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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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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Room 807 LOB

May 13, 12:30 PM - 12:47 PM
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Faster Field and Blood Alcohol Level Testing Would Strengthen Investigations of Serious Accidents

May 6, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle said today that the Senate passed legislation to help police investigate deadly automobile accidents by requiring field testing and blood alcohol level checks by law enforcement officers.

Senator LaValle said, “We have worked to strengthen Driving While Intoxicated laws time and time again with the thought that by increasing penalties, the public would become further educated as to the devastating consequences.  This bill would give enforcement increased ability and another tool to keep more drunk drivers off the road, which would better protect the public.”

May 8, 2014
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Senator LaValle: Senate Approves Bill Requiring Blood Testing After Deadly Accidents

Senator LaValle: Senate Approves Bill Requiring Blood Testing After Deadly Accidents 

Faster Field and Blood Alcohol Level Testing Would Strengthen Investigations of Serious Accidents

 

May 6, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle said today that the Senate passed legislation to help police investigate deadly automobile accidents by requiring field testing and blood alcohol level checks by law enforcement officers.

May 7, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, May 6, 2014 Room 807 LOB

May 6, 10:00 AM - 10:13 AM
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Senate Passes LaValle Bill To Compel Regents To Be More Transparent When Imposing Mandates

April 30, 2014 – The NY State Senate today passed Senator Ken LaValle’s legislation to require more openness when the Board of Regents adopt mandates that impose new costs on local School Districts.   The bill (Senate 1564) requires the Board of Regents to disclose financial ramifications and identify sources of funding to meet requirements as they consider program or policy changes.

April 30, 2014
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Senator LaValle’s Petition for Support of the Common Core “Truth in Testing” Legislation

Dear Governor Cuomo and Members of the Legislature;

We support Senator Ken LaValle’s “Truth In Testing” legislation for full disclosure of student exams.  The current debate on Common Core testing illustrates the need to ensure that mandated tests are fair, unbiased, grade-level appropriate and administered properly. Parents have a right to know that their children and teachers are being evaluated appropriately.

Senator LaValle’s “Truth in Testing” initiative will result in openness not currently found in the high-stakes testing dialog, but that is a necessary component to any student testing. 

We support this legislation that will require annual reports and analyses concerning:

April 25, 2014
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