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Political highlights of Maziarz’s career

Sen. George D. Maziarz, 61, represents the 62nd State Senate District, which covers Niagara and Orleans counties and part of Monroe County. The Newfane resident is chairman of the Energy Committee, a position from which he has exerted influence over the New York Power Authority and the Niagara Power Project.

Here are some highlights of his political career:

1978 – Maziarz is named North Tonawanda city clerk at age 25.

1989 – He is elected Niagara County clerk, an office long in the Democrats’ control.

1995 – Maziarz wins bitter three-way special election for the State Senate seat of John B. Daly, R-Lewiston, who resigned midterm.

1996 – Declaring that “I work 20 hours a day, and I wish I didn’t have to sleep the other four,” Maziarz announces he will seek election to a full term in the State Senate. He wins that election and has won re-election to the Senate every two years since.

2008 – Chooses not to run for the seat in Congress being vacated by Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, even though he was generally considered the front-runner, because of the reluctance of his wife, Beverly, to move to Washington.

2010 – Maziarz spends nearly $480,000, the most since his initial special election, to hold onto his seat against Democrat Amy Hope Witryol of Lewiston.

2011 – Named vice president pro tempore of the Senate.