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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 Renews Call For Complete Repeal of MTA Tax

October 30, 2014 – Today, Senator Ken LaValle renewed his pledge to work for a complete repeal of the job-killing MTA tax.  His call comes a day after media reports quoted the Governor saying he opposes the tax, but would not commit to have it repealed in its entirety.

October 30, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle Releases Report Concerning Sexual Violence On College Campuses

October 7, 2014 – Today, Senator Ken LaValle announced the release of his report concerning sexual violence on college campuses.  Senator LaValle, Chairman of the NY Senate Higher Education Committee, has long been recognized for his awareness and legislative action concerning this pervasive problem.  In May of this year, he assembled a round table of experts to revisit current approaches and existing laws to discover where additional actions were necessary.

October 7, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle: It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Remember To Schedule Mammograms

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I am encouraging women to schedule their annual mammogram.

It goes without saying that cancer is a frightening disease.  However, advances in early detection screenings have helped save lives by diagnosing cancers in their earliest, most curable stages.  A mammogram is the best early detection tool we have in the fight against breast cancer.  Annual mammograms not only provide peace of mind—they can, and do, save lives.

October 1, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle Releases State Department of Transportation Project Update

Senator Ken LaValle Releases State Department of Transportation Project Update

Construction status for NY Route 347 & NY Route 112 in Terryville and Port Jefferson Station areas

September 24, 2014  – Today, Senator Ken LaValle released a New York State Department of Transportation update for the road construction for NY Route 347 & NY Route 112 in the Terryville and Port Jefferson Station areas.  Senator LaValle requested a formal project update from the Department due to the ongoing inconvenience to the public.

September 24, 2014
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Senator LaValle and Assemblyman Palumbo: Southold New Home Buyer Exemption Is Now Law

Senator LaValle and Assemblyman Palumbo: Southold New Home Buyer Exemption Is Now Law

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

September 24, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle and Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo report first-time primary homeowners in Southold will now be exempt from the Community Preservation Fund (CPF) transfer tax under a law they authored.  The bill is designed to assist low and moderate-income residents in the purchase of their first, primary home by eliminating one of the costs associated with closing.

September 24, 2014
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Senator LaValle: Download Lyme Disease Information & Hurricane Checklist here

Please use the links below to download copies of the Lymes Disease Information Brochure and the Hurricane checklist -

File: 
lyme disease information

File: 
Hurricane check list

September 23, 2014
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Senator LaValle's Career Fair

Senator LaValle is joining with his colleagues in the New York State Senate for a Career Fair
This free event will take place from 1 pm to 4 pm on Friday, October 17th at Suffolk Community College's Michael J. Grant Campus Athletic Center 

September 22, 2014
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Senator LaValle's Career Fair - Job Seekers

Job-Seekers

Please RSVP below to participate in the October 17th Career Fair

September 22, 2014
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Senator LaValle's 2014 Career Fair - Employers & Business Owners

Employers/Business Owners

Please RSVP below to participate in the Octeber 17th Career Fair

September 22, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle’s Bill Enabling Easier Transfer of Family Fishing Licenses is Now Law

August 12, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle’s bill to enable an easier transfer of State fishing licenses to family members was signed into law today.

Senator Ken LaValle said, "I sponsored this legislation to enable the great traditions of the East End fishing industry to continue from generation to generation.  Now, the licenses can be passed on to family members without the individual being required to live in the same residence.  We must do all we can to help ensure the survival of the fishing industry."

August 12, 2014
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Senator LaValle: Lyme disease brochure and Task Force Report available for downloading

Please click the links below to download the Lyme Disease Information Brochure, and, if you wish, the NY Senate Coalition Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Report.

 

 

August 6, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle Secures $150,000 In Funding To Aid The Fight Against Lyme Disease And Tick-Borne Illness on the East End

August 5, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle secured $150,000 in state funding to be utilized for fighting Lyme and tick-borne diseases on the East End of Long Island.  Senator LaValle, who serves as Co-Chair of the NY Senate Coalition Task Force on Lyme and tick-borne diseases, obtain dedicated operating funds for both Shelter Island and North Haven’s four-poster deer tick programs. 

August 5, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle: Lyme And Tick-Borne Disease Information Available

Please download the literature concerning Lyme and tick-borne disease  from the link provided below:

August 4, 2014
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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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