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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 8, 2012 Room 807 LOB

May 8, 12:30 PM - 12:39 PM
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LaValle Legislation Passes Senate

New York  State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) reports that several of his bills were passed in the  New York State Senate this week and now await action by the Assembly.

LaValle said the bills passed this week:

May 2, 2012
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Senator LaValle Names Toni DeMeo a Woman of Distinction From First Senatorial District; Statewide Capitol Fete May 15.

Cutchogue’s Toni DeMeo , 89 years young, a tireless community volunteer and leader has been selected by New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle  as the First Senatorial District’s Woman of Distinction for 2012.

Toni currently serves as a volunteer and director of volunteers, a position she has held since 1995 at Greenport’s Eastern Long Island Hospital  (ELIH). She also serves  as the Chairperson of Volunteer Service and  is responsible for day-to-day scheduling, recruitment, interviewing, position assignment and overall supervision and training for all hospital volunteers.

April 24, 2012
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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 1, 2012 Room 807 LOB

May 1, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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LaValle Awarded Humane Society of The United States Humane Legislator Award

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I-Port Jefferson) was awarded the Humane Society of The United States Humane State Legislator Award today for his commitment to animal friendly legislation in New York State.

April 18, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 12:30 PM, Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Room 807 LOB

Printed No.

Sponsor

Title

1809

LaValle

An act to amend the education law, in relation to meetings of councils of state-operated institutions

April 18, 12:30 PM - 12:38 PM
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Senator LaValle Youth Leadership Award Recipients Announced

 

Bishop Mcgann-Mercy High School 

Kaitlyn Isola 
Kathryn Bockino
Brieanne Bieber
Mairead Glynn

East Hampton High School

Trevor Cannon Shea
Kathryn S. Ryan
Nicole Frank
Emma Claire Gambino

Hampton Bays High School

Harry Fotopoulos
Theresa Carey

Riverhead High School

Daniel Raynor
Brian Weinhardt 
Nicole Clinco

Shoreham-Wading River High School

Patrick Pitts

Southold Jr/Sr High School

Marissa Fedele

 

April 3, 2012
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LAVALLE: SENATE COMPLETES EARLY PASSAGE OF SECOND CONSECUTIVE STATE BUDGET

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said today that the the New York State Senate completed early passage of the state budget late last week. LaValle said the new budget reduces state spending, does not raise taxes and creates new private sector jobs. The state’s new fiscal year began April 1st.

“Since last year we have closed $13 billion in deficits --$10 billion last year and $3 billion this year -- without raising taxes and fees,” Senator LaValle said. “State government is living within the same two percent spending cap as local governments and school districts and we are doing it by controlling and reigning-in spending and reducing the size of government.”

2012-13 STATE BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS

 

April 2, 2012
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Earth Day 2012 Poster Contest: District 1

Dear Participant,

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 2012 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

 Josh Ramos

Grade: 6

April 1, 2012
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LaValle: Senate Passes Tough Auto Insurance Fraud Measures

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said today that the Senate has passed passed three bills to combat auto insurance fraud, which costs New Yorkers more than $1 billion a year, as well as legislation that would impose stronger criminal penalties for staging auto accidents. Recent cases of auto insurance fraud have uncovered massive crime rings, including doctors, lawyers and scam artists who staged accidents and used New York's no-fault insurance program as their own, giant, state-sponsored ATM machine.

Senate action on the bills came on the ninth anniversary of the tragic death of Alice Ross, a 71-year-old wife and grandmother  who was killed as the result of a fraud-related, staged auto accident in Queens.

March 22, 2012
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Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic " Higher Education "

Higher Education

Hearing Room C

 Assembly

Senate

Deborah Glick (Co-Chair)

Ken LaValle (Co-Chair)

Jose Rivera

James Seward

March 22, 12:00 PM - 12:03 PM
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Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic " Higher Education "

Higher Education

Hearing Room C

 Assembly

Senate

Deborah Glick (Co-Chair)

Ken LaValle (Co-Chair)

Jose Rivera

James Seward

March 19, 1:30 PM - 1:48 PM
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All-Crimes DNA Law a Powerful Crimefighting Tool To Help Protect New Yorkers

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) today announced that the State Senate has voted to approve legislation that will implement the largest expansion of the State’s DNA databank since it was first created in 1994. 

The databank expansion, which has been agreed to by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Assembly, will help close thousands of unsolved cases, bring justice to crime victims, and help prevent dangerous criminals from committing additional crimes.

The Senate Republican Majority has led the effort to expand the databank, garnering strong public backing for the proposal through a series of on-line petitions and public events.  Several thousand citizens from communities across the state signed on in support of the measure.

March 15, 2012
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LaValle: Bill Will Forbid Gasoline Retailers From Charging Consumers a Surcharge for Credit Card Use.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) said today that he is introducing legislation in the New York State Senate that would prevent gasoline retailers from charging consumers exorbitant surcharges for using a credit card when purchasing gasoline.

March 14, 2012
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March 14, 9:30 AM - 10:06 AM
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LaValle Bill Will Help Commercial Fishermen Save Fuel.

A bill (S.1456) to help commercial fishermen conserve fuel by allowing them to fish for five times the daily catch limit allowable under their fishing license in the aggregate over a period of seven days has passed the New York State Senate said Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), the bill’s sponsor.

LaValle explained the reason for the legislation and said that the current price of fuel for running a fishing boat is extremely expensive and cost prohibitive and that fuel costs cut significantly into the already slim profits of fishermen.

March 13, 2012
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State to Honor Outstanding Women: Senator LaValle Seeks Woman Of Distinction

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle is seeking nominations from the First Senate District for the New York State Senate’s 15th Annual Women of Distinction celebration.   The event honors exceptional achievement, personal excellence, and outstanding, courageous, or heroic actions on the part of individual women from across the state.  

"In past years, honorees have joined me at a special reception in Albany to accept the “Women of Distinction” award,” said Senator LaValle.  “Award recipients have had the opportunity to meet with a cross section of women from senate districts throughout New York whose hard work and dedication have helped enrich our state and communities.”  

March 13, 2012
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LaValle Includes Port Jefferson Repowering in Senate Budget Bill

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) said today that he has included language in the Senate’s budget bill that, similar to a bill he passed last year, would provide an incentive for the repowering of old power plants by qualifying the old power plant sites eligible for participation in the State’s brownfield clean-up program.

The Senate’s Budget resolution says:

“The Senate advances legislation to encourage the repowering of aging power plants serving Long Island through providing incentives for such repowering via the Brownfield Cleanup Program …  This measure would protect the property tax base for schools and municipalities for many communities where such plants are sited…”

March 13, 2012
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