Stephen M. Saland's News items

POUGHKEEPSIE CITY WATERFRONT PARK GAINS TRACTION

Written by John Davis, Poughkeepsie Journal, June 26, 2012

A waterfront public park could open in 2013 if the sale of a historic City of Poughkeepsie parcel to the Dyson Foundation continues to move forward.

Lawmakers in the New York state Assembly and Senate last week adopted home-rule legislation authorizing the city to sell the Upper Landing parcel to the Millbrook-based philanthropic organization.  State Sen. Steve Saland, R-Poughkeepsie, and Assemblyman Frank Skartados, D-Milton, spearheaded the passing of the bills in both chambers of the Legislature.

June 26, 2012
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ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S

A longtime supporter of the Alzheimer's Association, I recently had the pleasure of participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's in Dutchess County. The walk, emceed by my good friend Bob Miller of WBPM-FM in Kingston, raised a record amount of charitable funds which will help to provide much needed care and support to people affected by the disease as well as fund critically needed research.

November 29, 2011
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QUADRICENTENNIAL: CELEBRATE OUR STATE’S HISTORIC HUDSON RIVER

Throughout the month of July, festivities from the New York Harbor to the Canadian border will take place commemorating the explorations of Henry Hudson and Samuel de Champlain in 1609 as well as the 200th anniversary of Robert Fulton’s steamship voyage on the Hudson River.  The Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial will be recognizing these significant events which greatly contributed to our State’s rich history, growth, and culture.

July 6, 2009
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HERE’S HOW MUCH COLUMBIA COUNTY LOSES WITHOUT STAR PROPERTY TAX REBATE CHECK

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today released figures showing the $4.3 million loss suffered by over 6,200 property taxpayers in Columbia County now that the STAR rebate checks have been eliminated by the Democrat leadership in the 2009-2010 State Budget.

“As the new Senate Majority, the Senate Democrats have eliminated STAR rebate checks from tens of thousands of real property taxpayers in Columbia County, including more than 3,500 senior citizens – to the painful tune of nearly $3.4 million in Columbia County alone,” Saland said.

April 30, 2009
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SALAND AND OTHERS STUNNED AT SHORTSIGHTEDNESS OF DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP IN ENACTING AIRCRAFT SALES TAX

Governor as well as Senate and Assembly Democrat leadership were warned that Dutchess County could lose over 70 jobs yet they stood by and did nothing

 

March 31, 2009
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Senator Steve Saland: Let’s Create Jobs, Not Kill Jobs With Tax Hikes

“We hear it on the television and read it in the newspapers – Americans are losing their jobs at an alarming rate,” said Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie). “In fact, it was recently reported that more than 78,000 Americans lost their jobs in one day. That’s proof positive that job creation initiatives must be part of the 2009-10 State Budget to turn around the economy in New York and the Hudson Valley.”

March 27, 2009
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Senator Saland’s Legislation To Increase Penalties For The Criminal Sale Of A Controlled Substance On A School Bus Passes The Senate

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that his legislation (S. 312) to increase penalties for the criminal sale of a controlled substance on school buses has passed the Senate.

Presently, because "school bus" is not included in the definition of "school grounds" for the purpose of controlled substance offenses, those found guilty of selling on buses are not penalized as severely.

March 27, 2009
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Senator Saland Announces Funding For Local Victims’ Services In Dutchess County

SENATOR STEVE SALAND ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR LOCAL VICTIMS’ SERVICES

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced he has secured funding in the 2008-2009 State Budget for two organizations whose mission is to help victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

March 27, 2009
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NYS Tax Forms Available At Saland’s Poughkeepsie Office

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that his Poughkeepsie office now has a selection of the most commonly used New York State Income Tax forms. The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance no longer automatically mails paper tax form packets directly to individuals. The Tax Department estimates that 93% of taxpayers file their return electronically and that state taxpayers will save about $1 million in mailing, printing and processing costs.

March 27, 2009
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Hudson School Officials, Parents, Students And Senator Saland Visit Site Of Hcsd’s Alternative Learning Program

 

School officials, parents and students were joined by Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie), Chair, Senate Education Committee, for a visit to the new site of the Hudson City School District's Alternative Learning Program. Senator Saland secured $400,000 in special magnet school funding to assist students who have had difficulty in traditional educational settings.

March 26, 2009
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Senator Saland’s Bill To Help Schools Ready To Go To The Governor

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that legislation he sponsored to help school districts on contingency budgets (S.7025) has passed both the Senate and the Assembly and will now be sent to the Governor for his consideration.

March 26, 2009
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Senator Saland Announces “cell Phones For Soldiers” Program

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) announced his office is participating in the Cell Phones for Soldiers Program. This innovative program allows citizens to donate their old or unused cell phones, which are then sold to a cell phone recycling company. The proceeds are used to buy pre-paid calling cards for service men and women overseas to allow them to call home for free.

March 26, 2009
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Senator Saland’s Legislation To Protect Teachers And School Personnel Passes The Senate

Senator Steve Saland(R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that his legislation(S.3168) to protect teachers and school personnel from injury has passed the Senate. Under current law if a teacher or school employee is the victim of harassment it is not considered assault if there is not sufficient injury caused. Suprisingly this even includes some cases where trauma is sustained or medical attention is required after a victim was kicked or punched.

This legislation (S.3168) would create a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail.

March 26, 2009
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Senator Steve Saland Announces Funding For Local Victims’ Services

SENATOR STEVE SALAND ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR LOCAL VICTIMS’ SERVICES

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced he has secured funding in the 2008-2009 State Budget for two organizations whose mission is to help victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

March 26, 2009
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Senator Steve Saland Named As Member Of New York Farm Bureau’s Circle Of Friends

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced he has been named by the New York Farm Bureau to its “Circle of Friends”.

March 26, 2009
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Senator Steve Saland: Let’s Create Jobs, Not Kill Jobs With Tax Hikes

“We hear it on the television and read it in the newspapers – Americans are losing their jobs at an alarming rate,” said Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie). “In fact, it was recently reported that more than 78,000 Americans lost their jobs in one day. That’s proof positive that job creation initiatives must be part of the 2009-10 State Budget to turn around the economy in New York and the Hudson Valley.”

March 26, 2009
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Senator Saland’s 14th Annual Golden Gathering

 

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) will hold his 14th Annual Golden Gathering on Saturday, October 21, 2006, at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson. The event will be held between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

"The Golden Gathering is a wonderful opportunity for senior citizens to meet in a central location and have access to a large variety of useful information and services," said Senator Saland. "I encourage all Columbia County seniors to join us at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson on October 21st."

March 26, 2009
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Senator Saland’s Legislation To Give School Districts The Option Of Choosing A Single Contractor For Building Projects Moves Out Of The Education Committee

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that his legislation (S.4759) to allow school districts to choose a single contractor for building projects has moved out of the education committee.

March 26, 2009
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