Former New York Senator Pleads Guilty

Another corruption case comes to a close, with a guilty plea from a former State Senator.

George Maziarz has pleaded guilty to Offering a False Instrument.  According to the New York State Attorney General's Office, the charge related to a pass-through scheme in which he funneled secret campaign payments to a former Senate staffer, who had left government service amid charges of sexual harassment. 

In a news release from the A.G.'s office, authorities say "In his allocution before the court, Maziarz admitted, in sum and substance, to wanting to continue to use the services of Glen Aronow without the public knowing, so he arranged for payment to Aronow through a series of intermediaries, including Synor Marketing, knowing that those payments would not be included on various public filings with the BOE, including the 2012 July Periodic disclosure, making them knowingly false."

In 2014, the Republican, who represented people from three North-Western counties, announced that he would not seek re-election to the Senate.

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