Malcolm A. Smith's Press releases

A Veteran's Day Message From Senator Malcolm Smith

"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.

November 11, 2008
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Statement From Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith On The Arrest Of 34 Members Of The “Bloods” Street Gang In Far Rockaway, Queens

"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."

October 31, 2008
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Statement From Sen. Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith On Delaware North Aqueduct Deal

Statement from State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith:

October 23, 2008
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Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm Smith Calls On State & City Pension Funds To Take Action Against Stock Market Manipulators

(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.

September 18, 2008
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Statement By State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Calling For A Special Session Of The New York State Legislature

"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.

September 16, 2008
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Senator Smith, State Department Of Transportation Announce $59.3 Million Project To Commence In Queens

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. 

September 8, 2008
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Working New Yorker’s Woes Focus Of Senate Democrats Roundtable Discussion

(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. 

September 4, 2008
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State Senate Democrats Blast Senate Republicans For Failure To Act On The Home Heating Fuel Crisis

State Senators meet with low and middle income families affected by surging energy costs

 

September 4, 2008
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Labor Day Statement From Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith

"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. 

August 31, 2008
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State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A Smith, Democrats Poised To Take Back White House

(DENVER, CO)— A united party is the message Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D – St. Albans) plans to bring home from the Democratic National Convention in Denver that kicked-off today.

August 25, 2008
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Response To Post Article Re: Public Officers Law

"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.

August 18, 2008
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Achieving Hugh Carey's "True Economy"

Fiscal crises, three decades apart, affirm opportunity for budget reform

By Malcolm A. Smith

 

August 16, 2008
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NYC School Governance Task Force Continues Citywide Hearings

(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.

August 12, 2008
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Queens Pier To Be Purchased

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.

August 8, 2008
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Governor Signs Measure Spearheaded By Senator Smith Strengthening Child Sex Abuse Crimes

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.

August 8, 2008
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Senate Democrats Unveil A Comprehensive Energy Relief Package To Assist New York Families

(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), 

August 7, 2008
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Senate Democrats Release Comprehensive Energy Plan

Proposal to expand energy programs to help low-income and middle-class families with heating and weatherization aid of $4800 or more

August 7, 2008
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NYC School Governance Task Force Kicks-Off

(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.

August 5, 2008
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Stay Alert: Serial Rapists On The Prowl In Queens, Community Leaders And Elected Officials Warn Neighbors

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. 

August 1, 2008
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Statewide Listening Tour Launches Operation S.n.u.g. Anti-crime Initiative In Buffalo

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.

July 9, 2008
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