Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced the Senate has passed a budget plan for the State that contains no new fees or taxes and makes sound investments in education and health. The Senate plan spends less than the Governor’s budget proposal, but ensures a balanced budget by substituting other revenue sources, and advancing approximately $300 million in across the board spending cuts and an additional $600 million in other cuts.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced he has secured two State grants for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office for the purchase of Mobile Data Terminals in Sheriff’s Office vehicles and LiveScan fingerprinting technology for the Sheriff’s Civil Office.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today joined Senator Vincent Leibell (R,I,C - Brewster), Assembly members Marc Molinaro (R,I,C-Tivoli) and Joel Miller, (R,I-Poughkeepsie) and Dutchess County Clerk Bradford Kendall in denouncing the Governor’s change in policy to allow illegal immigrants to obtain NYS drivers licenses, despite Vehicle and Traffic Law, Section 502(1) which requires a Social Security Number in order to obtain a license.
"The tragic events of September 11, 2001, of which New York was at the
A Column by Senator Steve SalandWith the State in the midst of an unprecedented fiscal crisis, it is critical that we evaluate every program, agency, and spending line to determine how to best achieve a balanced budget that streamlines government without stripping away critical and essential services. Needless to say, this task poses enormous challenges, but certainly can be accomplished if we work together in a bipartisan fashion with the best interests of our constituencies in mind.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) Chair, Senate Education Committee today announced that he will be introducing legislation to prohibit the buyout of school superintendents’ contracts. At present a school board may remove a superintendent without cause and provide a significant severance package.
This legislation would prohibit a cash severance payment to a superintendent.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) will hold his 17th Annual Golden Gathering on Saturday, September 13, 2008, at Arlington High School on Rt. 55 in Lagrangeville. The event will be held between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
I commend the Governor on the early release of the Executive Budget. The recent financial crisis has wreaked havoc on State finances and an early start to what will most likely be one of the State’s greatest fiscal challenges is critically necessary. It is vitally important we arrive at a resolution to this dilemma that is fair and evenhanded and does not balance the budget on the backs of real property taxpayers.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced the Governor has signed his bill (S.6098) which establishes a linked deposit program in order for lenders to make low-interest loans to eligible borrowers for water pollution control projects.
"Safeguarding our water supply is one of the most important efforts we can make to protect both the health of New Yorkers and our environment," said Senator Saland.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that Governor Pataki has signed his legislation (S.4602a) to allow the Rivers and Estuaries Center to qualify for participation in the programs available through the Dormitory Authority.
The Center provides important scientific and educational services to the local community and all New Yorkers.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that his legislation (S.2501-A), making it unlawful to sell any substance used to prevent a license plate number from being captured on radar, has passed the Senate.
There are now substances available for sale, primarily in a spray-on form, which if applied to a license plate, reflect photo radar flash.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that legislation (S.5876) he has sponsored together with Senator Morahan, Chair, Mental Health and Development Disabilities Committee has passed the Senate. The legislation extends the expiration of Kendra’s law until June 30, 2010 and makes changes to the assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) program.
The present law authorizing the AOT program was set to expire on June 30, 2005.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that his legislation (S.5280) to extend the provisions of law that allow children to testify via closed circuit television in cases involving sex crimes from September 1, 2005 to September 1, 2007 has passed the Senate.
This law recognizes that young children may suffer mental or emotional harm if they are required to provide the court with incriminating testimony in the presence of the defendant.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that his legislation (S.3314-A) to establish a lemon law for farm equipment costing more than $1,500 has been signed by Governor Pataki. The state presently has lemon laws for new and used cars and motorcycles, new motorized wheelchairs, new motor homes and pets purchased from pet dealers.
New farm equipment would have a one-year express warranty covering all material defects.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that a new Medicaid relief program will provide over $6 million in tax savings for Columbia County.
The savings will result from new cost controls and a cap on local Medicaid costs as well as an accelerated takeover of the Family Health Plus program. There will also be increased accountability and cost containment measures in place to improve efficiency. Among those cost containment measures are a preferred drug list and an increase in certain co-payment requirements.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that his legislation (S.5416) to reduce the paperwork mandate on schools and BOCES by eliminating and streamlining planning and reporting requirements by schools has passed the Senate. This legislation would eliminate or consolidate 90 mandated reports.
This legislation eliminates and streamlines school district and BOCES planning and reporting requirement by reducing duplication and burdensome separate reporting systems.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate has passed legislation he sponsored which would assist victims of domestic violence by establishing a criminal penalty for those who obstruct or prevent telephone calls or electronic requests for emergency assistance (S.3510) and legislation that would increase the duration of orders of protection up to eight years (S.318).
Present law does not expressly punish those who obstruct or prevent another person’s telephone calls or electronic requests for emergency
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced he has secured a $90,000 State grant for the Town of Red Hook for roof stabilization at St. Margaret’s Home. Built over 150 years ago as a home for girls under age sixteen who were provided housing and an education, St. Margaret’s Home was converted to a private residence in the 1930s, then became a group home, was subsequently closed in the 1990s and is now owned by the Town of Red Hook. Significant deterioration of the brick and brownstone building has caused it to become unsafe.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that legislation (S.4225a) he has sponsored to end the practice of credit card protection plans that charge consumers a fee, but provide no meaningful protection has been signed by the Governor.
These plans charge consumers approximately $8 a month.