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November 8, 2012

Witryol concedes Maziarz victory

Amy Hope Witryol made it official on Wednesday.

The endorsed Democrat and Working Families Party candidate in the race for the New York state Senate’s 62nd District conceded defeat in Tuesday’s election by sending a letter to her opponent, state Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane.

In her letter, delivered via email, Witryol congratulated Maziarz on his victory, while adding a few parting “suggestions” for the man who will represent a new-look 62nd District that will include the city of Niagara Falls starting next year. 

Among Witryol’s suggestions to Maziarz: Amend rules surrounding franking budgets - the part of a state legislator’s budget covering expenses for delivering out “informational” mail to constituents - to allow for an equal amount of taxpayer money to be used by challengers so they can get their messages out during election season as well. 

In her letter, the retired banking executive also encouraged Maziarz to change other aspects of state election law to create a more level-playing field for challengers and to follow through on campaign-season promises to lower the tax burden in Niagara County.

“If you are confident that you can win on a level playing field, these should be easy reforms to pass and ones which will reduce excessive spending in Albany to benefit the taxpayer,” Witryol said.

In a race that mirrored an earlier 2010 state senate contest between the same two candidates, Maziarz this week beat Witryol to retain the senate seat he’s held since 1995. Voting results eventually showed Maziarz winning by a significant margin, although technical difficulties experienced by the Niagara County Board of Elections caused a delay in the delivery of numbers from various districts on election night. As a result, Witryol chose not to concede late Tuesday, saying she wanted to see the final numbers from Niagara County - which were not available until the early morning hours on Wednesday. 

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