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.
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.
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).
High property taxes are forcing people and jobs out of our state. We must create a better climate for economic growth, and having more control over property taxes is critical to that goal. More than eight in ten New Yorkers agree that the property tax cap is a step in the right direction. That is an overwhelming majority, and we owe it to them to act.
Senator Maziarz recently met with village mayors, town supervisors, and county legislators in Orleans County to talk about the challenges ahead in 2011 at the state and local levels. The forum was held at the Shirt Factory Cafe in Medina.
Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) today announced that he has been appointed Vice President Pro Tempore of the New York State Senate, the third highest ranking leadership position in the chamber. In this new role, Senator Maziarz will be working closely with President Pro Tempore Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Center) and Majority Leader Tom Libous (R-C-I, Binghamton), as well as all his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, to craft a policy agenda that focuses on tax relief, fiscal restraint, economic development, and job creation.
Paul Bencal, a grape farmer from Niagara County and Chair of the New York Farm Bureau Foundation for Agricultural Education, today thanked the Verizon Wireless Foundation for a recent grant to help the Foundation teach elementary school students about technology in agriculture.
The New York State Senate acted today on the Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011, a three-part plan to encourage the creation of new private sector jobs and ensure fiscal responsibility, including the enactment of a two percent state spending cap and requiring a two-thirds “super majority” vote to increase taxes.
The Western New York Legislative Delegation has made the University at Buffalo’s 2020 strategic plan for excellence and growth a top priority for 2011, reaffirming its belief that UB’s future and Western New York’s future are closely linked.
LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the MillerHose Fire Company, Inc. Approved unanimously in the Senate on January 11, 2011. WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is proud to commemorate the 100th Anni-versary of the Miller Hose Fire Company, Inc.