It’s an issue that’s simply not going to go away, and so we just need to keep working at it.
I’m talking about an issue that I’ve been trying to keep alive in the Legislature since my election to the New York State Senate four years ago: the future of our local volunteer fire departments. Each and every one of us recognizes that government, at every level, has its hands full dealing with economic and fiscal challenges as deep-rooted and as difficult as we’ve ever had to face.
As our attention begins to turn again toward the beginning of the 2010 regular session of the New York State Legislature, it’s as good a time as any to start staking out the themes and priorities that need to dominate next year’s agenda.
For me, first and foremost, that’s going to mean the upstate economy.
Elmira, N.Y., September 18–Schuyler has joined the list of area counties where rifle hunting is allowed under legislation sponsored by State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and signed into law by Governor David Paterson.
The new law (S.4127/A.7509, Chapter 441 of the Laws of 2009) was sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Tom O’Mara (R-C, Horseheads).
Albany, N.Y., September 17–Stressing that it’s the time of year when local property taxpayers should be looking forward to some relief through New York’s two-year-old STAR property tax rebate program, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that the program’s elimination works against efforts to stimulate economic growth and arrives at the worst possible time for families and homeowners.
Albany, N.Y., September 11—The New York State Senate gave final legislative approval today to legislation, supported by state Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira), to create a “Volunteer Emergency Services Recruitment and Retention Fund” by allowing taxpayers to voluntarily contribute to the fund’s establishment through a state income tax check-off.
Albany, N.Y., September 8–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) welcomed a report today from Attorney General Andrew Cuomo that found no evidence of a so-called “rogue” unit of rank-and-file Troopers within the New York State Police that orchestrated political attacks but uncovered, according to the report, “certain troubling situations in which, at the highest levels of the State Police, political considerations played an improper and determinative role.”
Elmira, N.Y., September 2–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that several area municipalities, including the cities of Corning, Hornell, Elmira and Ithaca, have been awarded state grant funding through the Restore-NY Communities Initiatives (Restore-NY) program.
Albany, N.Y., August 11–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) was highly critical today of a plan announced by Governor David Paterson to provide a new $200-per-child payment to welfare and food stamp recipients statewide, which they can access starting today.
Senator Winner and his colleagues, on a bipartisan basis, have enacted far-reaching legislative changes in the Senate -- a move that Senator Winner believes bodes well for the future of government in New York.
Early this morning at the Capitol, I joined my Democratic and Republican colleagues to enact far-reaching legislative reforms that fundamentally change the way the Senate does business.
These reforms take power away from legislative leaders and empower individual legislators from every region. We've acted to open up the legislative process to greater public scrutiny, accountability, bipartisanship, cooperative action, effectiveness, and more reform than we've ever had in Albany.
Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira), a member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration that convened earlier this year to begin laying the groundwork for the far-reaching legislative reforms that have now been approved, called the fight for changing the Senate “incredibly contentious and frustrating, but we’ve finally broken dramatic new ground in New York government. It’s very positive for the upstate region, and it absolutely needed to be done.”
Albany, N.Y., July 9–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) issued the following statement today on the Senate leadership change:
“It’s not a good day for the concerns and challenges facing upstate New York.
“For now. we’re about to return to a state government under one-party, one-region, downstate control.
“This year’s state budget still stands as proof that upstate New York’s taxpayers, employers, workers, and families don’t get a fair shake in a state government under one-party, one-region, downstate control.
Albany, N.Y., July 8–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that it’s unconstitutional for New York Governor David Paterson to try to appoint Richard Ravitch, a longtime New York City business and civic leader, to fill the state’s vacant lieutenant governor’s position.
Winner released the following statement:
“Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has already ruled that any move to appoint a lieutenant governor would be unconstitutional, so why would Governor Paterson ignore such a clear-cut opinion?
When the vote was taken on June 8th to change the leadership of the New York State Senate, it’s important to remember that there was another vote that very same afternoon which, in the end, may turn out to be the most far-reaching action of all in 2009.
It was a vote to guarantee that the Senate leads the way on unprecedented changes to New York’s legislative process. Let’s get right to the point. We have taken a vote in favor of Senate rules changes that will, among many other key actions: