George Maziarz

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George Maziarz
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New York Senate District 62
Incumbent
In office
1995 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 19
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$172/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedMarch 1995 (special election)
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Vice President Pro Tempore
2011 - present
Education
Bachelor'sNiagara University
Personal
BirthdayMay 25, 1953
Place of birthNorth Tonawanda, NY
ProfessionLegislator
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
George D. Maziarz (b. May 25, 1953) is a Republican member of the New York State Senate, representing District 62. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election in March 1995.

Maziarz is not running for re-election in 2014. [1]

Maziarz served as Deputy City Clerk for North Tonawanda from 1977 to 1978. He was the City Clerk from 1978 to 1989. From 1989 to 1995, he served as Niagara County Clerk for Niagara County.

Biography

Maziarz attended Niagara County Community College and earned his B.A. in History from Niagara University in 1976.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Maziarz served on the following committees:

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Consumer Protection
Crime Victims, Crime and Correction
Education
Energy and Telecommunications, Chair
Environmental Conservation
Rules
Transportation

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Maziarz served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Maziarz served on these committees:

Issues

Tax extensions

Promoting his 2013-14 budget, Governor Andrew Cuomo and his 2014 re-election campaign launched television ads in late January, 2013.[2] E.J. McMahon of the pro-market Empire State Center for New York Policy argued that Cuomo's claim in the ads that his budget did not impose any new taxes was technically true but disingenuous because the governor did call for extending two "temporary" taxes first imposed in 2009. Cuomo proposed extending the 2 percent assessment on electric, water and gas utility bills for five years beyond its scheduled March 13, 2014 expiration date. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R) and the Senate Republicans opposed the utility tax extension and held a press conference on the topic with representatives from the Business Council of New York State, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY), the New York Farm Bureau and AARP. At the press conference, Maziarz said, "When this tax was adopted by Senate Democrats we were promised, and in turn we promised our constituents, that it would be temporary. It’s long past time that we kept that promise."[3] Cuomo also proposed extending a tax on households earning more than $10 million annually. Already statutorily limited to receiving only half of their tax deductions for their charitable giving, high-end taxpayers would see the temporary law limiting them to receiving only a quarter of their charitable giving deductions extended for three more years. The utility assessment tax brings in $509 million annually, and the charitable giving deduction limit brings in $140 million.[4]

Marijuana Legislation

In June 2012, Maziarz opposed a proposal by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) that would have decriminalized the display of small amounts of marijuana. While possessing small amounts of marijuana is legal in the state, showing it to a police officer is not legal. Ultimately, Republicans were able to defeat the measure.[5]

Elections

2012

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

Maziarz ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 62. He defeated Johnny G. Destino in the Republican primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Maziarz defeated Amy Hope Witryol (D) and Jonathon B. Benedict (G) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

New York State Senate, District 62, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge Maziarz Incumbent 61.4% 69,359
     Democratic Amy Hope Witryol 37.6% 42,508
     Green Jonathon B. Benedict 1% 1,127
Total Votes 112,994
New York State Senate, District 62 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge Maziarz Incumbent 69.1% 6,905
Johnny Destino 31% 3,095
Total Votes 10,000

2010

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2010

Maziarz ran in the 2010 election for New York State Senate District 62. He was unopposed in the September 14 Republican primary. He defeated Amy Hope Witryol (D) in the November 2 general election.[9][10][11]

New York State Senate, General Election Results, District 62 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png George Maziarz (R) 59,097
Amy Hope Witryol (D) 28,386

2008

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, George Maziarz won the election for New York State Senate, District 62 with 78,798 votes.[12][13]

Maziarz raised $746,782 for his campaign.[14]

New York State Senate, District 62 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png George Maziarz (R) 78,798
Brian Grear (D) 36,694

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for George Maziarz is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, George Maziarz raised a total of $4,323,594 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 23, 2013.[15]

George Maziarz's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Senate, District 62 Won $1,053,879
2010 New York State Senate, District 62 Won $546,014
2008 New York State Senate, District 62 Won $746,782
2006 New York State Senate, District 62 Won $750,780
2004 New York State Senate, District 62 Won $506,476
2002 New York State Senate, District 62 Won $325,852
2000 New York State Senate, District 61 Won $289,804
1998 New York State Senate, District 61 Won $104,007
Grand Total Raised $4,323,594

2012

George Maziarz won re-election to the New York State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, George Maziarz raised a total of $1,053,879.
New York State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to George Maziarz's campaign in 2012
1199 Seiu United Healthcare Workers East$20,600
Smokin Joes Retail$16,500
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$14,500
Independent Power Producers of New York$13,432
Pharmacists Society of the State of New York$12,750
Total Raised in 2012$1,053,879
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Listed below are the largest contributors to Maziarz's 2010 campaign.[16]

New York State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to George Maziarz's campaign in 2010
Fashion Outlets$10,000
Fashion Outlets Of Niagara Llc$9,500
Smokin Joe LLC$9,500
Smokin Joes Factory$9,500
Verizon$9,000
Total Raised in 2010 $546,014

2008

Listed below are the five largest contributors to George Maziarz's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Responsible NYPAC $9,500
Gayle Yashar $9,500
Leslie M. Westreich $9,500
Smokin Joes Retail $9,500
Josh Yashar $9,500

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 200th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 9 to December 31. In 2014, the 200th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 8 to June 19, 2014. The legislature will be in recess from June 22 to January 6, 2015.[17]

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2011-2012

In 2011, the 199th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 5 to June 20, 2011. In 2012, the 199th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 4 to June 22, 2012.

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Personal

Maziarz and his wife, Beverly, have two children.

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References

  1. NY Daily News, "GOP State Sen. George Maziarz won't run for reelection," July 15, 2014
  2. The Buffalo News, "Cuomo taking to TV to sell his budget plan," January 23, 2013
  3. New York State Senate, "Senate Republicans call on Governor Cuomo to remove utility tax surcharge extension from executive budget," February 5, 2013
  4. Empire State Center for New York Policy, "“No new taxes”? Not so fast," January 31, 2013
  5. New York Times, "Divide in Albany Kills Proposal on Marijuana," June 19, 2012
  6. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Candidate List for the September 13, 2012, State Primary Election," accessed July 31, 2014
  7. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official September 13, 2012, Primary Results," accessed July 31, 2014
  8. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official Senate Election Returns Nov. 6, 2012," accessed July 31, 2014
  9. New York Times, "NY state legislative election results," accessed February 11, 2014
  10. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 14, 2010," accessed July 31, 2014
  11. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 14, 2010," accessed July 31, 2014
  12. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 9, 2008," accessed July 31, 2014
  13. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Senate Election Returns November 4, 2008," accessed July 31, 2014
  14. Follow the Money, "Report on George's 2008 campaign contributions," accessed July 31, 2014
  15. followthemoney.org, "Maziarz, George," accessed September 23, 2013
  16. Follow the Money, "Maziarz's 2010 Campaign contributions," accessed July 31, 2014
  17. State Scape, "Session Schedules," accessed July 16, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
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New York State Senate District 62
1995–present
Succeeded by
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