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Statement by Senator George Winner on Governor Paterson's Appointment of Richard Ravitch

Albany, N.Y., July 8–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that it’s unconstitutional for New York Governor David Paterson to try to appoint Richard Ravitch, a longtime New York City business and civic leader, to fill the state’s vacant lieutenant governor’s position.

Winner released the following statement:

“Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has already ruled that any move to appoint a lieutenant governor would be unconstitutional, so why would Governor Paterson ignore such a clear-cut opinion?

July 8, 2009
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"Let's Get on With Reform" by Senator George Winner

When the vote was taken on June 8th to change the leadership of the New York State Senate, it’s important to remember that there was another vote that very same afternoon which, in the end, may turn out to be the most far-reaching action of all in 2009.

It was a vote to guarantee that the Senate leads the way on unprecedented changes to New York’s legislative process.  Let’s get right to the point.  We have taken a vote in favor of Senate rules changes that will, among many other key actions:

July 3, 2009
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Another Try at Senate Rules Reform

Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira), a member of the state Senate’s newly created Committee on Rules and Administration, called again today for the approval of a series of actions he and his colleagues first offered earlier this year to change the way the Senate does business.

June 4, 2009
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Senator Winner's reaction to plans for a new CVS distribution center in the Southern Tier

Albany, N.Y., June 2– State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) called it great news for the Southern Tier economy that plans to construct a CVS distribution center in the town of Chemung are moving forward.

June 2, 2009
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Legislation Introduced to Encourage Volunteer Recruitment

Albany, N.Y., May 26--State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and Assemblyman Tom O’Mara (R-Horseheads) have introduced legislation to help localities fend off potentially enormous future local property tax increases by offering incentives to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and other emergency services personnel.

May 26, 2009
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Winner, Colleagues Issue Own Report on Reform

Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and his Republican counterparts on the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration have issued a report offering a series of additional recommendations for changing the way the Senate does business.

While the state Senate Democratic majority has been quick to praise a set of rules changes it recently recommended for full Senate consideration, Winner cautioned that those changes don’t go far enough.

April 24, 2009
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Winner Says Final Budget Doesn't Do Enough for Dairy Farmers, Wine Industry

Albany, N.Y., April 1–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and his Republican colleagues in the state Senate offered an amendment to the 2009-2010 state budget plan being enacted by Governor David Paterson and the state’s Democratic legislative leaders late yesterday that would have reauthorized an emergency assistance program for New York’s dairy farmers.

April 8, 2009
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Do You Support Final State Budget?

Albany, N.Y., April 7–More than 90 percent of the respondents to a week-long, online “Quick Poll” conducted by State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) have expressed opposition to the 2009-2010 state budget enacted late last week by Governor David Paterson and the Legislature’s Democratic majorities.

April 5, 2009
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Empire Zone Changes Moving Ahead Despite Opposition

Albany, N.Y., April 3–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that the approval of changes to New York’s Empire Zone program contained in the 2009-2010 state budget being enacted by Governor David Paterson and the Legislature’s Democratic majorities put up “a major roadblock to this region’s ability to attract and retain local jobs.  It could stop local economic development dead in its tracks.  It’s devastating and unthinkable to take an action like this one at this time."

April 2, 2009
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Winner, Colleagues Offering Budget Amendments

WINNER, COLLEAGUES OFFERING BUDGET AMENDMENTS

Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that he and his colleagues in the Senate Republican conference are offering a series of amendments to the 2009-2010 state budget to address shortcomings in a fiscal plan negotiated and agreed upon by Governor Paterson and the Legislature’s Democratic leaders.

April 2, 2009
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Winner Seeks to Reauthorize STAR Rebates

Albany, N.Y., April 2–Eliminating New York’s two-year-old STAR property tax rebate program works against efforts to stimulate economic growth and arrives at the worst possible time for families and homeowners, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today as he joined other Senate Republicans in an effort to restore the rebates.

The 2009-2010 state budget plan being enacted by Governor David Paterson and the state’s Democratic legislative leaders will do away with the rebates this year.

April 1, 2009
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Senate Republicans Stand Up for Public Libraries

Albany, N.Y., April 1–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and his Senate Republican colleagues advanced today an amendment to the 2009-2010 state budget being enacted by Governor David Paterson and legislative Democrats that would ensure that local public libraries receive the same amount of state aid as last year.

March 31, 2009
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Senator Winner Voting 'No' on State Budget

 

Albany, N.Y., March 31–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that he will oppose the 2009-2010 state budget that state Democrats will begin approving today and that will soon be signed into law by Governor David Paterson.

March 30, 2009
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Local Roads Matter

The region’s local highway superintendents turned out in force in Albany recently to spread their message to state lawmakers that “local roads matter.” 

Superintendents representing Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates counties met with State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) to discuss a range of priority issues, including the need to protect New York’s commitment to the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program, commonly known as CHIPS. 

March 28, 2009
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What's Happened to Budget Reform?

Albany, N.Y., March 23–With just over one week to go until the April 1 deadline to adopt a new state budget, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) wants to know how area residents feel about a budget adoption process that’s been noteworthy for its absence of public negotiating sessions.

Winner recently said that state leaders are ignoring key elements of the state’s Budget Reform Act of 2007, which established legal guidelines and timetables for the appointment of joint legislative budget conference committees to conduct public budget negotiations.

March 23, 2009
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Final State Budget? Bad News for Upstate Region

Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) criticized today an agreed-upon 2009-2010 state budget plan for taxing too much, spending too much, and dashing hopes for any short-term economic turnaround in upstate New York.

“Right out of the box, New York’s Democratic leaders are going to raise your taxes and put your job at risk so they can afford higher government spending,” Winner said.  “It’s even worse than I imagined.” 

March 20, 2009
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March is National Kidney Month

It’s often called the “silent killer” and that fact alone is the driving force behind the month of March being designated as National Kidney Month in America, as well as for “World Kidney Day” on March 12.

The National Kidney Foundation estimates that 26 million American adults have chronic kidney disease (CKD), but the truly striking fact is that most of these adults were unaware they had the disease until it reached an advanced stage.

March 4, 2009
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Local GST BOCES Students Honored

Albany, N.Y., March 4–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and Assemblyman Jim Bacalles (R-C-I, Corning) congratulated two area residents who were among 14 adult students from across New York State honored today as “Students of the Year” by the New York Association for Continuing/Community Education (NYACCE).

March 4, 2009
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Winner to Gov. Paterson: Let's Be Ready For Dairy Crisis

Albany, N.Y., February 6–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) has urged Governor David Paterson to direct his administration to pay close attention to what Winner fears is quickly developing into a devastating financial crisis within New York’s dairy industry.

February 6, 2009
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Winner: Paterson Plan Needs Public Scrutiny

Albany, N.Y., December 16—State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that Governor David Paterson’s 2009-2010 proposed state budget is going to require a long, hard look from the Legislature and local communities.

January 9, 2009
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