Stephen M. Saland's Press releases

Mid Hudson Regional Economic Development Council Launched Today

I made a promise to our community that I would work to bring jobs to the region and the State.  I am pleased to let you know that today I joined with Governor Andrew Cuomo and other local officials, business leaders, and community members at SUNY New Paltz to launch the Mid Hudson Regional Economic Development Council.

July 27, 2011
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SENATOR SALAND INTRODUCES BILL TO ESTABLISH A FELONY FOR FAILING TO REPORT THE DEATH OR DISAPPEARANCE OF A CHILD

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C - Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the Senate Codes Committee, announced he is introducing a bill to establish the crime of failure to report the death or disappearance of a child. 

July 13, 2011
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Texting While Driving Law

I made a promise to our community that I would fight to pass legislation that would make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses.  I am pleased to let you know that Governor Cuomo has signed into law a tough texting and phoning-while-driving measure that would make the use of electronic gadgets behind the wheel a “primary” offense. 

July 13, 2011
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2011 Legislative Session -- Moving New York Forward Again

 

The State Legislature recently concluded one of the most successful sessions in recent history; a session highlighted by a budget that cut state spending, reduced taxes and helped point New York in a positive direction toward economic growth, job creation and prosperity.  The newly-enacted State Budget was passed on-time, closed a $10 billion deficit, reduced state spending, and did not raise a single tax or fee – marking a sharp departure of the past two years. 

July 7, 2011
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Senator Saland's Statement on Marriage Equality

 

In 2009 when the marriage equality bill came before the Senate for a vote, I struggled with the decision.  This is an issue which a great many have a deep and passionate interest, both those for marriage quality and those who support the traditional view of marriage.  In part, the difficulty in arriving at my decision is that I respect and understand the views coming from both sides of the issue.

June 25, 2011
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SENATOR SALAND ANNOUNCES MTA PAYROLL TAX REPEAL HAS PASSED THE SENATE

Removing Payroll Tax Burden Will Help Businesses Create Jobs

June 22, 2011
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SENATE GIVES FINAL LEGISLATIVE PASSAGE TO JUVENILE “SEXTING” AND “CYBERBULLYING” PREVENTION BILL

               The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill (S.5253B) to divert youth to an education program addressing the sending of nude or obscene photographs through electronic technologies, also known as “sexting,” as well as conduct that constitutes “cyberbullying.”

June 22, 2011
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SENATOR SALAND’S LEGISLATION TO ALLEVIATE OVERCROWDING AT LOCAL CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES PASSES THE SENATE

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate has passed his legislation requiring the Department of Corrections to enter into agreements to house local inmates when the State Commission on Corrections determines it necessary to alleviate overcrowding at local correctional facilities (S.1429). 

June 22, 2011
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SENATOR SALAND HONORS MICHAEL BURKE AT THE SENATE’S VETERANS’ HALL OF FAME

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) today announced Michael Burke of Poughkeepsie 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.

June 15, 2011
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SENATORS ADVOCATE FOR CRIMINALIZING IMPROPER TRANSFER AND INAPPROPRIATE POSSESSION OF NON-CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

Health Chair Senator Kemp Hannon, and Codes Chair Senator Stephen Saland joined with drug enforcement investigators and prosecutors today during a public hearing to discuss proposed legislation (S. 5260-A Hannon) which would criminalize the improper transfer and inappropriate possession of non-controlled substances and the subsequent effects on Medicaid expenditures and public health.

June 9, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES North CAROLINA AIR FILTER COMPANY OPENS FACTORY IN COLUMBIA COUNTY CREATING 180 JOBS

Flanders Corporation will move into shuttered Greenport facility

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced North Carolina-based Flanders Corporation, a leading air filter manufacturer, will establish its northeast production operation in the Town of Greenport in Columbia County, creating 180 new jobs in the region. The company will invest approximately $7 million in the facility. Empire State Development (ESD) will provide the company with $500,000 in Excelsior Jobs Program tax benefits over a 10 year period.

June 7, 2011
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SENATOR STEVE SALAND NAMES VICKI SIMONS AS NEW YORK STATE SENATE WOMAN OF DISTINCTION

Former Editor and Co-Owner of the Independent Newspaper to be honored at Empire State Plaza ceremony in Albany

May 17, 2011
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Keeping the Commitment - Information on the 2011-12 State Budget

The New York State Senate has completed passage of the 2011-12 state budget one day prior to the April 1st budget deadline.  The budget, which has now received final approval by the Assembly, achieves the critically important goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.

To learn more about the State's new fiscally responsible budget plan, I encourage you to review the documents below. 

April 6, 2011
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STATE BUDGET AGREEMENT: HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

Under one-party Democrat control the last two years, the State witnessed bloated spending, higher taxes and faced a $10 billion deficit.  I and my Senate Republican colleagues vowed that we would  rein in state spending and address the deficit without raising taxes.                                 

March 31, 2011
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SENATOR SALAND PASSES SEVERAL BILLS TO PROVIDE ENHANCED PROTECTIONS FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C - Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate has passed his legislation that requires the court to consider certain risk factors to the victim when determining bail (S.1414A), allows for the entering of an order of protection upon sentencing (S.1428),  amends the definitions of “victim of domestic violence” and “family and household members” for the purposes of domestic violence prevention (S.4222), and  imposes stricter regulations on the purchasing of a firearm based upon conviction for certain misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence (S.4244). 

March 30, 2011
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MANDATE RELIEF SHOULD DELIVER TAX RELIEF The Governor’s Mandate Relief Preliminary Report falls short of providing real relief

Shortly after taking office, the Governor announced the creation of the Mandate Relief Redesign Team  and charged  them with the task of reviewing existing state mandates and identifying mandates that are ineffective and outdated.  I was encouraged that the Governor made it abundantly clear that the path to tax relief needed, in part, to be achieved through mandate relief.

March 3, 2011
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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.1417A) imposing stricter penalties on criminals who possess or promote child pornography.

February 14, 2011
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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, attempted murder cases, (S.1433), or criminal assault and endangering the welfare of a child (S.2194) cases by allowing them to testify via closed-circuit television.

February 8, 2011
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SENATOR SALAND’S BILL TO CRIMINALIZE STEALING CREDIT AND DEBIT CARD NUMBERS HAS PASSED THE SENATE

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

February 7, 2011
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SENATOR SALAND ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF PROPERTY TAX CAP AND MANDATE RELIEF BILLS IN THE STATE SENATE

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) announced the passage of Governor Cuomo’s real property tax cap bill in the State Senate.  The imposition of a property tax cap will benefit local taxpayers by limiting the annual tax levies imposed by school districts and local governments.

 The bill limits the local tax levies to 2% or 120% of the consumer price index, whichever is less.  Exceptions to the cap include support for capital expenditures approved by the voters.

January 31, 2011
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