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State moves to dissolve obsolete Medina agencies

From the Batavia Daily News...

Senator George Maziarz, R-C, Newfane, announced that the State Senate Thursday gave final passage to legislation requested by the village of Medina that would dissolve its Urban Renewal Agency and Housing Authority.

''These two authorities, like scores of others in small communities around the state, have been defunct for decades,'' Maziarz said. ''By formally dissolving them, we are taking a small but tangible step to reduce the size of government.''

According to Assemblyman Steve Hawley, R-I-C, Batavia, the bill's sponsor in the Assembly, the measure was approved unanimously in that chamber on Tuesday.

June 17, 2011

Senate approves Renee's Law

The New York State Senate today passed “Renee’s Law,” which would help protect staff of the state’s youth residential programs and ensure appropriate placement of youth based on their criminal history. The bill (S.5565), co-sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C – Olean) and Senator George Maziarz (R,C – Newfane), was prompted by the brutal 2009 murder of Renee Greco committed by youth in her care. Renee Greco was only 24-years-old when she was bludgeoned to death while supervising troubled teenagers at a group home in Lockport, Niagara County.  

June 15, 2011

Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011

The New York State Senate today passed major ethics reform legislation, entitled the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011. The measure represents a three-way agreement with the Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo, and is a significant step toward restoring the public’s trust in government.

June 14, 2011

Improving safety along Dysinger Road

Senator George Maziarz recently met with NYS Department of Transportation officials to encourage them to take actions to improve pedestrian safety along Dysinger Road in the Town of Lockport.  There have been several recent accidents in the busy corridor.

June 13, 2011

Celebrating the Lewiston Garden Club

Senator George Maziarz and Assemblyman John Ceretto met this morning with the members of the Lewiston Garden Club.  The Club is busy getting ready for the Lewiston Garden Fest on June 25 and 26.

June 10, 2011

Gates Memorial Day Service

Senator George Maziarz spoke at the Town of Gates Memorial Day Service on May 30, 2011.

June 9, 2011

Young archers can now tackle big game


With Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s signing of a youth archery bill last week, hunters aged 12 and 13 will be able to hunt big game during the coming archery season.

Previously, youths ages 12 and 13 could hunt small game with a parent or designated adult 21 or older. For years, State Sen. George D. Maziarz (R-Newfane) had sponsored a Senate bill to allow for a lowering of the archery hunting age from 14 to 12.

June 8, 2011

Governor signs net metering bill; announces grants for renewables


A bill meant to ease regulations on farmers and others who at least partially produce their own energy was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, according to one of the bill’s sponsors.

The new law, which was pushed by Senate Energy Chair George Maziarz, R-Newfane, Niagara County and Bronx Assemblyman Marcus Crespo, allows for the net metering of energy production happen off site.

June 8, 2011

Renee's Law introduced in Senate


LOCKPORT, N.Y. — It's been almost two years since group home worker Renee Greco was bludgeoned to death by two residents during a burglary at Avenue House, a six bed group home in Lockport.

19-year-old Anthony Allen and 17-year-old Robert Thousand were convicted of her murder. Since her death, family and friends have been trying to get a law passed that would protect group home workers from violent youth offenders.

"The New York State office of Children and Family Services put her unnecessarily in grave danger," said state Senator George Maziarz (R).

"Renee, I believe very strongly, would still be alive if Renee's Law had been in place" said state Senator Cathy Young (R).

June 8, 2011

Legislative Update: June 6, 2011

Senator George Maziarz and Senator Mark Grisanti discuss their agenda and priorities leading up to the end of the Legislative Session later this month.

June 7, 2011

Caldwell honored as a Woman of Distinction

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that last month Christa Caldwell of Lockport was recognized as a 2011 New York State “Woman of Distinction.”

June 7, 2011

Laura Cummings' Law approved in Senate

The New York State Senate recently passed a measure to prevent child and adult abuse and expand the authority of protective workers to enable full investigations into allegations of abuse. The bill (S.3306B), is sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) due to the murder and abuse of Laura Cummings, a mentally and physically challenged young adult from Erie County.

Twenty-three-year-old Laura Cummings was murdered last year by her mother and suffered a lifetime of physical, mental, and sexual abuse by her mother and half-brother. The abuse was reported to Social Services officials on numerous occasions but no actions were taken to prevent the terrible conditions Laura endured.

June 6, 2011

Memorial Day Parade in Lockport

Senator George Maziarz joins local officials in walking in Lockport's 2011 Memorial Day Parade.

June 6, 2011

Legislative Update: June 1, 2011

Senator Maziarz discusses topics such as the new junior archery license law, Laura Cummings' Law, UB2020, and his New York State Senate Woman of Distinction honoree Christa Caldwell.

June 3, 2011

Statement from Senator Maziarz on Indian Point nuclear safety hearing

The testimony provided at this hearing was invaluable in that it provided a fair and balanced assessment of the security situation at Indian Point, and in my mind demonstrated that the plant is taking the necessary steps to protect both its employees and the surrounding communities.



May 13, 2011

Senator Maziarz sponsors free small business seminar at NCCC on May 19

Senator George D. Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that he will be hosting his free annual Small Business Development Seminar on Thursday, May 19th from 7:00 PM-9:00 PM at Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn.  Registration, refreshments, and exhibits begin at 6:30 PM outside of the G Building Cafeteria.

May 12, 2011

Legislative Update: May 9, 2011

Senator George Maziarz discusses his participation in the annual Mother's Day Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness in Lockport, the creation of a Select Senate Committee on Native American Affairs, a Niagara County appointment to the Power Authority Board of Trustees, efforts to strengthen New York's anti-texting while driving laws, and the Purple Heart Forever Stamp.

May 10, 2011

Senate moves energy policy forward with passage of Article X and remote net metering bills

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) announced that two key bills relating to New York’s energy future were approved today in the State Senate: legislation establishing a process for the siting of electric generation facilities (S.191) and legislation to permit remote net metering (S.3407-A).  As Chairman of the Energy and Telecommunications Committee, Senator Maziarz sponsored both bills and helped advance them through his committee.

May 9, 2011

Senator Maziarz and Senator Larkin salute Purple Heart "Forever" stamp

An effort to honor military heroes that began in the New York State Senate 11 years ago has now resulted in the U.S. Postal Service announcing that the Purple Heart postage stamp has been classified as a “Forever” stamp, ensuring that it will continue in circulation.  The U.S. Postal Service officially unveiled and issued the Purple Heart “Forever” stamp in on May 5, 2011. 

May 5, 2011

Sen. Maziarz pushes for Niagara County representative to the Power Authority

Assemblyman John Ceretto and Senator George Maziarz met recently with the governor’s appointment secretary, Judge Leslie Leach, to discuss filling a current vacancy on the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Board of Trustees with a Niagara County resident. The meeting was held in the governor’s Capitol office.

May 4, 2011