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Empire Zone Changes Moving Ahead Despite Opposition

Albany, N.Y., April 3–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that the approval of changes to New York’s Empire Zone program contained in the 2009-2010 state budget being enacted by Governor David Paterson and the Legislature’s Democratic majorities put up “a major roadblock to this region’s ability to attract and retain local jobs.  It could stop local economic development dead in its tracks.  It’s devastating and unthinkable to take an action like this one at this time."

April 3, 2009
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Winner, Colleagues Offering Budget Amendments

WINNER, COLLEAGUES OFFERING BUDGET AMENDMENTS

Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that he and his colleagues in the Senate Republican conference are offering a series of amendments to the 2009-2010 state budget to address shortcomings in a fiscal plan negotiated and agreed upon by Governor Paterson and the Legislature’s Democratic leaders.

April 3, 2009
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Winner Seeks to Reauthorize STAR Rebates

Albany, N.Y., April 2–Eliminating New York’s two-year-old STAR property tax rebate program works against efforts to stimulate economic growth and arrives at the worst possible time for families and homeowners, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today as he joined other Senate Republicans in an effort to restore the rebates.

The 2009-2010 state budget plan being enacted by Governor David Paterson and the state’s Democratic legislative leaders will do away with the rebates this year.

April 2, 2009
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Senate Republicans Stand Up for Public Libraries

Albany, N.Y., April 1–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and his Senate Republican colleagues advanced today an amendment to the 2009-2010 state budget being enacted by Governor David Paterson and legislative Democrats that would ensure that local public libraries receive the same amount of state aid as last year.

April 1, 2009
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Access to State and Local Government

New York government is comprised of over 100 state agencies, boards and commissions that implement a broad range of programs and services-- programs and services that impact and can benefit our lives in many ways. So I’ve always believed that my No. 1 responsibility is to provide as much information and facilitate as much access as I possibly can to what’s available.

March 31, 2009
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Local Government Efficiency

We’ve made progress over the past several years that I’ve been serving in the State Senate to begin, we hope, putting the brakes on runaway local property tax increases. But there’s a long way to go.

March 31, 2009
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Senator Winner Voting 'No' on State Budget

 

Albany, N.Y., March 31–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that he will oppose the 2009-2010 state budget that state Democrats will begin approving today and that will soon be signed into law by Governor David Paterson.

March 31, 2009
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Local Roads Matter

The region’s local highway superintendents turned out in force in Albany recently to spread their message to state lawmakers that “local roads matter.” 

Superintendents representing Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates counties met with State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) to discuss a range of priority issues, including the need to protect New York’s commitment to the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program, commonly known as CHIPS. 

March 28, 2009
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Winner Questions Rockefeller Drug Law Agreement

Albany, N.Y., March 26–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) questioned today an agreement by Governor David Paterson and the state’s Democratic legislative leaders to dramatically overhaul the state’s 1970’s-era Rockefeller drug laws.

The deal was reported in today’s New York Times.

March 26, 2009
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What's Happened to Budget Reform?

Albany, N.Y., March 23–With just over one week to go until the April 1 deadline to adopt a new state budget, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) wants to know how area residents feel about a budget adoption process that’s been noteworthy for its absence of public negotiating sessions.

Winner recently said that state leaders are ignoring key elements of the state’s Budget Reform Act of 2007, which established legal guidelines and timetables for the appointment of joint legislative budget conference committees to conduct public budget negotiations.

March 23, 2009
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Final State Budget? Bad News for Upstate Region

Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) criticized today an agreed-upon 2009-2010 state budget plan for taxing too much, spending too much, and dashing hopes for any short-term economic turnaround in upstate New York.

“Right out of the box, New York’s Democratic leaders are going to raise your taxes and put your job at risk so they can afford higher government spending,” Winner said.  “It’s even worse than I imagined.” 

March 20, 2009
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March is National Kidney Month

It’s often called the “silent killer” and that fact alone is the driving force behind the month of March being designated as National Kidney Month in America, as well as for “World Kidney Day” on March 12.

The National Kidney Foundation estimates that 26 million American adults have chronic kidney disease (CKD), but the truly striking fact is that most of these adults were unaware they had the disease until it reached an advanced stage.

March 4, 2009
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Local GST BOCES Students Honored

Albany, N.Y., March 4–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) and Assemblyman Jim Bacalles (R-C-I, Corning) congratulated two area residents who were among 14 adult students from across New York State honored today as “Students of the Year” by the New York Association for Continuing/Community Education (NYACCE).

March 4, 2009
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Winner to Gov. Paterson: Let's Be Ready For Dairy Crisis

Albany, N.Y., February 6–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) has urged Governor David Paterson to direct his administration to pay close attention to what Winner fears is quickly developing into a devastating financial crisis within New York’s dairy industry.

February 6, 2009
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Winner: Paterson Plan Needs Public Scrutiny

Albany, N.Y., December 16—State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) said today that Governor David Paterson’s 2009-2010 proposed state budget is going to require a long, hard look from the Legislature and local communities.

January 9, 2009
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New Shared-services Project Planned For Bath's Dormann Library

Bath, N.Y., October 20--Area students will gain valuable, real world construction experience -- and community residents will gain a new educational facility -- under a local shared-services project announced today by State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira), State Assemblyman Jim Bacalles (R-C-I, Corning), Greater Southern Tier BOCES (GST BOCES) Superintendent Anthony J. Micha, and representatives of the Dormann Library in Bath.

December 3, 2008
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Be Aware Of Identity Theft

PROTECT YOURSELF FROM ID THEFT

It’s not just pickpockets who steal your credit cards and money anymore. Advances in computer technology have made it possible for ID thieves to ruin your credit and tarnish your good name. Below are tips to protect you and your family this holiday season. DOs

November 25, 2008
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NYS Senate Veterans Hall Of Fame

Elmira, N.Y., September 18--State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) paid tribute today to Robert Laskaris, a highly decorated combat veteran and well-known figure in Chemung County veterans’ affairs, by inducting him into the New York State Senate’s online Veterans Hall of Fame.

November 10, 2008
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New Law Gives Volunteer Companies Access To Public Health Plans

Albany, N.Y.--Legislation co-sponsored by State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira), chairman of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources (LCRR), to allow local volunteer fire and ambulance companies to participate in health insurance plans offered to municipal employees, has been signed into law by Governor David Paterson.

October 7, 2008
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