Kenneth LaValle

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Kenneth LaValle
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New York Senate District 1
Incumbent
In office
1977 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 37
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Majority Conference Leader
2011 - present
Compensation
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$172/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 1976
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sAdelphi College
Master'sState University New York at New Paltz,
J.D.Touro College
Personal
BirthdayMay 22, 1939
Place of birthBrooklyn, NY
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Kenneth P. LaValle (b. May 22, 1939) is a Republican member of the New York State Senate, representing District 1. He was first elected to the chamber in 1976. LaValle is currently serving as Chair of the Senate Majority Conference. Lavalle is the Executive Director of the Senate Education Committee.

Biography

LaValle earned his B.S. from Adelphi College in Garden City, his M.S. in Education from State University New York, New Paltz and his J.D. from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in Huntington. His professional experience includes working as an attorney, working as a teacher and School Administrator, and is also the founder of the Burn Unit at University Hospital in Stony Brook.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, LaValle served on the following committees:

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Higher Education, Chair
Aging
Education
Environmental Conservation
Finance
Insurance
Rules
Judiciary

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, LaValle served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, LaValle served on these committees:

Issues


Comments on the 2010/2011 Budget[1]

Campaign themes

2010

LaValle's profile on the Riverhead GOP website highlighted five main issues:[2]

  • Healthcare: "[LaValle] 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."
  • The Environment: "Senator LaValle's environmental legacy is reflected in the enactment of the Pine Barrens Preservation Act of 1993. 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."
  • Property Tax Relief: "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."
  • Rights of the Disabled: "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."
  • Senior Care: "Senator LaValle has remained in the forefront championing issues important to senior citizens and he has been a leader in advancing bills critical to local firefighters and veterans' organizations."

Elections

2014

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New York State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place September 9, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Michael Conroy was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Kenneth LaValle was unopposed in the Republican primary. LaValle is also running on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Conroy and LaValle will face off in the general election.[3]

2012

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

LaValle ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 1. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Bridget M. Fleming -- who also ran on the Working Families Party ticket -- defeated Jennifer J. Maertz in the Democratic primary. LaValle defeated Bridget M. Fleming (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

New York State Senate, District 1, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKenneth LaValle Incumbent 59.8% 75,783
     Democratic Bridget M. Fleming 40.2% 51,023
Total Votes 126,806

2010

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2010

LaValle ran unopposed in the September 14 Republican primary. He defeated Jennifer Maertz (D) in the November 2 general election. In addition to his slot on the Republican Party ticket, he was also listed as a candidate of the Independence Party of New York State and the Conservative Party.[7][8]

New York State Senate, General Election Results, District 1 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kenneth LaValle (R) 65,611
Jennifer Maertz (D) 33,094

2008

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Kenneth LaValle ran unopposed and won the election for New York State Senate, District 1 with 81,062 votes.[9][10]

LaValle raised $311,583 for his campaign.[11]

New York State Senate, District 1 2008
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kenneth LaValle (R) 81,062

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kenneth LaValle is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Kenneth LaValle raised a total of $2,002,729 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 20, 2013.[12]

Kenneth LaValle's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Senate, District 1 Won $326,632
2010 New York State Senate, District 1 Won $279,034
2008 New York State Senate, District 1 Won $311,583
2006 New York State Senate, District 1 Won $323,775
2004 New York State Senate, District 1 Won $216,350
2002 New York State Senate, District 1 Won $291,174
2000 New York State Senate, District 1 Won $151,678
1998 New York State Senate, District 1 Won $102,503
Grand Total Raised $2,002,729

2012

Kenneth LaValle won re-election to the New York State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Kenneth LaValle raised a total of $326,632.
New York State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kenneth LaValle's campaign in 2012
New York State United Teachers$10,300
Friends of Bob Gaffney$10,300
92nd Realty$10,000
56th Realty$10,000
Arwin 74th St$10,000
Total Raised in 2012$326,632
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Listed below are the largest contributors to LaValle's 2010 campaign.[13]

New York State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kenneth LaValle's campaign in 2010
HJ Kalikow & Co$10,000
Friends of Bob Gaffney$9,500
New York State United Teachers$9,500
Netrex$9,500
Andew Sabin$5,100
Total Raised in 2010 $279,034

2008

Listed below are the five largest contributors to Kenneth LaValle's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Cmte to Re-elect Senator Joseph Bruno $9,500
Matthew J. Cody $8,500
Debra J. Cody $8,500
New York State United Teachers $7,500
New York State Dental Association $6,000

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 200th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 9 to December 31. In 2014, the 200th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 8 to June 19, 2014. The legislature will be in recess from June 22 to January 6, 2015.[14]

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2011-2012

In 2011, the 199th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 5 to June 20, 2011. In 2012, the 199th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 4 to June 22, 2012.

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Personal

LaValle and his wife, Penny, have two children.

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Preceded by
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New York State Senate District 1
1977–present
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