21 New judgeships will ease overwhelming burden on system in crisis
(Albany, NY) The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S5968/Sampson) that will protect families and children by updating the state’s Family Court system, creating 21 much-needed new Family Court judgeships.
“Senate Republicans just don’t get it. New Yorkers want reform and Senate Republicans are unwilling to provide it. For the last 40 years Senate Republicans have led New York in the wrong direction, and their failure to vote for ethics reform shows how little they’ve learned from the last few months. Senate Democrats look forward to reintroducing and passing the ethics and campaign finance reform package, and working with the Assembly and Governor to give New Yorkers the open and fair government they deserve and need.”
(Albany, NY)- Senate President Malcolm A. Smith attended the Great New York State Fair in Onondaga County today where he spoke at a special ceremony honoring Korean War veterans. The senator also hosted a luncheon with dozens of local leaders, community advocates and residents, where he spoke about the Senate’s efforts to build economic bridges between rural and urban communities, as well as Upstate and Downstate.
“Last night, America lost a true patriot and dedicated public servant. Throughout his storied career in the U.S. Senate, which spanned nearly half a century, Ted Kennedy epitomized the courage, unwavering resolve and commitment to justice that is the hallmark of our nation.
(New York, NY)- Senate President Pro Tempore Malcolm A. Smith secured a $250,000 capital funding allocation for Haitian Americans United for Progress (HAUP) to construct a new building that supports the growing demand for immigrant services sought by the Haitian community in Southeast Queens.
“We congratulate Judge Sonia Sotomayor on her historic appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court and commend President Obama for his exceptional choice. Prior to her appointment, Judge Sotomayor earned an extraordinary reputation as a fair and brilliant jurist committed to upholding the law and dedicated to the greater ideals upon which our country was founded.
"The Senate will return to session on Thursday, August 6th at 10 A.M. At that time we will take up legislation, including school governance for the City of New York and chapter amendments to the bill."
“With great sadness we learned this afternoon that after a long battle with cancer, former Senator Olga Mendez has passed away. Each of us had the opportunity and honor to serve with Senator Mendez. Over the course of her remarkable life, she broke down countless barriers, including her election as the first Puerto Rican woman to this great body. Senator Mendez was a powerful, passionate, and hard-working member of this chamber who will be remembered fondly as a champion for those whom she felt did not have a voice.”
“Our investments in education are among the most important responsibilities before the Senate, and we applaud the selection of Dr. David Steiner by the Board of Regents as our state’s new education commissioner and President of the University of the State of New York.
(Albany, NY)- Today, Senate President Malcolm A. Smith announced the nomination of Senator Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau) to serve on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Capital Program Review Board. The nomination was made this past weekend, notice was given to the MTA and the appointment is pending the filing of the appropriate paperwork with the Governor’s office.
(Albany, NY) Just days after new research from the Women’s Health Initiative, a long-term study of 140,000 women, indicated clear health benefits relating to breastfeeding for the mother and newborn, the New York State Senate has passed the Breastfeeding Mothers’ Bill of Rights (S1107A).
Economic Development & Job Creation Initiatives Mark Legislative Session
(Albany, NY) After passing unprecedented rules reforms that fundamentally change the operation of the State Senate and open up the legislative process, the New York State Senate continued today to advance economic development and job growth initiatives. Action was taken today on hundreds of bills that benefit local municipalities and strengthen programs that will lead to the revitalization of communities across the state.
This morning we have achieved real, historic reforms to make the state Senate more open, accountable and inclusive. These changes will empower all 62 Senators to serve the best interests of their constituents.
After months of discussion, we put these reforms into the Senate rules and began the process of restoring the peoples’ faith and confidence in our state government. No longer will the Senate be run by leaders making all the decisions.
Prohibits the use of portable electronic devices while driving
(Albany, NY)- Today, the New York State Senate passed S3619A/Dilan, legislation that will make New York’s roads and highways safer by, among other provisions, banning the practice of texting and using other electronic devices while driving.
In addition to the texting ban, the legislation includes a number of important provisions that will make the roadways safer by implementing sensible requirements for young drivers, including:
“The next Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) must understand how to meet the needs of the largest transit system in the world; one that brings people to their jobs, students to school, and connects communities across the region.
With oversight responsibility and jurisdiction vested in the Senate, it is our responsibility to make sure the next MTA Chairman can run the ship better than his predecessors. As the recent MTA bailout debate proved – the MTA needs new management and must deliver greater transparency and accountability.
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.