Stephen M. Saland's News items

Senator Saland's Legislation To Establish Red Hook Community Preservation Fund Passes Senate

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that his legislation (S.7328) to allow the Town of Red Hook to establish a community preservation fund for the purpose of protecting open space has passed the Senate.

The legislation will enable the Town of Red Hook to establish a new funding source, through a real estate transfer tax, which can be used to address community concerns such as the acquisition and preservation of open space, and the acquisition and preservation of historic buildings and landscapes.

"Creating this means of preserving open space provides a crit

June 13, 2006
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Senate To Act On Property Tax Relief Legislation

The New York State Senate today will act on legislation that would provide almost $1 billion in much-needed relief to hardworking, overburdened taxpayers to help pay their school property taxes this fall. The bill represents an agreement with the State Assembly.

"There is simply no issue more pressing or more important to New Yorkers than providing relief from the crushing burden of property taxes," Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno said. "We have to act to ensure that when school tax bills arrive this fall, taxpayers have help paying them.

June 12, 2006
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Senator Saland Legislation To Notify Parents If Children Are Convicted Of Serious Traffic Violations Passes The Senate

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that his legislation (S.6558) to provide parents or guardians with notification of their child’s conviction of a serious traffic violation has passed the Senate.

While many parents are aware that they must sign a written consent form in order for their child to receive a junior driver’s license, most don’t know that they may withdraw their consent while their child holds a learner’s permit or junior license simply by filling out a withdrawal of consent form with Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

June 6, 2006
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Senator Saland And Senator Leibell Join Dutchess County Sheriff's Office To Announce Funding Secured

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) and Senator Vincent Leibell (R,C Patterson) was joined today by Sheriff Adrian Anderson and Sgt. Robert Monaco to announce $21,972 in funding that was secured to purchase bulletproof vests for deputies in the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office.

"Every day, law enforcement personnel put their lives on the line to ensure our safety. As part of our obligation to provide public safety, we must do all we can to make sure that law enforcement at all levels has the tools to protect and serve their communities," said Senator Saland.

June 2, 2006
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Senator Saland Hosts Consumer Protection Forum In Dutchess County

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) was joined today by Edward T. McLoughlin, Bureau Chief for the Dutchess County District Attorney's Office, and Cindy Connors DeSimone, Upstate New York Outreach Manager for the NYS Consumer Protection Board, at a public forum at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home to discuss the scope of the identity theft problem and steps that can be taken to increase protection.

"Identity theft is a serious crime that has been on the rise for some time now," said Senator Saland.

June 1, 2006
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Senator Saland Recognized By Cornell Cooperative Extension For Funds To Purchase Distance Learning Equipment

Senator Stephen Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie), today met with representatives from Cornell Cooperative Extension to announce grants he secured for long distance learning equipment. The equipment purchased through the grants has enhanced the distance learning capabilities at Cooperative Extension. Videoconferencing and computer equipment were purchased to allow residents of Columbia County to communicate with staff at Cornell University.

Joel Allen, Executive Director, said that the objectives of having a distance learning center at the Extension Education Center are numerous.

May 31, 2006
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Senator Saland Announces Second Public Forum On Identity Theft

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) will hold a public forum on Identity Theft on Thursday, June 1, 2006, at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the F.D.R. Presidential Library and Home on Route 9, in Hyde Park. The event will take place between 6 and 8 p.m.

Senator Saland will host the event with guest speakers Edward T.

May 31, 2006
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Senator Saland Hosts Consumer Protection Forum In Columbia County

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) was joined today by Columbia County District Attorney Beth G. Cozzolino and Amy Collins, the North Country Outreach Coordinator for the Consumer Protection Board at a public forum at Columbia-Greene Community College to discuss the scope of the identity theft problem and steps that can be taken to increase protection.

"Identity theft is a serious crime that has been on the rise for some time now," said Senator Saland. "It can wreck havoc on a person's financial security and takes years to recover from.

May 31, 2006
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Senator Saland Introduces Legislation To Restrict The Buyout Of School Superintendents' Contracts

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) Chair, Senate Education Committee today announced that legislation he introduced to restrict the buyout of school superintendents’ contracts, has been reported from the Senate Education Committee to the floor. At present a school board and a school superintendent can provide for a significant severance package upon the termination of a superintendent's contract.

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

May 24, 2006
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Saland And Mayersohn Call For Passage Of Legislation Allowing Victims To Demand Prompt Hiv Testing Of Rapists

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) and Assemblywoman Nettie Mayershon (D-Queens) joined today in calling for passage of legislation which would allow rape victims to quickly determine whether or not they may have been exposed to HIV/AIDS.

A 1995 law allows rape victims to determine the HIV status of the convicted assailant. However, since conviction often takes months or years, valuable time is lost in effectively treating any possible exposure to the disease. New AIDS drugs can greatly reduce the chances of contracting the disease if taken immediately after exposure.

May 24, 2006
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Senator Saland's Legislation To Protect Victims Of Domestic Violence Passes The Senate

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate passed 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.

May 23, 2006
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Senator Saland Recognized By The Village Of Valatie Fire Department

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) was recognized today by the Village of Valatie Fire Department for securing $13,000 in funding for the department. The money will be used to purchase a new state-of-the-art thermal imaging camera.

"We greatly appreciate Senator Saland's assistance in securing this funding," said Frank Bevens, 2nd Assistant Chief for the Village of Valatie Fire Department. "This new equipment will leave us better prepared to respond to fire emergencies in Valatie.

May 18, 2006
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Senator Saland Announces Legislation To Provide For Testing Of Private Wells

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that the "Private Well Testing Act" (S.7921), which he authored, was reported from the Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation and now goes to the floor.

The legislation will 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.

May 18, 2006
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Senator Saland Joins Local Officials To Announce Funding For Kinderhook Fire Company

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today joined Kinderhok Fire Chief Ray Lauster, Kinderhook Village Deputy Mayor Rich Phillips and members of the Kinderhook Fire Company to announce $13,000 in funding for the Village of Kinderhook Fire Department. The money will be used to purchase a thermal imaging camera, carbon air bottles for SCBA units and PASS monitoring alert units for SCBA users.

"I would like to thank Senator Saland for his continued continued support of volunteer fire companies and the personnel who proudly serve their communities," said Chief Lauster.

May 18, 2006
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Senator Saland Announces Senate Passage Of Legislation To Protect Consumers From Identity Theft

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that legislation he has sponsored to allow consumers who are either identity theft victims, or are concerned that they might be at risk of having their identities stolen, to cut off an identity thief's access to credit, loans, leases, goods and services by placing a "freeze" on their consumer credit report.

"This security freeze acts as a barricade against those who would commit fraud," Senator Saland said.

May 17, 2006
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Senator Saland Legislation To Strengthen Penalties Against Child Sex Offenders Passes Senate

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie), today announced that the Senate has passed his legislation that would impose stricter penalties on adults who sexually abuse children in their care (S.7353).

"Tragically, research shows that approximately 90 percent of children who are sexually abused are victimized by adults who are known to them most often over a long period of time," said Saland.

May 16, 2006
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Senator Saland Legislation To Reimburse School Districts Efforts To Ensure More Accountability Passes Senate

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced his legislation that would allow claims auditing or internal auditing services to be considered a state aidable shared service (S.7499) has passed the Senate. The legislation will assist school districts in their efforts to ensure greater accountability, while protecting local taxpayers from being burdened by an unfunded mandate.

Last year, there was great public outcry because of events that occurred in school districts, most notably on Long Island, in which millions of dollars were stolen by school administrative personnel.

May 16, 2006
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Senator Saland And Assemblyman Joel Miller Join Local Officials To Announce $110,000 In Funding For Local Law Enforcement

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) and Assemblyman Joel Miller (R-Poughkeepsie) today joined members of the Pougkeepsie Town Police Department to announce $110,000 in funding to assist with the enhancement of their computer-based technology.

"Maintaining the safety and well-being of our citizens is a basic duty of government at all levels and is necessary to ensure our quality of life," said Senator Saland. "As such, it is essential for law enforcement to utilize the latest technology in order to successfully meet the daily challenges they face in protecting our communities.

May 12, 2006
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Senator Steve Saland, Assemblyman Joel Miller And Chief Peter T. Wilkinson Announce Funding For Town Of Poughkeepsie Police Department

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie), Assemblyman Joel Miller (R, Poughkeepsie) and Town of Poughkeepsie Police Chief Peter T. Wilkinson today announced that they will be holding a press conference on Friday, May 12, 2006 at 10 a.m. at the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department in the Community Room, located at 19 Tucker Drive. Senator Saland, Assemblyman Miller and Police Chief Wilkinson will be announcing funding for the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department.

May 11, 2006
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Senator Saland Announces Local Winners In Statewide Environmental Contest

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that fourteen local students have won statewide recognition for environmental awareness through the state Senate’s 15th annual "I*MA&GREEN*NATION" competition. The students are from The Deveraux School and St. Peter’s School in Dutchess County.

"I am very proud of all our local winners who competed against students from around the state in this year’s I*MA*GREEN*NATION contest," said Senator Saland.

May 9, 2006
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