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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
Senator George Maziarz and a number of his legislative colleagues recently tour the massive ongoing construction project below Grand Central Station in Manhattan. The multi-billion dollar Eastside Access Project will bring Long Island Railroad trains into the terminal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).