Western New York businessman and government reform advocate Tom Golisano and State Senator George Maziarz today announced they were teaming up in an effort to bring public accountability and transparency to the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission. As part of that effort, Golisano announced that his Responsible New York organization would fund a lawsuit to compel the Bridge Commission to adhere to state freedom of information and sunshine laws.
Not Senator Maziarz. Three-quarters of a billion dollars could have been used to lower utility rates for homeowners and businesses. Instead it's treated as a surplus and just given away. That's not right, and that's why Senator Maziarz voted NO.
Below is the voting history from February 3, 2009. Unfortunately, the measure was approved and Governor Paterson signed the bill into law the next day.
Senate Resolution No. 6613 MOURNING the untimely death of journalist Tim Russert, a Buffalo native and renowned host of "Meet the Press" WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to honor thememory of cherished citizens of the State of New York who distinguishedthemselves in their profession and whose talent, wit, charm, intellectand unique personality permeated all they did; and WHEREAS, It is with great sorrow and deep regret that this
SENATE PASSES 2008-09 HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH HYGIENE BUDGET
Restores $168.9 Million to Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Home Care
The New York State Senate passed 2008-09 budget legislation (S.6808-C) that restores $245 million in health care funds, including $168.9 million to hospitals, nursing homes, and home care, to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to quality, affordable health care in their communities.
Legislation Keeps Prisons Open; Keeps School Resource Officers in Place
The New York State Senate passed the 2008-09 public protection and general government budget legislation (S.6800-D, S.6806-C) that restores funding to keep four correctional facilities operating, and rejects the proposal in the Executive Budget to remove School Resource Officers from schools across New York State.
It’s that time when millions of children across New York State will put away their bikes and swimsuits, and head back to school. This is an exciting time for many boys and girls as new experiences and challenges await. It’s also a time for increased vigilance and awareness by all New Yorkers. With schools back in session, local streets will be filled with school buses and children rushing to them.Tragically, thousands of students are seriously injured or killed by automobiles in New York State each year.
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