Stephen M. Saland's Press releases

SENATE PASSES TOUGH SENTENCES FOR SEX OFFENDERS

Legislation Would Require Consecutive Sentences for Each Act of Rape

The New York State Senate today passed a bill that would ensure significantly longer prison sentences for serial rapists.  Under current law, it is possible for a judge to issue concurrent sentences for multiple counts arising from separate and distinct acts of rape. The legislation (S.1826) would require consecutive prison sentences for each separate count of first degree rape when an individual is convicted of multiple counts.

The bill was sent to the assembly.

February 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR STALKING

The New York State Senate today passed a bill that would increase the penalties for stalking (S. 924A). An estimated 3.4 million people are victims of stalking in the United States each year.

February 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL BANNING OFFENDERS FROM WORKING ON SCHOOL BUSES

The New York State Senate today passed a bill that would ban certain criminal offenders from working on school buses (S.6157A). The bill, sponsored by Senator John Bonacic, prohibits people who are convicted of offenses, such as sex and drug crimes, from being school bus monitors.

February 7, 2012
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SENATE PASSES PACKAGE OF SCHOOL BUS BILLS

Bills intended to make riding bus safer for students, enhance communication, and make “school bus” signs more economical

The New York State Senate today passed a series school bus bills that will ensure child safety and enhanced communication.

A bill was passed that increases the penalties for passing a stopped school bus (S.3099A). The legislation would impose a sixty day suspension of a driver’s license if convicted of passing a stopped school bus two or more times.

This legislation would make the penalties for passing a stopped school bus multiple times the same as penalties for drivers convicted of speeding in a construction zone two or more times.

February 6, 2012
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HELP SAVE A LIFE - GIVE THE GIFT OF BLOOD

The American Red Cross needs to collect 22,000 units of blood each weekday and around 15,000 units each weekend to meet patient needs. In fact, someone needs blood every two seconds, every day, 365 days a year.

February 3, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND ANNOUNCES HIS BILL TO EXPAND DNA DATABANK PASSES SENATE

All Felony and Misdemeanor Convictions Would Require Submission of DNA Sample

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie) for the largest expansion of the state’s DNA databank since it was created in 1994 (S.5560A). The legislation mirrors the databank expansion plan proposed by Governor Cuomo in his Executive Budget to require people convicted of all felonies, as well as all misdemeanors in the penal law to submit DNA samples.

January 31, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND’S LEGISLATION TO PERMIT CHILD VICTIMS AND WITNESSES TO TESTIFY VIA CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION PASSES THE SENATE

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C - Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate has passed his legislation to minimize the emotional harm to child victims and witnesses in murder and attempted murder cases (S.1433) and criminal assault and endangering the welfare of a child cases (S.2194) by allowing them to testify via closed-circuit television.

January 31, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND'S LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN PENALTIES AGAINST CHILD PORNOGRAPHY PASSES SENATE

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie), today announced that the New York State Senate has passed his legislation (S.1417B) imposing stricter penalties on criminals who possess or promote child pornography.

Presently, child pornographers can be prosecuted for the same charge whether they promote one or many obscene images. Under Senator Saland’s bill, penalties would be increased for those who exploit children, as well as those who possess obscene materials. In addition, this legislation creates graduated penalties for those who possess multiple images of children in obscene sexual performances.

January 24, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO BAN SALVIA DIVINORUM

In an effort to keep drugs out of the hands of New York State’s youth, the New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), to ban the sale of the legal hallucinogen salvia divinorum.

January 24, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO CREATE FELONY CHARGES FOR WRONG-WAY AND RECKLESS DRIVERS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to create felony charges for wrong-way and other reckless drivers.

“Wrong-way drivers have caused tragedies and endangered lives on our roadways; it has to stop. Creating felony charges for wrong-way and reckless drivers will give law enforcement another tool to prosecute these individuals and get them off the roads,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.

January 23, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO TOUGHEN LAWS FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that creates new penalties for individuals supervising another driver while also under the influence of drugs or alcohol, also known as Abbagail’s Law (S.164C). The bill, sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), is named after eight-year-old Abbagail Buzard, who died in a car accident caused by an inexperienced driver who was supervised by a parent under the influence of alcohol.

January 23, 2012
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2012-13 EXECUTIVE BUDGET PROPOSAL INFORMATION

Governor Andrew Cuomo has just unveiled his new Executive Budget Proposal -- marking the beginning of the State Budget negotiation and adoption process for the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year.

January 18, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND’S RESPONSE TO THE EXECUTIVE BUDGET

The Governor’s budget revealed both good news and bad news. The bad news is it will be another challenging fiscal year. The good news is the Governor’s budget holds the line on spending and does not raise taxes and fees.

January 17, 2012
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$1.5 MILLION IN NEW STATE FUNDING WILL ENHANCE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN DUTCHESS COUNTY

Senator Saland credited with facilitating the new funding from Albany

Poughkeepsie…Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro has announced the Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene will work with the New York State Office of Mental Health and various community partners to improve and expand mental health services in Dutchess County, utilizing an additional $1.5 million in continuous funding from New York State secured through the advocacy of New York State Senator Steve Saland.

January 17, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND'S STATEMENT ON THE STATE OF THE STATE

In his delivery of the State of the State Address, Governor Cuomo managed to strike a balance which was both optimistic and realistic. With a new spirit of cooperation in Albany, unlike the dysfunction we have been witnessing in Washington, we were able to make state government work for the people once again, and made 2011 the most productive year in modern state history.

January 4, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND’S LEGISLATION TO INCREASE PUBLIC ACCESS TO RECORDS RELATED TO PUBLIC MEETINGS BECOMES LAW

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C - Poughkeepsie) today announced that his legislation which amends the Public Officers Law to require that certain records, which are the subject of a discussion conducted at an open meeting, be made available to the public (S.3255B) has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

January 4, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES EMPIRE STATE PLAZA ICE RINK TO OPEN DECEMBER 31

Grand Reopening to Feature Free Skate Rentals and Free Hot Chocolate

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Empire State Plaza ice rink in Albany will reopen to the public on Saturday, December 31 at 11:00 a.m. Opening day will include figure skating demonstrations as well as free skate rentals and free hot chocolate.

December 29, 2011
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OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL UNVEILS YEAR-END REVIEW

Review Cites Progress For New York On Taxpayer Protection, Public Safety, Economic Justice, Public Integrity, Civil Rights & Environmental Protection

The Office of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today issued an end-of-the-year review detailing many of its accomplishments in areas including public safety, economic justice, taxpayer protection, public integrity, civil rights and environmental protection.

December 29, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES 2012 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS TO BE HELD IN EMPIRE STATE PLAZA CONVENTION CENTER ON JAN. 4

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the 2012 State of the State Address will be held in the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on January 4th at 1:30 pm.

"The State of the State Address is an opportunity to open the doors of government to New Yorkers and bring the people into the process of rebuilding our state," Governor Cuomo said. "Holding the State of the State in the Empire State Plaza Convention Center will allow hundreds of New Yorkers from across this state to come to Albany to be a part of this day. I look forward to joining with members of the Legislature and the public on January 4 as we begin the new legislative session and continue the work we began last year to transform our government and build a New New York."

December 20, 2011
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TAX CUTS AND PROPERTY TAX CAP HIGHLIGHT NEW JANUARY 1ST LAWS

Middle class tax cuts that will reduce tax rates for millions of hardworking taxpayers and the two-percent property tax cap highlight new state laws that will go into effect on January 1, 2012.

The recently enacted tax cuts will reduce tax rates on middle class taxpayers to their lowest levels in more than 50 years (Chapter 55, L.2011). About 4.4 million middle class taxpayers will receive a total of $690 million in personal income tax relief.

December 16, 2011
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