Judge denies motion by former Niagara County State Senator George Maziarz to dismiss charges

Posted at 2:48 PM, Jul 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-14 18:01:39-04

An Albany County judge has denied former Niagara County state senator George Maziarz's motion to dismiss the election fraud charges against him.

Court documents show Maziarz sought to have them dismissed "on the grounds that the prosecutor engaged in selective enforcement." The judge wrote that Maziarz "failed to meet his heavy burden of proof."

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office offered the following comment after the ruling was handed down: "We look forward to proving our felony corruption charges against Mr. Maziarz in court next month."

In March, Maziarz pleaded not guilty to five counts of election law violations. He also faces one and one-third to four years on each count if convicted.