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.
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.
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.
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.
“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 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 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.
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.
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 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.”