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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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SENATE ENACTS 2012-13 BUDGET RESOLUTION

The New York State Senate will act today on its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution that controls state spending, avoids new taxes, fees and unfunded mandates and helps create new jobs.

The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends slightly less than the Executive Budget.  The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.

“The Senate’s Budget is a solid, responsible plan that controls spending, cuts taxes, and helps create new jobs,” said Senator Kenneth P. LaValle.

March 13, 2012
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2012 NEW JOBS-NY JOB CREATION PLAN

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and members of the Senate Republican Conference today announced details of the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan that includes significant tax relief to encourage the creation of new private sector jobs, measures to ensure fiscal responsibility and control state spending, as well as other reforms and incentives to make New York more economically competitive.  The plan will be included in the Senate budget resolution to be acted on next week.

Highlights of the Senate Republican job creation plan, which is supported by statewide business organizations, including the Business Council of New York, Unshackle Upstate and the National Federation of Independent Businesses, include:

March 7, 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, March 6, 2012 Room 807 LOB

March 6, 12:30 PM - 12:42 PM
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February 22, 2012
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February 22, 2012
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2012 Environmental Roundtable: Part 3

Senator Ken LaValle's 2012 Environmental Roundtable

February 22, 2012
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Senate Passes Bills to Curb Illegal Prescription Drug Abuse

With the abuse of illegally-obtained prescription narcotics growing rapidly, the New York State Senate today passed several bills to curb the black market in prescription painkillers said New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson)

LaValle said the Senate approval of the bills followed a roundtable discussion on the issue of abuse of prescription painkillers held today by Senator Hannon and Senator Jeff Klein, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Alcohol and Substance Abuse.  This was a second in a series of public meetings discussing legislation to combat prescription drug abuse and to examine improving New York’s prescription reporting system.

February 13, 2012
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LaValle to Community Colleges: Allow Greater Access to Vocational Training to Prevent Failure, Frustration and Students’ Dropping Out.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, chair of the State Senate’s Higher Education Committee, said today that the State’s Community Colleges need to better identify which students are better suited for a vocational rather than an academic track which would save students’ money and time and ensure their continued enrollment and eventual graduation.

“Our community colleges need to provide greater access to vocational training,” Senator LaValle said, “which in turn would prevent students who are currently in remedial courses and failing, the opportunity to pursue a course of study more suited to them.”

February 3, 2012
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LaValle Urges Education Leaders to Open Dialogue About Remediation

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson), chairman of the New York State  Senate’s Higher Education Committee,  said today that he is urging the heads of The New York City School System, SUNY, CUNY, The Board of Regents and Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities to open a public dialogue about remediation and students who come to college lacking the academic skills they need to survive in higher education.

LaValle said the problem of remediation is widespread in the State and that remedial courses are expensive. LaValle said that if the heads of the organizations don’t come together to open the discussion, he will call the meeting.

February 1, 2012
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LIPA Oversight Bill Unanimously Passes Senate.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C, Port Jefferson) and Assemblyman Bob Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) announced that legislation they crafted in concert with Governor Cuomo has been unanimously passed by the New York State Senate.  The legislation will, once signed by the Governor, create the “Long Island Power Authority Oversight and Accountability Act.” The bill previously unanimously passed the Assembly.

Senator LaValle and Assemblyman Sweeney said that the bill seeks “to provide wide-ranging oversight over the business and rate-making practices of the Long Island Power Authority.  LIPA’s customers will benefit by having the review performed under the direction of the professional staff of the New York State Department of Public Service (DPS).”

January 30, 2012
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Senator LaValle to Host Annual Environmental Roundtable.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, I - Port Jefferson) will host a two-hour-long Environmental Roundtable to discuss environmental issues impacting the First Senate District on Thursday, February 9, 2012, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Selden campus of Suffolk County Community College in the Babylon Student Center – Montauk Point Room 212.

This year’s participants will again help Senator LaValle chart a legislative agenda that continues efforts to preserve the character and quality of life in our region.

January 17, 2012
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Public Hearing: Policies and Procedures Pertaining to the Security of the SAT and Standardized Tests

Senate Standing Committee on Higher EducationChair: Senator Kenneth P. LaVallePublic Hearing: A follow-up to the October public hearing that examined policies and procedures pertaining to the security of the SAT and standardized tests in response to the ongoing criminal investigation that has uncovered a wide-ranging cheating scandalPlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor,Albany, New YorkTime: 12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.Contact: Nicole Stewart (518) 455-3121Media Contact: Drew Biondo (631) 473-1461ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

January 24, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic "Higher Education"

Joint Legislative Public Hearing Notice and Testimonies for Higher Education

February 1, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 1:30 PM, Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Room 807 LOB

January 18, 1:30 PM - 1:34 PM
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, January 10, 2012 Room 807 LOB

January 10, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
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Committee Meeting: New York State Senate Committee on Higher Education to Decide if Legislation to Stiffen SAT Security Should Include an Increase in Criminal Penalties for Those Found Guilty of Cheating.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Higher Education will hold a committee meeting on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 12:30 PM in room 807 of the legislative Office Building, Albany, NY.  Committee members will discuss the SAT cheating scandal, SAT security and a possible increase in criminal penalties for those found guilty of cheating on the standardized test.

From the meeting notice:

“The Committee will meet to discuss the SAT cheating scandal with a focus on whether or not legislation to increase SAT security should include an increase in criminal penalties for those found guilty of cheating.”

January 10, 12:30 PM - 12:30 PM
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Committee Meeting: SAT CHEATING: New York State Senate Committee on Higher Education to Decide if Legislation to Stiffen SAT Security Should Include an Increase in Criminal Penalties for Those Found Guilty of Cheating.

For Immediate Release:

January 6, 2012

Media Advisory

 

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Higher Education will hold a committee meeting on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 12:30 PM in room 807 of the legislative Office Building, Albany, NY.  Committee members will discuss the SAT cheating scandal, SAT security and a possible increase in criminal penalties for those found guilty of cheating on the standardized test.

From the meeting notice:

January 10, 12:30 PM - 12:30 PM
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