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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.