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Senate Secures Bottle Bill, Green Jobs Initiatives and Environmental Protections in State Budget

(Albany, NY) The FY 2009-10 Environmental Conservation State Budget which passed the State Senate today includes a number of sensible environmentally and economically sound policies that will remove recyclable goods from the waste stream, create additional revenue for the State, and help create thousands of new “green” jobs in a targeted way to maximize results.

April 2, 2009
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Senate Passes Budget That Invests in Agriculture and New Upstate Economic Opportunity

ALBANY —The enacted 2009-10 State Budget approved today by the New York State Senate will fund agriculture programs at levels close to 43 percent higher than the Executive Budget had proposed, restoring critical programs and investing in the future of our farmers and producers.

April 2, 2009
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Senate Passes Rockefeller Drug Law Reforms and Invests in Community Safety

(Albany, NY) – The State Senate passed the FY2009-10 public protection budget today that includes many important reforms that will help our state and its public safety officers meet 21st Century needs. Most significant among these changes  is the historic reform of the archaic, costly and ineffective Rockefeller Drug Laws. Among the reforms are a new commitment to drug treatment and the strengthening of penalties for drug kingpins and those who prey on children. 

April 2, 2009
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Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith and Deputy Democratic Leader Jeff Klein meet with Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

New York State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith and Deputy Democratic Leader Jeff Klein meet with Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, in Washington, D.C. today to discuss children's health care, homeland security and mortgage lending reforms.New York State Senate Democrats will be in Buffalo and Rochester tomorrow to continue their "Get Back To Work" campaign, calling for movement on several key issues pending in the New York State Legislature.

March 31, 2009
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Banning Tier 4

Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St.Albans) along with Senate colleagues and health care advocates stood on the steps of New York City Hall announcing legislation to prevent health insurers from implementing the controversial Tier 4 prescription drug pricing system in New York. The pricing-plan dramatically increased co-payments in other states. (L-R) Democratic Senator's Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), John Sabini (D-Queens), Efrain Gonzalez, Jr. (D-Bronx), John Sampson (D-Brooklyn), Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans), Bill Perkins (D-Manhattan), Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx).

March 31, 2009
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Call For Calm

Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined other elected officials in calling for calm today in Queens following the controversial acquittal in the Sean Bell murder case. In light of the decision by the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the allegations from the community of police misconduct in the case, Sen. Smith, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens), and other elected officials from around the U.S. are scheduled to meet in Washington, D.C. on Monday.

March 31, 2009
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Economic Development

L to r – Senator Darrel Aubertine (D – Watertown); Alicide Djedje (pronounced Jay-Jay), the Ivory Coast Ambassador to the United Nations; Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith and M. Ahmed Diomande, Finance Secretary to the Senate Democratic Conference. Diomande is a native of the Ivory Coast. The four met to discuss strengthening bilateral relationships between NYS and the Ivory Coast in the area of education, culture and commerce, including the future of New York Chocolate (the former Nestle plant) produced in Fulton, Oswego County.

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Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith and Rochester Mayor Robert J. Duffy

Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith and Rochester Mayor Robert J. Duffy discuss a high-speed rail and other proposed economic development projects that will bring good jobs to upstate New York. The two leaders exchanged ideas during a recent meeting at Duffy's City Hall office. Sen. Smith was in Rochester to promote Right NY, an initiative that would create an estimated 25,000 new jobs.

March 31, 2009
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