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. 


December 14, 2012

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

Senator Ken LaValle, Assemblymen Fred Thiele And Anthony Palumbo Announce Formation Of East End Task Force To Identify And Fight Heroin Epidemic

April 14, 1014 – Senator Ken LaValle, Assemblyman Fred Thiele and Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo announce the formation of a new East End Task Force to identify causes and solutions to fight the growing heroin epidemic.   The legislator’s Heroin Addiction Legislative Task Force (H.A.L.T.) is currently scheduling its first of several meetings to begin in May. 

April 14, 2014

Senator Ken LaValle Announces Estate Tax Relief For Long Islanders

April 10, 2014 – Estate taxes will be reduced under the new State Budget, according to Senator Ken LaValle.  The estate tax threshold will be increased in annual increments over the next 3 years to $5.25 million, equaling the current federal estate tax threshold.

April 10, 2014

Senator Ken LaValle: State Budget Assists Agriculture and Family Farming

April 3, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle revealed that there is good news for agriculture and family farming in the NY State Budget.  Senator LaValle said, “I am proud to represent one of the largest agricultural districts in New York. The local farming community faces many difficult challenges to continue the tradition of the industry on Long Island. The budget measures we approved will provide the next generation with the necessary tools to continue to ensure the farming remains viable.”

April 3, 2014

Senator Ken LaValle Obtains Record State Aid For Our Local Schools

March 31, 2014 –  State Senator Ken LaValle announced that the newly adopted state budget includes a $1.1 billion increase in aid for education.  According to Senator LaValle, this budget will enact the most generous and comprehensive education aid package in recent memory.   Every school district in the First Senatorial District will see an increase in state aid this year.  There was also a major step taken towards the elimination of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA).

April 1, 2014

Senator LaValle Touts Successful Inclusion Of $65 Million In The State Budget to Drive Economic Development in the Region

March 31, 2014 – State Senator Ken LaValle is pleased to report he was able to secure state funding for two projects that will drive economic expansion for the region.  Senator LaValle said $60 Million will be provided for the Innovation and Discovery

April 1, 2014

Senator LaValle Announces Special Recognition For Cold War Veterans

New State Certificate Honors New York Cold War Military for Their Service

March 27, 2014

Senator LaValle Announces Availability of College Scholarships from Legislative Conference

The New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators To Award Four Scholarships

March 24, 2014

Senator Ken LaValle and Assemblyman Steve Englebright Call on LIPA To Begin The Economic Feasibility Study Of Port Jefferson Power Plant

Port Jefferson, March 21, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle and Assemblyman Steve Englebright today called upon LIPA to establish a schedule for a previously committed to Economic Feasibility Study concerning the repowering of the Port Jefferson Power Plant.

March 21, 2014
March 20, 9:30 AM - 9:35 AM

Senator Ken LaValle Releases Highlights of Last Night’s Senate Budget Resolution

Albany, March 14, 2014 - Senator Ken LaValle reports that last night, the New York State Senate passed their Budget Resolution to address the priorities of Long Island families.  The document now becomes the framework for budget negotiations with the Assembly.

Senator LaValle released the following highlights of the Budget Resolution. The proposal:

Reduces taxes on hardworking families, small businesses and manufacturers, while keeping overall spending growth below two percent


March 14, 2014

Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education  Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair  12:30 PM, Tuesday, March 18, 2014  Room 807 LOB

March 18, 1:13 PM - 1:33 PM

Senator Ken LaValle’s Bill To Change The Method of Board of Regents Appointments Passes Senate

Albany, March 13, 2014 - Senator Ken LaValle’s Legislation to alter the way Board of Regents members are selected passed the New York State Senate today.   The action came two days after the State Assembly reelected the three Incumbent Board of Regents members amidst the uprise over the Common Core Curriculum implementation.

March 13, 2014
March 17, 1:30 PM - 1:52 PM

State Senator Ken LaValle Statement On Board of Regents Members Vote

Albany, March 11, 2014 - Today, on behalf of the anxious students and frustrated parents and teachers I represent, I will oppose all four of the Regents the Assembly brought before us for a vote.  I cannot and will not accept the status quo from the Board of Regents- the group responsible for the flawed implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards – who seem to have turned a deaf ear on the demand of so many to delay the implementation process.  

March 12, 2014

2014 Woman of Distinction


Please complete this nomination form as completely and accurately as possible.  Your nominee must reside in the 1st Senatorial District (  

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March 7, 2014

Senator LaValle: Senate Moves To Punish More Drug Dealers That Prey On Children

March 7, 2014 – According to Senator LaValle, the State Senate passed legislation to increase penalties for drug dealers who sell to children.

March 7, 2014

Senator Ken LaValle Recognizes Southold Students For Their Thanksgiving Day Creative Entries

Senator Ken LaValle was impressed by the Thanksgiving Day Creative Entries submitted by the Southold Elementary School Second Graders.  

Senator LaValle said "Thank you to the Southold School children who submitted entries. The essays illustrate that the children are very capable of communicating their understanding of Thanksgiving.  I look forward to witnessing their growth over the next few years." 

March 4, 2014

LaValle Legislation Banning Sale of Papers, Dissertations Via Electronic Means Passes Senate

Senator Ken LaValle’s legislation banning the sale of electronic papers, term papers and dissertations passed the State Senate today.

March 3, 2014