Stephen M. Saland's News items

Senator Saland Joins 4-h Youth At Capital Days Legislative Breakfast

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) is joined by Daniel Earley and Ashley Sheedy, both members of the Cougars 4-H Club. Senator Saland met with the two Ichabod Crane High School students during their visit to the State Capitol in Albany, as part of the annual 4-H Capital Days Legislative Breakfast.

March 22, 2006
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Senator Saland's Legislation Passes Senate To Expedite Adoption Process For Abandoned Newborns

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie), today announced that legislation (S.471A and S.488A) has passed the Senate to make it easier for abandoned infants to be adopted and clarifies existing law related to the required procedures following the abandonment of a newborn.

The Abandoned Infant Protection Act was passed in 2000 in response to several tragic, publicized cases of desperate young mothers killing or leaving their newborns to die because they felt they had no other alternative to provide for their care.

March 22, 2006
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Senator Saland Announces Medicaid Fraud Legislation

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate passed legislation that would dramatically overhaul New York State’s Medicaid fraud detection capabilities, aimed at reducing corruption and waste, and returning millions of dollars to taxpayers.

The U.S. General Accounting Office estimates that a minimum 10 percent of Medicaid expenses - and as much as 30 percent - are diverted through fraud, an amount equal to billions of dollars each year in New York’s $44 billion Medicaid program.

March 14, 2006
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Senator Saland Announces $17.44 Billion 2006-07

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, today announced that the Senate has proposed a budget that will provide nearly $17.44 billion in General Support to public schools, reflecting an increase of $1.1 billion in school aid to children, the largest dollar increase ever proposed in New York’s history - $448 million more than contained in the Governor’s budget.

March 14, 2006
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Senator Steve Saland Holds Roundtable Discussion With Columbia County School Superintendents

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) third from the left, met recently with Columbia County School Superintendents during a Roundtable at Columbia-Greene Community College to discuss issues of concern. Pictured left to right are James Gaudette (Berkshire Farms), Marilyn Barry (Hudson), Patrick Gabriel (New Lebannon), David Paciencia (Taconic Hills) and Dennis Geisler (Germantown).

March 10, 2006
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Senator Saland's Charter School Legislation Reaches Senate Floor

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) reported from the Senate Education Committee comprehensive charter school legislation (S.6881-A).

March 8, 2006
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Senator Saland Legislation Gives More Voting Power To Hudson Valley In Metro-north Matters

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced passage of his legislation that would give Mid-Hudson voting members of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board more flexibility in voting with regard to transportation issues that impact the region’s commuters.

March 8, 2006
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Senator Saland's Legislation Passed To Allow For Involuntary Transfer Of Violent Or Disruptive Students

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate passed his legislation (S.3678) that will allow violent or disruptive students to be transferred for disciplinary reasons into a different educational setting to benefit both them and their classmates.

"This legislation would permit school officials to transfer violent or severely disruptive students as an alternative disciplinary measure, while also putting safeguards in place that would give the parents of a disruptive student the opportunity for a fair hearing," said Senator Saland.

March 6, 2006
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Senator Saland Repeals Dmv Inspection Sticker Program

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) announced that he and his Senate colleagues were successful in their efforts to have the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) cancel its new policy regarding the expiration of inspection stickers.

March 1, 2006
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Senator Saland Introduced Legislation To Protect Victims Of Domestic Violence

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced he has introduced legislation which would increase the duration of final orders of protection and protect victims of domestic violence by establishing a criminal penalty for those who obstruct or prevent telephone calls or electronic requests for emergency assistance.

Presently a final 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.

March 1, 2006
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Senator Saland Meets With Columbia County Youth To Discuss Issues Of Importance

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie), far right, is joined recently by Elena Mosely, Director of Operations Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center and students from Hudson High School during their visit to the State Capitol in Albany. To Mrs. Mosley's left is Leah Laban-Gomez, Gregory Sanon and Elijah Barrow, all members of the Columbia County Youth Bureau.

February 27, 2006
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Senator Saland's Legislation To Assist Schools On Contingency Budgets With Energy Costs Passes The Senate

Senator Steve Saland (R,C - Poughkeepsie) today announced that legislation he sponsored to help school districts on contingency budgets (S.2731-A) unanimously passed the Senate. Saland’s legislation excludes the amount of the increase in fuel costs over the prior school year from the contingency cap. The bill will now be sent to the Governor for his consideration.Contingency budgets are utilized when a school district’s budget is not approved by the voters.

February 16, 2006
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Legislation Passed To End Statute Of Limitations For Violent Sex Offenders And Expand New York State Dna Databank

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate passed legislation to hold violent sexual predators more accountable by eliminating the existing five-year statue of limitations that allows them to escape prosecution and punishment for their offenses and expanding New York State’s DNA Databank.The legislation (S.6524), supported by Senator Saland, would eliminate the statute of limitations period in certain violent sexual criminal cases. Currently, only prosecutions for murder and other class A felonies are exempt for any statute of limitations.

February 14, 2006
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Senator Saland's Child Protection Legislation Passed

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored that would charge a person with endangering the welfare of a child if they leave a child under the age of seven unsupervised in a car when conditions present a significant risk to the health and safety of the child. (S.6289)

The Senator was first made aware of the need for this critical legislation by Dutchess County Legislator Marcus Molinaro and George Lithco of the S.K.I.P.P.E.R. Initiative.

February 10, 2006
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Senator Saland Overrides Veto To Provide Prescription Drug Safety Net

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that he joined his colleagues in the New York Senate to override the Governor’s veto of bill (S. 6410) that would provide a critically important safety net for senior citizens who receive Medicare benefits.

February 9, 2006
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Senator Saland Introduces Legislation To Notify Parents If Children Are Convicted Of Serious Traffic Violations

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

February 9, 2006
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Senator Saland Sponsors Legislation Which Passes The Senate To Address Recent Energy Concerns

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that he has sponsored legislation which passed the Senate today to address recent energy concerns.

The "Senior Heat" program (S.5965) would provide $200 rebate checks to eligible senior citizen homeowners to help offset the cost of home heating. Seniors approved for the enhanced STAR school property tax rebate program, at least 65 years old and with an annual income of less than $64,650, would be eligible for the Senior Heat program.

January 31, 2006
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Senator Saland Announces Legislation Has Passed The Senate Which Would Result In $100 Million State Contribution To Heap

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.6464, S.6462A) that will allocate an additional $100 million in state funds to the federal Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). This agreement with the Assembly adds a legislative commitment of $50 million to the $50 million proposed in the Executive Budget. The legislation passed the Assembly today and will now be sent to the Governor.

HEAP provides senior citizens and lower-income families with heating costs through grants from $40 to $400.

January 23, 2006
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Senator Saland Announces Sex Offender Legislation Signed Into Law Today To Prevent Removal Of Names From Sex Offender Registry

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that Governor Pataki has signed legislation (S.6409) he sponsored in the Senate to mandate lifetime registration for the most dangerous sex offenders. The bill will also keep sex offenders on the registry who would otherwise have been removed this week.

If not for this legislation 48 sex offenders would have been removed from the registry in Dutchess and Columbia Counties and possibly endangered local families.

January 18, 2006
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Senator Saland Comments On Board Of Regents Plan To Start School At Age 5 Andmandate Full-day Kindergarten

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie), Chair, Senate Education Committee, today remarked on the Board of Regents plan to start school at age 5 and mandate full-day kindergarten. Changing the school start age from 6 to 5 would require a change in statute. Presently, 79 districts in New York State do not offer full-day kindergarten to all students.

January 11, 2006
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