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Senate Approves Comprehensive Medicaid Fraud Detection Plan

Albany, N.Y.-- New York State would have the most aggressive, comprehensive Medicaid fraud prevention strategy in the nation if legislation co-sponsored by Senator George H. Winner, Jr.

June 14, 2006
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Senate Approves Legislation Restoring Death Penalty In Cases Where Law Officer Is Killed

Albany, N.Y.-- The New York State Senatehas approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) to reinstate New York’s death penalty for violent murderers who kill a police officer, peace officer or employee of the state Department of Correctional Services. The legislation was approved by a vote of 37 to 23.

June 12, 2006
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Legislature Approves New Property Tax Relief Plan

Albany, N.Y.-- The New York State Senate today gave final legislative approval to legislation co-sponsored by Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) to enact a plan to provide nearly $1 billion in new, direct school property tax relief to homeowners this fall. The legislation was approved earlier today by the state Assembly."Property taxpayers need tax relief, and they need it now," said Winner.In its 2006-07 state budget, the Legislature included a new, direct property tax rebate plan that was vetoed by Governor George Pataki.

June 11, 2006
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A Season Of Hope

Sometimes you just have to sit back and admire and celebrate success.

June 8, 2006
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Senate Approves Legislation Authorizing Cities To Offer Tax Breaks For Housing Conversions

Albany, N.Y.-- The New York State Senatehas unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) that would authorize the cities of Corning, Elmira and Hornell to offer a new real property tax exemption to encourage the conversion of multiple-dwelling city residences into single-family homes or duplexes.The legislation was approved by a vote of 61 to 0."City officials believe that having the ability to offer this property tax exemption will be an effective tool in encouraging a revival of owner-occupied homes in many neighborhoods.

June 6, 2006
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Winner Applauds Schweizer Expansion, Secures Additional Aid

Big Flats, New York-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) called this week’s news that Schweizer Aircraft Corporation will be expanding and creating new jobs in the Southern Tier "a genuine victory for the future of many area workers and their families."New York Governor George Pataki visited the area yesterday to announce that $1 million in new state funding will be made available to assist a major expansion of Schweizer Aircraft Corporation at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport.

June 5, 2006
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Senate Gives Final Approval To 'Security Freeze' Legislation

Albany, N.Y.-- The State Senate today gave final legislative approval to legislation co-sponsored by Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) to allow consumers to place a "security freeze" on their credit reports if they suspect they are victims of identity theft. A security freeze would prevent an identity thief from taking out new loans and credit under their victim’s name.

May 17, 2006
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Agritourism Viewed As Sound Farming Practice Under Senate Legislation

Albany, N.Y.-- The New York State Senatehas unanimously approved legislation sponsored by State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) that promotes "agricultural tourism," commonly known as agritourism, as an increasingly popular practice vital to the future of the state’s agricultural industry.The legislation was approved by a vote of 57 to 0."We’re wise to encourage agritourism development in New York State.

May 14, 2006
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State Legislature Adopts Resolution Honoring Eileen Collins

Albany, N.Y.-- TheNew York State Legislature has unanimously adopted an official Legislative Resolution, sponsored by State Senator George H. Winner, Jr.

May 9, 2006
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Winner's Legislation Establishes Training Standard For Local Planning Officials

Albany, N.Y.-- The New York State Senate today unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) to establish minimum training requirements for municipal planning and zoning officials.The legislation was approved by a vote of 55 to 0. "The challenges facing local planning and zoning officials have enormous implications for rural communities and localities across New York State," said Winner, chairman of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources.

May 8, 2006
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Senate Will Approve, Again, Legislation To Cap Sales Tax On Gas

Albany, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R,C-Elmira) today said that the Senate next week will approve, for the fourth time, legislation he co-sponsors to cap the state and local sales taxes on gasoline at $2 per gallon. "It wouldn’t make a huge difference in the price of a gallon of gas, but it would be something better than we’re getting at the pump right now," said Winner, a member of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee.

May 4, 2006
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Senate Approves Winner's Hunting Safety Legislation

Albany, N.Y.-- The Senate has approved legislation, sponsored by state Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira), making it a crime to leave the scene of a hunting accident.Winner's legislation was prompted by the death of Steuben County resident Martin B. Franzen in a December 2001 hunting accident in Caton. It was originally sponsored by former state senator and current United States Congressman Randy Kuhl."This proposed law seeks to ensure that a similar tragedy won’t ever happen again to another family.

May 3, 2006
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State Senate Honors Charitable Spirit Of NASCAR Community

Albany, N.Y.-- The New York State Senateis honoring the charitable spirit of NASCAR fans by adopting a Legislative Resolution sponsored by Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) calling for May 19, 2006 to be declared "NASCAR Day" in New York State.

NASCAR Day has become the signature charitable event of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) Foundation and draws generous support among the sport’s millions of fans nationwide. Twenty-five states, including New York, officially declared NASCAR Day celebrations in 2005.

April 25, 2006
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Winner Protests Federal Ruling On Lifetime Registration For Sex Offenders

Albany, N.Y.-- A federal judge in Manhattan yesterday overturned a state law approved earlier this year, which was co-sponsored by State Senator George H. Winner, Jr.

April 12, 2006
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State Budget Includes Funding For New Career Training Center

Elmira, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) and local officialshave announced that the New York State Legislatureapproved funding in the 2006-07 state budget that will allow Chemung County to develop a long-awaited Academic and Career Advancement Center at the site of the former Lagonegro School building on Madison Avenue.Winner, who secured the new state aid, saidthe budget approved by the Legislature last Friday includes $5 million for the center.

April 3, 2006
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State Budget To Include New Income Tax Credit For Emergency Services

Albany, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) today said that the 2006-07 state budget will include a new state income tax credit as an incentive to help localities recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs). "This year’s budget will include the beginning of what must be an ongoing, evolving effort by the Legislature to help localities address the volunteer emergency services crisis," said Winner. "This loss of volunteers looms as the next explosive local property tax crisis.

March 31, 2006
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New State Budget Will Create Empire Zone In Every County By End Of '07

Albany, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) today said that the Legislature’s agreed-upon 2006-07 state budget calls for the expansion of New York’s "Empire Zones" economic development program to create a zone, by the end of 2007, in each of the 9 counties currently without one. Six new Empire Zones will be designated this year, followed by the remaining three next year. Last year’s state budget authorized 12 new zones statewide, three annually over the course of four years.

March 30, 2006
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Legislature's Budget Agreement Includes Chemung's Medicaid Demonstration Project

Albany, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) today said that the Legislature’s agreed-upon 2006-07 state budget will authorize a Medicaid Demonstration Project in Chemung County that will allow the county to better manage and police local Medicaid services, potentially saving up to $10 million in local Medicaid spending without cutting recipient benefits."This agreement places Chemung County squarely on the leading edge of Medicaid reform in New York State.

March 29, 2006
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Legislature Agrees To Increase Aid To Localities

Albany, N.Y.-- The Legislature has agreed to provide significant increases in state aid to localities in the final 2006-07 New York State budget, a move that Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) today said is "central to the ongoing effort to address the local property tax struggle across upstate New York."Winner said that the Legislature’s agreed-upon budget calls for significant increases in unrestricted state aid to the cities of Corning, Elmira, Hornell and Ithaca.

March 28, 2006
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Senate Approves Winner-Bacalles Legislation Honoring Pearl Harbor Veterans

Albany, N.Y.-- The New York State Senatehas approved legislation sponsored by Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) to designate a portion of State Route 36 in Steuben County, between North Hornell and the Livingston County line, as the "Pearl Harbor Veterans Memorial Highway."

The legislation is sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Jim Bacalles (R-C, Corning). Winner and Bacalles introduced the legislation at the request of the Steuben County Legislature, which adopted a resolution late last year asking for state authorization to make the dedication.

March 27, 2006
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