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Medicaid Fraud Task Force Issues Recommendations

Albany, N.Y., August 2 – In his column from the Capitol this week, Senator Winner  discusses the fact that while New York governors and legislative leaders have been very good at convening commissions and task forces to study ways to address difficult challenges, these same state leaders have been far less effective at taking recommended legislative action.

You can read Senator Winner's column here.  

March 17, 2010
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Medicaid Fraud Task Force Issues Recommendations

Albany, N.Y., March 17 – State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and the members of the Senate Republican Task Force on Medicaid Fraud released today an initial report and a  series of recommendations for improving the state’s efforts to combat abuse, fraud, and overutilization in New York’s $52-billion system of Medicaid.

The task force believes that its initial recommendations point to annual savings of approximately $500 million and should be included in the 2010-2011 state budget.

March 17, 2010
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March 16, 2010
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Why No Public Negotiations?

We're beginning to hear the rumblings about a late state budget, which is exactly why many of us, over the past several weeks, have been calling for public negotiations over the final 2010-2011 state budget.

The fact is that legislative leaders are violating key elements of the state’s “Budget Reform Act of 2007,” which I myself helped develop and co-sponsored. 

The 2007 budget reform law established legal guidelines and timetables for the appointment of joint legislative budget conference committees to conduct public budget negotiations – all of which were ignored by legislative leaders last year and are being ignored again.

March 16, 2010
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Corning at the Capital

Corning City Manager Mark Ryckman, left, and Planning & Economic Development Director Steve Dennis, right, met with Senator Winner at his Albany office recently.  The local officials visited the state capital to discuss the state budget, the future of the Empire Zone program, local job creation efforts, state aid to cities, property tax relief, and other priority issues for Corning and small cities across the Empire State.

March 16, 2010
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Medicaid Fraud Task Force Holds Public Hearing in Albany

Albany, N.Y., March 8 – The Senate Republican Task Force on Medicaid Fraud is holding a public hearing in Albany today in an effort to jump-start action on a more effective strategy to combat Medicaid fraud, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira), a member of the recently created task force, said today.

March 10, 2010
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Public Budget Negotiations Needed, Winner Says

Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) has joined many of his legislative colleagues to call on Senate and Assembly leaders to begin public negotiations over the final 2010-2011 state budget.

The lawmakers noted that the April 1st deadline to adopt a new state budget is 23 days away.

March 10, 2010
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It's a priority for this year’s state budget to include a more aggressive effort to reduce Medicaid spending. Do you?

Strongly Agree

68% (26 votes)

Agree

18% (7 votes)

Disagree

13% (5 votes)

Total votes: 38

March 9, 2010
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Senator Winner and Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli discuss the need to cut Medicaid costs.

Albany, N.Y. – Earlier this year the Senate Republican Task Force on Medicaid Fraud held a public hearing in Albany in an effort to jump-start action on a more effective strategy to combat Medicaid fraud.

In this video, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira), a member of the task force, and Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, who’s also currently president of the New York State Association of Counties, discuss the work of the task force prior to the hearing at the Legislative Office Building. 

March 8, 2010
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Winner on State Budget: Behind Closed Doors, Again?

Albany, N.Y.–With less than one month remaining until the April 1 deadline to adopt a new state budget, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) criticized today the Legislature’s lack of public negotiations over the final 2010-2011 state budget.

March 5, 2010
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Senator Winner and Colleagues Introduce New Jobs Plan

Albany, N.Y. –State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) co-sponsored legislation in the Senate earlier this year to enact a new, comprehensive job creation strategy that he believes has been ignored as a way to help New York strengthen its economy, lower taxes, and begin to create thousands of jobs across upstate New York.

March 2, 2010
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New Jobs Plan Introduced

Albany, N.Y., March 2 –State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) announced today that he is co-sponsoring legislation in the Senate to enact a new, comprehensive job creation strategy that he believes has been ignored as a way to help New York strengthen its economy, lower taxes, and begin to create thousands of jobs across upstate New York.

March 2, 2010
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Winner Named to Rural Resources Commission

Albany, N.Y., March 16–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) has been appointed as a member of the joint, bipartisan Legislative Commission on the Development of Rural Resources.

March 2, 2010
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Winner Blasts New State Utility Tax

Elmira, N.Y., July 22 –State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that a new 2% utility tax enacted by Governor David Paterson and the state’s Democratic legislative leaders as part of the 2009-2010 state budget “is the latest bad news from a bad state budget for New York State taxpayers.”

March 2, 2010
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'Innovation Economy' Key to Upstate Renewal

I'm glad to have this chance to provide an update on the just-released report of a state task force that has made a significant addition to what's becoming a treasure trove of blueprints pointing the way to strategies that just might prove successful at turning around the fortunes and the futures of communities across New York, especially upstate.

March 2, 2010
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Winner, Bacalles Praise Decision to Speed Up Reconstruction of Route 54A in Yates County

Penn Yan, N.Y., November 19–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and Assemblyman Jim Bacalles (R-C-I, Corning) announced today that the state has agreed to a request they made in September to speed up the reconstruction of Route 54A in Yates County.

March 2, 2010
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Winner, Colleagues Propose New Jobs Plan

Albany, N.Y., January 26 –State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) joined his colleagues in the Senate Republican conference today to propose a new strategy that they believe has been overlooked as a way to help New York strengthen its economy, lower taxes, and begin to create thousands of jobs across upstate New York.

March 2, 2010
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Winner: Tax Refunds Should Not Be Delayed

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) has urged New York Governor David Paterson to scrap any plans his administration is considering to delay payment of state income tax refunds to thousands of state taxpayers.

The Paterson administration’s consideration of a tax refund check postponement surfaced in news reports earlier this week.

March 2, 2010
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Watch Senator Winner's Interview on 'Capital Tonight'

Senator Winner is working to rally bipartisan support for legislation he sponsors that, if enacted, would require New York State to issue income tax refunds within 30 days of a taxpayer's filing.

He was interviewed on what's being called the "Refund Revolt" on last night's edition of the statewide news show Capital Tonight

You can watch the interview here.

March 2, 2010
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Statement from Senator George Winner

Elmira, N.Y., February 26—State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) released today the following statement in response to New York Governor David Paterson’s announcement that he will not seek election in November, but will remain in office until the end of his current term:

“It’s not clear to me how Governor Paterson will be able to govern in any effective or productive way.

March 1, 2010
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