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The Election Success of Ken LaValle

Report takes a look at the long history of Sen. Kenneth P. LaValle's life in politics.

Just a few weeks ago longtime New York State Sen. Kenneth P. LaValle cruised to victory over his most recent opponent, Bridget Fleming, and his 19th term.

When he is sworn in this 19th term in January, he will share the distinction of being the longest-tenured senator in New York. A special report in The Suffolk Times recently took a look at the storied history of LaValle and his political history.

According to the Times, it has been 100 years since a Democrat, Thomas H. O’Keefe in 1912, was elected to represent New York’s 1st Senatorial District. LaValle first sought public office at the age of 37 in 1976 after a career as a teacher and school administrator in the Middle Country School District during the 1960s.

Click here to read the full special report in The Suffolk Times.

knowitall November 30, 2012 at 09:31 PM
read the article. Bridget Fleming used the same campaign as Sherrye Henry. If failed in 1990. It failed in 2012,
Factual December 01, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Ken is a great public servant and a truly good person.
Paul Monte December 01, 2012 at 12:17 PM
We are truly fortunate to have Sen LaValle working hard for us in Albany. After all these years he remains available to help his constituents in any way he can. And he knows how to get things done!
Michael Edelson December 01, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Kenneth LaValle refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.
John Ecker December 01, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Sen LaValle does his work with a great deal of integrity and commitment. He has been a valuable legislator for the state and particularily Long Island. We have an outstanding State University in our County, the Pine Barrens, Southampton Campus in dedicated to health care and education. Always available to his constituents. THANK YOU SENATOR LAVALLE.
joe insider December 01, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Obama has also refused to participate in the survey and has refused since he first ran in 2008. Your point is????
Mo Neill December 01, 2012 at 08:18 PM
longest serving yes, why? look at the issues, you see he's remarkably self-serving & NY RC hierarchy's lobby. LaValle has refused to allow laws to be brought to the floor, passed by the Assembly, at the behest of the NYC Chancery, to reflect accepted understanding how best to protect children from sexual predation. Most other states have instituted changes to go after child rapists well after old statute of limits on prosecution of sexual crimes that is now NYS law. Other states have a 25 yr statute of limitation on prosecution, some 45 yrs. Child wellfare advocates urge legislatures to rescind any limitation of time to be able to go after these protected criminals. It's sheer financial interest by the Catholic hierarchy over the welfare of children. After age of 23, you can't bring charges against a molester here. If a grade school teacher is accused by dozens of adults of sexual abuse when they were children, there can be no prosecution, the accused can move to another school district. He's been the bishop's water carrier lobbying NY legislature to pass or vote down. Yet on rights of GLBGT NYs he has voted in line with directives from the NY bishops. He's in good standing with the Church, even after public scandal (to bishops), of divorcing his wife & mother to their now adult children to marry a much younger woman. Remember Ted Kennedy was chAstized. See http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/10/magazine/the-horace-mann-schools-secret-history-of-sexual-abuse.html?pagewanted=all
Mo Neill December 01, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Taylor, Again, why this "pending approval?"
Stinker December 01, 2012 at 08:48 PM
This power hungry bureaucrat lite is a big fish in a small pond. This guy's motto is get reelected first and pose with a clean baseball hat second. All you have to do is look around you to know that this hack's entire life was wasted in a public servant's position that isn't meant to serve as a lifelong perch from which to fleece the public.
Factual December 01, 2012 at 10:32 PM
He divorced his mother? He has been happily married to his current wife for at least 20 years.
Factual December 01, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Why are liberals always so nasty in attacking their political opponents? What an ignorant post.
George Lynch December 02, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Not so, knowitall. The Fleming campaign wasn't the big-money, big-glamour show that Henry's was, as that proved to be a turnoff to Eastern Long Islanders. Ms. Fleming did run partly on women's issues, and she did notably better than Sherrye Henry, with almost 40% of the vote, proving we've come a long way in this area since 1990. Soon Ken LaValle's 100% rating from Pro-Life Long Island and his obstruction on women's health will be significant negatives for him. Still, I say congratulations to Ken LaValle on winning a 19th term. I have no problem with long-serving legislators as long as they deliver. While I believe Senator LaValle hasn't kept delivering for us, clearly most voters think otherwise. Good luck to him, and best wishes to Bridget Fleming, who ran a great campaign and will be heard from again.
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knowitall December 04, 2012 at 04:28 PM
LaValle does not control what does and does not go to the floor. Get real. Perhaps from his committee, but the laws of which you speak are not part of that commitee.

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