Senator Kenneth P. LaValle has introduced legislation to convene a limited constitutional convention for the purpose of providing a process that would bring about real property tax reform. Homeowners and businesses are overburdened by ever-increasing property taxes and can no longer afford to stay in New York
As 2009 comes to an end, many people are preparing to make New Year resolutions that will hopefully improve their lives and the world as a whole. In keeping with this New Year’s tradition, I would like to share some initiatives I hope to see resolved during the coming year.
Last month, Senator LaValle and his Senate Republican colleagues called for the repeal of a recent change in criminal law, dubbed “Khadafy’s Law” by the New York Daily News. The measure amended the medical parole provision, providing a loophole that allowed convicted murderers, rapists, and sex criminals to be freed from prison.
Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that he shares Governor Paterson’s concerns about New York State’s budget deficit that ‘we have to act now – not tomorrow, not next week, not next year.’ “This deficit is a very real problem that will only compound if we don’t deal with it now,” said Senator LaValle.
Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that he has written to the suburban representatives of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) board asking for support in calling for the elimination of the newly instituted payroll tax.
Legislation Mandates Interlock Ignition Devices for DWI Offenders Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that legislation he cosponsored to create a mandatory ignition interlock program for all persons convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) has passed the Senate. The measure would improve the current law by mandating a program that allows counties throughout the state to operate an ignition interlock program. “It seems the media is reporting horror stories about someone being killed or injured by a drunk driver on a daily basis,” said Senator LaValle.
Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (3rd from left) joined concerned elected officials and community residents in the fight to save public radio on the east end. The future of WLIU-FM, an east end public radio station based at Stony Brook Southampton, was at risk when the station's owner, Long Island University, announced plans to sell. The community has since gathered to form Peconic Public Broadcasting, Inc., with the intent of aquiring the station's license and assets to make sure the current programming will continue.