George Winner's News items

Access to State and Local Government

New York government is comprised of over 100 state agencies, boards and commissions that implement a broad range of programs and services-- programs and services that impact and can benefit our lives in many ways. So I’ve always believed that my No. 1 responsibility is to provide as much information and facilitate as much access as I possibly can to what’s available.

December 29, 2010

Statement by Senator George Winner on the Ninth Anniversary of September 11, 2001

Elmira, N.Y., September 11--New York State Senator George Winner joined many state and national leaders today to solemnly recognize the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America. 

Winner released the following statement:

"Today’s many observances of the ninth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on our state and our nation are occasions of solemn remembrance of those we lost, of those heroic citizens who responded in our time of need, and of the American troops whose sacrifice and courage continue to help the world stand strong in the face of terrorism today.

September 11, 2010

Labor Day and the Upstate Economy

One of the time-honored flare-ups in New York State politics, and it seems to have been reignited most often throughout the past century when things (especially the economy) turn especially volatile, is the call for secession.

Split New York into two states along an upstate-downstate boundary, the idea goes – we’ll leave them to their resources, and we’ll take care of our own.

September 6, 2010

Building Blocks

Despite the enormous economic and fiscal challenges facing New York and every other state across the nation, we can never stop focusing on and investing in the foundations of a successful future.  Put another way, state leaders have to set the right priorities and stay committed to them, no matter what.

In my view, New York’s foundations for the future include the continued development, enhancement, and maintenance of a first-class system of transportation;  the ongoing establishment of an educational system – from kindergarten through college – that’s second to none anywhere in America; and a more accessible, affordable, c0st-effective and efficient system of health care.

September 1, 2010

Column from the Capitol: "Many Studies, Less Action"

Reading the just-released “2010 Annual Report on Local Governments” from the office of the New York State Comptroller, what’s not surprising is the message it conveys of hard times for local communities statewide. 

August 2, 2010

Finger Lakes Wine Festival, July 16-18

The rise of New York’s wine industry is one of New York State’s most remarkable success stories.

In a generation, since the mid-1980's, when many of us can recall that the grape-and-wine industry was on the brink of collapse, it's now a burgeoning statewide industry generating billions of dollars in economic activity, accounting for thousands of livelihoods, forming the backbone of Finger Lakes tourism, and bringing national and international acclaim to New York.

July 12, 2010

Winner says Empire Zone replacement doesn't cut it for upstate economy

Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) voted in opposition to legislation being enacted by Governor David Paterson and the Democratic leaders of the Legislature to replace upstate New York’s No. 1 economic development tool, the Empire Zone program, with a new, significantly scaled-back initiative that will provide far fewer resources and incentives to attract and retain businesses and industries across the upstate region.

The legislation creating the new program, known as Excelsior Jobs, was approved by the Senate and Assembly and signed into law by Paterson in June.

June 21, 2010

Winners Renews Call for More Medicaid Reform

Albany, N.Y., June 15 – As talks continue between Governor David Paterson and state leaders to reach final agreement on the 2010-2011 state budget, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I) renewed his call today for this year’s state budget to immediately reinstate locally administered eligibility tests for Medicaid applicants and to begin to enact additional oversight mechanisms that many local and statewide officials believe can begin to provide billions of dollars in long-term cost savings in the state’s most expensive program.

June 15, 2010

Winner pays tribute to veteran Albany newsman

Albany, N.Y., June 1—A memorial service will be held later today for Jay Gallagher, long-time Albany Bureau Chief for the Gannett News Service, whose stories and columns were familiar to Southern Tier readers of the Star-Gazette in Elmira, the Ithaca Journal, and Binghamton’s Press & Sun-Bulletin.

Gallagher passed away early last week following a courageous, year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.

June 1, 2010

Memorial Day 2010

American citizens throughout this great land of ours gather on Memorial Day to remember our veterans, past and present.  We gather in cemeteries, large and small.  We come together in city parks and town squares and village greens to celebrate our most meaningful and important observance.  Our nation has observed Memorial Day for over a century, since the time of the Civil War.

May 28, 2010

Senate GOP seeks to jolt action on state budget with Power for Jobs proposal

Albany, N.Y., May 18—State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and his Senate Republican colleagues will propose a legislative amendment on the Senate floor later today to restart New York’s key economic development power programs – Power for Jobs and Cost Savings Benefits programs –  to keep low-cost electricity flowing to local businesses and manufacturers for one additional year or until Governor Paterson and the leaders of the State Legislature can reach agreement on a long-term solution. 

May 17, 2010

Winner co-sponsoring anti-bullying legislation

Albany, N.Y., May 10—State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that he will co-sponsor a comprehensive legislative package being introduced in the Senate to address the rising problem of bullying in schools.

Winner noted that New York is one of only seven states without a specific law targeting school bullying.  Bully Police, a national watchdog group, has given New York its lowest possible grade for not passing a law to protect schoolchildren from bullies.

May 10, 2010

Winner: What about public budget negotiations?

Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) continued today to call on Senate and Assembly leaders to conduct public negotiations over the final 2010-2011 state budget.

May 5, 2010

Senator Winner on the Late State Budget, Other Current Issues: Listen Now

Ithaca, N.Y., May 3--Senator Winner appeared on WHCU's Morning Newswatch earlier today to share a few thoughts on the late state budget and other current issues.

Listen here.

May 3, 2010

Winner Says Answers Needed for Local Economic Development

Albany, N.Y., April 30–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) warned today that continued inaction on the 2010-2011 state budget could lead to thousands of upstate job losses, including many in the Southern Tier, by the elimination of the Empire Zone economic development program set to take place 60 days from now.

Similar concerns are also being expressed by many upstate employers on the fate of the state’s low-cost economic development power programs, which are set to expire in mid-May.

April 30, 2010

Winner Renews Call for Medicaid Savings in 2010-2011 State Budget

Albany, N.Y., April 26 – With Governor David Paterson and state leaders showing no signs of moving closer to a final agreement on the 2010-2011 state budget, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I) renewed his call for this year’s state budget to immediately reinstate locally administered eligibility tests for Medicaid applicants and to enact additional oversight mechanisms that many local and statewide officials believe can begin to provide billions of dollars in cost savings in the state’s most expensive program.

April 26, 2010

Are New State Taxes and Fees on The Way?

Albany, N.Y., April 19– State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said that another news report today keeps signaling that state leaders are considering a massive round of state tax and fee increases as part of the final 2010-2011 state budget.

April 19, 2010

Local Bone Marrow Registration Drive Being Held Later this Week

Albany, N.Y., March 22--State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) reminded area residents today that the American Cancer Society of Elmira and the Rochester-based Be The Match Foundation will sponsor a two-day Bone Marrow Registration Drive later this week.

“It’s a great cause and an incredibly meaningful effort for potential recipients and donors alike,” Winner said.

March 26, 2010

Medicaid Fraud Task Force Holds Public Hearing in Albany

Albany, N.Y., March 8 – The Senate Republican Task Force on Medicaid Fraud is holding a public hearing in Albany today in an effort to jump-start action on a more effective strategy to combat Medicaid fraud, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira), a member of the recently created task force, said today.

March 10, 2010

New Jobs Plan Introduced

Albany, N.Y., March 2 –State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) announced today that he is co-sponsoring legislation in the Senate to enact a new, comprehensive job creation strategy that he believes has been ignored as a way to help New York strengthen its economy, lower taxes, and begin to create thousands of jobs across upstate New York.

March 2, 2010
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