New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle sent an e-mail to constituents today asking what questions they have about the State budget.The e-mail asks that questions be posted to the Senator's YouTube channel where they will be answered via video reply in about two weeks.The Senator's e-mail to constituents is below, with the link for posting a question.Dear Neighbor, In the last month many of you responded to my community survey about the issues that impact upon your daily lives the most – the results of which I will release shortly.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,I, C – Port Jefferson) today said he is conducting a broad, grassroots examination of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed executive budget and meeting with local stakeholders to hear firsthand how the budget impacts local groups, organizations and individuals.
“The State has a $10 billion budget gap that demands we realign priorities, eliminate waste and make very difficult decisions about programs and services,” LaValle said. “We have a $130 billion budget and must work within its footprint.”
“I am determined that the budget process be open and transparent,” LaValle said.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, a fierce advocate for the environment and author of the landmark Pine Barrens Preservation Act of 1993 has been appointed to the New York State Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee. LaValle was told of the appointment on Monday, February 14.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair of the New York State Senate’s Higher Education Committee will chair a first of its kind Higher Education Budget Roundtable with members of the Senate’s Higher Education Committee and representatives of the City University of New York (CUNY).
Representatives from CUNY include: Allan H. Dobrin, executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer; Matthew Sapienza, associate vice chancellor for budget and finance and Kathy Abate, budget and finance.
This is the second roundtable LaValle has hosted to examine the Executive Budget and its impact on higher education. LaValle hosted SUNY representatives last week in a comprehensive budget examination session.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair of the New York State Senate’s Higher Education Committee will chair a first of its kind Higher Education Budget Roundtable with members of the Senate’s Higher Education Committee as well as representatives of the State University of New York (SUNY) including Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer Monica Rimai and other senior SUNY officials to discuss the 2011-2012 Executive Budget and its impact on the University system.
“At the conclusion of the Governor’s budget presentation my staff will began a line-by-line review of the higher education budget to determine, for various stakeholders, what is and is not in the budget and establish the budget’s impact on higher education."
Fulfilling a campaign promise, New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) voted today to cap property taxes to the lesser of 2% or the annual increase in the consumer price index (CPI). Senate Republicans first passed a property tax cap in 2008, but the measure was never acted upon by the Assembly. LaValle said 43 other states have some type of property tax cap and have seen property tax reductions.
“Everything that has been tried to provide relief to taxpayers, up to this point, has not worked,” LaValle said, adding that he has been pushing for a tax cap for many years. “This bill will provide real relief to homeowners who are paying the highest property taxes in the nation,” LaValle said.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, I - Port Jefferson) will host a two-hour-long Environmental Roundtable to discuss environmental issues impacting the First Senate District on Thursday, February 10, 2010, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Selden campus of Suffolk County Community College in the Babylon Student Center – Montauk Point Room 212. This year’s participants will again help Senator LaValle chart a legislative agenda that continues efforts to preserve the character and quality of life in our region.
Past roundtables have included elected and appointed officials and commissioners, community members, environmentalists, sportsmen and others.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, I – Port Jefferson) said he voted today for the Senate Majority’s Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011. LaValle said the three-part plan encourages the creation of new, private-sector jobs and ensures fiscal responsibility, including the enactment of a two percent state spending cap requiring a two-thirds “super majority” vote to increase taxes.
The people of the First Senatorial District made it abundantly clear during the last election cycle,” LaValle said, “No new taxes and we need jobs, jobs, jobs.”
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, I – Port Jefferson) was today named Chairman of the New York State Senate’s Committee on Higher Education, a post he previously held for nearly 30 years.
“As the former Chairman of the Senate’s Committee on Higher Education, Senator LaValle has earned a reputation as an expert on issues related to higher education here in New York. In this capacity, he’ll be responsible for ensuring that our SUNY and CUNY systems continue to be outstanding institutions of learning which prepare our students for the future. I am pleased to name Senator LaValle to chair this prestigious committee and know he’ll do a fine job,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, IP–Port Jefferson) today said the messages he heard from constituents and initiatives he campaigned on will form the basis of his legislative agenda for the next two years.
“I fully support the Governor’s property tax cap proposal,” LaValle said. “A two percent cap or cap tied to the rate of inflation is a number one priority.” LaValle has been a staunch proponent of a property tax cap for the past several years and said Senate Republicans first passed a property tax cap in 2008 and continued to advocate for a cap in order to provide relief to Long Islanders who are overburdened by high property taxes.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today applauded the New York State Supreme Court decision striking down a law that requires recreational anglers to obtain a fishing license to fish town waters.
The towns of East Hampton, Southampton, Shelter Island, Brookhaven, Southold, Huntington and Oyster Bay challenged the law as encroaching on their individual authority to regulate their waters. The law required any angler older than 16 to get a $10 license. The court’s decision applies only to the towns that filed suit.
“I voted against this measure when it was part of the 2009 budget and am happy it has been struck down,” Senator LaValle said.
Another Election Day has passed and it was one that surely will go down in history. One week later, people are still talking about the upsets and the victories. If there was any doubt that every vote counts, this was the election to change the mind of skeptics. Races across the state are too close to call until the final counts are tallied. Once the counts are in, it is up to the re-elected and newly elected officials to fulfill their election promises and work to ensure that government meets the needs of their constituency.
On November 11, the people of this great nation will celebrate Veteran's Day. It is one of several days throughout the year on which American citizens pay special tribute to all those who so valiantly and honorably fought to uphold the freedoms of our country.
Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that legislation which prevents health insurance plans from creating new “specialty tiers” to dramatically increase the copayments that consumers pay has been signed into law. The law becomes effective October 31, 2010 and will protect people suffering from chronic or life threatening illnesses from discriminatory copayments.
Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and Assemblyman Marc Alessi joined with Shelter Island Supervisor James Dougherty and the Theinert family to unveil the ‘Lt. Joseph J. Theinert Memorial Way’ road sign. The sign presented at the event was an actual size mock up of the sign that will be installed on the stretch of NYS Route 114 that runs approximately 1.4 miles in length from the South Ferry Terminal to the Cartwright Road Circle.
Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that he will be joined by Assemblyman Marc Alessi, Shelter Island Supervisor James Dougherty, and the Theinert family for the unveiling of the “Lt. Joseph J. Theinert Memorial Way” road sign on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. on Shelter Island. The sign that will be displayed was created by the NYS Department of Transportation and is an actual size mock up of what the road sign will look like when it is installed.