Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith led a bi-partisan Senate delegation to Washington, D.C. today to speak with U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and congressional leaders to talk about the federal stimulus package. The senators were the very first state delegation to meet at the White House with the intergovernmental affairs officials of the new Obama administration.
Seeking an unprecedented level of public participation, comment and proposals, State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith will announce a number of ways that all New Yorkers can participate in this year’s state budget process.
Facing a $13 billion budget shortfall in the next fiscal year, Smith is encouraging the public to provide alternative proposals to the budget as it stands, and help state leaders craft a responsible budget that puts New York on the path toward fiscal solvency and job growth.
Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman John Sampson and Ranking Member George Maziarz announced today the confirmation of Jonathan Lippman, Governor Paterson’s nominee for Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. Judge Lippman is now the highest judicial officer in the State of New York, succeeding former Chief Judge Judith Kaye.
Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith will lead a bi-partisan Senate delegation to Washington, D.C. Thursday to speak with U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and other congressional leaders and White House officials about the federal stimulus package. The Senate delegation will discuss the importance of New York receiving its fair share of the federal stimulus package and the ways in which the money will be used to revitalize New York’s economy. A media availability will immediately follow a luncheon with the state’s congressional delegation.
Event: Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith to attend the University of Albany's Legislative BreakfastTime: 8- 8:15amLocation: Sign of the Tree Event: Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith to attend the Association of NYS Youth Bureaus 2009 Legislative BreakfastTime: 8:30-8:45amLocation: Empire State Plaza
State Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman John Sampson (D-Brooklyn) and members of his committee will meet Wednesday morning to take up Governor Paterson’s nomination of Judge Jonathan Lippman to the position of Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court.
Following the meeting of the Judiciary Committee, Judge Lippman’s nomination will move to the floor of the Senate for a full confirmation vote.
Today the bi-partisan Senate Rules and Administration Reform Committee held the second of four public hearings, at which they heard testimony from reform advocates and citizens for how the State Senate can improve the legislative process and become a transparent and accountable body. These hearings are key to the new Majority’s effort to open up the legislative process, and increase public awareness and input.
“It is with the deepest of gratitude for her service to our state that I congratulate Madame Secretary, Hillary Clinton, on her confirmation as our new Secretary of State. I have been honored for the opportunity to serve with her; it is with a heavy heart that New Yorkers send her on to new challenges and endeavors.
As part of their commitment to increase public participation and awareness about the legislative process in Albany, the bi-partisan New York State Senate Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform today announced the launch of a new website: http://www.senate.state.ny.us/sws/reform/index.html
Today, the State Senate will adopt a resolution honoring Pilot Chesley B. Sullenberger III and the crew of US Airways Flight 1549 for the heroic actions and breathtaking skill they exhibited after engine failure forced a water landing in the Hudson River, just moments after taking off from Laguardia Airport. Due to their efforts, more than 150 passengers survived.
Passenger Stuart Wallace will be present to accept the resolution.
Immediately following passage, there will be a media availability in Room 328 of the Capitol.
“Last night the Senate Majority Leader reiterated his support for gay marriage when he spoke at the HRC Dinner.
Senator Smith said that at the present time he does not believe there are sufficient votes in the Senate to pass the marriage equality bill which passed the Assembly last year. He asked for those attending the dinner to help him secure the additional votes needed for passage.
SENATE RULES AND ADMINISTRATION REFORM COMMITTEE GATHERS TESTIMONY FROM REFORM ADVOCATES, INCLUDING A FORMER SENATOR
The State Senate’s Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform held its first public hearing of four planned across the state, and heard from several good government groups, regional reform advocates and a former state senator. The hearing was hosted at Syracuse City Hall by Reform Committee Co-Chairs State Sen. David Valesky and State Sen. John Bonacic.
12 P.M. to 2 P.M.: State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith to give keynote address at UJA Federation's Long Island Legislators Luncheon. The senator will speak about issues relating to health care and human services.
Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and State Senator David Valesky, Co-Chair of the State Senate’s Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform, today announced that the Senate Majority Conference has hired Andrew Stengel, former National Election Advocacy Director at the Brennan Center, to serve as Senior Policy Advisor for Government Reform. As part of that responsibility, Mr. Stengel will advise the Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform.
(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.
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.
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.
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.