In October, the Green Jobs/Green New York Program was enacted into law. This new initiative invests in a cleaner New York while at the same time creating job opportunities. At a time when economic development is on life support, it is initiatives like this that are needed to stimulate our economy .
Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie) called upon the offices of the State Attorney General and State Comptroller to investigate the hundreds of thousands of public dollars being funneled to ACORN through member items earmarked for the New York Agency for Community Affairs (NYACA).
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) joins the Dutchess County Arts Council in announcing the availability of grants for individual artists and art organizations in Dutchess and Ulster counties.
The Project Grant Program is a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) designed to promote regional community-based arts.
Throughout the month of July, festivities from the New York Harbor to the Canadian border will take place commemorating the explorations of Henry Hudson and Samuel de Champlain in 1609 as well as the 200th anniversary of Robert Fulton’s steamship voyage on the Hudson River. The Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial will be recognizing these significant events which greatly contributed to our State’s rich history, growth, and culture. &nbs
You may be entitled to some of the over $8 billion in unclaimed funds in New York State. A simple internet search is all it takes to see if you are eligible.
Why does New York State have unclaimed funds? Banks, insurance companies, utilities, investment companies and many other businesses are required by State law to turn over inactive accounts to the State. The Office of the State Comptroller then serves as the custodian of this money until it is claimed.
The Hudson River Valley Greenway, created in 1991 under legislation I authored, was designed to create a voluntary regional strategy to preserve the many scenic, natural, historic, cultural and recreational resources of the Hudson Valley. At the same time, it encourages communities to engage in compatible economic development without losing the time honored tradition of local land use decision-making.
The protection of children must be our highest priority
There are over 225,000 classroom teachers in New York State and by far, the vast majority are hard working, dedicated individuals who care deeply about the well being of students. A small number, however, capture the headlines when caught preying on innocent children. These are the predators that every parent fears.
Holiday shopping is in full swing, and gift cards are an extremely popular holiday present for loved ones, friends, and coworkers. However, before you buy a gift card this holiday season, you need to be aware of your rights under New York State gift card laws. Under legislation I joined in sponsoring, New York’s laws regarding gift cards were strengthened so consumers would not unexpectedly find their gift cards had expired or the balance had been used up by fees they had not known about in advance.
It is said that the three most important considerations when purchasing property are "location, location and location", however, the three most important issues for Hudson Valley taxpayers are "property taxes, property taxes and property taxes".
Statistics show that New York ranks well above the national average when it comes to real property taxes, and New Yorkers are demanding relief. Many suggestions have been made over the years on how to provide real property tax reform, but there has been no consensus.
Last year, Ihosted forums in both Dutchess and Columbia counties to increase awareness among my constituents about how they can better protect themselves from the growing crime of identity theft. As you may know, identity theft occurs when someone uses your name, Social Security number, date of birth, or other identifying information without authority, to commit fraud. If you suspect that you are the victim of identity theft, you can place a fraud alert or a credit freeze on your credit reports.