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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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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Room 807 LOB

April 29, 12:30 PM - 12:48 PM
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EARTH DAY 2014 POSTER CONTEST: DISTRICT 1

Dear Students,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 1st Senatorial District.

Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

April 17, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Senator LaValle Announces Special Recognition For Cold War Veterans

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

March 27, 2014
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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
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