Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie), along with the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce will hold the 18th Annual Golden Gathering on Saturday, September 26, 2009, at Arlington High School on Rt. 55 in Lagrangeville. The event will be held between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
When the Governor put forward his nominee, Jay Walder, to run the MTA, I asked the relevant Senate Committee Chairmen to hold a hearing in the Metro-North region. Not only was the request ignored, but to add insult to injury, the Senate Democrat Leadership held a hearing on Long Island and a hearing in New York City -- basically sending a loud message to the Hudson Valley that it’s okay to take our money to support the MTA but they don’t want our input on who is charged with
Average vehicle registration fee went from $44 for two years to $105 for drivers living in the MTA region. Driver's license renewal fees went from $50 for an eight-year renewal to $80.50 in the MTA region. Trailer registration now costs $42.50 on average, up from $34.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I, C – Poughkeepsie) expressed his outrage that once again the Senate Democrat Leadership is turning its back on the people of the Hudson Valley. It was announced last week that the Chairmen of the Senate Finance, Corporations and Transportation Committees, all Senators representing New York City, will be holding public hearings in New York City and Mineola (Long Island) to hear comments on the Governor’s nomination of
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) has requested that a public hearing considering the Governor’s nomination for MTA Chairman be held in the Metro-North Region. In a letter to the Chairs of the appropriate Senate Committees, Senator Saland contends that should a hearing be held in the city of New York to consider the Governor’s nominee, Jay Walder, Hudson Valley residents should be offered the same opportunity to attend a hearing in the northern counties of the Metr
It is truly unfathomable that the New York City politicians running this State continue to ignore the public outcry for tax relief. They need to stop reaching in to the pockets of every taxpayer in New York as their sole means to solve the State’s fiscal crisis.
The Governor released details today of a “Back to School” bonus program that would give $200 per child to families on welfare or food stamps. The public money amounting to roughly $140 million is coming from the Federal Stimulus Plan.
The Poughkeepsie Journal editorialized on the state’s shortfall on August 5th noting “they should have seen this coming”. Well, I did, as did my Republican colleagues. Each of us who cast a no vote and spoke out on this egregious assault on our wallets saw this coming.
People are angry and rightly so. I am outraged. The three leaders in state government, all Democrats, all from New York City, adopted a budget that imposes $8 billion more in taxes and fees while eliminating STAR rebate checks and increasing spending by $18 billion – during the worst economic times since the Great Depression! Soon after we emerged from the bloody budget battle, every Senate Democrat supported the MTA bail-out that delivered another staggering blow to Dutchess County.
Today, thirty-two members of the Senate elected for a change in leadership and more importantly voted for real reform of the Senate. The Senate Republicans with the support of two members of the Democrat conference adopted rules which create a more transparent, open process and establish equitable representation among all regions of the State.
I am encouraged and hopeful that our bipartisan coalition elected today will deliver reform and results which will place the Senate in a much better position to get our State back on the road to fiscal recovery.
When a vote on the MTA bailout bill came before me for consideration, the new Senate Democrat Majority gave us approximately one hour to read over the 39 page bill that they negotiated in secret. It took me less than a few seconds, however, to see that it was an abhorrent plan filled with new taxes, fees and fare hikes that would only result in further fiscal pain for the people of Dutchess County.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today released figures showing the $4.3 million loss suffered by over 6,200 property taxpayers in Columbia County now that the STAR rebate checks have been eliminated by the Democrat leadership in the 2009-2010 State Budget.
“As the new Senate Majority, the Senate Democrats have eliminated STAR rebate checks from tens of thousands of real property taxpayers in Columbia County, including more than 3,500 senior citizens – to the painful tune of nearly $3.4 million in Columbia County alone,” Saland said.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today released figures showing the $24.4 million loss suffered by nearly 34,000 property taxpayers in Dutchess County now that the STAR rebate checks have been eliminated by the Democrat leadership in the 2009-2010 State Budget.
“As the new Senate Majority, the Senate Democrats have eliminated STAR rebate checks from tens of thousands of real property taxpayers in Dutchess County, including more than 10,000 senior citizens – to the painful tune of nearly $24.4 million in Dutchess County alone,” Saland said.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie), Senator Vincent L. Leibell (R,I,C Patterson), Assemblyman Marcus J. Molinaro (R,I,C Red Hook), Assemblyman Joel Miller (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) and local business leaders today denounced the “three New York City Democrat men in a room” who negotiated a secret State Budget and left in provisions which will have a devastating effect on Dutchess County.