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George D. Maziarz

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Taylor Devices expands and invests in North Tonawanda

Today local officials, including Taylor Devices President/CEO Doug Taylor, held a grand opening “ribbon cutting” event at their new facilities located in North Tonawanda's Buffalo Bolt business park.

Taylor Devices, Inc. purchased three parcels of land from the city at the Buffalo bolt business park in 2011, and has invested $3.3 Million at the site for the three buildings totaling 50K square feet. The facilities are third party certified to ISO 14001, the International Standard for environmental quality.

November 14, 2013

Genesee and Orleans Veterans' Memorial Highway bill signed into law

A bill sponsored by Senator George Maziarz and Assemblyman Steve Hawley creating the Genesee and Orleans Veterans' Memorial Highway” has been signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The legislation renames the stretch of State Route 98 from the border of Geneseeand Wyoming counties to the intersection with Lake Ontario State Parkway in Orleans County in an effort to recognize the sacrifice made by our courageous military heroes. 

November 12, 2013

1 in 3 Niagara County residents has not yet registered for Basic STAR

Senator George D. Maziarz and Assemblyman John Ceretto today urged Basic STAR recipients to re-register for the popular school tax savings program in order to continue receiving benefits. 

November 7, 2013

Niagara Falls State Park is looking better and better

Senator George Maziarz today joined the Cuomo administration in announcing the completion of Phase 1 of the restoration of Prospect Point, which is one of the most popular areas of Niagara Falls State Park. The ribbon cutting took place at the same time that ground was broken for Phase 2 of the restoration project. 


November 6, 2013

Notice of upcoming boater safety courses

The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, Marine Division, is holding several boater safety courses in Niagara County this winter: 

November 18 & 20, 2013

January 21 & 23, 2014

November 1, 2013

Power Vista welcomes its 7 millionth visitor

The Power Vista--the visitor center for the Niagara Power Project--welcomed its 7 millionth visitor yesterday!  The popular facility opened 50 years ago in 1963 and is free to the public.  Senator Maziarz was on hand for the celebration.

October 29, 2013

New law caps agriculture assessments, protecting farms from tax hikes

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is very pleased to announce that legislation (S.1952 of 2013) he co-sponsored to limit the annual increase in agricultural assessments to 2% has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

October 23, 2013

Preserve WNY Children's Psychiatric Center

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.


October 22, 2013

Yahoo! expansion brings major economic development to Niagara County

Last Friday I had the opportunity to take part in an event marking a new era in local economic development—the groundbreaking ceremony for the Yahoo! data and customer care center expansion project.

October 21, 2013

Carnegie Art Center to benefit from state grant assistance

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.

October 18, 2013

New video highlights Basic STAR registration process for keeping tax savings

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.


October 17, 2013

Senator George Maziarz named "Eco-Star" for environmental efforts

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.

October 15, 2013

Eagle Scout helps Camp Rainbow

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!

October 8, 2013

Senator Maziarz remains a member of Farm Bureau's "Circle of Friends"

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.

October 4, 2013

Summit for Smarter Schools is widely attended

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 3, 2013

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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.

October 2, 2013

Niagara Wine Trail expansion signed into law

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.

October 1, 2013

New law restores funding cuts to the disabled community

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.

September 30, 2013

Senator Maziarz earns first-ever "Friend of YWCA of Niagara" Award

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."

September 27, 2013

Senator Maziarz focuses on Middleport remediation debate

The following is a "guest view" submitted to local newspapers by Senator George Maziarz and Assemblyman Jane Corwin:

September 26, 2013