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.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate has passed his legislation (S. 477) making all members of the clergy mandated child abuse reporters. In addition, the bill would require mandated reporters to report more cases of suspected child abuse. Presently mandated reporters are only required to report suspected child abuse by a parent or person legally responsible for a child to the New York State Central Register.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that Eleanor Charwat and Marie Tarver have been selected as a 2005 New York State "Women of Distinction."
The Senate's "Women of Distinction" program was created in 1998 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.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that legislation (S.5592) that he has sponsored which would include Columbia County in the Flood Assessment Relief Act of 2005 has passed the Senate.
Because many homes were severely damaged or completely destroyed during the flood of April 2, 2005 they no longer hold the same value they did on March 1, 2005. The legislation would allow taxpayers whose property was seriously damaged in the flood of April 2, 2005 to grieve their assessment to the local Board of Assessment Review.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) announced that students from W.W. Smith Humanities Magnet School, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Sargent Elementary School and The Devereux Foundation traveled to Albany today to attend the "I*MA*GREEN*NATION" Celebration and to receive awards for projects submitted to the contest.This event encourages students to share knowledge, understanding and ideas about important environmental challenges faced by their communities.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie), Chair, Senate Education Committee, today announced that he has secured $890,000 in additional school aid for Dutchess County in the 2005-06 State budget. The additional aid is based upon a comparison of the percentage increase received by each school district in the 41st Senate District as determined by the school runs provided with the adopted budget.
Senator Steve Saland (R, C Poughkeepsie), Chair, Senate Education Committee, today announced that he has secured $110,000 in additional school aid for Columbia County in the 2005-06 State budget. The additional aid is based upon a comparison of the percentage increase received by each school district in the 41st Senate District as determined by the school runs provided with the adopted budget.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced $3,809,069 in capital funding for Independent Colleges and Universities in Dutchess County. The funds come from the $150 million dollar Capital Matching Grants Program included in the 2005-06 state budget chapter amendment approved by the Legislature.
The program will provide $615,694 to Bard College, $738,322 to the Culinary Institute of America, $1,732,388 to Marist College and $722,665 to Vassar College. The funds are awarded on a formula basis, based on enrollment and TAP expenditures.
Senator Steve Saland (R-C Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate has passed his legislation to minimize the emotional harm to child victims and witnesses in murder, attempted murder (S.470), assault, and endangering the welfare of a child (S.469) cases by allowing them to testify via closed-circuit television. In 1985, the New York State Legislature approved a law allowing children to testify by closed-circuit television in court proceedings involving sexual abuse.
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,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that the budget passed today includes provisions that will help school districts affected by a new accounting requirement resulting from a ruling by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) in December 2004. The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) is an independent, not-for-profit organization which establishes financial accounting and financial reporting standards for state and local governments.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie), Chair, Senate Education Committee, today announced that the Senate has passed the 2005-06 Education budget legislation that provides $16.2 billion for schools statewide. This reflects an increase of $848 million in formula driven and other educational assistance to schools across New York State. The Budget adds $322 million to the Governor’s proposed $526 million increase over last year. The budget provides $20 million in additional funding for the School Tax Relief program (STAR). STAR in total amounts to $3.2 billion.
Senator Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that his legislation (S. 317) to prohibit the sale of non-prescription contact lenses has passed the Senate.
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. Corneal ulcers can progress rapidly, leading to internal ocular infection if left untreated.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie), Chair, Senate Education Committee, today announced that he has been selected to Co-Chair the Education Conference Committee on the budget. He will Co-Chair this committee with Assemblyman Steve Sanders, Chair, Assembly Education Committee. The first meeting will take place on Wednesday March 16, 2005 at 1:00 p.m.
"I am very pleased to be participating in the budget conference committee process as Co-Chair of the Education Conference Committee," said Senator Saland.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) today announced that he will be introducing legislation which will establish a lemon law for farm equipment costing more than $1,500. The state presently has lemon laws for new and used cars, new motorized wheelchairs, new motor homes and pets purchased from pet dealers.
New farm equipment would have a one-year express warranty covering all material defects. Consumers would be responsible for reporting any problems they encounter with the farm equipment and the supplier or dealer would be required to correct the problem free of charge.
Senator Steve Saland (R,C Poughkeepsie) has secured $100,000 for Mill Street Loft. The funding originates from the Community Capital Assistance Program (CCAP). Senator Saland announced the funding last evening at Mill Street Loft’s 25th Anniversary Celebration.
The funding will be used to help secure the purchase of the building in the Maplewood complex, the purchase of lots on Pershing Avenue, construct a parking lot on Pershing Avenue and provide repairs to the building.
Senator Steve Saland (R-C, Poughkeepsie) today announced that Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno has appointed him Senate Chair of the Education Budget Conference Subcommittee. Senator Saland will chair the first subcommittee meeting today.
"I am honored to have been chosen to chair the Senate Education Budget Conference Subcommittee," said Senator Saland. "The education portion of the budget is always among the biggest challenges in the budget process.
Despite the inability of the legislature and the Governor to reach an agreement on CFE by the Court of Appeals deadline, the one area of agreement by all parties was that the City of New York should contribute to the opportunity for a sound basic education in New York City. A contribution by the City of New York is clearly supported by the Court of Appeals in its CFE decision.