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.
Senator Ken LaValle Releases State Department of Transportation Project Update
Construction status for NY Route 347 & NY Route 112 in Terryville and Port Jefferson Station areas
September 24, 2014 – Today, Senator Ken LaValle released a New York State Department of Transportation update for the road construction for NY Route 347 & NY Route 112 in the Terryville and Port Jefferson Station areas. Senator LaValle requested a formal project update from the Department due to the ongoing inconvenience to the public.
Senator LaValle and Assemblyman Palumbo: Southold New Home Buyer Exemption Is Now Law
Southold now joins East Hampton, Southampton, and Shelter Island in assisting first-time primary homebuyers
September 24, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle and Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo report first-time primary homeowners in Southold will now be exempt from the Community Preservation Fund (CPF) transfer tax under a law they authored. The bill is designed to assist low and moderate-income residents in the purchase of their first, primary home by eliminating one of the costs associated with closing.
August 12, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle’s bill to enable an easier transfer of State fishing licenses to family members was signed into law today.
Senator Ken LaValle said, "I sponsored this legislation to enable the great traditions of the East End fishing industry to continue from generation to generation. Now, the licenses can be passed on to family members without the individual being required to live in the same residence. We must do all we can to help ensure the survival of the fishing industry."
August 5, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle secured $150,000 in state funding to be utilized for fighting Lyme and tick-borne diseases on the East End of Long Island. Senator LaValle, who serves as Co-Chair of the NY Senate Coalition Task Force on Lyme and tick-borne diseases, obtain dedicated operating funds for both Shelter Island and North Haven’s four-poster deer tick programs.
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.”