Kenneth P. LaValle's Press releases

Senate Passes Historic Property Tax Cap Legislation

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said the Senate passed historic property tax relief legislation that enacts a cap on the growth of local property taxes. that will bring relief to long suffering tax payers. The Governor signed the bill into law Friday night (06/24).

“I have long been an advocate of a tax cap,” Senator LaValle said, “and the time has come for us to implement this law.”

June 27, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LANDMARK “POWER NY” LEGISLATION

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said the Senate gave final legislative passage to the “Power NY Act” on June 22 to secure the state’s energy future by expanding the availability of affordable, clean and reliable electricity, while also creating jobs and boosting the economy.

June 23, 2011
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Bill To Establish Naturopathic Doctors As Licensed Professionals In New York State Passes Senate.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, I- Port Jefferson) said today that a bill he sponsored to establish naturopathic doctors as licensed professionals in New York State has passed the Senate. This legislation also includes specific requirements for the education and residency training for naturopaths, the creation of a state board for naturopathy, and continuing education provisions.

June 23, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill to Incentivize Repowering/Development at Port Jefferson Power Plant.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said a bill to provide an incentive for the remediation of the Port Jefferson power plant  and to create development of a new, state of the art facility on the site  passed the New York State Senate today.

“This bill would encourage the development of a new or repowered facility in the Village of Port Jefferson to replace the existing plant and restore it with a modern, efficient power source,” Senator LaValle said, adding “we want to encourage competition and reliable, clean, low-cost energy that will benefit all Long Islanders.”

June 20, 2011
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LaValle Bill Capping Seniors' School Taxes Passes Senate

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said his bill capping school taxes for eligible senior citizens older than 70 years of age has passed the New York State Senate and will now go to the Assembly.

This bill amends the real property tax law by establishing a fixed real property school tax rate for persons 70 years of age or over who meet the requirements for the enhanced STAR exemption. Under the bill, residential real property owned and occupied by individuals who are 70 years of age or over; or by husband and wife, one of whom is seventy years of age or over and meets each of the requirements for the enhanced STAR exemption, will be eligible for a fixed real property school tax rate.

June 20, 2011
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LaValle Co-Sponsored Bill, Prescription Freedom of Choice Passes Senate 60 – 2, Provides Drugs May Be Purchased at Local Pharmacy Rather by Mail order.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said today that a bill he co-sponsored that provides freedom of choice to consumers who have coverage for prescribed drugs as part of their health insurance has passed the Senate and will now go to the Governor for his signature.

 The bill, S3510, allows consumers to purchase prescription drugs from their local pharmacy despite an insurance company policy mandating a purchase from a specific mail order pharmacy.

“This legislation provides consumers with a choice,” Senator LaValle said, “as well as increased safety.”

June 20, 2011
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LaValle Co-Sponsored Bill, Prescription Freedom of Choice Passes Senate 60 – 2, Provides Drugs May Be Purchased at Local Pharmacy Rather by Mail order.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said today that a bill he co-sponsored that provides freedom of choice to consumers who have coverage for prescribed drugs as part of their health insurance has passed the Senate and will now go to the Governor for his signature.

The bill, S3510, allows consumers to purchase prescription drugs from their local pharmacy despite an insurance company policy mandating a purchase from a specific mail order pharmacy.

“This legislation provides consumers with a choice,” Senator LaValle said, “as well as increased safety.”

June 20, 2011
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Senate Passes “Complete Streets” Legislation

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said the Senate today passed the “Complete Streets” legislation which would help make roadways safer for all who use them. The bill (S.5411A), requires state, county, and local transportation agencies to consider roadway design features that increase the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. The bill unanimously passed the Senate.

June 20, 2011
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Senate Gives Final Legislative Approval To Bills Limiting Military Funeral Protests

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said the Senate gave final legislative approval on Thursday June 16 to two measures that offer additional buffers and restrictions for protests or demonstrations seeking to disrupt military funerals, burials or memorial services. The bills balance the constitutional right of free speech with the ability of families to respectfully mourn the individuals who gave their lives in service to our country.

June 17, 2011
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LaValle/Sweeney: Carman’s River Watershed Protection Passes Senate and Assembly, Will Add 1,000 Acres to Central Pine Barrens Area.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said today that his legislation to protect the Carmans River watershed and add approximately 1,000 acres of land to the Central Pine Barrens area has passed the New York State Senate by a vote of 60 – 0 and the Assembly 140-0.

June 17, 2011
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Senate Increases Penalties for DWI Recidivists

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said  today that the Senate passed a measure on June 16 that imposes mandatory jail time for individuals who choose to drive again under the influence of drugs or alcohol after having been previously convicted of such a crime. The bill (S.2597) is intended to increase the penalties for multiple DWI offenders.

“It is critical to the safety of motorists that we do our best to ensure that those who endanger the lives of others are kept off the road,” said Senator LaValle.  “This measure will protect the public from drunk drivers by giving law enforcement additional tools to effectively prosecute recidivist drunk drivers.”

Under the measure:

June 17, 2011
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LaValle: LIPA/PSC Bill Passes Assembly; Long Island Power Authority Must Get Public Service Commission Approval Before Hiking Rates.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said his legislation that would make rates fair, just and transparent by requiring the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) to seek approval by the Public Service Commission (PSC) if LIPA seeks a rate increase by more than two and a half percent per year has been passed by the Assembly and is headed to the Governor’s desk for his signature.  If enacted, the PSC would be required to review and approve LIPA's rate increase requests before they are passed on to Long Island ratepayers. The bill was co-sponsored by Assemblyman Robert Sweeney.

LaValle introduced similar legislation in 2008 that passed both houses of the legislature but was vetoed by then Governor David Paterson.

June 16, 2011
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SENATE PASSES EXPANSION OF DNA DATABANK

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said the Senate passed a bill (S.5560) today that significantly expands the ability of law enforcement to solve crimes by requiring those convicted of all felonies and misdemeanors to submit DNA samples.

The measure is supported by the District Attorneys across the state, crime victims’ advocates and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“This  bill would greatly enhance the DNA database and protect communities by keeping more criminals off the streets, while also reducing the financial costs and victims’ emotional strain by solving more crimes in an expeditious manner,” said LaValle,  “for New Yorkers throughout the state, this legislation will provide an additional layer of safety.”

June 16, 2011
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LaValle: Bill Enabling Discharge of Fire Commissioners For Unexcused Absences Passes Senate.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, I-Port Jefferson) said today that his bill (S3101) enabling fire district commissioners who have excessive unexcused absences to be removed from office has passed the New York State Senate. The bill was passed on June 14. “Fire commissioners make most of the key decisions affecting fire and emergency medical service throughout New York State and sit on boards that have the authority to raise taxes and approve budgets to cover expenses including insurance,  payroll, pensions and the purchase of trucks, and other equipment,” LaValle said. Commission members, LaValle explained, set policy for fire districts, hire staff who maintain firehouses and dispatch calls.

June 16, 2011
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Bill Gives Adoptees from Other States Access to NYS Registry

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said the Senate passed a bill enabling people who were adopted in New York but born in other states to participate in the New York State Adoption Registry. The bill (S.5145), passed on June 13,  gives adoptees born in other states the same ability to access information as eligible New York-born adoptees. “The Adoption Registry can help a person learn more about their heritage, medical history and even potentially reunite with their birth family,” LaValle said.

June 14, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN LAW ON TEXT MESSAGING WHILE DRIVING

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C – Port Jefferson) said the Senate today passed a bill (S.5643) 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 represents an agreement with the State Assembly which is also expected to act on the legislation today. 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.

June 14, 2011
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LaValle: Senate Toughens Sex Offender Laws

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C, - Port Jefferson) said the Senate today passed additional restrictions for sex offenders to help protect children and families. The four bills strengthen the penalties for not registering as a sex offender or following other post-release conditions, expand the current registry to include certain criminals serving sentences after committing a sex offense as a result of mental disease or defect, and prevent sex offenders from preying upon mental health workers and patrons in library settings.

June 14, 2011
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Senate Passes The “Buy From the Backyard Act”

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said he voted for and the Senate passed the “Buy From the Backyard Act” on June 13 to promote the purchase of food grown or produced locally. The bill requires state agencies with food contracts to buy at least 20 percent of their food from New York sources.“If every household in New York spent just $15 per week on local food, we could pump $5.5 billion into New York State’s economy,” said Senator LaValle, who noted that Suffolk County is the largest agricultural county in New York State.  “This bill will help state agencies join in supporting our farmers and stimulate the economy,” LaValle said.

June 14, 2011
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LaValle: Senate, Assembly Pass Ethics Reform

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C- Port Jefferson) announced the passage of major ethics reform legislation, entitled the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011. The bill passed both houses of the legisalture on June 13.

“The measure represents a three-way agreement with the Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo, and is a significant step toward restoring the public’s trust in government,” LaValle said.

June 14, 2011
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LaValle: Senate Passes Bill to Convey Former Armory Site to Town of Riverhead.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today said the Senate has passed his bill (S-4404) that transfers  5.7 acres of the former New York State Armory to the Town of Riverhead. The bill was passed on June 13. “Riverhead Town’s repurposing of the armory site will enable the Town of Riverhead Police Department and Justice Court to be relocated,” LaValle said “and with it the ability to better serve and protect the public and administer justice.”

June 14, 2011
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