Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie) announced that his bill to include theft of credit or debit card numbers within the crime of grand larceny in the fourth degree has passed the Senate today.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) announced the passage of Governor Cuomo’s real property tax cap bill in the State Senate. The imposition of a property tax cap will benefit local taxpayers by limiting the annual tax levies imposed by school districts and local governments.
The bill limits the local tax levies to 2% or 120% of the consumer price index, whichever is less. Exceptions to the cap include support for capital expenditures approved by the voters.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) announced that he has been appointed to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Codes Committee.
Senator Saland has been asked to chair the Senate Codes Committee. The Senate Codes Committee is one of the most prestigious and active committees in the State Senate and as Chairman, Senator Saland will oversee criminal justice policy affecting New York State.
Despite the severe fiscal challenges before us, Governor Cuomo managed to strike a balance which was both optimistic and realistic. He understands radical changes need to be made and appears ready and willing to lead us to long-term financial stability with less government spending, that performs more efficiently and is accountable to the people of this State. &nbs
“Life Medical Technologies chose the right place when they picked Dutchess County to locate their headquarters and operations,” said Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C, Poughkeepsie). “The 250 planned jobs will fit particularly well with the skilled workforce in our area and will be an economic boon. It just proves once again that Dutchess County has what it takes to draw many types of businesses and I congratulate all the partners of ‘Team Dutchess’ on their hard work in bringing this outstanding company here.”
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) cautions all individuals and families that a sales tax hike will soon take effect. On October 1st, New York State will begin collecting 4 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing $110 or less as part of the 2010-2011 state budget approved by the Democrats who now control state government.
State Senator Stephen Saland (R,I,C-Poughkeepsie) today condemned the lack of MTA oversight that resulted in significantly inflated salaries paid through overtime abuse in the MTA.“At a time when everyone is struggling to feed their families first and to pay taxes, at a time when the state is grappling with a nine billion dollar deficit, at a time we can LEAST afford greed, waste,and abuse of our public systems, we have received confirmation that greed, waste and abuse is alive and well in the MTA!” said Senator Stephen M.
Just when we thought it couldn’t get much worse, we plainly and clearly see the destructive path the State’s leadership is taking us to resolve our budget gap. Not only is the current state budget more than two months late, the current leadership has ignored the Budget Reform law adopted in 2007. I and my Republican colleagues have been shut out of the budget negotiation process, our list of suggested cuts have been virtually igno
Recent news stories have highlighted a number of vicious incidents of bullying in New York schools that show this type of peer abuse has become more pervasive and destructive. Last month, a West Islip teen hanged herself after being harassed by cyber-bullies who taunted her even in death. Another West Islip teenager was repeatedly cyber-bullied and beaten so badly by a classmate that she had to have reconstructive surgery on her face.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) led the debate on Real Property Tax relief on the Senate floor today. Senator Saland offered up an amendment which would include STAR property tax rebates, a cap on the school tax levy, an optional freeze on school taxes for seniors, mandate relief for schools and a circuit breaker which would offer tax breaks for those earning less than $250,000.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) announces five area libraries have been awarded Public Library Construction Grants. The grants are supported by a $14 million capital fund appropriation in the 2009 State Budget. In recognition of the lack of funding available for libraries’ construction