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July 13, 2014

Sources: Maziarz not seeking re-election

It appears the 36 year political career of New York State Senator George Maziarz will come to an end later today.

Numerous sources tell the Gazette that Maziarz is expected to decline to run as the Republican candidate for the 62nd District in the New York State Senate in the November general election. Maziarz is expected to withdraw from the race and be replaced by NorthTonawanda Mayor Rob Ortt.

Word of Maziarz's departure from political power began to swirl late Sunday afternoon. Maziarz did not immediately return calls from reporters seeking to confirm his decision. 

Calls left for Ortt and Niagara County Republican Party Chairman Scott Kiedrowski were also not returned. Former long time Niagara County GOP chair Henry Wojtaszek also did not return calls seeking comment.

Sources say Wojtaszek, an attorney and close confidante of Mazairz, has been deeply involved in the party's move from the long time political power to Ortt.

Sources say Maziarz will likely decline to accept his nomination, by petition on to the ballot, as the Republican party's state senate candidate later today. That would allow the local GOP committee to replace Maziarz on the ballot.

Maziarz's departure follows the indictment on July 1 of State Senator Thomas Libous. Libous, the Deputy Majority Coalition Leader in state senate was charged by a federal grand jury in White Plains, New York with making false statements to the FBI in connection with an investigation into payments he allegedly made to an Albany lobbying firm to hire his son, Matthew Libous. 

The investigation into Libous was spear-headed by Preet Bharara, the United State Attorney for the Southern District of New York, based in Manhattan.

The Gazette has also learned that the treasurer of Maziarz's campaign committee, Laureen Jacobs, has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury in Manhattan. The subpoena, served on Jacobs, in late May, by investigators from Bharara's office reportedly sought financial records from Maziarz's campaign committee and is tied to multiple ongoing grand jury investigations being conducted by Bharara in the aftermath of the dismantling of the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption. 

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