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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
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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
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Senator LaValle Announces Summer Reading Program for Students

July 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle invites all students up to the 8th grade to join the NY Senate’s 2014 Summer Reading Program.  The Senate program, conducted in conjunction with the NY State Library, is designed to help children continue to build their reading skills during the summer months. 

Senator LaValle said, “This program is intended to reinforce lessons learned during the school year; keep young minds sharp during the time away from school; and challenge children to continue to learn.  It’s my hope that many students take advantage of the program.”

July 18, 2014
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Senator LaValle and Assemblyman Palumbo Report New Home Buyer Exemption Legislation Passes

Southold would now join East Hampton, Southampton, and Shelter Island in assisting first-time primary homebuyers

June 26, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle and Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo report that the legislation they sponsored to exempt first-home buyers from the Community Preservation Fund (CPF) transfer tax in Southold has passed both houses of the Legislature.  The bill is designed to assist low and moderate-income residents in the purchase of their first, primary home. 

June 26, 2014
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Senator LaValle & Task Force Call on Centers For Disease Control to Address the Lyme and Tick-Born Disease Epidemic

June 20, 2014 – Co-Chair Senator Ken LaValle and the Senate Majority Coalition Task Force have passed a resolution in the Senate today calling on the federal government to reevaluate guidelines and allocate additional funding related to Lyme and tick-borne diseases.

Senator LaValle said, “We in The Senate Majority Coalition Task Force on Lyme and  Tick-Borne Diseases recognize this epidemic  as a pressing public health crisis, and have initiated steps  to  create  a  comprehensive  statewide response.  We need the Centers For Disease Control to focus and react in the same manner.”

June 20, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle: Brownfield Extension Bill Being Sent To Governor

June 20, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle reports that the Senate has passed legislation to extend the Brownfield Cleanup Program until2017. In addition, the bill increases bonding by $300 million for DEC’s Superfund Program, which is charged with identifying, investigating, and cleaning up the state’s most contaminated sites.

Senator LaValle said, “We need to continue to clean up potentially contaminated sites and put them back to productive use.  This program is a necessary component as we work towards a comprehensive clean water bill for Long Island.  I am hopeful that the Governor will sign this into Law.”

June 20, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle Legislation For Moratorium To Halt Mute Swan Elimination Passes Senate

June 18, 2014 -Senator Ken LaValle announced today his legislation to immediately halt the eradication of the Mute Swan has passed the State Senate.  The bill (S.6667) establishes a moratorium on the killing of Mute Swans and compels the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to hold off any decisions until a new independent study is conducted.  

June 18, 2014
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Senator LaValle Releases Task Force Report of Lyme and Tick-Born Diseases

Senator LaValle, as Co-Chair, calls for coordinated efforts to fight the diseasesJune 18, 2014 –Senator Ken LaValle, as one of the Co-Chairs, released the Senate Majority Coalition Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases report. 

June 18, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle Reports “Buy From The Backyard” Act Passes Senate

Legislation aims to boost local agricultural purchases

June 16, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle reported that the “Buy From The Backyard” legislation has passed the NY Senate.   The measure supported by Senator LaValle aims to require state government agencies to allocate 20% of their contracts from companies located in New York State.

June 16, 2014
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Senate Passes LaValle Bills To Make College More Affordable

June 12, 2014 -The State Senate today passed five bills, sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle to make college more affordable for students and their families, while setting students up for success. These bills provide opportunities to help New York students thrive by increasing awards in the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to equal the cost per semester of SUNY and CUNY tuition, alleviating student loan debt, giving access to free community college to eligible students, and providing targeted work-training programs.

June 12, 2014
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Senator LaValle Announces Senate Passage of Special 9/11 License Plates

LaValle Bill Would Establish Commemorative Plates And Scholarship Fund For Families Of Victims

June 10, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle Names Arma Andon to 2014 NY Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

May 2014 - State Senator Ken LaValle has announced that Arma Andon has been selected to be included in the 2014 NY Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.  “Arma E. Andon embodies the life, character and abilities of a generation of leaders that exemplify the great American spirit.” said Senator LaValle.  He continued, ““Arma is a true hero that protected the freedoms we treasure. His selection into the Hall of Fame is in recognition of his patriotism and sacrifice for our country.”

June 3, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle: Senate Passes Legislation To Protect National Historic Landmarks From Erosion

Bill Would Allow DEC To Work To Save Sites like The Montauk Lighthouse

June 3, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle: “NY Jobs for Heroes” Plan To Assist Disabled-Veteran Owned Companies Is Now Law

May 21, 2014 – Senator Kenneth LaValle announced that the “NY Jobs For Heroes” legislation he co-sponsored has become law.  The new measure establishes a precedent-setting 6% set-aside in State contracts for disabled-veteran owned companies.

May 23, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle Holds Roundtable Concerning College Rape and Sexual Assault

May 20, 2014 – Today, Senator Ken LaValle held a Senate roundtable discussion concerning the growing incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault on college campuses, and potential solutions to stop these crimes. 

May 20, 2014
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Arma E. Andon

Arma E. Andon embodies the life, character and abilities of a generation of leaders who exemplify the great American spirit. Mr. Andon, also referred to as “Ham”, faced nearly insurmountable odds against him from the moment he enlisted in the military during time of war. His courage and capabilities were tested far beyond most individuals’, and he truly deserves the recognition as a New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame member.

Mr. Andon was born on January 4, 1919 in New York City. He graduated from Boston University, and although he was accepted and began to attend Fordham Law School, he did not finish; instead, he chose to enlist in the United States Army to represent and fight for our country during World War II.

May 16, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Room 807 LOB

May 20, 12:35 PM - 12:40 PM
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Beatrice Ruberto

Beatrice Ruberto has been an active volunteer in numerous community organizations and events for decades. Her dedication and commitment to community is an exemplary model for everyone to follow.

May 14, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle Announces Availability of STEM Scholarships for Graduating High School Students

The New York State Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Incentive Program provides a full SUNY tuition scholarship to the top ten percent of students in New York high schools if they major in a STEM field and work in a STEM job in New York State for five years after graduation.

May 9, 2014
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