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Senator Ken LaValle’s Statement Concerning DEC Mute Swan Plan Delay

“I am pleased that the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has listened to the issues that have arisen from the planned update of the Mute Swan Management Plan. 

I am hopeful the DEC takes to heart my recommendation to conduct a new, independent study for consideration in the development of any revised plan.

March 3, 2014

Senator Ken LaValle Introduces Legislation For Moratorium To Halt Mute Swan Elimination

Senator Ken LaValle announced that he has introduced legislation to immediately halt the eradication of the Mute Swan.  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.   “Among the many issues raised about the DEC’s plan were questions of the validity of the justification of the proposed actions.  It appears that

February 27, 2014

Senator LaValle Announces Annual Earth Day Poster Contest

To celebrate and honor Earth Day this year, Senator LaValle is sponsoring a poster contest for children in grades K – 6. The theme of our Earth Day celebration is “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”

Entries should be photographed and submitted electronically, preferably in jpeg or pdf format via The form below on the page linked below. All submissions must be uploaded to the web-site by April 11, 2014.

For more information, click on the link:

February 27, 2014

Senator LaValle Requests Nominations For Veteran’s Hall Of Fame

NOTE: Download the PDF for the nominating form at the bottom of this release

Senator LaValle Requests Nominations For Veteran’s Hall Of Fame

February 19, 2014

Senator LaValle Announces Availability of New “Adventure” License Plates With “Lifetime” licenses

Senator Ken LaValle announced that New York State will now offer free specialty license plates for those who purchase lifetime fishing, hunting or parks passes.

February 19, 2014

Senator Ken LaValle Announces Extra Emergency Heating Aid For Those In Need

The Federal Government has released additional Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding for New York, according to Senator Ken LaValle.

February 3, 2014

Senator Ken LaValle Joins NY Non-Partisan Environmental Caucus

Senator Ken LaValle has become a member of a newly formed environmental caucus comprised of New York State Legislators from both the Assembly and the Senate.  The New York State Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NYSCEL) will be a forum to consider legislative and policy issues related to preserving and protecting the environment and public health.

February 3, 2014

Senator Ken LaValle: “Public Assistance Integrity Act” to be voted on in Senate next week

Today, Senator Ken LaValle reported that the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” (Senate Bill S966) will come before the Senate for a vote next week.  The Act, which Senator LaValle sponsored, prohibits the use of public assistance for purchasing alcoholic beverages, tobacco or lottery tickets.  Additionally, the Legislation would prohibit withdrawal of public assistance monies at certain locations, specifically, liquor stores, casinos, and adult-oriented establishments.

January 28, 2014

Senator LaValle Calls for Common Core Delay

Here's the video from the Senate Education meeting where Senator LaValle asked the Commissioner to hit the delay button on Common Core.

January 27, 2014

Senator Ken LaValle Calls on State Education Commissioner to Delay “Common Core”

In the NY Senate Education Committee today, Senator Ken LaValle called upon Commissioner John King to delay “Common Core” implementation.  Senator LaValle said “Going back to the initial meeting on Long Island last April, it appears that the Department of Education is not listening.  The rollout of Common Core has been flawed, and children are being hurt.”

January 23, 2014

Senator LaValle Requests Your Assistance to Help Disabled Veterans Obtain State Contracts

NY Jobs For Heroes Program would create a state contract category for service-connected disabled Veterans

(Click here to go directly to the petition

January 17, 2014

Senator Ken LaValle Reminds Constituents To Look For Unclaimed Funds

New York State is holding $12 Billion in unclaimed funds and Senator Ken LaValle wants Long Islanders to make sure the state isn’t holding their money.  “Under law, all financial institutions are required to turn over inactive accounts after a certain period.  Many times individuals or family members forget about these dormant accounts, but people are entitled to receive their money back.” said Senator LaValle.                        (continued....)

January 16, 2014

Senator LaValle: New “Puppy Mill” Law Now In Effect


“New York State’s “pet dealer” law, wasn’t strong enough to end the rein of unregulated “puppy mills”.  Legislation that I sponsored was just signed into law by the Governor and will enable local governments to restrict these cruel practices.” said Senator Ken LaValle. 


January 13, 2014

Senator Ken LaValle: State-of-State is Good News for Long Island Taxpayers

Tax cuts for Families and Businesses; State Spending Cap; More new jobs

January 9, 2014

Senator LaValle Calls Upon Governor To Keep Sagamore Children's Center Open

Sagamore Children’s Psychiatric Center is already a Regional Center of Excellence for children and adolescents with a long, proven history.

New York State has a responsibility to provide quality, compassionate care to our children in need of these critical services. Over the years, the facility has down sized considerably in an effort to control costs.  We cannot stand by and allow Long Island to be the sole region of the state without any children’s psychiatric beds.

 See the link below for the text of the letter

December 20, 2013

Senator LaValle Announces Local Job Creation Projects To Receive State Funding


Nearly One-Third of Long Island’s Economic

Council Awards are in our area


New York State Senator Ken LaValle announced that $12.2 million dollars in state grants were awarded to promote economic development and job creation on the east end.  Senator LaValle said, “These funds are critically important to fuel the economic engines that drive job creation in our area.”

December 17, 2013

Thanksgiving Essays And Contributions

Dear Participant, 

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people. 

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?” 


Senator Kenneth P. LaValle

December 6, 2013

Senator LaValle Makes Commissioner’s Education Forum Video Available

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle has made the complete, unedited video of the NYS Commissioners Education Forum available for the constituents of the First Senate District. 

Senator LaValle appreciates everyone who attended the forum and those who have shared their views, in this important topic. He wants to assure all residents that he will continue to make the Commissioner, the Chancellor and the Regents hear our voices. 

December 5, 2013

LaValle Letter to School Supers Re: Forum with State Ed. Commissioner

New York State Senator Ken LaValle sent a letter to school superintendents today asking for assistance with the Tuesday November 26 education forum with NY State Education Commissioner Dr. John King.
Excerpts from the Senator's letter are below.
Dear Superintendent:

November 15, 2013