State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) voted last night in opposition to legislation authorizing a $1.60-a-pack increase in the state tax on cigarettes, making it the nation's highest.In debate on the floor of the Senate late yesterday, Senator Winner noted that the tax increase will hurt area convenience stores and other small businesses.
The longer state leaders go without adopting a final 2010-2011 state budget, the more concerned Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) is that another round of state tax and fee increases is on the way.
New York State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) remembers his friend and mentor, the late Senator William T. "Cadillac" Smith on the floor of the New York State Senate on Wednesday, April 7, 2010.
Former Senator Smith, a legendary figure in New York State government for 24 years, from 1962 to 1986, passed away on March 30th at the age of 94. Family and friends gathered in his hometown of Big Flats, New York on April 3rd to celebrate his life and career.
Albany, N.Y., August 2 – In his column from the Capitol this week, Senator Winner discusses the fact that while New York governors and legislative leaders have been very good at convening commissions and task forces to study ways to address difficult challenges, these same state leaders have been far less effective at taking recommended legislative action.
Albany, N.Y. – Earlier this year the Senate Republican Task Force on Medicaid Fraud held a public hearing in Albany in an effort to jump-start action on a more effective strategy to combat Medicaid fraud.
In this video, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira), a member of the task force, and Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, who’s also currently president of the New York State Association of Counties, discuss the work of the task force prior to the hearing at the Legislative Office Building.
Albany, N.Y. –State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) co-sponsored legislation in the Senate earlier this year to enact a new, comprehensive job creation strategy that he believes has been ignored as a way to help New York strengthen its economy, lower taxes, and begin to create thousands of jobs across upstate New York.
Albany, N.Y.—Earlier this year State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) took to the floor of the New York State Senate -- as he's done hundreds of times in both the Assembly and Senate over the past three decades he's served in the Legislature -- this time to build support for legislation he sponsored in 2010 to require the state to provide personal income tax refunds within 30 days after a taxpayer files a return.
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.
Albany, N.Y., January 26 –State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) joined his colleagues in the Senate Republican conference today 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...Read More
Senator Winner and his colleagues, on a bipartisan basis, have enacted far-reaching legislative changes in the Senate -- a move that Senator Winner believes bodes well for the future of government in New York.
Albany, N.Y., May 6–State Senator George Winner reminded area residents today that a new online petition drive gives them the chance to show their support for reauthorizing a property tax rebate program eliminated by Governor David Paterson and state legislative leaders as part of this year’s final state budget.
Albany, N.Y.–Earlier this year, 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) offered a legislative amendment to require that every state budget adoption include the use of joint, bipartisan conference committees.
Under the conference committee process, various segments of the state budget are debated by committees made up of individual senators and assembly members, on a bipartisan basis, who meet in public to settle differences and negotiate compromises.