Senator Kenneth P. LaValle was pleased to learn that $2 million in state funds he previously secured for Suffolk County’s Rails to Trails program has been reinstated by the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) on its Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that the Riverhead Free Library, the Hampton Library of Bridgehampton, and the Westhampton Free Library have been awarded funding under the New York State Public Library Construction Grant Program. The grants awarded through this program are supported by a 2008 capital fund appropriation for the construction and renovation of public libraries and library systems in New York State.
Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that the Senate Republican Conference called on Governor Paterson to revise and resubmit his 2009-10 Executive Budget proposal. The Governor's plan was introduced back in December without consideration of federal economic stimulus dollars. The federal funds could provide the opportunity to eliminate $6 billion in new taxes and fees proposed by the Governor.
Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that local municipalities can apply for Round 3 of Restore NY's Communities Initiative grants beginning February 9, 2009. "This is a great opportunity for our localities to move forward with economic development plans," said Senator LaValle.
Senator Kenneth P. LaValle would like to make people aware of the New York State Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), which offers income-eligible households free help with reducing energy consumption and improving home safety. “As the record-breaking temperatures make for the coldest days of winter, many homeowners realize the need for energy saving measures,” said Senator LaValle. “However, many people cannot afford the costly repairs that would be required to make their home more energy efficient.”
Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers will be afforded greater access to health coverage as a result of a new law that became effective this month. The measure was sponsored by the Senate and allows emergency services volunteers to purchase certain public employee health insurance plans at a much lower cost than they would receive as an individual or family.
Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that the New York State Department of Civil Service will offer a new Correction Officer examination on April 4, 2009. Applications must be postmarked no later than February 17, 2009. Candidates must be 21 years of age on or before the date of their appointment.
Senator Kenneth P. LaValle is hopeful that several of his initiatives, which had passed the Senate in prior legislative sessions, will soon gain the support needed to become law. Governor Paterson mentioned several of Senator LaValle's bills in his State of the State including an affordable student loan program, a cap on school property taxes, and a healthy school lunch program. In addition, Senator LaValle has supported several alternative energy research programs focused on generating new sources of clean and renewable energy.
Senator Kenneth P. LaValle reacted to Governor Paterson’s proposal to provide free college tuition to certain college students with some reservation. “While the concept is laudable,” said Senator LaValle, “we are dealing with limited resources. Therefore, it would be impossible to achieve fairness and balance to all students in all regions of the state.”
"As I approach the 2009 legislative session, I will be doing everything possible to create programs and pass legislation that will give people hope that New York is still a viable place to live, work, and raise a family. Clearly, the budget deficit and turning around New York’s economy will be key to restoring that hope," said Senator Ken LaValle.
"In delivering his State of the State Address, Governor Paterson made it very clear that New York is faced with an historic economic crisis and that our budget deficit is growing by millions of dollars a day.