New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today co-sponsored and voted for a bill (S.998B) that will make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses and prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting.
The bill would make text messaging while driving a primary violation rather than a secondary violation. Under the current law, a driver can only be cited for texting-while-driving if another violation, such as speeding, is also being cited.
Federal data shows 16,000 deaths nationwide due to texting while driving.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle introduced two bills in the New York State Senate on Tuesday. The first places the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) under the “full oversight” of the Public Service Commission (PSC). LaValle’s second bill allows the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to acquire LIPA as a subsidiary.
“Nicole Behrens, survived 10 years of violence against her by her own husband, in her own home and – with tremendous courage – rose above that experience and lifted her daughter with her to not only escape the life of violence and devastation, but to then give back tremendously and consistently to the community.”
– excerpt from nominating letter to NY State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today said his bill permitting Suffolk County to refund penalties and interest associated with non-payment of real property taxes where a customary payment-due notice was not provided has passed the New York State Senate.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle announced today the availability of Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) dollars to help local municipalities with road repairs.
The Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) was established by the Legislature in 1981 to assist localities in financing the construction, reconstruction, or improvement of local highways, bridges, highway-railroad crossings, and/or other local facilities.
“I know this money will help many cash-strapped municipalities with repairs to the pock-marked and pot-holed roads that have erupted as a result of the harsh winter, “ LaValle said.
The New York State Senate is scheduled today to adopt resolutions acknowledging the championship seasons of three Suffolk basketball teams -- Port Jefferson, Center Moriches and Mattituck -- for each team’s respective outstanding accomplishments and championship season according to State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), the sponsor of the resolutions. The regularly scheduled Senate session begins at 3 PM. The reading and adoption of resolutions is webcast at: http://www.livestream.com/nysenate.
Recognizing individuals who have made major contributions to higher education in general and community colleges in particular, The State University of New York (SUNY) Faculty Council of Community Colleges has awarded New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, chairman of the Senate’s Higher Education Committee, its 2011 Distinguished Service Award. The award was presented at the SUNY Faculty Council of Community Colleges’ Spring Plenary.
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.”
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.
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).
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.”
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 .
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.
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.
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.