5/18/12 - Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C - Poughkeepsie) held a press conference on teen driving today at Arlington High School in LaGrangeville. To further reinforce the dangers of texting or talking on the phone behind the wheel - immediately following the press conference, Senator Saland, along with the Arlington School District, the New York State Police, and Nationwide Insurance, hosted a distracted driving simulator display for the Arlington high school students. The simulator uses virtual technology to challenge individuals to drive safely on the road while also dealing with a number of distractions, such as answering the phone or sending a text message. The simulator demonstrates how much a driver misses on the road when their attention is diverted due to text
Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie), Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced new legislation today that will give school districts enhanced abilities to dismiss teachers who engage in acts of inappropriate sexual conduct with students. The legislation comes in the wake of a recent reports by the Special Commissioner of Investigation for the New York City School District, who noted that there was a 35 percent increase in complaints of inappropriate sexual conduct involving school employees in the first three months of 2012 as compared to 2011.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation to prevent the tragic injuries and deaths that can occur due to hazing at colleges and universities. The bill (S.1937) would help cut down on hazing by strengthening a college or university’s enforcement authority and increasing awareness of the consequences of hazing, underage drinking, and illegal drug use.
The New York State Senate today welcomed cadets and staff from the United States Military Academy at West Point as part of an annual day of recognition. In honor of the celebration, the Senate passed several bills focusing on helping veterans obtain jobs and protect their rights.
I have long held that a strong, quality education is the key to our future success. An educated and skilled workforce will undoubtedly enhance our state's ability to attract new businesses and stimulate job growth.
We can provide a quality education and keep taxes down if we work to give schools the flexibility they need with mandate relief and provide them with the resources to keep up with the ever changing needs of today's educational demands.
This year we approved a $10,729,586 increase for Dutchess County schools in my Senate District. In addition, I was able to secure grants totaling $404,000 for local districts to address schools individual needs.
It's also estimated that our new 2% property tax cap has already helped save Dutchess County real property taxpayers over $16.7 million in potential higher costs. I will continue to support laws and programs that provide our students the resources they need to succeed, while balancing the concerns of taxpayers.
Senator Steve Saland
P.S. As a new school year begins, I thought it an appropriate time to reach out to get your thoughts on education-related issues. Please take a moment to fill out the survey so I may have your opinion on matters affecting public education. Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.