"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.
(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.
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.
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.
(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),
(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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.