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Responding to the catastrophe in Haiti

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the Haiti earthquake, to their families and their friends -- and our gratitude to everyone coming to their aid.

See the following links for information on the Haiti relief effort:

"Local Red Cross officials: Cash best way to aid quake victims" (Corning Leader, January 15, 2010)

January 14, 2010
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Spending Cap

It seems like common sense to many of us in New York government:  The first step toward fundamentally changing the way Albany does business is to limit state government's ability to spend taxpayer money.

But we've known for a long time that New York State has a spending problem.  It's nothing new.  Government critics have been saying it for years and, believe me, there's plenty of credit to go around for who's responsible.

January 13, 2010
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Winner: Here We Go Again?

Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) responded to this week’s news reports that Governor David Paterson is considering increasing the state’s cigarette tax by as much as $1 per pack by warning that it could the first of many new taxes and fees that will be considered by the governor and legislative leaders in the new year. “The session is barely a week old, but Albany’s leaders are already spinning out their case for a higher tax,” said Winner.  “I remain concerned that they just refuse to understand that New York’s workers, families, and employers can’

January 13, 2010
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Winner: State Spending Cap Should be First Up

Albany, N.Y., January 11–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) welcomed today Governor David Paterson’s renewed call for state lawmakers to enact a permanent cap on state spending.

That’s because Winner himself has previously called for and co-sponsored legislation to implement a constitutionally mandated cap on state spending along with additional, comprehensive state spending reforms.

January 11, 2010
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January 7, 2010
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Winner Will Continue Local Offices in Elmira, Bath in 2010

Elmira, N.Y.– State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) reminded area residents  that he will continue to operate district offices in Elmira and Bath throughout the new year. Winner encouraged local residents to utilize his offices as the first place to turn for assistance with concerns and questions involving New York government.  

January 7, 2010
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January 6, 2010
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Winner: 2010 Session Must Produce Action on Upstate Economy, Other Key Issues

Albany, N.Y., January 6—“From job creation to property tax relief, the plight of the upstate economy and upstate taxpayers deserves top billing in 2010,” State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today in response to Governor David Paterson’s second State of the State message.

[To watch Senator Winner's response, click here]

January 6, 2010
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2010 Priorities

New York government's financial future, short and long term, will dominate the legislative agenda in 2010.  No. 1 on the list, of course, must be to keep addressing the state’s immediate fiscal crisis.  That much we know. 

December 29, 2009
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Small Business Could Point Way to Stronger Upstate

Many of us have been clamoring throughout the past year for New York government to take a more aggressive approach and make a stronger investment in turning around the economy of upstate New York.

December 16, 2009
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Good Time to Remember 'Venison Donation Coalition'

The locally based Venison Donation Coalition sums up its core mission this way, “With the downturn of the economy, budget cuts throughout the country, and increased layoffs, more and more Americans are feeling the crunch and being left hungry.  Those going hungry are families, children and single parents and the donation of venison can help feed these people.”

 

December 11, 2009
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Spending Cap Still Needed

The New York State budget at the turn of this millennium, in the 2000-2001 state fiscal year, amounted to approximately $78 billion.

Nearly a decade later, the 2009-2010 state budget enacted by Governor David Paterson and the Democratic leadership of the state Legislature this past April, came in at nearly $132 billion.

December 4, 2009
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Good Time to Remember Venison Donation Coalition

The locally based Venison Donation Coalition sums up its core mission this way, “With the downturn of the economy, budget cuts throughout the country, and increased layoffs, more and more Americans are feeling the crunch and being left hungry.  Those going hungry are families, children and single parents and the donation of venison can help feed these people.”

November 24, 2009
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Veterans Day

America observes this year's Veterans Day with her troops still engaged in the war against ter

November 11, 2009
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Winner Welcomes Call for State Spending Cap

Albany, N.Y., November 6–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) welcomed today Governor David Paterson’s call for the state Legislature to approve a cap on state spending when it returns to session next week.

That’s because Winner himself has previously called for and co-sponsored legislation to implement a constitutionally mandated cap on state spending along with additional, comprehensive state spending reforms.

November 6, 2009
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"Roads and Bridges"

Albany's leaders made sure in the 2009-2010 New York State budget they enacted last April to include a massive, multi-billion-dollar bailout of the New York City-area Metropolitan Transportation Association.

Great news for downstate transit in these tough economic times, but many upstate legislators, including myself, were left with a very simple and straightforward concern: What about funding for upstate New York’s transportation infrastructure? 

November 2, 2009
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Dairy Crisis

I joined several of my upstate colleagues at the Capitol to conduct a public hearing on what I believe is one of the most critical issues facing our state today: the dairy crisis.

It’s been a whirlwind of a political year at the Capitol -- and it continues to be with the state facing a deep-rooted and serious budget deficit heading into 2010 – but we cannot let the powers-that-be in New York government lose sight of the overriding importance of doing anything and everything to save New York dairy farmers on the brink of collapse.

October 20, 2009
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Local Records Management Grants Awarded

Elmira, N.Y., October 19–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira), Assemblyman Jim Bacalles (R-C-I, Corning), and Assemblyman Tom O’Mara (R-C-I, Horseheads) announced today that local governments and school districts throughout Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tompkins counties have been awarded records management grants from the New York State Archives.

October 20, 2009
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Senator Winner, Colleagues Hear Testimony from Dairy Farmers

Albany, N.Y., October 19–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) joined legislative colleagues from across the upstate region today at a public hearing in Albany to hear testimony from New York dairy farmers and industry leaders on ways to address the ongoing dairy crisis.

October 19, 2009
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Taxes? More Taxes?

It’s no secret that as we approach the month of September in New York, the state is facing yet another budget deficit – this time one that’s already topping $2 billion and could rise even higher.

October 15, 2009
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