Kenneth P. LaValle's Press releases

Senate Passes Bills to Curb Illegal Prescription Drug Abuse

With the abuse of illegally-obtained prescription narcotics growing rapidly, the New York State Senate today passed several bills to curb the black market in prescription painkillers said New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson)

LaValle said the Senate approval of the bills followed a roundtable discussion on the issue of abuse of prescription painkillers held today by Senator Hannon and Senator Jeff Klein, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Alcohol and Substance Abuse.  This was a second in a series of public meetings discussing legislation to combat prescription drug abuse and to examine improving New York’s prescription reporting system.

February 13, 2012
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LaValle to Community Colleges: Allow Greater Access to Vocational Training to Prevent Failure, Frustration and Students’ Dropping Out.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, chair of the State Senate’s Higher Education Committee, said today that the State’s Community Colleges need to better identify which students are better suited for a vocational rather than an academic track which would save students’ money and time and ensure their continued enrollment and eventual graduation.

“Our community colleges need to provide greater access to vocational training,” Senator LaValle said, “which in turn would prevent students who are currently in remedial courses and failing, the opportunity to pursue a course of study more suited to them.”

February 3, 2012
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LaValle Urges Education Leaders to Open Dialogue About Remediation

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson), chairman of the New York State  Senate’s Higher Education Committee,  said today that he is urging the heads of The New York City School System, SUNY, CUNY, The Board of Regents and Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities to open a public dialogue about remediation and students who come to college lacking the academic skills they need to survive in higher education.

LaValle said the problem of remediation is widespread in the State and that remedial courses are expensive. LaValle said that if the heads of the organizations don’t come together to open the discussion, he will call the meeting.

February 1, 2012
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LIPA Oversight Bill Unanimously Passes Senate.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C, Port Jefferson) and Assemblyman Bob Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) announced that legislation they crafted in concert with Governor Cuomo has been unanimously passed by the New York State Senate.  The legislation will, once signed by the Governor, create the “Long Island Power Authority Oversight and Accountability Act.” The bill previously unanimously passed the Assembly.

Senator LaValle and Assemblyman Sweeney said that the bill seeks “to provide wide-ranging oversight over the business and rate-making practices of the Long Island Power Authority.  LIPA’s customers will benefit by having the review performed under the direction of the professional staff of the New York State Department of Public Service (DPS).”

January 30, 2012
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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 9, 2012, from 5 p.m. 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.

January 17, 2012
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LaValle to Amend Law: Children of Police and Firefighters Who Die in The line of Duty to Get SUNY/CUNY Education for Free.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said today that he will introduce a bill to amend the New York State Education Law to provide the children of a police officer or firefighter killed in the line of duty with an annual award equal to the State University of New York undergraduate tuition for New York State residents, including the cost of room and board. Senator LaValle’s bill will amend New York State Education Law that previously provided a $450 award in such cases.

“This show of financial support will in no way compensate for a family’s loss,” Senator LaValle said, “rather, it  represents the appreciation, respect and support of a grateful citizenry.”

January 5, 2012
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Historic Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan, Cuts Taxes, Reduces Job Killing MTA Payroll Tax.

 

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C – Port Jefferson) said that the Senate, today, passed historic tax and job creation legislation  that will spur the economy and provide relief to overburdened taxpayers.

The Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan will cut taxes for millions of New Yorkers, create thousands of new private sector jobs and begin to turn our economy around.

Under this plan:

December 9, 2011
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LaValle: Arts Groups From Port Jefferson to East Hampton Awarded State Grants

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R- Port Jefferson) announced today that the New York State Council on the Arts, (NYSCA) has voted to approve $142,693 in funding for arts and cultural activity to 10 groups in the First Senatorial District.

The groups, many of whom applied for several of the competitive grants, stretch from Port Jefferson’s Theater Three Productions to Guild Hall of East Hampton.

“New York’s cultural organizations are among our State’s most important and treasured education, tourism, and recreation assets,” LaValle said. “NYSCA’s grant awards are a critical component supporting the infrastructure that sustains vibrancy, creativity and economic strength in the State’s communities.”

November 15, 2011
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Business Council Rates LaValle Tops for Commitment to Improving State’s Economy

The Business Council of New York State released its 2011 Voters’ Guide, which measures New York State legislators’ "commitment to improving the state’s economic climate and performance by scoring their support for key business legislation during the 2011 session.”

New York State Senator Ken LaValle, (R - Port Jefferson), received the council’s highest score.

“Working with Governor Cuomo to enact real fiscal reform, spending restraint and significant economic development initiatives this past session and next,  I remain committed to making our state economy more competitive, which will act as a stimulus for job creation,” Senator LaValle said.

November 15, 2011
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Need a Job? New Government Website Can Help

There is a new website designed to help New Yorkers who are seeking employment.The NYS Labor Department’s “Jobs Express” website takes thousands of jobs listed on the New York State Jobs Bank and sorts them by region to help job seekers evaluate what industries are growing in their area and find out what opportunities are available in specific economic sectors.To visit Jobs Express, click here.Currently, the New York State Job Bank has 42,370 job openings. See the breakdown of these jobs below.  - Capital District - 2,726- Central New York - 2,373- Finger Lakes - 2,228

November 1, 2011
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Statement of Senator Ken LaValle: Higher Education Hearing on SAT Cheating

Good morning and welcome to SUNY Farmingdale for The New York State Senate Committee on Higher Education public hearing to investigate Truth-in-Testing: A Comprehensive Look at Standardized Testing Security Procedures.

October 27, 2011
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Statement of Senator Ken LaValle: Higher Education Hearing on SAT Cheating

Good morning and welcome to SUNY Farmingdale for The New York State Senate Committee on Higher Education public hearing to investigate Truth-in-Testing: A Comprehensive Look at Standardized Testing Security Procedures.

October 27, 2011
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LaValle Secured Funds: Agricultural Consumer Science Center Breaks Ground, Equals Jobs and Economic Growth

October 24, 2011 – Nearly one year after announcing the open bidding process for the construction of a new Agriculture Consumer Science Center (ACSC) at the Stony Brook University Calverton Business Incubator, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., was joined by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and other local dignitaries  to celebrate the groundbreaking and construction advancement of the planned Center. The project expected completion date is summer 2012.

October 24, 2011
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Agricultural Consumer Science Center Breaks Ground

October 24, 2011 – Nearly one year after announcing the open bidding process for the construction of a new Agriculture Consumer Science Center (ACSC) at the Stony Brook University Calverton Business Incubator, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., will be joined by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and other local dignitaries on Monday, October 24 to celebrate the groundbreaking and construction advancement of the planned Center. The project expected completion date is summer 2012.

October 24, 2011
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Notice of Public Hearing: NYS Committee on Higher Education

Subject:     Truth in Testing: A Comprehensive Look at Standardized Testing Security Procedures

Date:          October 25, 2011 - 10 am - 1 pm

Place:         Roosevelt Hall, Little Theater                  SUNY Farmingdale                  2350 Broadhollow Rd.                  Farmingdale, NY 11735

October 12, 2011
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Carmans River Watershed Protection Act, Will Add 1,000 Acres to Central Pine Barrens Area.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) and Assemblyman Robert Sweeney, co sponsors of the legislation to protect the Carmans River watershed and add approximately 1,000 acres of land to the Central Pine Barrens area, said today that their legislation has been signed into law by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. The measure had unanimously passed the Senate and Assembly.

September 26, 2011
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LaValle and Glick to Focus on Proprietary Schools Early in Next Legislative Session

Chair of the New York State Senate’s Higher Education Committee, New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle  and Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick, Chair of the State Assembly’s Higher Education Committee said today that the oversight and enforcement of regulations on proprietary colleges operating in New York State will be a priority for the coming legislative session.  LaValle and Glick have pending legislation  -- S4268A -- to amend the education law in relation to private proprietary schools.

 Proprietary colleges are for-profit colleges and universities. They are operated by their owners or investors, rather than a not-for-profit institution, religious organization, or government.

September 21, 2011
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LaValle: Individual Federal Disaster Aid Approved For Suffolk

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today said that federal disaster assistance is now available for homeowners, renters and small businesses in Suffolk County as a result of damages incurred by Hurricane Irene. Governor Cuomo made the announcement today

September 2, 2011
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LaValle Calls on President to Expand Disaster Assistance For Suffolk County

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today called upon President Obama and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to expand federal disaster assistance available to  Suffolk  County so that home and business owners can apply for federal assistance.

While localities in Suffolk will be eligible to receive federal assistance to pay for storm related road, bridge and infrastructure repairs, home and business owners were not included on the list for disaster assistance.

“Some residents of Suffolk have extensive damages from the storm,” Senator LaValle said.  “I am urging the federal government to provide whatever assistance is needed to help people recover.”

September 1, 2011
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