North Tonawanda, NY (WKBW) - State Senator George Maziarz says he will not seek another term in office, dropping a political bombshell on Niagara, Orleans and Monroe counties.
According to political magazines, the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption reports Maziarz spent more than $140-thousand dollars of campaign funding in an uncertain manner.
More than $140,000 in questionable purchases
A breakdown of the funds include $125,000 at Target and BJ's Wholesale Club, $12,000 at arts and crafts stores and $4,000 on children's purchases including a local clown .
It has been reported that the NYC US Attorney's office subpoenaed Maziarz's chief of staff. She and another staffer recently and abruptly resigned and have both hired lawyers.
Neither the US Attorney's office in NYC nor the FBI confirm an ongoing investigations into Maziarz or his office.
Maziarz is one of the top ranking Republicans in the New York State Senate.
North Tonawanda Mayor Robert Ortt (R) says he is now looking into running for that position, and should have an answer in the next few days.
Gia Arnold (R) from Orleans County previously announced her candidacy, and had attempted to run against Maziarz in a primary election.
Maziarz released the following statement:
“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. 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.
“People will ask me why now and the simple answer is there is never the perfect time to step away. 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.
“My second daughter gets married this summer and that is a much bigger priority for me than another grueling campaign. My family has sacrificed enough for my public service through the years and I cannot ask for any more.
“To the people of Niagara, Orleans and Monroe counties who I have had the pleasure to represent since 1995, I extend my heart felt appreciation for your continued support. I always told people that being your Senator was the greatest job in the world, one I dedicated myself to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We accomplished great things and I did my best to help my constituents with any problem…big or small. Thank you for giving a kid from North Tonawanda the chance to fulfill his dream of serving in the State Senate.”