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Independent Colleges, Universities Slated For Matching Grants Under New State Budget

Albany, N.Y.--The 2005-06 New York State budget includes a new "Higher Education Capital Matching Grants" program that includesfunding forindependent colleges and universitiesstatewide, includingseveral throghout the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region, according to State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira)."Our independent colleges and universities will be able to access this state funding to advance capital projects including the construction of new facilities and equipment purchases," said Winner, a member of the Senate Higher Education Committee.

April 15, 2005
April 12, 2005

Farmers, Agribusinesses Would Qualify For Cheaper Energy Under Winner's Legislation

Albany, N.Y.– Family farms and smaller agribusinesses in New York State would become eligible for lower-cost electricity through New York State’s successful "Power for Jobs" program under legislation proposed by State Senate George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira)."A significant segment of our state’s largest industry is forgotten under the ‘Power for Jobs’ program. This program could help some struggling family farms and smaller agribusinesses stay in business.

April 11, 2005

Applications For Volunteer Fire Protection Grants Available

Elmira, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) today said that area volunteer fire departments can currently apply for funding through the state-administered Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant program.Application packets are available by contacting Winner’s district office in Elmira.The competitive grant program, administered by the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), will distribute $300,000 to New York’s rural fire companies this year.

April 6, 2005

Winner: Cap On Local Medicaid Costs Highlight Of 2005-06 State Budget

Albany, N.Y.-- The State Legislature’s action last week to complete work on the 2005-06 New York State budget includes the adoption of a Medicaid reform package that State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) calls the "highlight of this year’s budget.""These Medicaid reform actions stand in tribute to the efforts of county leaders and local property taxpayers who kept up the drumbeat for local Medicaid relief," Winner said.Winner identified a cap on local Medicaid costs as the cornerstone of the reform package.

April 5, 2005

Legislature Completes On-time Budget; Winner Calls For Permanent Budget Reform

Albany, N.Y. -- As the State Legislaturefinished its work today on the first on-time state budget since 1984, State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira), who was one of 10 state legislators appointed to the Legislature’s Joint Conference Committee on Budget Reform in 2004, said that the Legislature’s next order of business should be to move ahead with a budget reform agreement reached bylastyear'sconference committeeto guarantee that a state budget is in place on time, every year.

March 31, 2005
March 25, 2005

Legislative Agreement Includes Empire Zones For Yates, Tompkins Counties

Albany, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) today said that the Legislature has agreed to extend New York’s "Empire Zones" economic development program for another decade and authorize a dozen new zones statewide over the next four years.Winner said that the agreement, which will be included in the 2005-06 state budget,promises the creation of an Empire Zone in Tompkins and Yates counties in his legislative district."This legislative agreement is great economic news for the residents of counties currently without an Empire Zone.

March 24, 2005

Winner Introduces Legislation To Encourage Volunteer Recruitment

Albany, N.Y.-- Warning that localities face a huge expense down the road if local volunteer emergency services continue to struggle to attract and retain volunteers, State Senator George H. Winner, Jr.

March 22, 2005

Winner Notes Bipartisan Support For Meth Legislation

Albany, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) today said that legislation to combat the use and manufacture of methamphetamine throughout New York is picking up key bipartisan support in the State Legislature.Winner is sponsoring legislation in the Senate to address the growing problem.Earlier this week members of the Assembly Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee convened an "emergency methamphetamine meeting" in Albany and expressed their support for enacting new meth-related laws this session.

March 11, 2005

Donations From Southern Tier's 'Support Our Troops' Campaign Arrive At 42nd Division Headquarters

Troy, N.Y.-- A Silk Road Transport tractor-trailer arrived safely this morning at the New York Army National Guard’s 42nd Infantry Division headquarters and delivered 7,500 pounds of Southern Tier care package donations that will soon be on their way to New York State servicemen and women serving in Iraq.

February 14, 2005

Donations From Southern Tier's 'Support Our Troops' Campaign Being Delivered To 42nd Infantry Division On Monday

Elmira, N.Y.-- Since late last December, when the Southern Tier’s state and federal lawmakers joined Steuben County veteransto announce the beginning of a campaign that’s become known as "Support Our Troops," hundreds of the region’s residents have responded with thousands of donations ranging from batteries to snack foods and writing tablets.

"It’s just been an incredible effort and a real show of the American spirit in our region," said State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira).

February 11, 2005
February 10, 2005

Local Budget Meetings Begin This Week

Albany, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-Elmira) today reminded area residents that he will hold a series of public meetings on Governor George Pataki’s proposed 2005-06 state budget beginning with meetingsthis Thursdayin Ithaca, Corning and Elmira.In mid-January, Pataki released a $105.5-billion budget proposal for the coming fiscal year."Governor Pataki has set the stage for an important legislative session.

February 8, 2005

Winner: Legislature Shouldn't Wait To Authorize Direct Shipment Of Wine

Albany, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira)is sponsoring legislation in the Senate to allow Finger Lakes wineries and winemakers throughout New York State to ship their products directly to out-of-state consumers.Winner said that New York’s existing, Prohibition-era law prohibiting New York’s wineries from shipping wine directly to customers outside the state is outdated and the single greatest obstacle to significant growth within the industry.

February 4, 2005

Senate Continues Effort To Advance Legislative Reform

Albany, N.Y.-- The New York State Senatehas unanimously approved legislation cosponsored by Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) that would continue this year’s effort to reform New York’s legislative process by creating the Bipartisan Legislative Process Task Force.Early in the 2005 session both houses of the Legislature have adopted a myriad of internal rules changes, including a ban on the widely criticized practice of so-called "empty seat" voting.

February 3, 2005

Winner Joins Effort To Combat Southern Tier Meth Crisis

Albany, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) will sponsor legislation in the Senate to make it easier to prosecute manufacturers of the illegal drug methamphetamine and to create a new class of crime for operating a meth drug lab in a residential neighborhood.

Winner’s legislationwill also seek to allow prosecutors to target property owners and landlords who knowingly allow meth manufacturers and sellers to operate on their premises.

February 1, 2005

Senate Approves Rules Reforms

Albany, N.Y.-- The New York State Senate has approved a range of rules reforms, including a ban on the practice of so-called "empty seat" voting, that State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-Elmira) said "changes the way the Senate does business and encourages an ongoing, open dialogue on reform."Winner, beginning his first term as the representative of New York’s 53rd Senate District, said that he believes the reforms will help make the legislative process more accountable, open and responsive to citizens.

January 26, 2005
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