Senator Malcolm A. Smith was unanimously elected by his colleagues today to be the next leader of the Senate's Minority Conference. He will officially assume the post January 1, when the current leader,David A. Paterson, is sworn in as Lt. Governor. Smith, first elected to the State Senate in 2000, said the coming legislative session will be a pivotal one for the Minority Conference and New York State.
State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) today praised a new law extending health insurance coverage to children diagnosed with autism, a neurobiological condition. Under existing law, many health insurance plans that routinely cover similar neurobiological disorders do not cover autism treatment. "Timing is especially critical in addressing this medical condition, which typically appears during the first three years of life, affecting a child’s ability to communicate and learn," said Senator Smith.
New Yorkers wishing to remember the events of September 11, 2001, will have a new way of doing so, thanks to Senate passage of a bill co-sponsored by Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens).
The bill, S.8035A, creates the distinctive "September 11, 2001, Remembrance" license plate, which will be available for issuance upon request by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Eighty percent of the annual $25 service charge will go to the World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship Program, which will provide scholarship money for the families of September 11 victims.
Senator Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) today announced his support of capping New York’s state tax on gasoline to provide immediate and much-needed reductions in pump prices for New Yorkers, while renewing calls for a comprehensive state and national policy to reduce energy consumption and replace fossil fuels in the next ten years. "While capping state taxes on gasoline offers New Yorkers some short-term relief, the bigger issue is finding ways to reduce consumption and replacing finite energy resources like coal, oil and natural gas with cheaper, renewable energy sources," said Senator
State Senator Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) today announced that the Queens Department of Parks & Recreation will receive $50,000 toward a Greenstreet project in Queens. The funding will be used for planting and landscaping. "I am thrilled that there will be another Greenstreet project in Queens. The beautification of our city streets is certainly a necessity and will benefit the entire community," said Senator Smith. The Queens lawmaker noted that he began a beautification project in Queens known as the "Adopt a Strip" program over a year ago.
State Senator Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) today released a letter he recently wrote to SUNY Chancellor John Ryan regarding the Legislature’s review of SUNY’s procurement process. In his letter the Senator details his concerns over SUNY’s effort in contracting with minority and women owned businesses. "I felt the need to reach out to Chancellor Ryan to share my distress over the lack of outreach to minority and women’s businesses. I think it is important that we examine this issue and encourage SUNY to take a look at its contracting practices," said Senator Smith.
State Senator Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) today voted to override the Governor’s veto of $3.4 million to fund New York’s school-based Health Centers. SBHCs provide on-site primary care and mental health services, serving over 200,000 students in the highest-need areas of the state. "Without a doubt, school-based health centers have proven to be one of the most effective programs in New York’s public health care system," said Senator Smith. "My Senate colleagues and I fought hard this year, like we do every year, to increase funding for these exemplary health clinics.
State Senator Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) today announced that the Legislature added millions of dollars in funding to the State budget for programs that enhance public safety and aid victims of violent crime. "Programs that protect victims of domestic violence and sexual assault are important in every corner of New York. That’s why I worked diligently this year to ensure that funds were distributed across the state for programs that provide services to victims, and assist law enforcement in investigating predators," said Senator Smith.
State Senator Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) today announced his Senate cable tv show schedule. ‘At the Roundtable with Senator Malcolm Smith’ airs on QPTV twice a month. "I want to make all of my constituents aware of my monthly cable show. I encourage everyone in my district to watch these programs so they can be aware of what issues are on the forefront here in Albany as well as what is on the horizon for the Queens community," said Senator Smith.
State Senator Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) today announced that he is sponsoring tough new crime legislation that would increase the jail time of violent criminals convicted of raping a child. "As a matter of public safety, its vital that we increase the penalties for violent crimes like the sexual assault of a child to keep these predators off the street.
State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) today announced that he introduced a budget amendment to create more workforce rental developments in New York State. The Senator said he is optimistic that both sides of the isle will come together on this new housing proposal that moves the New York state government to a more efficient method of using surplus resources.
State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) today announced that he has received a response from the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) regarding a letter he wrote to the Executive Director about complaints made by passengers of the Access A Ride service.
State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) announced today that North Shore University Hospital’s (NSUH) application to create a kidney transplant program to serve the Queen’s community, has been approved by the New York State Department of Health. The hospital received a letter of approval in January from the Department of Health stating that the last outstanding contingency for their certificate of need had been met.
State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) announced today that the New York State Department of Correctional Services is recruiting trainees to fill Correction Officer positions. The New York State Department of Correctional Services is responsible for the confinement of approximately 65,000 inmates held at 70 state correctional facilities. Interested employees must successfully complete a yearlong training program.
On the thirty-third anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision for women’s reproductive rights, Senator Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) warned of the current challenge to these rights by national right-wing ideologues and the Bush administration and said New Yorkers must remain vigilant in the face of these attacks. "In 1973 the Supreme Court wisely decided that women's health care decisions should be made by women and their doctors -- not by politicians," said Senator Smith. "Since then Roe v. Wade has saved many women from dangerous illegal abortions.
State Senator Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) today announced that the New York City Parks and Recreation lifeguard recruitment has begun for their 2006 summer season. "Working as a lifeguard is a wonderful opportunity for young people who are interested in public safety. Having well trained lifeguards is vital for New York’s Parks and Recreation.
State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) today released a letter he wrote to the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) regarding complaints made by passengers of the Access A Ride service. In his letter, the Senator asks the MTA to investigate the matter.
State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) announced today that he will once again embark on a district wide listening tour. "After a productive listening tour this past fall, I am excited to revisit communities in my district to discuss important issues with my constituents.
Following the Governor’s annual State of the State Address, Senator Smith (D- Queens) called on the Legislature to pass sweeping reform measures meant to improve our public schools, strengthen Medicaid, lower taxes, create jobs and allow state government to better serve New Yorkers. "The momentum for change is springing up across the state in communities like ours.
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.