Kenneth LaValle

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Kenneth P. LaValle
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 1st district
Assumed office
January 1, 1977
Preceded byLeon E. Giuffreda
Personal details
Born (1939-05-22) May 22, 1939 (age 80)
Brooklyn, New York
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Penny LaVelle
ResidencePort Jefferson, New York
Alma materAdelphi University (BS)
State University of New York at New Paltz (MS)
Touro College (JD)
WebsiteOfficial website

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 longest serving member of the Senate.[citation needed]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Brooklyn, LaValle graduated from Hempstead High School. He received a B.S degree from Adelphi University in 1961 and an M.S. in Education from the State University of New York at New Paltz (SUNY New Paltz) in 1964. He received a Juris Doctorate from the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.[citation needed]

Senator LaValle is the father of two grown children and he resides in Port Jefferson, New York, with his wife, Penny. LaValle is a huge fan of volleyball due to his granddaughter's success in intramural volleyball.[2]

The Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium at Stony Brook University bears his name.[3]

New York Senate[edit]

LaValle first ran for the New York Senate in 1976 to succeed retiring Senator Leon E. Giuffreda, and won with 51% of the vote against Democrat Barry McCoy. He has won every election since with at least 60% of the vote, except for in 2018.[4]

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.[citation needed]

LaValle played a key role in the development of the School Tax Relief (STAR) program.[citation needed]

In January 2020, LaValle announced that he would not seek re-election to the Senate later that year.[5]


  1. ^ "Kenneth P. LaValle profile". Retrieved 2009-04-12.
  2. ^ "Biography from official Kenneth P. LaValle website". Retrieved 2009-04-12.
  3. ^ "Stony Brook University - Official Athletic Site". Retrieved 2009-04-12.
  4. ^ "Our Campaigns - Candidate - Kenneth P. LaValle". Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  5. ^ "State Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) won't seek reelection". Newsday. 2020-01-08. Retrieved 2020-01-22.

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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

Succeeded by
Toby Stavisky