Malcolm A. Smith's Press releases

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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Senate Passes Critical Legislation to Protect Unemployed New Yorkers

Senate Passes Legislation to Aid Unemployed As Tens of Thousands Face Loss of Benefits   Today, the Senate passed critical legislation (S.4110-A) that will provide an additional 13 weeks of extended benefits to nearly 120,000 currently unemployed New Yorkers. This legislation comes at a time when our economy is struggling, as Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and his colleagues are working to turn the economy around and help people find new, fair paying jobs.

May 19, 2009
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Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Passes Finance Committee

Program will bring unprecedented redevelopment to distressed areas; Legislation Expected to Pass Senate Next Week (Albany, NY) The New York State Senate Finance Committee today passed the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (HRTC) (S2960-A/Valesky), sending this important economic stimulus and community revitalization legislation to the full Senate.  The Senate is expected to pass the measure next week. 

May 19, 2009
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Statement From Austin Shafran, Press Secretary for Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith

"Today, the Senate accepted the resignation of Mr. Robert Hermann, Special Counsel to the Senate Majority, effective immediately.”

May 19, 2009
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Post-Session Press Availability Regarding Mayoral Control

At the conclusion of session today, the Senate Majority Conference will meet to discuss the Majority Leader’s draft proposal outlining the framework for mayoral control legislation.  Immediately following the discussion, State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith will hold a brief press availability. WHEN: Monday, May 18, 2009 @ approximately 5 PM WHERE: Capitol, Room 328    

May 18, 2009
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Statement from Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Regarding Additional NYC School Closings Due to H1N1

“Today, I was informed by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg that New York City has made the decision to close three more schools in response to increased influenza-like symptoms related to H1N1. I would like to express my deep concern with the evolving situation and applaud the Mayor, Governor and city and state health agencies for their immediate and decisive response.  

May 17, 2009
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Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith & Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer join Queens Elected Officials to Announce the saving of The Cross Bay Bridge Rockaway/Broadchannel Resident Rebate Program

(New York, NY)- Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer, joined by other Queens elected officials, civic associations and community leaders will announce their successful efforts to save the Cross Bay Bridge Rockaway/Broadchannel Resident Rebate Program, preventing nearly 100,000 local residents from facing the only intra-borough toll in the state. 

May 14, 2009
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Senate Elections Committee to Hold Final Hearing this Month Introducing Proposals to Update and Reform the State's Poll Site Accessibility and Absentee Ballot Laws, and Poll Site Operations

WHEN: Thursday May 14th, 10 AM – 1 PM WHERE: Syracuse Common Council Chambers, 233 East Washington Street, City Hall 4th Floor, Syracuse, New York 

May 13, 2009
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May 13, 2009
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Statement from Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith re: Marriage Equality Legislation

“The momentum is shifting- marriage equality will be a reality in New York and I welcome that day. Today, it will be passed by the Assembly, and I congratulate Speaker Silver, Assemblyman O’Donnell and their colleagues for a noteworthy achievement. It is my goal to realize that same accomplishment in the Senate and as a strong supporter of marriage equality legislation, I will continue to work until we have sufficient votes to pass it. 

May 12, 2009
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Statement From Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Regarding Senator Pedro Espada

“In light of Senator Pedro Espada’s recurring failure to appropriately file complete campaign finance records, I have instructed Senator Espada that he has one week to file his campaign committee with the State Board of Elections, as well as submit a written payment plan with a significant down payment toward past debt. Failure to comply with any of these instructions will result in immediate action against Senator Espada.”

May 11, 2009
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Senate Announces Economic Development Task Force, Partners With Business To Initiate New Program That Will Create Jobs

(Albany, NY)-The New York State Senate on Monday will announce the formation of an economic development task force made up of 29 business and community leaders from across the state charged with developing a new incentivization program that will better attract companies to New York State and encourage businesses to generate jobs.  

May 11, 2009
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Statement From Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Regarding Incident Involving Senator Kevin Parker

“After learning of the incident involving Senator Kevin Parker, I have decided to strip the senator of his leadership position as Majority Whip, and Chairman of the Energy Committee, effective immediately.

Furthermore, payment of the stipend for his leadership position has been suspended.

These are serious charges which demand the attention of the proper authorities, and my decision today will stand until resolution of the proceedings that Senator Parker faces.”

May 9, 2009
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Statement from Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith

“It is urgent that we immediately move ahead with re-development of the two most critical projects in our City – the World Trade Center and Moynihan Station. Today I applaud the Governor and Speaker Silver for proposing to push the World Trade Center project ahead by convening all stakeholders to resolve the outstanding issues that have blocked necessary action.  It is incumbent upon them to immediately resolve their differences and get redevelopment underway.   

May 8, 2009
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Senate Passes MTA Bailout And Reform Package

Albany, NY) Today, The New York State Senate passed the Senate’s MTA bailout and reform package (S.5451) that will save straphangers from costly fare hikes, crippling service cuts and finally enact much-needed oversight and accountability to an agency that has demonstrated poor fiscal management and dubious accounting practices for decades.   At the Senate’s demands, a forensic audit will be conducted by an outside body, which will clean up the mess and fraud within the MTA, something the previous Majority refused to do during 43 years in control.

May 7, 2009
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Senate Votes on MTA Bailout and Reform Package

Legislation will fundamentally change the way the MTA operates and prevent devastating fare hikes and services cuts

(Albany, NY) The New York State Senate today will vote on the Senate’s MTA bailout and reform package that will save straphangers from costly fare hikes and crippling service cuts, while also finally enacting much-needed oversight and accountability to an agency that has demonstrated poor fiscal management and dubious accounting practices. At the Senate’s demands, a forensic audit will be conducted by an outside body.

May 6, 2009
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Senate Launches New Initiative to Cut Illegal Guns

Operation SNUG to Launch in Eight Communities Across State

(Albany, NY) – In an effort to cut down on illegal guns and gang violence that plagues communities across the State of New York, the State Senate has announced a new initiative, Operation SNUG, that will help local law enforcement and anti-violence community groups engage innovative tactics to steer at-risk New Yorkers away from the culture of gangs and illegal guns.

April 29, 2009
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Statement from Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith

“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I learned of the passing of Senator John Marchi, a man who served his district and this state with great distinction for 50 years. During his remarkable half century of service in the Senate, Senator Marchi served at various times as Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Vice President Pro Tempore, and Chairman of the Senate Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee, among other positions. He was one of the longest serving legislators in the country at the time he retired in 2006.

April 26, 2009
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