Today, the Senate voted to expel Hiram Monserrate as a member of the New York State Senate. It is unfortunate that the Senate was compelled to take this action as a result of Hiram Monserrate’s assault upon his girlfriend, Ms. Giraldo. The crime committed was an act of domestic violence and our vote today sends a clear message that domestic violence cannot and should not be tolerated. As a member of the Senate, Mr.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I, C) advanced today with his Senate Republican colleagues a comprehensive plan to create thousands of new jobs throughout the State. The Job Creation and Retention Act would add no new spending to the state budget and would pay for itself through revenue generated by economic growth.
As the State continues to experience cash flow problems due to the inflated budget adopted in 2009, the Governor set a different tone this year with his Executive Budget proposal urging the Legislature to follow a path of fiscal conservatism. While we cannot turn back the clock to erase the damage done by those who voted for the 2009 State Budget, we can hope that our State’s leaders have learned from their past mistakes.
Traditionally, the State of the State offers the Governor the opportunity to outline new programs and initiatives proposed for the coming year. The Governor, lacking funds for new services and programs, provided a framework for ethics and campaign finance reform – issues that warrant the attention and action of the State Legislature. The Governor is to be commended for focusing his energies on much needed reform and we should work
State Senator Stephen M. Saland (R-I-C Poughkeepsie), Ranking Member of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee and Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) have introduced legislation to ban the sale of drop-side cribs in New York State, which have caused the suffocation deaths of at least two New York infants, and 11 infant fatalities nationwide.
When I voted no on the 2009-10 State Budget which increased spending by $12 billion and raised taxes and fees by $8.5 billion, I said it was not merely an irresponsible budget but sheer lunacy. I warned the Democrat leadership that their out of control spending could not be sustained in this weak economy.
In October, the Green Jobs/Green New York Program was enacted into law. This new initiative invests in a cleaner New York while at the same time creating job opportunities. At a time when economic development is on life support, it is initiatives like this that are needed to stimulate our economy .
On the eleventh day of each November, we gather together to pay tribute to our brave servicemen and women, near and far, young and old. As we reflect on the selfless and invaluable contributions of our country’s veterans, we must reaffirm our commitment to supporting veterans and their families.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie), an outspoken critic of the MTA bail-out measure, unveiled a proposal to eliminate the payroll tax imposed on Dutchess, Orange, Putnam and Rockland counties.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) announces from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. , Wednesday, September 30th, WMHT, the Capital Region’s public broadcasting association will host an “Ask the Expert Call In Day” featuring a wide array of home improvement specialists.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie), along with the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce will hold the 18th Annual Golden Gathering on Saturday, September 26, 2009, at Arlington High School on Rt. 55 in Lagrangeville. The event will be held between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
When the Governor put forward his nominee, Jay Walder, to run the MTA, I asked the relevant Senate Committee Chairmen to hold a hearing in the Metro-North region. Not only was the request ignored, but to add insult to injury, the Senate Democrat Leadership held a hearing on Long Island and a hearing in New York City -- basically sending a loud message to the Hudson Valley that it’s okay to take our money to support the MTA but they don’t want our input on who is charged with
Average vehicle registration fee went from $44 for two years to $105 for drivers living in the MTA region. Driver's license renewal fees went from $50 for an eight-year renewal to $80.50 in the MTA region. Trailer registration now costs $42.50 on average, up from $34.
Senator Steve Saland (R,I, C – Poughkeepsie) expressed his outrage that once again the Senate Democrat Leadership is turning its back on the people of the Hudson Valley. It was announced last week that the Chairmen of the Senate Finance, Corporations and Transportation Committees, all Senators representing New York City, will be holding public hearings in New York City and Mineola (Long Island) to hear comments on the Governor’s nomination of
Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) has requested that a public hearing considering the Governor’s nomination for MTA Chairman be held in the Metro-North Region. In a letter to the Chairs of the appropriate Senate Committees, Senator Saland contends that should a hearing be held in the city of New York to consider the Governor’s nominee, Jay Walder, Hudson Valley residents should be offered the same opportunity to attend a hearing in the northern counties of the Metr
It is truly unfathomable that the New York City politicians running this State continue to ignore the public outcry for tax relief. They need to stop reaching in to the pockets of every taxpayer in New York as their sole means to solve the State’s fiscal crisis.
The Governor released details today of a “Back to School” bonus program that would give $200 per child to families on welfare or food stamps. The public money amounting to roughly $140 million is coming from the Federal Stimulus Plan.