(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.
(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.
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.
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.
Senate Standing Committee on Social ServicesChair: Senator Malcolm A. SmithPublic Hearing: The Future of Youth Development / Delinquency Prevention (YDDP), the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) and the Impact of Potential Minimum Wage Increase on these ProgramsPlace: Room 711-A, Legislative Office Building, 7th Floor, Albany, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.Contact: Beth Wright (518) 455-2701Media Contact: Ann Marie Costella (718) 454-0162ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
I held a successful town hall meeting last night in Rockaway regarding how federal aid for Hurricane Sandy recovery should be spend. About 50 residents attended to express their ideas and concerns regarding this important issue.
I was joined by numerous lawmakers and community leaders for Democratic Caucus Weekend 2/16 - 2/17 including Former City Councilman Archie Spigner, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Assemblyman Bill Scarborough, Assemblywoman Michele Titus and City Councilman Leroy Comrie.
On Feb. 21, 2013, I held a special breakfast for clergy at the the Harvest Room in Jamaica to discuss the various issues affecting the district. About 50 people attended including the Rev. Philip Craig of Greater Springfield Community Church and head of the Queens chapter of the National Action Network.
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.