It is my pleasure to submit the annual report of the Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education for the 2012 legislative session. Although New York State’s institutions of higher education face many challenges, they continue to maintain high quality academic standards and continue to remain the state’s most valuable economic development engines.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) will again chair the New York State Senate’s Committee on Higher Education, a post Senator LaValle has held for all but two years since 1979. Senator LaValle’s appointment was announced by Senators Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein on January 24. Senator LaValle was also appointed a member of an additional seven standing Senate committees: Aging, Education, Environmental Conservation, Finance, Insurance, Rules and Judiciary.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, I - Port Jefferson) will host a two-hour-long Environmental Roundtable to discuss environmental issues impacting the First Senate District on Thursday, February 7, 2013, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Suffolk Community CollegeCulinary Arts and Hospitality Center, 20 East Main St., Riverhead.
This year’s participants will again help Senator LaValle chart a legislative agenda that continues efforts to preserve the character and quality of life in our region.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that job creation projects in the First Senate District will receive critically important state funds through the second round of Regional Economic Development Council awards.
“These projects will strengthen our economy and help create and retain jobs,” Senator LaValle said.
The following job creation projects in the First Senate District will receive funding from the second round of the Regional Economic Development Council program:
Mount Sinai, NY, December 04, 2012 -- New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Higher Education will be joined by representatives from the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, National Gridand PSE&G for a 2-hour roundtable discussion (closed to media) about the obstacles encountered during Hurricane/Super storm Sandy and how technologies being developed by Stony Brook’s Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology and Brookhaven National Laboratory may be of help in the future.
Senator LaValle, with the assistance of Executive Director Joseph M. Gergela III of the Long Island Farm Bureau, secured $937,681.25 for Suffolk County farmers to install much needed deer fencing to protect crops from deer. Sixty-nine farmers were supplemented with a maximum of $14,642 each and were able to install a total 178,746 feet of fencing. Most farmers installed more than the maximum allowed by the program which totaled 266,702 feet of deer fence installed, slightly more than 50 miles.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle was graded "A" by New Yorkers for Better Libraries for his support of libraries, sponsorship of library priority legislation, and votes on library legislation the group announced recently.
"Our public libraries are invaluable community resources that deserve to have their mission supported in every way possible," Senator LaValle said.
In August librarians in Senator LaValle’s district came together to thank him for getting additional aide for libraries in the budget this year and for his participation on the State Senate Committee on Libraries.
Military service flags, POW flags and blue star banners (which denote that a son or daughter is serving in the military) will be exempt from New York State sales tax under legislation sponsored by New York State Senator Ken LaValle and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday October 3, 2012. Currently, the flags of the United States of America and the State of New York are exempt from sales and use tax.
Senator LaValle said the law (S1007A, )will take effect on December 1 of this year provided the State Tax Department can put the necessary rules and regulations in place by the effective date.
Non-binding letter of intent calls for Southampton Hospital to join the Stony Brook Medicine healthcare system with the objective of advancing care and potentially building a new hospital on the Stony Brook University Southampton Campus
The Town of Southampton’s Springville Rd., in Hampton Bays will be repaved and reconstructed with $400,000 secured by New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle from the New York State Transportation Department, it was announced today.
Senator LaValle and Assemblyman Fred Thiele were approached for help by Southampton Town Highway Department Superintendent Alex Gregor last spring. Senator LaValle requested NYS Department of Transportation Multi-Modal Funds and was told the funding was approved last week.
State-of-the-art facility continues expansion of one of university’s fastest-growing departments STONY BROOK, N.Y., September 28, 2012 – Stony Brook University hosted a groundbreaking dedication event for its new 70,000-square-foot Computer Science building on Friday, Sept. 28, continuing the expansion of the school’s nationally ranked Department of Computer Science and adding to its reputation as a rising star in the cutting edge research, education and industrial interaction essential to the innovation economy.State Sen. Ken LaValle, who helped secure State funding through appropriation for the construction, was a special guest at the groundbreaking ceremony.
Boaters who take a safety course would be entitled to insurance breaks under legislation New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I- Port Jefferson) said he is drafting after hearing testimony at a New York State Senate Public Hearing on Boating Safety in New York Waters held today.
The hearing followed on the tragic July 4 capsizing of a cabin cruiser in Oyster Bay Harbor that killed three young children who were trapped in the boat’s cabin.
Senator LaValle said that under his proposed legislation, boaters who take a basic safety course would be entitled to a 10 percent discount on their insurance, while those who take a more advanced course would get a 15 percent insurance reduction.
Senator Kenneth P. LaValle's (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) bill that would help some breast cancer patients by requiring insurance companies to cover reconstruction for partial mastectomies has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.The bill (S3801A. CH. 302), sponsored by Senator LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), adds partial mastectomies to the law that already covers reconstruction for full mastectomies. It would ensure that breast cancer patients who undergo the partial loss of a breast have reconstruction as an option covered by insurance.
When New York State Senate passed Senator Ken LaValle’s (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) legislation to help middle-class families and students afford the rapidly increasing cost of a college education on June 5 it included a provision that has been mimicked by the Obama administration and will now be adopted by SUNY.
The voluntary ‘Shopping Sheet’ that the Obama Administration is promoting for the 2013 school year and which the State University of New York will use will let college-bound students do an apples to apples comparison of what it will cost them to attend one of several schools. The sheets also provide statistics on default rates, as well as graduation rates at comparable schools.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that legislation he supported to improve early breast cancer detection was recently signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new law (S6769B) will increase women’s awareness of the presence of dense breast tissue found during a mammography exam. Dense breast tissue may make it more difficult to detect tumors.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle was recently thanked by The Retreat of East Hampton for securing state funds for the prevention of and response to domestic violence across eastern Long Island
"The leadership Senator LaValle exercised in securing funds to prevent and address domestic violence across the east end of Long Island will directly result in improved safety, health, and quality of life for our area’s women and children. With demand for our services at an all time high due to the unstable economy, the funds secured will enable us to reach and serve more abused women and traumatized children than we otherwise could.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has approved legislation authored by State Senator Ken LaValle that provides a tax incentive to builders and homeowners who construct energy efficient green buildings. The bill passed in the Assembly 140-0 and in the State Senate 59-0.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said today that he was able to secure additional monies separate and apart from the state aid formula for schools and libraries that can be used to stabilize tax rates and provide additional relief for taxpayers. Additionally, LaValle said, funds were also secured for arts education programs as well as anti-bullying and domestic violence programs in the First Senatorial District.