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"Recharge New York" part of final budget agreement

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to report that long-term reforms and enhancements to the Power For Jobs program are part of the three-way budget agreement between the Governor, Senate, and Assembly. The budget plan expected to be passed in Albany this week includes provisions for the creation and implementation of the successor program to Power For Jobs, to be known as “Recharge New York.”

March 29, 2011
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March 29, 2011
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Sales tax exemption on clothing and shoes returns on 4/1

Senator George D. Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) today announced that beginning on April 1, the State of New York will once again exempt its share of sales tax (4%) on clothing and shoes. This exemption will apply to items under $55 in value until April 1, 2012, when it will apply to clothing and shoes under $110.

March 29, 2011
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Senator Maziarz meets with constituents in Monroe County

State Senator George Maziarz recently had the opportunity to join Congressman Tom Reed during a "town hall" meeting in the Town of Gates.

March 28, 2011
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Honoring Dr. Mruczek's distinguished career

Senator George Maziarz recently attended the retirement dinner held in honor of Dr. Arthur Mruczek of Medina.  A packed house filled the Ridgeway Fire Hall to pay tribute to this dedicated medical professional and community leader. 

March 28, 2011
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Meeting with sportsmen and sportswomen

Senator George Maziarz recently attended the annual dinner of Orleans County sportsmen at the VFW Club in Medina.

March 28, 2011
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Public Hearing: LIPA’s handling of its recent $231 million overcharge to ratepayers; LIPA’s financial practices; Senate bill S2581 requiring the State’s Public Service Commission to approve any LIPA rate increases over 2.5%; and what measures are needed to improve

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and TelecommunicationsChair: Senator George D. MaziarzPublic Meating: LIPA’s handling of its recent $231 million overcharge to ratepayers; LIPA’s financial practices; Senate bill S2581 requiring the State’s Public Service Commission to approve any LIPA rate increases over 2.5%; and what measures are needed to improve LIPA’s accountability to its ratepayersPlace: Lupton Hall, IRTT Room T101, Farmingdale State College, 2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, New YorkTime: 10:30 A.M.Contact: Matthew Nelligan (518) 455-2024Media Contact: Chris Schneider (516) 882-0630

April 7, 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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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 29, 2011 Room 709 LOB

March 29, 1:30 PM - 1:35 PM
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Legislative Update: March 21, 2011

Senator Maziarz talks about Verizon pulling out of Western New York, the special election in the 26th Congressional District, the Senate's approval of the ReCharge NY program, and his repeated calls for the OCFS Commissioner to either resign or be fired.

March 22, 2011
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Lewiston resident named to State Real Estate Appraisal Board

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that Anthony P. Girasole, a Principal with Brisbane Consulting Group in Buffalo, has been chosen to serve on the New York State Board of Real Estate Appraisal.  This panel oversees the activities of all real estate appraisers across the state, including setting policy, monitoring Department of State appraisal activities, reviewing licensing applications, and adjudicating complaints.

March 21, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Senator George D. Maziarz, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Room 124 CAP

March 22, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Research that matters at SUNY

Senator Maziarz recently greeted Lockport native Jillian Ferris in Albany.  Jillian attends SUNY Oneonta's Cooperstown Graduate Program in History Museum Studies and she was in the capital to participate in "Research That Matters: An Exposition of Graduate Research in SUNY and CUNY."

March 11, 2011
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"ReCharge NY" power program approved in Senate

The New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.3164), sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), to create a new, permanent program called “Recharge NY,” that would provide low-cost power to help businesses create and retain jobs.

“The passage of this legislation will enable more businesses across New York to access cheap electricity to create jobs,” said Senator George D. Maziarz, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee. “The program has been renewed on an annual basis for several years, but we’ve needed a permanent solution so businesses can plot their growth. The passage of this legislation ensures that businesses across New York will have the stability needed to plan long-term.”

March 11, 2011
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All State musicians visit Albany

Participants in the recent New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) event in Albany include two members of the All State Jazz Ensemble from the 62nd Senate District: Michal Craig from Gates Chili High School (drum set) and Paul Rappolt from Starpoint Junior Senior High School (alto saxophone).  Also, Daniel Montgomery of Gates Chili High School sang with the All State Vocal Jazz Ensemble as a tenor.

March 11, 2011
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Legislative Update: March 7, 2011

Senator George Maziarz discusses the passage of UB2020 legislation in the Senate, a plan to ensure military ballots are counted in special elections, the absurd idea to mandate bicycle registrations for a fee, Joe Martens' confirmation hearing for DEC Commissioner, and legislation aimed to help independent pharmacies.

March 11, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Energy and Telecommunications Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Senator George D. Maziarz, Chair 9:00 AM, Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Room 124 CAP

March 16, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Senator Maziarz Provides Information and Seeks Constituent Input on Governor's Budget Proposal

"Information is the currency of democracy." -- Thomas Jefferson

With our State clearly facing serious fiscal and economic challenges, it's important for all New Yorkers to get the facts about Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed Executive Budget for 2011-2012.

My Senate colleagues and I have begun carefully reviewing the Governor's plan to determine its potential impact on taxpayers, our local communities, and New York's economic future. You can help play a role in this process by reviewing the budget briefing documents below, and then providing me with your feedback on the plan.

March 3, 2011
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Farm Bureau leaders visit Albany

Senator George Maziarz recently hosted a delegation from the Niagara and Monroe County Farm Bureaus at his office in Albany.  The group was in the capital to lobby on behalf of agricultural issues.

March 3, 2011
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Spruce School sixth graders hear from Sen. Maziarz

Spruce Elementary strives to empower our students to become successful readers.  Through the years we have found that providing reading role models helps to motivate our students to read.  This year Spruce has enacted the Guest Reader program.  We invite people from the community to come and read to a class or grade level.

March 3, 2011
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Spruce School sixth graders hear from Sen. Maziarz

Spruce Elementary strives to empower our students to become successful readers.  Through the years we have found that providing reading role models helps to motivate our students to read.  This year Spruce has enacted the Guest Reader program.  We invite people from the community to come and read to a class or grade level.

March 3, 2011
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