Malcolm A. Smith's Blog entries

A Day Of Solidarity For Haiti's Lost Sons And Daughters

On Sunday, May 16th 2010, beginning at 12 noon, Haitian Americans and supporters of Haiti will take part in a memorial procession from the Arch at Grand Army Plaza Prospect Park  in Brooklyn, and walk along Flatbush Avenue over the Brooklyn Bridge.  The memorial program/service will take place at Foley Square Park (Centre Street in Manhattan) at approximately 3:00 PM. The NY Haiti Memorial falls close to Haitian Flag Day which is celebrated on May 18th in Haiti.

May 14, 2010

Senate President Malcolm A. Smith Honors Rockaway Resident As Person Of The Month

Denean Ferguson is a twenty-year resident of Far Rockaway.(New York, NY)-  Senate President Malcolm A. Smith honored Far Rockaway resident, Denean Ferguson as his first ‘Person of the Month’ for 2010.

January 19, 2010

Play Ball!

Joined by LL Cool J and One Try Competition (OTC), I am excited to present the annual summer basketball tournament "Jump and Ball", which celebrates its fifth anniversary this year. This year’s tournament will take place from Saturday, August 2, 2008 through Sunday, August 31, 2008 at the Daniel O’Connell Park in St. Albans, Queens.

Jump Ball V - Flyer.pdf

July 28, 2009

A More Democratic New York Through Ethics Reform

When I became Senate Majority Leader, one of my priorities was fostering a more effective government for the people of New York through reform. That reform has come on a variety of fronts, and ranges from using new technologies to holding public hearings to changing the Senate’s longstanding rules.

June 2, 2009

MAS Reports: A Brief History

In 2003, I began to publish a monthly MAS Report. It began as a simple flier that I handed out in the community and put in the office for people to pick up and read about all the work we had been doing on behalf of our constituents in the 14th District.

Sometimes, we would even go down to the local subway station and hand them out--just to make sure that people knew that we were here to help them.

May 27, 2009

Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a special holiday--a day during which we honor the spirit of all those who died in service to our nation and whom we continue to remember and honor in our hearts.

May 22, 2009

Bowling For Bone Marrow

There is no time to spare… 

In the crusade to promote awareness about marrow donation and the crucial need for new registrants to join the marrow registry. 

May 21, 2009

Marking Up--In Public

Democracy is coming… 

At around 9:30 this morning in a conference room on the 9th Floor of the Legislative Office Building, something truly historic happened.   

May 19, 2009

Commencing to Commencement

I have the honor of giving the commencement address tomorrow at Morrisville State College, one of the jewels in our State University of New York (SUNY) system.

I have visited Morrisville several times in the past and have been impressed by their campus, faculty, students, President Ray Cross, and most especially their School of Agriculture & Natural Resources.

May 15, 2009

ARRA You There?

Almost every day, stimulus funds are being put directly to work on behalf of all New Yorkers. One of the best ways to ensure transparency in funding is to tell you exactly how we are investing these taxpayer dollars.  

Yesterday, I was proud to take part in the announcement of an exciting $15 Million public-private partnership between our Empire State Development (ESD), New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and General Electric (GE’s).  

May 13, 2009

My 'Bridge To Somewhere':

Some Majority Leaders built roads and some built baseball stadiums.

My goal as the new Leader in the Senate is to build a different type of infrastructure: one that is more immediate, more meaningful, and takes us into a new era of direct democracy.

Today, we roll out an entirely new New York State Senate website:

May 7, 2009

Senator Mason, How Do You Vote?

Senator Linda Mason of the Together Our Government Achieves (TOGA) Party, stood up today on the Senate Floor and debated her heart out.

Her bill, which would have empowered the Labor Department to establish a random drug testing program for recipients of unemployment benefits, was defeated by a vote of 16-17. 

And no, a Gang of 29 hadn’t walked out of the chamber.  It was simply Model Legislative Session (MLS) Day in the New York State Senate. 

April 24, 2009

A Blooming Presser

The commute from my St. Albans home to Albany has always been an interesting one, and I’ve driven it enough times that the whole two-plus hours can seem like a blur.  With the coming of Spring, however, the drive is much more lively and effervescent.

April 22, 2009

I'll Second That (E)motion

For decades, the way the Senate operates has stifled good legislation from getting off the ground. Under the new Senate Majority, we are  empowering every single member of our chamber—Democrat and Republican—to do the work of the people of New York.

Some of these occurences are not flashy or newsworthy--but their obscurity does not change their significance. Take today, for example. Today, the Senate made history, putting partisan rancor aside and rising as a collective body to move two bills towards passage in an especially unique and democratic way.

April 21, 2009
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