At a rally held today on the Capitol steps in Albany, Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) announced the Hudson Correctional Facility will remain open despite former Governor Spitzer’s decision to close this prison and three other correctional facilities.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today invited local organizations and residents to nominate friends, coworkers and neighborhood volunteers whose selfless acts of courage and heroism on behalf of the residents of their communities makes them deserving of special recognition by the New York State Senate as a New York "Volunteer of Valor".
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced his bill, S.5669A, which expands the protections for children against abuse in educational settings, has passed the Senate.
In a landmark law authored by Senator Saland in 2000, any allegation made by a student that he or she was physically or sexually abused by a school employee or volunteer had to be immediately reported by the school to law enforcement authorities. It also mandated criminal history background checks on all prospective school employees.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) has announced that a woman who was a professor of astronomy and director of the college observatory in 1865 at the newly opened Vassar College has been named by the New York State Senate as a Historical Woman of Distinction.
Today, we witnessed the swearing in of David Paterson as our State’s 55th Governor. As noted in Governor Paterson’s comments, the first order of business is to pass a balanced budget. I embrace the opportunity to work with Governor Paterson, who as a former Senator, exhibited a fine intellect, a quick wit and respect for those of differing opinion.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that justice courts in local towns and villages in Dutchess County have received grants under the Justice Court Assistance Program of the Unified Court System.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced the NYS Department of Transportation (DOT) has released the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 Grant Program application and workshop schedule for Federal Fiscal Year 2008. The Section 5310 Program provides not-for-profit organizations and municipalities assistance in the purchase of vehicles to meet the transportation needs of elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities. The program allows eligible organizations to purchase vehicles and be reimbursed 80% of the cost.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today called for local student entries for the 17th annual I*MA*GREEN*NATION Celebration, a statewide competition that encourages student awareness of environmental issues.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced passage of his bill to require the Department of Motor Vehicles to notify parents that their child, who holds a junior driver’s license or a learner’s permit, has committed a traffic infraction.
Department of Correctional Services (DOCS) Commissioner Brian Fischer appeared at a public forum in front of more than 400 Hudson Correctional Facility (HCF) employees, their families and other concerned citizens, at Columbia-Greene Community College on January 29, 2008, to discuss Governor Spitzer’s proposal to close the Hudson Correctional Facility. In response to a question, Commissioner Fischer stated that he would maintain the status quo to provide the Legislature with the opportunity to avoid the closure.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced the Senate has passed the Electronic Security and Targeting of On-Line Predators Act (e-Stop). The bill would provide a number of protections so the public, especially children, can use the Internet more safely.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) was interviewed by reporter Jim Riley on a Special Edition of All the Right Connections on Mid-Hudson Cable’s Channel 11. The interview focused on the Governor’s proposal to close the Hudson Correctional Facility (HCF). It can be seen on Channel 11 until February 24, 2008 as follows:
After reviewing the Governor’s Executive Budget proposal released earlier today, I have serious concerns. While dealing with an estimated $4.4 billion budget gap will be a difficult challenge, the Governor’s call for making "tough choices" also requires them to be fair choices.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) was joined today by Assemblyman Marc Molinaro (R,I,C Tivoli), City of Hudson Mayor Richard Scalera, Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Art Baer and a number of union representatives at a press conference today to denounce the Governor’s recent announcement of the closing of the Hudson Correctional Facility (H.C.F.) in January 2009. Four other facilities operated by the New York State Department of Correctional Services (DOCS) are also slated to close.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that the City of Hudson has been awarded $1 million for the restoration of the second floor of the Hudson Opera House. Once restored, the second floor will become a 300 seat performance hall.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that the City of Poughkeepsie has been awarded $600,951 for the rehabilitation of two vacant, distressed buildings in the Cottage Street Industrial Corridor.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) responded today to Governor Spitzer’s 2008 State of the State Address.
"As we begin the 2008 Legislative Session, I have high hopes for the future of New York. The Governor and I share many of the same goals and I look forward to working with him to achieve these goals. As always, with State of the State Addresses, there is little or no detail. We have to wait for his budget on January 22nd to get the details of how he proposes to make all this happen."