Malcolm A. Smith's Press releases

Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Works With Governor Spitzer To Improve Health Care For The Underserved

State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith today announced that several communities represented by members of the Senate Democratic Conference will benefit from a package of $13.2 million in grants from the state Department of Health to sustain school-based health-care clinics and help bridge the gap in providing children with access to routine health care."We now know that these school-based clinics often serve as the frontline of defense in medically underserved communities," said Smith (D-Queens), who praised Gov.

June 15, 2007
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Senate Minority Introduces Reforms To Brownfields Clean-up Program

Senate Democrats today introduced a comprehensive bill (S.6177) to provide incentives for Brownfields redevelopment on condition that businesses create quality jobs or provide affordable housing opportunities. The legislation also strives for a regional-based approach in Brownfield reuse plans, encompassing local community needs and wants.A Brownfield is an abandoned or underused industrial or commercial site that is environmentally contaminated.Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A.

June 13, 2007
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Senator Smith, Assemblywomen Pheffer And Titus Announce $100 Million Rehabilitation Of MTA Train, Bus Stations In The Rockaways

State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) today announced that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has several rehabilitation projects at bus and train stations taking place throughout the Rockaways.

"Last month I was pleased to meet with MTA President Howard H. Roberts, Jr. who assured me on the many projects the Authority has and will undertake to improve service to my constituents. Assemblywomen Audrey L. Pheffer and Michele R. Titus and I will continue to keep the public informed of further changes and improvements," Senator Smith said.

June 13, 2007
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Senate Democrats Provide Near Unanimous Support For Returning Cameras To The Courtroom

Calling it a victory for transparency in government, State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) applauded passage of legislation that would return cameras to New York State’s courtrooms for the first time since 1997. Senator Smith said that passage of this legislation had been long overdue, noting that a State committee recommended that audio-visual coverage be allowed permanently, as did a New York State Bar Association committee in 2001.

June 13, 2007
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith Announces Update Of Cease And Desist List

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D- Queens) today said that the New York Department of State is now in the process of updating its cease and desist lists for July 2007."Being on this list means licensed real estate brokers and salespersons are prohibited from soliciting listings of your residential property," Senator Smith said.

June 11, 2007
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith Announces New Legislation Banning The Use Of PERC In New York State

NEW YORK. - New York State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith today announced legislation prohibiting the use of chlorinated solvents or products containing any chlorinated solvents. The legislation, introduced on Friday in the State Senate, will amend New York State Environmental Conservation Law, phasing out the use of the dangerous chemical in the State by January 1, 2012."

Known as PERC, tetrachloroethene, is a synthetic organic chemical commonly used by dry cleaning, and auto body businesses

June 3, 2007
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Senator Smith Urges Parents To Teach Kids To Protect Themselves From Potential Abductors

With National Missing Children's Day approaching, and days after a New York City girl thwarted a would-be kidnapper, State Senator Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) today urged parents to teach their kids how to protect themselves from predators seeking to do them harm."On May 25th we will observe National Missing Children's Day," said Senator Smith.

May 25, 2007
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Stop Sponsoring Genocide

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.5287A), co-sponsored by Senator Sampson (D-19) calling on New York companies and government to pull their money from Sudan, in an effort to stop Sudanese government sponsored militia from continuing the ongoing genocide in Darfur."Our State has a moral obligation to support socially constructive investment and to divest from bloody enterprises", said Senator Sampson.

May 23, 2007
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Senate Minority Unveils 'Green Apple Initiative'

The New York State SenateMinority Conference today announced their "Green Apple Initiative" to protect New York's environment. Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) said the measures are "an important part of our '9 to 5 Agenda' to help families live, grow, work and thrive in the Empire State."

 

May 17, 2007
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Choice Advocates Join Senate Minority To Call For Reproductive Rights

SenateMinority joined with pro-choice advocates to call on the Senate Majority to "stand up to the Bush Administration and help us protect women's health and reproductive rights," Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith said today.

The call to action came on the heels of the Supreme Court's April 18 decision upholding the Federal abortion ban, which, for the first time since Roe v. Wade, makes no exception for a woman's health

"The Bush Supreme Court has demonstrated their willingness to impede and threaten women's rights," Smith said.

May 8, 2007
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The Senate Minority Tackles Sub-Prime Loan Foreclosure Crisis

More than 20 percent of the sub-prime mortgage loans originated in 2005 will end in foreclosure, jeopardizing the homes of more than 28,000 New York families, according to a report unveiled today by the State Senate Democratic Conference.

Alarmed by the growing number of foreclosures across New York State, and stunned by the accounts of New Yorkers who are on the verge of losing their homes, Senate Democrats announced the Predatory Lending Mitigation Program which will help families that have been victimized by predatory lenders.

 

May 7, 2007
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith Restores State Funding For Queens Hospitals And Nursing Homes

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith today announced that hospitals and nursing homes in the Southeast Queens community will receive an additional $14.2 million in revenue as a result of his opposition to proposed healthcare spending cuts in the 2007-2008 Executive Budget. The Senate Democratic Leader said he fought to restore substantial healthcare funds to keep the focus on patients, where it rightly belongs."The people of Queens need more health care, not less," said Senator Smith.

April 25, 2007
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Senate Minority Vows To Continue The Fight To Reform State Government

Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith said Reform Day 2007 "gives us an opportunity to reflect on the success we've had in changing the way business is conducted in the State Capitol."Smith said, "We've done more in the last four months to improve New York's government than had been done in the previous decade.

April 23, 2007
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Smith 'Listening Tour' Hits Rockaway Speaks With Residents, Organizations During Two Day Tour

State Senator Malcolm Smith held a two-day listening tour throughout the Rockaways last week in what he termed an attempt to "better assess the needs of this growing community."

During the two days, April 2 and April 5, Smith listened to members of local organizations and community residents as they addressed concerns in their areas. The Wave joined the senator during his afternoon stops on April 5.

April 16, 2007
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Democratic Leader Smith Praises Budget

State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A.

April 1, 2007
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Statement From Senator Malcolm A. Smith On The Anniversary Of The March On Selma

Being in Selma to commemorate the historic events of 42 years ago was a highly emotional experience for me. It filled me with a sense of great humility and gratitude for the generation of leaders that came before me, who literally risked life and limb so that future generations would enjoy greater freedom and greater opportunities.President Bill Clinton's offer to travel with him to be part of the March, witness his induction to the Voting Rights Hall of Fame and the 4 hours of conversation was an experience I will never forget.

March 8, 2007
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Statement From Senator Malcolm A. Smith On The Worker's Comp Agreement

State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith said "Reform of the State's Workers' Compensation system has been one of the most contentious issues facing our State Government. The fact that both the Business Council of New York and the AFL-CIO are supportive of the Governor's proposal speaks volumes about the merits of the agreement. Once again message delivered, message received, action taken."

March 7, 2007
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The Senate Minority Applaud Bonacic Measure To Equalize Resources Among Legislators

Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith today applauded Senator John Bonacic (R-New Paltz) for introducing a measure requiring that all Legislators receive equal allocations to run their offices and serve their constituents. Smith noted the measure is one long supported by Senate Minority, most recently during the adoption of Senate Rules. "This is a true reform measure," Smith said.

March 6, 2007
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The Ethics Reform Bill Passed By The State Senate Today

Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith said the ethics reform bill passed by the State Senate today "contains many of the provisions SenateMinority have been trying for years to enact."Smith noted that the Senate Minority Conference attempted in January to reform the rules of the Senate to make it more accountable and responsive to the people of New York. The proposals were rejected by the Majority.In the three most recent Senate elections, The Senate Minority voiced a strong reform message and emerged victorious in districts that had been represented by the Majortiy.

March 2, 2007
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Senator Smith Speaking At NYS Inter-agency Black History Month Celebration

Good Morning! I wanted to let everyone on my team know that I will be speaking today at the New York State Inter-Agency Black History Month Celebration, an event celebrating the story of Africans in the Americas. The program, which begins at noon, will be held in ESP Meeting Room 6.

 

I hope that many of you will be able to attend and lend your support for Black History Month, an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices of the past, and in our dreams for the future. I look forward to seeing you later today.

February 23, 2007
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