(Albany, NY)- Today, Governor David A. Paterson, Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver and members of the Senate and the Assembly announced an historic three-way agreement calling for sweeping reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws. The agreement eliminates the ineffective and outdated sentencing law and focuses on treatment rather than punishment to end the deadly cycle of drug addiction.
11 A.M.: Senator Smith will join Governor Paterson, Speaker Silver, members of the Assembly, Senators Eric Schneiderman, Ruth Hassell-Thompson and John Sampson to announce an agreement on Rockefeller Drug Law reforms.
Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith joins Governor David Paterson and Majority Leader Joseph Bruno in Senate Chambers today. Earlier Bruno announced that he would not seek re-election. (L-R) Joseph Bruno, David Paterson, Malcolm A. Smith).
Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith joins United Federation of Teachers President, Randi Weingarten at the Democratic National Convention. As part of their national platform, Democrats are committed to fulfilling the birth rite of every child by providing them with the quality education that they are entitled to enjoy.
“We applaud the Governor for putting together an honest and courageous Executive Budget. Senate Democrats intend to thoroughly review its proposals and discuss them within our conference. From the Upstate counties to the suburbs of Long Island, Senate Democrats will help lead our state out of the worst fiscal crisis since the Great Depression, by funding a fair budget that will allow us to reduce spending without severely impairing the state’s ability to provide essential services.
Time: 12:30 PM Event: Supportive Housing Network’s Annual Legislative Luncheon. Senator Smith is scheduled to speak. Location: Meeting Room 1, Concourse
Time: 1:00 PM Event: NYS Department of Labor’s Memorial ceremony for those killed in the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire. Senator Smith is scheduled to speak. Location: Empire State Plaza (North end of the main concourse near Key Bank)
Today, Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith, joined by members of the Majority Conference announced their plan to address the Metropolitan Transportation Authoritys (MTA) operating deficit, saving millions of straphangers from crippling fare increases and service cuts.
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"Yesterday evening, our state experienced a horrific tragedy when Continental Airlines Flight 3407 crashed just miles outside of Buffalo Niagara International Airport, taking the lives of nearly 50 people.
The thoughts and prayers of all New Yorkers go out to the family members and friends of those who perished in the devastating accident.
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.