George Winner's News items

Winner Named to Rural Resources Commission

Albany, N.Y., March 16–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) has been appointed as a member of the joint, bipartisan Legislative Commission on the Development of Rural Resources.

March 2, 2010
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Winner Blasts New State Utility Tax

Elmira, N.Y., July 22 –State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that a new 2% utility tax enacted by Governor David Paterson and the state’s Democratic legislative leaders as part of the 2009-2010 state budget “is the latest bad news from a bad state budget for New York State taxpayers.”

March 2, 2010
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'Innovation Economy' Key to Upstate Renewal

I'm glad to have this chance to provide an update on the just-released report of a state task force that has made a significant addition to what's becoming a treasure trove of blueprints pointing the way to strategies that just might prove successful at turning around the fortunes and the futures of communities across New York, especially upstate.

March 2, 2010
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Winner, Bacalles Praise Decision to Speed Up Reconstruction of Route 54A in Yates County

Penn Yan, N.Y., November 19–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and Assemblyman Jim Bacalles (R-C-I, Corning) announced today that the state has agreed to a request they made in September to speed up the reconstruction of Route 54A in Yates County.

March 2, 2010
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Winner, Colleagues Propose New Jobs Plan

Albany, N.Y., January 26 –State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) joined his colleagues in the Senate Republican conference today to propose a new strategy that they believe has been overlooked 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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Winner: Tax Refunds Should Not Be Delayed

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) has urged New York Governor David Paterson to scrap any plans his administration is considering to delay payment of state income tax refunds to thousands of state taxpayers.

The Paterson administration’s consideration of a tax refund check postponement surfaced in news reports earlier this week.

March 2, 2010
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Watch Senator Winner's Interview on 'Capital Tonight'

Senator Winner is working to rally bipartisan support for legislation he sponsors that, if enacted, would require New York State to issue income tax refunds within 30 days of a taxpayer's filing.

He was interviewed on what's being called the "Refund Revolt" on last night's edition of the statewide news show Capital Tonight

You can watch the interview here.

March 2, 2010
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Statement from Senator George Winner

Elmira, N.Y., February 26—State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) released today the following statement in response to New York Governor David Paterson’s announcement that he will not seek election in November, but will remain in office until the end of his current term:

“It’s not clear to me how Governor Paterson will be able to govern in any effective or productive way.

March 1, 2010
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State Should Provide Tax Refunds in 30 Days, Winner Says

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) has introduced legislation to require the state to provide personal income tax refunds within 30 days after a taxpayer files a return.

February 22, 2010
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Key Senate Committee Approves Winner's Legislation to Encourage Volunteers

Albany, N.Y., February 10—The Senate Investigations Committee has approved legislation sponsored by State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) to help localities avoid potentially enormous future local property tax increases by offering incentives to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and other emergency services personnel.

February 11, 2010
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Winner: Budget Cuts Cannot Compromise School Safety

Albany, N.Y., January 29 –State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that he’ll be urging the new Democratic leadership of the state Senate to follow the lead of Republicans when they held control of the chamber in 2008 and immediately reject a proposal to reassign nearly 100 New York State Troopers currently working as “school resource officers” (SROs) in schools across New York.

February 5, 2010
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Winner: Here We Go Again?

Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) responded to this week’s news reports that Governor David Paterson is considering increasing the state’s cigarette tax by as much as $1 per pack by warning that it could the first of many new taxes and fees that will be considered by the governor and legislative leaders in the new year. “The session is barely a week old, but Albany’s leaders are already spinning out their case for a higher tax,” said Winner.  “I remain concerned that they just refuse to understand that New York’s workers, families, and employers can’

January 13, 2010
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Winner: State Spending Cap Should be First Up

Albany, N.Y., January 11–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) welcomed today Governor David Paterson’s renewed call for state lawmakers to enact a permanent cap on state spending.

That’s because Winner himself has previously called for and co-sponsored legislation to implement a constitutionally mandated cap on state spending along with additional, comprehensive state spending reforms.

January 11, 2010
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2010 Priorities

New York government's financial future, short and long term, will dominate the legislative agenda in 2010.  No. 1 on the list, of course, must be to keep addressing the state’s immediate fiscal crisis.  That much we know. 

December 29, 2009
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Good Time to Remember Venison Donation Coalition

The locally based Venison Donation Coalition sums up its core mission this way, “With the downturn of the economy, budget cuts throughout the country, and increased layoffs, more and more Americans are feeling the crunch and being left hungry.  Those going hungry are families, children and single parents and the donation of venison can help feed these people.”

November 24, 2009
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Taxes? More Taxes?

It’s no secret that as we approach the month of September in New York, the state is facing yet another budget deficit – this time one that’s already topping $2 billion and could rise even higher.

October 15, 2009
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Signs of Hope

[In the accompanying photo, Senator Winner recently joined a number of other area leaders to celebrate the groundbreaking on a key five-mile stretch of Route 15 in Steuben County (see details below)]

September 28, 2009
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Winner critical of state's new $200-per-child welfare benefit increase

Albany, N.Y., August 11–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) was highly critical today of a plan announced by Governor David Paterson to provide a new $200-per-child payment to welfare and food stamp recipients statewide, which they can access starting today.

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August 11, 2009
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Winner: Fight for Upstate Back On

Albany, N.Y., July 9–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) issued the following statement today on the Senate leadership change:

“It’s not a good day for the concerns and challenges facing upstate New York.

“For now. we’re about to return to a state government under one-party, one-region, downstate control. 

“This year’s state budget still stands as proof that upstate New York’s taxpayers, employers, workers, and families don’t get a fair shake in a state government under one-party, one-region, downstate control.

July 9, 2009
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