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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
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Happy Fourth of July!

Senator George Maziarz and Assemblyman Steve Hawley marched in Lyndonville's popular annual 4th of July parade. 

July 4, 2011
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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
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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
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Niagara Power Project celebrates its 50th anniversary

Senator George Maziarz spoke at a ceremony today marking the 50th anniversary of the Niagara Power Project in Lewiston.  The facility, which opened in 1961, is the third largest hydroelectric plant in the nation.

June 28, 2011
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Senator Maziarz helps open new Splash Park in Olcott

Senator George Maziarz joined local officials today to mark the opening of a new Splash Park and Fitness Trail at Krull Park in Olcott.  The amenities were constructed by Niagara County through grant monies from the New York Office of State Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.  This morning, the ribbon was cut and the water was turned on for the first time.  A group of children were already waiting to get wet and cool off!

June 28, 2011
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SUNY2020 plan lays groundwork for public higher education

For the first time in the history of the State University of New York (SUNY), students and families will be able to properly plan for the cost of a college education in a predictable manner. The NYSUNY 2020 plan, enacted into law at the end of the recently-concluded Legislative Session, will allow each State University of New York and City University of New York (SUNY and CUNY) campus to raise tuition by $300 per year for five years. This plan replaces an era of dramatic tuition increases with a system that is predictable and empowers students and parents to plan for college expenses.

June 27, 2011
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Sen. Maziarz' floor comments on Power NY

Here are Senator George Maziarz' remarks made on the Senate floor on the late evening of June 22, 2011 in support of Power NY--legislation he co-authored to allow for the siting of power plants in New York to meet the state's growing energy needs

June 24, 2011
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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
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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
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A visit to the Senate chamber

Senator George Maziarz welcomes (from left) Emily Reid, Hannah Hagerty, Elizabeth Reid, and Meredith Reid to the Senate chamber.

June 20, 2011
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Construction below Grand Central Station

Senator George Maziarz and a number of his legislative colleagues recently tour the massive ongoing construction project below Grand Central Station in Manhattan.  The multi-billion dollar Eastside Access Project will bring Long Island Railroad trains into the terminal.

June 17, 2011
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State moves to dissolve obsolete Medina agencies

From the Batavia Daily News...

Senator George Maziarz, R-C, Newfane, announced that the State Senate Thursday gave final passage to legislation requested by the village of Medina that would dissolve its Urban Renewal Agency and Housing Authority.

''These two authorities, like scores of others in small communities around the state, have been defunct for decades,'' Maziarz said. ''By formally dissolving them, we are taking a small but tangible step to reduce the size of government.''

According to Assemblyman Steve Hawley, R-I-C, Batavia, the bill's sponsor in the Assembly, the measure was approved unanimously in that chamber on Tuesday.

June 17, 2011
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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
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Senator Maziarz honors Veterans Hall of Fame Inductee Margaret Gill

Senator George Maziarz tells the story of the late Margaret Gill of North Tonawanda, who was recently inducted into the NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.  Gill was a distinguished US Army nurse during World War II.

June 15, 2011
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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
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Improving safety along Dysinger Road

Senator George Maziarz recently met with NYS Department of Transportation officials to encourage them to take actions to improve pedestrian safety along Dysinger Road in the Town of Lockport.  There have been several recent accidents in the busy corridor.

June 13, 2011
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Celebrating the Lewiston Garden Club

Senator George Maziarz and Assemblyman John Ceretto met this morning with the members of the Lewiston Garden Club.  The Club is busy getting ready for the Lewiston Garden Fest on June 25 and 26.

June 10, 2011
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Margaret Gill

After growing up in North Tonawanda and earning a nursing degree in Buffalo, Margaret Gill enlisted in the US Army in May 1941.  In the immediate aftermath of the Allied invasion on D-Day, Margaret and her fellow nurses established a field hospital in Normandy for General Patton’s Third Army and operated there for several months.  On Christmas morning, the hospital was moved to Bastogne where it was under constant enemy fire.  The camp had only three walls and no roof, but continued to treat wounded soldiers in the cold and in the snow.  Margaret later was assigned to the 60th Division and treated victims of the infamous Dachau concentration camp upon its liberation.

June 9, 2011
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Gates Memorial Day Service

Senator George Maziarz spoke at the Town of Gates Memorial Day Service on May 30, 2011.

June 9, 2011
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