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George D. Maziarz

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Senator Maziarz enjoys Niagara County Fair

Senator Maziarz practiced driving a 1940 BO John Deere tractor during the Niagara County Fair last week.  The Antique Tractor Parade and Show have been fair favorites since 2002.

Photo Credit: Rikki Cason/Lockport Retailer

August 8, 2011

Senator Maziarz comments on Power NY bill signing

Enacting the Power New York plan was a collaborative process.  I commend Governor Cuomo for his involvement in helping us advance the legislation and for signing the bill into law today.

August 4, 2011

Wallenda visits Niagara Falls to discuss high wire walk

Productive discussions between famed high wire performer Nik Wallenda and state and local officials in New York continued today during a meeting held at the Top of the Falls Restaurant located within Niagara Falls State Park.  Wallenda and a team of his advisors laid out plans and answered questions from American officials about how a high wire walk above Niagara Falls could be accomplished logistically.  Earlier this

August 3, 2011

Give consumers a choice on prescriptions

An op-ed piece published in the Albany Times-Union on August 2, 2011.  Submitted by Senator George Maziarz and Assemblyman Carl Heastie.

We are a Democratic assemblyman from an urban district in the Bronx, and a Republican senator from a rural and suburban western New York district. What do we agree on? Not much.

But we have something important in common. We have heard repeated concerns from constituents who were blocked from filling prescriptions at neighborhood pharmacies that have served their families for generations. It turns out their insurance providers forced them to buy prescriptions from mail-order companies rather than their trusted pharmacists.

August 2, 2011

Christmas in July

Senator Maziarz recently visited the Lockport Community Christmas Market featuring local artisans, crafters, and merchants.  The theme for last weekend's event was "Christmas in July," and here Senator Maziarz is seen signing a Christmas Card.  Visit http://www.LockportCommunityMarke​ for more details.

July 29, 2011

Town Hall meeting at Orleans County Fair

Senator George Maziarz and Assemblyman Steve Hawley fielded questions from fair-goers during a town hall meeting at the Orleans County Fair.  Topics included support for agriculture, veterans benefits, and mandate relief for local governments.

July 27, 2011

Senator Maziarz joins Governor in announcing WNY economic development council

Senator George Maziarz today joined Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in launching the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, which will redesign the relationship between the state government and businesses to stimulate regional economic development and create jobs statewide. They were joined by Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy, local officials, business leaders, and community members to launch the Regional Council at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. The Western New York Regional Council will be led by Satish K. Tripathi, President of University at Buffalo, and Howard A.

July 26, 2011

New bridge links Niagara and Erie Counties

Senator George Maziarz joined Erie County Executive Chris Collins, Niagara County Legislators, and other officials to dedicate a new bridge linking the Town of Royalton (Niagara) with the Town of Newstead (Erie).  The bridge spans Tonawanda Creek at Cedar Street/Foote Road and took two years to complete.  The Niagara County Public Works Department managed the project.

July 22, 2011

Senator Maziarz is Grand Marshall of Canal Fest parade

Senator George Maziarz was honored to be chosen to serve as the Grand Marshall of the annual parade during Canal Fest, a weeklong celebration in North Tonawanda and Tonawanda.  Festival-goers lined the streets to watch the parade go by on Tuesday evening.

July 20, 2011

New ambulance dedicated in Gates

Senator George Maziarz recently participated in a ceremony to dedicate a new ambulance for the Gates Volunteer Ambulance Service.

July 19, 2011

Canal Fest kicks off in Tonawandas

Senator George Maziarz regularly visits Canal Fest in the Tonawandas.  He is Grand Marshall of this year's parade.  During his days as City Clerk in North Tonawanda, he was largely responsible for launching the popular summer festival.

July 19, 2011

Property tax cap signed into law in Western New York

After signing the new property tax cap legislation into law today during a visit to Western New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo gave Senator George Maziarz, a strong advocate for tax relief, one of the pens he used to write his name on the document. 

Under the new law, property tax increases will be capped at 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less. Local communities and local voters could override the cap with a 60 percent vote on the budget for school boards or relevant legislative bodies.This cap on property taxes includes safeguards to ensure delivery of critical services for New Yorkers. There will be limited exceptions to the cap, including:

July 5, 2011

Happy Fourth of July!

Senator George Maziarz and Assemblyman Steve Hawley marched in Lyndonville's popular annual 4th of July parade. 

July 4, 2011

Senator Maziarz supports DEC plan to permit hydrofracking

As Chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, I have long been optimistic about drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale through ‘hydrofracking.’  This technology will increase the supply of natural gas available to us all.  We need natural gas to heat our homes, use our appliances, and make everything from steel to plastic to fertilizer to electricity.

July 1, 2011

Support growing for Wallenda walk over Niagara River Gorge

The Mayor of Niagara Falls, Ontario, has endorsed the plan to invite Nik Wallenda to perform a high-wire walk across the Niagara River above Niagara Falls.  Such a feat has not been accomplished legally in more than a century.  In a letter he recently sent to State Senator George Maziarz, Mayor James Diodati acknowledged the great potential for the act to put Niagara Falls in the world’s spotlight.

June 28, 2011

Niagara Power Project celebrates its 50th anniversary

Senator George Maziarz spoke at a ceremony today marking the 50th anniversary of the Niagara Power Project in Lewiston.  The facility, which opened in 1961, is the third largest hydroelectric plant in the nation.

June 28, 2011

Senator Maziarz helps open new Splash Park in Olcott

Senator George Maziarz joined local officials today to mark the opening of a new Splash Park and Fitness Trail at Krull Park in Olcott.  The amenities were constructed by Niagara County through grant monies from the New York Office of State Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.  This morning, the ribbon was cut and the water was turned on for the first time.  A group of children were already waiting to get wet and cool off!

June 28, 2011

SUNY2020 plan lays groundwork for public higher education

For the first time in the history of the State University of New York (SUNY), students and families will be able to properly plan for the cost of a college education in a predictable manner. The NYSUNY 2020 plan, enacted into law at the end of the recently-concluded Legislative Session, will allow each State University of New York and City University of New York (SUNY and CUNY) campus to raise tuition by $300 per year for five years. This plan replaces an era of dramatic tuition increases with a system that is predictable and empowers students and parents to plan for college expenses.

June 27, 2011

Historic "Power NY" plan approved in Legislature

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, announced that the State Senate has approved historic legislation (S.5844/A.8510) known as the Power New York Act.  This measure will permanently renew Article X of the Public Service Law, which governs the siting of power generation facilities in New York.  With no state siting regulations in place since the e

June 22, 2011

Olcott Beach land transfer OK'd by Legislature

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) and Assemblyman John Ceretto (R-I, Lewiston) are pleased to announce that the State Legislature approved a bill (S.4253-B/A.6855-B) to allow the ownership of the beachfront and terraced recreational area at Olcott Beach to be conveyed from Niagara County to the Town of Newfane.  Both local governments are seeking state approval for the transfer to ensure the summer operation and maintenance of Olcott Beach for the enjoyment of local residents.

June 21, 2011