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LaValle Bill to Help Commercial Fishermen Passes Senate.

A  bill to help commercial fishermen by allowing them to aggregate their daily catch limits over a seven day period and conserve fuel passed the Senate today it was announced by New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), the sponsor of the bill.

LaValle said his bill  (S.1762) allows fishermen, for example, to catch three times the daily catch limit on Monday and two times the limit on Wednesday and then stay off the water until the following Monday when a consecutive period of seven days is complete. The bill also allows individuals with different fishing licenses to go out and catch each of their daily limits from the same boat (currently prohibited).

February 28, 2013

LaValle Named to Senate’s Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship.

Recognizing that New York State’s path to economic recovery and prosperity lies in job creation and the broadening of economic and career opportunities for all citizens, the New York State Senate created a Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship and has appointed Senator Kenneth P. LaValle a committee member.

February 28, 2013

Senator LaValle Presents Liberty Award

Southampton, NY—David Lopez, Director of Facilities Management and Engineering, and his staff of 13 at Southampton Hospital, were awarded a New York State Senate Liberty Award, by New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today.  

One of the highest civilian honors that New Yorker's can receive, the Liberty Award was created in 2000 and is presented  to individuals who have merited special commendation for exceptional, heroic or humanitarian acts and achievements on behalf of their fellow New Yorkers. 

February 22, 2013

LaValle Bill Establishes School Tax Cap for Seniors.

A bill to amend the real property tax law to establish a capped real property school tax rate for persons 70 years of age or older who meet the eligibility requirements for the enhanced STAR exemption has been introduced in the New York State Senate by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I –Port Jefferson).

The bill, Senator LaValle said, provides seniors with a choice depending on individual circumstances. Seniors, under the bill, can either have their real property school tax rate frozen as of the day that they turn 70 years of age or receive a STAR rebate check. 

February 12, 2013

Senator LaValle: Don't Forget STAR Deadline

New York State Senator Ken LaValle is reminding homeowners that the deadline for New York State’s School Tax Relief Program (STAR) is March 1, 2013. STAR is a tax relief program that lowers property taxes for owner-occupied primary residences. There are two levels of STAR benefits: Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR.

January 29, 2013

2012 Higher Education Legislative Report


Dear Senator Skelos:

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.

Higher Education 2012 Legislative Report

January 28, 2013

Senator LaValle Continues as Chair of Senate’s Higher Education Committee

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.

January 26, 2013

Senator LaValle to Host Annual Environmental Roundtable.

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 College Culinary 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.

January 18, 2013


 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:


Project Name

December 19, 2012

LaValle: Technologies Being Developed at Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Lab May Hold Solution to Storm Communication Woes.

 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 Grid and 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.

December 4, 2012

Important news regarding Hurricane Sandy

Many parts of New York State are impacted by the Hurricane and subsequent Nor'easter.

Helpful Link:

New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services 

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October 26, 2012


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. 

October 22, 2012

LaValle: Incubator a "Greenhouse" for Small Business, Entrepreneurs

SBU’s Agri Consumer Science Center incubator is “Open for Business”

October 17, 2012

LaValle Graded "A" by New Yorkers for Better Libraries.


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. 


October 12, 2012

LaValle Legislation Now Law: Military Service Flags, POW Flags and Blue Star Banners

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.

October 4, 2012

Stony Brook Medicine and Southampton Hospital Take Major Step Toward Stronger Partnership


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

October 1, 2012

LaValle: $400,000 Secured for Southampton Road


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.

October 1, 2012

Thank you Senator LaValle: SUNY Stony Brook Breaks Ground on New Computer Sciences Center

 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. 

September 28, 2012

LaValle Bill Provides Incentives for Boater Safety

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.

August 8, 2012

LaValle Legislation To Help Breast Cancer Patients Recover From A Partial Mastectomy, Now Law

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.

August 2, 2012