George Winner's Videos

Senator Winner opposes the latest Albany tax hike.

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.

June 22, 2010
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New State Taxes and Fees on the Way?

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.

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April 26, 2010
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Remembering the late Senator William T. "Cadillac" Smith II

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. 

April 9, 2010
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Medicaid Fraud Task Force Issues Recommendations

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.

You can read Senator Winner's column here.  

March 17, 2010
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Senator Winner and Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli discuss the need to cut Medicaid costs.

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. 

March 8, 2010
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Senator Winner and Colleagues Introduce New Jobs Plan

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.

March 2, 2010
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Senator Winner in debate on the floor of the New York State Senate

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.

February 25, 2010
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Senator Winner wants taxpayers to receive their state income tax refunds within 30 days.

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) has introduced legislation to require the state to provide personal income tax refunds within 30 days after a taxpayer files a return.

February 23, 2010
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Senator Winner Named to Task Force on Medicaid Fraud

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
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Senator Winner Joins Colleagues to Offer a New Jobs Plan

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

January 26, 2010
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Senator Winner reacts to Governor Paterson's 2010-2011 proposed state budget.

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...Read more

January 19, 2010
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January 6, 2010
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Senator Winner on enacted Senate reforms

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.

July 16, 2009
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Reforming the rules of the house

Senator Winner joined his colleagues to call -- again -- for reforming the way the Senate does business.  Read more.

June 4, 2009
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Limit government taxing and spending

Senator Winner will sponsor new legislation known as the "Taxpayer Empowerment Act" (TEA) in an effort to put a stop to New York State's out-of-control taxing and spending.
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May 29, 2009
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Senator Winner wants to restore the STAR Rebate program.

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.

May 6, 2009
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Senator Winner fights for state budget reform.

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.

April 24, 2009
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