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Area Localities Receive Records Management Grants

Elmira, N.Y.--State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that a number of area local governments and school districts throughout the 53rd Senate District have been awarded records management grants from the New York State Archives.

"I'm pleased that a number of area localities and school districts will benefit from this valuable grant program to assist them with their goal to achieve more effective and efficient systems of records management.

September 14, 2008
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Death Penalty For Cop Killers? Senate Says Yes

Albany, N.Y.--The New York State Senate has approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) to reinstate New York’s death penalty for criminals who murder a police officer, peace officer, or employee of the state Department of Correctional Services.

The legislation was approved by a vote of 36 to 23.

June 16, 2008
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Senate Approves New Dairy Farm Energy Grant Program

Albany, N.Y.--The New York State Senate has unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira), chairman of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, to establish a "Dairy Farm Improved Energy Efficiency Loan Fund."

June 8, 2008
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Senate Votes To Suspend Gas Taxes

Albany, N.Y., May 7-- State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) voted today in favor of legislation to suspend the state's gas taxes between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The Senate approved the "gas tax holiday" legislation by a vote of 46 to 15.

June 3, 2008
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Legislature Enacts Final State Budget

Albany, N.Y.--State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that even though the final 2008-09 New York State budget "was put together during unforeseen economic and startling political circumstances, it continues a strong commitment to fundamental responsibilities in education, health care and transportation."

April 8, 2008
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Volunteers In Decline

There’s an issue that continues to quietly brew in many communities, and it’s one that we simply can’t afford to let bubble out of control.The fact is, a statewide crisis is brewing and it’s getting far too little attention in New York government. We have to change that.

April 2, 2008
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Senate Acts Against Dangers On The Internet

Albany, N.Y.-- On the heels of action earlier this year to restrict the access sex offenders have to social networking sites on the Internet, the State Senate approved today legislation co-sponsored by Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C-I, Elmira) to further combat cases of child pornography and child sexual abuse fueled, in large measure, by the continued rise of the Internet.

April 1, 2008
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Senate Encouraging Local Shared Services

Albany, N.Y., March 17--With a new state-level commission preparing to issue broad recommendations for local government reform in New York, the State Senate has begun approving a series of reform measures sponsored by Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) to facilitate local shared services.

March 16, 2008
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State Supports Upgrades At Local Public Libraries

Elmira, N.Y.--State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C-I, Elmira) announced today that several public libraries in Chemung and Steuben counties have been awarded state construction grants.

Winner said that the grants are being funded by the Legislature through a $14-million appropriation for public library construction included in the 2007-08 state budget.

"A public library is a vital community resource," said Winner. "We’re hopeful that these grants will help local libraries better afford and address their renovation needs."

March 5, 2008
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Local Libraries Receive State Grants

Albany, N.Y., March 3–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira), Assemblyman Jim Bacalles (R-C-I, Corning) and Assemblyman Tom O'Mara (R-C, Horseheads) announced today that public libraries in Chemung, Steuben and Yates counties have been awarded state construction grants.

The state lawmakers said that the grants are being funded through a $14-million Public Library Construction and Renovation grant program included in the 2008-09 state budget.

March 3, 2008
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Yates On Board For Empire Zone

Elmira, N.Y.--State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that Yates County is one of three counties included in the latest expansion of New York’s "Empire Zones" economic development program.

February 7, 2008
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Senate Approves "Upstate Now"

Albany, N.Y., January 23-- "Upstate Now can be the bridge to an upstate turnaround," State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C-I, Elmira) said today following the Senate’s approval of "Upstate Now," a comprehensive, 10-point strategy aimed at igniting job creation and economic growth locally and across the upstate New York region.

February 1, 2008
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Local Municipalities Receive Restore-NY Grants

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

January 22, 2008
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'Digital Divide' Must Stay Online In 2008 Session

Albany, N.Y.— As Governor Eliot Spitzer prepares to deliver what’s being billed as an "Upstate State of the State" address in Buffalo on Wednesday, State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that he hopes the governor’s second major speech in 2008 will emphasize the need to expand high-speed Internet services to unserved and underserved regions across New York.

January 15, 2008
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Winner: 2008 Session Must Produce Action

Albany, N.Y.— "We welcome the words, but legislative action is the final measuring stick this year," State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) said today in response to Governor Eliot Spitzer’s second State of the State message to the Legislature.

Winner welcomed, in particular, Spitzer’s emphasis on keeping property tax relief and upstate economic development at the top of the 2008 state government agenda.

January 9, 2008
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Bath, Elmira And Albany Offices For Winner

Elmira, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that he will continue to operate district offices in Elmira and Bath in 2008.

He encouraged area residents to utilize his offices for assistance with concerns and questions involving New York State government. He also noted that his newly redesigned Web site, www.senatorwinner.com, provides a range of legislative news, updates and other information.

January 7, 2008
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Senate Sets Top Priority For 2008 Legislative Session

Albany, N.Y., January 3-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr.

January 3, 2008
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Application Process Underway To Distribute State Funding To Encourage Universal Broadband

Albany, N.Y.-- New York State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C-I, Elmira), chairman of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources (LCRR), said today that applications for a new state competitive grant program for communities and organizations seeking to develop high-speed Internet access in currently underserved areas will be available beginning Friday, December 7, 2007.

December 6, 2007
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State Awards Energy-efficiency Grant To Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen, N.Y.-- The Watkins Glen Village Hall will become more energy efficient thanks to a $45,000 state grant recently announced by State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C-I, Elmira).

"Attention to energy efficiency is one of the most effective and immediate ways that we can begin to reduce the cost of government," said Winner, a member of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee.  "I’m pleased that the village of Watkins Glen will benefit from this state assistance."

December 3, 2007
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New Fitness Equipment Available At The Senior Center In Elmira

Elmira, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C-I, Elmira), Assemblyman Tom O’Mara (R-C, Horseheads), Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and other city and county leadersrecently joined the directors, staff and members of The Senior Center for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the Center’s newly redesigned and upgraded Fitness Room."The Senior Center plays a vital role in the lives of many area seniors," said Winner. "Our senior population is anticipated to increase dramatically in the coming years.

November 16, 2007
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