Malcolm A. Smith's Press releases

Statement From Austin Shafran, Press Secretary For Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith

“This was an illegal and unlawful attempt to gain control of the Senate and reverse the will of the people who voted for a Democratic Majority. Nothing has changed, Senator Malcolm A. Smith remains the duly elected Temporary President and Majority Leader.  The real Senate Majority is anxious to get back to governing, and will take immediate steps to get us back to work.”

June 8, 2009
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Statement By Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Regarding Governor's Agreement With Civil Service Employees Association And Public Employees Federation

During times of economic distress, we must remain committed to the principle of shared sacrifice. The public sector, private enterprise and our government must find ways to cut costs and do more with less. I applaud Governor Paterson and the public employee unions for finding a compromise that reduces the size of government in a responsible way while maintaining our commitment to protect the hundreds of thousands of hard-working employees who make up our state workforce.

June 5, 2009
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Senate Introduces Ethics Reform Disclosure Bill

Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and Senator Daniel Squadron will hold a brief press availability today to announce the introduction of the Senate’s ethics reform proposal, requiring all individual legislators to fully disclose all outside sources of income.   WHEN: Thursday, June 4, 2009 @ 12 PM   WHERE: Capitol, Room 328 

June 4, 2009
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Senate Facilitates Small “Food” Business Growth

Passes grants program for small-scale food processing facilities putting people to work, utilizing NYS products in recipes. (Albany, NY)-The New York State Senate has passed S3594,  legislation that promotes the development of small businesses, particularly those in distressed communities,  by enabling small-scale food processors to apply for funding from the Empire State Economic Development Fund. 

June 4, 2009
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Senate Passes "UB2020" Economic Development & Academic Growth Plan

Tens of Thousands of Jobs & Hundreds of Millions in New Investments Expected   (Albany, NY) The New York State Senate late today passed   “UB2020”, major economic development legislation sponsored by Senator William Stachowski (D-Lake View) that will create a groundbreaking pilot program for the University of Buffalo to advance the university’s growth as an academic and research center, and revitalize Western New York’s economy.  

June 3, 2009
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Senate Passes Landmark Government Reform Bill

Legislation Empowers Communities to Reduce Tax Burden (Albany, NY) – Today, the New York State Senate  passed landmark government reform and consolidation legislation (S5661) that empowers local communities across the state to reduce the tax burden facing New Yorkers by establishing a process to eliminate unneeded and costly “special districts.” 

June 3, 2009
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Senate Approves Members To SUNY, HESC Boards

(Albany, NY) Today, the New York State Senate announced the appointment of four individuals to critical positions on the boards of the State University of New York (SUNY) and the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC). In successfully filling these positions, the Senate continues to demonstrate its commitment to a quality, efficient and well-run educational system for all New Yorkers.  

June 3, 2009
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Senate Elections Committee Holds Albany Hearing On Campaign Finance Reform

(Albany, NY)- Wednesday, the Senate Elections Committee, Chaired by Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), held a public hearing in Albany to solicit public comment on proposed campaign finance reforms to reinvigorate participatory democracy. Along with last week’s hearing in Rochester this concludes the third set in a series of five hearings that will continue in September and November. 

June 3, 2009
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Senate Elections Committee Holds Albany Hearing On Campaign Finance Reform

WHEN: Wednesday, June 3rd, 10 AM – 1 PM WHERE: Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room B, Albany, New York, 12247  

June 2, 2009
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Senate Passes Property Tax Breaks For Cold War Veterans

Measure puts Cold War vets on par with others & also extends to co-ops (Albany, NY) The New York State Senate today recognized the service and sacrifice of Cold War veterans by voting to allow for local municipalities to increase the level of property tax breaks available to these veterans. Under the current law, Cold War vets are not offered the same breaks as other “combat” veterans. 

June 1, 2009
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Senate Passes Legislation To Protect Newborns From Flu

Bill requires flu vaccine access in hospitals with neonatal intensive care units (Albany, NY)- Today, the New York State Senate passed legislation (S3911A) that would require any hospital with a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to offer flu vaccine to the parents and anticipated caregivers of newborns currently in the NICU. 

June 1, 2009
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Joint Hearing On Property Tax Assessment

The Senate Standing Committee on Local Government and the Assembly Standing Committee on Real Property Taxation will be holding a public hearing on Monday, June 1, 2009 to evaluate the effectiveness of current real property assessment practices.  The public, local officials and academic experts will discuss the effectiveness of current real property assessment practices in producing fair and equitable assessments across New York State.  

June 1, 2009
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Senate Ethics Committee Launches Statewide Hearings on Ethics Reform Proposals

Four Bills on Hearing Agenda: Commission on Governmental Ethics; Increased Disclosure; “Pay-to-Play” Contribution Limits; and Campaign Funds Personal-Use Restrictions

(Albany, NY) The New York State Senate Ethics Committee today began a series of three public hearings throughout the state to listen to comments and ideas from the public about several ethics reform proposals. The basis of the hearings are four bills, two each from Senator Liz Krueger and Senator Daniel Squadron.

May 28, 2009
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Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Passes Senate; Brings Redevelopment To Distressed Communities

(Albany, NY) The New York State Senate unanimously passed today a vitally important economic stimulus and community revitalization program: the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (HRTC) (S2960-B/Valesky).  

May 27, 2009
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Statement From Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Regarding The Ethics Reform Legislation

“I have long recognized that it is imperative that the Legislature meets the standards the people of New York deserve from their elected representatives by enacting real ethics reform. The Legislature needs to take the lead to restore the public’s trust in the institutions charged with serving the people. 

May 26, 2009
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Statement From Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Regarding The Nomination Of Judge Sonia Sotomayor To U.S. Supreme Court

“President Obama has made an exceptional choice in his nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Sotomayor is a principled and dedicated jurist who has earned an extraordinary reputation throughout her distinguished career which includes serving as a federal judge for the past 10 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Once confirmed, Judge Sotomayor will become the first Hispanic in history elevated to the Court.  

May 26, 2009
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Senate Honors Our Military This Memorial Day by Advancing Voting Rights Bill for Those Serving Abroad

In recognition of the outstanding service of our military personnel this Memorial Day, the New York State Senate will be working in the weeks ahead to pass legislation which would make it significantly easier for military and other overseas voters to apply for and obtain an absentee ballot, and to expand the time frame for returning these ballots.  

May 22, 2009
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Statement From Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Regarding the Attempted Bombing of Riverdale Jewish Center

“Late last night I was informed that the FBI, NYPD and Homeland Security foiled a plot to detonate a bomb at the Riverdale Jewish Center. I wish to extend my sincere appreciation for their extraordinary work in preventing what would have been a devastating attack.   Freedom to worship is a fundamental right that should never be put in jeopardy. Any threat to that basic right is a threat to us all and must never be tolerated. Our commitment to ensuring the safety for all houses of worship is absolute.  

May 21, 2009
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Legislators and Human Rights Activists Hail the Passage of Legislation to end Barbaric Practice of Shackling Incarcerated Pregnant Women

Albany, NY (May 20, 2009) Human rights advocates and champions of criminal justice reform joined today with sponsors of the “Anti Shackling Bill” (S.1290-A/A.3373-A) to hail the Senate and Assembly’s passage of legislation that prohibits the inhumane practice of shackling pregnant inmates who are in labor.  The “Anti-Shackling Bill” is sponsored by Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblyman Nick Perry  (D-Brooklyn). 

May 20, 2009
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Senate Majority Leader Smith and Senator Brian X. Foley Announce Passage of Crucial Legislation Benefitting Firefighters

On the eve of Memorial Day, legislation will give firefighters legal protection when operating fire trucks (Albany, NY) Today, the New York State Senate unanimously passed legislation protecting firefighters from legal liability when operating fire trucks. The legislation closes a dubious loophole in state law that puts firefighters in legal jeopardy on a consistent basis.   

May 20, 2009
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