(Far Rockaway, NY)- Senate President Malcolm A. Smith announced the passage of legislation which provides all public housing residents with limited mobility the option to live as close to the ground floor as possible. This comes after a deadly fire last year in Carleton Manor took the life of a mother and her handicapped daughter who lived on the 10th floor.“ In the event that there is an emergency, it's only fitting that public housing residents with limited mobility be located as close to the ground floor as possible.
Sweeping Legislation Provides Better Access, Better Care (Albany, NY)- Today, The New York State Senate passed a comprehensive package of legislation expanding services and increasing access for senior citizens, Senator Smith has announced.
Senator Malcolm A. Smith passed legislation (S5896c) to protect consumers from distressed property consulting service scams by requiring all companies offering these services to include a consumer warning statement in all advertisements.
Senate President Malcolm A. Smith honored Eva G. Duzant, Founder and CEO of E. G. Edwards & Associates Inc. as his April constituent of the month.
Her company is based in Queens and specializes in accounting and taxation.
“I think it’s important and necessary to recognize the constituents of my district that are volunteering of their time and giving of themselves to make the community a better place to live. In these hard economic times Eva Duzant’s organization is dedicated to ensuring that the residents of Queens are financially responsible.,” said Senator Smith.
In light of the State’s tough economic crisis, Senate President Malcolm A. Smith hosted a seminar to helps his constituents better manage their finances.
“Times are tough right now but I wanted my constituents to know that there are resources available to help them stay on top of their finances. I want my constituents to be able to dig themselves out of debt and into financial freedom,” said Senator Smith.
Senate President Pro Tem Malcolm A. Smith joined Freeport Mayor Andrew Hardwick and State Senator Kevin Parker on Friday to present the Village of Freeport with a $1 million grant from the New York State Senate for much needed road repairs.
Senate President Malcolm A. Smith was joined by his colleagues on the State, Federal and City levels to announce the reformation of a Tri-Level Joint Legislative Task Force on Jobs. Members of the three layers of government came together in a coordinated effort to help create jobs in the 21st Century. The hearings will be hosted by borough presidents throughout the city to examine what can be done to put New Yorkers back to work.
Liz Bishop-Goldsmith is the founder of Mothers Against Guns, Inc. (MAG).
(ST. ALBANS, NY)- Senate President Pro Tempore Malcolm A. Smith honored Liz Bishop-Goldsmith as his March constituent of the month. Ms. Bishop-Goldsmith is the founder of Mothers Against Guns, Inc. (MAG).
“Liz continues to lobby and advocate for guns laws. She does a lot of positive work in our community and for that she deserves to be honored, ” said Senator Smith.
Senator Smith will receive the “Guardian Angel” for 2010 award today, Thursday, February 25th.
(ST. ALBANS, NY)- Senate President Malcolm A. Smith is slated to be honored by the New York Families for Autistic Children, Inc (NYFAC). Senator Smith will receive the “Guardian Angel” for 2010 award tonight, Thursday, February 25, 2010, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.
Senator Smith: Disable Spouses to Qualify for Enhanced STAR
(ST. ALBANS, NY)- Disabled widows and widowers will continue to receive enhanced STAR property tax breaks under legislation approved by the Senate, announced Senate President Malcolm A. Smith.
The bill (S262A) supported by Senator Smith extends enhanced STAR property tax exemptions to disabled survivors upon the loss of a spouse who previously qualified for the program. The surviving spouse must be at least 62 years old.
Senate Passes the Family Health Care Decisions Act Empowering Families and Loved Ones to Make Important Health Care Decisions
(ST. ALBANS, NY)- Today, the New York State Senate passed (S3164) the Family Health Care Decisions Act (FHCDA), empowering family members and others to make critical medical decisions on behalf of an incapacitated loved one.
(ST. ALBANS, NY) Homeowners will have the peace of mind in knowing they will receive the property tax breaks they are entitled to under legislation (S3087) supported by Senator Smith which requires that taxpayers be given a receipt confirming they in fact applied for a STAR exemption.
Continuing to fight for comprehensive property tax relief, Senator Smith championed this legislation after learning some homeowners did not receive their STAR exemption because their assessor claimed the application was never submitted.
Bill Honors Teen Who Died of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning; Requires the Installation of Detectors
(St. Albans, NY) Senator Smith has announced the enactment of Amanda’s Law to protect families from carbon monoxide poisoning. Known as the “the silent killer” responsible for the deaths of more than 500 people every year, victims cannot see or smell the carbon monoxide poisoning their bodies.
The funding will go towards costs for the design, architecture and engineering of Alice Tully Hall.
(New York, NY)- Senate President Pro Tempore Malcolm A. Smith along with Senator Tom Duane presented a $7.5 Million capital funding allocation to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to be used for its ongoing redevelopment of the recently renovated Alice Tully Hall.
The check will go towards costs for the design, architecture and engineering of the hall.
“I am extremely disappointed at the closing of three schools in the borough of Queens without adequate parental input or sufficient opportunity for the community to be heard. It is a tremendous loss for students in Queens and I hope to be able to work with the mayor and chancellor to prevent this from happening again. I also look forward to having new schools open to replace the ones that closed."
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.