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:
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle announces that New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King will visit the First Senatorial District to give parents, students, and educators the opportunity to ask questions and express their concerns about the New York State Education Department’s roll out of the Common Core, teacher evaluations, testing and student privacy.
Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases to examine state and federal efforts to combat the continued spread of these diseases and make recommendations for a plan to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
New York State Senator Ken LaValle reminds residents that new legislation requires all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption must register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years.
“Throughout my tenure in the New York State Senate, real property tax relief has been an important priority and as an architect in the development of the STAR program, I take tremendous personal satisfaction in the benefits this initiative has brought to homeowners in the First Senatorial District,” Senator LaValle said.
Stony Brook Children’s Hospital opened a Ronald McDonald Family Room Program to provide support for families of more than 7,000 children who are hospitalized each year at Suffolk County’s only children’s hospital. Located on the Pediatric Unit, the room will provide families with a place to relax with many of the comforts of home, including a kitchen, dining area, sitting area with flat-screen TV, showers and lockers, and laundry facilities. Ronald McDonald House of Long Island will also provide a van to transport families to airports, doctors’ appointments and drug stores.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle announced that his bill to add additional parcels to the Pine Barrens and protect the Carmans River has been sent to the Governor for his signature. The Governor has 30 days from his receipt of the bill on July 19 to sign or veto the measure.
Officials gathered in the new Children’s Addition of the East Hampton Library to publicly thank local legislators for their successful efforts on behalf of our local libraries (including the East Hampton Library, Sag Harbor’s John Jermain Memorial Library and the Shelter Island Public Library) to win substantial new grants from the New York State Public Library Construction Grants program.
New York State Senator Ken LaValle has passed a bill in the New York State Senate that will require horseback riders younger than age 18 to wear a helmet. The bill, LaValle said was created after Nicole Hornstein, the 12 year old daughter of a Southampton resident died from brain injuries after falling off a horse without a helmet while riding in Florida.