State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) and several colleagues from the Democratic Conference today visited members of Congress in Washington D.C. seeking their pledge to override President Bush's callous veto of a joint federal-state health insurance program.Earlier this month, Bush vetoed a bipartisan Congressional measure to reauthorize the State Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which was due to expire on September 30.
Concerned about the reduction of Homeland Security funding in New York State, members of the State Senate Democratic Conference today visited the nation's capital where they lobbied members of Congress for additional funding to guard the safety of New Yorkers and better protect the state's vital infrastructures.State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) said he and his Conference are particularly concerned about the dwindling of Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grants to New York City.
State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) today will accompany members of his Conference and several of his senior staff on a two-day visit to Washington D.C. where the Senators are scheduled to meet with Congressional leaders to promote a New York agenda.
New York—New York State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) was joined by advocacy groups and Senate Democrats in announcing the "Get Back to Work" campaign calling on legislative leaders and the Governor to put aside their political differences and start working on important legislation pending in Albany.
The Legislature is scheduled to go into a special session on October 22, but Senate Republicans continue to focus their efforts on boycotting our agenda by threatening not to show up while dozens of important issues remain unresolved.
New York — New York State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith will be joined by advocacy groups in announcing a 'Get Back to Work' campaign calling on legislative leaders and the Governor to put aside their political differences and get back to work on important legislation pending in Albany.
Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith has appointed Dr. Evelyn W. Castro of Brooklyn to the Governor's Children's Advisory Committee.The Children's Cabinet was established by Governor Eliot Spitzer in June to develop and implement plans aimed at providing universal health insurance coverage for pre-kindergarten and school-aged children.
State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) today called on the State Legislature to act immediately on Senate Democratic recommendations made earlier this year, that would ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff at colleges across New York State. "Be it in Blacksburg, Virginia or Queens, New York, we have seen that educational institutions are places where security cannot be taken for granted.
New York State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) and members of the Senate Democratic Conference today visited the Hunts Point Cooperative Market in the Bronx as part of a comprehensive effort to strengthen commercial relationships between upstate agriculture and downstate consumers.
State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) visited Syracuse and other regions of Central New York today to meet with local leaders and learn about the great work being done to strengthen their communities. "It is important for New Yorkers to realize that this is one state and we need to all work together to move it forward, as the dedicated people of Central New York demonstrate," Smith said.
New York State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) expressed confidence and optimism following the first meeting of the New York City Traffic Congestion Mitigation Committee held today at Baruch College. The 17-member Commission, comprised of appointments made by State and City officials, is set to review a plan for reducing traffic congestion in New York City and issue recommendations on how such a plan should be implemented.
The money is part of a $39.6 million approval of funds by the New York State Housing Finance Agency (HFA) and the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC) for the construction and preservation of affordable housing units in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens.
“The approval of nearly $40 million in funding for affordable housing by the HFA and the AHC is the strongest signal yet that New York State is
State Senate Democrats condemned the abrasive anti-police rhetoric used by Senate Republicans during today's Senate Investigations Committee hearing.Today's hearing included testimony from former State Police Superintendent Wayne Bennett and State Police General Counsel Glenn Valle who were questioned about procedures used when honoring Freedom Of Information Law (FOIL) requests."Today's hearing had little to do with any piece of legislation under consideration and everything to do with bashing the State Police, who serve not only the people of New York but the Execu
State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) and members of the New York State Senate Democratic Conference will hold a press conference today, Sept. 24, in Albany to call for an end to unnecessary politically-motivated Senate Investigations hearings. WHEN: Monday, Sept.
Albany County District Attorney David Soares' report is welcome news to New Yorkers. This should put an end to the Republican inquiry into the Governor and his staff.
Now is the time to put political animosities to rest, break through the fog of inaction that has consumed the Capitol in recent months, and move forward with important legislative priorities like paid family leave and economic development reforms.
Members of the New York State Senate Democratic Conference today held a hearing on legislation that would allow workers up to 12 weeks of paid leave from employment in the event of a family health emergency.
State Senators Tom Duane (D-Manhattan) and William Stachowski (D-Buffalo) today wrote a letter to Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli requesting that he refuse payment for the legal services of Joseph E. diGenova, a high-profile attorney hired by Senate Republicans to serve the GOP-led Investigations Committee in its partisan inquiry of the Governor's office.
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.