George Winner's Press releases

Is Your Word Good New York?

The just-completed 2010-2011 New York State budget puts a few finishing touches on what has become a disturbing and disheartening habit of New York government in the past few years: devaluing not just a strong, but in these toughest of times what should be an unshakable commitment to economic development.

August 10, 2010
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Keep shining reform spotlight on Medicaid

Upon taking office in the New York State Senate in January 2005, one of the first pieces of legislation I proposed would have initiated a full state takeover of local Medicaid costs and eliminated the property tax as a source of Medicaid funding.

July 21, 2010
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Senator Winner Wishes the People of the 53rd District a Safe and Enjoyable Fourth of July

I'm grateful to have this opportunity to wish the communities and the citizens of New York's 53rd Senate District an enjoyable and a memorable Fourth of July weekend.

July 2, 2010
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Winner: What about Empire Zone Program?

Albany, N.Y., June 10–With New York’s No. 1 economic development tool for upstate businessses and communities set to expire less than three weeks from now, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) kept up the call today for Governor Paterson and legislative leaders to pay closer attention to the future of the Empire Zone economic development program.   

He noted that the future of the state’s 82 empire zones wasn’t even mentioned in a meeting between Paterson and legislative leaders yesterday in Albany.

June 10, 2010
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Statement from Senator Winner to the residents of the 53rd Senate District

Elmira, N.Y., June 2— New York State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) announced today that he will not seek re-election to a fourth consecutive term representing the residents of the state’s 53rd Senate District.

The 53rd District encompasses all of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates counties, and part of Tompkins County (the city and town of Ithaca, and the towns of Enfield, Newfield, and Ulysses).

Winner released the following statement to the residents of his 53rd District:

June 2, 2010
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Winner pays tribute to 2010 'Woman of Distinction'

Albany, N.Y.-- A prominent Finger Lakes farmer and agribusinesswoman, Mary-Howell Martens, was honored on Tuesday evening as a “Woman of Distinction” by New York State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate.

The Senate's "Women of Distinction" program, which began in March to coincide with Women's History Month in New York State, allows senators statewide to select one honoree from their respective legislative districts. 

May 26, 2010
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Statement from Senator Winner on 29th Congressional District

Elmira, N.Y., May 12--Earlier today New York Governor David Paterson said that he would call a special election in the 29th Congressional District -- but not until Election Day, November 2, 2010.

Senator Winner reacted to the governor's action with the following statement:

"Is he kidding?

"We’ve seen and heard some strange things from New York governors over the past few years, but this may be the strangest and most offensive action yet to the communities I represent.

May 12, 2010
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Winner pushes creation of Drug Dealer Registry

Albany, N.Y.–In the wake of a series of alarming felony drug arrests across the Southern Tier in recent weeks, and as local officials increasingly express concern over an influx of the highly addictive drug heroin into area communities, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that he will renew the effort to enact legislation to create a state-level Drug Dealer Registry.

May 12, 2010
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Winner, colleagues renew call for special election in 29th Congressional District

Albany, N.Y., May 6--State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and his Senate Republican colleagues have introduced a resolution calling on New York Governor David Paterson to immediately set a date for a special election to fill the 29th congressional district seat that has been vacant since the resignation of Eric Massa on March 8th.

May 6, 2010
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Winner Still Pushing New Upstate Jobs Plan

Albany, N.Y. –During debate on the floor of the New York State Senate not long ago, one prominent Senate Democratic leader said that three-way negotiations between the Democratic leaders of the Legislature and Governor David Paterson had reached a “critical stage,” but Republicans have been left out of those talks and Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) is wondering if state leaders are giving any consideration at all to a new jobs plan for upstate New York.

April 27, 2010
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Free Kidney Health Screening in Elmira on Saturday

Elmira, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and Assemblyman Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) reminded area residents today that the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Serving Upstate NY will conduct a free kidney health screening in Elmira on Saturday, April 17, 2010.

O’Mara and Winner are co-sponsoring the local event together with St. Joseph’s Hospital of Elmira.

Saturday’s free screening will be held at the Blessed Sacrament (Ss Peter & Paul) Parish Community Center, located at 160 High Street in Elmira, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

April 15, 2010
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Last Year's State Budget Makes It Harder for Locals to Oversee Medicaid

Albany, N.Y. – State leaders haven't settled differences over the 2010-2011 state budget, but as a result of provisions enacted by Governor David Paterson and the Democratic leaders of the state Legislature in last year’s budget, local officials across New York are now further hindered in their ability to effectively oversee Medicaid, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today.

April 9, 2010
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Statement from Senator Winner on former area State Senator William T. Smith II

Elmira, N.Y., March 30--Long-time, legendary New York State Senator William T. "Cadillac" Smith II, who represented the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions in the state Senate from 1962 until his retirement in 1986, died earlier today. He was 94.

March 30, 2010
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Should State Impose Permanent Cap on Spending?

Albany, N.Y.–New York State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) is giving area residents the opportunity to share their views on one proposal under discussion as a way to effectively control future state spending: cap it.

Late last week New York Governor David Paterson renewed the push for a state spending cap by introducing specific legislation for the Legislature’s consideration.  The Paterson proposal mirrors, but doesn’t go as far as legislation Winner has co-sponsored – and the Senate has approved – in the past.

March 24, 2010
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Winner Still Seeking Bipartisan Support for 30-Day Tax Refunds

Albany, N.Y., March 18— State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that he is still trying to build bipartisan support for legislation he sponsors to require the state to provide personal income tax refunds within 30 days after a taxpayer files a return.

Watch news report here.

March 19, 2010
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Medicaid Fraud Task Force Issues Recommendations

Albany, N.Y., March 17 – State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and the members of the Senate Republican Task Force on Medicaid Fraud released today an initial report and a  series of recommendations for improving the state’s efforts to combat abuse, fraud, and overutilization in New York’s $52-billion system of Medicaid.

The task force believes that its initial recommendations point to annual savings of approximately $500 million and should be included in the 2010-2011 state budget.

March 17, 2010
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Public Budget Negotiations Needed, Winner Says

Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) has joined many of his legislative colleagues to call on Senate and Assembly leaders to begin public negotiations over the final 2010-2011 state budget.

The lawmakers noted that the April 1st deadline to adopt a new state budget is 23 days away.

March 10, 2010
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Winner on State Budget: Behind Closed Doors, Again?

Albany, N.Y.–With less than one month remaining until the April 1 deadline to adopt a new state budget, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) criticized today the Legislature’s lack of public negotiations over the final 2010-2011 state budget.

March 5, 2010
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Governor Paterson Releases Park Closure Plan

Albany, N.Y., February 19—A plan released earlier today by New York Governor David Paterson to close more than 50 state parks and historic sites would impact several regional parks, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said.

The parks in Winner’s legislative district that would face closure or service reductions under the Paterson plan are the Newtown Battlefield State Park , Chemung County (full closure); Buttermilk Falls State Park, Tompkins County (closure of public swimming area); and Stony Brook State Park, Steuben County (closure of public swimming area).

Winner released the following statement:

“Every legislator recognizes the enormous fiscal challenge facing New York State and the consequences for the local communities we represent.

February 19, 2010
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Winner: Chesapeake to Stop Plans for Wastewater Well in Pulteney

Elmira, N.Y., February 16—The Chesapeake Energy Corporation will formally withdraw its application to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for an injection well permit in the town of Pulteney, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today.

February 16, 2010
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