At the May 1st Operation Safe Southeast Queens meeting, Deputy Inspector Milt Marmara, commanding officer of the 113th Precinct, and Det. Richard Lowe of the 103rd Precinct's Community Affairs Unit, spoke about crime reduction, stop and frisk and missing persons among other issues.
Special thanks to everyone who attended my Sandy town hall last night including City Councilman Donovan Richards, Martha Taylor-Butler from Assemblywoman Michelle Titus' office and representatives from City Councilman Leroy Comrie's office and Senator James Sanders' office. It was a very productive meeting, which included presenations from the city about the recovery effort. I will continue to hold these meetings as the clean up process continues and try to help as many people as I can.
(3-6-13) I held a very successful forum on crime prevention. It's part of a series called Operation Safe Southeast Queens and it is held the first Wednesday of every month at my district office in Hollis. We had a full house. About 50 people attended. I look forward to seeing more of you next month. Among those speaking at the meeting were Deputy Insector Charles McEvoy of the 103rd Precinct and Sgt. Joann Gonzalez of the 113th Precinct Community Affairs Unit.
Youngsters from the Southeast Queens Community joined Senator Smith for Democratic Caucus Weekend in Albany 2/16 -2/17 2013. Shown in this picture with the youth are the Senator's chief of staff Meredith Henderson (second from right) and Assemblywoman Michelle Titus.
I held a successful town hall meeting last night in Rockaway regarding how federal aid for Hurricane Sandy recovery should be spend. About 50 residents attended to express their ideas and concerns regarding this important issue.
I was joined by numerous lawmakers and community leaders for Democratic Caucus Weekend 2/16 - 2/17 including Former City Councilman Archie Spigner, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Assemblyman Bill Scarborough, Assemblywoman Michele Titus and City Councilman Leroy Comrie.
On Feb. 21, 2013, I held a special breakfast for clergy at the the Harvest Room in Jamaica to discuss the various issues affecting the district. About 50 people attended including the Rev. Philip Craig of Greater Springfield Community Church and head of the Queens chapter of the National Action Network.
It was wonderful to be able to meet with veterans at the St. Albans VA and bring them gifts as a small thank you for their great service to our country. I gave out about 200 goodie bags as part of my Send A Vet A Valentine Program. Shown in this photo is veteran Vincent Gino.
Thank you to all of those who participated in the New York State Senate's fist ever online Town Hall. Since we're always striving to serve the people of New York better, and this was our first attempt at an event like this, we would appreciate your feedback on how we can improve the experience.