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Senator Ken LaValle Introduces Legislation For Moratorium To Halt Mute Swan Elimination

Senator Ken LaValle announced that he has introduced legislation to immediately halt the eradication of the Mute Swan.  The bill (S.6667) establishes a moratorium on the killing of Mute Swans and compels the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to hold off any decisions until a new independent study is conducted.   “Among the many issues raised about the DEC’s plan were questions of the validity of the justification of the proposed actions.  It appears that

February 27, 2014
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Senator LaValle Announces Annual Earth Day Poster Contest

To celebrate and honor Earth Day this year, Senator LaValle is sponsoring a poster contest for children in grades K – 6. The theme of our Earth Day celebration is “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”

Entries should be photographed and submitted electronically, preferably in jpeg or pdf format via The form below on the page linked below. All submissions must be uploaded to the web-site by April 11, 2014.

For more information, click on the link:

http://www.nysenate.gov/webform/new-york-state-senate-earth-day-competit...

February 27, 2014
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Senator LaValle Requests Nominations For Veteran’s Hall Of Fame

NOTE: Download the PDF for the nominating form at the bottom of this release

Senator LaValle Requests Nominations For Veteran’s Hall Of Fame

February 19, 2014
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Senator LaValle Announces Availability of New “Adventure” License Plates With “Lifetime” licenses

Senator Ken LaValle announced that New York State will now offer free specialty license plates for those who purchase lifetime fishing, hunting or parks passes.

February 19, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education  Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair  11:30 AM, Tuesday, February 11, 2014  Room 807 LOB

February 11, 11:30 AM - 11:33 AM
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Senator Ken LaValle Announces Extra Emergency Heating Aid For Those In Need

The Federal Government has released additional Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding for New York, according to Senator Ken LaValle.

February 3, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle Joins NY Non-Partisan Environmental Caucus

Senator Ken LaValle has become a member of a newly formed environmental caucus comprised of New York State Legislators from both the Assembly and the Senate.  The New York State Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NYSCEL) will be a forum to consider legislative and policy issues related to preserving and protecting the environment and public health.

February 3, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle: “Public Assistance Integrity Act” to be voted on in Senate next week

Today, Senator Ken LaValle reported that the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” (Senate Bill S966) will come before the Senate for a vote next week.  The Act, which Senator LaValle sponsored, prohibits the use of public assistance for purchasing alcoholic beverages, tobacco or lottery tickets.  Additionally, the Legislation would prohibit withdrawal of public assistance monies at certain locations, specifically, liquor stores, casinos, and adult-oriented establishments.

January 28, 2014
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Senator LaValle Calls for Common Core Delay

Here's the video from the Senate Education meeting where Senator LaValle asked the Commissioner to hit the delay button on Common Core.

January 27, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Room 807 LOB

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN TIME OF MEETING

January 28, 12:00 PM - 12:04 PM
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Senator Ken LaValle Calls on State Education Commissioner to Delay “Common Core”

In the NY Senate Education Committee today, Senator Ken LaValle called upon Commissioner John King to delay “Common Core” implementation.  Senator LaValle said “Going back to the initial meeting on Long Island last April, it appears that the Department of Education is not listening.  The rollout of Common Core has been flawed, and children are being hurt.”

January 23, 2014
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Senator LaValle Requests Your Assistance to Help Disabled Veterans Obtain State Contracts

NY Jobs For Heroes Program would create a state contract category for service-connected disabled Veterans

(Click here to go directly to the petitionhttp://www.nysenate.gov/webform/ny-jobs-heroes-petition)

January 17, 2014
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SUCCESS! "NY Jobs For Heroes" Is Now Law!

 

NOTE:  On March 24, 2014, we in the Senate approved the "NY Jobs For Heroes" legislation.  It now goes to the Assembly for consideration

January 16, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle Reminds Constituents To Look For Unclaimed Funds

New York State is holding $12 Billion in unclaimed funds and Senator Ken LaValle wants Long Islanders to make sure the state isn’t holding their money.  “Under law, all financial institutions are required to turn over inactive accounts after a certain period.  Many times individuals or family members forget about these dormant accounts, but people are entitled to receive their money back.” said Senator LaValle.                        (continued....)

January 16, 2014
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Senator LaValle: New “Puppy Mill” Law Now In Effect

 

“New York State’s “pet dealer” law, wasn’t strong enough to end the rein of unregulated “puppy mills”.  Legislation that I sponsored was just signed into law by the Governor and will enable local governments to restrict these cruel practices.” said Senator Ken LaValle. 

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January 13, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle: State-of-State is Good News for Long Island Taxpayers

Tax cuts for Families and Businesses; State Spending Cap; More new jobs

January 9, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle announces the availability of the 2013 Higher Education Legislative Report

Senator Ken LaValle announces the availability of the 2013 Higher Education Legislative Report

 

 Despite Challenges, high quality academic standards maintained; Institutions remain most valuable economic development engines

Senator Ken LaValle announced the availability of the 2013 State Senate Higher Education Legislative Report.  Senator LaValle said, “Although New York State’s institutions of higher education face many challenges, they continue to maintain high quality academic standards and continue to remain the state’s most valuable economic development engines.”

January 6, 2014
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Senator LaValle Calls Upon Governor To Keep Sagamore Children's Center Open

Sagamore Children’s Psychiatric Center is already a Regional Center of Excellence for children and adolescents with a long, proven history.

New York State has a responsibility to provide quality, compassionate care to our children in need of these critical services. Over the years, the facility has down sized considerably in an effort to control costs.  We cannot stand by and allow Long Island to be the sole region of the state without any children’s psychiatric beds.

 See the link below for the text of the letter

December 20, 2013
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