Kenneth P. LaValle
A State Senate representative of District 1 since 1976, Kenneth P. LaValle has been a long-time promoter of environmentally sound policies for New York State. As a member of the Committee on Environmental Conservation, he not only voted in favor of crucial legislation but sponsored a wide range of initiatives to improve the state’s communities and resources.
LaValle’s bills have addressed topics from prohibiting certain lawn fertilizers and larvicides to labeling food, seed, and seed stock produced with genetic engineering. Spearheading measures for green energy, he advocated for school aid for the installment of solar, wind or geothermal energy systems and provided tax incentives for the removal of residential fuel oil storage tanks. He additionally secured $35 million for the creation of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) at Stony Brook University, which investigates methods for reducing fossil fuel dependency and mitigating climate change. Another priority for Lavalle is improving water quality and he has championed efforts to monitor groundwater impacts from mining activities, extend the effectiveness of the NYS Ocean Acidification Task Force, and pass the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act into law. Furthermore, in his work to conserve the Pines Barrens, he held conferences and coordinated with fellow policy-makers to allocate money for improved septic systems and incorporating new technology. His voting record earned him an 87% on the NYLCV 2017 Environmental Scorecard.
If re-elected, LaValle is looking to further address coastal resiliency and species conservation and will remain dedicated and driven in his advancement of positive environmental legislation across the board.