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Bill Increases Penalties For Leaving the Scene of Auto Accident

A bill co-sponsored by New York State Senator Ken LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) that would increase the penalties for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident (S.2503) was passed by the New York State Senate.

March 25, 2013
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March 14, 2:15 PM - 2:17 PM
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, April 16, 2013 Room 807 LOB

April 16, 12:31 PM - 12:50 PM
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SENATE REPUBLICAN BLUEPRINT FOR JOBS: ReThink. ReVitalize. ReBuild.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said today that Senate Republicans announced a bold job creation plan to improve New York’s business climate. 

The “Senate Republican Blueprint for Jobs: ReThink. ReVitalize. ReBuild.” would cut taxes for one million small businesses and reduce energy costs for every business and residential ratepayer in New York, saving them $2.5 billion.

The “Senate Republican Blueprint for Jobs” plan would provide:

• A Tax Cut for One Million Small Businesses

• Tax Relief for Manufacturers

• Lower Energy Bills for Every New Yorker and Every Business

March 8, 2013
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Senator LaValle Seeks Veterans' Hall of Fame Nominees

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today invited residents of the First Senate District to nominate veterans from their community whose service on behalf of our nation designates them as an inductee of the New York State Veterans' Hall of Fame.

New York State’s on-line Hall of Fame is designed to honor New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complimented by their service to the community.

March 7, 2013
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LaValle: Senate Republicans Announce Middle Class Tax Relief Act

The New York State Senate Republican Conference today unveiled the Family Tax Relief Act, a package of tax relief and reform measures designed to provide an economic boost to New York’s struggling middle class families.  

The Senate Republican plan would increase tax breaks that have not kept pace with inflation, and, in some instances, haven’t been adjusted for more than 25 years.  The plan also restores the STAR property tax rebate check program to provide real and direct relief to millions of New Yorkers who pay some of the highest property taxes in the country.

March 4, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, March 5, 2013 Room 807 LOB

March 5, 12:30 PM - 12:34 PM
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LaValle Bill to Help Commercial Fishermen Passes Senate.

A  bill to help commercial fishermen by allowing them to aggregate their daily catch limits over a seven day period and conserve fuel passed the Senate today it was announced by New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), the sponsor of the bill.

LaValle said his bill  (S.1762) allows fishermen, for example, to catch three times the daily catch limit on Monday and two times the limit on Wednesday and then stay off the water until the following Monday when a consecutive period of seven days is complete. The bill also allows individuals with different fishing licenses to go out and catch each of their daily limits from the same boat (currently prohibited).

February 28, 2013
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LaValle Named to Senate’s Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship.

Recognizing that New York State’s path to economic recovery and prosperity lies in job creation and the broadening of economic and career opportunities for all citizens, the New York State Senate created a Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship and has appointed Senator Kenneth P. LaValle a committee member.

February 28, 2013
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Senator LaValle Presents Liberty Award

Southampton, NY—David Lopez, Director of Facilities Management and Engineering, and his staff of 13 at Southampton Hospital, were awarded a New York State Senate Liberty Award, by New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today.  

One of the highest civilian honors that New Yorker's can receive, the Liberty Award was created in 2000 and is presented  to individuals who have merited special commendation for exceptional, heroic or humanitarian acts and achievements on behalf of their fellow New Yorkers. 

February 22, 2013
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LaValle Bill Establishes School Tax Cap for Seniors.

A bill to amend the real property tax law to establish a capped real property school tax rate for persons 70 years of age or older who meet the eligibility requirements for the enhanced STAR exemption has been introduced in the New York State Senate by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I –Port Jefferson).

The bill, Senator LaValle said, provides seniors with a choice depending on individual circumstances. Seniors, under the bill, can either have their real property school tax rate frozen as of the day that they turn 70 years of age or receive a STAR rebate check. 

February 12, 2013
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2013 Environmental Roundtable

Senator LaValle's 2013 Environmental Roundtable at the SCCC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center was attended by more than 60 citizens, local leaders/elected officials, environmental groups, farmers and others. Be sure to watch when the 2 hour forum is broadcast on WVVH and YouTube. We'll post the links later this month

February 8, 2013
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LaValle: Let Energy Tax Expire

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle has urged Governor Andrew Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget. 

 The 18-a surcharge, which has increased utility bills for every ratepayer in the state,  is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014.  The Governor’s proposed five-year extension would cost businesses and consumers a total of almost $3 billion.

February 6, 2013
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Senator LaValle: Don't Forget STAR Deadline

New York State Senator Ken LaValle is reminding homeowners that the deadline for New York State’s School Tax Relief Program (STAR) is March 1, 2013. STAR is a tax relief program that lowers property taxes for owner-occupied primary residences. There are two levels of STAR benefits: Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR.

January 29, 2013
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2012 Higher Education Legislative Report

 

Dear Senator Skelos:

It is my pleasure to submit the annual report of the Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education for the 2012 legislative session. 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.

File: 
Higher Education 2012 Legislative Report

January 28, 2013
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GET THE FACTS ON THE 2013-14 EXECUTIVE BUDGET PLAN

Governor Andrew Cuomo has just unveiled his new Executive Budget Proposal -- marking the beginning of the State Budget negotiation and adoption process for the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year.

For the past two years, the Senate successfully passed on-time budgets that achieved our key goals of controlling spending, avoiding tax increases and helping to create new private sector jobs. This year, we will look to build upon this progress by passing another on-time, fiscally responsible budget that keeps New York moving forward.

We encourage you to visit this section of our website on a regular basis to learn more about the Governor's new budget proposal, and to stay up-to-date on new developments as the budget review and approval process moves forward.

January 28, 2013
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Senator LaValle Continues as Chair of Senate’s Higher Education Committee

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) will again chair the New York State Senate’s Committee on Higher Education, a post Senator LaValle has held for all but two years since 1979. Senator LaValle’s appointment was announced by Senators Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein on January 24.  Senator LaValle was also appointed a member of an additional seven standing Senate committees: Aging, Education, Environmental Conservation, Finance, Insurance, Rules and Judiciary.

January 26, 2013
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