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Senate Launches New Initiative to Cut Illegal Guns

Operation SNUG to Aid in Ending Violence in Eight Communities Across State

(Albany, NY) – In an effort to cut down on illegal guns and gang violence that plagues communities across the State of New York, the State Senate will announce a new initiative, Operation SNUG, to help local law enforcement and anti-violence community groups deploy innovative tactics to steer at-risk New Yorkers away from the culture of gangs and illegal guns.

April 29, 12:45 PM - 12:45 PM
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Senate Launches New Initiative to Cut Illegal Guns

Operation SNUG to Launch in Eight Communities Across State

(Albany, NY) – In an effort to cut down on illegal guns and gang violence that plagues communities across the State of New York, the State Senate has announced a new initiative, Operation SNUG, that will help local law enforcement and anti-violence community groups engage innovative tactics to steer at-risk New Yorkers away from the culture of gangs and illegal guns.

April 29, 2009
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April 30, 7:15 AM - 7:15 AM
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Senator Smith Live on Fox on Swine Flu

Senator Smith Live on Fox on Swine Flu

Swine Flu Update

As news reports about swine flu become more prevalent, it is important to understand the disease and know the latest information. Below are links to leading health websites providing the most up-to-date information about this disease.

In the meantime, it is important to remember that the most effective way to fight any disease is through prevention. Basic prevention strategies include:

April 28, 2009
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Public schedule for Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith for Monday April 27, 2009

Senator Smith will attend the New York State Trial Lawyers Association Reception.

April 27, 5:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Public schedule for Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith for Monday April 27, 2009

Senator Smith will speak at the Brownsfield Reception hosted by New Partners for Community Revitalization.

April 27, 6:15 PM - 6:15 PM
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Pre-session Press briefing to discuss weekly agenda and MTA

Austin Shafran, Press Secretary for State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith, will hold a pre-session press briefing to discuss the Senate’s weekly agenda, as well as the MTA.

April 27, 1:15 PM - 1:15 PM
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Statement from Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith

“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I learned of the passing of Senator John Marchi, a man who served his district and this state with great distinction for 50 years. During his remarkable half century of service in the Senate, Senator Marchi served at various times as Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Vice President Pro Tempore, and Chairman of the Senate Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee, among other positions. He was one of the longest serving legislators in the country at the time he retired in 2006.

April 26, 2009
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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