Malcolm A. Smith's Press releases

Senate Democratic Conference Backs Statewide Sex Education Initiative

Senate Democrats urge Republican-led Senate to pass the Healthy Teens Act to fund age-appropriate, medically accurate sex education at local schools

June 11, 2008
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Tri-level Legislative Task Force Unveils Findings On Public Safety Report

The Tri-Level Legislative Task Force and Co-Chair Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith will hold a press conference to release the findings of a report prepared after a series of public hearings were held to examine police practices, procedures, and their impact on the community. The Task Force was formed in the aftermath of the 2006 fatal shooting of Sean Bell by police, which sparked community outrage and protests.

June 6, 2008
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Statement From Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith On The Appointment Of New ESDC Chair

“I commend Governor Paterson for his nomination of Robert Wilmers to head the Empire State Development Corporation. He has a long track record of successfully handling million dollar budgets during his tenure in the financial sector. He will bring a wealth of talent, knowledge and experience to this new position.

June 6, 2008
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Senate Democrats And Health Advocates Push Legislation To Stop Tier 4 Prescription Drug Price Increases.

(ALBANY, NY) Senate Democrats joined health advocates in calling for the bipartisan support and passage of stronger legislation protecting consumers from health insurers increasing prescription drug co-payments in New York state beyond the reach of those who need the medication most.

June 5, 2008
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Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Statement On New York State Commission On Property Tax Relief Preliminary Report Of Findings And Recommendations:

"It is time to lower property taxes and the recommendations outlined by the property tax relief commission represent a major step in the right direction. Based on our preliminary assessments, the proposed plan would help control the rate of school tax increases while providing needed property tax relief to working families throughout the state based on their ability to pay.

June 3, 2008
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Stop The Violence

(ALBANY, NY – June 3, 2008 – Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D – Queens) spoke before the Albany Gun Violence Task Force discussing recent shootings across the state.

June 3, 2008
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State Legislators Convene Emergency Citywide Summit In Response To Recent Shootings

Governor David Paterson, Congressman Charles Rangel, and State Senate Democrats joined citywide officials in crafting Operation SNUG to address gun violence

 

June 1, 2008
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State Legislators Convene Emergency Gun Violence Summit With Police, Elected Officials & Community Leaders

Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith will be joined by representatives of the New York City Police Department, District Attorneys, elected officials and community leaders in a citywide emergency meeting to address the recent spike in shooting incidents across the five boroughs. Law enforcement officials have been asked to provide detailed reports on the recent shootings in Harlem, the Rockaways, Jackson Heights, Prospect Heights, and Bedford-Stuyvesant.

May 30, 2008
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Senate Democrats Advocate For Bipartisan Passage Of Enhanced Statewide Brownfields Legislation To Accelerate Neighborhood Clean-ups And Provide $1 Billion In Tax Credits

New legislation would also create new jobs, help build affordable housing and provide $40 million in community grants

 

May 28, 2008
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Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith And Senate Colleagues To Protest Acts Of Violence Directed Against Yonkers Senator

State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D – St. Albans) will be joined by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D – Yonkers), and her Senate colleagues outside her Yonkers legislative offices to hold a news conference speaking out against recent acts of violence that have occurred there.

Senate Democrats will call for the public to come forward with information leading to the arrest of suspects involved in three separate incidents that recently occurred at the Yonkers offices.

Date:         Thursday, May 22, 2008

May 20, 2008
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Senate Measure Strengthens Child Sex Abuse Crimes

Legislation creates a new law imposing prison time  for use of alcohol or drugs during child sex acts 

ALBANY, NY – May 20, 2008 – The second of a three bill package to combat child sex abuse sponsored by State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D – St. Albans) has passed the Senate unanimously.

May 20, 2008
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State Senate Democratic Conference Supports Subprime Mortgage Moratorium

Reforms would provide immediate assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure

May 14, 2008
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Are You Looking for a Job?

Thinking about a career in public service? Government careers can be both exciting and rewarding. New York State and local governments offer a broad range of career opportunities, from law enforcement to medical, conservation to education, and much more.

Government jobs offer competitive salaries and benefits, including flexible work schedules. Best of all, New York State and local government jobs are available right here in New York, so you may not have to travel far to find the rewarding career that you seek.

May 14, 2008
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State Senate Democratic Conference Introduces Mortgage Foreclosure Moratorium, Reform Legislation

The State Senate Democratic Conference will hold a news conference to demand passage of bipartisan foreclosure moratorium legislation to help combat the subprime mortgage crisis. The Conference will also call for immediate assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure as well as tougher laws to protect consumers from predatory mortgage lending practices. WHO:              Bertha Lewis, ACORN President;                        Kristin Brown, Empire Justice Center Director                        of Legislative Advocacy; The Legal Aid Society

May 13, 2008
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Senate Measure Allows Use Of Hearsay Evidence From Sexually Abused Minors

Measure helps children talk about alleged abuse ALBANY, NY – May 13, 2008 – Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D – St. Albans) sponsored a bill (S. 4390) that was unanimously passed by the Senate aimed at allowing the out-of-court testimony from a child less than 12 years of age to be admissible during a sex abuse trial. 

May 13, 2008
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News From Malcolm A. Smith

NY IN CHINA—A Delegation of New York State Legislators traveled to Beijing, China to attend the inaugural celebration of the New York in China Center launch party.  The Center’s mission is to offer support to small and medium-sized businesses expanding abroad. It will also work with New York businesses to identify opportunities to attract Chinese investments to fund economic development initiatives.

May 1, 2008
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Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Convenes Emergency Legislative Meeting

Meeting focuses on state legislation to address several police policies and practices

Albany, NY--Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) called a joint meeting between the NYS Senate Democratic Conference and NYS Assembly Members to take legislative action on police policies and procedures.

April 29, 2008
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State Senate Democratic Task Force On Criminal Justice Reform To Host Public Forum On Preventing Wrongful Convictions

Experts and Exonorees to Testify Regarding Mandatory Recording of Police Interrogations

April 9, 2008
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Statement By Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith

Governor Spitzer has clearly shown that his administration is focused on curing the ills of our educational system and providing our children with the best possible education.

April 8, 2008
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Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

ALBANY, NY – April 3, 2008 – Forty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was struck down by an assassins' bullet at the prime of his life. He was age 39. Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D–St. Albans) remembers the shock and sadness in his family when the word came that Dr. King was shot and killed.

April 3, 2008
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