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  LaValle, Kenneth P.
NameKenneth P. LaValle
Address6 Settlers Path
Port Jefferson, New York , United States
Born May 22, 1939 (80 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Oct 04, 2016 05:26pm
Tags Anti-Gay Marriage - Pro- gun - Pro-Life -
InfoKenneth P. LaValle, (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) was first elected to the Senate in 1976. As a former Executive Director of the Senate Education Committee, with an extensive background in public education, he brings a wealth of knowledge to state government and has played a key role in shaping education policy.

Senator LaValle's achievements in education and higher education are matched by a distinguished record in health care. He is most proud of his work in establishing a Burn Unit at University Hospital in Stony Brook. His legislation to protect and advance the rights of patients earned him special recognition from the Suffolk County Breast Health Partnership in 1996. St. Charles Hospice also paid tribute to his efforts in helping develop a program for terminally ill patients in nursing homes. His commitment to young people in need is evidenced in his selection as the recipient of the coveted "Children's Hope Award" presented on behalf of Little Flower Children's Services. Senator LaValle's environmental legacy is reflected in the enactment of the Pine Barrens Preservation Act. As the author of this historic legislation, he has assured the protection of environmentally sensitive lands for generations to come. This measure is often cited as a landmark initiative in the future environmental well-being of Long Island. The Long Island Pine Barrens Society, the Group for the South Fork, the North Fork Environmental Council, the Peconic Land Trust, and the Nature Conservancy are but a few of the many organizations from whom he has received accolades for his positive contributions on environmental issues.

Throughout his tenure in the New York State Senate, real property tax relief has been an important priority for Senator LaValle. As a major architect in the development of the STAR program, he takes tremendous personal satisfaction in the benefits this initiative has brought to homeowners in the First Senatorial District.

Senator LaValle has been a formidable advocate for the disabled. He was responsible for drafting much of the existing legislation providing disabled citizens with greater access to educational opportunities.

Senator LaValle has remained in the forefront championing issues important to senior citizens. He has been a leader in advancing bills critical to local firefighter's and veteran's organizations.

In recognition of his outstanding dedication to the people of New York State, Senator LaValle has been repeatedly named "Man of the Year" or "Legislator of the Year" by diverse groups of local and statewide organizations. In 1986, he was presented with the Medallion of the University, the highest honor accorded by the State University of New York at Albany; and, at commencement exercises in 1987, the State University of New York at Stony Brook presented Senator LaValle with its highest honor, the University Medal.

Extremely proud of his Italian heritage, Senator LaValle was privileged in 1992 to receive the honorary title "Cavaliere al Merito della Repubblica Italiana" from the Italian Government for his work in education and promoting cultural exchange.

Born in Brooklyn, Senator LaValle completed his education on Long Island at Hempstead High School. He earned his undergraduate degree from Adelphi College, a Master of Science in education from the State University College at New Paltz, and a J.D. degree from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. Senator LaValle has completed extensive graduate study in Government and International Relations at New York University and received an Honorary Doctor of Civil Law Degree from Dowling College. He is a practicing attorney in East Setauket.

Senator LaValle is the father of two grown children, James and Lisa, and the proud grandfather of Jessica Katherine and Elvis William LaValle and Joshua Eric and Justin David Russ. He resides in Port Jefferson with his wife Penny.

In addition to his standing committee assignments, Senator LaValle is Chairman of the Senate Majority Conference.

Standing Committee Assignments 2003: Higher Education (Chair); Agriculture; Children and Families; Codes; Education; Finance; Insurance; Judiciary; Rules.



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