The WNY Children's Psychiatric Center (WNYCPC), opened in 1970, is a 46 bed inpatient psychiatric hospital. As part of the NYS OMH's "Centers of Excellence Plan" WNYCPC is scheduled to lose 10 inpatient beds. WNYCPC's inpatient children and youth will be moved to 2 inpatient wards at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. This is the only facility in OMH's plan that will have children and youth moving to co-mingle with the adult psychiatric population.
A petition has been started to encourage Governo Cuomo and the NYS OMH to keep WNYCPC in West Seneca and to keep the children and youth from co-mingling with the adults.
Senator George Maziarz is pleased to learn the City of North Tonawanda has been awarded a grant in the amount of $343,000 from the New York State Office of Community Renewal to make improvements at the Carnegie Art Center. The 2012 CFA round included funding in the form of the Community Renewal Fund (CRF). The improvements will include having handicap accessible access to the city building, and handicap bathroom facilities.
Senator George Maziarz has just released a short video explaining how Basic STAR recipients can go about keeping their Basic STAR exemption. This exemption helps reduce the cost of school property taxes.
This year, Basic STAR recipients must complete a one-time Basic STAR re-registration to confirm their eligibility and continue receiving the discount. The re-registration requirement is intended to reduce fraud abuse of taxpayer dollars.
The New York League of Conservation Voters, which works to make environmental sustainability a top political and policy priority in New York State, has named Senator George Maziarz (62nd Senate District) a 2013 “Eco-Star” for his work on environmental initiatives in Albany.
Eagle Scout Matt Prawel of Medina recently completed a renovation project at Camp Rainbow, which is operated by the Arc of Orleans County. In addition to refurbishing picnic tables and other amenities, Matt helped create this new roadside sign. Great job Matt!
Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) has been included on the list of the New York Farm Bureau’s annual “Circle of Friends.” The award indicates Senator Maziarz support of agriculture and the Farm Bureau during the past year.
Senator George Maziarz, Senator Tim Kennedy, and Assemblyman Sean Ryan last night hosted the “Summit for Smarter Schools” where a diverse set of stakeholders gathered for a substantive conversation about smarter schools reform and the future of education in New York State. A capacity crowd of over 2,000 people is expected to attend the Summit at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While great strides have been made in the fight against this deadly disease, there is still a long way to go: over 40,000 women (and 400 men) die annually of breast cancer.
Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation (S.1095-A) that expands and renames the Niagara Wine Trail system. The new configuration, which takes effect immediately, extends the trail across all of Orleans County and into Western Monroe County, encompassing more wineries than ever before.
Earlier this year, I stood with my Senate colleagues to block $120 million in cuts to programs that serve developmentally disabled New Yorkers. While our efforts during the 2013-1014 budget negotiations restored some of the funding, programs throughout our state were still in danger due to a $90 million budget shortfall --- threatening to diminish access to important services for thousands of developmentally disabled citizens across the state.
Few issues this year have generated more input from concerned constituents. That's why I am pleased to announce that support for these vital programs will now be protected under legislation that Governor Andrew Cuomo just signed into law.
Earlier this week the YWCA of Niagara bestowed Senator George Maziarz with the first-ever "Friend of the YWCA Award" in honor of his longtime support of the organization, particularly its domestic violence program.
Kathleen Granchelli, CEO of the YWCA of Niagara, said, "From the moment he took office in 1995, Sen. Maziarz has been a loyal friend and supporter of the YWCA of Niagara, specifically the domestic violence victims we serve in our shelter, transitional housing and counseling programs, as well as the residents of Carolyn's House, our supportive housing program for homeless women and children."
Today Senator George Maziarz joined developers and local officials to mark the opening of The Cottages at Troutburg, a new three-season cottage community in Kendall. The prime location on the southern shore of Lake Ontario will surely draw many people to this destination. Visit www.thecottagesattroutburg.com for more information.
This morning, Senator George Maziarz attended the annual 9/11 observance in Orleans County. We remember all those who lost their lives that day, and we thank the first responders and the Armed Forces who protect us and keep us safe.
Senator George D. Maziarz is pleased to announce that he has secured “bullet aid” earmarks in the 2013-2014 state budget for school districts in Orleans County. Each of the five school districts—Albion, Holley, Kendall, Lyndonville, and Medina—will receive $67,800 in bullet aid, which is above and beyond the regular state aid these districts are slated to receive.
Today’s announcement was made at the offices of the Albion Central School District, hosted by Albion Superintendent Mike Bonnewell.
Senator George Maziarz, Mayor Rob Ortt, Congressman Brian Higgins, former Congressman Thomas Reynolds, City Attorney Shawn Nickerson and other local officials participated in a ground breaking event for the long awaited Meadow Drive Extension which will extend from West to East between Nash Road and Erie Avenue.
I have some very important news to share with homeowners in Western New York. If you are a homeowner who receives a Basic STAR exemption for your school property taxes, you will need to register with the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance to keep getting the STAR exemption in 2014 and beyond. This is part of a new effort to eliminate fraud and protect property taxpayers.
Niagara Falls recently received an $89 million check from New York State as the City's share of casino revenue. To ensure accountability and transparency, Senator Maziarz and the Niagara Falls City Council are teaming up to provide you with accounting of how this money is spent.
When the Council approves spending, you will know!
The Casino Revenue, both the current amount and that which the City receives each year, can only be spent through City Council approval. After each Council meeting, where casino funds are appropriated, a new report will be published, providing YOU with details of how each dollar is spent.
The bi-monthly expenditures can be viewed on Senator Maziarz's website.