks Police Station on the Niagara River Gorge. Maziarz and Ceretto said that the station would detract from the natural beauty of the Niagara River Gorge and that there are alternative sights that the city of Niagara Falls has suggested to the Parks Department for the police station.
Senator George Maziarz (R-I-C, Newfane), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, expressed outrage and disbelief at the revelations from yesterday’s meeting of the Public Service Commission (PSC) suggesting that the commission has failed to properly monitor the collection of taxes from the onerous 18-a surcharge, allowing ratepayers to be overcharged by $250 million.
In early May, Senator George Maziarz and his legislative colleagues wrote to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to call on that state agency to extend the public comment period on CWM’s expansion proposal by an additional sixty days. Today the DEC announced they will heed this request and push back the deadline for the public to submit written comments from early July to September 5, 2014.
On Wednesday, June 4, 2014, Senator George joined several of his legislative colleagues and leaders of the Seneca Nation of Indians to host a discussion on heroin abuse and reform in our society. Senator Maziarz is a member of the NYS Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction and also Chairman of the NYS Senate Select Committee on State-Native American Affairs. The officials heard from many experts in health care, law enforcement, and other areas as they gather input to improve state policies with respect to dealing with addiction.
The New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction today released a report summarizing the findings of statewide forums held to examine the issues surrounding the increase in drug abuse, addiction and drug related crimes in New York. The report includes a comprehensive package of bills recommended for action this legislative session that target prevention, treatment, and enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony provided by dozens of experts, parents, and concerned New Yorkers.
In honor of the many brave troops serving our nation overseas, Senator George Maziarz is partnering with Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, Congressman Chris Collins, the Blue Star Mothers, Boy Scouts of America and a number of local grocery stores to collect items for care packages to send to the men and women of our nation’s Armed Forces stationed in remote areas around the globe. This inaugural Support Our Troops Drive is open to the public to make contributions through May and June.
In 2013 Senator George Maziarz and his colleagues authored a new law designating Route 98 as the "Genesee and Orleans Veterans Memorial Highway." Yesterday he had the honor of joining local veterans for the unveiling of signage in the Town of Carlton.
A Western New York native, Bob Clark of North Tonawanda had nearly a 40 year career of continuous and notable military service.
Mr. Clark served in the United States Navy from 1965 through 1970, during which time he was deployed to Vietnam. He was awarded a Bronze Star for Heroism and a Purple Heart for wounds received while assisting injured Marines during the conflict. Stateside, Mr. Clark continued his affiliation with the Naval Reserve and the New York State Naval Militia for the next 25 years, rising to the distinguished rank of Command Master Chief.
Senator George Maziarz today announced that Deanna Alterio Brennen of Lewiston, the President and CEO of the Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce, has been recognized as a 2014 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.”
Deanna Alterio Brennen of Lewiston is a leader in the Niagara County business community. In addition to growing up in a family business and being a small business owner herself for many years, Ms. Brennen has provided professional leadership in helping other businesses succeed throughout her career. Her real world experiences with owning and operating Quote & Quill and Arbor Tree & Land Care established a foundation from which she could use her talents to help others achieve great results in the business world.
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.