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.
“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.
(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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.