The 36-year political career of New York state Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, has come to an end.
Late Sunday night, Maziarz released a written statement through both the New York state and Niagara County Republican parties confirming his intention to “retire.”
“It is no secret to my family and close friends that I have been considering retirement from the state legislature for the last five years,” Maziarz said in the statement. “And as I geared up for another long campaign season, I realized I just did not have the passion and commitment that I have had in the past to see it through.”
Earlier in the day Sunday, multiple sources told the Niagara Gazette that Maziarz, the third-ranking Republican in the state Senate, was expected to decline to run as the Republican candidate for the 62nd District in the state Senate in the November general election. Those sources also indicated that Maziarz would be replaced on the ballot by North Tonawanda Mayor Rob Ortt.
Maziarz did not return calls from reporters seeking to confirm his decision. But hours later released his statement.
Calls left for Ortt and Niagara County Republican Party Chairman Scott Kiedrowski were also not returned. Kiedrowski, however, did email Maziarz’s statement to reporters.
“People will ask me why now and the simple answer is there is never the perfect time to step away.” the Maziarz statement read. “I had the honor of following the late John Daly into the state Senate. I remember him telling me when he left the Senate it was simply time for the next generation of leaders in the legislature. After nearly two decades in office, I fully understand what he meant and feel that way today.”
Maziarz is expected to officially decline to accept his party’s nomination, by petition on to the November general election ballot, later today. That would allow the local GOP committee to replace Maziarz on the ballot with Ortt.