Malcolm A. Smith's Press releases

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 25, 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 10, 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 27, 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 16, 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 15, 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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Statement By Senate President Malcolm A. Smith, Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr., Minority Leader Dean Skelos And Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson

“On July 9th, the New York State Senate returned to session, worked into the early hours of the following morning and passed 135 bills vital to the economic well-being of local governments across the state.  If these bills were not passed, New York faced the potential loss of billions in revenue and hundreds of thousands of jobs. 

July 10, 2009
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Statement By Senate President Malcolm A. Smith, Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr., Minority Leader Dean Skelos And Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson

"We as leaders of our respective conferences have agreed on a framework for historic rules reforms that will help us move forward to improve the operation of the state Senate. 

The reforms encompass many of the recommendations of the Senate Temporary Committee on Rules Reform, as reported on April 21st as well as reforms advanced on June 8th which we believe will create a more open, bipartisan and member-driven body. 

July 10, 2009
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Statement By Austin Shafran, Spokesman For Senate President Malcolm A. Smith Re: Continued Obstruction By Senate Republicans

“Once again, Senate Republicans have put themselves first and the people last. By blocking legislation vital to the economic well-being of local governments across the state, New York now faces the loss of billions in revenue and hundreds of thousands of jobs. By holding New Yorkers hostage for their own personal gain, Republicans have jeopardized legislation with a fiscal impact of over $7 billion, including federal stimulus dollars for healthcare and education and funding for affordable housing and mortgage assistance.

July 9, 2009
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Statement From Senate President And Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith And Senate Democratic Conference Leader John L. Sampson

“Extraordinary times call for extraordinary action. We applaud and congratulate Governor Paterson’s bold decision to appoint Richard Ravitch as Lieutenant Governor and help end the gridlock in the Senate.

July 8, 2009
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