"Today is a somber day for all Americans, as we pay homage to the men and women whose dedicated service to our nation has enabled generations of Americans to live in freedom. There is no greater service, no greater sacrifice than those our Veterans have made throughout American history. Their bravery and their patriotism mark them as our best citizens.
"Today, District Attorney Richard Brown and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly announced the arrests of 34 individuals who are purportedly members of the Bloods street gang in Far Rockaway. Their arrest on gun and narcotics charges is an important development in making our streets safer for all law-abiding citizens."
"The hardworking people of this community and their families deserve to live in crime-free neighborhoods. This sends a message that gang violence will not be tolerated."
(New York, NY)- Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith today called on the City and State pension funds to take action to preserve hundreds of thousands of jobs and protect New York’s standing as the financial capitol of the world. Stock market manipulators who are attacking the shares of Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs must be prevented from taking advantage of the extraordinary challenges facing New York’s financial markets.
"I am urging Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to join us in taking immediate action to protect New York’s place as the world’s financial capital. We must convene an emergency session of the New York State Senate to protect the hundreds of thousands of jobs that have been put at risk by the extraordinary challenges facing New York’s financial markets.
State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith will be joined by New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Astrid C. Glynn and community leaders to unveil plans for the construction project scheduled to begin this week. The project is expected to be completed by December 2010. The construction is among several that has taken place throughout the borough to improve New York's roadways and will include pavement enhancement, as well as, painting and bridge deck replacement for almost a dozen local bridges.
(BUFFALO, NY) –Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) joined prominent labor leaders in Western New York in an informal discussion about pressing concerns of the labor community on Wednesday, Sept. 3.
"This Monday marks the 126th anniversary when scores of craftsmen and laborers paraded in New York City to show strength in support of ideals such as the abolishment of child labor, an eight hour work day, equal pay for women and a progressive income tax system. Many of these challenges were met and we celebrate these accomplishments the first Monday in September; but New York's working class again faces great obstacles.
"We are facing a $6 billion deficit, and again the Senate Republicans have decided to focus on something other than the needs of the people of New York State. This time it's a tournament. We have real issues on the table that need to be dealt with. Further, we were on the day in question at a golf outing. Rain forced us indoors. And like any good host it was important to entertain all guests. That is simply what occurred. And nothing else.
(New York, NY)—The Senate Democrat-sponsored Task Force was created to compile testimonies regarding the public school governance statute set to expire June 2009. The Task Force has invited parents and educators to provide input to assist the State Senate Democratic Conference in proposing legislation that will improve the educational system.
New law imposes prison time for use of alcohol or drugs during child sex acts
(ALBANY, NY) – A bill (S. 1862/A. 3530), sponsored by state Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) and Assemblywoman Vivian Cook (D-Queens), has been signed into law by Governor David Paterson.
Governor signs measure allowing Beach 84th Street Pier to be sold to longtime residents
(Albany, NY) – Governor David Paterson signed into law today a measure (S. 8289-A/ A. 11222-A) sponsored by Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (D-Far Rockaway) allowing the City of New York to sell the Beach 84th Street Pier to the residents living there.
(Albany, NY) Senate Democrats will unveil a comprehensive energy relief package that will reduce financial burdens on low-and middle-income families. The proposed legislation offers reforms to existing energy programs, including a plan to provide up to $4,500 in home weatherization improvement benefits. The plan also includes an immediate tax rebate, awarding families up to $1,000 in emergency assistance. WHO: Democratic State Senators Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn), Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx),
(New York, NY) The Senate Democrat-sponsored Task Force created to compile testimonies regarding the public school governance statute set to expire in June 2009. The Task Force has invited parents and educators to provide input to assist the State Senate Democratic Conference in proposing legislation that will improve the educational system.
Operation SAFE enacted in Southeast Queens (Queens, NY) – Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D – St. Albans), neighborhood watch groups, civic leaders and elected officials are putting the word out for women and children in southeast Queens to be aware of sexual predators on the loose.
State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Teams Up with Upstate Community and Police in Public Awareness Campaign to ‘Stop the Violence’
(Buffalo-NY)-State Senator Antoine M. Thompson hosted a roundtable Operation S.N.U.G. forum in Buffalo as part of a statewide campaign to combat random gun violence that has plagued parts of the state during the hot summer months.
Thank you to all of those who participated in the New York State Senate's fist ever online Town Hall. Since we're always striving to serve the people of New York better, and this was our first attempt at an event like this, we would appreciate your feedback on how we can improve the experience.