Here’s a broadened variation of the second item from my “Albany Expert” column from Monday’s print editions:
A previous state senator recently struck with state felony charges lost his lobbying task, however is still representing his former chamber on an unknown state board.
George Maziarz, a Niagara Falls-area Republican, was dismissed from Patricia Lynch & & Associates after his arrest on charges he improperly funneled project money to a previous Senate staffer who had left after being struck with sexual harassment charges.
“He’s not with the company,” Lynch said of Maziarz. “I called him the next early morning (after his arrest).”
But Maziarz, who has pleaded not guilty, remains one of 4 board-members-and the only Senate appointee-on the state Economic Development Power Allotment Board that suggests companies for state power agreements.
Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan “ought to pull the plug on that appointment,” said Blair Horner, of the New york city Public Interest Research Group.
Maziarz was called to the board in 2014 already Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, a Long Island Republican who offered up his seat in 2015 after being founded guilty on federal corruption charges.
Maziarz’s overdue, three-year board term expires in Septemer.
A Senate GOP spokesperson had no remark when asked why Bulk Leader John Flanagan (R-Suffolk County) has kept Maziarz on the board and whether the ex-senator will be reappointed when his term expires.
Citizens Union Executive Director Cock Dadey said that while Maziarz is presume innocent up until proven guilty, “you wish to make certain anybody serving in a public position is beyond reproach.”
“Having someone who has actually already been charged brings a stain to the Senate’s representation on this board,” Dadey stated.
Horner agreed. Asked whether Maziarz deserve the right to serve up until his fate is identified, Horner said, “you’re not sending him to jail (by removing him from the board. Public officials shouldn’t be operating under a legal cloud.”
Maziarz was charged in late March after an investigation by state Attorney general of the United States Eric Scheiderman’s workplace that likewise led to charges against his follower in the Senate, Robert Ortt (R-Niagara Falls). Ortt was accused of discovering a no-show job for his partner to help pad his income when he was mayor of North Tonawanda.Like Maziarz, he has actually denied any wrongdoing and has actually pleaded not guilty in court. Ortt stated he has no plans to provide up his seat.