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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

SUNY Adopts Federal Version of Provision from LaValle College Affordability Act

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.

July 25, 2012

Senator LaValle Announces New Law to Help Increase Early Detection of Breast Cancer

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.

July 25, 2012

East Hampton's The Retreat Thanks Senator LaValle for Support

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.

July 24, 2012

Governor Signs Lavalle Legislation Authorizing A Property Tax Exemption For New Green Buildings

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.

July 20, 2012

LaValle: Additional Aid Helps Stabilize Taxes.

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.



Amagansett Free Library

June 26, 2012

LaValle Water Protection Bills Pass Senate

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said the Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill he co-sponsored that increases the amount of information available to the public when discharges of untreated or partially treated sewage to the state’s waterways could affect public health. The Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act (S6268D) requires prompt notification of such sewage discharges so that the public has the information they need to make decisions about water based recreation like swimming, boating, and fishing.

June 21, 2012

Senate Passes Cyberbullying Legislation

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said the Senate passed legislation on June 18  that would provide further protections and procedures for students who are bullied or cyberbullied. The legislation clarifies and expands the Dignity for All Students Act, an anti-cyberbullying law enacted in 2010 and creates guidelines for local school districts to develop policies and procedures to address the problem.“This legislation helps school districts address bullying and cyberbullying and  helps ensure that our school environments are safe for all students,” Senator LaValle said  

June 19, 2012

Summer Reading Program Launched

With the end of the school year rapidly approaching, Senator LaValle is inviting all students in the First Senate District to participate in the State Senate's Summer Reading Program.  Senator LaValle and the New York State Senate are sponsoring this free program to encourage students throughout our community to continue reading over the next summer vacation.

June 14, 2012

LaValle: New Law Protects Consumers From Intrusive Telemarketers

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said the New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill that protects New Yorkers from intrusive or unwanted telemarketing practices. The bill (S7567A) regulates all telemarketers who do business in New York, wherever they may be located, and adds new consumer protections from unwelcome prerecorded calls, known as robocalls, from telemarketers.
“New Yorkers have registered over 13 million phone numbers on the Do-Not-Call registry, Senator LaValle said,  and from 2009 to the present, the state Department of State’s (DOS) Division of Consumer Protection has received nearly 5,000 "Do Not Call" complaints and inquires.

June 13, 2012

LaValle Honored By New York State Humane Association

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle was honored by the New York State Humane Association today for sponsoring and passing a bill last year that increased the penalties for spectators at animal fights. The bill was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The new law closed a major loophole in New York’s animal fighting laws that previously allowed some dogfighters and cockfighters to escape punishment by masquerading as spectators.

“Causing animals to fight and betting on the outcome is inhumane,” said Senator LaValle. "This new law  provides law enforcement and prosecutors with a stronger tool with which to combat these terrible acts." 

June 13, 2012

Senate Passes LaValle Bill to Restore STAR Rebate Checks

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), that would restore the STAR property tax rebate program. The bill (S7447) would provide $202 million in property tax relief to senior citizens in the 2012-13 school year and $1.2 billion in property tax relief to middle class families starting in 2013-14.“The STAR  program  provides  help  to homeowners who are struggling to pay local property taxes,” Senator LaValle said. “With homeowners  also facing difficulties keeping their homes because of the current troubled economy, it is more important than ever to  reinstate  the  STAR Rebate Program.”

June 6, 2012