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Senator Saland Comments On Board Of Regents Plan To Start School At Age 5 Andmandate Full-day Kindergarten

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.

January 11, 2006
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Senator Saland Responds To 2006 State Of The State Address

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) responded today to Governor Pataki’s 2006 State of the State Address.

"The State of the State by its very nature is always painted in broad strokes," said Senator Saland. "We obviously await the details."

"I am, however, pleased that the Governor expressed support for a program to rebate a portion of property taxes to homeowners," said Senator Saland.

January 4, 2006
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Senator Saland Announces Shared Services Proposal For Local Government

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).

January 4, 2006
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Senator Saland Announces Proposal For A New $1.9 Billion Property Tax Rebate Program

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.

December 22, 2005
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Senator Saland Announces Grants For Columbia County Courts

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.

November 18, 2005
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Senator Saland Announces Grant For Town Of Clinton Court

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.

November 18, 2005
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Legislation Sponsored By Senator Saland To Establish The Tech Valley High School Is Signed By The Governor

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.

November 10, 2005
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Senator Saland's Legislation Prohibiting The Sale Of Nonprescription Cosmetic Contact Lenses Is 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.

September 29, 2005
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Senator Saland To Introduce Legislation Which Would Penalize Adults Who Leave An Unattended Child Under The Age Of 7 In A Car In Significant Risk To Their Health Or Safety

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.

September 22, 2005
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Senator Saland Asks Attorney General Eliot Spitzer To Investigate The Possibility Of Price Gouging

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.

September 1, 2005
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Senator Saland Provides Information On Donation Contacts For Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts

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.

September 1, 2005
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Senator Saland To Hold 14th Annual Golden Gathering Saturday, September 17, 2005

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.

September 1, 2005
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Governor Signs Senator Saland's Legislation To Permit Child Witnesses To Testify Via Closed Circuit Television

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.

September 1, 2005
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Senator Saland Announces Low-interest Loan For $810,310 Awarded To Greenport For Clean Water Financing

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.

August 2, 2005
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Senator Saland Announces New York State Archives Grants For Dutchess And Columbia Counties

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.

July 27, 2005
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Senator Saland Announces School Accountability Legislation He Sponsors Is Signed By The Governor

Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that legislation he has sponsored (S.5050A) to improve the accountability of school district finances has been signed by the Governor.

"I am very pleased that Governor Pataki has signed this legislation," said Senator Saland. " Defrauding school districts is tantamount to stealing from children.

July 20, 2005
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Senator Saland Sponsors Legislation Which Passes The Senate To Protect Consumers From Unnecessary Charges

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.

June 23, 2005
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Senator Saland Announces Legislation To Require Hospitals To Report Hospital Acquired Infections Passed The Senate

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.

June 23, 2005
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Senator Saland Sponsors Legislation Which Passes The Senate To Make Prescription Drug Prices Available Online

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.

June 22, 2005
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Legislation Sponsored By Senator Saland To Establish The Tech Valley High School Passes The Senate

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 passed the Senate.

June 21, 2005
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