BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Senator George Maziarz is retiring after decades in the State Senate. He’ll walk away with more than a million dollars in campaign contributions.
According to documents filed with the New York State Board of Elections, the “Committee to Elect Maziarz State Senate” has $1,079,129.60 as a closing balance for July.
-Maziarz is retiring amid a federal investigation into campaign expenditures
-Senator Patrick Gallivan is also reviewing his expenditures. He was third on a list topped by Maziarz
-Two Republicans and one Democrat are eying Maziarz’s seat
The last reported closing balance was January. Six months ago, Maziarz’s campaign committee had a closing balance of $943,055.10.
Between January and July, Maziarz accrued $268,025.57 in contributions. There were miscellaneous receipts of more than $100.00. Total expenses between January and July totaled more than $132,000.
Maziarz announced he will not run for re-election on Sunday. He said he no longer had the passion to wage another campaign battle.
But his campaign fund could keep him viable after retirement.
“Most political powerhouses who retire continue to be politically influential,” Len Lenihan said. Lenihan is the former Erie County Democratic Chairman. Lenihan said the money can be used for charity, for political events, buying tickets to fundraisers, for profit organizations and cultural organizations. Lenihan said the money cannot be used to buy a suit or a new car.
Lenihan told News 4, the senator could use the campaign funding to pay for an attorney if need be.
Rob Ortt, the Republican North Tonawanda Mayor, will run in Maziarz’s place. Ortt has support from the Niagara County GOP.