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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR GEORGE MAZIARZ ON THE MTA BAILOUT

It is astonishing, but not surprising, that the legislative leaders in Albany spend a great deal of time and money on a bailout of the New York City-based Metropolitan Transportation Authority.  Where is the bailout for Western New York?  I wish they had spent as much time worrying about what the tax burden is on Western New York homeowners as they do about what the fare is on a bus in Brooklyn. 

May 7, 2009
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Is It Time for Term Limits?

From WGRZ (Channel 2 News)

Over a dozen states around the country have term limits. An exclusive poll conducted for 2 On Your Side reveals that an overwhelming number of state residents would like to see reform by means of limiting the number of years a lawmaker serves in Albany.

Senator Dale Volker has served in Albany over three decades. He is opposed to term limits, but he admits "oh, it's been talked about for years."

May 7, 2009
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State transit funding targets NYC but excludes upstate

By Tom Precious
NEWS ALBANY BUREAU

 

ALBANY — A deal approved Wednesday for New York City’s transportation system contains no funding to fix upstate roads and bridges.

May 7, 2009
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Maziarz is GOP attack dog

By Robert J. McCarthy

Even by politician standards, State Sen. George D. Maziarz ranks in recent days as the meanest attack dog in the Albany junkyard.

The Newfane Republican is growling at Democrats on radio and television and barking in the newspapers.

He rants at public hearings, submits letters to the editor and isn’t bashful about calling reporters.

May 5, 2009
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MAZIARZ URGES GOVERNOR, LEGISLATIVE LEADERS TO FIX EMPIRE ZONE PROBLEM

Members of the Senate Republican Conference today sent a letter to Governor David Paterson,  Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, urging them to address a problem created in the state budget, that is forcing businesses located in Empire Zones to give the state what amounts to an interest-free loan of more than half a billion dollars.

May 4, 2009
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CALL FOR ALARM AS TAX HIKES ON BEER AND WINE TAKE EFFECT

      Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) held a press conference on May 1st in Buffalo’s Chippewa entertainment district to protest the new state taxes on beer and wine that is either made or sold in New York State.  These tax hikes taking effect May 1st were part of the 2009-2010 state budget, which Senator Maziarz voted against. 

May 1, 2009
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CALL FOR ALARM AS TAX HIKES ON BEER AND WINE TAKE EFFECT

 Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) held a press conference on May 1st in Buffalo’s Chippewa entertainment district to protest the new state taxes on beer and wine that is either made or sold in New York State.  These tax hikes taking effect May 1st were part of the 2009-2010 state budget, which Senator Maziarz voted against. 

May 1, 2009
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ON-LINE PETITION TO RESTORE STAR REBATE CHECKS

Senator George Maziarz has joined with his colleagues in the Senate Republican Conference to launch a statewide petition drive to restore the STAR property tax rebate checks that were eliminated by Democrats in the recently adopted state budget.

April 30, 2009
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Efforts to protect electric consumers are thwarted in Albany

 The Senate Republican Conference today proposed an amendment to legislation (S.3099) that would require the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to post a public notice on their website and www.powertochooseny.com at least ninety days prior to any rate changes, and notify their customers about the posting.

April 22, 2009
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SEN. MAZIARZ HIGHLIGHTS NEW SPENDING IN BLOATED STATE BUDGET

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) today released a list of new spending in the 2009-2010 state budget.  The line items represent spending above and beyond Governor Paterson’s executive budget proposal, meaning they were added to the budget by the Majority conferences of the Senate and Assembly.

April 20, 2009
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Maziarz Plan to Eliminate Utility Tax

 

We continue to hear from Western New Yorkers frustrated and confused about the new state budget that includes new fees and taxes. Now, one lawmaker is taking the governor up an offer to get rid of an unpopular new tax.

"I don't think we need any more taxes," said Don Liddle.

Liddle says he watches what he spends and how much heat he uses. But thanks to the state's new budget, a new utility tax will charge electric and gas companies an additional two percent on their gross revenue which they would then pass on to their customers.

April 19, 2009
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April 17, 2009
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Power Authority Costs NY Another Major Employer

Representatives from Steel Development Company, which was attempting to build and operate a steel recycling and manufacturing facility (known as a ‘micro mill’) in Orleans County, told Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) yesterday that they are no longer looking to do business in New York. 

April 15, 2009
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Senator Maziarz Welcomes Foreign Exchange Student at District Office

               On April 15th, 2009 Senator Maziarz welcomed a student from the Czech Republic named Adela Hlozkova into his District Office in Wheatfield for a visit.  Adela is participating in a foreign exchange program in her hometown of Prague, and has been studying at North Tonawanda High School throughout the past year.  Senator Maziarz invited her to visit his district office in order to provide her with a first-hand experience of how government works in the sta

April 15, 2009
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