Stephen M. Saland's News items

Senator Saland Convenes Meeting To Discuss Safety On College Campuses

     Representatives of all Dutchess County Colleges attended a meeting called last week by Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) to discuss safety and security issues in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech tragedy.

May 2, 2007
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Senator Saland Announces Enacted Budget Contains $19.6 Billion For Education

Senator Steve Saland, (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) Chair of the Senate Education committee today announced that more than $12 million has been restored in the 2007-08 state budget for Dutchess County’s schools -- an increase of approximately 6 percent over the Executive proposal. The enacted budget increases school aid across the state by $1.8 billion, the largest increase in the history of New York, bring the total state contribution to education to $19.6 billion.

April 4, 2007
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Senator Saland Announces $1.3 Million In Community Funding Grants For Projects In Dutchess County

     Senator Steve Saland (R,I, C Poughkeepsie) today announced that $1.3 million in community funding has been awarded to local governments and community organizations throughout Dutchess County.      "This is great news for our local governments and community organizations in Dutchess County, said Senator Saland.

April 4, 2007
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Senator Saland Announces $680,000 In Community Funding Grants For Projects In Columbia County

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that more than $680,000 in community funding has been awarded to local governments and community organizations throughout Columbia County. "This is great news for our local governments and community organizations in Columbia County, said Senator Saland.

April 4, 2007
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Senator Saland Announce $37,600 For Rhinecliff Library

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the New York State Senate Education Committee, today announced that the Morton Memorial Library and Community House in Rhinecliff has been awarded $37, 600 in public library construction funds. The funds will enable the Morton Library to make facility upgrades and improvements. "In addition to our homes and schools, libraries provide a strong foundation for learning in our communities," said Senator Saland.

March 30, 2007
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Senator Saland Announces His Bill To Protect Children From Sexually Graphic Communication Has Been Signed By The Governor

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that his legislation (S.748), designed to clarify that the law makes no distinction between words and images with respect to the crime of disseminating indecent material to minors, has been signed by Governor Spitzer.

March 20, 2007
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Senate Budget Increases School Aid By $514 Million

The Senate today approved it’s 2007-08 State budget plan for education that adds $358 million in school aid, which generates over $514 million on a school year basis, to the Governor’s school aid package to ensure a fair distribution of school aid to districts throughout the State. The budget represents the largest school aid increase in the history of New York. In addition, the Senate education budget provides greater direct relief for property taxpayers and includes a plan to help students and their families afford the cost of higher education.

March 19, 2007
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Senator Saland Announces Bill To Protect Children From Sexually Graphic Communication Passes The Legislature

Senator Steve Saland (R, I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that his bill (S.748/A.2012) designed to clarify that the law makes no distinction between words and images with respect to the crime of disseminating indecent material to minors, has now passed both houses of the Legislature. This legislation responds to a case in which the lower court dismissed charges filed against an individual who used sexually graphic language via the Internet in an attempt to lure a child into a sexual act.

March 7, 2007
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Senator Saland Honored By New York State School Boards Association

     Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) was presented with the Senate Legislator of the Year by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) at their annual Legislative Conference, for his outstanding leadership on behalf of New York’s public school students. Senator Saland is currently the award’s only multiple recipient.      "I am grateful for the long-standing support of the School Board Association, and am honored to accept this prestigious award," said Senator Saland.

March 6, 2007
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Senator Saland Announces Historic Legislation On Civil Commitment Passes The Senate

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that legislation that provides for the civil commitment of sexually violent predators at a secure treatment facility after completion of a prison sentence has passed the Senate. This crucial piece of legislation takes measures to protect the public from criminals likely to commit repeated acts of sexual violence.

March 6, 2007
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Senate Passes $6 Billion, Two Year Property Tax Relief Plan

The New York State Senate today passed a three part plan (S.1) to significantly expand the Senate-initiated property tax relief rebate program to provide $2.6 billion in property tax relief this year and $3.4 billion in 2008. The plan would triple the size of direct property tax rebate checks in the first year, give voters greater input on local property tax rates, and establish a Blue Ribbon Commission to make reforms to help reduce property taxes. "The Senate Majority is fighting to provide property tax relief because we recognize how hard New Yorkers have to work just to

March 5, 2007
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Senator Saland Presents Resolution Honoring Community Leader

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today presented a resolution and flag to the family of the late Susan H. Conte of Stottville, honoring her as a distinguished leader and devoted member of her community. Ms. Conte passed in July of 2006 at the age of 65 after a long and celebrated career. "Susan Conte was a woman of great character whose strength of purpose and civic commitment defined her as a true community leader," said Senator Saland.

February 13, 2007
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Senator Saland Honors Former Local Official For Contributions To Important School Bus Law

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today presented a pen certificate to the family of the late John Funk, former Supervisor of the Town of Stockport, honoring him for his contributions to legislation, that was signed into law last year, increasing penalties for the criminal sale of a controlled substance on school buses. "John Funk was instrumental in the creation of this important legislation that further safeguards our children, said Senator Saland. "As a result of his efforts, children will be afforded the same protection on the school bus as they do on school grounds.

February 13, 2007
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Senator Saland Honored By Mental Health Coalition

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that he has been named the "2006 Extraordinary Legislator" by the New York State Coalition for Children’s Mental Health Services for his continued advocacy of the health and safety of children with disabilities. "It is an honor to be recognized by the New York State Coalition for Children’s Mental Health Services," said Senator Saland.

February 7, 2007
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Saland And Paulin Announce Bill To Protect Children From Sexually Graphic Communication

Senator Steve Saland (R, I,C Poughkeepsie) and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D, Scarsdale) today announced a bill designed to close what has been described as a loophole in existing law and protect children from sexually explicit communications. The bill, (S.748/A2012) responds to a recent court decision in which the use of sexually explicit language by a child predator, as distinguished from sexually graphic images, did not constitute the crime of disseminating indecent material to minors.

January 23, 2007
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Senator Saland Announces A $1.3 Billion Small Business Assistance Package

Senator Steve Saland, (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today joined Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno and members of the Senate Majority Conference today in unveiling a small business and manufacturing assistance plan that provides incentives for small business growth and job creation. The plan would provide $490 million in assistance in the first year and almost $1.3 billion in tax relief and assistance to small businesses when fully implemented after three years.

January 11, 2007
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Senator Saland Responds To 2007 State Of The State Address

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie), responded today to Governor Spitzer's 2007 State of the State Address. "The 2007 State of the State Address marks the beginning of a new year and a new administration and I am encouraged that the Governor and I share some similar views for the future of New York State including property tax relief, investment in education, health care reform, job creation and overall government reform" said Senator Saland.

January 4, 2007
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Ichabod Crane School District Is Recognized For Achieving Epa Energy Star Leader Award

The Ichabod Crane Central School has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR Leader based on its demonstration of significant improvement in energy efficiency. The Ichabod Crane district is one of five New York districts that have been awarded the prestigious U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® Leader Award and is one of 46 private and public sector organizations nationwide to achieve this status.

November 20, 2006
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East Chatham Fire Co. Recognizes Senator Saland For $50,000 In Funding For New Pumper

Members of the East Chatham Fire Co. recognized Senator Saland for a $50,000 grant he secured to assist in the purchase of a new fire truck. The fire department used the funding to purchase a 1,000 gallon pumper tanker, equipped with a high powered deluge gun, Jaws of Life extrication tools and will seat six firefighters.

"On behalf of the East Chatham Fire Co., I'd like to thank Senator Saland for his help in making the purchase of the tanker possible," said Fire Chief Alan Besterman.

November 6, 2006
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Senator Saland Announces $100,000 In Agritourism Grants Awarded For Two Regional Projects

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) announced today that Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation and Martinelli-Slocum Publishing have each been awarded $50,000 as the recipients of the 2006-07 Agritourism Grant Program for the 41st Senate District. These grants support programs that generate revenue for agribusinesses while also providing opportunities for tourism.

November 2, 2006
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