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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 Ken LaValle calls upon Army Corps of Engineers and EPA to stop ill-conceived plan to dump dredge spoils in LI Sound

Today, I joined with other elected officials, environmentalists, and civic leaders to call upon the Army Corp of engineers and the EPA to stop the ill-conceived plan for dumping dredge spoils in the Long Island Sound.

August 17, 2015
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Senator Ken LaValle Together With Entire Long Island State Senate Delegation Oppose The Current LIPA/PSEG Rate Increase

Senators request immediate delay to process and answers to a myriad of questions

August 11, 2015
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Senator Ken LaValle’s Statement Concerning the Affiliation of Eastern Long Island Hospital and Stony Brook Medicine:

"I could not be more pleased with Eastern Long Island Hospital's decision to move forward with Stony Brook Medicine.  Throughout my tenure, I have worked hard to make certain that  quality, affordable medical services are accessible to residents throughout my district.  This unanimous decision ensures that people on the North Fork and Shelter Island will continue to receive expert medical care close to home.  I applaud the ELIH Board and CEO, as well as Stony Brook Medicine's Team for

July 10, 2015
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Senator Ken LaValle’s Legislation Combating Sexual Assault on College & University Campuses Passes Legislature

The process begun by Senator LaValle last year is expected to be quickly signed into Law by the Governor

June 18, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair Thursday, June 18, 2015 332 CAP

COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE CALLED OFF THE FLOOR

June 18, 3:46 PM - 4:05 PM
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Senator LaValle and Assemblyman Thiele Pass Legislation to Create A Commercial Fishing Advocate and Commercial Fishing Economic Development Program

The new advocate would represent commercial fishermen and promote the business in the State's commercial fishing industry

June 17, 2015
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Senator Ken LaValle, Assemblymen Steve Englebright and Dean Murray Pass Legislation to Regulate Commercial Mulch Operations

The bill, which passed both houses of the legislature, seeks to regulate mulching facilities out of concern for public health, safety and welfare

June 17, 2015
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Senator LaValle and Assemblyman Thiele Pass Legislation to Create Local Option to Increase Maximum Property Tax Exemptions for Veterans

Albany, June 17, 2015 – Senator Ken LaValle, (R-Port Jefferson) and Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr.

June 17, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education  Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair  Tuesday, June 16, 2015  Room 332 CAP

COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE CALLED OFF THE FLOOR

June 16, 1:16 PM - 1:37 PM
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Senator Ken LaValle’s Bill To Combat “Brain Drain” Passes Senate

The Legislation enables certain localities to establish housing plans using “smart growth” principals to help young adults stay

June 9, 2015
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Senator LaValle and Assemblyman Thiele Urge Legislature To Pass Measure To Increase Time Between Violent Felon Parole Hearings

Albany, June 2, 2015 – Senator Ken LaValle, (R-Port Jefferson) and Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF-Sag Harbor) where joined yesterday by Senator Thomas O’Mara (R, I, C-Big Flats), Assemblyman Philip A. Palmesano (R, I, C-Corning), Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R,C,I- Springport), Ranking Minority Member of the Assembly Corrections Committee Joseph M. Giglio (R, C, I- Gowanda), along with families of murder victims to urge the State Legislature to pass their bill to increase time between parole hearings for violent felons.

June 2, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education  Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair  12:30 PM, Tuesday, June 2, 2015  Room 807 LOB

June 2, 12:30 PM - 12:52 PM
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Don’t Let the Tax Cap Expire: Let’s KEEP THE CAP!

Fighting for tax relief remains my top priority.  I was the architect of the original STAR and Enhanced Star programs, which brought tax rebates to Long Island homeowners.  In the Senate, we also led the way by providing tax rebate checks directly to taxpayers.

May 20, 2015
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George R. Sullivan

George R. Sullivan has distinguished himself both in military and civilian life with meritorious service to our nation. He was accepted at Iona College in 1962, where he graduated cum laude with a B.B.A. in Accounting. While at Iona, he was elected to the National Honor Society, as well as Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. During the summers of 1963 and 1965, Mr. Sullivan successfully completed the Platoon Leaders Class Program and received his commission in the United States Marine Corps in June 1966.  

May 19, 2015
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Gail Lynch Bailey

Gail Lynch Bailey has been an active volunteer in numerous community organizations and events for over 25 years. Her dedication and commitment to community is exemplary, and Ms. Bailey’s countless hours of involvement and generous volunteering has made many positive impacts that will last generations.  

May 13, 2015
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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 12, 2015 Room 807 LOB

May 12, 12:30 PM - 12:40 PM
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Gail Lynch Bailey Of Middle Island Honored As Senator Ken LaValle’s 2015 “Woman of Distinction”

May 5, 2014 – Today, Senator Ken LaValle welcomed Gail Lynch Bailey of Middle Island as the 2015 NY State Senate’s Woman of Distinction from the First Senate District. 

May 7, 2015
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