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Public schedule for Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith for Friday April 24, 2009

Senator Smith will speak at the MTA LIRR’s 175th Anniversary Celebration.

April 24, 12:45 PM - 12:45 PM
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Statement from Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith

“I congratulate Congressman-elect Scott Murphy on his victory and for running a very impressive issues-driven campaign that focused on people’s concerns—what I call the kitchen table issues. And I very much look forward to partnering with the congressman-elect as we work on the state and federal level to get the economy back on track and with new leadership, bring businesses and jobs back Upstate.

April 24, 2009
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Senator Mason, How Do You Vote?

Senator Linda Mason of the Together Our Government Achieves (TOGA) Party, stood up today on the Senate Floor and debated her heart out.

Her bill, which would have empowered the Labor Department to establish a random drug testing program for recipients of unemployment benefits, was defeated by a vote of 16-17. 

And no, a Gang of 29 hadn’t walked out of the chamber.  It was simply Model Legislative Session (MLS) Day in the New York State Senate. 

April 24, 2009
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Public schedule for Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith for Thursday April 23, 2009

Senator Smith will speak at the National Bar Associations’ 29th annual Mid-Year Conference Herman Sweatt Reception.

April 23, 6:45 PM - 6:45 PM
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April 23, 2:15 PM - 2:15 PM
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Public schedule for Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith for Thursday April 23, 2009

Senator Smith is the Keynote Speaker for Harlem Success Academies Lottery.

April 23, 5:15 PM - 5:15 PM
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Senate Elections Committee begins series of five hearings across New York on Election Reform bills and oversight

Public Invited to Weigh in on Proposals to Reform the State’s Voter Registration Laws and Regulations

(Buffalo, NY) Thursday, the Senate Standing Committee on Elections held the first in a series of five statewide public hearings to solicit feedback on recently introduced and forthcoming election reform proposals. Today’s hearing emphasized bills to establish an effective and inclusive voter registration process.

April 23, 2009
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Senate announces Hearings on Campaign Finance Reform

Public financing and other proposals to be taken up at five hearings statewide

April 22, 2009
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Public schedule for Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith for Wednesday April 22, 2009

Senator Smith will speak at the Environmental Advocates Awards ceremony.

 

April 22, 10:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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A Blooming Presser

The commute from my St. Albans home to Albany has always been an interesting one, and I’ve driven it enough times that the whole two-plus hours can seem like a blur.  With the coming of Spring, however, the drive is much more lively and effervescent.

April 22, 2009
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I'll Second That (E)motion

For decades, the way the Senate operates has stifled good legislation from getting off the ground. Under the new Senate Majority, we are  empowering every single member of our chamber—Democrat and Republican—to do the work of the people of New York.

Some of these occurences are not flashy or newsworthy--but their obscurity does not change their significance. Take today, for example. Today, the Senate made history, putting partisan rancor aside and rising as a collective body to move two bills towards passage in an especially unique and democratic way.

April 21, 2009
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Senate Unveils Historic Rules Reform Report

(Albany, NY)- Over the last 40 years, the previous Majority created a legislative process that stifled debate, eliminated accountability and denied participation from rank and file senators and the general public. Today, the Senate’s Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform will unveil its much-anticipated report detailing proposals the Senate will take to end that era of dysfunction.

April 21, 12:45 AM - 12:45 AM
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Senate Unveils Historic Rules Reform Report

Takes first significant steps toward reversing 40 years of dysfunction

(Albany, NY)- Over the last 40 years, the previous Majority created a mess in Albany that robbed New Yorkers of their government. Under their reign, the Senate was left with a legislative process that stifled debate, eliminated accountability and denied participation. The chaos was so far reaching that the Brennan Center for Justice accurately labeled our Legislature the most dysfunctional in the nation.

April 21, 2009
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Rules Reform Committee Announces Recommendations Aimed At Increasing Senate Effectiveness

The Temporary Committee for Rules Reform released a report outlining a package of recommendations on how best to change the way the Senate operates. To learn more, go to the Committee's page.

April 21, 2009
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Senate Passes Bill to Bring Farmers Markets Featuring New York Produce to Urban Areas

(Albany, NY) The New York State Senate today unanimously passed legislation (S1676) that will create a program to provide for the planning and development of regional and urban farmers market facilities that will give consumers access to fresh, locally grown New York produce and other goods. This initiative will aid farmers and rural producers by opening up new agriculture markets, while also providing healthier goods at lower costs to communities, particularly urban areas across the state.

April 20, 2009
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Weekly Senate Press briefing to discuss upcoming agenda

Austin Shafran, Press Secretary for State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith, will hold a press briefing at 5 PM today to discuss the upcoming weekly agenda before the Senate, as well as the MTA.

The press briefing can be viewed live online at http://www.senate.state.ny.us/senatehomepage.nsf/SenNetTV?OpenForm

 

April 20, 4:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Public schedule for Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith for Friday April 17, 2009

Senator Smith will introduce June O'Neill at the 2009 Annual Democratic Rural Conference.

April 17, 6:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Statement From Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith On Marriage Equality

"I have been and continue to be a strong supporter of marriage equality and remain steadfast in my commitment to passing the marriage equality legislation submitted today by Governor Paterson. No person should ever be denied their civil rights or the basic freedoms others can enjoy.

I am fully committed to continuing the process of securing the 32 votes necessary for passage and ensuring that all New Yorkers can realize the right of marriage equality which is fundamentally theirs."

April 16, 2009
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April 15, 12:30 AM - 12:30 AM
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Public schedule for Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith for Wednesday April 15, 2009

Attends Liturgy of Installation Ceremony for the Archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan.

April 15, 1:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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