There are going to be a number of hot-button issues dominating the 2008 presidential election. The war on terror. Health care. Illegal immigration. These are just a few of the more prominent debates promising to take front and center stage as we move toward next November. There’s no question that our candidates for president will need to stake out very decisive positions on these issues, and more often than not what they have to say will strike a chord throughout individual regions across the nation, including our own.
In every consideration of how to turn around the upstate New York economy, we have to take an accounting of regional assets. It’s a fundamental step in the development of strategies to shore up weaknesses and build on strengths.
Albany, N.Y.--The New York State Senate has approved legislationco-sponsored by Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C-I, Elmira)to help keep large garbage trucks hauling waste from New York City and other downstate regions off of local highways in Tompkins County and other upstate municipalities."Tompkins County officials and concerned citizens have been at the forefront of raising the legitimate concerns over these downstate garbage haulers," said Winner.
New York’s agricultural industry has been a mainstay of our state’s economic strength and cultural diversity for centuries, particularly upstate. It remains our No. 1 industry, and we can never ignore its importance.
As chairman of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I’m fortunate to be able to develop and seek the enactment of agriculture-related legislation each and every session.
Bath, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) and Assemblyman Jim Bacalles (R-C, Corning)joined area law enforcement officers and other local leaders todayat an official ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the Bath Police Department’s Regional Firearms Training Facility at the Bath Rod & Gun Club.
Elmira, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C-I, Elmira)reminded area residents that he will hold a community meeting later today inIthaca.Throughout the month of September Winner has conducted a series of regional community meetings in each of the five counties he represents throughout the 53rd Senate District (Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Yates and a part of Tompkins). Meetings have already been held in Bath, Odessa, Watkins Glen, Penn Yan, Dundee, Hornell and Corning, Horseheads and Elmira.
I recently came across some statistics from the American Library Association. So I’ll take the opportunity to share a few of them as our young people begin winding up their summer vacations and thoughts turn, slowly but surely, toward a new school year:
-- Sixty-three percent of adults in America have a public library card;
-- Americans spend $30.49 a year for the public library -- about the average cost of one hardcover book. We check out an average of more than seven books annually;
It’s always important in government to stop from time to time and take a look back. Is this program still serving its original purpose? Does this service still reflect present-day challenges? Are we reaching a goal that we set several years ago and if not, why not?
As much as we need to keep looking forward in New York government, to anticipate and respond to future challenges, it’s equally important to reflect on past actions to ensure that they’re still the right actions.
Ithaca, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira), chairman of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, testified today at a public hearing at the Old Tompkins County Courthouse on several initiatives that he’s advocating to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of town and village justice courts.Today’s hearing was sponsored by the Special Commission on the Future of the New York State Courts.
Albany, N.Y.-- The New York State Legislature has given final approval to legislation sponsored by Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) to establish a state matching grants program to encourage the development of cluster based industries and agribusinesses in the rural regions of New York State.Winner, chairman of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources (LCRR), said that the approved legislation (S.3234/A.7125) recognizes that many areas of rural New York lag behind the rest of the state in employment growth and income.
Albany, N.Y.-- The New York State Legislature has given final legislative approval to legislation sponsored bySenator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira)to authorize the licensing and operation of the Finger Lakes Wine Center in Ithaca."The wine industry is a mainstay of the culture and economy of the Finger Lakes. Anything we can do to further promote it and help it grow is a good investment for the future success of our region.
Albany, N.Y.-- The New York State Senatehas approved legislation sponsored by Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) to enact the "Drug Dealer Registration Act."The legislation, patterned after New York’s Sex Offender Registry, would create a state-level Drug Dealer Registry that would require convicted felony drug dealers to register with the state Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) for up to 10 years.
Albany, N.Y.-- New York State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) announced today that he is sponsoring legislation to give the Cornell University Police Department access to a centralized criminal history database maintained by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).Winner said that DCJS has denied Cornell University police from accessing the division’s criminal history database because, under existing state law, Cornell is not considered a "qualified agency" eligible to obtain the information.
Americans have observed Memorial Day for over a century, since the days of the Civil War. It remains a grounding, powerful and solemn occasion when citizens gather to honor our veterans, to recall their sacrifices and to remember that American soldiers still serve to protect freedom and preserve peace.Throughout the coming days,Americans will gather incemeteries, large and small. We will come together, in poignant remembrance,in city parks and town squares and village greens. Sacrifice is the truth that we remember and honor on Memorial Day.
We just need to keep working at it.The past few weeks have been very positive for this region’s economic future. We need to stay focused, like never before, on turning around the upstate economy. But it’s important to celebrate successes when they come around too.So let’s remember a few of our recent local victories:> Corning, Inc., a worldwide leader in research and development, announces a major six-year expansion of its Sullivan Park Research and Development campus in Erwin. It’s anticipated that the move could create hundreds of new jobs. Good jobs.
Albany, N.Y.– State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) said that the Legislature’sapproval ofthe "Student Lending, Accountability, Transparency and Enforcement (SLATE) Act of 2007," which isexpected to be signed into law, "will make New York State a national leader in seeking to protect students and their families from what’s been unveiled as a less-than-straightforward student loan industry."Winner said that the legislation stems from an ongoing investigation by New York Attorney General Andrew M.