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Senator LaValle Welcomes National Champion Rocky Point Cheerleaders

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) and Assemblyman Dan Losquadro (R,C-Shoreham) welcomed the Rocky Point High School Varsity Cheerleading Team to the state Capitol and presented the team with a proclamation on the steps of the Million Dollar Staircase for their extraordinary achievements.  In February, the team won the National Championship in the Universal Cheerleaders Association’s Medium Varsity Division in Orlando, Florida. 

March 16, 2011

LaValle: Funding Restored to SUNY Stony Brook Hospital and Long Island Veteran’s Home in Senate Budget, Defines State’s Obligation to Students.


New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) today announced he has fought for and restored funding to the proposed New York State budget that would have decimated local hospital programs and veterans’ care on Long Island by reorganizing and prioritizing what is important to the First Senatorial District and Long Island and all for less than the original budget as proposed by the Governor.

Coming in at approximately $132.5 billion, the Senate budget spends less than the Executive Budget  and stabilizes the State’s finances this year and in future years. 

March 15, 2011

State Senate Passes Responsible Budget That Reduces Spending, Invests In New York’s Priorities And Includes No New Taxes.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that the New York State Senate acted on its budget resolution - - a fiscally sound plan that reduces spending, rejects tax increases and makes responsible investments in New York’s future.

The Senate budget largely mirrors the priorities outlined in Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget and will serve as a roadmap to the enactment of a responsible, on-time budget.

The Senate budget closes a $10 billion budget deficit without raising taxes, and allows the personal income tax (PIT) surcharge to sunset as scheduled so small businesses and others can get back to creating jobs for workers.

March 15, 2011

LaValle: Submit Budget Questions, I'll Answer

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle sent an e-mail to constituents today asking what questions they have about the State budget.The e-mail asks that questions be posted to the Senator's YouTube channel where they will be answered via video reply in about two weeks.The Senator's e-mail to constituents is below, with the link for posting a question.Dear Neighbor, In the last month many of you responded to my community survey about the issues that impact upon your daily lives the most – the results of which I will release shortly.

March 8, 2011

LaValle Invites Budget Stakeholders to Provide Input, Grassroots Effort Examines Budget and Local Impact.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,I, C – Port Jefferson) today said he is conducting a broad, grassroots examination of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s  proposed executive budget and meeting with local stakeholders to hear firsthand how the budget impacts local groups, organizations and individuals.

“The State has a $10 billion budget gap that demands we realign priorities, eliminate waste and make very difficult decisions about programs and services,” LaValle said. “We have a $130 billion budget and must work within its footprint.”

“I am determined that the budget process be open and transparent,” LaValle said.

February 15, 2011

Environmental Champion, LaValle Named to Senate Environmental Conservation Committee.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, a fierce advocate for the environment and author of the landmark Pine Barrens Preservation  Act of 1993 has been appointed to the New York State Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee. LaValle was told of the appointment on Monday, February 14.

February 15, 2011

NY State Senate Higher Education Chair Ken LaValle Hosts Higher Ed. Budget Roundtable to Examine Executive Budget Impact on CUNY.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair of the New York State Senate’s Higher Education Committee will chair a first of its kind Higher Education Budget Roundtable with members of the Senate’s Higher Education Committee and representatives of the City University of New York  (CUNY).

Representatives from CUNY include: Allan H. Dobrin, executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer; Matthew Sapienza, associate vice chancellor for budget and finance and Kathy Abate, budget and finance.

This is the second roundtable LaValle has hosted to examine the Executive Budget and its impact on higher education. LaValle hosted SUNY representatives last week in a comprehensive budget examination session.

February 14, 2011

New Transparent Process to Examine Budget: NY State Senate Higher Education Chair Ken LaValle to Host First of Several Higher Ed. Budget Roundtables.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair of the New York State Senate’s Higher Education Committee will chair a first of its kind Higher Education Budget Roundtable with members of the Senate’s Higher Education Committee as well as representatives of the State University of New York  (SUNY) including Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer Monica Rimai and other senior SUNY officials to discuss the 2011-2012 Executive Budget and its impact on the University system.

February 9, 2011

Hospital Leaders Meet

New York State Senator Ken LaValle recently met with hospital leaders to discuss regional issues. From left, Ken Roberts, President of Mather Hosptial; LaValle; Ken Jacoppi, Board President Mather Hospital; and Dr. Ken Kaushansky, Dean, School of Medicine and SVP Health Sciences of Stony Brook University.

February 2, 2011

Statement of Senator Kenneth LaValle, Chair of NYS Higher Education Committee, on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Budget.

“At the conclusion of the Governor’s budget presentation my staff will began a line-by-line review of the higher education budget to determine, for various stakeholders, what is and is not in the budget and establish the budget’s impact on higher education."


February 1, 2011

Senator LaValle to Host Annual Environmental Roundtable

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, I - Port Jefferson) will host a two-hour-long Environmental Roundtable to discuss environmental issues impacting the First Senate District on Thursday, February 10, 2010, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Selden campus of Suffolk County Community College in the Babylon Student Center – Montauk Point Room 212. This year’s participants will again help Senator LaValle chart a legislative agenda that continues efforts to preserve the character and quality of life in our region. 

Past roundtables have included elected and appointed officials and commissioners, community members, environmentalists, sportsmen and others. 

January 21, 2011

Manorville's Cadet Robert Pellicci is Congratulated by Senator Ken LaValle

Senator LaValle nominated Robert to SUNY Maritime College where he is studying to become a mechanical engineer. Congratulations Robert!

January 7, 2011

Senator LaValle's Priorities for the New Legislative Session.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, IP–Port Jefferson) today said the messages he heard from constituents and initiatives he campaigned on will form the basis of his legislative agenda for the next two years.   

“I fully support the Governor’s property tax cap proposal,” LaValle said. “A two percent cap or cap tied to the rate of inflation is a number one priority.” LaValle has been a staunch proponent of a property tax cap for the past several years and said Senate Republicans first passed a property tax cap in 2008 and continued to advocate for a cap in order to provide relief to Long Islanders who are overburdened by high property taxes. 

LaValle said his priorities include:

January 6, 2011

Senator LaValle Extends His Apppreciation to the First Senate District

Another Election Day has passed and it was one that surely will go down in history.  One week later, people are still talking about the upsets and the victories.  If there was any doubt that every vote counts, this was the election to change the mind of  skeptics.  Races across the state are too close to call until the final counts are tallied.  Once the counts are in, it is up to the re-elected and newly elected officials to fulfill their election promises and work to ensure that government meets the needs of their constituency.  

November 5, 2010


While Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today voted in support of a property tax cap, the amendment he offered would have provided greater relief for homeowners.  Senator LaValle proposed capping the growth in property tax levies at 2.5 percent or 120 percent of the consumer price index (CPI), whichever is lower.  The measure that ultimately passed the Senate provides a 4 percent school tax cap or 120 percent of the CPI.

August 4, 2010


Program Assists With Purchase of Vehicles to Transport the Elderly and Disabled


January 22, 2010

Senator LaValle Applauds D.O.T. for Reinstatement of Rails to Trails Funding

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle was pleased to learn that $2 million in state funds he previously secured for Suffolk County’s Rails to Trails program has been reinstated by the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) on its Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

March 27, 2009