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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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Senate Unveils “New Jobs-NY” Job Creation Plan

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said  today that the New York State Senate Republican conference will continue its strong focus on job creation and economic growth by announcing that the Senate will pass legislation next week to implement the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan.  The Senate’s comprehensive plan will help create thousands of new private sector jobs by delivering tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers, reduce energy costs, and enacts major fiscal reforms to make New York State more economically competitive. 

“This plan,” Senator LaValle said,  “will help small business owners, and the entrepreneurs who want to expand their business, hire more people and prosper.”

May 23, 2012
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Joseph Theinert

1st Lieutenant Joe Theinert was only a sophomore in high school when the September 11, 2001 attacks occurred. At that time, he wrote, “There is nothing glorious about war but I will go to it to keep the people I love away from it. 9/11 NEVER FORGET.”

Determined to serve his country as quickly as possible, Joe opted to accept an ROTC commission at Valley Forge Military Academy and College over the Congressional nomination he also received to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point.

May 18, 2012
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Jordan Christian Haerter

Jordan Christian Haerter was born on July 30th, 1988 in Southampton, New York, to proud parents, JoAnn Lyles and Christian Haerter of Sag Harbor. He was their only child. Jordan grew up in Sag Harbor loving Little League baseball, Cub Scouts and dressing up in hand-made military costumes every Halloween, making sure all the details were extremely accurate . As he grew older, his interests turned to online computer warfare games, playing with friends and world-wide team members and opponents.

May 18, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, June 5, 2012 Room 807 LOB

June 5, 12:30 PM - 1:05 PM
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Senator LaValle Resolution Honors Volunteer Firefighters

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring and recognizing the heroism and commit-

ment of local volunteer firefighters in fighting the wildfires in the

Towns of Ridge and Manorville, New York, in April 2012

 

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and honor

those distinguished citizens who would volunteer to devote themselves to

public service, demonstrating great courage and diligence in providing

for the care and welfare of the citizens of their communities and this

great Empire State; and

WHEREAS, Within every community of the State of New York there are

certain individuals who, by virtue of their commitment and dedication,

May 15, 2012
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LaValle Names Two to NY State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame, Shelter Island 1st Lieutenant Joseph James Theinert and Marine Lance Corporal Jordan C. Haerter of Sag Harbor to Receive Award Posthumously May 22.

Two East End war veterans will be posthumously inducted into the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame on May 22 in an Albany ceremony it was announced today by New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle who nominated the pair -- US Army  1st Lieutenant Joseph J. Theinert  from Shelter Island and Marine Lance Corporal Jordan C. Haerter of Sag Harbor --  for the state honor.

“Joe Theinert and Jordan Haerter are true heroes who gave their lives to protecting the freedoms we treasure. They should be recognized and commended by our State and community,” said Senator LaValle.  “The New York State Veterans’ Hall of Fame is a tribute to these two fine young men that demonstrates our respect and gratitude for their patriotism and sacrifice.”

May 15, 2012
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Toni DeMeo

At 89 years young, Toni DeMeo, head of hospital volunteers, says retirement isn’t even a thought. In fact, she still makes the wheels turn in several departments at Eastern Long Island Hospital.

Since 1995, Ms. DeMeo has served as the chairwoman of volunteer services at Eastern Long Island Hospital, which relies on 300 volunteers companywide. Ms. DeMeo is essentially the human resource manager for volunteers who work in every department of the hospital. When asked why she still works, she replied, “At the end of your life, every day counts. I like being in charge and I like that I still have an impact around here. Eastern Long Island Hospital is a very different place — there’s a lot of smiling going on, and what you see is what you get.” 

May 15, 2012
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LaValle: Senate Bill Designates Portion of Route 24 as Peconic Highway.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said today that legislation (S 6768) to designate the portion of state Route 24 located in the towns of Southampton and Brookhaven at the junction of interstate 495 and ending at the easterly junction of Route 27 as the "Peconic Highway" has been passed by the NY State Senate.

New York State Route 24, an 11 mile long highway which begins at Exit 71 off the Long Island Expressway, runs through the Towns of Brookhaven and Southampton, and ends at Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays.

“Route 24 follows the Peconic River, a New York State protected and ecologically significant wild, scenic and recreational river, “ Senator LaValle said.

May 9, 2012
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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 8, 2012 Room 807 LOB

May 8, 12:30 PM - 12:39 PM
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LaValle Legislation Passes Senate

New York  State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) reports that several of his bills were passed in the  New York State Senate this week and now await action by the Assembly.

LaValle said the bills passed this week:

May 2, 2012
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Senator LaValle Names Toni DeMeo a Woman of Distinction From First Senatorial District; Statewide Capitol Fete May 15.

Cutchogue’s Toni DeMeo , 89 years young, a tireless community volunteer and leader has been selected by New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle  as the First Senatorial District’s Woman of Distinction for 2012.

Toni currently serves as a volunteer and director of volunteers, a position she has held since 1995 at Greenport’s Eastern Long Island Hospital  (ELIH). She also serves  as the Chairperson of Volunteer Service and  is responsible for day-to-day scheduling, recruitment, interviewing, position assignment and overall supervision and training for all hospital volunteers.

April 24, 2012
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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 1, 2012 Room 807 LOB

May 1, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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LaValle Awarded Humane Society of The United States Humane Legislator Award

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I-Port Jefferson) was awarded the Humane Society of The United States Humane State Legislator Award today for his commitment to animal friendly legislation in New York State.

April 18, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 12:30 PM, Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Room 807 LOB

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An act to amend the education law, in relation to meetings of councils of state-operated institutions

April 18, 12:30 PM - 12:38 PM
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