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North Tonawanda officials visit Senate chamber

Senator Maziarz shows North Tonawanda Mayor Robert Ortt (right) and his aide, Bob Welch (left) around the historic Senate chamber in Albany.

March 3, 2011
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UB 2020 legislation approved in Senate by a vote of 53-1.

Senator Maziarz speaks on March 2 after the State Senate overwhelmingly approved UB 2020 legislation.

March 3, 2011
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UB2020 overwhelmingly approved in Senate

The New York State Senate today passed “UB 2020”  legislation that supports the University at Buffalo’s strategic plan to encourage economic growth and create jobs in Western New York.  The bill benefits students, families and the economy of the entire region.Senator George Maziarz said, “We are following through on an issue that a bipartisan group of legislators and the vast majority of people we represent back home have identified as a top priority for Western New York.

March 2, 2011
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Supporting independent pharmacists and protecting consumer choice

Senator George Maziarz joined with independent pharmacists from around the state today to promote legislation he introduced (S.3510) that would prohibit health insurers from requiring prescribed drugs be obtained from mail order pharmacies.

March 2, 2011
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Senate pushing Power For Jobs reform

At a meeting held this afternoon in Albany, the New York State Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee unanimously approved legislation backed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to enact significant reforms to Power For Jobs, a key program that provides low-cost hydropower to support economic development.

March 1, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Senator George D. Maziarz, Chair 1:30 PM, Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Room 709 LOB

March 1, 1:30 PM - 1:39 PM
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Discussing energy efficiency in Monroe County

From left: Senator George Maziarz, Hope Hall Executive Director/Principal Sister Diana Dolce (SSJ), Jim Spaulding of the Eaton Corporation, and Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini.  This group met recently to discuss energy efficiency upgrades at Hope Hall, a school for “at-risk” students in Grades 3-12, in Gates.

February 23, 2011
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Senator Maziarz attends American Legion dinner in Orleans County

Senator Maziarz was an honored guest at a testimonial dinner for the visiting American Legion Department Commander, Ladies Auxiliary President, and Sons of the American Legion Detachment Commander at the Sheret Post #35 in Albion.  The Orleans County American Legion is part of the 8th District and includes: Sheret Post #35 in Albion, Butts-Clark Post #204 in Medina, Jewell-Buckman Post #529 in Holley, and Houseman-Tanner Post #1603 in Lyndonville.

February 22, 2011
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Oak Orchard Health expands

Senator George Maziarz helped cut the ribbon to mark the completion of a reconstruction and expansion project at Oak Orchard Health in Albion.  More room was added to the facility for doctors and patients thanks in part to HEAL-NY grant funding. 

February 22, 2011
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Getting feedback from agencies that serve the developmentally disabled

Senator George Maziarz recently attended a legislative luncheon co-hosted by Niagara Cerebral Palsy, Opportunities Unlimited, and Rivershore--Niagara County's three primary voluntary non-profit agencies.  The focus of the discussion was the impact of Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget cuts on these agencies and the people they serve.

February 22, 2011
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Senator Maziarz visits Spruce Elementary School

Senator George Maziarz recently visited Spruce Elementary School in North Tonawanda to meet with dozens of sixth graders and read the popular story, "The Giverbacker Parade."  Senator Maziarz fielded questions from the kids and spoke to them about the importance of giving back to their community. 

February 22, 2011
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Pointed questions to the OCFS Commissioner about the Renee Greco case

From a NYS Senate Budget hearing in Albany on February 16, 2011.

February 17, 2011
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"Laura Cummings' Law" introduced in State Legislature

State Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) introduced legislation (S.3306) today 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.  The measure is dubbed “Laura Cummings’ Law” in her memory.

February 16, 2011
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February 16, 2011
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Senate passes anti-crime bills

The New York State Senate yesterday passed a package of bills that would strengthen laws and toughen criminal penalties for certain sex offenses related to rape and child pornography. In addition, bills were passed to expand information on criminal background checks for individuals applying for employment in law enforcement and increasing penalties for the crime of criminally negligent homicide.

Legislation (S.1826), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-C, Rockville Centre), would require consecutive prison sentences for each separate act of rape when an individual is convicted of multiple counts.

February 15, 2011
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Sen. Maziarz not running for Congress

Last November, I was proud to play a pivotal role in helping Republicans regain the majority in the New York State Senate, not for any political gain but because I believe it re-established a strong voice for Upstate New York within state government.As part of the transition to the majority, I am now the third-ranking member in the Senate and the highest ranking Senator from Western New York since the days of one of my heroes, Senator Earl Brydges.  It is from this post, and the influence that comes with it, that I can have the greatest impact for our community.

February 11, 2011
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Niagara and Orleans youth travel to the Capital

Members of the Niagara and Orleans County Youth Bureaus visited Albany on February 8, 2011 to discuss their programs with Senator Maziarz.  From Orleans County: Ryan Haight-Albion, Michael Karcz-Albion, Courtney Traxler-Lyndonville, Ariel Strickland-Lyndonville, and Jocelyn Sikorski and Debbie Kerr-Rosenback (adults).  From Niagara County: Sean O'Brien-Niagara Falls, Kevin Palm-Lockport, Thomas Johnston-Niagara Falls, and Meghan Lutz (adult).

February 9, 2011
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Niagara University students visit Albany

February 8, 2011 was Niagara University Student Lobby Day in Albany.  Here a group of NU students meet with Senator George Maziarz to disucss higher education issues.

February 9, 2011
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February 8, 2011
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