State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) today announced that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has revised stops on the QM16 bus route, which provides peak period express bus service along Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Cross Bay Boulevard, between, Rockaway Park, Queens and Midtown Manhattan.The entire QM16 fleet has been replaced with new, high-capacity and high- customer amenity express buses."I am pleased that MTA Bus, which now operates the QM16 route, has seen fit to extend the route.
State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) today announced his choice of Gerard Romski to serve on the newly-formed New York City Traffic Congestion Mitigation Commission responsible for overseeing a comprehensive plan to relieve traffic gridlock in the City.
Today, New York City officials announced the approval of more than $350 million in Federal funding for transportation improvements. This is great news as we proceed with long-range plans to address traffic congestion and enhance public transportation throughout the City and the Metropolitan region.
State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) today announced that the Senate has passed a bill to address traffic congestion in New York City. Today's bill, Smith noted, "presents a formal commitment to address the problem of traffic in New York City, strengthening the City's case for nearly $500 million in federal funding to expand public transportation.""This is the right way to handle traffic congestion, by taking a measured, well-thought-out approach that carefully weighs Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal," Smith said.
State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) today urged lawmakers to pass seven critical pieces of legislation, noting that congestion pricing is just one of several important issues Albany lawmakers need to act upon during Thursday's scheduled Special Session."Congestion pricing has gotten a lot of attention recently, and there is no question that New York City needs a plan to reduce traffic and slow the rate of emissions polluting our air," Smith said.
Remarks were delivered today during Faith-Based Economic Development Conference at Allen AME Church in Queens addressing church and community leaders as well business leaders from around the country during today's Faith-Based Economic Development Conference at the Allen AME Church in Queens, State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) said communities of faith must play a pivotal role in New York's economic revitalization efforts.
State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) today announced that elected leaders reached an historic agreement on a congestion pricing plan to alleviate traffic in New York City and legislation lowering limits on campaign contributions.
State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) today reported on the many business opportunities awaiting New York companies in China -- the outcome of his three recent trade missions to the Asian country.
Smith delivered the remarks during a legislative breakfast meeting at the Asian Development Center in Manhattan. The meeting was also attended by Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) Chairman Patrick Foye and Kuang Wailin, Acting Consul General of the People's Republic of China.
Democratic Conference Calls for Senate to Take Up Bill Providing 9/11 First Responder Benefits and Compensation Conference also highlights other legislation in need of passage duringtoday's Special Session including Paid Family Leave and Wicks Law reform.
State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith today urged Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno to put S.3070 -- a bill to provide 9/11 first responders with enhanced workers compensation benefits -- on today's Special Session agenda.
I'd like to thank the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the Senate and the Assembly for a lively engagement of the issues this session. I especially want to congratulate my Conference, particularly the new members, who hit the ground running early and clearly demonstrated their tireless commitment to serving the people of New York State. They have done so with grace, diligence, persistence and determination. I am proud of them. Nonetheless, I am disappointed with the turn of events as this year's session draws to a close.
Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) today called for the Legislature to extend this year's session -- scheduled to end tomorrow -- to complete unfinished business, including Campaign Finance and Economic Development Reforms, the Paid Family Leave Act, the Healthy Schools Act and Judicial Pay Raises.
In an effort to end the impasse over judicial pay raises, Senate Democrats today introduced a bill (S.6372) that would provide judges in New York State with a fair salary and their first pay increase in almost nine years. Senate Democrats were poised to approve judicial pay increases earlier this session. However the original measure, introduced by Senate Republicans, tied judicial salary increases to pay raises for legislators, leading the Democratic Conference to withdraw its support.
State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith today announced that several communities represented by members of the Senate Democratic Conference will benefit from a package of $13.2 million in grants from the state Department of Health to sustain school-based health-care clinics and help bridge the gap in providing children with access to routine health care."We now know that these school-based clinics often serve as the frontline of defense in medically underserved communities," said Smith (D-Queens), who praised Gov.
Calling it a victory for transparency in government, State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) applauded passage of legislation that would return cameras to New York State’s courtrooms for the first time since 1997. Senator Smith said that passage of this legislation had been long overdue, noting that a State committee recommended that audio-visual coverage be allowed permanently, as did a New York State Bar Association committee in 2001.
State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) today announced that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has several rehabilitation projects at bus and train stations taking place throughout the Rockaways.
"Last month I was pleased to meet with MTA President Howard H. Roberts, Jr. who assured me on the many projects the Authority has and will undertake to improve service to my constituents. Assemblywomen Audrey L. Pheffer and Michele R. Titus and I will continue to keep the public informed of further changes and improvements," Senator Smith said.
Senate Democrats today introduced a comprehensive bill (S.6177) to provide incentives for Brownfields redevelopment on condition that businesses create quality jobs or provide affordable housing opportunities. The legislation also strives for a regional-based approach in Brownfield reuse plans, encompassing local community needs and wants.A Brownfield is an abandoned or underused industrial or commercial site that is environmentally contaminated.Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A.
State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D- Queens) today said that the New York Department of State is now in the process of updating its cease and desist lists for July 2007."Being on this list means licensed real estate brokers and salespersons are prohibited from soliciting listings of your residential property," Senator Smith said.
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.