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 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.”
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).
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
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.
Albany, March 14, 2014 - Senator Ken LaValle reports that last night, the New York State Senate passed their Budget Resolution to address the priorities of Long Island families. The document now becomes the framework for budget negotiations with the Assembly.
Senator LaValle released the following highlights of the Budget Resolution. The proposal:
Reduces taxes on hardworking families, small businesses and manufacturers, while keeping overall spending growth below two percent
Albany, March 13, 2014 - Senator Ken LaValle’s Legislation to alter the way Board of Regents members are selected passed the New York State Senate today. The action came two days after the State Assembly reelected the three Incumbent Board of Regents members amidst the uprise over the Common Core Curriculum implementation.
Albany, March 11, 2014 - Today, on behalf of the anxious students and frustrated parents and teachers I represent, I will oppose all four of the Regents the Assembly brought before us for a vote. I cannot and will not accept the status quo from the Board of Regents- the group responsible for the flawed implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards – who seem to have turned a deaf ear on the demand of so many to delay the implementation process.
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.