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.
(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."
“Somos Una Isla”…”We Are One Island” Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at a benefit concert themed “Somos Una Isla”, Senate President Malcolm A. Smith accepted $50,000 donated by Dominican band Aventura, and the group's tour sponsor, Anheuser-Busch, on behalf of the New York State Senate to give relief to the millions of Haitian citizens displaced by a massive earthquake last week.
(New York, NY) – In the November issue of O Magazine, renowned television host Oprah Winfrey applauds Senate President Malcolm A. Smith and the Senate Majority for providing a means for better nourishment in a neighborhood that has been underserved for the past 15 years.
(New York, NY) Following a successful nine-day trade mission to China sponsored by the Asian American Business Development Corporation (AABDC), legislative leaders today announced several agreements reached which could result in millions of dollars in revenue to the state.
Senate President Pro Tem Malcolm A. Smith and Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson, in cooperation with The Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC), have organized “Invest in New York,” a trade mission to China which will visit Beijing, Nanjing, Changzhou and Shanghai, from October 9 - 18. The purpose of the trade mission is to promote inward investment in New York State, spur economic growth and create jobs.
"We support the Governor's efforts to get spending under control. The Senate Majority is committed to working with the executive and the other leaders to protect New Yorkers from further tax and fee increases and to preserve vital services. With real transparency and real accountability, we will find the real savings we need to make New York more affordable for middle income families and small businesses."
(Albany, NY)-Senate President Malcolm A. Smith and Senator Martin Malavé Dilan, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee are traveling to Washington D.C. today to speak with federal officials about bringing High Speed Rail to New York. Senators Smith and Dilan are scheduled to meet with Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Carl Tubbesing, Deputy Director, National Conference of State Legislatures and Dana Gresham, Assistant DOT Secretary for Governmental Affairs.
(New York) Senate President Pro Tempore Malcolm A. Smith, noting that October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, says that it is time to recognize the contributions and skills of American workers with disabilities. National Disability Employment Awareness Month is dedicated to increase awareness of working Americans who have disabilities, and the barriers that still need to be removed.
(New York, NY)- Senate President Pro Tempore Malcolm A. Smith presented a $600,000 capital funding allocation to Peninsula Hospital Center for the Hospital Center’s new Cancer Center and specifically, the acquisition of state-of-the-art medical equipment to enhance the services provided by its radiation oncology department.
“Eight years ago, we witnessed the most horrific terrorist attack ever launched on our nation’s soil. Thousands lost their lives and millions were left shaken with despair. Though our resolve to co-exist in a free and tolerant society was tested, our courage and commitment to band together was never in question.
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.