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Maziarz named to new leadership role

by jmaloni

Newfane lawmaker will be highest-ranking Senate leader from WNY since Sen. Earl Brydges

Thu, Jan 27th 2011 05:50 pm

State Sen. George Maziarz, R-C, Newfane, has been appointed vice president pro tempore of the State Senate, the third highest-ranking leadership position in the chamber.

In this new role, Maziarz will work closely with President Pro Tempore Dean Skelos, R-Rockville Center, and Majority Leader Tom Libous, R-C-I, Binghamton, as well as all his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, to craft a policy agenda that focuses on tax relief, fiscal restraint, economic development, and job creation.

"Our state desperately needs reform," said Maziarz. "We must chart a clear course to get us beyond our budget deficits and our economic stagnation. We need to make bold changes to the way our government is structured and the way it operates, and I look forward to being part of that process."

"I am pleased to appoint Sen. Maziarz as vice president pro tempore of the New York State Senate, further illustrating our commitment to Western NewYork. Unlike the Senate Democrats, who only paid lip service to Western New York, the Senate Republicans are committed to helping businesses create jobs and revitalizing the local economy," said Skelos.

Maziarz noted that no Western New York member of the State Senate has had such a prominent leadership role since the days of the late Senate Majority Leader Earl Brydges a generation ago.

"My new leadership role can only help our Western New York delegation advance key projects like UB 2020," Maziarz said. "Making sure that our region has a voice in Albany is what my public service is all about."

It was previously announced that Maziarz will retain his post as chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee. He also serves as a member of the Rules; Environmental Conservation; Higher Education; Transportation; and Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections committees.

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