Stephen M. Saland's News items

Precautions You Can Take If You Think Your Identity Has Been Compromised

In light of the letter that many Hudson Valley residents received recently regarding the recent theft of a laptop computer from Vassar Brothers Medical Center (VBMC), I wanted to take a moment to review some precautions you can take if you think your identity has been compromised.

I recently hosted forums in both Dutchess and Columbia counties to increase awareness among my constituents about how they can better protect themselves from the growing crime of identity theft.

August 29, 2006
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Senator Saland's Legislation To Protect Victims Of Domestic Violence Signed Into Law By The Governor

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Governor has signed his legislation which would increase the duration of permanent orders of protection to provide family members with greater protection from domestic violence (S.6871A).

Presently a permanent order of protection may be issued for up to five years but is often issued for a shorter period of time. The limited duration of orders of protection, combined with high rates of recidivism, often place victims of abuse at risk.

August 29, 2006
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Two Student Protection Laws Sponsored By Senator Saland Are Signed Into Law By The Governor

Senator Steve Saland (R,C - Poughkeepsie) today announced that two bills he authored, which provide protections for children on school buses, have been signed by the Governor.

Senate Bill 8431 increases the penalties for the sale of a controlled substance on a school bus. Current law designates school grounds to include all school property as well as areas within 1000 feet of the school. Sale of a controlled substance on school grounds is assessed a higher penalty than when the same offense occurs off school grounds.

August 29, 2006
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Senator Saland's Legislation To Allow Hudson Easement Signed Into Law By Governor

Senator Steve Saland (R-C Poughkeepsie), today announced that the Governor has signed his legislation which would allow the City of Hudson to convey a permanent easement to the Hudson Power Boat Association for the purpose of connecting a utility easement to the City's sewer line (S.8407).

Recently, local officials from the City of Hudson requested the legislation in order to convey a permanent easement over and under the lands located in Waterfront Park.

August 29, 2006
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Senator Saland Announces Value Of School Property Tax Rebate Checks

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced the amounts of property tax relief rebate checks that will be sent to Columbia and Dutchess County homeowners this fall. The checks were the centerpiece of the Senate's effort to provide real property tax relief to homeowners during this year's budget negotiations.

Saland said that the values of homeowners' school property tax rebate checks were calculated by the state Department of Taxation and Finance, and vary based on the tax rates of individual school districts.

August 29, 2006
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Senator Saland's Bill Putting An End To Unwanted Faxes Signed Into Law

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie), today announced that his legislation (S.8060) prohibiting the sending of unsolicited advertisements through faxes was signed into law by the Governor.

The "Do Not Call" registry has proven to be highly successful in terms of reducing the number of telemarketing calls consumers receive in the state.

August 29, 2006
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Saland And Paulin Legislation Needed To Protect Children From Sexually Graphic Communication

A case that was the basis for the drafting of legislation to protect children from sexually explicit images and words was dismissed in a Westchester Court this week because of a loophole that exists in the current law. The legislation, crafted by Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D – Scarsdale), would prohibit the depiction of sexually graphic material to minors either in written or graphic form. (S.7133B). The bill was passed in the Senate, but stalled in the Assembly.

July 28, 2006
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Senator Saland Secures $42,000 In Funding For The Town Of Greenport Police And Rescue Departments

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) was recognized today for securing $42,000 in funding for the Town of Greenport Police Department and Rescue Squad.

Funding will be designated as follows:

$22,000 for the Greenport Police Department

Will be used to purchase a replacement police vehicle for patrol function.

$20,000 for the Greenport Rescue Squad

Will be used to purchase a mass casualty incident trailer and equipment.

July 27, 2006
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Senator Saland's Legislation To Help Autistic Children Signed By Governor

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, today announced that his legislation (S.8340) to require additional training for special education teachers and administrators who work with autistic children has been signed by the governor. The legislation is in response to a current crisis facing the autism community due to of a shortage of appropriately trained educators for children with autism.

In recent years, there has been exponential growth in the number of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

July 18, 2006
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Senator Saland Announces Property Tax Rebate Law Signed By Governor

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie), today announced that the initiative he unveiled in December to provide real property tax relief to homeowners, has been substantially adopted in a law signed by the Governor. As a result, Columbia and Dutchess County taxpayers, and taxpayers throughout the state, will receive much-needed relief to help pay for school property taxes this fall.

"The proposal I announced last December, as Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, is both the basis and catalyst for this new law," said Senator Saland.

June 30, 2006
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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 And Assembly

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that his legislation (S.8431) to increase penalties for the criminal sale of a controlled substance on school buses has passed the Senate and Assembly. The legislation was requested by the late John Funk, former Supervisor of the Town of Stockport.

Current law defines "school grounds" to include all school property as well as areas within 1000 feet of the school. As such, the sale of a controlled substance on school grounds is assessed at a higher penalty than when the same offense occurs off school grounds.

June 27, 2006
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Senator Saland's Legislation To Provide For Testing Of Private Wells Passes Senate

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that the "Private Well Testing Act" (S.7921B), he authored, which would help protect the public from dangerous well contaminants passed the Senate.

The legislation would encourage the testing of more private wells, notify residents of potentially contaminated areas, and provide prospective buyers with greater disclosure on the water quality of a private well.

June 23, 2006
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Senator Saland And Senator Leibell Announce $331,075 In New York State Archives Grants For Dutchess County

Senators Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) and Senator Vincent Leibell (R,C Patterson) today announced that $331,075 in New York State Archives Grants have been awarded to local governments and community organizations in Dutchess County.

These grants are offered by the New York State Archives to support the management of records. Grants may be used to improve records management or to preserve historical documents. Documentary Heritage Program Grants are awarded to community organizations, while Local Government Records Grants are awarded to local municipalities.

June 22, 2006
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Senator Saland's Legislation To Strengthen Penalties Against Internet Pedophiles Passes Senate

Senator Steve Saland today announced that legislation he sponsored to better protect children has passed the Senate. The bill would increase penalties for those who possess or promote multiple sexual performances or multiple obscene sexual performances by a child (S.7352A).

Presently, Internet child pornographers can be prosecuted for the same charge whether they promote one or many obscene images.

June 22, 2006
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Senator Saland Announces $203,458 In New York State Archives Grants For Columbia County

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that $203,458 in New York State Archives Grants have been awarded to local governments and community organizations in Columbia County.

These grants are offered by the New York State Archives to support the management of records. Grants may be used to improve records management or to preserve historical documents. Documentary Heritage Program Grants are awarded to community organizations, while Local Government Records Grants are awarded to local municipalities.

June 22, 2006
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Senator Saland's School Property Tax Reduction Act Passes The Senate

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that his "School Property Tax Reduction Act" aimed to provide $9 billion over five years in tax relief to overburdened taxpayers has passed the Senate. The legislation would reduce school property taxes for primary homeowners across New York State by replacing local tax dollars with State dollars. (S.8360).

"Under the current system, a homeowner's ability to pay is not the main factor used to calculate their property tax liability," Saland said.

June 22, 2006
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Senator Saland Honors Jill Salerno As Woman Of Distinction In Albany

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that Jill Salerno will be honored in Albany today as a 2006 Woman of Distinction. The celebration recognizes the enormous contribution made by the women of New York State who enrich the quality of life in their communities and beyond.

Salerno is a Life Member of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She became Auxiliary President and then a member of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees.

June 22, 2006
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Senator Saland's Legislation To Make Swimming Pools Safer Passes The Senate

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored that would make swimming pools safer and in turn, better protect children. The legislation would require notification to ensure proper inspections take place, and make certain that fencing around a pool construction site complies with state regulations or local law. (S.6290)

Under Saland's legislation, temporary enclosures must be replaced with permanent fencing within 90 days unless there is a valid reason not to do so.

June 19, 2006
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Senator Saland's Legislation To Restrict The Buyout Of School Superintendents' Contracts Passes Senate

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) Chair, Senate Education Committee today announced that his legislation to restrict the buyout of school superintendents’ contracts, has passed the Senate. Presently, a school board and a school superintendent can negotiate a significant severance package upon the termination of a superintendent's contract.

Saland's legislation would prohibit payment of compensation to a superintendent for their remaining time when the termination was for just cause.

June 15, 2006
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Senator Saland's Legislation To Protect Children From Sexually Graphic Communication Passes Senate

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie), today announced the Senate passed legislation that would prohibit the depiction of sexually graphic material to minors, either in written or graphic form. (S.7133B) The bill responds to a recent court case which held that 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.

The increased use of the Internet has led to a dramatic increase in use of computers in crimes against children.

June 15, 2006
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