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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.