LaValle joins new bipartisan environmental caucus

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02/03/2014 6:00 AM |
ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | State Senator Ken LaValle has proposed creating a regional high school that focuses on STEM curriculum.

ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | State Senator Ken LaValle has joined a new bipartisan environmental caucus.

State Senator Ken LaValle has joined a new environmental caucus comprised of New York legislators from both the Senate and Assembly.

The New York State Caucus of Environmental Legislators is tasked with developing environmental protection and public health polices, according to a press release issued Friday by Mr. LaValle’s office.

The release also states the caucus will also “hold meetings, host seminars and convene events to educate other officials and the public” about environmental issues.

Mr. LaValle said in a statement he decided to join the bipartisan group because environmental issues are important to him, particularly protecting the Pine Barrens, preserving agricultural land, promoting Smart Growth initiatives, and safeguarding clean water for Long Island.

“The importance of advancing sound environmental policy is another goal I share with caucus members,” Mr. LaValle said. “Preserving our precious natural resources isn’t a choice, it’s a necessity for the future of Long Island. I look forward to meeting the challenges.”

jennifer@timesreview.com