The New York State Senate Democratic Conference will hold a hearing on Thursday, Sept. 20, in Albany to gain input on legislation entitling workers to paid leave from employment in the event of a family health emergency or to care for a newborn child. Representatives of the Paid Family Leave Coalition, the Working Families Party, 1199 SEIU, the Fiscal Policy Institute, the National Organization For Women (NOW) and individuals directly affected by New York's lack of a family leave compensation law have been invited to address the Senate Democratic panel.
New York State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) and State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced new legislation that would provide farmers interest-free financing to purchase and upgrade equipment. "At an average cost of $200,000 for farming equipment, the expense of purchasing and maintaining such critical assets has dealt a hefty blow to farmers' budgets in recent years. This is especially true when you consider the dramatic rise in other farming operational costs," Smith said.
State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) today said his constituents and other residents of Queens will be better able to get on with the process of repairing their homes now that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) borough has declared Queens a disaster area following damage caused by last month's storm."Thanks to Governor Spitzer's quick response, the residents of Southeast Queens will be able to repair their homes and move on," said Senator Smith.
Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) is urging his constituents to take advantage of a new program to help make our neighborhoods a better place to live, work, and raise a family. Senator Smith noted that New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods (NYBN) is providing small grants between $500-$3,000, trainings, and hands-on technical assistance to well-known and new grassroots volunteer-based organizations across the City of New York.
"Everyone should take advantage of this opportunity to make their own contribution to improving our community," urged the Queens Legislator.
State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) and members of the Senate Democratic Conference today condemned new Bush administration guidelines thwarting state legislation to extend health care coverage to thousands of uninsured New York children.
Dennis G. SmithCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services7500 Security Boulevard, Mail Stop S2-26-12 Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850Dear Mr. Smith:
As the leader of the New York State Senate Democratic Conference, I am writing to express our strongest concern and distress regarding the letter sent under your signature dated August 17, 2007, regarding state applications to extend eligibility under the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
Noting her lifetime of advocacy and achievement, State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St.-Albans) today announced his nomination of stem cell research advocate Brooke Ellison to serve on the Empire State Stem Cell Board formed to oversee New York State's sponsorship of cutting-edge biomedical research.
Ellison, who became paralyzed from the neck down after being struck by a car in 1990, is a nationally known proponent of stem cell research as well as an author and motivational speaker.
State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) will appear on NY1's newscast tonight to discuss allegations that Roger Stone directed politically motivated threats at Governor Eliot Spitzer's father. Other topics may include the Senate Investigations Committee hearings and proposed legislation. The interview is scheduled to air tonight at 7 p.m.
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.
State Senator Malcolm A. Smith today praised the U.S. Department of Transportation's decision to award $354 million to New York City to help fight the City's traffic congestion problem."This funding gives us an opportunity to examine ways to relieve congestion not just in Midtown Manhattan, but throughout the City," Senator Smith said. "This is a great first step in ensuring a healthier future for New York City residents."The Queens lawmaker noted that he is among 25 Senate Democrats who represent New York City and its suburbs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.