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Not to be confused with Stephen Salant.

Stephen M. Saland (born November 12, 1943) is an American attorney and politician. He was a Republican member of the New York State Senate, representing the 41st District from 1990 to 2012. Prior to his Senate tenure, Saland served in the New York State Assembly. Saland is notable as one of four Republican Members of the New York State Senate that voted in favor of the Marriage Equality Act in 2011. Following his vote for same-sex marriage, Saland lost his 2012 re-election bid to Democrat Terry Gipson. Since 2016, Saland has served on the board of the state Thruway Authority.

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A native of Poughkeepsie, Saland earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University at Buffalo in 1965 and a Juris Doctor from Rutgers Law School in 1968.

Saland worked as a legislative aide to a New Jersey Assemblyman, and later as an executive assistant to New York Assemblyman Emeel S. Betros. Saland worked as a lawyer in Betros' law firm. He began his own career in public service as a town councilman in Wappinger. In April 1980, Saland was elected to the New York State Assembly in District 99 to fill the vacancy created by the death of Betros. His first action as a state legislator was to introduce a bill requiring the state to reimburse school districts for interest debts they incurred from borrowing money because of New York's budget crisis. Saland was re-elected several times, and remained in the Assembly until 1990.

Saland was a member of the New York State Senate (41st District) from 1991 to 2012. After voting for same-sex marriage in 2011, Saland received a Republican primary challenge from Neil Di Carlo in 2012. Di Carlo made a campaign issue of Saland's same-sex marriage vote. Although Saland won the primary by a margin of 107 votes, Di Carlo continued his campaign as the candidate of the Conservative Party. Saland lost the general election to Democrat Terry Gipson by 2,096 votes; Di Carlo acted as a spoiler, receiving 17,300 votes on the Conservative line.

In 2016, Saland was appointed to the board of the state Thruway Authority by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The State Senate confirmed his appointment in June 2016.

Saland is a direct descendant of a former Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, Shmuel Salant.

2011 same-sex marriage vote

On June 24, 2011, Saland cast the deciding vote in favor of New York's Marriage Equality Act, which legalized same-sex marriage in New York. Saland announced that he would vote "yes" on June 24, 2011—the same day that the bill came to the Senate floor for a vote. Saland had previously voted "no" on same-sex marriage in December 2009. While speaking in defense of an amendment exempting religious organizations from recognizing same-sex marriage, Saland described his vote as a vote of conscience: "I have defined doing the right thing as treating all persons with equality ... And that equality includes the definition of marriage. I fear that to do otherwise would fly in the face of my upbringing". Saland was one of four Republican state senators that voted in favor of the Marriage Equality Act.

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  3. "Saland sworn, seeks school help". The Evening News. April 23, 1980.
  4. "Board and Executive Staff - New York State Thruway".
  5. "Saland Gets A Primary Challenger". Archived from the original on July 1, 2012. RetrievedOctober 3, 2012.
  6. Kriss, Erik (December 14, 2012). "Saland loses narrowly". New York Post. RetrievedAugust 14, 2014.
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  9. "2012 New York State Senate General Election Results"(PDF). Elections.NY.gov. RetrievedNovember 29, 2021.
  10. Gross, Hank (November 7, 2012). "DiCarlo plays spoiler in NY 41st Senate Race". www.wamc.org.
  11. Spector, Joseph (June 23, 2016). "Saland joins Thruway Authority board". Poughkeepsie Journal.
  12. Hoffman, Allison (June 17, 2011). "Jewish Lawmaker Key to N.Y. Marriage Bill: Scion of prominent rabbinic family has been lobbied by ultra-Orthodox". Tablet Magazine. Archived from the original on June 25, 2011. But he is, according to people familiar with the Agudath campaign, directly related to Shmuel Salant, a prominent rabbi of the late 19th century who served as the Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem until his death in 1909. The Agudath has, accordingly, sweetened its appeals with references to the lawmaker's family tree—and some enthusiastic supporters in Jerusalem are rumored to have gone so far as to have prayed at Salant's grave in hopes of his intercession in the matter.
  13. "Saland to vote 'yes' on gay marriage". Daily Freeman. RetrievedOctober 3, 2012.
  14. Liu, Irene (December 2, 2009). "Gay marriage defeated". TimesUnion.com.
  15. Epstein, Reid J. (June 24, 2011). "New York gay marriage bill passes". Politico. After weeks of suspense, Stephen Saland, a Poughkeepsie Republican announced himself on the senate floor as the 32nd senator to back the legislation, tipping the balance in favor of it passing. Saland defined his vote as a matter of conscience: "I have defined doing the right thing as treating all persons with equality ... And that quality includes the definition of marriage. I fear that to do otherwise would fly in the face of my upbringing", Saland stated and was joined in announcing his newfound support for gay marriage on the senate floor by Mark Grisanti, a first-term Buffalo Republican who did not declare how he would vote until his floor speech Friday night.
  16. Gormley, Michael (June 23, 2011). "New York becomes sixth and largest state to legalize gay marriage". NBCNews.com. RetrievedAugust 14, 2014.
  17. Jackson, Nicholas (June 24, 2011). "New York Legislature Legalizes Gay Marriage in 33-29 Vote". TheAtlantic.com.
  18. Confessore, Nicholas; Barbaro, Michael (June 25, 2011). "New York Allows Same-Sex Marriage, Becoming Largest State to Pass Law". The New York Times.
New York State Assembly
Preceded by Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 99th district

1980–1982
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 97th district

1983–1990
Succeeded by
New York State Senate
Preceded by Member of the New York State Senate
from the 41st district

1991–2012
Succeeded by
Preceded by New York State Senate
Chairman of the Committee on Codes

2011–2012
Succeeded by

Stephen M Saland Article Talk Language Watch Edit Not to be confused with Stephen Salant Stephen M Saland born November 12 1943 is an American attorney and politician He was a Republican member of the New York State Senate representing the 41st District from 1990 to 2012 Prior to his Senate tenure Saland served in the New York State Assembly Saland is notable as one of four Republican Members of the New York State Senate that voted in favor of the Marriage Equality Act in 2011 Following his vote for same sex marriage Saland lost his 2012 re election bid to Democrat Terry Gipson Since 2016 Saland has served on the board of the state Thruway Authority Contents 1 Biography 1 1 2011 same sex marriage vote 2 Sources 3 External linksBiography EditA native of Poughkeepsie Saland earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University at Buffalo in 1965 and a Juris Doctor from Rutgers Law School in 1968 1 Saland worked as a legislative aide to a New Jersey Assemblyman and later as an executive assistant to New York Assemblyman Emeel S Betros Saland worked as a lawyer in Betros law firm He began his own career in public service as a town councilman in Wappinger In April 1980 Saland was elected to the New York State Assembly in District 99 to fill the vacancy created by the death of Betros 2 His first action as a state legislator was to introduce a bill requiring the state to reimburse school districts for interest debts they incurred from borrowing money because of New York s budget crisis 3 Saland was re elected several times and remained in the Assembly until 1990 4 Saland was a member of the New York State Senate 41st District from 1991 to 2012 4 After voting for same sex marriage in 2011 Saland received a Republican primary challenge from Neil Di Carlo in 2012 5 Di Carlo made a campaign issue of Saland s same sex marriage vote 6 Although Saland won the primary by a margin of 107 votes 7 Di Carlo continued his campaign as the candidate of the Conservative Party Saland lost the general election to Democrat Terry Gipson 8 by 2 096 votes 9 Di Carlo acted as a spoiler 10 receiving 17 300 votes on the Conservative line 9 In 2016 Saland was appointed to the board of the state Thruway Authority by Gov Andrew Cuomo The State Senate confirmed his appointment in June 2016 11 Saland is a direct descendant of a former Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Shmuel Salant 12 2011 same sex marriage vote Edit On June 24 2011 Saland cast the deciding vote in favor of New York s Marriage Equality Act which legalized same sex marriage in New York Saland announced that he would vote yes on June 24 2011 the same day that the bill came to the Senate floor for a vote 13 Saland had previously voted no on same sex marriage in December 2009 14 While speaking in defense of an amendment exempting religious organizations from recognizing same sex marriage Saland described his vote as a vote of conscience I have defined doing the right thing as treating all persons with equality And that equality includes the definition of marriage I fear that to do otherwise would fly in the face of my upbringing 15 16 Saland was one of four Republican state senators that voted in favor of the Marriage Equality Act 17 18 Sources Edit Senator Stephen M Saland NY Project Vote Smart 7 500 seen voting in the 99th District The Evening News April 13 1980 Saland sworn seeks school help The Evening News April 23 1980 a b Board and Executive Staff New York State Thruway Saland Gets A Primary Challenger Archived from the original on July 1 2012 Retrieved October 3 2012 Kriss Erik December 14 2012 Saland loses narrowly New York Post Retrieved August 14 2014 2012 New York State Senate Primary Election Results PDF Elections NY gov Retrieved November 29 2021 Vielkind Jimmy December 13 2012 Officially Steve Saland concedes to Gipson Capitol Confidential a b 2012 New York State Senate General Election Results PDF Elections NY gov Retrieved November 29 2021 Gross Hank November 7 2012 DiCarlo plays spoiler in NY 41st Senate Race www wamc org Spector Joseph June 23 2016 Saland joins Thruway Authority board Poughkeepsie Journal Hoffman Allison June 17 2011 Jewish Lawmaker Key to N Y Marriage Bill Scion of prominent rabbinic family has been lobbied by ultra Orthodox Tablet Magazine Archived from the original on June 25 2011 But he is according to people familiar with the Agudath campaign directly related to Shmuel Salant a prominent rabbi of the late 19th century who served as the Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem until his death in 1909 The Agudath has accordingly sweetened its appeals with references to the lawmaker s family tree and some enthusiastic supporters in Jerusalem are rumored to have gone so far as to have prayed at Salant s grave in hopes of his intercession in the matter Saland to vote yes on gay marriage Daily Freeman Retrieved October 3 2012 Liu Irene December 2 2009 Gay marriage defeated TimesUnion com Epstein Reid J June 24 2011 New York gay marriage bill passes Politico After weeks of suspense Stephen Saland a Poughkeepsie Republican announced himself on the senate floor as the 32nd senator to back the legislation tipping the balance in favor of it passing Saland defined his vote as a matter of conscience I have defined doing the right thing as treating all persons with equality And that quality includes the definition of marriage I fear that to do otherwise would fly in the face of my upbringing Saland stated and was joined in announcing his newfound support for gay marriage on the senate floor by Mark Grisanti a first term Buffalo Republican who did not declare how he would vote until his floor speech Friday night Gormley Michael June 23 2011 New York becomes sixth and largest state to legalize gay marriage NBCNews com Retrieved August 14 2014 Jackson Nicholas June 24 2011 New York Legislature Legalizes Gay Marriage in 33 29 Vote TheAtlantic com Confessore Nicholas Barbaro Michael June 25 2011 New York Allows Same Sex Marriage Becoming Largest State to Pass Law The New York Times External links EditAppearances on C SPANNew York State AssemblyPreceded byEmeel S Betros Member of the New York State Assembly from the 99th district 1980 1982 Succeeded byGlenn E WarrenPreceded byWilliam J Larkin Jr Member of the New York State Assembly from the 97th district 1983 1990 Succeeded byDonald H McMillenNew York State SenatePreceded byJay P Rolison Jr Member of the New York State Senate from the 41st district 1991 2012 Succeeded byTerry GipsonPreceded byEric Schneiderman New York State Senate Chairman of the Committee on Codes 2011 2012 Succeeded byMichael F Nozzolio Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Stephen M Saland amp oldid 1064886332, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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