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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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News From The New York State Senate Democratic Conference

SENATORS SCHNEIDERMAN AND STEWART-COUSINS RECEIVE TOP HONORS FROM FAMILY PLANNING ADVOCATES 

January 12, 2009
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Pre-session Press Briefing Regarding Historic Legislative Rules Reforms At 2:15 PM

Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and Members to Hold Press Conference Immediately Following Session

 

January 12, 2009
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Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Meets With New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

(New York, NY)- Newly elected State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith met today with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to discuss the impact of the financial crisis on the City and State of New York. Senate Democrats have made economic growth and revitalization their top priority as they prepare to lead the Chamber for the first time in more than 40 years. 

January 9, 2009
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Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Meets With Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown And Senators William Stachowski And Antoine Thompson To Discuss Upstate Economic Revitalization

Newly elected State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and Senators William Stachowski and Antoine Thompson met today with Mayor Byron Brown in Buffalo to discuss concerns facing Upstate, as well as ways the new Senate Majority can work with local leaders to spur economic revitalization. The visit comes less than 48 hours after Smith was elected as the new Senate Majority Leader, the first Democrat to hold that position in 43 years.

January 9, 2009
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Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith And Senator David Valesky To Meet With Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll To Discuss Local Concerns And Opportunities To Revitalize The Economy

Just one day after being elected as the new State Senate Majority Leader, Malcolm A. Smith will join State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll Thursday morning. The three will discuss concerns facing Upstate cities, as well as ideas for how the new Senate Majority can work with local communities to get our economy back on track. Following their discussion, the elected officials will be available for questions from the press and Senator Smith will announce Senator Valesky's new leadership position.

January 8, 2009
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Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Meets With Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll, Announces Leadership Role For Senator David J. Valesky

On the first stop of an Upstate cities swing, State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) met with Mayor Matt Driscoll in Syracuse to discuss concerns facing Upstate, as well as ways the new Senate Majority can work with local leaders to spur economic revitalization. The visit comes just one day after Smith was elected as the new Senate Majority Leader, the first Democrat to hold that position in 43 years.

January 8, 2009
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Statement By Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith Re: Governor Paterson's State Of The State Address

"Today, Governor Paterson gave his first State of the State address on a historic day for New York, a day during which the Senate was convened with its first Democratic majority in 43 years. But it was a bittersweet moment for us all – while we note the milestones that have been achieved, we are mindful of the dire fiscal times we're facing, the likes of which we have not seen since the Great Depression.

January 8, 2009
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Remarks By Temporary President Of The Senate Malcolm A. Smith After The Senate Leadership Vote

"I'm honored …humbled …and truly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this new chapter in our state's history.

The fact that I'm standing here is a testament to a new day in Albany: a day in which we can come together to exercise the kind of leadership the people of New York deserve.

I look forward to working with all of our Republican colleagues on the issues facing New York.

We are one Senate, with a common goal of improving the quality of life for the people of this state and a common purpose of making government more efficient.

January 7, 2009
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Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Named Senate Majority Leader Selection Marks Historic Moment For New York

(New York, NY)- The Senate Democratic Conference emerged from their meeting tonight with the announcement that Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith will serve as Senate Majority Leader, securing a Democratic Majority for the first time in 43 years.Under the leadership of Senator Smith, the Senate will move New York in a new direction, taking steps to create a more open, accountable and inclusive legislative process.

January 6, 2009
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Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Urges President-elect Obama To End Christmas Holiday For Banks, Protect Homeowners From Foreclosure

(New York, NY)- In a letter to President-elect Barack Obama, Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith urged President-elect Obama to include greater federal protection for homeowners to stem the tide of the subprime mortgage crisis.

In part, Smith stated, "it is outrageous for banks to be given taxpayer money without the precondition of assisting homeowners in foreclosure."

December 24, 2008
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Holiday Message From Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith

"During this week that we celebrate Chanukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa, I want to extend to all New Yorkers my sincerest wishes for a joyous holiday season. It is my hope that all people of all religions can enjoy a happy and healthy holiday in the company of friends and loved ones. For the thousands of our brave sons and daughters overseas, defending our nation as members of the Armed Services, I wish you well and pray for your safety and speedy return to your families. Happy holidays and happy New Year."

December 21, 2008
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