Stephen M. Saland's Press releases

HURRICANE SANDY UPDATE: GAS PRICES

In the days following the storm, my offices have been inundated with calls and complaints regarding local gas prices. While long lines at the pump are unavoidable during this time of recovery, I wanted to remind residents that the Attorney General’s Office is conducting an investigation into gas price gouging after receiving hundreds of similar complaints.

In addition, the Attorney General also issued tips on how to avoid scams related to home repair, clean up services and tree removal:

November 5, 2012
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HURRICANE SANDY UPDATE 11/1/12

 

As we begin to work toward rebuilding our communities affected by Hurricane Sandy, I wanted to take a moment to provide you with some resources that may be of use to you or someone you know.

Today’s Dry Ice Distribution Centers will be located at:

November 1, 2012
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HURRICANE SANDY UPDATE

As Hurricane Sandy bears down on the Empire State, it is absolutely critical that local families throughout the Hudson Valley take every possible step to stay informed and keep safe.  

Under no circumstances should anyone underestimate the potential impact of this storm.

October 29, 2012
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HURRICANE SANDY STORM TRACKER

As New Yorkers closely monitor the path of Hurricane Sandy, I wanted to take a minute to remind you of the importance of preparing for the storm’s potential impacts.

October 26, 2012
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50 EMPLOYERS REGISTER FOR JOB FAIR IN CITY

Written by Craig Wolf / Poughkeepsie Journal

Job seekers will have an opportunity Wednesday to visit with several dozen employers and join in seminars offering how-to advice.  The “Work Local First Job Fair,” produced by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, will begin at 9 a.m. and run through 2 p.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center, 40 Civic Center Plaza, City of Poughkeepsie. More than 50 employers are signed up to come. There is no cost to attend, but preregistration is requested for the seminars, according to the chamber’s announcement. To RSVP, call 845-454-1700, Ext. 1000.

September 18, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND’S 21st ANNUAL GOLDEN GATHERING TO BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 15TH

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) will host the 21st Annual Dutchess County Golden Gathering on Saturday, September 15th, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, at Arlington High School, 1157 Rt. 55 in LaGrangeville.

As in past years, this year’s event will include free health screenings, entertainment, door prizes, and information tables geared towards the interests and needs of area senior citizens.

"Many seniors look forward to attending the Golden Gathering each year to obtain valuable information, take advantage of free health screenings and maybe even win a door prize,” said Senator Saland. “This year promises to be as informative and entertaining as years past and we hope seniors will join us on September 15th.”

August 31, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND TO HOST RED CROSS DISASTER PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM AND BLOOD DRIVE ON SEPTEMBER 8TH

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie) is hosting a free American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Program and Blood Drive on Saturday, September 8, 2012. The event will take place from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at The Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park.

The program, entitled “Be Red Cross Ready”, will be offered at 10:00 AM and again at 12:30 PM, in Rooms B & C, at The Henry A. Wallace Center. Featured speakers include Executive Director Darryl Lafferty and Krista Boni of the American Red Cross Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter, and Julie Parlato of the Albany Chapter who will be presenting on citizen CPR and offering guidance for disaster preparedness.

August 30, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND BUILDS ON JOB TRAINING INITIATIVE WITH $100,000 GRANT

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie) partnered with the President of Dutchess Community College, Dr. David Conklin, today to announce that he has secured $100,000 in job training monies for the Dutchess County college.

Building on a tradition that dates to 1994, Senator Saland acquired the new monies to be used for job training programs at the college, developed in collaboration with local businesses and employees. Over the past decade, he has helped facilitate over $1 million worth of funding for these services at Dutchess Community College, with an estimated 5,000 workers receiving training and over 150 area companies participating in 200 programs.

August 30, 2012
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MTA PAYROLL TAX RULING MET WITH JOY; TRANSIT AUTHORITY PLANS APPEAL

Poughkeepsie Journal: 8.24.12 / Written By: C. Valdez & N. Schutzman

Businesses, commuters glad judge rejected payroll levy

A state Supreme Court justice’s ruling that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s controversial payroll tax is unconstitutional has raised a slew of questions for commuters, business owners and elected officials.

August 24, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND PRESENTED WITH 2012 "KATIE'S HERO" AWARD

Parents of murder victim Katie Sepich, along with Elizabeth Smart, recognize Senator Stephen Saland for his work on SB6733 to require DNA upon conviction of all misdemeanors

CHICAGO, Illinois. (August 8, 2012) - The parents of murder victim Katie Sepich were joined by abduction survivor Elizabeth Smart in presenting New York State Senator Stephen Saland with the “Katie’s Hero Award”. The Katie’s Hero Award is an honor bestowed by the Sepich’s non-profit advocacy group DNA Saves on individuals for leadership in solving and preventing crime by supporting legislation to expand the use of forensic DNA technology. According to the certificate of award, Senator Saland was selected for his strong support of SB6733 in 2012 to require DNA upon conviction of all misdemeanors in New York, to ensure law enforcement is not unwittingly releasing repeat offenders back into the community.

August 14, 2012
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SENATOR STEVE SALAND ANNOUNCES LAW TO EXPAND DNA DATABANK EFFECTIVE TODAY

Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie) announces that the law he sponsored to expand New York State’s DNA Databank becomes effective as of today. The law provides the largest expansion of the state’s DNA databank since it was created in 1994 and represents a joint effort between of the Legislature, the Governor’s Office, and State law enforcement to ensure that New York continues to set the standard in statewide safety.

August 1, 2012
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SALAND’S PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINE LEGISLATION SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Closes Reporting Requirements Loophole For Sex Offenses

Senator Stephen Saland (R,I,C - Poughkeepsie) announced today that his bill remedying a significant loophole in reporting requirements for medical professionals has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The legislation, Senate Bill 7456, requires professional conduct officers or investigators of misconduct to report sex offenses committed by mental health professionals to appropriate law enforcement.

Previously, reporting requirements varied according to the license of the offender. Saland said the law will bring consistency to the reporting requirements of similar sex offenses.

August 1, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND SHARES INFORMATION ABOUT EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Dear Friends:

Recently, we recognized National CPR Awareness Week, and I learned that an alarming 88% of cardiac arrests occur at home.  With statistics in mind, if we are called upon to perform CPR, it will most likely be for a loved one – a brother, sister, parent, grandparent or child. 

July 30, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND GETS FOUR LOCAL BILLS SIGNED

Senator Stephen Saland (R,I,C - Poughkeepsie) announced today that four local bills have been signed into law. Three of the bills relate to local library districts, while the fourth seeks to address the needs of areas located within the Hudson Valley Greenway. Each piece of legislation was brought to the attention of the Senator at the request of the respective localities.

July 26, 2012
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Dutchess County "Are You Okay?" Program

The Dutchess County "Are You Okay?" program is a free senior safety program meant to ensure that elderly individuals living alone don't go unnoticed in the event of an emergency. A computer generated phone call is placed every day that asks the registered individual simply, "are you okay?" If the person fails to answer after 15 minutes, steps are taken to ensure that the individual is safe and in good health.
For more information about the program, click here.
To obtain a program application, click here.

July 18, 2012
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SALAND SECURES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FUNDS FOR DUTCHESS

County Executive, Legislature Chairman “grateful” for the Senator’s Commitment to Help Victims, Prosecute Offenders

Senator Stephen Saland (R,I - 41st District), working closely with Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and Legislature Chairman Robert Rolison, was able to secure state funding in the 2012-13 budget that will be used to further address the epidemic of domestic violence.

July 11, 2012
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IMPROVING STATE GOVERNMENT AND GETTING RESULTS

By Senator Steve Saland

Published Register Star: Saturday, July 7, 2012

The atmosphere in Albany has been remarkably different over the last two years. Frustration has been replaced with renewed energy. Bickering and partisanship are frowned upon. Cooperation is the new buzzword. And most importantly, the state’s future is looking brighter.

July 10, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND CALLS FOR MTA RESTRUCTURING SIMILAR TO NYRA

The MTA’s July 1st cry of unfairness in response to the Poughkeepsie Journal’s June 23rd Editorial “Dissolve the MTA and Start Fresh” has made it abundantly clear that the leadership at the MTA just doesn’t get it. In response Senator Saland said, “The only time the word “unfair” should be used in relation to the MTA is when we are talking about the treatment of taxpayers and transit riders who are continually called upon to support the MTA’s ever increasing appetite for spending”. In addition to legislation introduced in June, 2012 (S.

July 5, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND AND ASSEMBLYMAN SKARTADOS ANNOUNCE CITY OF POUGHKEEPSIE WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT

Senator Steve Saland and Assemblyman Frank Skartados announce today the passage of legislation which will authorize the City of Poughkeepsie to sell a parcel of land to the Dyson Foundation for the purpose of providing a public park along the waterfront. 

“Through the continuing generosity of the Dyson Foundation, the City of Poughkeepsie and area residents will benefit from the sale of this land,” said Senator Steve Saland. “On behalf of those that I represent, I thank the Dyson Foundation for once again providing funding and assistance to improve the quality of life for city and county residents.” 

June 20, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND’S CYBERBULLYING BILL PASSES THE SENATE

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) announced today the passage of legislation which would provide further protections and procedures for students who are bullied or cyberbullied.

This legislation provides school districts with the tools they need to address bullying and cyberbullying to help ensure that the school environment is safe for all students. This comprehensive measure includes within the definitions of bullying and cyberbullying verbal and non-verbal actions, whether on or off school property, which create a risk of substantial disruption of the school environment.

June 19, 2012
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