Albany, N.Y.-- In late September 2006, New York State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) said testimony in the trial over the shooting death of State Trooper Andrew J. Sperr practically begged the leaders of the State Assembly to restore the death penalty.Winner at the time was referring to testimony in the trialover theMarch 1 bank robbery that led to Sperr’s murder. A Chemung County jury found defendant Anthony D. Horton of Elmira guilty of killing Sperr.
The world of alternative energy is stirring like never before, and it’s very good news for our state, our nation, and for the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region specifically. It becomes clearer every day that the future well-being of our nation (and what we’re talking about, ultimately, are the lives of our children and grandchildren) is inextricably bound to how America addresses the issues of energy consumption and foreign oil dependency.It’s been just over three decades since the 1973 oil crisis gave rise to, arguably, America’s energy consciousness.
If you keep at something long enough in our legislative process, it’s day usually arrives. Sometimes it takes years, but the lesson you learn is to just keep at it. I think we’re on the verge of one of these days on an issue commonly called "cameras in the courtroom." From time to time, I’m still asked this question: should New York lift its ban on television coverage of the state’s trial court proceedings?Interest in this long-standing debate often gets revived in the wake of a sensational trial or when a state court addresses a case involving the existing ban.
The chief executive officer of the Microsoft Corporation, Steve Ballmer, once said, "The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn't think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential."Creativity. Productivity. Learning. They’re all key ingredients in any recipe that we hope to cook up for the the future of upstate New York.
Albany, N.Y.--TheLegislature has agreed in the 2007-08 state budgetto reject Governor Eliot Spitzer’s proposal to establish a Commission on Prison Capacity."There’s absolutely no need to establish a new layer of bureaucracy to study prison closures in New York State," said State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira),a member of the Senate Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committee. "Prisons are state-run facilities and if Governor Spitzer wants to study closing any of them, he’s free to do that on his own.
Albany, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) said today that the final 2007-08 state budgetincludes a Dairy Investment Act to provide $30 million in immediate financial assistance to New York’s dairy farmers.Earlier this month, Winner and his Senate colleagues advanced the only emergency assistance plan for the state’s beleaguered dairy industry. "Upstate dairy farmers are under real pressure right now. This year’s budget is going to extend a hand up to them," said Winner, chairman of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources.
Albany, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) said today that the final 2007-08 state budgetwill, for most area homeowners, double the amount of last year’s property tax rebate.That’s because a cornerstone of this year’s budget is an expanded property tax rebate program Winner and his Senate colleagues have been pushing since last December.
Albany, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira)said todaythat several public libraries in Chemung and Steuben counties have been awarded state construction grants.Winner said that the grants are being funded through a $14-million appropriation for public library construction the Legislature included in last year’s state budget. "A public library is a vital community resource," said Winner.
Albany, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira), chairman of the joint, bipartisan Legislative Commission on Rural Resources (LCRR),will introduce legislation to restructure New York’s Empire Zone program so that it works more effectively in rural, upstate regions.Winner’s legislation is being developed based upon an LCRR survey last year of Empire Zone officials in 35 rural counties. Most of the officials responded with suggestions to improve the usefulness of the Empire Zone program for their communities.
Albany, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) said today that a proposed state budgetbeing approved by the Senate this week will include a plan to provide $6 billion in new property tax relief over the next two years.The Senateis completing action todayon a proposed state budget for the 2007-08 fiscal year that begins April 1.
Albany, N.Y.-- The New York State Senatehas approved legislation co-sponsored by State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) to keep sexually violent predators off the streets for longer periods of time through a process known as civil confinement.The legislation was approved by a vote of 53 to 8. It begins to put in place an agreement announced last week by the Legislature and Governor Eliot Spitzer. It will become law once it’s approved by the Assembly and signed by the governor.
The one-year anniversary of the death of New York State Trooper Andrew Sperr reminds us that Trooper Sperr represented the highest ideals of our State Police. He gave his life protecting the safety and well-being of our communities.The recollections of Trooper Sperr’s caring, commitment and ultimate bravery in the line of duty will endure as shining examples of the best of our society.Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Trooper Sperr’s family, friends and fellow New York State Troopers.
Elmira, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) reminded area residents that he will conduct a series of local informational meetings on Governor Eliot Spitzer’s 2007-08 state budget proposal later this week across the region.Winner conducts the annual forums to give area residents an opportunity to get additional details on how the proposed state budget impacts area counties, as well as to give constituents a chance to share their own opinions and suggestions for budget priorities.
Albany, N.Y.-- "Your Opinion Counts,"an onlineopinion survey sponsored by State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira), is currently offering an opportunity for area residents to share their views on the need to expand high-speed, or broadband, Internet service into rural and other underserved areas of New York.The new online survey comes as Winner, chairman of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, continues to focus on the need to bridge New York’s digital divide.
Albany, N.Y.-- New York State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira)has introduced legislation to establish a new "broadband tax credit" as a way to encourage high-speed Internet providers to expand their services to underserved areas."Providing citizens across upstate New York with equal access to high-speed Internet must be a high priority. High-speed Internet has become fundamental to our economic and educational success," said Winner, chairman of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources (LCRR).
Albany, N.Y.— New York State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira), beginning his second term in the Senate, has been appointed chairman of one of the Senate’s senior committees, the Committee on Investigations and Government Operations.
Albany, N.Y.-- Tax cuts and regulatory reforms are the building blocks of a wide-ranging small business assistance plan being unveiled today by State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) and his colleagues in the Senate Republican Majority.In addition, Winner said the Senate will soon convene a series of public hearings on restructuring New York’s economic development programs so that they better reflect the state’s economic diversity and respond more effectively to regional, targeted job growth needs.
Albany, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira), chairman of the New York State Legislative Commission on Rural Resources (LCRR), has released a report, "A Vision for Rural New York," summarizing the efforts of state and local leaders from across New York over the past year to examine and develop specific priorities to address many of the key short- and long-term challenges confronting New York’s rural regions, including economic and workforce development, health care and education.
Albany, N.Y.— State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) today called Governor Eliot Spitzer’s first State of the State message to the Legislature "a solid beginning that will hopefully spark widespread, bipartisan action on the challenges facing upstate New York."Winner praised the new governor, in particular, for his emphasis on keeping property tax relief and rural, upstate economic development at the top of the state government agenda.