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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

NY State Education Commissioner To Visit First Senatorial District Tuesday Nov. 26

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.

November 13, 2013


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.

October 7, 2013

Senator LaValle Secures $500,000 for Rocky Point Downtown Revitalization Project


New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that after many months work he has secured $500,000 for the Rocky Point Downtown Revitalization Project.

Senator LaValle was joined by Town Councilwoman Jane Bonner at a morning news conference announcing that the funds had been secured.

In addition, Brookhaven Superintendent of Highways Dan Losquadro has committed $720,000 of 2014 Capital Budget monies from both the Traffic Safety and Street Lighting Divisions to the project.

October 7, 2013

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle Statement Re: Common Core Curriculum and Testing

This past Spring I began hearing from the parents of elementary school students about perceived problems with New York State’s implementation of the new Common Core Curriculum and associated testing.

August 16, 2013

LaValle:New Legislation Requires One-Time Registration for BASIC STAR Exemption

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.

August 15, 2013

Ribbon Cutting At Stony Brook Children's Hospital -- Ronald McDonald House Family Room

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.

August 2, 2013

LaValle Carmans River Protection Bill Sent to Governor

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.

July 23, 2013

Libraries Thank Senator LaValle for State Aid

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. 

July 11, 2013

LaValle Bill Requires Equestrians Under Age 18 To Wear Helmet

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. 

June 21, 2013

LaValle Bill To Help Counties With FIT Costs Passes Senate

A bill sponsored by New York State Senator Ken LaValle to alleviate the financial burden on New York State counties from having to pay charge back fees to The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) for upper division programs passed the New York State Senate on Thursday.

“Many counties are finding it difficult, if not impossible, to pay the upper level charge back fees,” Senator LaValle said,“and the burden is falling on localities. This bill is necessary to alleviate some of the counties' burden and eliminate their need to charge back the localities but to still fund FIT at appropriate and fair levels.”

June 21, 2013

Senate Gives Final Passage To Bill To Protect OPWDD From Funding Cuts

New York State Senator Ken LaValle said the Senate has given final passage to legislation that would protect providers of services for the developmentally disabled from state funding cuts.The legislatio

June 18, 2013

LaValle Student Lending Transparency Bill Passes Senate

New York State Senator Ken LaValle’s (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) Student Lending Transparency Program bill passed the New York State Senate today. The bill will create the Student Lending Transpare

June 18, 2013

Senate Passes Bill to Establish Procedure for Recognition of Montaukett Tribe

New York State Senator Ken LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) has passed a bill in the New York State Senate today that establishes a procedure for the Montaukett Indian Tribe to be recognized by the State of New York.

June 18, 2013

LaValle Bill Extends North Fork Wine Trail

A bill sponsored by New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle that extends the North Fork Wine Trail has passed the New York State Senate.

May 30, 2013

Montauk's Walter George Drago Selected as NYS Veterans' Hall of Fame Inductee

Montauk’s Lt. Col. Walter George Drago has been selected by New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle for induction into the New York State Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Drago will join veterans from across the State at an Albany induction ceremony on May 21.
In 1968, Drago enlisted in the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Flight Program and graduated with honors as a Warrant Officer 1 Army Aviator and was selected to fly the Grumman OV-1 Mohawk.   Drago was deployed to Viet Nam in March 1970 where within a year he flew more than 220 combat missions in support of the U.S. and the Allied Forces across Southeast Asia.   

May 15, 2013

LaValle Bill Will Help Reduce Social Service Fraud and Abuse

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that his legislation (S1770) allowing county, city and town social services departments to enter into an agreement with the State Department of Health granting access to the official list of death certificates on file with the Department passed the New York State Senate today.

The State Department of Health maintains the official list of all death certificates filed in New York.

“Death certificates,” Senator LaValle explained, “are not public records and acquiring them can be onerous for social service agencies.”

May 8, 2013

LaValle Bill: Split Child Support Payment Fee Equitably


The New York State Senate passed legislation (S.783) by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) that will split fees on child support payments between the custodial and non-custodial parent. The entire fee is now borne by the custodial parent.

May 1, 2013

LaValle Legislation: School Districts Must Notify Parents of Sex Offenders

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle’s legislation requiring a school district to notify students’ parents about the presence of sex offenders in their community once the district is notified by law enforcement officials, passed the New York State Senate today. The legislation provides funding to reimburse school districts for their costs related to complying with the requirement.

“Megan's Law requires that level two and level three sex offenders register with local law enforcement agencies,” Senator LaValle said. “The law enforcement agencies may distribute information including the offender’s name, picture, address, location of employment and background information.”

April 29, 2013