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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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....)
“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.
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.
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.”
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 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.
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: