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Winner will not run for re-election

FINGER LAKES—New York Sen. George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) announced Wednesday, June 2, that he would not be running for re-election in the 53rd district in November.
“I know this decision took many by surprise, and that’s understandable.  I’ve been asked more than once, Why now?” Winner said in his weekly column.  He explained that like his late mentor Sen. William T. “Cadillac” Smith II said to him, “You just wake up one morning and know it’s time.”
“So after nearly 40 years, it’s simply time for me to set aside this part of my life – although it’s not done nearly as easily or as lightly as Bill suggested, and I imagine he knew that,” he added.
Even though elections are in November, Winner’s term ends at the end of this year.
This is currently Winner’s third consecutive term as senator.  The 53rd district covers all of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates counties, and part of Tompkins County.
Winner was elected to the state Assembly in 1978 becoming, at the age of 29, one of the youngest members ever elected to the state Legislature.  He was re-elected to the Assembly for 13 consecutive terms, rising to serve as the second-ranking member of the Assembly Republican Conference under four consecutive Assembly minority leaders.
In November 2004, area voters elected Winner to the state Senate where he served as chairman of the Senate Investigations Committee from 2007 to 2009, leading in late 2007 a high-profile Senate investigation of wrongdoing within the administration of former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. 

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