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George Maziarz
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New York Senate District 62
In office
1995 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 20
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$171/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
Bachelor'sNiagara University
Date of birthMay 25, 1953
Place of birthNorth Tonawanda, NY
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
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 March 1995.

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


Maziarz attended Niagara County Community College, and earned his BA in History from Niagara University in 1976.

Committee assignments


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
Energy and Telecommunications, Chair
Environmental Conservation


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


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


Tax extensions

Promoting his 2013-14 budget, Governor Andrew Cuomo and his 2014 re-election campaign launched television ads in late January, 2013.[1] 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."[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]



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. [5][6]

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


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.[7]

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


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

Maziarz raised $746,782 for his campaign.[8]

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


As of August 2012, Maziarz had received $3,000 from the Correctional Officers Benevolent Association, a public sector prison union, during the 2011-2012 campaign cycle.[9]


Listed below are the largest contributors to Maziarz's 2010 campaign.[10]

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
Total Raised in 2010 $546,014


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


Maziarz and his wife, Beverly, have two children.

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