Informational Workshop Scheduled On State, Federal Grant Programs

Elmira, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) today reminded area municipalities and community-based organizations that an informational workshop will be held locally to discuss the application process for a variety of state and federal environmental, historic preservation and community development grant programs accepting applications in 2006.This region’s workshop will be held in Elmira on Monday, March 27, beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the Community Rooms at Park Church on 208 West Gray Street.

March 22, 2006

Senate Approves Significant Aid Increases For Area Localities

Albany, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) today said that the Senate’s 2006-07 budget proposal lays the framework for significant increases in unrestricted state aid to the cities of Corning, Elmira, Hornell and Ithaca."This year’s state budget must recognize that our region’s small cities and localities across upstate New York face an ongoing struggle with high property taxes. The Senate budget stakes out a very strong position that increased state aid will help localities reduce property taxes.

March 16, 2006

State Senate Budget Plan Focuses On Property Tax Relief, Economic Growth

Albany, N.Y.-- The New York State Senatehas set the stage for negotiations over a final 2006-07 state budget byapproving its version of this year’s state budget that Senator George H. Winner, Jr.

March 14, 2006

Senate Committee Advances Death Penalty In Cases Where Police Officer Is Killed

Albany, N.Y.-- The State Senate Codes Committee has 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.

March 8, 2006

Statement From Senator George H. Winner, Jr.

New York State Trooper Andrew Sperr gave his life protecting and serving the citizens of our community.Trooper Sperr represented the highest ideals of the New York State Police -- courage, honor, loyalty and service. Our Troopers stand among the finest law enforcement officers in the world.

March 2, 2006

Winner Proposes 'Rural New York Agenda'

Elmira, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) has introduced a package of legislative proposals to begin to address some of the key short- and long-term challenges facing rural communities in the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region he represents, as well as rural regions across New York State.

Noting that only approximately 30 of the state's 212 state legislators represent what can largely be considered rural regions, Winner also pledged to continue to help create a greater focus on rural New York within the state Legislature.

February 22, 2006

New State Web Site Focuses On Methamphetamine Information

Elmira, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr.

February 21, 2006

Dental Clinic For The Disabled Opens In Chemung County

Elmira, NY – "I am pleased to help bring resources to an important mission, that of providing dental care to the developmentally disabled," said State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) at the recent grand opening of the Julius "Jerry" Kohena Dental Clinic for the Developmentally Disabled at the Cerebral Palsy and Handicapped Children’s Association of Chemung County.Winner secured funding in last year's state budget to assist the clinic's development.

February 2, 2006

Senate Approves Plan To Help Curb Energy Costs For Motorists, Seniors

Albany, N.Y., January 31- Gas prices were fast approaching $3 a gallon last September when the New York State Senate convened a special legislative session to approve a plan to cap the state and local sales taxes on gasoline, and help fixed-income seniors better afford this winter's home heating costs. The Senate's September energy plan received a cold shoulder from state Assembly leaders, but with energy expenses higher than ever and gas prices back on the rise Senator George H. Winner, Jr.

January 31, 2006

Legislature Approves Emergency Prescription Drug Benefits

Albany, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) today said that the Legislature has approved legislation he co-sponsors to continue providing emergency prescription drug coverage through New York's Medicaid program for elderly and disabled individuals wrongfully denied access to coverage under the federal government's new Medicare Part D program."We can't leave anyone at risk during this transition to Medicare Part D. This legislation will continue to ensure that no one goes without coverage," said Winner, a member of the Senate Health Committee.

January 25, 2006

Legislature Approves Additional Heating Aid For Seniors, Low-income Families

Albany, N.Y.-- "There are some long months ahead in what's already been an expensive winter for heating our homes. It's important that we're finally delivering some timely financial assistance to ease the hardship of the monthly gas and electric bill," State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) said today as the Senate gave final legislative approval to legislation enacting an agreed-upon, $100 million infusion of state aid into theHome Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). The legislation was given unanimous Senate approval.

January 23, 2006

Sex Offenders To Stay Registered Following Legislative Action

Albany, N.Y.-- With the 10-year registration period for approximately 170 low- and mid-level sex offenders scheduled to expire on Saturday, the New York State Senate today approved legislation to renew New York’s Sex Offender Registration Act, commonly known as "Megan’s Law," and keep every currently registered sex offender in New York on the books for at least 20 years.The legislation was approved in the Senate by a vote of 57-1."Megan’s Law becomes a better law with this action," said Winner, a co-sponsor of the measure in the Senate.

January 18, 2006

State Senators Propose Wide-ranging, $2.4-billion Property Tax Relief Plan

Additionally, Winner said that the existing STAR program would be expanded to provide a STAR Exemption Annual Adjustment. Currently, the income eligibility for seniors to receive enhanced STAR automatically increases to reflect the cost of living, but the STAR exemption levels do not. Over time, as property assessments go up, the portion of school taxes covered by STAR decreases.

December 23, 2005

Winner Supports "Crimes Against Police Act"

Albany, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) joined his colleagues in the New York State Senate yesterday to co-sponsor and strongly support the approval of legislation that stiffens the penalties for the trafficking of illegal firearms and enacts the "Crimes Against Police Act" establishing tough new laws involving crimes against police officers.

December 22, 2005

Winner Planning Push For Legislation To Encourage Volunteer Recruitment

Elmira, N.Y.-- With a new report released earlier this week by the New York State Association of Towns reiterating the warning that localities face a huge expense down the road if local volunteer emergency services continue to struggle to attract and retain volunteers, State Senator George H. Winner, Jr.

December 16, 2005

The Quiet Success Of Regulatory Reform

One of the quieter success stories in New York state government over the past decadehas beenwhat’s commonlycalled "regulatory reform."I was first elected to the state Legislature in 1978, a year that happened to coincide with the creation of a state Office of Business Permits. This new office was the first in a long line of so-called regulatory reform efforts over the next two decades.

December 15, 2005

Town, Village Courts In Schuyler, Tompkins Counties Receive State Grants

Elmira, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr.

November 23, 2005

Town, Village Courts Receive State Grants To Help Upgrade Court Operations

Bath, N.Y.-- State Senator George H. Winner, Jr.

November 21, 2005

On Eve Of Deer Hunting Season, Winner Urges Safety For Trail Users

Elmira, N.Y.-- In a nod to safety on the eve of the Southern Tier’s regular deer hunting season, State Senator George H. Winner, Jr.

November 18, 2005

New Law Permitting Out-of-state Grape Purchases For Farm Wineries Called Into Play

Albany, N.Y.-- As the result of a new law sponsored this year by Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira), farm wineries in the Finger Lakes and statewide will be able to better respond to adverse weather conditions that have caused significant losses in several varietals of New York State’s 2005 grape crop.The legislation, which was supported by the New York Farm Bureau, was signed into law in June by Governor George Pataki."The new law cuts a lot of bureaucratic ‘red tape’ for our farm wineries," said Winner.

November 15, 2005