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.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which operates the Metro-North Railroad, recently forecasted a record $960 million surplus this year, and an expected surplus of $377 million in 2008. The MTA acknowledged that fare increases are not necessary to balance its budget next year. Despite the surplus, it has proposed a fare increase.
Governor Spitzer today announced he has abandoned his plan to discontinue the need for a Social Security Number to obtain a drivers license, which would have allowed thousands of illegal immigrants to obtain New York drivers licenses.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) announced today that legislation he sponsored to extend the deadline for Middle Class STAR rebate applications from November 30, 2007 to December 31, 2007 has been signed into law.
While eligible senior citizens do not have to apply for their rebate checks and should receive their check automatically, eligible non-senior taxpayers must apply to receive their STAR Rebate check, unlike last year.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that local art and non-profit cultural organizations have been awarded grants from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). A total of $245,090 in grants were awarded in the 2007 round of NYSCA Local Assistance Grants.
"The arts enrich our lives in so many ways," said Senator Saland. New York State, through NYSCA’s Local Assistance Grant Program, recognizes the impact of the arts within our local communities.
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.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) invites all seniors to his Annual Golden Gathering to be held Saturday, November 3rd at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
Over 70 exhibitors will be available offering a wide range of information for seniors. In addition, there will be free screenings for blood glucose, blood pressure, spinal stress and osteoporosis, as well as golf fitness assessment. Orthopedic surgeon Dr.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today joined Assembly members Marc Molinaro (R,I,C-Tivoli) and Peter Lopez (R,I,C-Schoharie) and Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner in denouncing the Governor’s change in policy to allow illegal immigrants to obtain NYS drivers licenses, despite Vehicle and Traffic Law, Section 502(1) which requires a Social Security Number in order to obtain a license.
"The tragic events of September 11, 2001, of which New York was at the epicenter, taught us that we must be vigilant in order to keep our State and country safe", said Senator Saland.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) offers this reminder to homeowners in Dutchess County:Starting September 17th, applications for the 2007 New York State Property Tax Rebate will be mailed to eligible homeowners. Included in the packet you will receive from the Department of Taxation and Finance is important information you will need to complete your application, including a unique "STAR code" that identifies your specific property, as well as instructions for filing your application on-line or through the mail.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) announced today $6 million secured for improvements at the Hudson Rail Station as part of an overall effort to create High Speed Rail service in New York. A $22 million commitment was signed this week to revitalize the State’s rail service, allowing for significant improvements along the Hudson rail corridor. The New York State Senate High Speed Rail Task Force was established in 2005 to remedy the declining status of passenger rail service in the State.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) and Assemblyman Marc Molinaro (R,I,C Tivoli) have announced that they have secured funding in the 2007-2008 State Budget for improvements at the Columbia County Fair.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) and Assemblyman Marc Molinaro (R,I,C Tivoli) have announced that the Governor has signed their bill, S.5958, to designate Route 9-H in Columbia County as the Columbia County Veterans' Memorial Highway.
"When I was first approached by representatives of the Korean War Veterans Association of Columbia County, who wanted to honor local veterans in this manner, I was pleased to offer my help in sponsoring the bill and shepherding it through the legislative process," said Senator Saland.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced his bill, S.6357, to authorize a court to order a defendant to submit to HIV testing upon indictment on certain sex offenses has been signed into law by the Governor. Under current law, victims of sex crimes can only find out if their attacker is HIV positive after he is convicted, and convictions can sometimes happen years after the crime took place.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that two bills he introduced regarding swimming pool safety have been signed into law by the Governor.
Senate Bill 1092B will make swimming pools safer for homeowners and neighboring residents by requiring that a pool owner have a permanent enclosure erected within 90 days of the issuance of the building permit or the start of the installation of an in-ground swimming pool, whichever is later.
"Backyard swimming pools can provide fun and entertainment for family and friends, and most conform to regulatio
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Governor has signed his bill, S.3913A, which ensures that child abuse and maltreatment reports made by mandated reporters at schools, child care facilities, foster care agencies, residential facilities, hospitals and mental health facilities are made in a timely fashion.
Mandated reporters are persons who are required by law to report suspected cases of child abuse or maltreatment which they may come across when acting in their professional capacity.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that the New York State Archives, in conjunction with the Local Government Records Advisory Council, has awarded Local Government Records Grants in Columbia County. The grants are funded through fees paid when documents are filed or recorded with county clerks.
"So much of the rich and diverse history of our State is found in records stored by local governments and community organizations," said Senator Saland.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced Senate passage of his bill, S.6275, which requires Chairs of Committees on Special Education to provide the parents of a child with a disability with a list of programs and services available to the child.
Committees on Special Education (CSE) and Committees on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) are primarily charged with identifying, evaluating, and making recommendations regarding the appropriate educational placement of children with disabilities.