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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
(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.
(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."
"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."
The Senate Democrats will once again hold a community meeting to get input and advice from officials, institutions, and organizations whose interests are at stake.
The Forum will focus on the key budget areas of health, education, higher education, and social services, and will include public input on proposals for budget savings submitted by Governor Paterson and budget priorities for the coming year.
“Facing an economic crisis in which hundreds of thousands of jobs may be lost, we must do everything possible to protect everyday New Yorkers by reducing any proposed fare hikes while protecting the high standards of safety and services. We cannot return our state to financial solvency if commuters, particularly where the need is the greatest in Long Island and the suburbs, do not have access to an affordable and reliable means to get to their jobs and support their families.
"Today, as an Elector for the people of New York, I will have the honor of casting a vote for Barack Obama to become the next President of the United States. 145 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, I am deeply humbled to have the privilege of being part of the process to formally elect the first African American President.
ALBANY, NY – (July 29, 2008) – "The Senate Democrats, under my leadership, are united with Governor Paterson in his efforts to bring the state budget under control and to erase the looming $6.4 billion deficit.
Elected leaders need to recognize the time-value of money and the need to implement efficiency measures quickly. We need to respond to this fiscal crisis with speed and thoughtfulness.
(Albany, NY) Senator Malcolm A. Smith today announced Committee Chairmanships.
"Each of the senators I'm appointing today brings a breadth of experience and expertise that will help plot a new course for the State Senate and reform the way business is done in Albany," said Senator Smith. "I am pleased to work side by side with such talented and dedicated public servants in the new Senate Majority."
Senator Bill Stachowski will serve as Deputy Majority Leader for Legislative Operations.
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.