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NEW LAW CLOSES DWI LOOPHOLE

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that the Governor has signed a measure to close a loophole in the state’s DWI laws that has allowed drunk drivers to escape justice, even if an innocent person was killed.  “Jack Shea’s” law immediately permits certain medical personnel to draw blood at the request of a police officer, without a physician being present. 

July 14, 2010
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SENATOR LAVALLE ANNOUNCES SMALL BUSINESS LOAN AVAILABILITY

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that minority and women-owned enterprises, as well as other small businesses throughout the state, now have the opportunity to access funding that will help them improve or sustain their operations.   The 2010-11 budget provides a $50 million Small Business Revolving Loan Fund for owners that are experiencing difficulty obtaining capital through traditional credit markets.

July 9, 2010
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SENATOR MARCHES IN FOURTH OF JULY PARADE

As we celebrate the birth of our nation this Fourth of July, may we stand together in appreciation of the sacrifices made by the men and women of our military and trust that the freedoms they defend will always be ours to enjoy. 

July 7, 2010
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July 2, 2010
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LEGISLATURE PAVES WAY FOR MEMORIAL HIGHWAY

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and Assemblyman Marc Alessi today announced that legislation they sponsored to create the ‘Lt. Joseph J. Theinert Memorial Way’ in the Town of Shelter Island has passed both houses.  The measure designates a portion of New York State Route 114 in memory of Lt. Joseph J.

July 2, 2010
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SENATOR LAVALLE COMMENTS ON EDWIN M. SCHWENK MEMORIAL NATURE PRESERVE

“I am pleased that both houses have supported legislation I sponsored in the Senate to create the Edwin (Buzz) M.

June 30, 2010
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SENATE PASSES MEASURE IN SUPPORT OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that legislation he sponsored that would allow Occupational Therapists to treat non-medical conditions and provide for the licensure of Occupational Therapy Assistants has passed the Senate.

June 29, 2010
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LEGISLATURE PASSES MEASURE IN SUPPORT OF COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that legislation he sponsored to protect the permits of commercial fishermen with large boats has passed both houses.  The Senator’s initiative would exempt certain commercial fishermen from having to comply with a 1997 statute that limited the length of commercial fishing vessels.

June 29, 2010
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SENATE PASSES MEASURE IN SUPPORT OF LOCAL WINERIES

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that he supported legislation that would allow wineries and farm wineries to sell wine for consumption at food festivals.

June 22, 2010
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SENATOR LAVALLE BRINGS AWARENESS TO LIPA’S “CRITICAL CARE PROGRAM”

If you or a loved one rely on life-support equipment that would be affected by an electrical outage, Senator Kenneth P. LaValle would like to make you aware of the Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) “Critical Care Program.”

June 22, 2010
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SENATOR LAVALLE SUPPORTS EMPIRE ZONES OVER WEAKER EXCELSIOR PROGRAM

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today expressed disappointment over the passage of budget legislation that replaces Empire Zones with the Excelsior program, which is being called a much weaker economic development program.

June 22, 2010
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SENATOR LAVALLE COMMENTS ON DEMOCRATS’ SPENDING BUDGET

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle is concerned that, as the Democrats continue to pass budget extenders, they are attempting to fill a huge budget gap with taxes, borrowing, and fiscal gimmicks that will cost taxpayers dearly.

June 18, 2010
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SENATOR LAVALLE ANNOUNCES STATE HIGHWAY AID FOR LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES

Senator LaValle today announced that local road projects within the First Senate District will benefit from more than $5.5 million in 2010 Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) funds. 

June 17, 2010
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SENATOR LAVALLE SUPPORTS REPEAL OF SALT WATER FISHING FEE

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that the Senate has passed a measure he supported that would repeal the recreational saltwater fishing license fee created in the 2009 budget.  The bill keeps New York in compliance with federal law by creating a registry in lieu of requiring individuals to purchase a license.

June 17, 2010
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NEW LAW EXTENDS BONDING PROVISIONS FOR EAST HAMPTON

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that the Governor has signed into law a measure he sponsored in the Senate that would allow the Town of East Hampton to authorize an additional $15 million in serial bonds to address deficits which occurred in the 2007, 2008, and 2009 fiscal years.

June 16, 2010
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SENATOR LAVALLE SUPPORTS AUTISM HEALTH COVERAGE

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle announced that the Senate has passed legislation he co-sponsored which would expand health insurance coverage to include screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

June 14, 2010
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