george maziarz Fracking rallies target Senate GOP in session's waning days By Daniel Robison, WBFO • Jun 14, 2011 Daniel Robison / WNED Listen Listening... / In the waning days of the legislative session, anti-hydrofracking activists are aggressively lobbying for the passage of a few bills. The offices of western New York Senate Republicans were the focus of a handful of rallies Monday. Protestors hope the these politicians are fence-sitting on the issue and can be tipped to their side. Verizon walks away from WNY data center By Daniel Robison, WBFO • Mar 17, 2011 Bytemarks / via Flickr Remember that $4 billion proposed Verizon Data Center? The one that was offered hundreds of millions of dollars in incentives to locate in rural Somerset, N.Y.? Where each of the 200 jobs would have cost $3.1 million in public funds to create? Maziarz: Fracking, treating waste fluid could lead to "economic boom" By Daniel Robison, WBFO • Mar 14, 2011 Daniel Robison / WNED “It’s been proven it can be done in a safe way,” says George Maziarz, vice president of the New York State Senate. The “it” in this instance? Horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.