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
5/18/12 - Senator Saland attends today's press conference at Northwinds Farm. Left to right: Ben Traudt, Dutchess County legislator; David Bryne, Hudson Solar; Senator Steve Saland; County Executive Marc Molinaro; Rich Biezynski and Russell Biezynski, Northwind Farms; Art Collins, Dutchess Land Conservancy; Seth McKee, Scenic Hudson, with newly installed 28 KW solar array in background.
Sergeant Michael Tokarz joined the United States Army in 1979. Michael was assigned as an Infantry Paratrooper to the First Special Operations Command. He was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division during Operation Urgent Fury in 1982.
During his four years of active duty he and his unit operated in Panama, Egypt, Sudan, Korea, Europe, and Honduras from their home base at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. After leaving active duty he was assigned to numerous Reserve Units as he moved from technical college to new jobs. He served as a Drill Instructor, Combat Engineer, and Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic. He finally left the Reserves in 1990.
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.
Bill closes loophole after Court of Appeals ruling that it is not a crime
The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.7407) that would make the viewing of child pornography a felony crime. The bill amends current state law to say that a person is guilty of a crime when the person knowingly accesses child pornography with the intent to view.
The legislation comes after a state Court of Appeals ruling earlier this month that said viewing child pornography on the Internet is not a crime. This legislation closes that loophole.
Bill Would Provide a Preference in State Contracts for Disabled Veterans
The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.2423) that would give greater access to state contracts to veterans who were disabled during their service.
This bill would codify for New York an identical and highly successful program adopted for federal contracting. Given the increase in the number of veterans and disabled veterans due to recent overseas conflicts, this bill would provide a small measure of recognition that this group of selfless men and women deserve.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate has passed his legislation that requires the courts to impose consecutive sentences on inmates who commit acts of violence against correctional employees (S.4436A).
Currently, it is possible for a judge to issue concurrent sentences for multiple counts arising from separate acts against employees of correctional facilities. Under S.4436A, crimes committed against correctional personnel by current inmates will be required to run consecutively with regard to any convictions the offender is currently serving.
Community leader is honored at Empire State Plaza ceremony in Albany
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C, Poughkeepsie) announced that Gaye Mallet is being honored today by the State Senate as a 2012 New York State Woman of Distinction.
The Senate’s “Women of Distinction” program was created in 1998 as part of the Senate’s celebration of Women’s History Month to honor New York women who exemplify personal excellence, or whose professional achievements or acts of courage, selflessness, integrity or perseverance serve as an example to all New Yorkers.
Gaye Mallet’s signature talent is establishing and expanding human resource departments for growing companies and is currently the Human Resources Director for Adams Fairacre Farms, Inc. In the 15 years she has been at Adams, she has overseen 70% employee growth and development with the addition of new departments and two new stores. Adams currently employs just over one thousand people.
The New York State Senate has passed legislation that would make it a crime for school employees to engage in sexual activity with students, including those who are older than New York’s legal age of consent. The bill (S.6714) addresses inappropriate student-school employee relationships by criminalizing sexual conduct between school employees and full-time students of elementary and secondary schools.
The New York State Senate has passed legislation that would close a loophole in the state health law that gave a Western New York man who killed his wife the sole rights to her remains.
In 2009, Constance Shepherd of Tonawanda was brutally murdered by her husband, Stephen Shepherd. Her family fought to gain control of her remains to ensure a proper funeral and burial. However, under the state Public Health Law Stephen Shepherd had the sole rights to control the disposal of her remains.
When the husband did finally act, it was to dispose of her body in a way that her family believes was intentionally disrespectful, in violation of the woman's beliefs and a further act of hostility towards her.
The New York State Senate has passed a bill (S.476) that would protect the taxpayers of New York State by requiring state and county correctional facility inmates to make copayments for health care visits the same policy that is in place in the federal prison system and two-thirds of the states.