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Another Try at Senate Rules Reform

Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira), a member of the state Senate’s newly created Committee on Rules and Administration, called again today for the approval of a series of actions he and his colleagues first offered earlier this year to change the way the Senate does business.

June 4, 2009
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Senator Winner's reaction to plans for a new CVS distribution center in the Southern Tier

Albany, N.Y., June 2– State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) called it great news for the Southern Tier economy that plans to construct a CVS distribution center in the town of Chemung are moving forward.

June 2, 2009
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Rockefeller Drug Law Mistake?

You might recall that the 2009-2010 New York State budget included broad and controversial provisions to ease the 1970's-era Rockefeller drug laws.

While this action was taken despite my strong opposition and against the better judgement of many of my legislative colleagues, a new problem has surfaced and it's an issue that's going to get plenty of attention throughout the week ahead.

June 1, 2009
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Limit government taxing and spending

Senator Winner will sponsor new legislation known as the "Taxpayer Empowerment Act" (TEA) in an effort to put a stop to New York State's out-of-control taxing and spending.
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May 29, 2009
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Winner, Bacalles seek assist for Steuben County volunteers

Corning, N.Y.--State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and Assemblyman Jim Bacalles (R-C-I, Corning) have introduced legislation aimed at helping Steuben County recruit and retain emergency services volunteers.

May 29, 2009
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Winner: Limit state's ability to tax and spend

Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) announced today that he will sponsor the “Taxpayer Empowerment Act” (TEA), a plan to limit New York government’s ability to tax and spend.

“The only way to begin a true and meaningful turnaround in New York State is to limit government’s ability to tax and spend,” said Winner. “These actions represent the first steps necessary to put a stop to the job losses and population declines that continue to erode the underpinnings of upstate New York.”

May 28, 2009
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Disappearing Farms

Can we stop it?

I'm talking about the perfect storm that's settling over New York's dairy industry.  Low milk prices being paid to farmers plus high operating costs plus a declining worldwide economy and other factors are combining to spell disaster for many state dairy farmers.

May 28, 2009
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Legislation Introduced to Encourage Volunteer Recruitment

Albany, N.Y., May 26--State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and Assemblyman Tom O’Mara (R-Horseheads) have introduced legislation to help localities fend off potentially enormous future local property tax increases by offering incentives to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and other emergency services personnel.

May 26, 2009
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Senator Winner offers his thoughts on the observance of Memorial Day.

Americans have observed Memorial Day for over a century, since the time of the Civil War. 

It remains a grounding, powerful, and solemn occasion when citizens gather to honor our veterans, to recall their sacrifices, and to remember that American soldiers still serve to protect freedom and preserve peace throughout the world.

This weekend Americans will gather in small cemeteries.  We will come together in city parks and town squares and village greens in poignant remembrance. 

May 22, 2009
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Students, teachers, and parents from the Chemung Valley Montessori School visited Senator Winner in Albany.

CAPITOL VISIT–A group of students, teachers, and parents from the Chemung Valley Montessori School in Big Flats visited the state Capitol on May 11th and met with State Senator George Winner (R-C-I).

In this photo, Senator Winner joined the group as it toured the inside of the New York State Capitol, a National Historic Landmark widely known as one of America’s most architecturally prized buildings.

May 21, 2009
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Watkins Glen High School seniors Caroline Likoudis, left, and Vanessa Tran meet with Senator Winner in Albany.

CAPITOL STUDENTS--The League of Women Voters of New York State recently held its 9th Annual "Students Inside Albany" conference at the capital.  Select high school students from across New York spend several days in Albany to gain a firsthand look at state government and politics.   

State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) welcomed several students from his legislative district this year, including Watkins Glen High School seniors Caroline Likoudis, left, and Vanessa Tran, who met with the senator on the floor of the Senate Chamber.

May 7, 2009
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Capitol Students

CAPITOL STUDENTS--State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) recently welcomed to the State Capitol several area students who participated in the 9th Annual “Students Inside Albany” conference sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State.  Through the  annual conference, select high school students spend several days in Albany learning about New York State government and politics.

May 7, 2009
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Restore the Rebates

The elimination of New York’s two-year-old STAR property tax rebate program works against efforts to stimulate economic growth and arrives at the worst possible economic time for families and homeowners.

It was one of the most ill-timed actions taken as part of the 2009-2010 state budget recently enacted by Governor David Paterson and the Legislature’s Democratic leaders.

Families, seniors, and all homeowners have counted on these rebates to provide a little relief from today’s high costs and New York’s crushing property tax burden.

May 7, 2009
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Senator Winner wants to restore the STAR Rebate program.

Albany, N.Y., May 6–State Senator George Winner reminded area residents today that a new online petition drive gives them the chance to show their support for reauthorizing a property tax rebate program eliminated by Governor David Paterson and state legislative leaders as part of this year’s final state budget.

May 6, 2009
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Winner, Colleagues Issue Own Report on Reform

Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and his Republican counterparts on the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration have issued a report offering a series of additional recommendations for changing the way the Senate does business.

While the state Senate Democratic majority has been quick to praise a set of rules changes it recently recommended for full Senate consideration, Winner cautioned that those changes don’t go far enough.

April 24, 2009
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Senator Winner fights for state budget reform.

Albany, N.Y.–Earlier this year, in the wake of a 2009-2010 state budget adoption process that continues to draw criticism from government reform advocates for its unprecedented secrecy and lack of public scrutiny, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) offered a legislative amendment to require that every state budget adoption include the use of joint, bipartisan conference committees.

Under the conference committee process, various segments of the state budget are debated by committees made up of individual senators and assembly members, on a bipartisan basis, who meet in public to settle differences and negotiate compromises.

April 24, 2009
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Winner Offers Amendment to Reform State Budget Adoption Process

Albany, N.Y.–In the wake of a 2009-2010 state budget adoption process that continues to draw criticism from government reform advocates for its unprecedented secrecy and lack of public scrutiny, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) has offered a legislative amendment to require that every state budget adoption include the use of joint, bipartisan conference committees.

April 24, 2009
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Winner Says Final Budget Doesn't Do Enough for Dairy Farmers, Wine Industry

Albany, N.Y., April 1–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and his Republican colleagues in the state Senate offered an amendment to the 2009-2010 state budget plan being enacted by Governor David Paterson and the state’s Democratic legislative leaders late yesterday that would have reauthorized an emergency assistance program for New York’s dairy farmers.

April 9, 2009
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Do You Support Final State Budget?

Albany, N.Y., April 7–More than 90 percent of the respondents to a week-long, online “Quick Poll” conducted by State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) have expressed opposition to the 2009-2010 state budget enacted late last week by Governor David Paterson and the Legislature’s Democratic majorities.

April 6, 2009
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