Roundtable particpants -- this year there were more than 70 from more than 2 dozen groups -- help Senator LaValle chart a legislative agenda that continues efforts to preserve the character and quality of life in our region.
Senator LaValle was joined by Assemblyman Fred Thiele who has been instrumental in encouraging the Assembly’s support of environmental protection and preservation initiatives and newly elected Assemblyman Dan Losquadro.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,I, C – Port Jefferson) today said he is conducting a broad, grassroots examination of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed executive budget and meeting with local stakeholders to hear firsthand how the budget impacts local groups, organizations and individuals.
“The State has a $10 billion budget gap that demands we realign priorities, eliminate waste and make very difficult decisions about programs and services,” LaValle said. “We have a $130 billion budget and must work within its footprint.”
“I am determined that the budget process be open and transparent,” LaValle said.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, a fierce advocate for the environment and author of the landmark Pine Barrens Preservation Act of 1993 has been appointed to the New York State Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee. LaValle was told of the appointment on Monday, February 14.
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.
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.
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.
“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."
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.
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.
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.”
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.