(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.
Senate’s Green Initiatives Institute Will Target Federal Money for New “Green” Jobs
(Albany, NY) A plan to establish a “green” jobs development institute, put federal money to work creating tens of thousands of new infrastructure jobs and getting more than 1,300 new cops on the street are just some of the job creation efforts included in this year’s budget passed today.
In all, more than 86,000 new jobs statewide are expected through key Senate-led proposals, including:
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.