Senator Maziarz, along with MPP Kim Craitor and NYS Assemblymen John Ceretto & Dennis Gabryszak, welcomed daredevil Nik Wallenda to the Niagara Falls International Airport for a press conference to further discuss plans related to Nik's upcoming 1,800 foot walk across the Niagara Gorge on a high-wire. The attached video is footage from the press conference.
Members of the Niagara and Orleans County Youth Bureaus recently visited Albany to discuss their programs with Senator Maziarz. Meghan Lutz (Niagara County Youth Bureau), Thomas G. Johnston (Niagara Falls), Sean O'Brien (Niagara Falls), Senator Maziarz, Katie Richardson (Kendall), Marisa Hanlon (Kendall), Jocelyn Sikorski (Orleans County Youth Bureau).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.