LaValle said he is among the leaders in the State Senate in the number of bills he has introduced and passed in the past two years. He said the state property tax levy cap has saved taxpayers in his district about $500 million, and he also supports increasing state aid for local schools. “State aid remains a critical ingredient in providing the quality education and also stabilizing property taxes for the people,” LaValle said. He also has sponsored the STAR program, authored the Pine Barrens Preservation Act of 1993 and helped create a burn unit at Stony Brook University Medical Center. He also cited projects totaling about $400 million at the Stony Brook University campus that he said will create jobs. He said he supports a referendum on the Nov. 8 ballot in the five East End towns aimed at improving water quality. LaValle said opioid abuse is “devouring our society,” and he backed laws aimed at making it easier for people to access rehab and insurance.
LaValle, 77, of Port Jefferson, is the incumbent and running on the Republican, Conservative, Reform and Independence lines. He is seeking his 21st two-year term. He is chairman of the Senate higher education committee and chairs the Senate Majority Conference. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University in 1961. He obtained a master’s degree in education from SUNY New Paltz in 1964. While a senator, he earned a law degree from the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 1987. He is married and has two children.