Stephen M. Saland's Press releases

SALAND ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF LANDMARK DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGISLATION

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C- Poughkeepsie) announced the passing of the most significant changes to the laws protecting victims of domestic violence since the enactment of his Family Intervention and Domestic Violence Prevention Act in 1994 which instituted the mandatory arrest policy in situations involving domestic abuse.

Saland, partnering with Governor Cuomo and several members of the Senate and Assembly, successfully ushered a comprehensive domestic violence bill through the Senate with bipartisan support.

June 12, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND ANNOUNCES BILL TO ADDRESS RISING PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

A Real-Time Registry for Tracking Prescription Drugs Among Tools to Combat Epidemic

Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie) partnered with his Senate colleagues to pass legislation, the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (I-STOP), that would create a real-time database within the Department of Health to track prescription medications and help identify abuse, fraud, and diversion within the health care system.

June 11, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND’S LEGISLATION CRACKS DOWN ON DWI OFFENDERS

Bill gives courts authority to address violators of Leandra’s Law

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C - Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate has passed his legislation that authorizes courts to re-impose a sentence of probation and a requirement of an ignition interlock device (IID) following revocation of a sentence of probation or conditional discharge imposed under the Child Passenger Protection Act (Leandra’s Law) (S.6680).

This bill clarifies the intent of Leandra’s Law to ensure that the courts have the ability to re-sentence a defendant who violates probation or conditional discharge and impose an obligation to re-install an IID on their vehicle.

June 7, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND’S LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN PENALTIES AGAINST CHILD PORNOGRAPHY PASSES THE SENATE

Bill enacts the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Act

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C - Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate has passed his legislation that enacts the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Act, which includes measures designed to protect children from the dangers posed by Internet predators, child pornography, and child sexual abuse (S.5226A).

While laws have been enacted to counter online crimes and child prostitution, additional provisions are needed to assist law enforcement to address these heinous acts. This comprehensive measure unanimously passed in the Senate and has been sent to the Assembly for consideration.

June 6, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND ANNOUNCES NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM WEEK

More than 200 Museums participating in first-ever celebration, May 31 – June 6

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) today announced that New York State is celebrating the diversity and richness of its museums by inviting residents and visitors alike to discover the fascinating worlds of art, photography, history, science, pop-culture and more. From May 31 to June 6, more than 200 museums across the state will be part of the inaugural New York State Museum Week and will be offering special events, activities and promotions to give guests a sample of the exhibitions and programs available at the nearly 2,000 museums located throughout New York.

May 31, 2012
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SALAND’S PLAN TO ELIMINATE THE MTA PAYROLL TAX AND INCREASES ON MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEES

MTA’s spending to be capped: Stop them in their tracks

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) introduced legislation this week to eliminate the MTA payroll tax, roll back the supplemental registration and license fees on motor vehicles and reduce scheduled MTA fare increases.

In 2009, Saland and his Senate Republican colleagues railed against the MTA bail-out plan that imposed a job-killing payroll tax on employers in the MTA region and increased motor vehicle license and registration fees. Vowing to right the wrong supported by the previous State Democrat leadership, the Senate Republicans successfully fought to reduce the payroll tax on 80% of businesses and all schools and libraries.

May 31, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO CLOSE LOOPHOLE IN “SON OF SAM” LAW

Measure Prevents Criminals From Profiting From Their Crimes

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that closes a loophole in the “Son of Sam” law to further restrict a criminal’s ability to profit from their crimes. The bill (S.4393A) corrects a longstanding flaw in the state’s existing “Son of Sam” law by preventing all criminals, regardless of their final plea or conviction, from commercially exploiting their crime.

May 30, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND’S LEGISLATION CREATING PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICTS PASSES THE SENATE

Bill creates public library districts in the Town of LaGrange and Village of Wappingers Falls

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) today announced his legislation creating the Grinnell Public Library District in the town of Wappingers Falls (S.7000), and the LaGrange Public Library District in the town of LaGrange ( S.5504B) has passed the Senate.

May 30, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND’S BILL TO CRIMINALIZE THEFT OF CREDIT AND DEBIT CARD NUMBERS HAS PASSED SENATE

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie) today announced that his bill to include theft of credit and debit card numbers within the crime of grand larceny in the fourth degree (S.1411) has passed the Senate.

“Credit card thieves continue to become more savvy and creative. In years past when shopping was always done in person in a store, a thief had to actually possess a stolen credit card to use it fraudulently,” said Senator Saland. “Now that we shop by phone and over the Internet, it’s no longer necessary to swipe your credit card to make a purchase. Surprisingly, while it is against the law to steal credit card, it is not against the law to steal a credit card number.”

May 30, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND AND MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCE LEGISLATION GIVING SCHOOL DISTRICTS ENHANCED ABILITY TO DISMISS TEACHERS WHO ENGAGE IN INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR WITH STUDENTS

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie), Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced new legislation today that will give school districts enhanced abilities to dismiss teachers who engage in acts of inappropriate sexual conduct with students. The legislation comes in the wake of a recent reports by the Special Commissioner of Investigation for the New York City School District, who noted that there was a 35 percent increase in complaints of inappropriate sexual conduct involving school employees in the first three months of 2012 as compared to 2011.

May 29, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND UNVEILS “NEW JOBS-NY” JOB CREATION PLAN

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) continues his strong focus on job creation and economic growth by announcing that the Senate will pass legislation this week to implement the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan. The Senate’s comprehensive plan will help to create thousands of new private sector jobs by delivering tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers, reduce energy costs, and enact major fiscal reforms to make New York State more economically competitive.

May 29, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND TO HOST LYME DISEASE SEMINARS

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie) is hosting a free informational Lyme disease seminar – “Be Tick Free!” for Dutchess County residents.  Due to the importance of the information provided in this seminar, “Be Tick Free!”will be offered on two separate dates and locations in Dutchess County.

The first seminar will take place on Tuesday, May 29, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 NOON, in Rooms B & C, at The Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park.  The second seminar will take place on Thursday, June 7, from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, at the Roy C. Ketcham High School Auditorium, 99 Meyers Corners Road in Wappingers Falls.

May 24, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND’S LEGISLATION EXTENDING THE HUDSON VALLEY GREENWAY INDEMNIFICATION PASSES THE SENATE

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) today announced his legislation to provide a five year extension of the existing indemnity provision included in the Greenway Act of 1991 (S.7106) has passed the Senate. This legislation extends the sunset date of December 31, 2012 for five additional years, until December 31, 2017.

May 23, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND’S LEGISLATION HONORING FALLEN TROOPERS PASSES SENATE

Bill creates a State Trooper Highway Memorial Task Force

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced Senate passage of his bill, S.698, which creates a State Trooper Highway Memorial Task Force to provide for the recognition of members of the Division of State Police who have died in the line of duty.

The Task Force would establish guidelines for how state troopers who have given their lives in the line of duty should be memorialized. The Commissioner of Transportation would then be responsible for the installation and maintenance of memorial signs. The memorial designation would not alter the official name of the highway.

May 22, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN LEANDRA’S LAW

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, to strengthen Leandra’s Law. The legislation would ensure that offenders comply with the provision of the law requiring them to use ignition interlocks.

Leandra’s Law was passed in 2009 following the tragic death of 11 year old Leandra Rosado, who was killed while riding in a car driven by her friend’s intoxicated mother. As part of Leandra’s Law, all convicted DWI offenders must install and use an ignition interlock in all vehicles they own or operate for a period of at least six months after their DWI conviction. Ignition interlocks are breath test devices linked to a vehicle’s ignition system which prevent the car from starting if alcohol is detected in the driver’s breath.

May 22, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO KEEP VIOLENT REPEAT OFFENDERS IN PRISON

Measure Prompted by Murder of Utica Woman by Career Rapist on Parole

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to require certain violent felons to serve their maximum prison term if there is evidence that their release would pose an imminent threat to society. The bill (S.6020A) would help protect the public by keeping repeat offenders off the streets and limit “good behavior” and other rewards from reducing the time spent in prison.

May 22, 2012
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SENATE PASSES “MARK’S LAW”

Bill Would Make Killing an Emergency First Responder First Degree Murder

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.4717B) to make the killing of emergency first responders first degree murder, punishable by the stiffest penalty allowed by law - life without parole.

The bill, known as “Mark’s Law,” was introduced in memory of Mark Davis, the emergency medical technician who was shot to death while responding to a call for help in Cape Vincent on January 30, 2009. Mark’s family, including his parents Marsha and Larry Dickinson, his brother Michael and his sister Maricia Astafan, who just became an EMT first-responder, were in the Senate Chamber to witness passage of the legislation.

May 22, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND NAMES MICHAEL TOKARZ TO THE SENATE’S VETERANS’ HALL OF FAME

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) today announced Michael Tokarz of Red Oaks Mill was inducted into the Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame. The veterans selected are recognized not only for their distinctive military service, but also for the service and commitment shown to their community that helps make New York a better place.

May 22, 2012
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SENATE UNVEILS “NEW JOBS-NY” JOB CREATION PLAN

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference today continued their strong focus on job creation and economic growth by announcing that the Senate will pass legislation next week to implement the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan. The Senate’s comprehensive plan will help create thousands of new private sector jobs by delivering tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers, reducing energy costs, and enacting major fiscal reforms to make New York State more economically competitive.

May 22, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BRIDGE REFORM ACT

Legislation will ensure funding goes directly to road and bridge repair

The New York State Senate today passed the Bridge and Road Investment and Dedicated Fund Guaranteed Enforcement Reform Act, also known as the BRIDGE Reform Act. The bill (S.1071 will ensure that the dedicated fund, originally enacted in 1991, will go towards rebuilding, replacing and reconditioning highways and bridges to improve the safety of drivers who travel them.

May 21, 2012
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