Kenneth LaValle

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Kenneth P. LaValle
Member of the New York Senate
from the 1st district
Assumed office
Preceded by Leon E. Giuffreda
Personal details
Born (1939-05-22) May 22, 1939 (age 75)
Brooklyn, New York
Political party Republican

Kenneth P. LaValle (born May 22, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York[1]) represents District 1 in the New York State Senate, which comprises the five East End towns of Long Island, New York, and the eastern half of the Town of Brookhaven, New York. First elected in 1976, he is the chair of the Higher Education Committee in the State Senate. He is the former executive director of the Education Committee. He is also a member of the Agriculture, Education, Finance and Rules committees, among other standing committee assignments. He was elected to another two-year term in 2014.

Early life, education and career[edit]

LaValle graduated from Hempstead High School. He received a B.S degree from Adelphi College in 1961 and an M.S. in Education from SUNY New Paltz in 1964. He received a Juris Doctorate from the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. Senator LaValle is the father of two grown children and he resides in Port Jefferson, New York, with his wife, Penny.[2][3] In 2007, the Governor appointed Senator LaValle to the New York State Commission on Higher Education, which was charged with identifying ways of improving the quality of higher education in the State. Senator LaValle also served on the National Council of State Legislatures’ Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education, whose goal was to create awareness among State Legislatures of their role in providing accessible and affordable public higher education.

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 assured the protection of environmentally-sensitive lands for generations to come and is often cited as a landmark initiative in the environmental well-being of Long Island.

Throughout his tenure in the New York State Senate, real property tax relief has been an important priority for Senator LaValle. He was an architect in the development of the School Tax Relief (STAR) program.

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

In 2011, LaValle voted against the Marriage Equality Act, which the Senate passed 33-29. roll call

Standing Committee Assignments: Higher Education (Chair), Aging, Education, Environmental Conservation, Finance, Insurance, Judiciary, Rules. Senator LaValle also serves as a member of the New York State Commission on National and Community Service.

The Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium at Stony Brook University bears his name.[4]


  1. ^ "Kenneth P. LaValle profile". Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  2. ^ "Biography from official Kenneth P. LaValle website". Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  3. ^ "Kenneth P. LaValle profile". Martindale-Hubbell Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  4. ^ "Stony Brook University - Official Athletic Site". Retrieved 2009-04-12. 

External links[edit]

New York State Senate
Preceded by
Leon E. Giuffreda
New York State Senate
1st District

Preceded by
Toby Stavisky
New York State Senate
Chairman of the Committee on Higher Education