In the days following the storm, my offices have been inundated with calls and complaints regarding local gas prices. While long lines at the pump are unavoidable during this time of recovery, I wanted to remind residents that the Attorney General’s Office is conducting an investigation into gas price gouging after receiving hundreds of similar complaints.
In addition, the Attorney General also issued tips on how to avoid scams related to home repair, clean up services and tree removal:
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.
Job seekers will have an opportunity Wednesday to visit with several dozen employers and join in seminars offering how-to advice. The “Work Local First Job Fair,” produced by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, will begin at 9 a.m. and run through 2 p.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center, 40 Civic Center Plaza, City of Poughkeepsie. More than 50 employers are signed up to come. There is no cost to attend, but preregistration is requested for the seminars, according to the chamber’s announcement. To RSVP, call 845-454-1700, Ext. 1000.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) will host the 21st Annual Dutchess County Golden Gathering on Saturday, September 15th, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, at Arlington High School, 1157 Rt. 55 in LaGrangeville.
As in past years, this year’s event will include free health screenings, entertainment, door prizes, and information tables geared towards the interests and needs of area senior citizens.
"Many seniors look forward to attending the Golden Gathering each year to obtain valuable information, take advantage of free health screenings and maybe even win a door prize,” said Senator Saland. “This year promises to be as informative and entertaining as years past and we hope seniors will join us on September 15th.”
Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie) is hosting a free American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Program and Blood Drive on Saturday, September 8, 2012. The event will take place from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at The Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park.
The program, entitled “Be Red Cross Ready”, will be offered at 10:00 AM and again at 12:30 PM, in Rooms B & C, at The Henry A. Wallace Center. Featured speakers include Executive Director Darryl Lafferty and Krista Boni of the American Red Cross Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter, and Julie Parlato of the Albany Chapter who will be presenting on citizen CPR and offering guidance for disaster preparedness.
Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie) partnered with the President of Dutchess Community College, Dr. David Conklin, today to announce that he has secured $100,000 in job training monies for the Dutchess County college.
Building on a tradition that dates to 1994, Senator Saland acquired the new monies to be used for job training programs at the college, developed in collaboration with local businesses and employees. Over the past decade, he has helped facilitate over $1 million worth of funding for these services at Dutchess Community College, with an estimated 5,000 workers receiving training and over 150 area companies participating in 200 programs.
Poughkeepsie Journal: 8.24.12 / Written By: C. Valdez & N. Schutzman
Businesses, commuters glad judge rejected payroll levy
A state Supreme Court justice’s ruling that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s controversial payroll tax is unconstitutional has raised a slew of questions for commuters, business owners and elected officials.
Parents of murder victim Katie Sepich, along with Elizabeth Smart, recognize Senator Stephen Saland for his work on SB6733 to require DNA upon conviction of all misdemeanors
CHICAGO, Illinois. (August 8, 2012) - The parents of murder victim Katie Sepich were joined by abduction survivor Elizabeth Smart in presenting New York State Senator Stephen Saland with the “Katie’s Hero Award”. The Katie’s Hero Award is an honor bestowed by the Sepich’s non-profit advocacy group DNA Saves on individuals for leadership in solving and preventing crime by supporting legislation to expand the use of forensic DNA technology. According to the certificate of award, Senator Saland was selected for his strong support of SB6733 in 2012 to require DNA upon conviction of all misdemeanors in New York, to ensure law enforcement is not unwittingly releasing repeat offenders back into the community.
Closes Reporting Requirements Loophole For Sex Offenses
Senator Stephen Saland (R,I,C - Poughkeepsie) announced today that his bill remedying a significant loophole in reporting requirements for medical professionals has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The legislation, Senate Bill 7456, requires professional conduct officers or investigators of misconduct to report sex offenses committed by mental health professionals to appropriate law enforcement.
Previously, reporting requirements varied according to the license of the offender. Saland said the law will bring consistency to the reporting requirements of similar sex offenses.