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Earth Day 2013 Poster Contest: District 62

Dear Students,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.   This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 62nd Senatorial District.

Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state.  I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

Brenden Budnik

April 15, 2013
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Senator Maziarz speaks at pro-Second Amendment rally at Courthouse Square in Albion

The seat of Orleans County hosted a rally on Saturday afternoon in support of protecting the Second Amendment.  Senator George Maziarz, an opponent of the NY-SAFE Act, was invited to speak to the crowd of over 200 advocates.

April 15, 2013
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Senator Maziarz attends YMCA capital campaign launch

On Friday, April 5, 2013, Senator George Maziarz stopped by the Orleans County YMCA in Medina for the launch of a capital campaign to renovate the historic Medina sandstone building to make it more user-friendly.  The plan calls for a handicap ramp, new entrance, lobby area, bathrooms, exercise room, child watch room, teen center, and more.

April 8, 2013
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Senate passes final 2013-2014 state budget with a focus on tax relief, education, and environment

The New York State Senate today concluded its passage of the 2013-14 state budget that delivers on priorities outlined by Senator Maziarz and his colleagues to provide much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help businesses create jobs, and, for the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments.

March 27, 2013
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Senator Maziarz Joins "Your Voice" on March 18th

Senator Maziarz recently joined "Your Voice" to discuss a number of pieces of legislation.  He talked about the Niagara Wine Trail bill, legislation for EMT Safety, Abbagail's Law and the recently proposed bill placing a 5% Tax on Satellite Television.

March 27, 2013
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BILL TO PROTECT LAW ENFORCEMENT ANIMALS PASSES SENATE

 

Today, the NYS Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation that increases penalties for killing or injuring a police dog to a Class D Felony.  This legislation, sponsored by Senator George D. Maziarz, is extremely important, as state and local law enforcement agencies increasingly rely on these animals in crime solving, rescue and recovery operations.  Under current law, killing or injuring a police animal is a Class A misdeameanor.

March 25, 2013
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Senator Maziarz cheers National Grid rate decrease

Senator Maziarz is pleased to learn that the New York State Public Service Commission recently adopted a three-year rate plan for National Grid electric and natural gas that will reduce rates for upstate operations, with customers expecting to see lower bills next month. The significant savings to customers comes largely from the expiration of a $190 million surcharge called the competitive transition charge. The continued necessity of this charge was an issue first raised by Senator Maziarz at a hearing three years ago.

March 25, 2013
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Senator Maziarz: new TV tax is dead on arrival

In February, Senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) introduced a bill (S.3827) that would impose a 5% excise tax on satellite television services—a tax that would be passed on directly to subscribers.

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), Chairman of the New York State Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, today said that this downstate senator’s attempt to levy a new tax on customers of DIRECTV, DISH Network, and similar services is dead on arrival.

March 14, 2013
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NYS Senate passes bill to expand renewable energy technology

The New York State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator George D. Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) that would help encourage the installation of renewable energy technologies by making them more cost efficient and accessible. 

The bill (S1111) would add solar, wind, fuel cells, micro-hydro-electric, farm-based biogas and residential Micro Combined Heat and Power (micro-CHP) to current state financing initiatives that help make energy efficiency upgrades more attractive to potential consumers, reduce fossil fuel consumption, and support job growth in the clean energy sector.

March 12, 2013
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NYS Senate approves Niagara Wine Trails expansion

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) announced that the New York State Senate today unanimously approved legislation he sponsored (S.1095) to expand and rename the Niagara Wine Trail and Niagara Escarpment Wine Trail.  In effect, the wine trails would be enlarged to encompass all of Orleans County and Western Monroe County, bringing more wineries than ever into the popular wine trails’ network.

March 12, 2013
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Senator Maziarz Joins "Your Voice" on March 4th

Senator Maziarz is joined by NY Farm Bureau President Dean Norton on this week's "Your Voice.  They discuss the Niagara Wine Trail, farming in NYS, and the Agricultural Assessment among other agricultural and farming issues within New York State.

March 8, 2013
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4-H students visit Albany

Senator George Maziarz welcomed 4-Hers from Niagara and Orleans County to Albany on March 5 for the annual 4-H Capital Days Legislative Breakfast.  Pictured with Senator Maziarz and adult 4-H leaders are Brandon Alt, Quinn Schlegel, Zachary Blackburn, and Cassie Travers.

March 7, 2013
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Senator Maziarz supports "Grown in New York" program

Growing the state’s agriculture industry and helping New York’s family farms prosper is the goal of the “Grown in New York” plan, unveiled today by Senator Patty Ritchie, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee.  Senator Ritchie was joined at a Capitol news conference by other members of the committee, as well as leaders of the New York Farm Bureau to announce a plan to strengthen the state’s $5.2 billion agriculture industry by expanding markets for New York-grown products, improving the bottom lines of family farms, and investing in the future of farming.

March 6, 2013
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Senator Maziarz Joins "Your Voice" on February 27

Senator Maziarz joined "Your Voice" in Albany to discuss a number of issues including energy sources as well as the recent proposals regarding the future of the Robert Moses Parkway.

March 4, 2013
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Learn about the plans for redesigning the Robert Moses Parkway and voice your opinion

Lost in all the shuffle over the recent developments with regard to the Robert Moses Parkway is the fact that the public still has an important role to play in the highway’s future.

February 22, 2013
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Senator Maziarz Joins "Your Voice" on February 11th

Senator Maziarz joined "Your Voice" on February 11th to discuss the 18-A utility surcharge and its extension in the budget.  He also talks about a potential Wallenda plaque.   

February 22, 2013
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New girls volleyball club brings pride to the Niagara Region

Senator George Maziarz recently visited a practice of the new girls' 17 and under Niagara County Volleyball Club, also known as Team "Rush," and posed for this team picture.  The Rush practices at the Wheatfield Youth Center.  For more information, visit www.ncvball.com.

February 15, 2013
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Senator Maziarz welcomes local students to Albany

Today Senator George Maziarz had the opportunity to meet with a group of young people who are active with the Niagara and Orleans County Youth Bureaus.  The students traveled to Albany to visit the State Capitol and discuss several issues with their state representatives.

February 12, 2013
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Senate Republicans Call on Governor To Remove Utility Tax Surcharge Extension From Executive Budget

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference, including Senator Maziarz were joined today by leaders of statewide business organizations to urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget. The 18-a surcharge, which has increased utility bills for every ratepayer in the state,  is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014.

February 5, 2013
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Senator Maziarz Joins "Your Voice" on January 28th

On January 28th, Senator Maziarz joined "Your Voice" to discuss his re-appointment to the Senate Energy Committee and what the Committee is hoping to address this year.

January 30, 2013
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