March 25, 2015 – Senator Ken LaValle reports that the Senate has passed legislation that would close a legal loophole and hold drivers and drunk drivers that leave the scene of an accident more accountable for their actions. The bill would clarify and strengthen the law regarding the obligations of those that are involved in an accident where there is a reasonable presumption of damage and/or injury.
The New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators To Award $10,000 in Scholarships
March 24, 2015 - Senator Ken LaValle announced today that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for four $2,500 scholarships for future or existing college students.
“I am pleased that the Assembly has passed the anti-human trafficking legislation that the Senate has approved for the last two years. This is one of the bills in an important package of legislation that is crucial to protecting and empowering women.
March 12, 2015 – Today, Senator Ken LaValle reports that the New York State Senate has passed it’s 2015 Budget Resolution, which addresses the priorities of Long Island families. The document now becomes the framework for budget negotiations with the Assembly and the Governor towards completing the NY State Budget.
March 11, 2015 - Senator Ken LaValle reports that the State Senate passed two drug prevention bills to combat the spread of methamphetamine use in and to help prevent parks and playgrounds from being used by drug dealers.
February 10, 2015 -In Albany today, Senator Ken LaValle called for an end to the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) that has forced local school districts to cut educational programs and reduced services since it was implemented in 2010. “Eliminating the GEA will restore much needed funds to our schools and assist in providing quality education to all of our children.” said Senator LaValle. He continued, “The $1 billion in cuts should be fully returned to our schools in this budget year.”
January 28, 2015 – Senator Ken LaValle reports that the NY State Senate approved a complete package of legislation that would help keep communities safer from sexual predators.
Senator Ken LaValle said. “Accurate residency information is crucial to help safeguard children, college students, and members of our communities from these sexual predators. These bills are critical to increasing the penalties for violations of residency reporting. We need to continue to strengthen important protections against sexual predators.”
“In today’s State-of-the-State/Budget address, I was cautiously optimistic of some of the fiscal measures being proposed by Governor Cuomo to save taxpayers money.”
“While my preferred methods differ in many instances from the Governor’s proposals, we generally agree that we need to make New York more affordable for families. I would like to see the ceiling raised so additional Long Island families would benefit by having their taxes limited.”
January 12, 2015 – Today, Senator Ken LaValle announced that New York State Senate passed Women’s Equality Legislation. In its first legislative act of 2015, the New York State Senate approved a comprehensive Women’s Equality Agenda to enhance the rights of women and protect New Yorkers who are most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination.
“The first Italian-American Governor of New York, Mario Cuomo and I shared a heritage. As Senator, I maintained a good working relationship with Mario over the 12 years he served as Governor. We spoke often with many of the calls emanating from our homes. Mario was bright, erudite and a strong advocate for his beliefs. A captivating speaker, he forcefully represented his position even when it was politically unpopular. We worked side-by-side on preserving the Pine Barrens, shuttering the Shoreham Nuclear Plant, and improving education. A well respected leader and a dedicated public servant; his contributions to New York will be missed.
New Law Implements A Recommendation of the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases
December 19, 2014 –Senator Ken LaValle, Co-Chair of the Majority Coalition’s Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases, announced the signing of a new law that will help doctors better treat patients with symptoms of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.
December 5, 2014 -Senator Ken LaValle announced that New York State will begin implementing new regulations to protect consumers. During this year alone, more than 20,000 complaints on debt collection providers were made across the state. The complaints ranged from complaints of harassment, aggressive phone calls to collect a debt, attempts to collect an incorrect amount and calls contacting the incorrect person.
Senator LaValle said, “We need to better protect responsible borrowers and stop unscrupulous debt collectors. The new rules and regulations will provide the necessary tools to help stop illegitimate debt collection practices.”
October 30, 2014 – Today, Senator Ken LaValle renewed his pledge to work for a complete repeal of the job-killing MTA tax. His call comes a day after media reports quoted the Governor saying he opposes the tax, but would not commit to have it repealed in its entirety.
October 7, 2014 – Today, Senator Ken LaValle announced the release of his report concerning sexual violence on college campuses. Senator LaValle, Chairman of the NY Senate Higher Education Committee, has long been recognized for his awareness and legislative action concerning this pervasive problem. In May of this year, he assembled a round table of experts to revisit current approaches and existing laws to discover where additional actions were necessary.
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I am encouraging women to schedule their annual mammogram.
It goes without saying that cancer is a frightening disease. However, advances in early detection screenings have helped save lives by diagnosing cancers in their earliest, most curable stages. A mammogram is the best early detection tool we have in the fight against breast cancer. Annual mammograms not only provide peace of mind—they can, and do, save lives.