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Senator Smith Renews Call For Sweeping Government Reform Following Governor's State Of The State Address

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.

January 19, 2006
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State Senator Malcolm A. Smith Urges Mayor Bloomberg To Approve The Signing Of Apartment Leases For Hurricane Katrina Evacuees

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) today released a letter he wrote to Mayor Bloomberg regarding the critical housing situation affecting the Hurricane Katrina evacuees in New York. The Queens lawmaker is asking for New York City to consider signing apartment leases on behalf of hurricane evacuees.

January 18, 2006
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State Senator Malcolm A. Smith Urges Governor Pataki To Approve Kidney Transplant Program For The Queens Community

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) today released a letter he wrote to Governor Pataki urging approval of NSUH’s application to create a kidney transplant program that would serve the Queen’s community. "The fact that there is still not one single kidney transplant program in either Queens or Nassau counties, illustrates the need to establish one as soon as possible. For my constituents, who need kidney transplantation, their only option is to travel to another county to receive the medical care they require.

January 13, 2006
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith Announces Minimum Wage Increase And Unemployment Insurance Update

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) announced today that New York’s minimum wage rate will increase from the current rate of $6.00 to $6.75. This change will take effect on January, 1, 2006, and will increase again on January 1, 2007. "As of January 1, 2006 minimum wage employees in New York State will receive a much needed increase in their wages. As of January 1, 2007, the minimum wage rate will increase again, to $7.15 an hour.

December 27, 2005
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith Announces Enrollment Period For Merrick Academy Has Begun

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) announced today that the enrollment period for Merrick Academy’s 2006/2007 school year has begun. The school’s application deadline for grades K-6 is January 9, 2006, with a public lottery being held on January 18, 2006. "Merrick Academy is a great option for parents looking for an alternative education for their children.

December 21, 2005
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Senator Malcolm Smith Announces New York State's College Aid Awareness Network (CAAN) Project Aimed At Helping Families Pay For College

State Senator Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) today announced the New York State’s College Aid Awareness Network (CAAN) project, a year long series of special projects and events aimed at helping students and families pay for college. CAAN is a cooperative project of the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association (NYSFAAA) and the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC).

December 15, 2005
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith Announces Major Housing Initiative

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) announced today that he will be advancing a "Major Housing Initiative" during the 2006 legislative session. The initiative aims to address the affordable housing shortage in New York. "It is imperative that we as a State provide affordable and safe housing for all New Yorkers. Now more than ever, buying a home is a difficult and sometimes impossible task for many New Yorkers.

December 8, 2005
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith Announces New Transit Rules For NYC Commuters

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) announced today that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be adopting new procedures regarding the conduct and safety of its passengers. The new rules went into effect on December 5th, 2005, for people who ride NYC Transit buses, subways and transit facilities.

December 8, 2005
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith Announces Retirement Seminar Hosted By WWRL 1600 AM

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) announced today that WWRL 1600 AM, New York’s Urban Talk Station, will be hosting a free seminar entitled "Surviving Retirement." The seminar is designed to cover a wide range of topics regarding health issues, and financial and legal matters pertaining to seniors. This is a valuable seminar for both seniors and their caretakers.

November 9, 2005
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Senator Malcolm Smith Encourages Queens Community To Attend New York Historical Society's Slavery In New York Exhibit

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) announced today that the New-York Historical Society is presenting a Slavery in New York Exhibit. The exhibit spans from the 1600’s to 1827, when slavery was abolished in the state of New York. It focuses on the experiences of Africans and African-Americans in New York City.

November 7, 2005
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State Senator Malcolm A. Smith Urges Governor Pataki To Apply For A Federal Disaster Emergency Declaration

In a recent letter to Governor Pataki, State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) urged the Governor to apply to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a Federal Disaster Emergency Declaration, specifically for the Hurricane Katrina evacuation. By obtaining a formal declaration, New York will be available for federal assistance as the entire state works to assist those affected by the hurricane. "I am pleased the Governor took action so quickly in applying for the declaration, and now we have that designation.

October 4, 2005
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State Senator Malcolm A. Smith Announces Laborers Local #79 Apprenticeship Program

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) announced today that the Laborers Local #79 -- Construction Craft Laborers are seeking recruits for their apprenticeship program. With over 9,000 members, General Building Laborers' Local 79 serves the five Boroughs of New York City. Established in 1996 through a consolidation of ten labor unions, Local 79's scope of work includes: Mason Tending, Interior & Total Demolition, General Conditions and Restoration Work.

September 29, 2005
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State Senator Malcolm A. Smith To Continue Listening Tour Into The Month Of October

          State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) announced today that he will be changing select dates on his district wide listening tour. The tour, originally slated to continue in September, will now be extended into October.          "After a productive and historic session year, I am excited to visit these communities and discuss important issues with my constituents.

September 26, 2005
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State Senator Malcolm A. Smith Asks President Bush To Intervene On Behalf Of New York State

In a recent letter to President George W. Bush, State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) implored him to intervene on behalf of New York State citizens who are suffering economically because of outrageous gas price increases. "I felt the need to contact the President on behalf of my constituents. In every community in New York, hardworking individuals are desperately trying to keep up with rapidly rising gas prices. From August 30th to August 31st alone, gas prices rose 50 cents a gallon in just one night!

September 6, 2005
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State Senator Malcolm Smith Announces "Jump & Ball" Tournament For Queens Kids

State Senator Malcolm S. Smith (D-Queens) today announced Todd Smith’s "JUMP & BALL" basketball and double-dutch tournament will take place through the month of August into Labor Day weekend. Specifically, the basketball tournament will consist of 2 divisions with 80 kids per division, playing in a "Win or Go Home" game. The double-dutch competition, which is primarily female, will consist of 8 teams, showcasing their creativity, skill and talent. Both tournaments will be held at the Daniel M. O’Connell Park) OCP, located at 196th Street and Murdock Avenue in St. Albans.

August 8, 2005
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State Senator Malcolm Smith Announces Recruiting Event For JFK International Airport

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith announced today that JFK International Airport is holding a recruiting event this Friday, July 29, 2005. The event is being held to recruit Security Guards for the airport.

"In the past few years, security has increasingly become a concern of many citizens, especially while traveling. Providing well trained security professionals to our State’s airports is a necessity, which is why I am so pleased that JFK is holding this recruiting event," said Senator Smith.

July 25, 2005
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State Senator Malcolm A. Smith To Host Listening Tour

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) announced today that he will be embarking on a district wide listening tour that will take place during the months of July and September. "After a productive and historic session year, I am excited to visit these communities and discuss important issues with my constituents.

July 11, 2005
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith To Co-Sponsor The NYC Department Of Housing Preservation And Development Homeownership Forum

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) announced today that he will be co-sponsoring the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s (HPD) homeownership forum. The event will take place on July 12, at 6:30 pm at the Southern Queens Park Association located in Jamaica, NY.

"I am thrilled to be able to co-sponsor this important event with the HPD. I hope that this event will be beneficial to first-time home buyers as well as homeowners who are considering home improvements," said Senator Smith.

July 11, 2005
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Senator Malcolm Smith's Bill To Commemorate September 11th Is Passed By The Senate Transportation Committee

          Senator Malcom A. Smith (D-Queens) announced today his bill creating a "September eleventh, two thousand one remembrance" license plate program has been passed by the Senate Transportation Committee. The bill is now being reviewed by the Senate Finance Committee.

June 1, 2005
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Senator Malcolm Smith Introduces No-fault Divorce Bill

State Senator Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) announced today that he has introduced a bill that would allow New Yorkers to file for a no-fault divorce based on the grounds of irreconcilable differences. "New York is the only state without some sort of no-fault divorce law, it is time to remedy this situation and amend the domestic relations law," said Senator Smith. Currently, couples filing for divorce in New York State can claim one of four fault-based grounds for divorce: cruel and inhumane treatment, adultery, abandonment and imprisonment.

May 24, 2005
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