Malcolm A. Smith's Press releases

Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Urges President-elect Obama To End Christmas Holiday For Banks, Protect Homeowners From Foreclosure

(New York, NY)- In a letter to President-elect Barack Obama, Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith urged President-elect Obama to include greater federal protection for homeowners to stem the tide of the subprime mortgage crisis.

In part, Smith stated, "it is outrageous for banks to be given taxpayer money without the precondition of assisting homeowners in foreclosure."

December 24, 2008
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Holiday Message From Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith

"During this week that we celebrate Chanukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa, I want to extend to all New Yorkers my sincerest wishes for a joyous holiday season. It is my hope that all people of all religions can enjoy a happy and healthy holiday in the company of friends and loved ones. For the thousands of our brave sons and daughters overseas, defending our nation as members of the Armed Services, I wish you well and pray for your safety and speedy return to your families. Happy holidays and happy New Year."

December 21, 2008
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State Senate Democrats Continue Statewide Tour

Convene Oswego County Budget Forum

The Senate Democrats will once again hold a community meeting to get input and advice from officials, institutions, and organizations whose interests are at stake.

The Forum will focus on the key budget areas of health, education, higher education, and social services, and will include public input on proposals for budget savings submitted by Governor Paterson and budget priorities for the coming year.

December 18, 2008
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Statement On Proposed MTA Fare Hike

“Facing an economic crisis in which hundreds of thousands of jobs may be lost, we must do everything possible to protect everyday New Yorkers by reducing any proposed fare hikes while protecting the high standards of safety and services. We cannot return our state to financial solvency if commuters, particularly where the need is the greatest in Long Island and the suburbs, do not have access to an affordable and reliable means to get to their jobs and support their families.

December 17, 2008
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Statement From State Senator Malcolm A. Smith

"Today, as an Elector for the people of New York, I will have the honor of casting a vote for Barack Obama to become the next President of the United States. 145 years since Abraham Lincoln declared all people, regardless of race, to be free citizens and just 50 years since our country recognized that separate is never equal and segregation can never be tolerated, I am deeply humbled to have the privilege of being part of the process to formally elect the first African American President.

December 15, 2008
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Statement From Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith

ALBANY, NY – (July 29, 2008) – "The Senate Democrats, under my leadership, are united with Governor Paterson in his efforts to bring the state budget under control and to erase the looming $6.4 billion deficit.

Elected leaders need to recognize the time-value of money and the need to implement efficiency measures quickly. We need to respond to this fiscal crisis with speed and thoughtfulness.

December 10, 2008
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State Senate Democrats Launch Statewide Budget Forums

With New York state facing the biggest budget crisis in a generation, Senate Democrats will convene a series of local forums around the state to get input and advice from officials, institutions and organizations whose interests are at stake.

Forums will focus on the key budget areas of health, education, higher education, and social services, and will include public input on proposals for budget savings submitted by Governor Paterson and budget priorities for the coming year.

December 8, 2008
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Senator Smith Announces Committee Chairmanships

(Albany, NY) Senator Malcolm A. Smith today announced Committee Chairmanships.

"Each of the senators I'm appointing today brings a breadth of experience and expertise that will help plot a new course for the State Senate and reform the way business is done in Albany," said Senator Smith. "I am pleased to work side by side with such talented and dedicated public servants in the new Senate Majority."

Senator Bill Stachowski will serve as Deputy Majority Leader for Legislative Operations.

December 8, 2008
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State Senate Democratic Leader To Announce Committee Assignments

Senator Malcolm Smith (D - Queens) will hold news conference to announce committee chairmanships for the new Senate Majority. Senator Smith will be joined by members of his Conference.

DATE:          Monday, December 8, 2008TIME:           11:15 AMLOCATION: Room 315, CAPITOL                    Albany, NY

December 7, 2008
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Statement From State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith

We have already made known our objections to the Senate Investigations Committee's current proceedings. As I have said before, enough is enough. It is time to get back to the people's business, including such important measures as property tax relief, paid family leave and efforts to promote job growth.Nonetheless, there are some disturbing questions that need to be answered.

December 5, 2008
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State Senate Democrats Launch Statewide Budget Listening Tour

Conference seeks input from local groups and institutions in key spending areas

(New York, NY) With New York State facing the biggest budget crisis in a generation, State Senate Democrats will convene a series of local forums around the state to get input and advice from officials, institutions, and organizations whose interests are at stake.

December 4, 2008
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December 1, 2008
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Senate Democratic Leader, Equinox Partner In Local Turkey Distribution

State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith will join local community group, Equinox Inc. in distributing thanksgiving dinners to families in need. The 39th Annual Equinox Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner, which began as a feast to serve 200 people will feed over 8,000 elderly, homeless, and disabled individuals with the help of various local partnerships.

WHO: Senator Malcolm A. Smith and Equinox Inc.

November 26, 2008
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Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Travels To Washington D.C. To Discuss Economic Stimulus Package For New York

(New York, NY)- On Wednesday, November 19th, Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith will travel to Washington D.C. to meet with members of Congress to discuss the new economic stimulus package. Accompanying Smith will be State Senator Jose Serrano, Federal Liaison to the Senate Democratic Conference. Smith and Serrano also plan to join Governor Paterson and Assembly Speaker Silver for select meetings throughout the day.

November 19, 2008
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Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Announces Transition Team

(New York, NY) - Following the historic victory in which Democrats regained control of the New York State Senate for the first time in over 40 years, Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith today announced his Transition Team. Angelo Aponte and Fran Weissberg will serve as Co-Chairs of the Transition Team. James Eagan will serve as Vice Chair and Upstate Advisor; and Hank Sheinkopf will serve as Director of Communications.

November 18, 2008
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Statement From Senator Malcolm A. Smith Regarding Today's Siena Poll

"The latest Siena Poll reveals what we have known for a while: New York families are hurting, especially middle-income families, and are looking to their elected representatives to provide relief.Voters overwhelmingly want us to hold the line on new taxes and to cut wasteful spending  -- the cornerstones of Senate Democratic Conference agenda.  Last year, we introduced a package of economic reforms that would create and protect jobs through smart economic development,cut taxes and reduce the growth of property taxes.

November 17, 2008
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Opening Statement Quick Start Report

QUICK START MEETING

NOVEMBER 13, 2008

 

INTRODUCTION

On behalf of the Senate Democratic Conference, I wish to express my appreciation for the opportunity to participate in this second Quick Start Conference, which hold the promise of an on-time 2009-10 State budget. The Budget Reform Act enacted in 2007 was crafted to help create a process that is more transparent and which further the chances of an on-time budget. We certainly support these goals.

ECONOMICS

November 13, 2008
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State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Response To Gov. Paterson Budget Cuts

"Today, Governor Paterson took the courageous first step of reducing spending and addressing the budget gap. We are facing tough economic times and Governor Paterson's approach is a prudent way to help New York State regain fiscal solvency. The Senate Democratic Conference supports his efforts and asks for the support and unity of all New Yorkers as we make the difficult decisions necessary to get New York working again. The Senate Democratic Conference is considering a number of proposals to help meet our financial challenges.

November 12, 2008
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