Winner: What about public budget negotiations?

Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) continued today to call on Senate and Assembly leaders to conduct public negotiations over the final 2010-2011 state budget.

May 5, 2010

Could public meetings force state leaders to act on this year's state budget?


85% (47 votes)


15% (8 votes)

Total votes: 55

May 4, 2010

Senator Winner on the Late State Budget, Other Current Issues: Listen Now

Ithaca, N.Y., May 3--Senator Winner appeared on WHCU's Morning Newswatch earlier today to share a few thoughts on the late state budget and other current issues.

Listen here.

May 3, 2010

Winner Says Answers Needed for Local Economic Development

Albany, N.Y., April 30–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) warned today that continued inaction on the 2010-2011 state budget could lead to thousands of upstate job losses, including many in the Southern Tier, by the elimination of the Empire Zone economic development program set to take place 60 days from now.

Similar concerns are also being expressed by many upstate employers on the fate of the state’s low-cost economic development power programs, which are set to expire in mid-May.

April 30, 2010

Winner Still Pushing New Upstate Jobs Plan

Albany, N.Y. –During debate on the floor of the New York State Senate not long ago, one prominent Senate Democratic leader said that three-way negotiations between the Democratic leaders of the Legislature and Governor David Paterson had reached a “critical stage,” but Republicans have been left out of those talks and Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) is wondering if state leaders are giving any consideration at all to a new jobs plan for upstate New York.

April 27, 2010

Capitol Student

Senator Winner recently welcomed Andrew Dunn of Tompkins County to the State Capitol.  Andrew, a student at the Charles O. Dickerson High School in Trumansburg, was one of 30 high school students from across the state who participated in the 10th Annual “Students Inside Albany” conference sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State. 

April 27, 2010

New State Taxes and Fees on the Way?

The longer state leaders go without adopting a final 2010-2011 state budget, the more concerned Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) is that another round of state tax and fee increases is on the way.

Read more here.

April 26, 2010

Winner Renews Call for Medicaid Savings in 2010-2011 State Budget

Albany, N.Y., April 26 – With Governor David Paterson and state leaders showing no signs of moving closer to a final agreement on the 2010-2011 state budget, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I) renewed his call for this year’s state budget to immediately reinstate locally administered eligibility tests for Medicaid applicants and to enact additional oversight mechanisms that many local and statewide officials believe can begin to provide billions of dollars in cost savings in the state’s most expensive program.

April 26, 2010

Are New State Taxes and Fees on The Way?

Albany, N.Y., April 19– State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said that another news report today keeps signaling that state leaders are considering a massive round of state tax and fee increases as part of the final 2010-2011 state budget.

April 19, 2010

Free Kidney Health Screening in Elmira on Saturday

Elmira, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and Assemblyman Tom O’Mara (R,I,C-Big Flats) reminded area residents today that the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Serving Upstate NY will conduct a free kidney health screening in Elmira on Saturday, April 17, 2010.

O’Mara and Winner are co-sponsoring the local event together with St. Joseph’s Hospital of Elmira.

Saturday’s free screening will be held at the Blessed Sacrament (Ss Peter & Paul) Parish Community Center, located at 160 High Street in Elmira, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

April 15, 2010

No New Taxes

Are we in for a repeat performance?

At least some of New York’s current leaders appear to be slowly but surely spinning out their case for higher taxes.

A new analysis by the Senate Minority Finance Committee (see a copy of this analysis attached below) has uncovered a list of new taxes and fees being, at least, talked about -- and it rivals the $8-billion-plus tax package enacted by Governor Paterson and legislative leaders last April.

So, yes, I remain concerned that they just refuse to understand that New York’s workers, families, and employers can’t take any more taxes.


April 12, 2010

Last Year's State Budget Makes It Harder for Locals to Oversee Medicaid

Albany, N.Y. – State leaders haven't settled differences over the 2010-2011 state budget, but as a result of provisions enacted by Governor David Paterson and the Democratic leaders of the state Legislature in last year’s budget, local officials across New York are now further hindered in their ability to effectively oversee Medicaid, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today.

April 9, 2010

Remembering the late Senator William T. "Cadillac" Smith II

New York State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) remembers his friend and mentor, the late Senator William T. "Cadillac" Smith on the floor of the New York State Senate on Wednesday, April 7, 2010.

Former Senator Smith, a legendary figure in New York State government for 24 years, from 1962 to 1986, passed away on March 30th at the age of 94.  Family and friends gathered in his hometown of Big Flats, New York on April 3rd to celebrate his life and career. 

April 9, 2010

Do you agree with the following statement: This year's state budget should include "No New Taxes."

Strongly Agree

84% (99 votes)


10% (12 votes)


6% (7 votes)

Total votes: 118

April 8, 2010

Statement from Senator Winner on former area State Senator William T. Smith II

Elmira, N.Y., March 30--Long-time, legendary New York State Senator William T. "Cadillac" Smith II, who represented the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions in the state Senate from 1962 until his retirement in 1986, died earlier today. He was 94.

March 30, 2010

Local Bone Marrow Registration Drive Being Held Later this Week

Albany, N.Y., March 22--State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) reminded area residents today that the American Cancer Society of Elmira and the Rochester-based Be The Match Foundation will sponsor a two-day Bone Marrow Registration Drive later this week.

“It’s a great cause and an incredibly meaningful effort for potential recipients and donors alike,” Winner said.

March 26, 2010

Local Roads Matter

A contingent of the region’s local highway superintendents traveled to the state capital recently to let state  lawmakers know that “local roads matter.”  In the photo, superintendents representing Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates counties met with State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) outside of his office in the Legislative Office Building to urge New York’s continued commitment to the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program, commonly known as CHIPS, and other priority issues. 

March 24, 2010

Should State Impose Permanent Cap on Spending?

Albany, N.Y.–New York State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) is giving area residents the opportunity to share their views on one proposal under discussion as a way to effectively control future state spending: cap it.

Late last week New York Governor David Paterson renewed the push for a state spending cap by introducing specific legislation for the Legislature’s consideration.  The Paterson proposal mirrors, but doesn’t go as far as legislation Winner has co-sponsored – and the Senate has approved – in the past.

March 24, 2010

Winner Still Seeking Bipartisan Support for 30-Day Tax Refunds

Albany, N.Y., March 18— State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that he is still trying to build bipartisan support for legislation he sponsors to require the state to provide personal income tax refunds within 30 days after a taxpayer files a return.

Watch news report here.

March 19, 2010