Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Senator George D. Maziarz, Chair 1:30 PM, Tuesday, February 14, 2012 Room 709 LOB

February 14, 1:30 PM - 1:34 PM

Senator Maziarz's Weekly Update on "Your Voice"

Senator Maziarz talks this week about the passage of Abbagail's law, the Governor's Budget Proposal and Redistricting

February 3, 2012

New York State Designates Cambria Technology Park "Shovel Ready"

Senator Maziarz joined local leaders on February 2, 2012 to announce that the Cambria high-tech business park on Lockport Road  has been certified “shovel ready” by New York State.  The “shovel ready” certification means all major permitting issues have been addressed prior to a business expressing interest in the location.  The certification is key to attracting businesses with good paying jobs for local residents since the lengthy and costly permitting process is already complete.  Local and state officials worked closely together and were aided by a $300,000 grant from National Grid to achieve the “shovel ready” status. 

February 2, 2012

Senator Maziarz Reacts to Senate Passage of Extension of DNA Bank

Recently the Senate approved legislation, co-sponsored by the Senator that would expand the state DNA Bank, the largest expansion since its implementation in 1994.  Not only will this expansion help local and state officials solve more crimes, but it will also help exonerate those who were wrongfully convicted.  Senator Maziarz reacts to the passage after session on January 31, 2012.  

February 1, 2012

Senator Maziarz introduces local deputies to the Chamber as State Deputies of the Year

During session on January 30, 2012 Senator Maziarz introduced two Niagara County Sheriff's Department deputies to the chamber as they were selected by the State as Deputies of the Year.  Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Andres and Deputy Sheriff Shawn Grapes, both of the Niagara County Sheriff's Department were honored with this year's award for the action they took in rescuing fellow deputy Allen Gerhardt who crashed during a hot pursuit.  

January 31, 2012


          Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that legislation (S.164C) he sponsors known as “Abbagail’s Law” was approved in the State Senate this afternoon by a vote of 45-1.   Abbagail’s Law would make it clear that any individual acting as a supervising driver while under the influence of alcohol or drugs shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. It also creates the crime of aggravated supervising a driver while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which shall be a Class E felony.  

January 24, 2012

Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Senator George D. Maziarz, Chair 9:30 AM, Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Room 709 LOB

January 31, 9:30 AM - 9:32 AM

Your Voice of January 18, 2012: Senator Maziarz talks about the Governor's budget, energy issues, and growing the Niagara Falls airport

A new year, and a new legislative session in Albany.  That means Senator Maziarz will participate in his weekly "Your Voice" show from the capitol, updating his constituents about issues happening in state government.

In this show, Senator Maziarz talks about his reaction to Governor Cuomo's budget proposal, an "energy highway" in New York, energy priorities for the future, and efforts to grow the Niagara Falls International Airport. 

January 19, 2012

Calling for independent investigation of Niagara County SPCA; move toward "no kill" methods for sheltering animals

“Since my press release of January 3, I have spoken at length with local government leaders and representatives of both local and national animal welfare organizations.  These individuals have further convinced me that a truly independent and transparent investigation of the allegations concerning the Niagara County SPCA (NC SPCA) is absolutely necessary.  

January 17, 2012

Stanley Maziarz of North Tonawanda honored by Sikora Post

On  Friday January 13, 2012 Stanley Maziarz of North Tonawanda was honored at a reception held by the Sikora Post in North Tonawanda for being named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the President of France.  Senator Maziarz had the distinct pleasure of speaking about Stanley's great accomplishments as well as presenting him with his original letter from President Nicholas Sarkozy framed.  Senator was joined at this event by numerous veteran members of the Sikora Post, Niagara County Sheriff Jim Voutour, North Tonawanda Mayor Rob Ortt, City of Tonawanda Mayor and North Tonawanda native Ron Pilozzi and elected officials from the City of North Tonawanda.  Senatory Maziarz stated that it was a pleasure to attend such an event to honor a hero of this country.

January 17, 2012

Senator Maziarz thanks local veterans who pushed for new law

Today at North Tonawanda City Hall, Senator George Maziarz thanked two local veterans, John Zaleski and Walt Buchalski, for their advocacy on behalf of those who have served their country in the military.  The two North Tonawanda residents presented Senator Maziarz with the idea for a new law (Chapter 16 of the Laws of 2011) that encourages municipalities to erect bulletin boards displaying helpful information for veterans in their city, town or village halls.  In turn, Senator Maziarz, presented John and Walt with framed “pen certificates” in honor of Governor Cuomo signing the bill into law last year. 

January 13, 2012

New group formed to promote Niagara Falls Airport

At a press conference this morning, Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) joined key boosters of the Niagara Falls International Airport to announce the creation of the Niagara Falls International Airport Stakeholders Group, Inc., a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization that will work to promote the further development and utilization of the new, state-of-the art passenger terminal that opened in December 2009.

January 12, 2012

Iran Divestment Act approved in State Legislature

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) praised legislation (S.5917-A) approved in Albany yesterday that would prohibit companies doing $20 million or more in business with Iran’s energy industry from entering or renewing state or local government contracts in New York.

As Chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, Senator Maziarz co-sponsored the “Iran Divestment Act of 2012” and advocated strongly for its passage.

January 10, 2012

Senate confirms Gil Quiniones to lead New York Power Authority

Today the New York State Senate unanimously confirmed Gil Quiniones to be the President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Power Authority.

January 9, 2012

Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Senator George D. Maziarz, Chair 10:00 AM, Monday, January 9, 2012 Room 124 CAP

January 9, 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

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

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

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

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

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