Malcolm A. Smith's Press releases

Senator Smith Delivers on Budget Promises

Senator Smith Delivers on Budget Priorities

Albany, NY) - State Senator Malcolm A.

April 2, 2014
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Senator Smith Co-Sponsors Anti-Knockout Legislation

(Albany, NY) - State Senator Malcolm A.

March 28, 2014
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State Senator Malcolm A. Smith Co-Sponsors DREAM Act

Albany, NY) - State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Hollis) joined Senator Jose Peralta and his other colleagues in government in co-sponsoring the DREAM Act, which he hopes will finally get passed during this year's legislative session.The DREAM Act creates a path towards citizenship for undocumented students who have entered the U.S. before the age of 16 and have lived here for five consecutive years since their arrival. They must also have graduated from an American high school, obtained a GED or have been admitted to an institution of higher education.

March 7, 2014
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Sen. Malcolm Smith Announces York College Pick for Start-Up NY

(Albany, NY) - State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) today announced and applauded the decision by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to designate the area around York College a tax-free zone as part of the Start-Up NY (formerly named Tax Free NY), program, which will bring new businesses and much needed jobs to Southeast Queens.

 

October 24, 2013
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SE Queens Elected Officials Kick Off Senior Appreciation Month

Queens, NY) - State Sen. Malcolm A. Smith joined other Queens elected officials to kick off the 11th Annual Senior Appreciation Month with a breakfast at the Roy Wilkins Recreation Center in Jamaica. The month-long festivities recognize the accomplishments of the seniors. Luncheons, health forums, musical celebrations and bowling are just some of the numerous activities planned from September 9th - 24th. The Queens electeds are all taking part, including Senator James Sanders Jr., City Councilman Leroy Comrie, City Councilman Ruben Wills, Assemblyman Bill Scarborough, Assemblywoman Michele Titus and Congressman Gregory Meeks.

September 9, 2013
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1st Annual Queens South Responders Basketball Tournament

FDNY, NYPD, EMT to compete against area residents

August 21, 2013
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9th Annual Jump & Ball Tournament presented by State Sen. Malcolm Smith and LL Cool J

(Hollis, NY) - State Sen. Malcolm A. Smith announced today that he will be kicking off the 9th Annual Jump and Ball summer tournament next month at the Daniel O'Connell Park in St. Albans, Queens. Participation is FREE and there will also be a DJ and plenty of complimentary food and drink.
The event, a basket ball and double-dutch tournament co-sponsored by hip-hop artist and renowned actor LL Cool J and Taurus Associates, will take place every weekend from Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 through Sunday, Sept 1, 2013.

July 24, 2013
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Sen. Malcolm Smith Honors “Woman of Distinction” – Ms. Emmlynn L. Taylor

(Albany, NY)  - Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Hollis) honored Ms. Emmlynn L. Taylor as his 2013 “Woman of Distinction,” an award given to outstanding women living and working in New York State whose contributions have enriched the quality of life in their community and beyond.

 

May 20, 2013
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Sen. Malcolm Smith Honors Senior of the Year - Ms. Gladys Joyner

(Albany, NY, May 7) - The State Senate joined Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Hollis) in passing a resolution honoring Ms. Gladys Joyner upon her selection as the New York State Office for the Aging's Queens County 2013 Senior of the Year.

"Senior citizens bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the community and their contributions, both past and future, are invaluable," Smith said. "I am proud to honor Ms. Gladys Joyner in recognition of her outstanding, and much appreciated, volunteer work."  

 

May 10, 2013
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Sen. Malcolm Smith Passes Resolution recognizing the You Can Go To College Committee and Honoring President Obama's Aunt

(Albany, NY) -  The State Senate joined Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Hollis)  in passing a resolution commending the You Can Go To College Committee as a group that enhances the quality and character of life in communities across New York State and whose members devote themselves to the welfare of the community and its citizenry.

May 10, 2013
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State Sen. Malcolm Smith Sponsors Youth Breakfast

State Sen. Malcolm A. Smith (D-Hollis) sponsored a breakfast on Saturday at IS 59 in Springfield Gardens to kick off a five-week job readiness program by Our Brother's Guardian, a mentoring organization aimed at preparing youth for a productive future through positive reinforcement, mentoring, vocational training programs and internships. The job prep program is open to ages 18-30. For more information, visit www.ourbrothersguardian.com.

May 7, 2013
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State Sen. Malcolm A. Smith Passes 'Juneteenth Day' Resolution

(Albany, NY) -  The State Senate today joined Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Hollis)  in passing his resolution calling on Gov. Cuomo to proclaim June 19, 2013 as Juneteenth Day  in New York State. This year marks the 148th Anniversary of the holiday, which is the oldest-known celebration of the ending of slavery."In recognizing Juneteenth Day, we recognize an important part of our nation's history,"  Smith said. "The end of slavery marked a triumphant moment for African-Americans, who, for the first time, were able to enjoy at least some of the freedoms they had been denied for so long."

April 30, 2013
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith to Appear in "2nd Amendment" Documentary

(Hollis, NY) - State Sen. Malcolm A. Smith (D-Hollis) will appear in a documentary on gun control entitled "2nd Amendment." It is being produced and directed by UK filmmaker James Dann. He interviewed the senator on April 18 at his district office in Hollis. Dann of St. Albans, England was joined by cinematographer Richard Morel of London and production assistant James McEvitt of Flushing, Queens.

 The 45-minute interview covered a myriad of topics related to gun control, gun violence and the Second Amendment. They included the Safe Act, Kendra's Law, the NRA and gang culture.

 

April 29, 2013
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Senator Smith meets with New York State Nurses Association

(Albany, NY) State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) met with over 25 members of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) to discuss two bills affecting healthcare, both of which the lawmaker supports. The Safe Patient Handling Act (S.1123) would establish a statewide safe patient handling policy for health care facilities in the state, and creates the New York State safe patient handling work group.

April 17, 2013
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State Sen. Malcolm Smith Secures $200,000 in Funding for Substance Abuse Program (J-CAP)

(Albany, NY)- State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Hollis), Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee and Chairman of the Independent Democratic Conference has secured $200,000 in funding for J-CAP, a substance abuse program based in Southeast Queens. The money will help facilitate its Veteran's Enhanced Treatment Services program.

  

April 1, 2013
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State Sen. Malcolm Smith Secures $3M in Funding for Anti-Gun Violence Program - "Operation SNUG"

(Albany, NY)- State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee and Chairman of the Independent Democratic Conference secures $3M in funding for the anti-gun violence program - "Operation SNUG"  

 

March 27, 2013
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Sen. Malcolm Smith Secures Inclusion of Microgrid Study in the State Budget

(Albany, NY) - State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), Chairman of the Independent Democratic Conference and Co-Chairman of the Hurricane Sandy Task Force, today secured a provision in the budget which calls on the New York State Energy Research And Development Authority to conduct a study and develop recommendations for the establishment of strong utility "microgrids" in New York.

March 26, 2013
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IDC and TV Star Padma Lakshmi Kick-off Teen Health Awareness Campaign in Albany

Albany, NY -- At the State Capitol on Wednesday, Padma Lakshmi, host of Bravo TV’s Top Chef and co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America, joined Senate Majority Coalition Leader Jeffrey D. Klein and members of the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference to kick-off a Teen Health Awareness Campaign.  The campaign focuses on reducing adolescent obesity, educating students about the health consequences of short and long-term alcohol and substance abuse, and raising awareness among young women and health professionals about endometriosis, an often undiagnosed but debilitating disease.  March is Endometriosis month.  At the press conference, Senator Klein was joined by seventh graders from JHS 141, a middle school in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.

 

March 14, 2013
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith and Assemblyman Bill Scarborough (D-Jamaica) Join DEP/DEC Officials To Address Flooding in Southeast Queens

(Albany, NY)-Senator Malcolm A. Smith and Assemblyman Bill Scarborough (D-Jamaica) met with Carter Strickland, Commissioner of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection and Joe Martens, Commissioner of the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation to discuss possible remedies for the persistent flooding problem plaguing southeast Queens. Other agency representatives and engineers were also in attendance.

March 12, 2013
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith Holds Hearing on Summer Youth Employment

(Albany, NY)-Senator Malcolm A. Smith, the chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Social Services, sponsored a public hearing on the Future of Youth Development / Delinquency Prevention (YDDP) and the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Also overseeing the meeting were Sen. James Sanders Jr. and Sen. Jack Martins.

Testimony was given by several city and state representatives who cited the importance of the programs touting how they give youngsters a sense of responsibility, purpose and pride. They also voiced concerns that increasing the minimum wage, as proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, would reduce the availability of space for potential participants.

March 12, 2013
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