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State Sen. Malcolm Smith Secures $3M in Funding for Anti-Gun Violence Program - "Operation SNUG"

(Albany, NY)- State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee and Chairman of the Independent Democratic Conference secures $3M in funding for the anti-gun violence program - "Operation SNUG"  

 

March 27, 2013
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Sen. Malcolm Smith Secures Inclusion of Microgrid Study in the State Budget

(Albany, NY) - State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), Chairman of the Independent Democratic Conference and Co-Chairman of the Hurricane Sandy Task Force, today secured a provision in the budget which calls on the New York State Energy Research And Development Authority to conduct a study and develop recommendations for the establishment of strong utility "microgrids" in New York.

March 26, 2013
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IDC and TV Star Padma Lakshmi Kick-off Teen Health Awareness Campaign in Albany

IDC and TV Star Padma Lakshmi Kick-off Teen Health Awareness Campaign in Albany.

March 14, 2013
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IDC and TV Star Padma Lakshmi Kick-off Teen Health Awareness Campaign in Albany

Albany, NY -- At the State Capitol on Wednesday, Padma Lakshmi, host of Bravo TV’s Top Chef and co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America, joined Senate Majority Coalition Leader Jeffrey D. Klein and members of the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference to kick-off a Teen Health Awareness Campaign.  The campaign focuses on reducing adolescent obesity, educating students about the health consequences of short and long-term alcohol and substance abuse, and raising awareness among young women and health professionals about endometriosis, an often undiagnosed but debilitating disease.  March is Endometriosis month.  At the press conference, Senator Klein was joined by seventh graders from JHS 141, a middle school in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.

 

March 14, 2013
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith and Assemblyman Bill Scarborough (D-Jamaica) Join DEP/DEC Officials To Address Flooding in Southeast Queens

(Albany, NY)-Senator Malcolm A. Smith and Assemblyman Bill Scarborough (D-Jamaica) met with Carter Strickland, Commissioner of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection and Joe Martens, Commissioner of the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation to discuss possible remedies for the persistent flooding problem plaguing southeast Queens. Other agency representatives and engineers were also in attendance.

March 12, 2013
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General Conference Committee Meeting

General Conference Committee Meeting with Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Sen. Jeff Klein.

March 12, 2013
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith Holds Hearing on Summer Youth Employment

(Albany, NY)-Senator Malcolm A. Smith, the chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Social Services, sponsored a public hearing on the Future of Youth Development / Delinquency Prevention (YDDP) and the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Also overseeing the meeting were Sen. James Sanders Jr. and Sen. Jack Martins.

Testimony was given by several city and state representatives who cited the importance of the programs touting how they give youngsters a sense of responsibility, purpose and pride. They also voiced concerns that increasing the minimum wage, as proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, would reduce the availability of space for potential participants.

March 12, 2013
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Meeting with Seth Diamond, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Homeless Services. 3-8-13

Meeting with Seth Diamond, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Homeless Services. 3-8-13

March 8, 2013
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Operation Safe Southeast Queens meeting 3-6-13

(3-6-13)  I held a very successful forum on crime prevention. It's part of a series called Operation Safe Southeast Queens and it is held the first Wednesday of every month at my district office in Hollis. We had a full house. About 50 people attended. I look forward to seeing more of you next month. Among those speaking at the meeting were Deputy Insector Charles McEvoy of the 103rd Precinct and Sgt. Joann Gonzalez of the 113th Precinct Community Affairs Unit.

March 7, 2013
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Democratic Caucus Weekend in Albany 2/16 -2/17 2013.

Youngsters from the Southeast Queens Community joined Senator Smith for Democratic Caucus Weekend in Albany 2/16 -2/17 2013. Shown in this picture with the youth are the Senator's chief of staff Meredith Henderson (second from right) and Assemblywoman Michelle Titus.

March 6, 2013
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Talk with students on TAP program

Sen. Smith meets with students from Berkeley College to discuss the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

March 6, 2013
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Sen. Smith with Sen. Jeff Klein 1/9/13

Sen. Smith with Sen. Jeff Klein 1/9/13

March 5, 2013
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Revenue Forecast meeting

Sen. Smith Vice chair of Finance for the Independent Democratic Conference takes part in Revenue Forecast meeting.

March 4, 2013
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IDC Press Conference: Updating New York State's Risk Assessment and Management Strategy

Responding to perennial increases in hurricane and disaster related spending, the Independent Democratic Conference will introduce legislation recommending the creation of a new statewide office charged with improving New York's risk management and cost avoidance practices. The new office, which will be funded exclusively by annual cost savings generated by it's operations, will use the same modern-day risk assessment techniques that currently save states such as Florida and Texas tens of millions of dollars each year. The IDC estimates that by utilizing modern-day risk management practices, New York State could avoid up to $150 million in spending over the next three years.

March 1, 2013
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