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Legislature Approves Low-cost Power Legislation

Albany, N.Y.-- The New York State Legislature has approved legislation, co-sponsored in the Senate bySenator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira), to extend the state’s economic development power programs and keep low-cost electricity flowing to Anchor Glass Container Corporation and other manufacturers statewide.

The legislation has been agreed-upon byGovernor George Pataki and will soon be delivered tothe governor to besignedsigned into law.

June 27, 2005
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Senate Approves Comprehensive Anti-meth Legislation

Albany, N.Y.-- The New York State Senate today approved comprehensive legislation sponsored by Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) to combat the manufacture and use of methamphetamine in the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region and throughout New York State.

"This legislation is the product of bipartisan concern, cooperation and commitment to protect our communities from the ravages of a meth epidemic," said Winner.

June 24, 2005
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Winner: State Assembly Leaders Absent On Stronger Sex Offender Laws

Albany, N.Y.-- As communities across the Southern Tier consider the enactment of local laws to keep citizens better informed on the whereabouts of convicted sex offenders, as well as to better police these offenders, State Senator George H. Winner, Jr.

June 21, 2005
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Senate Gives Final Approval To Business Tax Credit For Purchase Of Fuel Cells

Albany, N.Y.-- In an effort to further encourage the use of alternative energy sources, in particular emerging fuel cell technology, the New York State Senatehas givenfinal legislative approval to legislation sponsored by Senator George H. Winner, Jr.

June 20, 2005
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Senate Honors 'Women of Distinction'

Albany, N.Y.-- A longtime Steuben County dairy farm owner and a well-known volunteer in Chemung and Schuyler counties have been honored as "Women of Distinction" by State Senator Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate.

Virginia Meehan of Rexville (at left in photo above) and Maxine Neal of Watkins Glen represented Winner’s 53rd District and joined 61 other honorees from across New York State at the Senate’s 8th annual "Women of Distinction" tribute. The awards ceremony was held in Albany yesterday.

June 15, 2005
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Winner Named Senate Chair Of Legislative Commission On Rural Resources

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

June 1, 2005
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Elmira Resident Receives State Senate 'Achievers' Award'

Albany, N.Y.-- Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate today honored Larry L. Rice, a lifelong resident of the city of Elmira, with an Achievers’ Award during a ceremony held in conjunction with the 25th Annual Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day at the state capital.

May 24, 2005
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Senate Approves Winner's Anti-meth Legislation; Focus Turns To State Assembly

Albany, N.Y.-- "New York law currently hangs out a welcome sign to meth manufacturers, when what we need are laws to put meth manufacturers out of business in this state," State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) saidfollowing the Senate's unanimous approval oflegislation he sponsors to combat the manufacture and use of methamphetamine in the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region and throughout New York State.Winner joined State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L.

May 18, 2005
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Supreme Court Ruling Says State's Ban On Direct Shipment Of Wine Unconstitutional

Albany, N.Y.-- The United States Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 in favor of allowing the direct interstate shipment of wine, a ruling which State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) called a great -- and long overdue -- victory for Finger Lakes wineries and winemakers throughout New York State."This decision by the nation’s highest court promises a harvest of good news for New York State’s winemakers and grape growers.

May 17, 2005
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Statement By Senator George H. Winner, Jr.

Today’s many observances of the sixth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on our state and our nation are occasions of solemn remembrance of those we lost, of those heroic citizens who responded in our time of need, and of the American troops whose sacrifice and courage continue to help the world stand stronger and saferin the face of terrorism today.

I'm proud to also recall the many people of the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region who responded in such positive, uplifting ways in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

May 16, 2005
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Senate, Pirro Call On Assembly To Extend Confinement Of Sexually Violent Predators

Albany, N.Y.-- Elmira native and current Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro today joined State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) and his Senate Majority colleagues to urge Assembly action on legislation to keep sexually violent predators off the streets for longer periods of time through a process known as "civil confinement."Pirro, a nationally reknown sex crimes prosecutor, visited the Capitol today to deliver petitions containing 4,000 signatures in support of the legislation to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

May 12, 2005
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Winner: Assembly Delaying Action On Legislation To Extend Confinement Of Sexually Violent Predators

Albany, N.Y.-- "We are letting sexually violent predators out of jail, even though we know they haven't been rehabilitated and are very likely to commit sexual violence again," State Senator George H. Winner, Jr.

May 11, 2005
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Senate Approves Winner's Legislation To Create Statewide 'Adopt-a-Park' Program

Albany, N.Y.-- The New York State Senatehas approved legislation sponsored by Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) to establish an "Adopt-a-Park" program in New York State.

"In an era when municipalities face tough fiscal challenges and choices, the establishment of a statewide Adopt-a-Park program could help maintain the quality of many neighborhood, community parks," said Winner.

May 10, 2005
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Senate Approves Legislation To Strengthen Medicaid Fraud Detection Efforts

Albany, N.Y.-- The New York State Senatehas approved legislation to initiate a comprehensive overhaul of the state’s Medicaid fraud detection efforts, a move that State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) believes would save state taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and greatly improve the accountability, integrity and quality of New York’s $44-billion Medicaid program."This year’s Medicaid reform actions have been significant so far, but we can’t stop here.

May 3, 2005
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Winner Supports Reauthorization Of Cameras In The Courtroom

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

April 27, 2005
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Winner Introduces Legislation To Protect Children Endangered By Meth Manufacturers

Albany, N.Y.-- In a continuing, bipartisan effort to help address many of the dangers posed by the illegal drug, methamphetamine, State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) has introduced legislation in the Senate to create a new crime outlawing the manufacturing of a controlled substance, including meth, in the presence of a child."The children of meth addicts and manufacturers represent the most tragic consequence of this whole culture of meth," said Winner.

April 25, 2005
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"It's Time To Move Forward On Anti-meth Legislation"

For the first time in a long time, New York legislators are coming out of April with the adoption of the state budget well behind us and with our sights set on prioritizing the issues that will dominate the remaining two months of our scheduled legislative session. In my case, this means a continuing, bipartisan effort to address the dangers posed by the illegal drug, methamphetamine.

April 21, 2005
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April 19, 2005
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Independent Colleges, Universities Slated For Matching Grants Under New State Budget

Albany, N.Y.--The 2005-06 New York State budget includes a new "Higher Education Capital Matching Grants" program that includesfunding forindependent colleges and universitiesstatewide, includingseveral throghout the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region, according to State Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira)."Our independent colleges and universities will be able to access this state funding to advance capital projects including the construction of new facilities and equipment purchases," said Winner, a member of the Senate Higher Education Committee.

April 15, 2005
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April 12, 2005
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