Malcolm A. Smith's Press releases

October 18, 2007
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Senate Democrats Maintain Strong Environmental Positions

ALBANY -- October 18, 2007 -- Senate Democrats outscored Republicans in the latest environmental voting guide issued by the Environmental Advocates of New York.

October 18, 2007
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Senate Democrats Bring "Get Back To Work" Campaign To Long Island

New York State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) and Senator Craig Johnson (D-Nassau) brought the Democratic Conference's "Get Back to Work" campaign to North Hempstead today, the latest stop in a statewide tour to rally public outcry about Albany's legislative deadlock and to urge passage of priority bills during the upcoming October 22 special session.

October 18, 2007
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State Senate Democrats Alert Members Of Congress About New York's Homeland Security Needs

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.

October 16, 2007
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State Senate Democrats Lobby Congress For Override Of Children's Health Care Veto By President Bush

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.

October 16, 2007
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State Senate Democrats Urge Predatory Lending Reforms In Washington, D.c.

State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St.

October 16, 2007
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State Senate Democrats Travel To Nation's Capital, Advocate For New York Interests

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.

October 15, 2007
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Senate Democrats Start "Get Back To Work" Campaign To Stop Power Gridlock In Albany

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.

October 11, 2007
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Get Back To Work!

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.

October 10, 2007
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Senate Democrats Make Appointment To Governor's Children's Cabinet

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.

October 2, 2007
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith Calls For Quick Action To Secure Colleges After Incident At St. John's University

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.

October 2, 2007
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Senate Democrats Tour NYC Agriculture Markets, Distribution Centers In Effort To Strengthen Upstate-downstate Business Partnerships

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.

October 1, 2007
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Democratic Leader Smith Takes Reins To Move State Agenda Forward

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.

September 27, 2007
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Senator Smith Finds Progress In Congestion Mitigation Committee's First Meeting

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.

September 26, 2007
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Democrats Blast Senate Gop For Police Bashing During Today's Senate Investigations Committee Hearing

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

September 25, 2007
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Democratic Leader Smith Offers To Take Helm Of Senate Leadership As Republicans Remain Mired In Party Politics

State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) and members of the Senate Democratic Conference today called on Majority Leader Joseph L.

September 25, 2007
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Senator Smith Applauds $480k In Affordable Housing Funding

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

September 25, 2007
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Senate Democrats Demand End To Needless Partisan Senate Investigations Hearings

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.

September 24, 2007
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Statement From Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith On Albany County District Attorney David Soares' Report

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.

September 21, 2007
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Senate Democrats Hold Hearing Urging Passage Of Paid Family Leave Law

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.

September 20, 2007
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