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Senator Winner opposes the latest Albany tax hike.

State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) voted last night in opposition to legislation authorizing a $1.60-a-pack increase in the state tax on cigarettes, making it the nation's highest.In debate on the floor of the Senate late yesterday, Senator Winner noted that the tax increase will hurt area convenience stores and other small businesses.

June 22, 2010
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Should this year's state budget include more aggressive efforts to control the cost of Medicaid?

Agree

50% (4 votes)

Strongly Agree

50% (4 votes)

Disagree

0% (0 votes)

Total votes: 8

June 18, 2010
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Winners Renews Call for More Medicaid Reform

Albany, N.Y., June 15 – As talks continue between Governor David Paterson and state leaders to reach final agreement on the 2010-2011 state budget, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I) renewed his call today for this year’s state budget to immediately reinstate locally administered eligibility tests for Medicaid applicants and to begin to enact additional oversight mechanisms that many local and statewide officials believe can begin to provide billions of dollars in long-term cost savings in the state’s most expensive program.

June 15, 2010
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Medicaid Reform: Can We Afford One Billion Dollars A Week?

Until New York State gets serious about reining in the cost of a $52-billion-a-year system of Medicaid, it won't be able to undertake any meaningful, long-term effort to get overall state spending under control in order to have any realistic chance of ever addressing an upstate property tax burden widely recognized as among the highest in the nation. 

June 10, 2010
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Winner: What about Empire Zone Program?

Albany, N.Y., June 10–With New York’s No. 1 economic development tool for upstate businessses and communities set to expire less than three weeks from now, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) kept up the call today for Governor Paterson and legislative leaders to pay closer attention to the future of the Empire Zone economic development program.   

He noted that the future of the state’s 82 empire zones wasn’t even mentioned in a meeting between Paterson and legislative leaders yesterday in Albany.

June 10, 2010
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Should this year's state budget include more aggressive efforts to control the cost of Medicaid?

Agree

0% (0 votes)

Strongly Agree

0% (0 votes)

Disagree

0% (0 votes)

Total votes: 0

June 10, 2010
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Statement from Senator Winner to the residents of the 53rd Senate District

Elmira, N.Y., June 2— New York State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) announced today that he will not seek re-election to a fourth consecutive term representing the residents of the state’s 53rd Senate District.

The 53rd District encompasses all of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates counties, and part of Tompkins County (the city and town of Ithaca, and the towns of Enfield, Newfield, and Ulysses).

Winner released the following statement to the residents of his 53rd District:

June 2, 2010
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June 1, 2010
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Winner pays tribute to veteran Albany newsman

Albany, N.Y., June 1—A memorial service will be held later today for Jay Gallagher, long-time Albany Bureau Chief for the Gannett News Service, whose stories and columns were familiar to Southern Tier readers of the Star-Gazette in Elmira, the Ithaca Journal, and Binghamton’s Press & Sun-Bulletin.

Gallagher passed away early last week following a courageous, year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.

June 1, 2010
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Frank C. "Fritz" Pesesky

Frank C. “Fritz” Pesesky, a World War II Navy veteran, served in the Pacific theater as a flag signalman aboard LCI(L)-1076 [Landing Craft Infantry (Large)] during the invasions of New Guinea, Borneo, Moratai, Yap, Leyte, Luzon and other Philippine Islands.After graduating from Thomas A. Edison High School, where he was an excellent athlete and President of his senior class, Mr. Pesesky enlisted in the Navy on September 24, 1943. He rose to the rank of Signalman Second Class and was honorably discharged in April 1946.

May 28, 2010
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Robert Laskaris

Robert Laskaris (Retired Sergeant First Class, United States Army) is a highly decorated combat veteran whose service spanned more than 20 years and encompassed the wars in Korea and Vietnam prior to his retirement from the Army in 1972.

May 28, 2010
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William K. Kastner

William K. Kastner distinguished himself while serving in the United States Air Force from 1960 to 1980 — service that included a combat tour of duty in Vietnam where he was seriously wounded while serving as an intelligence observer on an 0-2B aircraft.

May 28, 2010
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Memorial Day 2010

American citizens throughout this great land of ours gather on Memorial Day to remember our veterans, past and present.  We gather in cemeteries, large and small.  We come together in city parks and town squares and village greens to celebrate our most meaningful and important observance.  Our nation has observed Memorial Day for over a century, since the time of the Civil War.

May 28, 2010
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Winner pays tribute to 2010 'Woman of Distinction'

Albany, N.Y.-- A prominent Finger Lakes farmer and agribusinesswoman, Mary-Howell Martens, was honored on Tuesday evening as a “Woman of Distinction” by New York State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate.

The Senate's "Women of Distinction" program, which began in March to coincide with Women's History Month in New York State, allows senators statewide to select one honoree from their respective legislative districts. 

May 26, 2010
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Senate GOP seeks to jolt action on state budget with Power for Jobs proposal

Albany, N.Y., May 18—State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and his Senate Republican colleagues will propose a legislative amendment on the Senate floor later today to restart New York’s key economic development power programs – Power for Jobs and Cost Savings Benefits programs –  to keep low-cost electricity flowing to local businesses and manufacturers for one additional year or until Governor Paterson and the leaders of the State Legislature can reach agreement on a long-term solution. 

May 17, 2010
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Statement from Senator Winner on 29th Congressional District

Elmira, N.Y., May 12--Earlier today New York Governor David Paterson said that he would call a special election in the 29th Congressional District -- but not until Election Day, November 2, 2010.

Senator Winner reacted to the governor's action with the following statement:

"Is he kidding?

"We’ve seen and heard some strange things from New York governors over the past few years, but this may be the strangest and most offensive action yet to the communities I represent.

May 12, 2010
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Should New York State create a Drug Dealer Registry?

Yes

81% (63 votes)

No

19% (15 votes)

Total votes: 78

May 12, 2010
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Winner pushes creation of Drug Dealer Registry

Albany, N.Y.–In the wake of a series of alarming felony drug arrests across the Southern Tier in recent weeks, and as local officials increasingly express concern over an influx of the highly addictive drug heroin into area communities, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that he will renew the effort to enact legislation to create a state-level Drug Dealer Registry.

May 12, 2010
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Winner co-sponsoring anti-bullying legislation

Albany, N.Y., May 10—State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that he will co-sponsor a comprehensive legislative package being introduced in the Senate to address the rising problem of bullying in schools.

Winner noted that New York is one of only seven states without a specific law targeting school bullying.  Bully Police, a national watchdog group, has given New York its lowest possible grade for not passing a law to protect schoolchildren from bullies.

May 10, 2010
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Winner, colleagues renew call for special election in 29th Congressional District

Albany, N.Y., May 6--State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and his Senate Republican colleagues have introduced a resolution calling on New York Governor David Paterson to immediately set a date for a special election to fill the 29th congressional district seat that has been vacant since the resignation of Eric Massa on March 8th.

May 6, 2010
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