Kenneth P. LaValle's Press releases

LaValle: START-UP NY and EPCAL Create Unique Synergy

New York State Senator Ken LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson)m announced that the New York State Senate, in a new, significant initiative to create jobs and strengthen the state’s economy, gave  final passage last week to legislation (S5903) to establish the SUNY Tax-Free Areas to Revitalize and Transform Upstate (START-UP NY) program that will create tax-free areas around the state’s colleges, universities and other designated areas.  Senator LaValle said START-UP NY combined with the recently passed Enterprise Park at Calverton Reuse and Revitalization (EPCAL) legislation creates a unique synergy for Long Island and the East End

June 24, 2013
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LaValle Bill Requires Equestrians Under Age 18 To Wear Helmet

New York State Senator Ken LaValle has passed  a bill in the New York State Senate that will require horseback riders younger than age 18 to wear a helmet.  The bill, LaValle said was created after Nicole Hornstein, the 12 year old daughter of a Southampton resident died from brain injuries after falling off a horse without a helmet while riding in Florida. 

June 21, 2013
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LaValle Bill To Help Counties With FIT Costs Passes Senate

A bill sponsored by New York State Senator Ken LaValle to alleviate the financial burden on New York State counties from having to pay charge back fees to The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) for upper division programs passed the New York State Senate on Thursday.

“Many counties are finding it difficult, if not impossible, to pay the upper level charge back fees,” Senator LaValle said,“and the burden is falling on localities. This bill is necessary to alleviate some of the counties' burden and eliminate their need to charge back the localities but to still fund FIT at appropriate and fair levels.”

June 21, 2013
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Senate Gives Final Passage To Bill To Protect OPWDD From Funding Cuts

New York State Senator Ken LaValle said the Senate has given final passage to legislation that would protect providers of services for the developmentally disabled from state funding cuts.The legislatio

June 18, 2013
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LaValle Student Lending Transparency Bill Passes Senate

New York State Senator Ken LaValle’s (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) Student Lending Transparency Program bill passed the New York State Senate today. The bill will create the Student Lending Transpare

June 18, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Establish Procedure for Recognition of Montaukett Tribe

New York State Senator Ken LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) has passed a bill in the New York State Senate today that establishes a procedure for the Montaukett Indian Tribe to be recognized by the State of New York.

June 18, 2013
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LaValle Bill Extends North Fork Wine Trail

A bill sponsored by New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle that extends the North Fork Wine Trail has passed the New York State Senate.

May 30, 2013
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Montauk's Walter George Drago Selected as NYS Veterans' Hall of Fame Inductee

Montauk’s Lt. Col. Walter George Drago has been selected by New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle for induction into the New York State Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Drago will join veterans from across the State at an Albany induction ceremony on May 21.
In 1968, Drago enlisted in the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Flight Program and graduated with honors as a Warrant Officer 1 Army Aviator and was selected to fly the Grumman OV-1 Mohawk.   Drago was deployed to Viet Nam in March 1970 where within a year he flew more than 220 combat missions in support of the U.S. and the Allied Forces across Southeast Asia.   

May 15, 2013
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LaValle Bill Will Help Reduce Social Service Fraud and Abuse

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that his legislation (S1770) allowing county, city and town social services departments to enter into an agreement with the State Department of Health granting access to the official list of death certificates on file with the Department passed the New York State Senate today.

The State Department of Health maintains the official list of all death certificates filed in New York.

“Death certificates,” Senator LaValle explained, “are not public records and acquiring them can be onerous for social service agencies.”

May 8, 2013
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LaValle Bill: Split Child Support Payment Fee Equitably

 

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S.783) by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) that will split fees on child support payments between the custodial and non-custodial parent. The entire fee is now borne by the custodial parent.

May 1, 2013
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LaValle Legislation: School Districts Must Notify Parents of Sex Offenders

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle’s legislation requiring a school district to notify students’ parents about the presence of sex offenders in their community once the district is notified by law enforcement officials, passed the New York State Senate today. The legislation provides funding to reimburse school districts for their costs related to complying with the requirement.

“Megan's Law requires that level two and level three sex offenders register with local law enforcement agencies,” Senator LaValle said. “The law enforcement agencies may distribute information including the offender’s name, picture, address, location of employment and background information.”

April 29, 2013
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SENATE PASSES LAVALLE BILL TO CURB CHEATING ON ACADEMIC PAPERS

The New York State Senate today passed a bill to prevent students from cheating by prohibiting the sale or purchase of dissertations, term papers, and similar academic documents online. The legislation (S2405), sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), would prevent academic fraud by discouraging Internet-based services from selling educational papers to students.

April 29, 2013
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Senator LaValle Names Rocky Point's Meredith Festa a Woman of Distinction; Statewide Capitol Fete May 7

 

Rocky Point’s Meredith Festa has been selected by New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle  as the First Senatorial District’s Woman of Distinction for 2013.

April 25, 2013
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LaValle: Families and Students Please Plant A Tree and Send Me Photos!

 

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said today that he is urging families and students to participate in Earth Day and Arbor Day week activities by planting a tree or other greenery and taking a photo for inclusion on his Senate website and Facebook page.

April 10, 2013
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Senator LaValle Announces Scholarships

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for four $1,500 scholarships to be awarded June 10th at their Annual Legislative Conference Day.  

April 9, 2013
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Plant a Tree This Earth Day!

by Kenneth P. LaValle - NY State Senator

Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on our region, cut power to millions of homes and businesses from the Carolinas to Ohio and disrupted the presidential campaign.

The storm also ravaged trees and greenery around our homes and neighborhoods, and we’re just beginning to see the long term damage some trees and shrubs suffered While seemingly intact, many trees are shocked and brown from the lashing by hurricane-force, salt laden winds. Some probably won’t survive.

April 4, 2013
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SENATE PASSES 2013-14 BUDGET THAT DELIVERS TAX RELIEF FOR BUSINESSES AND FAMILIES

 

Budget Includes Senate Republican Proposals For Tax Relief To Create Jobs & To Help Middle Class Families; Keeps State Spending Growth Below 2% Again

March 27, 2013
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LaValle: State Budget Includes Nearly $7 million for Local Roads and Bridges

 

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I-Port Jefferson) today announced that the 2013-2014 New York State Budget will include $75 million of increased funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).

“This nearly $7 million in funding for towns and villages in the First Senatorial District will allow us to put New York back to work by repairing roads and bridges,” said Senator LaValle. 

March 26, 2013
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LaValle: State Budget Includes Nearly $7 million for Local Roads and Bridges

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I-Port
Jefferson) today announced that the 2013-2014 New York State Budget will
include $75 million of increased funding for the Consolidated Local Street and
Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).

March 26, 2013
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LaValle: Saltwater Fishing License Fee Abolished as Part of New State Budget

The saltwater fishing license fee has been eliminated as part of the state budget it was reported by New York State Senator Kenneth P.

March 26, 2013
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