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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:

March 7, 2012
February 22, 2012
February 22, 2012

2012 Environmental Roundtable: Part 3

Senator Ken LaValle's 2012 Environmental Roundtable

February 22, 2012

Senate Passes Bills to Curb Illegal Prescription Drug Abuse

With the abuse of illegally-obtained prescription narcotics growing rapidly, the New York State Senate today passed several bills to curb the black market in prescription painkillers said New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson)

LaValle said the Senate approval of the bills followed a roundtable discussion on the issue of abuse of prescription painkillers held today by Senator Hannon and Senator Jeff Klein, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Alcohol and Substance Abuse.  This was a second in a series of public meetings discussing legislation to combat prescription drug abuse and to examine improving New York’s prescription reporting system.

February 13, 2012

LaValle to Community Colleges: Allow Greater Access to Vocational Training to Prevent Failure, Frustration and Students’ Dropping Out.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, chair of the State Senate’s Higher Education Committee, said today that the State’s Community Colleges need to better identify which students are better suited for a vocational rather than an academic track which would save students’ money and time and ensure their continued enrollment and eventual graduation.

“Our community colleges need to provide greater access to vocational training,” Senator LaValle said, “which in turn would prevent students who are currently in remedial courses and failing, the opportunity to pursue a course of study more suited to them.”

February 3, 2012

LaValle Urges Education Leaders to Open Dialogue About Remediation

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson), chairman of the New York State  Senate’s Higher Education Committee,  said today that he is urging the heads of The New York City School System, SUNY, CUNY, The Board of Regents and Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities to open a public dialogue about remediation and students who come to college lacking the academic skills they need to survive in higher education.

LaValle said the problem of remediation is widespread in the State and that remedial courses are expensive. LaValle said that if the heads of the organizations don’t come together to open the discussion, he will call the meeting.

February 1, 2012

LIPA Oversight Bill Unanimously Passes Senate.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C, Port Jefferson) and Assemblyman Bob Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) announced that legislation they crafted in concert with Governor Cuomo has been unanimously passed by the New York State Senate.  The legislation will, once signed by the Governor, create the “Long Island Power Authority Oversight and Accountability Act.” The bill previously unanimously passed the Assembly.

Senator LaValle and Assemblyman Sweeney said that the bill seeks “to provide wide-ranging oversight over the business and rate-making practices of the Long Island Power Authority.  LIPA’s customers will benefit by having the review performed under the direction of the professional staff of the New York State Department of Public Service (DPS).”

January 30, 2012

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 9, 2012, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Selden campus of Suffolk County Community College in the Babylon Student Center – Montauk Point Room 212.

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 17, 2012

Committee Meeting: New York State Senate Committee on Higher Education to Decide if Legislation to Stiffen SAT Security Should Include an Increase in Criminal Penalties for Those Found Guilty of Cheating.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Higher Education will hold a committee meeting on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 12:30 PM in room 807 of the legislative Office Building, Albany, NY.  Committee members will discuss the SAT cheating scandal, SAT security and a possible increase in criminal penalties for those found guilty of cheating on the standardized test.

From the meeting notice:

“The Committee will meet to discuss the SAT cheating scandal with a focus on whether or not legislation to increase SAT security should include an increase in criminal penalties for those found guilty of cheating.”

January 10, 12:30 PM - 12:30 PM

LaValle to Amend Law: Children of Police and Firefighters Who Die in The line of Duty to Get SUNY/CUNY Education for Free.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said today that he will introduce a bill to amend the New York State Education Law to provide the children of a police officer or firefighter killed in the line of duty with an annual award equal to the State University of New York undergraduate tuition for New York State residents, including the cost of room and board. Senator LaValle’s bill will amend New York State Education Law that previously provided a $450 award in such cases.

“This show of financial support will in no way compensate for a family’s loss,” Senator LaValle said, “rather, it  represents the appreciation, respect and support of a grateful citizenry.”

January 5, 2012

Creative Celebration

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. In our first year, we received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”

On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.


December 22, 2011

Historic Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan, Cuts Taxes, Reduces Job Killing MTA Payroll Tax.


New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C – Port Jefferson) said that the Senate, today, passed historic tax and job creation legislation  that will spur the economy and provide relief to overburdened taxpayers.

The Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan will cut taxes for millions of New Yorkers, create thousands of new private sector jobs and begin to turn our economy around.

Under this plan:

December 9, 2011

LIPA, BP Solar and Brookhaven National Lab Flip the Switch at the Long Island Solar Farm

(Upton, NY)- Officials from the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), BP Solar International, Inc. (BP Solar), Brookhaven National Laboratory and a host of government officials and environmental leaders today celebrated the completion and commissioning of the Long Island Solar Farm (LISF) Project.

November 18, 2011

LaValle: Arts Groups From Port Jefferson to East Hampton Awarded State Grants

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R- Port Jefferson) announced today that the New York State Council on the Arts, (NYSCA) has voted to approve $142,693 in funding for arts and cultural activity to 10 groups in the First Senatorial District.

The groups, many of whom applied for several of the competitive grants, stretch from Port Jefferson’s Theater Three Productions to Guild Hall of East Hampton.

“New York’s cultural organizations are among our State’s most important and treasured education, tourism, and recreation assets,” LaValle said. “NYSCA’s grant awards are a critical component supporting the infrastructure that sustains vibrancy, creativity and economic strength in the State’s communities.”

November 15, 2011

Business Council Rates LaValle Tops for Commitment to Improving State’s Economy

The Business Council of New York State released its 2011 Voters’ Guide, which measures New York State legislators’ "commitment to improving the state’s economic climate and performance by scoring their support for key business legislation during the 2011 session.”

New York State Senator Ken LaValle, (R - Port Jefferson), received the council’s highest score.

“Working with Governor Cuomo to enact real fiscal reform, spending restraint and significant economic development initiatives this past session and next,  I remain committed to making our state economy more competitive, which will act as a stimulus for job creation,” Senator LaValle said.

November 15, 2011

Need a Job? New Government Website Can Help

There is a new website designed to help New Yorkers who are seeking employment.The NYS Labor Department’s “Jobs Express” website takes thousands of jobs listed on the New York State Jobs Bank and sorts them by region to help job seekers evaluate what industries are growing in their area and find out what opportunities are available in specific economic sectors.To visit Jobs Express, click here.Currently, the New York State Job Bank has 42,370 job openings. See the breakdown of these jobs below.  - Capital District - 2,726- Central New York - 2,373- Finger Lakes - 2,228

November 1, 2011

Statement of Senator Ken LaValle: Higher Education Hearing on SAT Cheating

Good morning and welcome to SUNY Farmingdale for The New York State Senate Committee on Higher Education public hearing to investigate Truth-in-Testing: A Comprehensive Look at Standardized Testing Security Procedures.

October 27, 2011