Stephen M. Saland's News items

Senator Saland Secures Funding For The Village Of Wappingers Falls

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced he has secured funding in the 2008-2009 State Budget for the Village of Wappingers Falls for a sewer jet and infrastructure improvements for Mill Street.

The Village’s sewer catchment mains, most of which were constructed in 1914, have deteriorated and require increasing attention each year. The existing 25 year old sewer jet is no longer adequate to repeatedly clear collapsed lines, causing the Village to contract out the service. The $50,000 cost of a sewer jet will more than pay for itself after just a few uses.

April 30, 2008
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Senator Steve Saland Announces Funding For Bardavon 1869 Opera House

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced he has secured $56,000 for the Bardavon’s Cultural Heritage Program in the 2008-2009 State Budget.

The Bardavon will use the funding for the continuation of its Cultural Heritage Program which provides performances by diverse artists in four areas: the Mainstage series, the HVP (Hudson Valley Philharmonic) symphonic concerts, the Daytime Performance Series of the Bardavon/HVP education program and outdoor seasonal community events.

April 28, 2008
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Saland Announces Funding In Budget For The Columbia County Agricultural Society

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced he has secured $25,000 in the 2008-2009 State Budget for the Columbia County Agricultural Society for improvements to the Columbia County Fair Grounds.

Saland secured the funding for improvements to the midfield parking area. The upgrades will include increasing the number of parking spaces, especially handicap parking, and providing a paved roadway surface to help handicapped persons gain access to the main portion of the fair grounds.

April 28, 2008
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Saland Announces Funding For Columbia County Public Safety Organizations

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced he has secured pubic safety funding in the State budget to assist local fire companies, police departments and a local ambulance corps.

Saland secured the following funding in the 2008-2009 State Budget:

April 25, 2008
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Saland Announces Funding For Dutchess County Public Safety Organizations

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced he has secured public safety funding in the State budget to assist local fire companies, police departments and a local ambulance corps.

Saland secured the following funding in the 2008-2009 State Budget:

April 25, 2008
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Saland Announces Additional Funding For Dutchess County School Districts

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, today announced that he has secured additional funding in the State Budget for Dutchess County school districts.

April 22, 2008
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Saland Announces Additional Funding For Columbia County School Districts

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, today announced he has secured additional funding in the State Budget for Columbia County School Districts.

April 22, 2008
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Sen. Saland Secures $1.25 Million For Walkway Over The Hudson)

POUGHKEEPSIE—Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C-Poughkeepsie) has secured $1.25 million in New York State funding for Walkway Over the Hudson’s effort to transform the Poughkeepsie Highland Railroad Bridge into the world’s longest elevated park. The funding is in addition to the $8 million already approved as part of the New York State’s 2008-09 budget.

April 16, 2008
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Saland Bill To Help Schools On Contingency Budgets With Fuel Costs Passes Senate

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that legislation he sponsored to help school districts on contingency budgets, S.7025, has passed the Senate. Saland’s legislation excludes the amount of the increase in fuel costs over the prior school year from the contingency cap.

April 16, 2008
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Saland Announces Passage Of Bill To Help Protect Domestic Violence Victims

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced passage of a bill designed to help protect domestic violence victims who request emergency assistance.

April 15, 2008
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Saland Fights For School Safety Provisions In The Budget And Wins

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that critical funding for the Office of School Personnel Review and Accountability (OSPRA) and School Resource Officers (SROs) was restored in the State Budget. Saland was sharply critical of former Governor Spitzer’s proposal to cut funding for this investigative unit within the State Education Department (SED). He pledged to not only restore the cut, but to provide additional moneys to expedite the proceedings and clear up the backlog of cases. "Simply stated, Spitzer’s proposal placed children at risk", Saland said.

April 10, 2008
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Saland Secures Money In Budget For Walkway Over The Hudson And Long Dock Beacon

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced he has secured funding in the State Budget for two important projects in Dutchess County -- Walkway Over the Hudson and Long Dock Beacon. Both projects are expected to create jobs and bring millions of dollars in revenue into the County.

April 9, 2008
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Senator Saland: Education Budget Provides $1.8 Billion Increase To Schools

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced the final piece of the 2008-2009 budget with the passage of the Education, Labor and Family Assistance budget.

"This has been a challenging year due to a record $4.6 billion deficit and a change in administration right before the budget deadline," said Senator Saland. "This year’s enacted budget spends less than the budget submitted to us by the former Governor in January, yet still keeps our commitment to education, health care and job creation, while saying no to increased gas taxes and broad based taxes".

April 9, 2008
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Saland Announces Increased Highway Funding For Dutchess County

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that the 2008-09 State transportation budget will increase highway improvement funding to all local governments in Dutchess County by a total of $873,844.

Close to $5.9 million in Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) Aid will be distributed to the County, as well as municipalities within the County, for a total increase of 17.5 percent over last year. This local assistance from CHIPS was included in the Transportation and Economic Development budget bill approved by the Legislature April 4.

April 7, 2008
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Saland Announces Increased Highway Funding For Columbia County

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that the 2008-09 State transportation budget will increase highway improvement funding to all local governments in Columbia County by a total of $543,693.

Close to $3.5 million in Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) Aid will be distributed to the County, as well as municipalities within the County, for a total increase of 18.63 percent over last year. This local assistance from CHIPS was included in the Transportation and Economic Development budget bill approved by the Legislature April 4.

April 7, 2008
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Saland Passes Bill To Crack Down Harder On Credit Card Fraud

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that his bill to include theft of credit or debit card numbers within the crime of grand larceny in the fourth degree has passed the Senate.

Senate Bill 4789 provides that if a person steals a credit or debit card number and intends to use it for an illegal purpose, they can be charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. Current law states that to be charged for this crime, a person would have to steal the actual credit or debit card, not just the number.

April 4, 2008
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Senator Saland: State Budget Increases Aid To Municipalities

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced the 2008-2009 State Budget includes an increase in State aid for cities, towns and villages. Aid and Incentives for Municipalities (AIM) funding is designed to help ease the burden of local property taxes and assist cities, towns and villages in meeting the needs of their residents. Governor Paterson had proposed a 2% reduction in AIM funding. The enacted budget restores that 2% reduction, keeps the proposed increase from the Executive Budget and adds an additional $29.6 million for cities.

April 4, 2008
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Senator Steve Saland Announces Budget Agreement On Health

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced agreement on the Health and Mental Hygiene portion of the State Budget. Both the Senate and Assembly health budget appropriation and Article VII bills passed by the end of the day on the April 1st deadline.

April 1, 2008
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Saland Bill To Encourage Cultivation Of New Fruit Crops Passes Senate

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced Senate passage of his bill to encourage the cultivation of black currants and gooseberries as a boon to agribusiness in New York.

April 1, 2008
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