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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 20, 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 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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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 19, 2009
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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 15, 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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Public schedule for Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith for Tuesday April 14, 2009

Senator Smith is in New York City, and has no public schedule.

April 14, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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Public schedule for Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith for Monday April 13, 2009

Senator Smith is in New York City, and has no public schedule.   Webcast Available : www.ny.gov/governor/webcast

April 13, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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Senate moves IDA Reform Bill

(Albany, NY) The New York State Senate Committee on Local Government today moved path-breaking legislation (S1241) which would reform Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs), to the Senate Finance Committee. The bill, sponsored by Senator Antoine M. Thompson (D-parts of Erie and Niagara Counties), is designed to ensure increased accountability, transparency, and meaningful results from a tax incentives program meant to attract new businesses and help existing ones grow.

April 7, 2009
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Senate Moves IDA Reform Bill

(Albany, NY) The New York State Senate Committee on Local Government today moved path-breaking legislation (S1241) which would reform Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs), to the Senate Finance Committee. The bill, sponsored by Senator Antoine M. Thompson (D-parts of Erie and Niagara Counties), is designed to ensure increased accountability, transparency, and meaningful results from a tax incentives program meant to attract new businesses and help existing ones grow.

April 6, 2009
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Pre-Session Press Briefing to Discuss Weekly Agenda

Austin Shafran, Press Secretary for State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith, will hold a pre-session press briefing today to discuss priority issues facing members this week, including committee and legislative agendas.

WHEN: Monday, April 6, 2009 @ 2 P.M.

WHERE: Capitol, Room 328

April 5, 2009
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Pre-Session Press Briefing to Discuss Weekly Agenda

Austin Shafran, Press Secretary for State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith, will hold a pre-session press briefing today to discuss priority issues facing members this week, including committee and legislative agendas.

WHEN: Monday, April 6, 2009 @ 2 P.M.

WHERE: Capitol, Room 328

April 6, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Talks about Reform in Senate Session

Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Talks about Reform in Senate Session

April 3, 2009
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Senate Passes Fair Share Tax Reform That Protects 96% of New Yorkers While Raising $4 Billion to Avoid Devastating Cuts to Social Services

Temporary increase on wealthiest 4% will maintain education, healthcare and law enforcement funding for all New Yorkers

(Albany, NY) Today, the Senate, passed the most progressive reform of the tax system in more than three decades. The temporary increase used to prevent dramatic cuts to education for our children, healthcare for seniors, and other services is vital to getting our economy back on track and will protect 96 percent of taxpayers statewide from having any tax increase.

April 2, 2009
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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith on the Tragedy in Binghamton

“Today, a terrible tragedy occurred in the city of Binghamton, in which a dozen people, possibly more, have lost their lives. A truly beautiful community is shaken to its core tonight.   The people of Binghamton have always welcomed me with open arms, and on behalf of the State Senate, I am so very sorry for the pain that they are enduring. But I also know how strong this community is, and have no doubt they will overcome.  

April 2, 2009
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April 2, 2009
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Senate Majority Preserves Education Funding

Senate holds the line on funding for every region of the state; for the first time in modern history SUNY and CUNY keep returns on tuition increases

April 1, 2009
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