Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Announces Committee Assignments

State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith today officially announced the full roster of all Democratic appointments to Senate committees for the current legislative session. Attached is a list of assignments by member as well as by committee.

Click Here to View Democratic Committee Assignments.


Statement From Senator Kevin Parker On The Inauguration Of President Barack Obama

“ Today marks an historic moment for our country. I congratulate President Barack Obama on this historic election and inauguration. This is a celebration of our thriving democracy and a celebration of our nation's first African-American president.



A Column by Senator Steve Saland


Senator Montgomery Names Local Artist Danny Simmons to the NYS Council on the Arts Nomination is Approved by the Governor and NYS Senate

Albany, NY (January 21, 2009): State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) announced the Senate’s confirmation of Brooklyn artist Danny Simmons as a member of the NYS Council on the Arts. Senator Montgomery recommended Mr. Simmons for this post.   


Senator Lavalle's Initiatives Mentioned in State of State

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle is hopeful that several of his initiatives, which had passed the Senate in prior legislative sessions, will soon gain the support needed to become law. Governor Paterson mentioned several of Senator LaValle's bills in his State of the State including an affordable student loan program, a cap on school property taxes, and a healthy school lunch program. In addition, Senator LaValle has supported several alternative energy research programs focused on generating new sources of clean and renewable energy.


Volunteers Needed For "Snow Shoveling For Seniors" Program

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Statement From State Sen. Darrel Aubertine On The Inauguration Of President Barack Obama

ALBANY (January 20, 2009)—"Today is an historic and truly proud day for our country. The swearing in of Barack Obama as our 44th President is a tremendous step forward for our nation and it is hard not to get caught up in the excitement of this day. With every new administration comes new opportunities, but the nation has come together in an especially remarkable way to stand behind this president. As a state and as a nation, we all can be proud and hopeful for our future."


Statement From Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Re: Obama Inauguration

Sen. Brian X. Foley Celebrates Inauguration With Local Students

Hundreds of William Floyd High School students take part in festivitiesMastic Beach, NY – As millions of citizens and hundreds of elected officials from around the country gathered in Washington D.C to celebrate the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama, Sen. Brian X. Foley joined students at the William Floyd School District as they took part in the festivities. Sen.


Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz Pays Tribute To Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., In Riverdale

New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) addressed the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale’s congregation as the Key Speaker on Monday, January 19, 2009 during their annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  His message of hope was openly received by the people of Riverdale.

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