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NY State Senate Higher Education Chair Ken LaValle Hosts Higher Ed. Budget Roundtable to Examine Executive Budget Impact on CUNY.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair of the New York State Senate’s Higher Education Committee will chair a first of its kind Higher Education Budget Roundtable with members of the Senate’s Higher Education Committee and representatives of the City University of New York  (CUNY).

Representatives from CUNY include: Allan H. Dobrin, executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer; Matthew Sapienza, associate vice chancellor for budget and finance and Kathy Abate, budget and finance.

This is the second roundtable LaValle has hosted to examine the Executive Budget and its impact on higher education. LaValle hosted SUNY representatives last week in a comprehensive budget examination session.

February 14, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, February 14, 2011 Room 807 LOB

February 14, 1:00 PM - 1:10 PM
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New Transparent Process to Examine Budget: NY State Senate Higher Education Chair Ken LaValle to Host First of Several Higher Ed. Budget Roundtables.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair of the New York State Senate’s Higher Education Committee will chair a first of its kind Higher Education Budget Roundtable with members of the Senate’s Higher Education Committee as well as representatives of the State University of New York  (SUNY) including Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer Monica Rimai and other senior SUNY officials to discuss the 2011-2012 Executive Budget and its impact on the University system.

February 9, 2011
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February 9, 9:30 AM - 11:10 AM
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Committee on Higher EducationKenneth P. LaValleTuesday, February 8th, 2011 11:30amRoom 807 LOB

February 8, 11:30 AM - 11:45 PM
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February 10, 9:30 AM - 3:36 PM
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Hospital Leaders Meet

New York State Senator Ken LaValle recently met with hospital leaders to discuss regional issues. From left, Ken Roberts, President of Mather Hosptial; LaValle; Ken Jacoppi, Board President Mather Hospital; and Dr. Ken Kaushansky, Dean, School of Medicine and SVP Health Sciences of Stony Brook University.

February 2, 2011
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Statement of Senator Kenneth LaValle, Chair of NYS Higher Education Committee, on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Budget.

“At the conclusion of the Governor’s budget presentation my staff will began a line-by-line review of the higher education budget to determine, for various stakeholders, what is and is not in the budget and establish the budget’s impact on higher education."

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February 1, 2011
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February 1, 2011
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LaValle Votes to Cap Property Taxes.

Fulfilling a campaign promise, New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle  (R,C,I – Port Jefferson)  voted today to cap property taxes to the lesser of 2% or the annual increase in the consumer price index (CPI).  Senate Republicans first passed a property tax cap in 2008, but the measure was never acted upon by the Assembly. LaValle said 43 other states have some type of property tax cap and have seen property tax reductions.

“Everything that has been tried to provide relief to taxpayers, up to this point, has not worked,” LaValle said, adding that he has been pushing for a tax cap for many years. “This bill will provide real relief to homeowners who are paying the highest property taxes in the nation,” LaValle said.

January 31, 2011
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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 10, 2010, from 5 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. 

Past roundtables have included elected and appointed officials and commissioners, community members, environmentalists, sportsmen and others. 

January 21, 2011
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LaValle Legislative Kick-Off: Economy and Jobs Top Agenda; Senate Votes on Jobs Creation and Taxpayer’s Protection Act.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, I – Port Jefferson) said he voted today for the Senate Majority’s Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011. LaValle said the three-part plan encourages the creation of new, private-sector jobs and ensures fiscal responsibility, including the enactment of a two percent state spending cap requiring a two-thirds “super majority” vote to increase taxes.

The people of the First Senatorial District made it abundantly clear during the last election cycle,” LaValle said, “No new taxes and we need jobs, jobs, jobs.”

January 19, 2011
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LaValle Named Chair of Senate Higher Education Committee.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, I – Port Jefferson) was today named Chairman of the New York State Senate’s Committee on Higher Education, a post he previously held for nearly 30 years.

“As the former Chairman of the Senate’s Committee on Higher Education, Senator LaValle has earned a reputation as an expert on issues related to higher education here in New York.  In this capacity, he’ll be responsible for ensuring that our SUNY and CUNY systems continue to be outstanding institutions of learning which prepare our students for the future.  I am pleased to name Senator LaValle to chair this prestigious committee and know he’ll do a fine job,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said.

January 11, 2011
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Manorville's Cadet Robert Pellicci is Congratulated by Senator Ken LaValle

Senator LaValle nominated Robert to SUNY Maritime College where he is studying to become a mechanical engineer. Congratulations Robert!

January 7, 2011
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Senator LaValle's Priorities for the New Legislative Session.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, IP–Port Jefferson) today said the messages he heard from constituents and initiatives he campaigned on will form the basis of his legislative agenda for the next two years.   

“I fully support the Governor’s property tax cap proposal,” LaValle said. “A two percent cap or cap tied to the rate of inflation is a number one priority.” LaValle has been a staunch proponent of a property tax cap for the past several years and said Senate Republicans first passed a property tax cap in 2008 and continued to advocate for a cap in order to provide relief to Long Islanders who are overburdened by high property taxes. 

LaValle said his priorities include:

January 6, 2011
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December 21, 2010
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Senator Ken LaValle Applauds Court’s Decision Scuttling Fishing-License Rule

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today applauded the New York State Supreme Court decision striking down a law that requires recreational anglers to obtain a fishing license to fish town waters.

The towns of East Hampton, Southampton, Shelter Island, Brookhaven, Southold, Huntington and Oyster Bay challenged the law as encroaching on their individual authority to regulate their waters. The law required any angler older than 16 to get a $10 license. The court’s decision applies only to the towns that filed suit.

“I voted against this measure when it was part of the 2009 budget and am happy it has been struck down,” Senator LaValle said.

December 17, 2010
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Senator Kenneth P. LaValle’s 2011 New Year Resolutions

New Year's Eve has always been a time for reflection  and, more importantly, looking forward to the coming year and a time to think about the changes we want to make and resolve to follow through on those changes.

December 17, 2010
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