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Senate Passes Critical Deficit Reduction Legislation

(Albany) – Working with the Governor and the Assembly, today, the State Senate passed critical deficit reduction legislation taking the necessary first steps toward addressing the fiscal crisis facing New York State. Passage of this legislation demonstrates the Senate’s commitment to responsible state budgeting.

February 3, 2009
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Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith & Senator Craig Johnson Announce Major Statewide Legislation Aimed To Protect Children From Sex Offenders

In his first visit to Long Island since being elected State Senate Majority Leader earlier this month, Senator Malcolm A. Smith met today with Senator Craig Johnson to announce the introduction of a major piece of statewide legislation that will protect children from predators.

January 30, 2009
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Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith And Senator Brian X. Foley Announce Significant Policy Initiative To Track Tarp Funds And Help Families Avoid Foreclosure

State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and Senate Banking Committee Chairman Brian X. Foley (D-Blue Point) today unveiled a significant policy initiative that will survey and track federal Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds, and develop a plan for how to maximize the benefits of these funds to stabilize communities and help families avoid foreclosure.

January 30, 2009
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January 29, 2009
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Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Visits Long Island, Joins Senators Johnson And Foley To Announce Statewide Legislation And Policy Initiative

In his first visit to Long Island since being elected State Senate Majority Leader earlier this month, Senator Malcolm A. Smith will meet Friday with Senators Craig Johnson (D-Port Washington) and Brian X.

January 29, 2009
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Senate Majority Leader Smith Visits Binghamton, Discusses Economic Development With Area Leaders

State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and Senator David J. Valesky will visit the City of Binghamton on Wednesday to meet with local leaders and discuss economic development. It is the fourth Upstate city Senator Smith has visited since being elected as leader of the Senate earlier this month. Joining them are Binghamton Mayor Matthew Ryan, Broome County Executive Barbara Fiala, and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo.

January 27, 2009
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Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Addresses Healthcare Association Of New York State Luncheon

(Albany, NY)- Today, Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith addressed the Healthcare Association of New York State, discussing the Senate’s vision for improving healthcare. Senator Smith spoke about the need to provide greater access to health coverage for all New Yorkers, boosting primary and preventive care and investing public money in areas where it will be most beneficial.

At the luncheon, Senator Smith said, "Together, we can reform our healthcare delivery system and take meaningful steps toward improving access to quality and affordable healthcare for all New Yorkers."

January 27, 2009
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Senate Bills Improve Police – Community Relations

Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) today  applauded Senate colleagues for passing two bills that will begin to restore public trust in police and the criminal justice system.

 

January 27, 2009
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Statement From Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith

"Today we celebrate the life and extraordinary achievements of one of our nation's most beloved and influential leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King taught us that all people, regardless of race, were created equal- a promise made by our forefathers at the birth of this nation but ignored throughout the dark corners of our country infected by racism and hatred. Dr. King helped fulfill that promise for generations of Americans and changed the course of history for the better. He is someone whose life made others possible. 

January 23, 2009
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Statement From Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Re: United States Senate Appointment

"Today's appointment of Kirsten Gillibrand by Governor Paterson to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is a shining example of our democratic process at work.  

January 23, 2009
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Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith & Senate Democratic Conference Meets With Former MTA Chair Richard Ravitch

(Albany, NY)- State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and members of the Senate Democratic Conference will meet Thursday morning with Richard Ravitch, Chairman of the Commission on Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Financing. At the meeting, Mr. Ravitch, a former Chairman of the MTA, will discuss the commission's proposals for how to adequately fund public transit and address the MTA's budget shortfall, as well as ways to improve access and increase service to mass transit.

A media availability will immediately follow the meeting.

January 22, 2009
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Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Announces Committee Assignments

State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith today officially announced the full roster of all Democratic appointments to Senate committees for the current legislative session. Attached is a list of assignments by member as well as by committee.

Click Here to View Democratic Committee Assignments.

January 21, 2009
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Statement From Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Re: Obama Inauguration

"Nearly one hundred and fifty years since Abraham Lincoln declared all people, regardless of race, to be free citizens and just 50 years since our country recognized that separate is never equal and segregation can never be tolerated, Barack Obama was sworn in as our nation's first African American President. Never before has America's future been so bright.

January 20, 2009
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