George Winner's Press releases

Winner Criticizes Elimination of STAR Property Tax Rebates

Albany, N.Y., September 17–Stressing that it’s the time of year when local property taxpayers should be looking forward to some relief through New York’s two-year-old STAR property tax rebate program, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that the program’s elimination works against efforts to stimulate economic growth and arrives at the worst possible time for families and homeowners.

September 17, 2009
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Legislation Approved to Encourage Volunteer Recruitment

Albany, N.Y., September 11—The New York State Senate gave final legislative approval today to legislation, supported by state Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira), to create a “Volunteer Emergency Services Recruitment and Retention Fund” by allowing taxpayers to voluntarily contribute to the fund’s establishment through a state income tax check-off. 

September 11, 2009
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Statement from Senator George Winner -- September 11th Observance

"I appreciate this opportunity -- eight years after the attacks of September 11, 2001 -- to join all of you in a day of observance, remembrance, and respect."

September 11, 2009
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Winner: Cuomo Report Allows Agency to Move Forward

Albany, N.Y., September 8–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) welcomed a report today from Attorney General Andrew Cuomo that found no evidence of a so-called “rogue” unit of rank-and-file Troopers within the New York State Police that orchestrated political attacks but uncovered, according to the report, “certain troubling situations in which, at the highest levels of the State Police, political considerations played an improper and determinative role.”

September 8, 2009
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Local Municipalities Receive Restore-NY Grants

Elmira, N.Y., September 2–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that several area municipalities, including the cities of Corning, Hornell, Elmira and Ithaca, have been awarded state grant funding through the Restore-NY Communities Initiatives (Restore-NY) program.

September 2, 2009
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Winner: Enacted Reforms Good for Upstate

Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira), a member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration that convened earlier this year to begin laying the groundwork for the far-reaching legislative reforms that have now been approved, called the fight for changing the Senate “incredibly contentious and frustrating, but we’ve finally broken dramatic new ground in New York government.  It’s very positive for the upstate region, and it absolutely needed to be done.”

July 16, 2009
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Winner, Bacalles seek assist for Steuben County volunteers

Corning, N.Y.--State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and Assemblyman Jim Bacalles (R-C-I, Corning) have introduced legislation aimed at helping Steuben County recruit and retain emergency services volunteers.

May 29, 2009
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Winner: Limit state's ability to tax and spend

Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) announced today that he will sponsor the “Taxpayer Empowerment Act” (TEA), a plan to limit New York government’s ability to tax and spend.

“The only way to begin a true and meaningful turnaround in New York State is to limit government’s ability to tax and spend,” said Winner. “These actions represent the first steps necessary to put a stop to the job losses and population declines that continue to erode the underpinnings of upstate New York.”

May 28, 2009
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Winner Offers Amendment to Reform State Budget Adoption Process

Albany, N.Y.–In the wake of a 2009-2010 state budget adoption process that continues to draw criticism from government reform advocates for its unprecedented secrecy and lack of public scrutiny, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) has offered a legislative amendment to require that every state budget adoption include the use of joint, bipartisan conference committees.

April 24, 2009
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Winner Questions Rockefeller Drug Law Agreement

Albany, N.Y., March 26–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) questioned today an agreement by Governor David Paterson and the state’s Democratic legislative leaders to dramatically overhaul the state’s 1970’s-era Rockefeller drug laws.

The deal was reported in today’s New York Times.

March 26, 2009
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