Newsroom

Thanksgiving Essays and Contributions

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”

On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. 

Sincerely,

December 14, 2012
Read more...

Senator LaValle Enourages Residents to Prepare For Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene is quickly making its way up the East Coast. Senator LaValle is encouraging residents to prepare for its potential impact.  Current forecasts have the massive storm reaching Suffolk County late Saturday and continuing well into Sunday.

While it still remains early and hard to predict, the storm can make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane, which brings sustained wind gusts, torrential rain, storm surges and flash floods on the coast and inland.

The National Hurricane Center will be providing regular updates on the track, size and impact of Hurricane Irene over the next several days. To access the National Hurricane Center website please click here.

August 26, 2011
Read more...

Senator LaValle Seeks Local Nominations For Veterans' Hall Of Fame

This year’s Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Albany is planned for Tuesday, May 19, 2015, just before the Memorial Day weekend observances.  

March 26, 2015
Read more...

Senator Ken LaValle: Hold Drivers Who Flee Accidents Accountable

March 25, 2015 – Senator Ken LaValle reports that the Senate has passed legislation that would close a legal loophole and hold drivers and drunk drivers that leave the scene of an accident more accountable for their actions.   The bill would clarify and strengthen the law regarding the obligations of those that are involved in an accident where there is a reasonable presumption of damage and/or injury.

March 25, 2015
Read more...

Senator LaValle Announces Availability of College Scholarships from Legislative Conference

The New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators To Award $10,000 in Scholarships

March 24, 2015 - Senator Ken LaValle announced today that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for four $2,500 scholarships for future or existing college students.

March 24, 2015
Read more...

2015 Woman of Distinction

 

Please complete this nomination form as completely and accurately as possible.  Your nominee must reside in the 1st Senatorial District.  The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 13, 2015.

(Answer areas can be expanded by grabbing the lower-right corner with your pointing device.)

March 23, 2015
Read more...
March 19, 1:15 PM - 1:27 PM
Read more...

Senator Ken LaValle’s Statement on the Assembly’s Passage of Anti-human Trafficking Legislation

“I am pleased that the Assembly has passed the anti-human trafficking legislation that the Senate has approved for the last two years.  This is one of the bills in an important package of legislation that is crucial to protecting and empowering women.   

March 17, 2015
Read more...
March 16, 4:30 PM - 4:47 PM
Read more...

Senator Ken LaValle Releases Highlights of Senate Budget Resolution

March 12, 2015 – Today, Senator Ken LaValle reports that the New York State Senate has passed it’s 2015 Budget Resolution, which addresses the priorities of Long Island families. The document now becomes the framework for budget negotiations with the Assembly and the Governor towards completing the NY State Budget.

March 13, 2015
Read more...

Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, March 17, 2015 Room 807 LOB

March 17, 12:30 PM - 12:32 PM
Read more...

Senator Ken LaValle: Strengthen Penalties for Meth-Related Crimes and to Assist In Preventing the Use of Parks or Playgrounds for Drug Activity

March 11, 2015 - Senator Ken LaValle reports that the State Senate passed two drug prevention bills to combat the spread of methamphetamine use in and to help prevent parks and playgrounds from being used by drug dealers.

March 11, 2015
Read more...

Senator Ken LaValle Reports Revised Draft Of Mute Swan Management Plan Released

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation issued new draft for comments from public

March 11, 2015
Read more...

Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 12:30 PM, Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Room 807 LOB

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DATE OF COMMITTEE MEETING

March 11, 12:30 PM - 12:42 PM
Read more...

Senator Ken LaValle Reports Legislation Passed to Fight Cyber Terrorism

Senate Bills Focus on Enforcing Stricter Penalties and Create Cyber Security Measures To Protect From Future Threats

February 26, 2015
Read more...

New York State Senate Youth Leadership Recognition Awards

February is Youth Leadership Month and the New York State Senate is highlighting the occasion by encouraging participation in the Youth Leadership Recognition Awards program, which is designed to recognize the outstanding young students who will become our State’s future leaders.

The program is designed to highlight and congratulate well-rounded students who excel academically and have exhibited leadership through extracurricular or volunteer activities. Current juniors and seniors are eligible to participate. Students must be nominated by a teacher, administrator, counselor or other school faculty member. A student can ask a faculty member to nominate them or a faculty member can initiate the process by recommending a student deserving of special recognition.

February 17, 2015
Read more...

Help Support our Kids: End the GEA Budget Cuts!

I am proud to be leading the fight to help completely eliminate the GEA school aid budget cuts once and for all.This effort is designed to protect our local schools from harmful cuts in State education aid.  This will not only ensure more resources for classroom instruction and quality programs, but will also help us to achieve our goal of ensuring an outstanding education for every child, in every school.

February 11, 2015
Read more...

Senator Ken LaValle Calls For Return of $1 Billion to Schools - Demands end to the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA)

February 10, 2015 -In Albany today, Senator Ken LaValle called for an end to the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) that has forced local school districts to cut educational programs and reduced services since it was implemented in 2010.  “Eliminating the GEA will restore much needed funds to our schools and assist in providing quality education to all of our children.” said Senator LaValle.  He continued, “The $1 billion in cuts should be fully returned to our schools in this budget year.” 

February 10, 2015
Read more...

Senator Ken LaValle: 2014 Higher Education Legislative Report Now Available

January 28, 2015 – Senator Ken LaValle, Chairman of the NY State Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education, announced that the 2014 Higher Education Legislative Report is now available.

January 28, 2015
Read more...