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State, Local Leaders Issue Report On The Future Of Rural New York

Albany, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira), chairman of the New York State Legislative Commission on Rural Resources (LCRR), has released a report, "A Vision for Rural New York," summarizing the efforts of state and local leaders from across New York over the past year to examine and develop specific priorities to address many of the key short- and long-term challenges confronting New York’s rural regions, including economic and workforce development, health care and education.

January 8, 2007
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Winner Says 2007 Session Needs To Focus On Upstate Revival

Albany, N.Y.— State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) today called Governor Eliot Spitzer’s first State of the State message to the Legislature "a solid beginning that will hopefully spark widespread, bipartisan action on the challenges facing upstate New York."Winner praised the new governor, in particular, for his emphasis on keeping property tax relief and rural, upstate economic development at the top of the state government agenda.

January 3, 2007
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"Venison Donations Make A Difference"

In government we’re always searching for ways to encourage citizens to participate in the public arena, to contribute their experience, expertise and sense of civic-mindedness to strengthen our communities.

November 21, 2006
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State Lawmakers, Arc Officials Announce New State Funding

Bath, N.Y.-- New York State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira), State Assemblyman Jim Bacalles (R-C, Corning) and Steuben Arc officialshave announced $150,000 in new state funding to support the organization’s ongoing "Together We Soar" renovation and construction project.

November 20, 2006
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New Diesel Emissions Reduction Law Hailed As Sound Public Health Policy

Corning, N.Y.-- Legislation co-sponsored in the New York State Senate this year by Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) to establish the "Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2006," has been signed into law by Governor George Pataki."New York has been a national leader in promoting cleaner air, and with this new law, we are taking another important step to protect public health and our environment by reducing the amount of harmful pollution from diesel vehicles,”Pataki said.Winner joined the governor,United States Congressman John R.

November 3, 2006
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Local Organizations Receive State Agritourism Grants

Albany, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) today announced that several Southern Tier-Finger Lakes regional organizations are being awarded state grants under New York’s new Agritourism Grant Program. "We’re wise to encourage and invest in agritourism development in New York State.

October 30, 2006
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Winner: Comptroller Hevesi Should Resign

Elmira, N.Y.-- New York State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. has joined colleagues and citizens groups from across New York to call for the immediate resignation of Comptroller Alan Hevesi.The calls for Hevesi’s resignation come in the wake of this week's report from the New York State Ethics Commission that the comptroller may have "knowingly and intentionally" violated state ethics law by utilizing one of his government-paid employees as a chauffeur and personal aide for his wife.

October 25, 2006
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Winner Renews Call For Death Penalty In Wake Of Court Testimony This Week

Elmira, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira)is renewing the call to restore New York State's death penalty in the wake ofthis week’s testimony in the trial over the March 1 shooting death of New York State Trooper Andrew J. Sperr, which Winner said"practically begs New York State Assembly leaders to restore the death penalty. You will never read or hear a more powerfully convincing statement in support of the death penalty as a deterrent to violent crime." LateTuesday afternoon a Chemung County jury found defendant Anthony D.

September 28, 2006
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New Law Establishes Minimum Training Standard For Local Planning Officials

Albany, N.Y.-- Legislation sponsored by Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) to establish a minimum training requirement for municipal planning and zoning officials, has been signed into law by Governor George Pataki."The challenges facing local planning and zoning officials have enormous implications for rural communities and localities across New York State," said Winner, chairman of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. "We need to try to ensure that local land use decisions are made with as much effectiveness, foresight and knowledge as possible.

September 21, 2006
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Winner's Agritourism Legislation Signed Into Law

Albany, N.Y.-- Legislation sponsored by State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) that promotes "agricultural tourism" as an increasingly popular practice vital to the future of the state’s agricultural industry, has been signed into law by Governor George Pataki.Winner’s legislation was unanimously approved by the Legislature earlier this year."We’re wise to encourage agritourism development in New York State.

September 7, 2006
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Winner Announces Value Of Local Property Tax Rebates

Elmira, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) today announced the final figures for the property tax rebates that will be sent to area homeowners this fall as the result of a Senate-sponsored property tax rebate initiative enacted into law as part of the 2006-07 state budget. Winner said that the values of homeowners' school property tax rebates under the new plan were recently calculated by the state Department of Taxation and Finance (Tax and Finance) and vary based on the tax rates of individual school districts.

August 9, 2006
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Winner: Correction Officers Deserve Quicker Action On Pay Raises

Elmira, N.Y.-- In a letterto New York State Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi, Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R,C-Elmira) has called for the comptroller to step up his office’s efforts to implement a more definitive and immediate timetable for releasing retroactive pay raises to thousands of New York’s correction officers.Winner, who serves as a member of the Senate Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Committee, co-sponsored legislation (S.8295) this year that approved an arbitration award of pay raises and bonuses for correction officers statewide.

July 31, 2006
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Tompkins Designated For New Empire Zone

Ithaca, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira)said todaythat Tompkins County is one of six counties included in a new expansion of New York’s "Empire Zones" economic development program.The new zones are being announced today by the governor and legislative leaders."It’s a positive economic victory for the county and the region," said Winner.Winner said that six new Empire Zones are being designated this year, followed by three next year.

July 26, 2006
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Winner's Legislation To Extend EMT Recertification Process Signed Into Law

Albany, N.Y.-- Legislation sponsored this year by State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) to continue an alternative recertification process for emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and advanced emergency medical technicians (AEMTs), has been signed into law by Governor George E. Pataki.

July 20, 2006
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State, Local Leaders Will Meet On Future Of Rural New York

Albany, N.Y.-- Nearly 200 state and local leaders from across upstate New York will gather in Syracuselater this week to discuss and suggest specific legislative strategies to address many of the key short- and long-term challenges confronting New York’s rural regions including economic and workforce development, health care and education.This week'sFuture of Rural New York Symposium, being held at the Wyndham Hotel in Syracuse from July 19-21, is sponsored by Cornell University and the New York State Legislative Commission on Rural Resources (LCRR).

July 17, 2006
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Legislation Promotes Broadband Services For Economic Development In Rural Areas

Albany, N.Y.-- Legislation sponsored by State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira), which seeks to expand broadband services in rural regions, has been signed into law by Governor George E. Pataki. The legislation (S. 2747-B/A. 5633-C) was developed and advanced as a bipartisan initiative by the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, which Winner chairs.

July 13, 2006
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New Sex Offender Legislation Approved

Albany, N.Y.-- The New York State Legislature has approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) to increase the amount of information about dangerous sex offenders being made available to concerned parents and community residents. The legislation will expand the state’s Sex Offender Registry by posting information about more sex offenders on the Internet and allowing law enforcement to disseminate information about all offenders to the community.

July 5, 2006
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Medicaid Inspector General Key To Future Property Tax Relief

Albany, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr.

June 29, 2006
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Diesel Emissions Reduction Legislation Hailed As Public Health Policy

Albany, N.Y.-- The New York State Senate has given final legislative approval to legislation co-sponsored by Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) making New York the first state in the nation to require thousands of state-owned or operated diesel-powered vehicles to be retrofitted with cutting-edge technology that significantly reduces diesel emissions.Winner said that the approval of the "Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2006" represents an important public health and environmental protection policy.

June 27, 2006
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Legislation Approved To Promote Agritourism

Albany, N.Y.-- The New York State Legislature has unanimously approved legislation sponsored by State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) that promotes "agricultural tourism," commonly known as agritourism, as an increasingly popular practice vital to the future of the state’s agricultural industry."We’re wise to encourage agritourism development in New York State.

June 26, 2006
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