Malcolm A. Smith's Press releases

Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Applauds New Law To Enhance Police Diversity And Recruitment

Bill sponsored by Smith considered major step in improving public trust following controversial Sean Bell Shooting

New York, NY – Tuesday, July 8, 2008 – Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) applauded Governor David Paterson for signing into law legislation that will enhance police officer recruitment practices while helping improve the public's trust in police and the criminal justice system.

July 8, 2008
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Operation S.N.U.G. Anti-Crime Initiative Statewide Listening Tour Scheduled to Kickoff in Buffalo

(Buffalo, NY) State Senator Antoine M. Thompson (D-Buffalo/Niagria Falls Erie Count) to host a Round Table Forum on Operation S.N.U.G. (guns spelled backwards), a campaign designed by elected officials, civic and community leaders to help stop gun violence in New York State.

July 8, 2008
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New Task Force To Review NYC School Governance Task Force Senate Democrats Say Parents May Need More Input In Local Classrooms

ALBANY, NY –The Senate Democratic Conference has established the NYC School Governance Task Force to probe the effectiveness mayoral control has had on the New York City educational system.

July 8, 2008
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith And Rockaway Community Team-Up for Re-Opening of Redfern Houses Community Center

Operation S.N.U.G. Anti-violence Initiative Launches in Far Rockaway Community.

 

July 7, 2008
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith Hosts Ribbon Cutting For Red Fern Community Center Re-opening

Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) will be joined by local elected officials and community organizations as they re-open the Red Fern Community Center. The center will offer residents, especially the youth, recreational programs during the summer months. This initiative is a part of Operation S.N.U.G.  and was largely due to community outcry following the fatal shooting of 15-year old Brandon Bethea.

July 3, 2008
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Martin Tankleff And Other Exonerees And Legal Experts Testify At Senate Democratic Forum On Preventing Wrongful Convictions

Exonoree speaks for first time in public about his nearly 20-year long ordeal

 

July 2, 2008
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State Democrats Strengthen Slaughterhouse Safeguards

(Albany, NY)-June 24, 2008-State Senator John Sabini (D-Queens) announced today that legislation he sponsored to strengthen safeguards against unsanitary slaughterhouses in New York state has passed.

June 24, 2008
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Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Commission Created

State lawmakers approve measure to remember last stop before Canadian border

 

June 24, 2008
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Landmark Brownfields Legislation Receives Final Passage

ALBANY, NY – June 24, 2008 – While citing some reservations that the measure does not go far enough, Senate Democrats are hailing the final passage of new Brownfields legislation. The reforms adopted in the unanimously passed measure go a long way towards helping to stimulate the upstate economy, clean up the environment and assist developers with tax credits to encourage new building on sites once thought to be vast wastelands.

June 24, 2008
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Statement By Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith On The Retirement Of Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno

ALBANY, NY – June 23, 2008 – “Earlier today I received a personal call from Senator Bruno informing me he will not seek re-election and that it was time to move on with his life. Like many New Yorkers, I am surprised and deeply saddened by the announcement. As I have said publicly on many occasions, Senator Bruno has made a giant contribution to this state and to the Legislature as an institution. I, and my conference, wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

June 23, 2008
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Senate Republican Majority-backed Voter Registration Measure Stifles New Yorkers

Democrats contend the measure would disenfranchise thousands of New York voters

 

June 19, 2008
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Final Legislative Push In Senate Urges Republican Majority To Enact Key Bills

                    Senate Democratic Conference push for mortgage reform and paid family leave  (Albany, NY) -- Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) was joined by his Senate colleagues today to urge Senate Republicans in the final days of the legislative session to pass bills to protect homeowners from the mortgage foreclosure crisis, to enact paid family leave, pass progressive Brownfields legislation and act to address the crushing property tax burden. 

June 18, 2008
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Statement By Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Regarding The Funeral Of Journalist Timothy Russert

ALBANY, NY – June 18, 2008 – "Tim Russert was the everyman that everyone wanted to know and be around. In death we mourn his loss but we honor his life and celebrate him as a proud parent, son, Buffalo native, a man of faith as well as a fair journalist and loyal Democrat. Tim worked in the NYS Assembly, in the US Senate and the NYS Executive Chamber before deciding to move to network television where he mentored so many young journalists at NBC News.

June 18, 2008
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Senate Democrats To Republican-led Senate: “Remember New Yorkers And Support End Of Session Priority Legislation”

Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) will be joined by Senate Democratic colleagues as they urge the Senate Republican majority to pass several key measures before the close of the 2008 session. Key legislation includes the paid family leave, mortgage reform, and property tax relief.

June 17, 2008
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Senate Democrats Bring New Life To NYC Off-Track-Betting

New Legislation saves more than 1500 jobs

ALBANY, NY – June 16, 2008 – Senate Democrats have come to the rescue for more than 1500 workers of New York City Off-Track-Betting (NYC OTB) by voting unanimously to pass legislation to avoid shutting down the organization and approving a state takeover of the facilities.

State lawmakers passed a measure today creating an entity called the NYC OTB, a public benefit corporation. NYC OTB will continue to broadcast races on cable television (Channels 71 and 73) for three years.

June 17, 2008
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Senate Democrats Form New Task Force To Help Eradicate Domestic Violence In New York Homes

(Albany, NY)  Senate Democrats are calling for tougher laws on domestic abusers and holistic family support systems for victims in New York as the number of  incidents continue to increase in some parts of New York.

June 17, 2008
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Senate Republicans Block Senate Democrats' Efforts To Protect Senior Meals-on-wheels Programs And Senior Centers

ALBANY, NY – On June 12, 2008 Senate Republicans blocked a proposal by Democrats to protect the Meals-on-Wheels program and Senior Center services in New York City, by voting against allowing the measure to come to the floor for debate or a vote.

June 16, 2008
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Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith And Senate Colleagues To Introduce New Task Force On Domestic Violence

State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) will be joined by Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Mount Vernon) Senate Colleagues, advocates and law officials to introduce the Senate Minority Task Force on Domestic Violence.

The Task Force has been formed to look into continued incidents of domestic violence in New York and shape new legislation to improve victim services statewide.

June 16, 2008
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Senate Democrats Call On Republican Colleagues To Meet Half Way On Paid Family Leave Bill

With Father’s Day this Sunday, Senate Democrats are calling on the Republican Majority to move legislation to the floor guaranteeing Paid Family Leave to New Yorkers before the end of session.

State Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith is heading the end of session charge with the entire 30-member Democratic Conference, each of whom signed a letter addressed to Senator Thomas Morahan (R-New City) in support of S.8428.

June 12, 2008
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Statement By Senator Smith Congratulating Senate Colleagues For Passing Legislation Extending The Tuition Waver Program For Police Officers At The City University Of New York

Smith urges Senate colleagues to consider passing other recommendations outlined in the New York State Tri-Level Legislative Report

June 12, 2008
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