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.
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.
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.
With Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s signing of a youth archery bill last week, hunters aged 12 and 13 will be able to hunt big game during the coming archery season.
Previously, youths ages 12 and 13 could hunt small game with a parent or designated adult 21 or older. For years, State Sen. George D. Maziarz (R-Newfane) had sponsored a Senate bill to allow for a lowering of the archery hunting age from 14 to 12.
LOCKPORT, N.Y. — It's been almost two years since group home worker Renee Greco was bludgeoned to death by two residents during a burglary at Avenue House, a six bed group home in Lockport.
19-year-old Anthony Allen and 17-year-old Robert Thousand were convicted of her murder. Since her death, family and friends have been trying to get a law passed that would protect group home workers from violent youth offenders.
"The New York State office of Children and Family Services put her unnecessarily in grave danger," said state Senator George Maziarz (R).
"Renee, I believe very strongly, would still be alive if Renee's Law had been in place" said state Senator Cathy Young (R).
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.
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).
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.
Senator Maziarz recently hosted his free annual Small Business Development Seminar at Niagara County Community College in Sanborn. The event is held each year for aspiring entrepreneurs or for anyone looking for more information about growing a small business. The seminar, which included business development experts from across Western New York, presented valuable lessons about the small business world and what opportunities may be available.
Senator Maziarz recently joined other state, county and local officials at the Dale Association's 2011 Senior Forum. The event, held in conjunction with Older Americans Months, provided a great opportunity for seniors to ask questions of importance to the senior community.
Christa Caldwell, a respected resident of the City of Lockport, has exemplified the virtues of community service throughout her life and has made lasting contributions to organizations and institutions on behalf of the public good.
Retiring as Director of the Lockport Public Library in 1996 after serving in that role for 15 years, Ms. Caldwell was credited with many accomplishments to better serve patrons, including the computerization of library materials, a multi-million dollar building addition, and impressive fundraising. She continues to care deeply about library services and now serves as President of the NIOGA Library System Board of Trustees.