Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie), Chair, Senate Education Committee, today remarked on the Board of Regents plan to start school at age 5 and mandate full-day kindergarten. Changing the school start age from 6 to 5 would require a change in statute. Presently, 79 districts in New York State do not offer full-day kindergarten to all students.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced the following proposals for shared services by local government. First, the revision of state laws governing municipalities through the Law Revision Commission, making it easier for municipalities to share services. Second, providing technical assistance for municipalities that are working on inter-municipal cooperation ($5 million). Third, creating a shared services highway program ($15 million).
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie), Chair, Senate Education Committee today announced a proposed $1.9 billion property tax rebate program. This program would provide taxpayers with an additional 75% of their current STAR property tax credit in the form of a direct rebate check.The rebate would be based on the taxes paid in the previous school year on a primary residential home. The checks would begin in September 2006 based on school taxes paid for the 2005-06 school year.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) has been advised by the State’s Chief Administrative Judge, Jonathan Lippman, that justice courts in the Town of Ghent, Town of Stuyvesant, and Village of Chatham have been awarded grants under the State’s Justice Assistance Program.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) has been advised by the State’s Chief Administrative Judge, Jonathan Lippman, that justice court in the Town of Clinton will be awarded a $1,361 grant under the State’s Justice Assistance Program. The grants are used to purchase equipment needed to facilitate their operations.
"I am pleased to announce this grant for the Town of Clinton," said Senator Saland.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that legislation he has sponsored (S.5729) together with Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno (R, Brunswick) to create Tech Valley High School has been signed by the Governor.
Senator Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that his legislation (S. 317) to prohibit the sale of non-prescription contact lenses has been signed by the Governor.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned of the risks of permanent eye injury when lenses are distributed without a prescription and without proper fitting by an eye care professional. The FDA has received reports of corneal ulcers associated with wearing decorative contact lenses for long periods of time.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that he will be introducing legislation which will penalize adults who leave an unattended child in a car under the age of 7 in conditions which knowingly or recklessly present a significant risk to the health and safety of the child. Senator Saland was made aware of the need for legislation by Dutchess County Legislator Marcus Molinaro and George Lithco of the S.K.I.P.P.E.R. Initiative.
Between 1998 and 2004, 230 children have died of hypothermia from being left in cars.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that he has set up links on his web site to donation sites recommended by the federal government. The federal government has encouraged cash donations as the most helpful to victims of the hurricane. The cash donations will give agency’s the ability to issue cash vouchers and avoid the labor intensive storing of donated goods and the high cost of shipping goods by air.
Below is a list of phone numbers solely for cash donations.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) will hold his 14th Annual Golden Gathering on Saturday, September 17, 2005, at Arlington High School, Route 55, in Lagrangeville between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
"The Golden Gathering is a wonderful opportunity for seniors to meet in a central location and have access to a large variety of useful information and services," said Senator Saland.
Senator Steve Saland (R-C Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Governor has signed his legislation (S.5280) extending the provision of law that allows certain child witnesses in sex crime cases to testify via closed circuit television. The bill extends this protection from September 1, 2005 until September 1, 2007.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that he has reached out to Attorney General Eliot Spitzer to urge him to investigate the possibility of price gouging in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
"I want to encourage the Attorney General to investigate those engaged in supplying and selling petroleum products to New York Consumers," said Senator Steve Saland.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) joined Governor Pataki in announcing that the Town of Greenport has been awarded a loan in the amount of $810,310 for financing for infiltration/inflow corrections to the sanitary sewer system that helps to eliminate raw sewage bypasses and improves treatment efficiency. This will protect the water quality of Claverack Creek.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that New York State Archives Grants have been awarded to local governments and community organizations in Dutchess and Columbia Counties.
These grants are offered by the New York State Archives to support the management of records. Grants may be used to improve records management or to preserve historical documents. Those grants awarded to community organizations are called Documentary Heritage Program Grants and those awarded to local governments are called Local Government Records grants.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that two bills he has sponsored to protect consumers from unnecessary charges have passed the Senate. The first bill (S.5736A) would prohibit a creditor from charging a consumer an additional rate or fee for any payment option chosen by the consumer.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that legislation (S.5855) he supports to require hospitals to report hospital-acquired infection rates to the Department of Health and make the information available to the public has passed the Senate.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 90,000 infection-related deaths occur each year. There are more Americans who die every year from hospital-acquired infections than from auto accidents and homicides combined.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that legislation he has sponsored (S.1936-A) which would require prescription drug prices to be posted online to give consumers easy access to the drug price list and allow them to electronically comparison shop for prescription drugs on the Internet has passed the Senate.
Under current law, pharmacies in New York are required to produce an updated weekly prescription drug price list and make copies available to consumers who come into the pharmacy and request the list in person.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that legislation (S.3492-A) he has sponsored to help protect consumers from fraud and identity theft by requiring businesses and state agencies whose computer security is breached to notify individuals whose private information was stolen has passed the Senate. He has also sponsored legislation (S.2899) which passed the Senate today to expand and clarify the crimes of identity theft as well as strengthen the penalties.
As computers become more a part of our daily lives, people increasingly transact business over the Internet.