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LaValle:New Legislation Requires One-Time Registration for BASIC STAR Exemption

New York State Senator Ken LaValle reminds residents that new legislation requires all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption must register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years.

“Throughout my tenure in the New York State Senate, real property tax relief has been an important priority and as an architect in the development of the STAR program, I take tremendous personal satisfaction in the benefits this initiative has brought to homeowners in the First Senatorial District,” Senator LaValle said.

August 15, 2013
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Ribbon Cutting At Stony Brook Children's Hospital -- Ronald McDonald House Family Room

Stony Brook Children’s Hospital opened a Ronald McDonald Family Room Program to provide support for families of more than 7,000 children who are hospitalized each year at Suffolk County’s only children’s hospital. Located on the Pediatric Unit, the room will provide families with a place to relax with many of the comforts of home, including a kitchen, dining area, sitting area with flat-screen TV, showers and lockers, and laundry facilities. Ronald McDonald House of Long Island will also provide a van to transport families to airports, doctors’ appointments and drug stores.

August 2, 2013
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LaValle Carmans River Protection Bill Now Law

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and Assemblyman Bob Sweeney announced that their bill to add additional parcels to the Pine Barrens and protect the Carmans River has been signed into law by the Governor.

August 1, 2013
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LaValle Carmans River Protection Bill Sent to Governor

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle announced that his bill to add additional parcels to the Pine Barrens and protect the Carmans River has been sent to the Governor for his signature. The Governor has 30 days from his receipt of the bill on July 19 to sign or veto the measure.

July 23, 2013
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Libraries Thank Senator LaValle for State Aid

Officials gathered in the new Children’s Addition of the East Hampton Library to publicly thank local legislators for their successful efforts on behalf of our local libraries (including the East Hampton Library, Sag Harbor’s John Jermain Memorial Library and the Shelter Island Public Library) to win substantial new grants from the New York State Public Library Construction Grants program. 

July 11, 2013
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LaValle: START-UP NY and EPCAL Create Unique Synergy

New York State Senator Ken LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson)m announced that the New York State Senate, in a new, significant initiative to create jobs and strengthen the state’s economy, gave  final passage last week to legislation (S5903) to establish the SUNY Tax-Free Areas to Revitalize and Transform Upstate (START-UP NY) program that will create tax-free areas around the state’s colleges, universities and other designated areas.  Senator LaValle said START-UP NY combined with the recently passed Enterprise Park at Calverton Reuse and Revitalization (EPCAL) legislation creates a unique synergy for Long Island and the East End

June 24, 2013
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LaValle: START-UP NY and EPCAL Create Unique Synergy

New York State Senator Ken LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson)m announced that the New York State Senate, in a new, significant initiative to create jobs and strengthen the state’s economy, gave  final passage last week to legislation (S5903) to establish the SUNY Tax-Free Areas to Revitalize and Transform Upstate (START-UP NY) program that will create tax-free areas around the state’s colleges, universities and other designated areas.  Senator LaValle said START-UP NY combined with the recently passed Enterprise Park at Calverton Reuse and Revitalization (EPCAL) legislation creates a unique synergy for Long Island and the East End

June 24, 2013
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LaValle Bill Requires Equestrians Under Age 18 To Wear Helmet

New York State Senator Ken LaValle has passed  a bill in the New York State Senate that will require horseback riders younger than age 18 to wear a helmet.  The bill, LaValle said was created after Nicole Hornstein, the 12 year old daughter of a Southampton resident died from brain injuries after falling off a horse without a helmet while riding in Florida. 

June 21, 2013
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LaValle Bill To Help Counties With FIT Costs Passes Senate

A bill sponsored by New York State Senator Ken LaValle to alleviate the financial burden on New York State counties from having to pay charge back fees to The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) for upper division programs passed the New York State Senate on Thursday.

“Many counties are finding it difficult, if not impossible, to pay the upper level charge back fees,” Senator LaValle said,“and the burden is falling on localities. This bill is necessary to alleviate some of the counties' burden and eliminate their need to charge back the localities but to still fund FIT at appropriate and fair levels.”

June 21, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair Thursday , June 20, 2013 OFF THE FLOOR

June 20, 2:20 PM - 2:28 PM
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Senate Gives Final Passage To Bill To Protect OPWDD From Funding Cuts

New York State Senator Ken LaValle said the Senate has given final passage to legislation that would protect providers of services for the developmentally disabled from state funding cuts.The legislatio

June 18, 2013
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LaValle Student Lending Transparency Bill Passes Senate

New York State Senator Ken LaValle’s (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) Student Lending Transparency Program bill passed the New York State Senate today. The bill will create the Student Lending Transpare

June 18, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Establish Procedure for Recognition of Montaukett Tribe

New York State Senator Ken LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) has passed a bill in the New York State Senate today that establishes a procedure for the Montaukett Indian Tribe to be recognized by the State of New York.

June 18, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 10:00 AM, Wednesday, June 5, 2013 Room 807 LOB

June 5, 10:08 AM - 10:43 AM
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LaValle Bill Extends North Fork Wine Trail

A bill sponsored by New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle that extends the North Fork Wine Trail has passed the New York State Senate.

May 30, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 10:00 AM, Thursday, May 30, 2013 Room 807 LOB

May 30, 10:00 AM - 10:38 AM
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Walter George Drago

Mr. Drago was raised in Yonkers, New York. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1964, the Academy of Aeronautics with an Associated Applied Science degree in 1967 and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) for Professional Pilot training in 1968.

In 1968, Mr. Drago enlisted in the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Flight Program. He graduated with honors as a WO 1 Army Aviator and was selected to fl  the Grumman OV-1 Mohawk. In March 1970, he was deployed to Viet Nam, and within a year, he flew over 220 combat missions in support of the U.S. and the Allied Forces in Viet Nam and other areas in the Southeast Asian region.

While in Viet Nam, Mr. Drago was promoted to CWO 2 and awarded the following decorations:

May 20, 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, May 21, 2013 Room 807 LOB

May 21, 12:30 PM - 12:46 PM
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Montauk's Walter George Drago Selected as NYS Veterans' Hall of Fame Inductee

Montauk’s Lt. Col. Walter George Drago has been selected by New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle for induction into the New York State Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Drago will join veterans from across the State at an Albany induction ceremony on May 21.
In 1968, Drago enlisted in the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Flight Program and graduated with honors as a Warrant Officer 1 Army Aviator and was selected to fly the Grumman OV-1 Mohawk.   Drago was deployed to Viet Nam in March 1970 where within a year he flew more than 220 combat missions in support of the U.S. and the Allied Forces across Southeast Asia.   

May 15, 2013
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Meredith Festa

Meredith Festa, an enthusiastic pet owner, found her true vocation through her love of dogs. Perpetually showing where there is a will, there is a way, she set out to protect our canine friends and has made a difference both in the United States and internationally. 

An avid dog lover, Ms. Festa could not ignore the number of abused or stray dogs with nowhere to call home. Little by little, she began doing animal rescue. What started off as a small scale effort, took off when she joined Guardians of Rescue. She was the only woman willing to go on rescue calls, in really rough areas, to pull animals out of harm’s way and get them to safety. 

May 13, 2013
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