State Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-North Tonawanda, has announced he will run for his second full term representing the 61st District, which covers almost all of Niagara County, all of Orleans County and eight towns in western Monroe County.
Maziarz, 44, became a state senator in March 1995 after winning a special election called when Sen. John B. Daly accepted an appointment as state transportation commissioner. He won his first full term in November 1996, defeating, Steve Ireland, a Brockport Democrat, with about 69 percent of the vote.
Maziarz, regarded as a staunch supporter of Gov. Pataki, backed the State Tax Relief program to produce major reductions in school taxes, which begins to take effect this year.
He also was a co-sponsor of New York's version of "Megan's Law," which required convicted sex offender to register with local police upon release from prison.
He is chairman of the Senate's Committee on Aging.