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LaValle Bill Provides Incentives for Boater Safety

Boaters who take a safety course would be entitled to insurance breaks under legislation New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I- Port Jefferson) said he is drafting after hearing testimony at a New York State Senate Public Hearing on Boating Safety in New York Waters held today.

The hearing followed on the tragic July 4 capsizing of a cabin cruiser in Oyster Bay Harbor that killed three young children who were trapped in the boat’s cabin.

Senator LaValle said that under his proposed legislation, boaters who take a basic safety course would be entitled to a 10 percent discount on their insurance, while those who take a more advanced course would get a 15 percent insurance reduction.

August 8, 2012
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LaValle Bill provides Incentives for Boater Safety

Boaters who take a safety course would be entitled to insurance breaks under legislation New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I- Port Jefferson) said he is drafting after hearing testimony at a New York State Senate Public Hearing on Boating Safety in New York Waters held today.

The hearing followed on the tragic July 4 capsizing of a cabin cruiser in Oyster Bay Harbor that killed three young children who were trapped in the boat’s cabin.

Senator LaValle said that under his proposed legislation, boaters who take a basic safety course would be entitled to a 10 percent discount on their insurance, while those who take a more advanced course would get a 15 percent insurance reduction.

August 8, 2012
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LaValle Legislation To Help Breast Cancer Patients Recover From A Partial Mastectomy, Now Law

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle's (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) bill that would help some breast cancer patients by requiring insurance companies to cover reconstruction for partial mastectomies has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.The bill (S3801A. CH. 302), sponsored by Senator  LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), adds partial mastectomies to the law that already covers reconstruction for full mastectomies. It would ensure that  breast cancer patients who undergo the partial loss of a breast have reconstruction as an option covered by insurance.

August 2, 2012
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SUNY Adopts Federal Version of Provision from LaValle College Affordability Act

When New York State Senate passed Senator Ken LaValle’s (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) legislation to help middle-class families and students afford the rapidly increasing cost of a college education on June 5 it included a provision that has been mimicked by the Obama administration and will now be adopted by SUNY.

The  voluntary ‘Shopping Sheet’ that the Obama Administration is promoting for the 2013 school year and which the State University of New York will use will let college-bound students do an apples to apples comparison of what it will cost them to attend one of several schools. The sheets also provide statistics on default rates, as well as graduation rates at comparable schools.

July 25, 2012
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Senator LaValle Announces New Law to Help Increase Early Detection of Breast Cancer

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that legislation he supported to improve early breast cancer detection was recently signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new law (S6769B) will increase women’s awareness of the presence of dense breast tissue found during a mammography exam. Dense breast tissue may make it more difficult to detect tumors.

July 25, 2012
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Senator LaValle Announces New Law to Help Increase Early Detection of Breast Cancer

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that legislation he supported to improve early breast cancer detection was recently signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new law (S6769B) will increase women’s awareness of the presence of dense breast tissue found during a mammography exam. Dense breast tissue may make it more difficult to detect tumors.

July 25, 2012
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East Hampton's The Retreat Thanks Senator LaValle for Support

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle was recently thanked by The Retreat of East Hampton for securing state funds for the prevention of and response to domestic violence across eastern Long Island

"The leadership Senator LaValle exercised in securing funds to prevent and address domestic violence across the east end of Long Island will directly result in improved safety, health, and quality of life for our area’s women and children. With demand for our services at an all time high due to the unstable economy, the funds secured will enable us to reach and serve more abused women and traumatized children than we otherwise could.

July 24, 2012
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Governor Signs Lavalle Legislation Authorizing A Property Tax Exemption For New Green Buildings

Governor Andrew Cuomo has approved legislation authored by  State Senator Ken LaValle that provides a tax incentive to builders and homeowners who construct energy efficient green buildings. The bill passed in the Assembly 140-0 and in the State Senate 59-0.

July 20, 2012
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LaValle: Additional Aid Helps Stabilize Taxes.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said today that he was able to secure additional monies separate and apart from the state aid formula for schools and libraries that can be used to stabilize tax rates and provide additional relief for taxpayers.  Additionally, LaValle said, funds were also secured for arts education programs as well as anti-bullying and domestic violence programs in the First Senatorial District.

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June 26, 2012
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LaValle Water Protection Bills Pass Senate

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said the Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill he co-sponsored that increases the amount of information available to the public when discharges of untreated or partially treated sewage to the state’s waterways could affect public health. The Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act (S6268D) requires prompt notification of such sewage discharges so that the public has the information they need to make decisions about water based recreation like swimming, boating, and fishing.

June 21, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

SenateStanding Committee on Higher EducationSenator Kenneth P. LaValle, ChairThursday , June 21, 2012OFF THE FLOOR

THE COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING NOMINATIONS SUBMITTED BY THE GOVERNOR: Brian D. Obergfell, CUNY Board of Trustees (new appointment) Richard Socarides, SUNY Board of Trustees (new appointment) Henrik (Hank) N. Dullea, SUNY Board of Trustees (new appointment) Angelo Fatta, SUNY Board of Trustees (new appointment) Marshall A. Lichtman, SUNY Board of Trustees (reappointment)The new appointees will appear before the Committee.

June 21, 1:00 PM - 2:04 PM
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Senate Passes Cyberbullying Legislation

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said the Senate passed legislation on June 18  that would provide further protections and procedures for students who are bullied or cyberbullied. The legislation clarifies and expands the Dignity for All Students Act, an anti-cyberbullying law enacted in 2010 and creates guidelines for local school districts to develop policies and procedures to address the problem.“This legislation helps school districts address bullying and cyberbullying and  helps ensure that our school environments are safe for all students,” Senator LaValle said  

June 19, 2012
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Summer Reading Program Launched

With the end of the school year rapidly approaching, Senator LaValle is inviting all students in the First Senate District to participate in the State Senate's Summer Reading Program.  Senator LaValle and the New York State Senate are sponsoring this free program to encourage students throughout our community to continue reading over the next summer vacation.

June 14, 2012
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LaValle: New Law Protects Consumers From Intrusive Telemarketers

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said the New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill that protects New Yorkers from intrusive or unwanted telemarketing practices. The bill (S7567A) regulates all telemarketers who do business in New York, wherever they may be located, and adds new consumer protections from unwelcome prerecorded calls, known as robocalls, from telemarketers.
“New Yorkers have registered over 13 million phone numbers on the Do-Not-Call registry, Senator LaValle said,  and from 2009 to the present, the state Department of State’s (DOS) Division of Consumer Protection has received nearly 5,000 "Do Not Call" complaints and inquires.

June 13, 2012
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LaValle Honored By New York State Humane Association

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle was honored by the New York State Humane Association today for sponsoring and passing a bill last year that increased the penalties for spectators at animal fights. The bill was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The new law closed a major loophole in New York’s animal fighting laws that previously allowed some dogfighters and cockfighters to escape punishment by masquerading as spectators.

“Causing animals to fight and betting on the outcome is inhumane,” said Senator LaValle. "This new law  provides law enforcement and prosecutors with a stronger tool with which to combat these terrible acts." 

June 13, 2012
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June 13, 2012
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Senate Passes LaValle Bill to Restore STAR Rebate Checks

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), that would restore the STAR property tax rebate program. The bill (S7447) would provide $202 million in property tax relief to senior citizens in the 2012-13 school year and $1.2 billion in property tax relief to middle class families starting in 2013-14.“The STAR  program  provides  help  to homeowners who are struggling to pay local property taxes,” Senator LaValle said. “With homeowners  also facing difficulties keeping their homes because of the current troubled economy, it is more important than ever to  reinstate  the  STAR Rebate Program.”

June 6, 2012
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Senator LaValle's College Affordability Act

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to help middle-class families and students afford the rapidly increasing cost of a college education.  The Senate’s 2012 College Affordability Plan (S7449A), sponsored by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), would help parents save for higher education for their children and give students and families access to low-interest student loans, as well as clear information about the size of the loan debt they are taking on.    

June 5, 2012
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Senator LaValle's College Affordability Act

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to help middle-class families and students afford the rapidly increasing cost of a college education.  The Senate’s 2012 College Affordability Plan (S7449A), sponsored by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), would help parents save for higher education for their children and give students and families access to low-interest student loans, as well as clear information about the size of the loan debt they are taking on.    

June 5, 2012
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LaValle: Making College Affordable for Middle Class Families

The New York State Senate Majority Conference today outlined a plan to help middle-class families and students afford the rapidly increasing cost of a college education.  The Senate’s 2012 College Affordability Plan would help parents save for higher education for their children and give students and families access to low interest student loans, as well as clear information about the size of the loan debt they are taking on.

In addition, the plan would encourage young New Yorkers to stay in the Empire State to begin their careers by creating a new “Stay-In-New York” tax credit.

May 30, 2012
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