(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.
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.
(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.
(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.
(Queens, NY)- Now that the congressional leadership has acted on the request before them to bring relief to the American families affected by Superstorm Sandy it is incumbent upon me as co-chair of the
Senator Smith, Dozens of Local Businesses Provide Hundreds of Families With Turkeys For the Holiday
(Queens, NY)- Senator Malcolm A. Smith in partnership with dozens of local businesses provided hundreds of families with turkeys for the Thanksgiving holiday. Arverne By The Sea, Farmbria, Food World Supermarket, Food Cellar & Company, Western Beef, Food Town, C Town, Enterprise, Key Food and Royal Waste Services all donated to the turkey drive.
(Far Rockaway, NY)- In a continued effort to assist in post Hurricane Sandy recovery, Senator Malcolm A. Smith is slated to team up with the United Federation of Teachers, Hot 97, Hip Hop Has Heart Foundation, Lisa Evers and Street Soldiers to set up a distribution site in Far Rockaway.
Statement From Senator Malcolm A. Smith RE: Teacher Evaluations I have attached the Teacher Evaluation Bill for your review which provides for public disclosure of the final quality ratings composite and effectiveness scores of teachers and building principals. This bill affords complete transparency to parents and allows for them to get information by phone or in person from their child’s principal. “ It was imperative that we get this matter on the floor before the close of session. It will afford parents more transparency with regard to the quality of educators in their children’s classrooms, while protecting the precious rights to privacy that all citizens deserve.
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