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."
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.”
The New York State Senate today passed legislation to help middle-class families and students afford the rapidly increasing cost of a college education. The Senate’s 2012 College Affordability Plan (S7449A), sponsored by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), would help parents save for higher education for their children and give students and families access to low-interest student loans, as well as clear information about the size of the loan debt they are taking on.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said today that the New York State Senate Republican conference will continue its strong focus on job creation and economic growth by announcing that the Senate will pass legislation next week to implement the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan. The Senate’s comprehensive plan will help create thousands of new private sector jobs by delivering tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers, reduce energy costs, and enacts major fiscal reforms to make New York State more economically competitive.
“This plan,” Senator LaValle said, “will help small business owners, and the entrepreneurs who want to expand their business, hire more people and prosper.”
Two East End war veterans will be posthumously inducted into the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame on May 22 in an Albany ceremony it was announced today by New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle who nominated the pair -- US Army 1st Lieutenant Joseph J. Theinert from Shelter Island and Marine Lance Corporal Jordan C. Haerter of Sag Harbor -- for the state honor.
“Joe Theinert and Jordan Haerter are true heroes who gave their lives to protecting the freedoms we treasure. They should be recognized and commended by our State and community,” said Senator LaValle. “The New York State Veterans’ Hall of Fame is a tribute to these two fine young men that demonstrates our respect and gratitude for their patriotism and sacrifice.”
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said today that legislation (S 6768) to designate the portion of state Route 24 located in the towns of Southampton and Brookhaven at the junction of interstate 495 and ending at the easterly junction of Route 27 as the "Peconic Highway" has been passed by the NY State Senate.
New York State Route 24, an 11 mile long highway which begins at Exit 71 off the Long Island Expressway, runs through the Towns of Brookhaven and Southampton, and ends at Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays.
“Route 24 follows the Peconic River, a New York State protected and ecologically significant wild, scenic and recreational river, “ Senator LaValle said.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I-Port Jefferson) was awarded the Humane Society of The United States Humane State Legislator Award today for his commitment to animal friendly legislation in New York State.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said today that the the New York State Senate completed early passage of the state budget late last week. LaValle said the new budget reduces state spending, does not raise taxes and creates new private sector jobs. The state’s new fiscal year began April 1st.
“Since last year we have closed $13 billion in deficits --$10 billion last year and $3 billion this year -- without raising taxes and fees,” Senator LaValle said. “State government is living within the same two percent spending cap as local governments and school districts and we are doing it by controlling and reigning-in spending and reducing the size of government.”
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said today that the Senate has passed passed three bills to combat auto insurance fraud, which costs New Yorkers more than $1 billion a year, as well as legislation that would impose stronger criminal penalties for staging auto accidents. Recent cases of auto insurance fraud have uncovered massive crime rings, including doctors, lawyers and scam artists who staged accidents and used New York's no-fault insurance program as their own, giant, state-sponsored ATM machine.
Senate action on the bills came on the ninth anniversary of the tragic death of Alice Ross, a 71-year-old wife and grandmother who was killed as the result of a fraud-related, staged auto accident in Queens.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) today announced that the State Senate has voted to approve legislation that will implement the largest expansion of the State’s DNA databank since it was first created in 1994.
The databank expansion, which has been agreed to by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Assembly, will help close thousands of unsolved cases, bring justice to crime victims, and help prevent dangerous criminals from committing additional crimes.
The Senate Republican Majority has led the effort to expand the databank, garnering strong public backing for the proposal through a series of on-line petitions and public events. Several thousand citizens from communities across the state signed on in support of the measure.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) said today that he is introducing legislation in the New York State Senate that would prevent gasoline retailers from charging consumers exorbitant surcharges for using a credit card when purchasing gasoline.
A bill (S.1456) to help commercial fishermen conserve fuel by allowing them to fish for five times the daily catch limit allowable under their fishing license in the aggregate over a period of seven days has passed the New York State Senate said Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), the bill’s sponsor.
LaValle explained the reason for the legislation and said that the current price of fuel for running a fishing boat is extremely expensive and cost prohibitive and that fuel costs cut significantly into the already slim profits of fishermen.
Senator Kenneth P. LaValle is seeking nominations from the First Senate District for the New York State Senate’s 15th Annual Women of Distinction celebration. The event honors exceptional achievement, personal excellence, and outstanding, courageous, or heroic actions on the part of individual women from across the state.
"In past years, honorees have joined me at a special reception in Albany to accept the “Women of Distinction” award,” said Senator LaValle. “Award recipients have had the opportunity to meet with a cross section of women from senate districts throughout New York whose hard work and dedication have helped enrich our state and communities.”
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) said today that he has included language in the Senate’s budget bill that, similar to a bill he passed last year, would provide an incentive for the repowering of old power plants by qualifying the old power plant sites eligible for participation in the State’s brownfield clean-up program.
The Senate’s Budget resolution says:
“The Senate advances legislation to encourage the repowering of aging power plants serving Long Island through providing incentives for such repowering via the Brownfield Cleanup Program … This measure would protect the property tax base for schools and municipalities for many communities where such plants are sited…”
The New York State Senate will act today on its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution that controls state spending, avoids new taxes, fees and unfunded mandates and helps create new jobs.
The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends slightly less than the Executive Budget. The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.
“The Senate’s Budget is a solid, responsible plan that controls spending, cuts taxes, and helps create new jobs,” said Senator Kenneth P. LaValle.
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and members of the Senate Republican Conference today announced details of the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan that includes significant tax relief to encourage the creation of new private sector jobs, measures to ensure fiscal responsibility and control state spending, as well as other reforms and incentives to make New York more economically competitive. The plan will be included in the Senate budget resolution to be acted on next week.
Highlights of the Senate Republican job creation plan, which is supported by statewide business organizations, including the Business Council of New York, Unshackle Upstate and the National Federation of Independent Businesses, include: