Kenneth P. LaValle's Press releases

State Budget Closes $10 Billion Deficit, Restores Fiscal Responsibility, Builds Road to Job Creation With No New Taxes, No Borrowing.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson),  chairman of the Senate’s Higher Education Committee today said  the budget about to be enacted restored an orderly and open budget negotiation process, brought back fiscal responsibility to the state, closes a $10 billion budget deficit and creates a road to job creation and economic recovery, all with no new taxes or borrowing.

“This budget,” LaValle said, “reaches its financial goals with no new taxes and no borrowing and will cut next year's projected budget deficit from $15 billion to about $2 billion.”

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March 30, 2011
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Fishermen Off the Hook: Saltwater License Law Repealed in State Budget

The State Legislature has reached an agreement with the Governor to repeal the 2009 Saltwater Fishing License New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) said today.

The license law, LaValle said,  will be transformed into a registration requirement to meet federal law. In addition, the registration is guaranteed to be free for the next two years and those who purchased lifetime licenses will be granted a refund minus the fee for the past year.

"I voted against the license law and fee when it was part of the 2009 budget and am happy to see the demise of what was essentially a hidden tax,” said LaValle. 

The agreement must still be ratified in the State Budget, which is expected to be approved shortly.

March 24, 2011
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LaValle Bill to Help Commercial Fishermen Unanimously Passes Senate.

A  bill to help commercial fishermen by allowing them to aggregate their daily catch limits over a seven day period and conserve fuel, unanimously passed the Senate on Tuesday it was announced by New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), the sponsor of the bill.

LaValle said his bill (S. 1456A) allows fishermen, for example, to catch three times the daily catch limit on Monday and two times the limit on Wednesday and then stay off the water until the following Monday when a consecutive period of seven days is complete. The bill also allows individuals with different fishing licenses to go out and catch each of their daily limits from the same boat (currently prohibited).

March 23, 2011
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Senator LaValle Seeks Woman of Distinction

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle is seeking nominations from the First Senate District for the New York State Senate’s 14th Annual Women of Distinction celebration.   The event honors exceptional achievement, personal excellence, and outstanding, courageous, or heroic actions on the part of individual women from across the state. 

“In past years, honorees have joined me at a special reception in Albany to accept the “Women of Distinction” award,” said Senator LaValle.  “Award recipients have had the opportunity to meet with a cross section of women from senate districts throughout New York whose hard work and dedication have helped enrich our state and communities.” 

March 23, 2011
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Good News on Horizon: Business, Technology and Academic Partnerships Will Drive Economy, Create Jobs. Two Projects to Launch, Council Planned.

As the state wrestles with passing an on-time budget, marked by painful cuts to close a $10 billion budget gap,  Long Island could be getting good news this Spring when two components in New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle’s Innovation Highway are set to get underway.

LaValle says that the engine to drive the creation of new jobs and boost the economy is right in our backyard. “This Spring,” LaValle said, “two projects, The Stony Brook University Incubator at Calverton and The Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center are scheduled to bloom.” The projects are part of LaValle’s Innovation Highway – a tech corridor stretching from The Stony Brook University Incubator at Calverton to North Shore Hospital in Manhasset .

March 22, 2011
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LaValle: Funding Restored to SUNY Stony Brook Hospital and Long Island Veteran’s Home in Senate Budget, Defines State’s Obligation to Students.

 

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) today announced he has fought for and restored funding to the proposed New York State budget that would have decimated local hospital programs and veterans’ care on Long Island by reorganizing and prioritizing what is important to the First Senatorial District and Long Island and all for less than the original budget as proposed by the Governor.

Coming in at approximately $132.5 billion, the Senate budget spends less than the Executive Budget  and stabilizes the State’s finances this year and in future years. 

March 15, 2011
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State Senate Passes Responsible Budget That Reduces Spending, Invests In New York’s Priorities And Includes No New Taxes.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that the New York State Senate acted on its budget resolution - - a fiscally sound plan that reduces spending, rejects tax increases and makes responsible investments in New York’s future.

The Senate budget largely mirrors the priorities outlined in Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget and will serve as a roadmap to the enactment of a responsible, on-time budget.

The Senate budget closes a $10 billion budget deficit without raising taxes, and allows the personal income tax (PIT) surcharge to sunset as scheduled so small businesses and others can get back to creating jobs for workers.

March 15, 2011
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LaValle: Submit Budget Questions, I'll Answer

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.

March 8, 2011
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LaValle Invites Budget Stakeholders to Provide Input, Grassroots Effort Examines Budget and Local Impact.

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.

February 15, 2011
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Environmental Champion, LaValle Named to Senate Environmental Conservation Committee.

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.

February 15, 2011
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NY State Senate Higher Education Chair Ken LaValle Hosts Higher Ed. Budget Roundtable to Examine Executive Budget Impact on CUNY.

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.

February 14, 2011
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New Transparent Process to Examine Budget: NY State Senate Higher Education Chair Ken LaValle to Host First of Several Higher Ed. Budget Roundtables.

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.

February 9, 2011
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Statement of Senator Kenneth LaValle, Chair of NYS Higher Education Committee, on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Budget.

“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."

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February 1, 2011
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LaValle Votes to Cap Property Taxes.

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.

January 31, 2011
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Senator LaValle to Host Annual Environmental Roundtable

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. 

January 21, 2011
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LaValle Legislative Kick-Off: Economy and Jobs Top Agenda; Senate Votes on Jobs Creation and Taxpayer’s Protection Act.

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.”

January 19, 2011
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LaValle Named Chair of Senate Higher Education Committee.

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.

January 11, 2011
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Senator LaValle's Priorities for the New Legislative Session.

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. 

LaValle said his priorities include:

January 6, 2011
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Senator Ken LaValle Applauds Court’s Decision Scuttling Fishing-License Rule

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.

December 17, 2010
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