“The MTA payroll tax is unfair on its face and should be repealed,” said Senator Kenneth P. LaValle. “Simply put, the MTA’s fiscal problems cannot and should not be shouldered by suburban businesses that are already shortchanged by unfair MTA budget allocations and are struggling to keep their heads above water in a bad economy.
Senator Kenneth P. LaValle is pleased to announce that he has been notified of the Long Island Rail Road’s (LIRR) plans to adjust its current schedule, beginning this coming September, to meet the needs of people traveling to eastern Long Island.
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 said the Senate has passed an important bill (S.2903B) requiring boat operators, regardless of age, who have been convicted of boating while intoxicated (BWI) to take a boating safety course before operating a boat again.
“Long Island’s peak boating season is fast approaching,” LaValle said. “Educating those who have been convicted of BWI, may prevent future tragedies,” LaValle said.
The state already requires those age 21 and over and who are convicted of boating while intoxicated to obtain a boating safety certificate before operating a vehicle. The bill passed today expands upon that law by requiring those under 21 and convicted of an alcohol-related boating offense to obtain a certificate as well.
Senator Ken LaValle Releases State Department of Transportation Project Update
Construction status for NY Route 347 & NY Route 112 in Terryville and Port Jefferson Station areas
September 24, 2014 – Today, Senator Ken LaValle released a New York State Department of Transportation update for the road construction for NY Route 347 & NY Route 112 in the Terryville and Port Jefferson Station areas. Senator LaValle requested a formal project update from the Department due to the ongoing inconvenience to the public.