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Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Announces Breakthrough Agreements On Congestion Pricing, Campaign Finance Reform And Property Tax Relief For Seniors

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.

July 19, 2007
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Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Outlines New York-China Trade Prospects

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.

July 19, 2007
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News From NYS Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith

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.

July 19, 2007
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July 17, 2007
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News From The NYS Senate Democratic Conference

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.

July 16, 2007
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Statement From Senate Democratic Leader Smith On The Final Day Of Session

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.

June 21, 2007
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Senate Democratic Leader Smith Calls For Extension Of Legislative Session To 'Finish The People's Business'

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.

"It's time to put in overtime," Smith said.

June 20, 2007
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Senate Minority Introduces Judicial Pay Raise Bill

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.

June 19, 2007
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Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith Works With Governor Spitzer To Improve Health Care For The Underserved

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.

June 15, 2007
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Senate Democrats Provide Near Unanimous Support For Returning Cameras To The Courtroom

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.

June 13, 2007
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Senator Smith, Assemblywomen Pheffer And Titus Announce $100 Million Rehabilitation Of MTA Train, Bus Stations In The Rockaways

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.

June 13, 2007
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Senate Minority Introduces Reforms To Brownfields Clean-up Program

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.

June 13, 2007
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith Announces Update Of Cease And Desist List

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.

June 11, 2007
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith Announces New Legislation Banning The Use Of PERC In New York State

NEW YORK. - New York State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith today announced legislation prohibiting the use of chlorinated solvents or products containing any chlorinated solvents. The legislation, introduced on Friday in the State Senate, will amend New York State Environmental Conservation Law, phasing out the use of the dangerous chemical in the State by January 1, 2012."

Known as PERC, tetrachloroethene, is a synthetic organic chemical commonly used by dry cleaning, and auto body businesses

June 3, 2007
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May 29, 2007
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May 29, 2007
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Senator Smith Urges Parents To Teach Kids To Protect Themselves From Potential Abductors

With National Missing Children's Day approaching, and days after a New York City girl thwarted a would-be kidnapper, State Senator Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) today urged parents to teach their kids how to protect themselves from predators seeking to do them harm."On May 25th we will observe National Missing Children's Day," said Senator Smith.

May 25, 2007
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Stop Sponsoring Genocide

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.5287A), co-sponsored by Senator Sampson (D-19) calling on New York companies and government to pull their money from Sudan, in an effort to stop Sudanese government sponsored militia from continuing the ongoing genocide in Darfur."Our State has a moral obligation to support socially constructive investment and to divest from bloody enterprises", said Senator Sampson.

May 23, 2007
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