The popular fishing spot of Point Breeze in Orleans County is in a battle to secure the title of “Ultimate Fishing Town” from the World Fishing Network. The winning town receives a $25,000 donation for the community.
These days, just mention the term "natural gas" and it immediately generates controversy in New York. If New Yorkers don't want the economic benefits of shale gas, that's up to them, but it is a shame not to take advantage of this important natural resource to create upstate jobs and promote cleaner air.
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 62ndSenatorial 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.