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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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Statement By Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith, Senate Housing Committee Chair Pedro Espada, Jr., And Senate Banking Committee Chair Brian X. Foley Re: State Task Force To Halt Abusive Lending Transactions

"The "New Report from the State Task Force to Halt Abusive Lending Transactions" highlights the dire financial situation that so many residents of New York State face during this difficult economic time. There is no question that working families are struggling more than ever. The report reveals that almost 45,000 New York homes are in foreclosure, a vast increase of 43 percent over 2007. Families alone aren't the only victims of the subprime crisis. It affects whole communities and can lead to the deterioration of once vibrant neighborhoods.

January 17, 2009
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Public Schedule For Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith For Thursday, January 15th

Event: Senate Majority Leader Smith to attend New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s State of the City Address. 

January 14, 2009
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New York State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Announces Leadership Team

(Albany, NY)- Listed below are the members of the Senate Majority Leadership Team and the stipends the positions carry.

TEMPORARY PRESIDENT AND MAJORITY LEADERSenator Malcolm A. Smith$41,500

CHAIR OF SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEESenator Carl Kruger$34,000

VICE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORESenator David J. Valesky$34,000

VICE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE FOR URBAN POLICY AND PLANNINGSenator Pedro Espada Jr.N/A

DEPUTY MAJORITY LEADER FOR LEGISLATIVE OPERATIONSSenator Jeffrey D. Klein$34,000

January 13, 2009
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Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Announces Staff Appointments

Shelley Mayer Named Counsel to the Majority 

January 13, 2009
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Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Announces Democratic Appointments To Reform Committee

State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith today announced the six Democratic appointments to the bi-partisan Temporary Senate Committee on Rules and Administration Reform. The appointments include Senators David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) who will serve as co-Chair, Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), Jeff Klein (D-Bronx), Jose M.

January 13, 2009
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Senate Majority Announces Passage Of Historic Rules Reform That Will Create More Inclusive And Accountable Senate

State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith today announced passage of historic rules changes that will fundamentally change the way the Senate operates and conducts business. In their first order of business as the Majority the Senate passed a series of rules changes that will foster discussion and productivity, and increase accountability and transparency for the public. 

January 12, 2009
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