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State Senate Democratic Leader To Announce Committee Assignments

Senator Malcolm Smith (D - Queens) will hold news conference to announce committee chairmanships for the new Senate Majority. Senator Smith will be joined by members of his Conference.

DATE:          Monday, December 8, 2008TIME:           11:15 AMLOCATION: Room 315, CAPITOL                    Albany, NY

December 7, 2008
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Statement From State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith

We have already made known our objections to the Senate Investigations Committee's current proceedings. As I have said before, enough is enough. It is time to get back to the people's business, including such important measures as property tax relief, paid family leave and efforts to promote job growth.Nonetheless, there are some disturbing questions that need to be answered.

December 5, 2008
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State Senate Democrats Launch Statewide Budget Listening Tour

Conference seeks input from local groups and institutions in key spending areas

(New York, NY) With New York State facing the biggest budget crisis in a generation, State Senate Democrats will convene a series of local forums around the state to get input and advice from officials, institutions, and organizations whose interests are at stake.

December 4, 2008
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December 1, 2008
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Senate Democratic Leader, Equinox Partner In Local Turkey Distribution

State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith will join local community group, Equinox Inc. in distributing thanksgiving dinners to families in need. The 39th Annual Equinox Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner, which began as a feast to serve 200 people will feed over 8,000 elderly, homeless, and disabled individuals with the help of various local partnerships.

WHO: Senator Malcolm A. Smith and Equinox Inc.

November 26, 2008
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Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Travels To Washington D.C. To Discuss Economic Stimulus Package For New York

(New York, NY)- On Wednesday, November 19th, Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith will travel to Washington D.C. to meet with members of Congress to discuss the new economic stimulus package. Accompanying Smith will be State Senator Jose Serrano, Federal Liaison to the Senate Democratic Conference. Smith and Serrano also plan to join Governor Paterson and Assembly Speaker Silver for select meetings throughout the day.

November 19, 2008
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Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Announces Transition Team

(New York, NY) - Following the historic victory in which Democrats regained control of the New York State Senate for the first time in over 40 years, Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith today announced his Transition Team. Angelo Aponte and Fran Weissberg will serve as Co-Chairs of the Transition Team. James Eagan will serve as Vice Chair and Upstate Advisor; and Hank Sheinkopf will serve as Director of Communications.

November 18, 2008
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Statement From Senator Malcolm A. Smith Regarding Today's Siena Poll

"The latest Siena Poll reveals what we have known for a while: New York families are hurting, especially middle-income families, and are looking to their elected representatives to provide relief.Voters overwhelmingly want us to hold the line on new taxes and to cut wasteful spending  -- the cornerstones of Senate Democratic Conference agenda.  Last year, we introduced a package of economic reforms that would create and protect jobs through smart economic development,cut taxes and reduce the growth of property taxes.

November 17, 2008
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Opening Statement Quick Start Report

QUICK START MEETING

NOVEMBER 13, 2008

 

INTRODUCTION

On behalf of the Senate Democratic Conference, I wish to express my appreciation for the opportunity to participate in this second Quick Start Conference, which hold the promise of an on-time 2009-10 State budget. The Budget Reform Act enacted in 2007 was crafted to help create a process that is more transparent and which further the chances of an on-time budget. We certainly support these goals.

ECONOMICS

November 13, 2008
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State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Response To Gov. Paterson Budget Cuts

"Today, Governor Paterson took the courageous first step of reducing spending and addressing the budget gap. We are facing tough economic times and Governor Paterson's approach is a prudent way to help New York State regain fiscal solvency. The Senate Democratic Conference supports his efforts and asks for the support and unity of all New Yorkers as we make the difficult decisions necessary to get New York working again. The Senate Democratic Conference is considering a number of proposals to help meet our financial challenges.

November 12, 2008
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A Veteran's Day Message From Senator Malcolm Smith

"Today is a somber day for all Americans, as we pay homage to the men and women whose dedicated service to our nation has enabled generations of Americans to live in freedom. There is no greater service, no greater sacrifice than those our Veterans have made throughout American history. Their bravery and their patriotism mark them as our best citizens.

November 11, 2008
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Statement From Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith On The Arrest Of 34 Members Of The “Bloods” Street Gang In Far Rockaway, Queens

"Today, District Attorney Richard Brown and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly announced the arrests of 34 individuals who are purportedly members of the Bloods street gang in Far Rockaway. Their arrest on gun and narcotics charges is an important development in making our streets safer for all law-abiding citizens."

"The hardworking people of this community and their families deserve to live in crime-free neighborhoods. This sends a message that gang violence will not be tolerated."

October 30, 2008
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Statement From Sen. Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith On Delaware North Aqueduct Deal

Statement from State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith:

October 22, 2008
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Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm Smith Calls On State & City Pension Funds To Take Action Against Stock Market Manipulators

(New York, NY)- Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith today called on the City and State pension funds to take action to preserve hundreds of thousands of jobs and protect New York’s standing as the financial capitol of the world. Stock market manipulators who are attacking the shares of Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs must be prevented from taking advantage of the extraordinary challenges facing New York’s financial markets.

September 17, 2008
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Statement By State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Calling For A Special Session Of The New York State Legislature

"I am urging Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to join us in taking immediate action to protect New York’s place as the world’s financial capital. We must convene an emergency session of the New York State Senate to protect the hundreds of thousands of jobs that have been put at risk by the extraordinary challenges facing New York’s financial markets.

September 15, 2008
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Senator Smith, State Department Of Transportation Announce $59.3 Million Project To Commence In Queens

State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith will be joined by New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Astrid C. Glynn and community leaders to unveil plans for the construction project scheduled to begin this week. The project is expected to be completed by December 2010. The construction is among several that has taken place throughout the borough to improve New York's roadways and will include pavement enhancement, as well as, painting and bridge deck replacement for almost a dozen local bridges. 

September 7, 2008
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Working New Yorker’s Woes Focus Of Senate Democrats Roundtable Discussion

(BUFFALO, NY) –Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) joined prominent labor leaders in Western New York in an informal discussion about pressing concerns of the labor community on Wednesday, Sept. 3. 

September 3, 2008
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State Senate Democrats Blast Senate Republicans For Failure To Act On The Home Heating Fuel Crisis

State Senators meet with low and middle income families affected by surging energy costs

 

September 3, 2008
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Labor Day Statement From Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith

"This Monday marks the 126th anniversary when scores of craftsmen and laborers paraded in New York City to show strength in support of ideals such as the abolishment of child labor, an eight hour work day, equal pay for women and a progressive income tax system. Many of these challenges were met and we celebrate these accomplishments the first Monday in September; but New York's working class again faces great obstacles. 

August 30, 2008
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State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A Smith, Democrats Poised To Take Back White House

(DENVER, CO)— A united party is the message Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D – St. Albans) plans to bring home from the Democratic National Convention in Denver that kicked-off today.

August 24, 2008
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