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General Conference Committee Meeting

General Conference Committee Meeting with Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Sen. Jeff Klein.

March 12, 2013
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith Holds Hearing on Summer Youth Employment

(Albany, NY)-Senator Malcolm A. Smith, the chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Social Services, sponsored a public hearing on the Future of Youth Development / Delinquency Prevention (YDDP) and the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Also overseeing the meeting were Sen. James Sanders Jr. and Sen. Jack Martins.

Testimony was given by several city and state representatives who cited the importance of the programs touting how they give youngsters a sense of responsibility, purpose and pride. They also voiced concerns that increasing the minimum wage, as proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, would reduce the availability of space for potential participants.

March 12, 2013
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Meeting with Seth Diamond, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Homeless Services. 3-8-13

Meeting with Seth Diamond, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Homeless Services. 3-8-13

March 8, 2013
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Operation Safe Southeast Queens meeting 3-6-13

(3-6-13)  I held a very successful forum on crime prevention. It's part of a series called Operation Safe Southeast Queens and it is held the first Wednesday of every month at my district office in Hollis. We had a full house. About 50 people attended. I look forward to seeing more of you next month. Among those speaking at the meeting were Deputy Insector Charles McEvoy of the 103rd Precinct and Sgt. Joann Gonzalez of the 113th Precinct Community Affairs Unit.

March 7, 2013
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Democratic Caucus Weekend in Albany 2/16 -2/17 2013.

Youngsters from the Southeast Queens Community joined Senator Smith for Democratic Caucus Weekend in Albany 2/16 -2/17 2013. Shown in this picture with the youth are the Senator's chief of staff Meredith Henderson (second from right) and Assemblywoman Michelle Titus.

March 6, 2013
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Talk with students on TAP program

Sen. Smith meets with students from Berkeley College to discuss the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

March 6, 2013
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Sen. Smith with Sen. Jeff Klein 1/9/13

Sen. Smith with Sen. Jeff Klein 1/9/13

March 5, 2013
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Revenue Forecast meeting

Sen. Smith Vice chair of Finance for the Independent Democratic Conference takes part in Revenue Forecast meeting.

March 4, 2013
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IDC Press Conference: Updating New York State's Risk Assessment and Management Strategy

Responding to perennial increases in hurricane and disaster related spending, the Independent Democratic Conference will introduce legislation recommending the creation of a new statewide office charged with improving New York's risk management and cost avoidance practices. The new office, which will be funded exclusively by annual cost savings generated by it's operations, will use the same modern-day risk assessment techniques that currently save states such as Florida and Texas tens of millions of dollars each year. The IDC estimates that by utilizing modern-day risk management practices, New York State could avoid up to $150 million in spending over the next three years.

March 1, 2013
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Public Hearing: The Future of Youth Development / Delinquency Prevention (YDDP), the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) and the Impact of Potential Minimum Wage Increase on these Programs

Senate Standing Committee on Social ServicesChair: Senator Malcolm A. SmithPublic Hearing: The Future of Youth Development / Delinquency Prevention (YDDP), the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) and the Impact of Potential Minimum Wage Increase on these ProgramsPlace: Room 711-A, Legislative Office Building, 7th Floor, Albany, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.Contact: Beth Wright (518) 455-2701Media Contact: Ann Marie Costella (718) 454-0162ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 11, 10:00 AM - 12:02 PM
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Send A Vet A Valentine

I met with veterans at the St. Albans VA as part of my Send A Vet A Valentine program. In this video I speak with Joseph Gorecki, a WWII Navy vet.

March 1, 2013
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Sandy Aid Town Hall in Rockaway on 2-26-13.

I held a successful town hall meeting last night in Rockaway regarding how federal aid for Hurricane Sandy recovery should be spend. About 50 residents attended to express their ideas and concerns regarding this important issue.

February 27, 2013
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Democratic Caucus Weekend 2/16 - 2/17

I was joined by numerous lawmakers and community leaders for Democratic Caucus Weekend 2/16 - 2/17 including Former City Councilman Archie Spigner, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Assemblyman Bill Scarborough, Assemblywoman Michele Titus and City Councilman Leroy Comrie.

February 26, 2013
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Chat & Chew clergy breakfast.

On Feb. 21, 2013, I held a special breakfast for clergy at the the Harvest Room in Jamaica to discuss the various issues affecting the district. About 50 people attended including the Rev. Philip Craig of Greater Springfield Community Church and head of the Queens chapter of the National Action Network.

February 22, 2013
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Send A Vet A Valentine

It was wonderful to be able to meet with veterans at the St. Albans VA and bring them gifts as a small thank you for their great service to our country. I gave out about 200 goodie bags as part of my Send A Vet A Valentine Program. Shown in this photo is veteran Vincent Gino.

February 22, 2013
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