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Senator Winner in debate on the floor of the New York State Senate

Albany, N.Y.—Earlier this year State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) took to the floor of the New York State Senate -- as he's done hundreds of times in both the Assembly and Senate over the past three decades he's served in the Legislature -- this time to build support for legislation he sponsored in 2010 to require the state to provide personal income tax refunds within 30 days after a taxpayer files a return.

February 25, 2010
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State Capital Meeting

From left to right, Village of Horseheads Deputy Mayor Ron Swartz, Horseheads Village Manager Walter Herbst, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira), and Horseheads Mayor Donald Zeigler met in Senator Winner’s Albany office on Tuesday, February 23, 2010.  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 localilties, property tax relief, and other priority issues for Horseheads and towns and villages across the Empire State.   

February 25, 2010
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February 23, 2010
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Senator Winner wants taxpayers to receive their state income tax refunds within 30 days.

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) has introduced legislation to require the state to provide personal income tax refunds within 30 days after a taxpayer files a return.

February 23, 2010
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State Should Provide Tax Refunds in 30 Days, Winner Says

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) has introduced legislation to require the state to provide personal income tax refunds within 30 days after a taxpayer files a return.

February 22, 2010
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Governor Paterson Releases Park Closure Plan

Albany, N.Y., February 19—A plan released earlier today by New York Governor David Paterson to close more than 50 state parks and historic sites would impact several regional parks, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said.

The parks in Winner’s legislative district that would face closure or service reductions under the Paterson plan are the Newtown Battlefield State Park , Chemung County (full closure); Buttermilk Falls State Park, Tompkins County (closure of public swimming area); and Stony Brook State Park, Steuben County (closure of public swimming area).

Winner released the following statement:

“Every legislator recognizes the enormous fiscal challenge facing New York State and the consequences for the local communities we represent.

February 19, 2010
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Winner: Chesapeake to Stop Plans for Wastewater Well in Pulteney

Elmira, N.Y., February 16—The Chesapeake Energy Corporation will formally withdraw its application to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for an injection well permit in the town of Pulteney, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today.

February 16, 2010
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Key Senate Committee Approves Winner's Legislation to Encourage Volunteers

Albany, N.Y., February 10—The Senate Investigations Committee has approved legislation sponsored by State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) to help localities avoid potentially enormous future local property tax increases by offering incentives to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and other emergency services personnel.

February 11, 2010
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It's a top priority for state lawmakers to include in this year's budget a plan to cut taxes and create upstate jobs. Do you?

Strongly Agree

75% (44 votes)

Agree

17% (10 votes)

Disagree

8% (5 votes)

Total votes: 59

February 9, 2010
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Medicaid Fraud

I'm grateful to be serving as a member of the newly created Senate Republican Task Force on Medicaid Fraud to find out why state taxpayers continue to lose hundreds of millions of dollars to abuse, fraud, and waste in New York’s more than $50-billion Medicaid system.

The urgency of the state’s fiscal crisis demands a renewed focus on the fraud that has plagued the Medicaid system for years. 

It’s way past time to put in place a "zero tolerance" policy to combat the millions upon millions of taxpayer dollars being lost to Medicaid fraud and waste. 

February 5, 2010
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Winner: Budget Cuts Cannot Compromise School Safety

Albany, N.Y., January 29 –State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that he’ll be urging the new Democratic leadership of the state Senate to follow the lead of Republicans when they held control of the chamber in 2008 and immediately reject a proposal to reassign nearly 100 New York State Troopers currently working as “school resource officers” (SROs) in schools across New York.

February 5, 2010
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Winner, Colleagues Propose New Jobs Plan

Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) has joined his colleagues in the Senate Republican conference 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.

February 5, 2010
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Senator Winner Named to Task Force on Medicaid Fraud

Albany, N.Y., February 2 – State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) has been appointed as a member of the newly created Senate Republican Task Force on Medicaid Fraud to find out why state taxpayers continue to lose hundreds of millions of dollars to abuse, fraud, and waste in New York’s more than $50-billion Medicaid system.

February 2, 2010
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Winner Appointed Member of Medicaid Fraud Task Force

Albany, N.Y., February 2 – State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) has been appointed as a member of the newly created Senate Republican Task Force on Medicaid Fraud to find out why state taxpayers continue to lose hundreds of millions of dollars to abuse, fraud, and waste in New York’s more than $50-billion Medicaid system.

February 2, 2010
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Senator Winner Joins Colleagues to Offer a 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...Read More

January 26, 2010
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Winner Won't Toast Paterson Plan to Eliminate Wine Foundation

Albany, N.Y., January 20 –State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira), one of the  Legislature’s most vocal and long-standing wine industry advocates, rejected today Governor David Paterson’s plan to completely eliminate state support for the New York Wine and Grape Foundation.

January 21, 2010
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January 19, 2010
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Senator Winner reacts to Governor Paterson's 2010-2011 proposed state budget.

Albany, N.Y., January 19--State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that Governor David Paterson's proposed 2010-2011 state budget...Read more

January 19, 2010
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Some Good, Some Bad in Paterson Plan

Albany, N.Y., January 19–  State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that Governor David Paterson’s proposed 2010-2011 state budget contains several key proposals that would be helpful to strengthening the upstate economy, but only if Paterson can convince the Democratic leaders of the Legislature to go along.

“Speech after speech won’t matter unless the words are followed by action after action,” said Winner.  

January 19, 2010
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Historic Elmira Accepting Nominations for Preservation Awards

Elmira, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) reminded area residents today that Historic Elmira, Inc. is currently accepting nominations for its 2nd Annual “Preservation Awards Program” to recognize outstanding restoration and preservation projects within the Elmira area.

January 14, 2010
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