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Response To Post Article Re: Public Officers Law

"We are facing a $6 billion deficit, and again the Senate Republicans have decided to focus on something other than the needs of the people of New York State. This time it's a tournament. We have real issues on the table that need to be dealt with. Further, we were on the day in question at a golf outing. Rain forced us indoors. And like any good host it was important to entertain all guests. That is simply what occurred. And nothing else.

August 18, 2008
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Achieving Hugh Carey's "True Economy"

Fiscal crises, three decades apart, affirm opportunity for budget reform

By Malcolm A. Smith

 

August 16, 2008
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NYC School Governance Task Force Continues Citywide Hearings

(New York, NY)—The Senate Democrat-sponsored Task Force was created to compile testimonies regarding the public school governance statute set to expire June 2009. The Task Force has invited parents and educators to provide input to assist the State Senate Democratic Conference in proposing legislation that will improve the educational system.

August 12, 2008
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Queens Pier To Be Purchased

Governor signs measure allowing Beach 84th Street Pier to be sold to longtime residents

(Albany, NY) – Governor David Paterson signed into law today a measure (S. 8289-A/ A. 11222-A) sponsored by Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (D-Far Rockaway) allowing the City of New York to sell the Beach 84th Street Pier to the residents living there.

August 8, 2008
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Governor Signs Measure Spearheaded By Senator Smith Strengthening Child Sex Abuse Crimes

New law imposes prison time for use of alcohol or drugs during child sex acts

(ALBANY, NY) – A bill (S. 1862/A. 3530), sponsored by state Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) and Assemblywoman Vivian Cook (D-Queens), has been signed into law by Governor David Paterson.

August 8, 2008
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Senate Democrats Release Comprehensive Energy Plan

Proposal to expand energy programs to help low-income and middle-class families with heating and weatherization aid of $4800 or more

August 7, 2008
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Senate Democrats Unveil A Comprehensive Energy Relief Package To Assist New York Families

(Albany, NY) Senate Democrats will unveil a comprehensive energy relief package that will reduce financial burdens on low-and middle-income families. The proposed legislation offers reforms to existing energy programs, including a plan to provide up to $4,500 in home weatherization improvement benefits. The plan also includes an immediate tax rebate, awarding families up to $1,000 in emergency assistance. WHO:             Democratic State Senators Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn),                      Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx), 

August 7, 2008
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NYC School Governance Task Force Kicks-Off

(New York, NY) The Senate Democrat-sponsored Task Force created to compile testimonies regarding the public school governance statute set to expire in June 2009. The Task Force has invited parents and educators to provide input to assist the State Senate Democratic Conference in proposing legislation that will improve the educational system.

August 5, 2008
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Stay Alert: Serial Rapists On The Prowl In Queens, Community Leaders And Elected Officials Warn Neighbors

Operation SAFE enacted in Southeast Queens (Queens, NY) – Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D – St. Albans), neighborhood watch groups, civic leaders and elected officials are putting the word out for women and children in southeast Queens to be aware of sexual predators on the loose. 

August 1, 2008
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Statewide Listening Tour Launches Operation S.n.u.g. Anti-crime Initiative In Buffalo

State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Teams Up with Upstate Community and Police in Public Awareness Campaign to ‘Stop the Violence’

(Buffalo-NY)-State Senator Antoine M. Thompson hosted a roundtable Operation S.N.U.G. forum in Buffalo as part of a statewide campaign to combat random gun violence that has plagued parts of the state during the hot summer months.

July 9, 2008
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New Task Force To Review NYC School Governance Task Force Senate Democrats Say Parents May Need More Input In Local Classrooms

ALBANY, NY –The Senate Democratic Conference has established the NYC School Governance Task Force to probe the effectiveness mayoral control has had on the New York City educational system.

July 8, 2008
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Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Applauds New Law To Enhance Police Diversity And Recruitment

Bill sponsored by Smith considered major step in improving public trust following controversial Sean Bell Shooting

New York, NY – Tuesday, July 8, 2008 – Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) applauded Governor David Paterson for signing into law legislation that will enhance police officer recruitment practices while helping improve the public's trust in police and the criminal justice system.

July 8, 2008
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Operation S.N.U.G. Anti-Crime Initiative Statewide Listening Tour Scheduled to Kickoff in Buffalo

(Buffalo, NY) State Senator Antoine M. Thompson (D-Buffalo/Niagria Falls Erie Count) to host a Round Table Forum on Operation S.N.U.G. (guns spelled backwards), a campaign designed by elected officials, civic and community leaders to help stop gun violence in New York State.

July 8, 2008
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith And Rockaway Community Team-Up for Re-Opening of Redfern Houses Community Center

Operation S.N.U.G. Anti-violence Initiative Launches in Far Rockaway Community.

 

July 7, 2008
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith Hosts Ribbon Cutting For Red Fern Community Center Re-opening

Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) will be joined by local elected officials and community organizations as they re-open the Red Fern Community Center. The center will offer residents, especially the youth, recreational programs during the summer months. This initiative is a part of Operation S.N.U.G.  and was largely due to community outcry following the fatal shooting of 15-year old Brandon Bethea.

July 3, 2008
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Martin Tankleff And Other Exonerees And Legal Experts Testify At Senate Democratic Forum On Preventing Wrongful Convictions

Exonoree speaks for first time in public about his nearly 20-year long ordeal

 

July 2, 2008
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Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Commission Created

State lawmakers approve measure to remember last stop before Canadian border

 

June 24, 2008
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Landmark Brownfields Legislation Receives Final Passage

ALBANY, NY – June 24, 2008 – While citing some reservations that the measure does not go far enough, Senate Democrats are hailing the final passage of new Brownfields legislation. The reforms adopted in the unanimously passed measure go a long way towards helping to stimulate the upstate economy, clean up the environment and assist developers with tax credits to encourage new building on sites once thought to be vast wastelands.

June 24, 2008
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State Democrats Strengthen Slaughterhouse Safeguards

(Albany, NY)-June 24, 2008-State Senator John Sabini (D-Queens) announced today that legislation he sponsored to strengthen safeguards against unsanitary slaughterhouses in New York state has passed.

June 24, 2008
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Statement By Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith On The Retirement Of Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno

ALBANY, NY – June 23, 2008 – “Earlier today I received a personal call from Senator Bruno informing me he will not seek re-election and that it was time to move on with his life. Like many New Yorkers, I am surprised and deeply saddened by the announcement. As I have said publicly on many occasions, Senator Bruno has made a giant contribution to this state and to the Legislature as an institution. I, and my conference, wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

June 23, 2008
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