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Stephen M. Saland

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I hate to say “I told you so" -- an Op-Ed by Senator Steve Saland

The Poughkeepsie Journal editorialized on the state’s shortfall on August 5th noting “they should have seen this coming”.  Well, I did, as did my Republican colleagues. Each of us who cast a no vote and spoke out on this egregious assault on our wallets saw this coming. 

August 12, 2009
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Senate Reform -- A column by Senator Steve Saland

People are angry and rightly so. I am outraged. The three leaders in state government, all Democrats, all from New York City, adopted a budget that imposes $8 billion more in taxes and fees while eliminating STAR rebate checks and increasing spending by $18 billion – during the worst economic times since the Great Depression! Soon after we emerged from the bloody budget battle, every Senate Democrat supported the MTA bail-out that delivered another staggering blow to Dutchess County.

June 19, 2009
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June 12, 2009
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Senator Saland Applauds Bipartisan Reform of the Senate

Today, thirty-two members of the Senate elected for a change in leadership and more importantly voted for real reform of the Senate. The Senate Republicans with the support of two members of the Democrat conference adopted rules which create a more transparent, open process and establish equitable representation among all regions of the State.

I am encouraged and hopeful that our bipartisan coalition elected today will deliver reform and results which will place the Senate in a much better position to get our State back on the road to fiscal recovery.

June 9, 2009
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SALAND FIGHTS TO KEEP DRUG FELONS OUT OF SCHOOLS AND NURSING HOMES

New bill to fix dangerous problem Democrats hid in State Budget

May 28, 2009
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SENATOR SALAND HONORED BY ICHABOD CRANE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Saland secured $41,114 in funding for technology upgrades at school

May 22, 2009
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HERE’S HOW MUCH COLUMBIA COUNTY LOSES WITHOUT STAR PROPERTY TAX REBATE CHECKS

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today released figures showing the $4.3 million loss suffered by over 6,200 property taxpayers in Columbia County now that the STAR rebate checks have been eliminated by the Democrat leadership in the 2009-2010 State Budget.

“As the new Senate Majority, the Senate Democrats have eliminated STAR rebate checks from tens of thousands of real property taxpayers in Columbia County, including more than 3,500 senior citizens – to the painful tune of nearly $3.4 million in Columbia County alone,” Saland said.

April 30, 2009
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HERE’S HOW MUCH DUTCHESS COUNTY LOSES WITHOUT THE STAR PROPERTY TAX REBATE CHECKS

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today released figures showing the $24.4 million loss suffered by nearly 34,000 property taxpayers in Dutchess County now that the STAR rebate checks have been eliminated by the Democrat leadership in the 2009-2010 State Budget.

“As the new Senate Majority, the Senate Democrats have eliminated STAR rebate checks from tens of thousands of real property taxpayers in Dutchess County, including more than 10,000 senior citizens – to the painful tune of nearly $24.4 million in Dutchess County alone,” Saland said.

April 30, 2009
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SALAND AND OTHERS STUNNED AT SHORTSIGHTEDNESS OF DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP IN ENACTING AIRCRAFT SALES TAX

Governor as well as Senate and Assembly Democrat leadership were warned that Dutchess County could lose over 70 jobs yet they stood by and did nothing

 

March 30, 2009
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Senator Steve Saland: The MTA Tax Equals Higher Property Taxes

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), on the recommendation of the Ravitch Commission, has proposed a payroll tax on all wages in the Hudson Valley counties served by the MTA – Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Westchester and Rockland. The Commission, instituted by the Governor to develop ideas to ease the MTA’s severe financial problems, proposed a tax of 33¢ on each $100 of wages paid in these five counties.

March 27, 2009
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Senator Steve Saland: Let’s Create Jobs, Not Kill Jobs With Tax Hikes

“We hear it on the television and read it in the newspapers – Americans are losing their jobs at an alarming rate,” said Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie). “In fact, it was recently reported that more than 78,000 Americans lost their jobs in one day. That’s proof positive that job creation initiatives must be part of the 2009-10 State Budget to turn around the economy in New York and the Hudson Valley.”

March 27, 2009
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Saland Announces Energy Grant For Town Of Germantown

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today joined Germantown Supervisor Roy Brown in announcing that the New York State Senate has helped the Town obtain a disbursement of $70,825 from the New York Power Authority Petroleum Overcharge Restitution Fund to help the reduce energy costs at four town buildings.

March 20, 2009
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Senator Saland Testifies At MTA Hearing To Condemn Proposed Payroll Tax

Testimony of Senator Steve Saland at an MTA hearing held on March 2, 2009 in Newburgh, NY:

Good evening and thank you for the opportunity to testify on a matter of grave importance to the people of Dutchess County.

March 3, 2009
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Saland, Leibell And Molinaro On Dutchess Boces Decision To Delay Vote

A few weeks ago, the taxpayers of Dutchess County  learned of Dutchess BOCES’s  plan to present a $30.3 million bond proposition for a capital project.  While there were varied opinions on the merits of the proposal, many immediately questioned their use of a single polling place for in excess of 165,000 voters.

January 31, 2009
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