BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Several sources tell News 4’s Ed Drantch New York State Senator George Maziarz will not seek re-election for the 62nd senate district seat, a seat he’s held since 1995.
On Sunday night the Niagara County Republican party issued a statement by Maziarz, saying in part, “I realized I just did not have the passion and commitment that I have had in the past to see it through,” referring to a new campaign. The Republican says he plans to focus on preparing for his second daughter’s upcoming wedding.
Multiple sources have also told Drantch, North Tonawanda Mayor Bob Ortt will be the Republican nominee, replacing Maziarz on the ticket.
Monday is the last day to accept or decline the party’s nomination for the upcoming election. Sources tell News 4 Maziarz will decline the Republican Party’s nomination.
The 62nd district includes all of Niagara and Orleans counties.
Maziarz has held the position since 1995, when he won a special election following the resignation of Senator John Daly. Daly went on to become Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation.
According to Maziarz’s online biography, the senator serves as Chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee. He has served as Vice President Pro Tempore of the State Senate since 2011.
News 4 has reached out to both Maziarz and Ortt for comment. Neither has returned our calls.
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s spokesman had no comment on the matter.