ALBANY—State Senator George Winner, an Elmira Republican, just brought up an interesting scenario in the still-unresolved fight to be the chamber's majority leader.
A "fusion" scenario would exist if two elected Democrats kept their party enrollment, but crossed lines to vote for Majority Leader Dean Skelos. Skelos was re-elected unanimously as his conference Read More
Before Eliot Spitzer’s official resignation, I spoke with Republican State Senator George Winner, who is leading the charge at Spitzer’s other legal problems.
Winner said he’ll be in court tomorrow fighting Spitzer’s refusal to respond to a subpoena for emails relating to the effort to use state police to discredit Joe Bruno.
“Our Read More
Here is a clip from the hearing in Albany yesterday where state Senator George Winner asks state Inspector General Kristine Hamann about a private conversation in which Hamann told him she never interviewed anyone in the governor's office during her investigation into the Trooper scandal.
It's significant because Hamann Read More
State Inspector General Kristine Hamann said today for the first time in public that her report on the governor’s aides using state police to track the governor’s Republican opponent would not have brought “finality” to the issue.
Therefore, Hamann told a hearing committee in Albany, she didn’t issue a report on her investigation, nor Read More
So, to no one’s surprise, the Senate Republicans are starting to turn the screws on state Inspector General Kristine Hamann at her hearing in Albany.
Hamann told the committee just now, “I did not believe that my writing a report on the man I report to directly in this atmosphere would have brought resolution to Read More
The state Democratic Party has just gone one step past the Whitewater analogy, reaching for another recent American lowlight to characterize the ongoing Republican pursuit of Eliot Spitzer.
Here’s a statement from consultant Jonathan Rosen in response to Republican state Senator George Winner's call for another hearing:
“These guys Read More
The Brunogate hearing scheduled for September 5th, which may feature the state Inspector General, will be missing the leading Democratic state Senator, Tom Duane.
At the last hearing, Duane tried arguing that that house’s Republican-led investigation into the actions of the Spitzer administration in digging up travel-related dirt on Read More
Here's an unusual letter sent by State Senator George Winner to Eliot Spitzer asking him to order his staff to “preserve any e-mails created using government or personal e-mail addresses which would otherwise be destroyed.”
August 10, 2007
Honorable Eliot Spitzer
Office of the Governor
Executive Chamber, Second Floor
The Republican state senator who chairs the Investigations and Government Operations Committee just said at a press conference that he wants the governor to appoint Andrew Cuomo as a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of the scandal involving the misuse of state police by the governor’s aides to gather information on Joe Bruno. Read More
Here is a copy of that letter from upstate Republican state Senator George Winner asking the Committee on Elections to “investigate” and “subpoena” information about the controversial campaign loan Eliot Spitzer received from his dad during his 1998 attorney general’s race.
The story of the loan isn’t new, and neither Read More