Malcolm A. Smith's Press releases

State Budget Offers Remedies To Health Care In New York

ALBANY, NY – April 2, 2008 – State lawmakers and groups focused on health care-related issues are applauding the Health and Mental Hygiene portion of the state budget. The $400 million package is designed to improve the lives of New Yorkers across the state as it restores proposed cuts and invests in primary and preventive care for the future.

April 3, 2008

Senator Smith Urges NYC To Halt Its Senior Service Restructuring Plan

Changes to the current process could mean closure of senior centers, fewer service-providers and longer contracts.

March 30, 2008

Statement From Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Regarding Progress On The 2008-09 Budget

"Today's five-way meeting was a great beginning but we still have work to do. We are prepared to stay in Albany seven days a week to reach a fair and on-time budget agreement.

New York state is facing tough budgetary challenges as we embark on the 2008-09 State Fiscal Year. As the nation experiences an economic downturn in part due to the sub-prime lending crisis, we must take a fiscally prudent approach to meeting the State's expected deficit, while minimizing the pain that is inevitable.

March 19, 2008

Senator Malcolm A. Smith Hosts Queens Job Fair Variety Of Local Companies On Hand To Discuss Employment Opportunities

Queens, NY – State Senate Minority Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) announced today that he will host a job fair this month to help Queens residents learn more about available employment opportunities with various businesses.

March 4, 2008

Senator Smith Announces Correction Officer Exam

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) today announced a new round of testing by the state Department of Correctional Services as part of their effort to recruit new correction officers.“Correction officers often do their jobs in anonymity, behind the walls of our state prisons and correctional facilities, but their work is critically important,” said Senator Smith. “It’s a job that not everyone can do.

January 29, 2008

Senator Smith: Eitc Can Help You Keep More Money In Your Pocket

Although tax time is still three months away, State Senator Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) today said it’s not too soon for New York’s working families to start thinking about ways to keep more of their hard-earned cash in their pockets.The St. Albans lawmaker urged his constituents to take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). For those who qualify, the EITC is a special federal tax benefit that was created to assist low and moderate-income workers.

January 25, 2008

Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Praises Gov. Spitzer’s State Of The State Address

            “Governor Spitzer’s first State of the State Address was a breath of fresh air and presented a plan that is exactly what the people of New York called for and overwhelmingly elected Eliot Spitzer to do: reform our state government, cut property taxes, revitalize our economy with a focus on upstate, fix the workers’ comp system, improve the state’s business climate and provide more resources for education,&

January 9, 2008

Senator Malcolm A. Smith Touts "College Goal Sunday" To Help High School Students And Families

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) today encouraged New Yorkers looking for ways to help pay for college to utilize an innovative program co-sponsored by the New York State Financial Aid Administrator’s Association (NYSFAAA) and the New York State Higher Education Services Corp. (HESC). The two organizations have a long history of offering collaborative, special projects, he said.

January 8, 2008

Senator Malcolm A. Smith Announces Federal Assistance To Ease Digital Television (dtv) Transition

In preparation for the digital television conversion slated for February, 2009, State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) announced today assistance will soon be available for consumers who receive their television signals through antennas (known as analog technology). TV sets not connected to either cable or satellite – and those without a built-in digital tuner – will need a converter box after the digital transition occurs.

December 17, 2007

**Media Advisory**

New York State Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith will host the State and City Department of Aging agencies to address pertinent issues affecting the older adult population within Southeast Queens. Several topics scheduled to be discussed include: Medicare D and the newly launched Home Energy Assistance Program. There will be a questions and answer session immediately following the presentation.

CO-SPONSORS:Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, Senator Shirley Huntley,Assembly Members William Scarborough, Vivian Cook,Barbara Clark, Audrey I. Pheffer, Michele Titus, and

November 26, 2007

Senator Malcolm A. Smith Announces

Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) today announced that the Seaside Adult Community Center has reopened at its original Rockaway Beach Boulevard location, according to information received from New York City Department for the Aging in response to a letter sent by the senator."Seaside's roof has finally been repaired," said Senator Smith.

November 26, 2007

Tri Level Legislative Taskforce Hosts Final Hearing On Police Protocol And Reform

November 25th, 2006, and have been hosted throughout the five boroughs of New York City with testimony from more than one hundred individuals, including experts on police procedures, civil right advocates, and victims.

Among those that have offered testimony throughout the series of hearings were Nicole Paultre-Bell, fiancéof the late Sean Bell and her lawyer Sanford Rubenstein; Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield, Reverend Dr.Herbert Daughtry, Senior

November 25, 2007

Senate Democrats Propose “No Harm” Budget Fixes


The Senate Democrats initiative targets five specific budget saving measures:


· Delay in new, non-essential capital spending ($120 million in savings),

· Drawing down from the State’s rainy day fund while retaining sufficient assets to meetfuture needs ($375 million in added revenue), and

November 20, 2007

Senate Democrats To Propose Budget Deficit Remedy

WHAT: Senate Democrats to call for cuts, savings and new revenue to balance budgetWHO:Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith andmembers of the Senate Democratic ConferenceWHEN:Tuesday, November 20th11:00 a.m.WHERE:315 Capitol, Conference RoomAlbany, NY

November 19, 2007

Senator Malcolm A. Smith Distributes Thanksgiving Turkeys

Noting that "the concept of Thanksgiving is that everyone working together creates a huge accomplishment," State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) once again distributed over 200 Thanksgiving turkeys on Monday and Tuesday to community organizations located throughout the 14th Senatorial District.

HealthPlus and Arverne by the Sea co-sponsored the annual holiday event.

"On Thanksgiving Day, while many of us will be sharing festive meals with families and friends, there are some who, through no fault of their own, go without," said Senator Smith.

November 19, 2007

Enthusiasm And Hope At Economic Development Town Hall Meeting Hosted By Senator Malcolm A. Smith And Esdc Chairman Pat Foye

Empire State Development Corporation Chairman Pat Foye and ESDC executives came to Queens on Thursday to answer the questions from small-business owners and community activists during the first Economic Development Town Hall Meeting at York College.The meeting was hosted by Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm Smith (D-St.

November 19, 2007

Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith And Asian-American Business Development Center Unveil N.Y. In China Center

To stay competitive in today's global economy and reap the benefits of China's soaring commercial growth, New York State must do more than just dip its toe in the water, according to Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith.

"It's time to take the plunge," the Queens lawmaker said today as he joined John Wang, President of the Asian-American Business Development Center (AABDC), and elected officials in announcing AABDC's plan to open a New York In China Center for the purpose of promoting New York products. The Center will be based in Beijing.

October 31, 2007

Senators Smith And Klein Support Countrywide Financial's Effort To Relieve Borrowers In Danger Of Foreclosure

A plan by Countrywide Financial, the nation's largest mortgage lender, to modify adjustable-rate loans for 82,000 borrowers in danger of foreclosure is "a step in the right direction," said State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St.

October 23, 2007
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