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George D Maziarz

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Succeeded by  Robert Ortt
Name  George Maziarz
Party  Republican Party
Religion  Roman Catholic
Education  Niagara University
Political party  Republican
Spouse  Beverly Maziarz
Nationality  American
Role  New York State Senator

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Born  May 25, 1953 (age 62) North Tonawanda, New York (1953-05-25)
Residence  Newfane, New York, United States

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George D. Maziarz (born May 25, 1953) is a Republican politician from New York State. He formerly represented the 62nd District in the New York State Senate, which includes all of Niagara County, all of Orleans County, and the towns of Sweden and Ogden in Monroe County.

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Biography

Maziarz is a native of North Tonawanda, New York, where he was educated in local schools, first at Ascension Academy and then at North Tonawanda High School, graduating in 1972. Four years later, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Niagara University.

He was appointed City Clerk in his hometown of North Tonawanda in 1978 at the young age of 25 and he became Niagara County, New York Clerk in 1989. Six years later, Senator John Daly resigned his seat to become Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation, and Maziarz entered the Senate after winning a special election.

He has served as President of the Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas, member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Tonawandas, member of the Corporate Advisory Board of DeGraff Memorial Hospital and Chairman of the popular Canal Festival of the Tonawandas. He is also a past officer and long-time member of Live Hose Co. #4, member of the Niagara County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Knights of Columbus Council 2535, S.C.O.P.E. and the Niagara University Booster Club.

During the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney chose George Maziarz as a Polish-American representative to support his campaign.

New York State Senate

Maziarz was first elected to the New York State Senate in 1995 and was a "power-broker" in Western New York Republican circles during his term in office. In January 1997, Maziarz was named Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, a post which he held through the 2001-2002 session. At various points Maziarz served as chairman of the Tourism, Recreation, and Sports Development Committee, Labor Committee, and Energy and Telecommunications Committee; he was also a member of the Rules; Higher Education; Crime, Crime Victims, and Corrections; Environmental Conservation; and Transportation committees. He voted against same-sex marriage legislation on December 2, 2009; the bill was defeated. In 2011, Maziarz voted against a similar bill, the Marriage Equality Act, which the Senate passed 33-29.

In July 2014, Maziarz announced that he would not seek re-election to the Senate.

Moreland Commission

In 2014, a team of investigators of the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption issued subpoenas that showed that "Maziarz's campaign had failed to disclose $147,000 in contributions and $325,000 in spending." A review of Maziarz bank records showed "personal, nonpolitical expenditures" made from campaign accounts; from 2007 through 2013, investigators found that credit and debit cards associated with Maziarz's campaign funds were used to pay "$28,000 at stores like Pier 1 and Michaels; $7,500 at Shutterfly, the photo-printing site; and $7,850 for reading material, including a stop at a Borders store at Kennedy Airport."

Prosecution

In March 2017, Maziarz was charged with five felony counts of filing false campaign expenditure reports. The New York State Attorney General's Office charged that Maziarz had made the reports as part of an illegal plan to conceal $100,000 in payments to a former Maziarz aide, who had left amid accusations of sexual harassment charges." Maziarz pleaded not guilty. Maziarz's successor, fellow Republican Robert G. Ortt, was also charged with corruption offenses on the same day; Ortt also pleaded not guilty. The Niagara Gazette reported that Ortt and other Maziarz associates had been summoned to give grand jury testimony.

References

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