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Senate Passes LaValle Bills To Make College More Affordable

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.

June 12, 2014

Senator LaValle Announces Senate Passage of Special 9/11 License Plates

LaValle Bill Would Establish Commemorative Plates And Scholarship Fund For Families Of Victims

June 10, 2014

Senator Ken LaValle Names Arma Andon to 2014 NY Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

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.”

June 3, 2014

Senator Ken LaValle: Senate Passes Legislation To Protect National Historic Landmarks From Erosion

Bill Would Allow DEC To Work To Save Sites like The Montauk Lighthouse

June 3, 2014

Senator Ken LaValle: “NY Jobs for Heroes” Plan To Assist Disabled-Veteran Owned Companies Is Now Law

May 21, 2014 – Senator Kenneth LaValle announced that the “NY Jobs For Heroes” legislation he co-sponsored has become law.  The new measure establishes a precedent-setting 6% set-aside in State contracts for disabled-veteran owned companies.

May 23, 2014

Senator Ken LaValle Holds Roundtable Concerning College Rape and Sexual Assault

May 20, 2014 – Today, Senator Ken LaValle held a Senate roundtable discussion concerning the growing incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault on college campuses, and potential solutions to stop these crimes. 

May 20, 2014

Senator Ken LaValle Announces Availability of STEM Scholarships for Graduating High School Students

The New York State Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Incentive Program provides a full SUNY tuition scholarship to the top ten percent of students in New York high schools if they major in a STEM field and work in a STEM job in New York State for five years after graduation.

May 9, 2014

Faster Field and Blood Alcohol Level Testing Would Strengthen Investigations of Serious Accidents

May 6, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle said today that the Senate passed legislation to help police investigate deadly automobile accidents by requiring field testing and blood alcohol level checks by law enforcement officers.

Senator LaValle said, “We have worked to strengthen Driving While Intoxicated laws time and time again with the thought that by increasing penalties, the public would become further educated as to the devastating consequences.  This bill would give enforcement increased ability and another tool to keep more drunk drivers off the road, which would better protect the public.”

May 8, 2014

Senate Passes LaValle Bill To Compel Regents To Be More Transparent When Imposing Mandates

April 30, 2014 – The NY State Senate today passed Senator Ken LaValle’s legislation to require more openness when the Board of Regents adopt mandates that impose new costs on local School Districts.   The bill (Senate 1564) requires the Board of Regents to disclose financial ramifications and identify sources of funding to meet requirements as they consider program or policy changes.

April 30, 2014


Dear Students,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 1st Senatorial District.

Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

April 17, 2014

Senator Ken LaValle, Assemblymen Fred Thiele And Anthony Palumbo Announce Formation Of East End Task Force To Identify And Fight Heroin Epidemic

April 14, 1014 – Senator Ken LaValle, Assemblyman Fred Thiele and Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo announce the formation of a new East End Task Force to identify causes and solutions to fight the growing heroin epidemic.   The legislator’s Heroin Addiction Legislative Task Force (H.A.L.T.) is currently scheduling its first of several meetings to begin in May. 

April 14, 2014

Senator Ken LaValle Announces Estate Tax Relief For Long Islanders

April 10, 2014 – Estate taxes will be reduced under the new State Budget, according to Senator Ken LaValle.  The estate tax threshold will be increased in annual increments over the next 3 years to $5.25 million, equaling the current federal estate tax threshold.

April 10, 2014

Senator Ken LaValle: State Budget Assists Agriculture and Family Farming

April 3, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle revealed that there is good news for agriculture and family farming in the NY State Budget.  Senator LaValle said, “I am proud to represent one of the largest agricultural districts in New York. The local farming community faces many difficult challenges to continue the tradition of the industry on Long Island. The budget measures we approved will provide the next generation with the necessary tools to continue to ensure the farming remains viable.”

April 3, 2014

Senator Ken LaValle Obtains Record State Aid For Our Local Schools

March 31, 2014 –  State Senator Ken LaValle announced that the newly adopted state budget includes a $1.1 billion increase in aid for education.  According to Senator LaValle, this budget will enact the most generous and comprehensive education aid package in recent memory.   Every school district in the First Senatorial District will see an increase in state aid this year.  There was also a major step taken towards the elimination of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA).

April 1, 2014

Senator LaValle Touts Successful Inclusion Of $65 Million In The State Budget to Drive Economic Development in the Region

March 31, 2014 – State Senator Ken LaValle is pleased to report he was able to secure state funding for two projects that will drive economic expansion for the region.  Senator LaValle said $60 Million will be provided for the Innovation and Discovery

April 1, 2014

Senator LaValle Announces Special Recognition For Cold War Veterans

New State Certificate Honors New York Cold War Military for Their Service

March 27, 2014

Senator LaValle Announces Availability of College Scholarships from Legislative Conference

The New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators To Award Four Scholarships

March 24, 2014

Senator Ken LaValle and Assemblyman Steve Englebright Call on LIPA To Begin The Economic Feasibility Study Of Port Jefferson Power Plant

Port Jefferson, March 21, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle and Assemblyman Steve Englebright today called upon LIPA to establish a schedule for a previously committed to Economic Feasibility Study concerning the repowering of the Port Jefferson Power Plant.

March 21, 2014