George Winner's Press releases

Winner, Colleagues Propose New Jobs Plan

Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) has joined his colleagues in the Senate Republican conference 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.

February 5, 2010

Winner Appointed Member of Medicaid Fraud Task Force

Albany, N.Y., February 2 – State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) has been appointed as a member of the newly created Senate Republican Task Force on Medicaid Fraud to find out why state taxpayers continue to lose hundreds of millions of dollars to abuse, fraud, and waste in New York’s more than $50-billion Medicaid system.

February 2, 2010

Winner Won't Toast Paterson Plan to Eliminate Wine Foundation

Albany, N.Y., January 20 –State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira), one of the  Legislature’s most vocal and long-standing wine industry advocates, rejected today Governor David Paterson’s plan to completely eliminate state support for the New York Wine and Grape Foundation.

January 21, 2010

Some Good, Some Bad in Paterson Plan

Albany, N.Y., January 19–  State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that Governor David Paterson’s proposed 2010-2011 state budget contains several key proposals that would be helpful to strengthening the upstate economy, but only if Paterson can convince the Democratic leaders of the Legislature to go along.

“Speech after speech won’t matter unless the words are followed by action after action,” said Winner.  

January 19, 2010

Historic Elmira Accepting Nominations for Preservation Awards

Elmira, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) reminded area residents today that Historic Elmira, Inc. is currently accepting nominations for its 2nd Annual “Preservation Awards Program” to recognize outstanding restoration and preservation projects within the Elmira area.

January 14, 2010

Responding to the catastrophe in Haiti

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the Haiti earthquake, to their families and their friends -- and our gratitude to everyone coming to their aid.

See the following links for information on the Haiti relief effort:

"Local Red Cross officials: Cash best way to aid quake victims" (Corning Leader, January 15, 2010)

January 14, 2010

Winner Will Continue Local Offices in Elmira, Bath in 2010

Elmira, N.Y.– State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) reminded area residents  that he will continue to operate district offices in Elmira and Bath throughout the new year. Winner encouraged local residents to utilize his offices as the first place to turn for assistance with concerns and questions involving New York government.  

January 7, 2010

Winner: 2010 Session Must Produce Action on Upstate Economy, Other Key Issues

Albany, N.Y., January 6—“From job creation to property tax relief, the plight of the upstate economy and upstate taxpayers deserves top billing in 2010,” State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today in response to Governor David Paterson’s second State of the State message.

[To watch Senator Winner's response, click here]

January 6, 2010

Small Business Could Point Way to Stronger Upstate

Many of us have been clamoring throughout the past year for New York government to take a more aggressive approach and make a stronger investment in turning around the economy of upstate New York.

December 16, 2009

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.”


December 11, 2009

Spending Cap Still Needed

The New York State budget at the turn of this millennium, in the 2000-2001 state fiscal year, amounted to approximately $78 billion.

Nearly a decade later, the 2009-2010 state budget enacted by Governor David Paterson and the Democratic leadership of the state Legislature this past April, came in at nearly $132 billion.

December 4, 2009

Veterans Day

America observes this year's Veterans Day with her troops still engaged in the war against ter

November 11, 2009

Winner Welcomes Call for State Spending Cap

Albany, N.Y., November 6–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) welcomed today Governor David Paterson’s call for the state Legislature to approve a cap on state spending when it returns to session next week.

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.

November 6, 2009

"Roads and Bridges"

Albany's leaders made sure in the 2009-2010 New York State budget they enacted last April to include a massive, multi-billion-dollar bailout of the New York City-area Metropolitan Transportation Association.

Great news for downstate transit in these tough economic times, but many upstate legislators, including myself, were left with a very simple and straightforward concern: What about funding for upstate New York’s transportation infrastructure? 

November 2, 2009

Local Records Management Grants Awarded

Elmira, N.Y., October 19–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira), Assemblyman Jim Bacalles (R-C-I, Corning), and Assemblyman Tom O’Mara (R-C-I, Horseheads) announced today that local governments and school districts throughout Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tompkins counties have been awarded records management grants from the New York State Archives.

October 20, 2009

Senator Winner, Colleagues Hear Testimony from Dairy Farmers

Albany, N.Y., October 19–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) joined legislative colleagues from across the upstate region today at a public hearing in Albany to hear testimony from New York dairy farmers and industry leaders on ways to address the ongoing dairy crisis.

October 19, 2009

Local Economic Development Stays On Schedule

Senator Winner and area Assemblyman Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats), far right, recently toured the construction site for the new CVS/pharmacy warehouse distribution center in the town of Chemung.

Construction remains on schedule for a 2011 completion date.

October 8, 2009

DEC Unveils Proposed Gas Drilling Regulations

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has released highly anticipated, long-awaited draft regulations for gas drilling throughout the Marcellus Shale.  Read more.

For anyone interested in more information, including an upcoming public comment period, details are available from DEC here.

October 1, 2009

Recruiting Volunteers

It’s an issue that’s simply not going to go away, and so we just need to keep working at it.

I’m talking about an issue that I’ve been trying to keep alive in the Legislature since my election to the New York State Senate four years ago: the future of our local volunteer fire departments.  Each and every one of us recognizes that government, at every level, has its hands full dealing with economic and fiscal challenges as deep-rooted and as difficult as we’ve ever had to face.

September 28, 2009

New Law Extends Rifle Hunting to Schuyler County

Elmira, N.Y., September 18–Schuyler has joined the list of area counties where rifle hunting is allowed under legislation sponsored by State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and signed into law by Governor David Paterson.

The new law (S.4127/A.7509, Chapter 441 of the Laws of 2009) was sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Tom O’Mara (R-C, Horseheads).

September 18, 2009
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