December 5, 2014 -Senator Ken LaValle announced that New York State will begin implementing new regulations to protect consumers. During this year alone, more than 20,000 complaints on debt collection providers were made across the state. The complaints ranged from complaints of harassment, aggressive phone calls to collect a debt, attempts to collect an incorrect amount and calls contacting the incorrect person.
Senator LaValle said, “We need to better protect responsible borrowers and stop unscrupulous debt collectors. The new rules and regulations will provide the necessary tools to help stop illegitimate debt collection practices.”
October 30, 2014 – Today, Senator Ken LaValle renewed his pledge to work for a complete repeal of the job-killing MTA tax. His call comes a day after media reports quoted the Governor saying he opposes the tax, but would not commit to have it repealed in its entirety.
October 7, 2014 – Today, Senator Ken LaValle announced the release of his report concerning sexual violence on college campuses. Senator LaValle, Chairman of the NY Senate Higher Education Committee, has long been recognized for his awareness and legislative action concerning this pervasive problem. In May of this year, he assembled a round table of experts to revisit current approaches and existing laws to discover where additional actions were necessary.
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I am encouraging women to schedule their annual mammogram.
It goes without saying that cancer is a frightening disease. However, advances in early detection screenings have helped save lives by diagnosing cancers in their earliest, most curable stages. A mammogram is the best early detection tool we have in the fight against breast cancer. Annual mammograms not only provide peace of mind—they can, and do, save lives.
Senator Ken LaValle Releases State Department of Transportation Project Update
Construction status for NY Route 347 & NY Route 112 in Terryville and Port Jefferson Station areas
September 24, 2014 – Today, Senator Ken LaValle released a New York State Department of Transportation update for the road construction for NY Route 347 & NY Route 112 in the Terryville and Port Jefferson Station areas. Senator LaValle requested a formal project update from the Department due to the ongoing inconvenience to the public.
Senator LaValle and Assemblyman Palumbo: Southold New Home Buyer Exemption Is Now Law
Southold now joins East Hampton, Southampton, and Shelter Island in assisting first-time primary homebuyers
September 24, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle and Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo report first-time primary homeowners in Southold will now be exempt from the Community Preservation Fund (CPF) transfer tax under a law they authored. The bill is designed to assist low and moderate-income residents in the purchase of their first, primary home by eliminating one of the costs associated with closing.
August 5, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle secured $150,000 in state funding to be utilized for fighting Lyme and tick-borne diseases on the East End of Long Island. Senator LaValle, who serves as Co-Chair of the NY Senate Coalition Task Force on Lyme and tick-borne diseases, obtain dedicated operating funds for both Shelter Island and North Haven’s four-poster deer tick programs.
July 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle invites all students up to the 8th grade to join the NY Senate’s 2014 Summer Reading Program. The Senate program, conducted in conjunction with the NY State Library, is designed to help children continue to build their reading skills during the summer months.
Senator LaValle said, “This program is intended to reinforce lessons learned during the school year; keep young minds sharp during the time away from school; and challenge children to continue to learn. It’s my hope that many students take advantage of the program.”
Southold would now join East Hampton, Southampton, and Shelter Island in assisting first-time primary homebuyers
June 26, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle and Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo report that the legislation they sponsored to exempt first-home buyers from the Community Preservation Fund (CPF) transfer tax in Southold has passed both houses of the Legislature. The bill is designed to assist low and moderate-income residents in the purchase of their first, primary home.
June 20, 2014 – Co-Chair Senator Ken LaValle and the Senate Majority Coalition Task Force have passed a resolution in the Senate today calling on the federal government to reevaluate guidelines and allocate additional funding related to Lyme and tick-borne diseases.
Senator LaValle said, “We in The Senate Majority Coalition Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases recognize this epidemic as a pressing public health crisis, and have initiated steps to create a comprehensive statewide response. We need the Centers For Disease Control to focus and react in the same manner.”
June 20, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle reports that the Senate has passed legislation to extend the Brownfield Cleanup Program until2017. In addition, the bill increases bonding by $300 million for DEC’s Superfund Program, which is charged with identifying, investigating, and cleaning up the state’s most contaminated sites.
Senator LaValle said, “We need to continue to clean up potentially contaminated sites and put them back to productive use. This program is a necessary component as we work towards a comprehensive clean water bill for Long Island. I am hopeful that the Governor will sign this into Law.”
June 18, 2014 -Senator Ken LaValle announced today his legislation to immediately halt the eradication of the Mute Swan has passed the State Senate. The bill (S.6667) establishes a moratorium on the killing of Mute Swans and compels the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to hold off any decisions until a new independent study is conducted.
Senator LaValle, as Co-Chair, calls for coordinated efforts to fight the diseasesJune 18, 2014 –Senator Ken LaValle, as one of the Co-Chairs, released the Senate Majority Coalition Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases report.
Legislation aims to boost local agricultural purchases
June 16, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle reported that the “Buy From The Backyard” legislation has passed the NY Senate. The measure supported by Senator LaValle aims to require state government agencies to allocate 20% of their contracts from companies located in New York State.
June 12, 2014 -The State Senate today passed five bills, sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle to make college more affordable for students and their families, while setting students up for success. These bills provide opportunities to help New York students thrive by increasing awards in the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to equal the cost per semester of SUNY and CUNY tuition, alleviating student loan debt, giving access to free community college to eligible students, and providing targeted work-training programs.
May 2014 - State Senator Ken LaValle has announced that Arma Andon has been selected to be included in the 2014 NY Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. “Arma E. Andon embodies the life, character and abilities of a generation of leaders that exemplify the great American spirit.” said Senator LaValle. He continued, ““Arma is a true hero that protected the freedoms we treasure. His selection into the Hall of Fame is in recognition of his patriotism and sacrifice for our country.”