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November 4, 2012

62nd Senate race features rematch

Niagara Gazette —

It's a rematch in this year's race for the New York state Senate's 62nd District.

Nine-term incumbent George Maziarz, R-Newfane, is once again facing a challenge from retired Lewiston bank executive Amy Hope Witryol. Maziarz heads into Election Day with the backing of the Republican, Conservative and Independence parties. Witryol has the endorsement of both the Democratic and Working Families parties. 

Witryol, 53, grew up in Connecticut and moved to Lewiston in 1997 to take a banking position in Buffalo. She is single and has no children. Rising through the company ranks, she eventually became the senior vice president and senior risk manager for Fleet Bank. She is a member of the League of Women Voters and the New York Farm Bureau.

Maziarz, 59, maintains his primary residence in Newfane, has a second residence in Albany and shares a condominium in Florida with his wife, Beverly. The couple has two adult step-daughters, Tricia and Kristina. Maziarz grew up in North Tonawanda and has has been a public servant since he was 25 years old when he became the city clerk in his hometown. 

While the candidates are the same as they were in 2010 when Maziarz defeated Witryol, the landscape of the district has changed. As part of the statewide redistricting process, the 62nd District will include the city of Niagara Falls in 2013. The winner of the race will continue to represent the rest of Niagara County, all of Orleans County and part of Western Monroe County next year. 

The change in district boundaries has been an issue during the campaign, with Witryol consistently challenging her opponent's attitude toward the Falls before it became part of the Senate district. During press conferences in the run up to Election Day, she accused Maziarz of interfering with potentially beneficial projects in the city, including the downtown Culinary Arts Center which, in press reports back in 2007, Maziarz was quoted as saying belonged "where people go," specifically referring to the Frontier House in Lewiston.

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