Malcolm A. Smith's Press releases

Senate Acts To Improve Family Court System

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.

September 9, 2009
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Senate Passes Green Jobs/ Green New York Initiative

Job creation program pays for itself through energy savings and revitalization of economically distressed communities

September 9, 2009
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Statement From Austin Shafran, Spokesman For The Senate Majority Conference

“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.”

September 9, 2009
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Senate President Malcolm A. Smith Speaks To Veterans, Local Community Leaders At The Great New York State Fair

(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.

September 3, 2009
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Statement By Senate President Pro Tempore Malcolm A. Smith And Conference Leader John L. Sampson On The Passing Of Senator Edward M. Kennedy

“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.

August 26, 2009
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(Capital Rollout Project) Senate President Pro Tompore Malcolm A. Smith Secures $250,000 For Haitian Americans United For Progress

(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.

August 24, 2009
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(Capital Rollout Project) New York State Senate President Pro Tempore Malcolm A. Smith Secures $250,000 For Point Breeze Fire Department Inc., For Replacement Of Primary Fire Apparatus

(New York, NY)- Senate President Malcolm A. Smith secured $250,000 for the Point Breeze Fire Department , Inc. located in Breezy Point, New York, to purchase new primary fire-fighting apparatus.

August 9, 2009
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Statement From Senate President Malcolm A. Smith, Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr., And Democratic Conference Leader John L. Sampson Re: Confirmation of Judge Sotomayor To The U.S. Supreme Court

“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.  

August 6, 2009
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Statement by Senate President Malcolm A. Smith, Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr., and Conference Leader John L. Sampson

"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."

July 30, 2009
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Statement By Senate President Malcolm A. Smith, Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr., And Conference Leader John L. Sampson

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.

July 30, 2009
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Statement by Senate President Malcolm A. Smith, Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr., Deputy Leader Jeff Klein and Democratic Conference Leader John L. Sampson

“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.”

July 29, 2009
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Senate's Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Signed Into Law

PROGRAM BRINGS REDEVELOPMENT TO DISTRESSED NEIGHBORHOODS

July 29, 2009
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Statement by Senate President Malcolm A. Smith, Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr., Deputy Leader Jeff Klein and Conference Leader John L. Sampson

“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.  

July 26, 2009
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Senate President Malcolm A. Smith Nominates Senator Craig Johnson to Serve on the MTA Capital Program Review Board

(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.

July 20, 2009
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Breastfeeding Mothers' Bill of Rights Passes Senate

(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).

July 17, 2009
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Senate At Work; Hundreds Of Bills Passed

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. 

July 17, 2009
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Joint Statement by Senate President Malcolm A. Smith, Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr., Deputy Majority Leader Jeffrey Klein, Conference Leader John Sampson and Minority Leader Dean Skelos

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.  

July 16, 2009
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Senate Passes Ban on Texting While Driving

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:

July 15, 2009
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Senate Confirms Judicial Appointments

(Albany, NY) The New York State Senate today confirmed 15 judicial appointments to various courts, including the Court of Claims, the Supreme Court, County Court, and Family Court. 

July 14, 2009
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Statement From Senate President Malcolm A. Smith, Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Conference Leader John L. Sampson and Senate Finance Chair Carl Kruger

“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. 

July 14, 2009
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