July 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle invites all students up to the 8th grade to join the NY Senate’s 2014 Summer Reading Program. The Senate program, conducted in conjunction with the NY State Library, is designed to help children continue to build their reading skills during the summer months.
Senator LaValle said, “This program is intended to reinforce lessons learned during the school year; keep young minds sharp during the time away from school; and challenge children to continue to learn. It’s my hope that many students take advantage of the program.”
Southold would now join East Hampton, Southampton, and Shelter Island in assisting first-time primary homebuyers
June 26, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle and Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo report that the legislation they sponsored to exempt first-home buyers from the Community Preservation Fund (CPF) transfer tax in Southold has passed both houses of the Legislature. The bill is designed to assist low and moderate-income residents in the purchase of their first, primary home.
June 20, 2014 – Co-Chair Senator Ken LaValle and the Senate Majority Coalition Task Force have passed a resolution in the Senate today calling on the federal government to reevaluate guidelines and allocate additional funding related to Lyme and tick-borne diseases.
Senator LaValle said, “We in The Senate Majority Coalition Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases recognize this epidemic as a pressing public health crisis, and have initiated steps to create a comprehensive statewide response. We need the Centers For Disease Control to focus and react in the same manner.”
June 20, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle reports that the Senate has passed legislation to extend the Brownfield Cleanup Program until2017. In addition, the bill increases bonding by $300 million for DEC’s Superfund Program, which is charged with identifying, investigating, and cleaning up the state’s most contaminated sites.
Senator LaValle said, “We need to continue to clean up potentially contaminated sites and put them back to productive use. This program is a necessary component as we work towards a comprehensive clean water bill for Long Island. I am hopeful that the Governor will sign this into Law.”
June 18, 2014 -Senator Ken LaValle announced today his legislation to immediately halt the eradication of the Mute Swan has passed the State Senate. The bill (S.6667) establishes a moratorium on the killing of Mute Swans and compels the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to hold off any decisions until a new independent study is conducted.
Senator LaValle, as Co-Chair, calls for coordinated efforts to fight the diseasesJune 18, 2014 –Senator Ken LaValle, as one of the Co-Chairs, released the Senate Majority Coalition Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases report.
Legislation aims to boost local agricultural purchases
June 16, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle reported that the “Buy From The Backyard” legislation has passed the NY Senate. The measure supported by Senator LaValle aims to require state government agencies to allocate 20% of their contracts from companies located in New York State.
June 12, 2014 -The State Senate today passed five bills, sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle to make college more affordable for students and their families, while setting students up for success. These bills provide opportunities to help New York students thrive by increasing awards in the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to equal the cost per semester of SUNY and CUNY tuition, alleviating student loan debt, giving access to free community college to eligible students, and providing targeted work-training programs.
May 2014 - State Senator Ken LaValle has announced that Arma Andon has been selected to be included in the 2014 NY Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. “Arma E. Andon embodies the life, character and abilities of a generation of leaders that exemplify the great American spirit.” said Senator LaValle. He continued, ““Arma is a true hero that protected the freedoms we treasure. His selection into the Hall of Fame is in recognition of his patriotism and sacrifice for our country.”
May 21, 2014 – Senator Kenneth LaValle announced that the “NY Jobs For Heroes” legislation he co-sponsored has become law. The new measure establishes a precedent-setting 6% set-aside in State contracts for disabled-veteran owned companies.
May 20, 2014 – Today, Senator Ken LaValle held a Senate roundtable discussion concerning the growing incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault on college campuses, and potential solutions to stop these crimes.
The New York State Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Incentive Program provides a full SUNY tuition scholarship to the top ten percent of students in New York high schools if they major in a STEM field and work in a STEM job in New York State for five years after graduation.
May 6, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle said today that the Senate passed legislation to help police investigate deadly automobile accidents by requiring field testing and blood alcohol level checks by law enforcement officers.
Senator LaValle said, “We have worked to strengthen Driving While Intoxicated laws time and time again with the thought that by increasing penalties, the public would become further educated as to the devastating consequences. This bill would give enforcement increased ability and another tool to keep more drunk drivers off the road, which would better protect the public.”
April 30, 2014 – The NY State Senate today passed Senator Ken LaValle’s legislation to require more openness when the Board of Regents adopt mandates that impose new costs on local School Districts. The bill (Senate 1564) requires the Board of Regents to disclose financial ramifications and identify sources of funding to meet requirements as they consider program or policy changes.
Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 1st Senatorial District.
Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.
I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:
April 14, 1014 – Senator Ken LaValle, Assemblyman Fred Thiele and Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo announce the formation of a new East End Task Force to identify causes and solutions to fight the growing heroin epidemic. The legislator’s Heroin Addiction Legislative Task Force (H.A.L.T.) is currently scheduling its first of several meetings to begin in May.