Albany, NY) - State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Hollis) joined Senator Jose Peralta and his other colleagues in government in co-sponsoring the DREAM Act, which he hopes will finally get passed during this year's legislative session.The DREAM Act creates a path towards citizenship for undocumented students who have entered the U.S. before the age of 16 and have lived here for five consecutive years since their arrival. They must also have graduated from an American high school, obtained a GED or have been admitted to an institution of higher education.
Remembering the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Reflecting on the memory of Dr. King, Senator Smith said: "When I think of Dr. King, I remember that iconic image of him with his hand outstretched towards the sea of people at the 1963 March on Washington, but he was so much more than a man with a dream. He became the voice and embodiment of the civil rights movement in America and he gave hope to millions of black people across this country that a better future was possible. His belief of bringing about change through non-violent methods is a lesson we would be well-advised to carry with us today."
(Albany, NY) - State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) today announced and applauded the decision by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to designate the area around York College a tax-free zone as part of the Start-Up NY (formerly named Tax Free NY), program, which will bring new businesses and much needed jobs to Southeast Queens.
Queens, NY) - State Sen. Malcolm A. Smith joined other Queens elected officials to kick off the 11th Annual Senior Appreciation Month with a breakfast at the Roy Wilkins Recreation Center in Jamaica. The month-long festivities recognize the accomplishments of the seniors. Luncheons, health forums, musical celebrations and bowling are just some of the numerous activities planned from September 9th - 24th. The Queens electeds are all taking part, including Senator James Sanders Jr., City Councilman Leroy Comrie, City Councilman Ruben Wills, Assemblyman Bill Scarborough, Assemblywoman Michele Titus and Congressman Gregory Meeks.
(Hollis, NY) - Pictured is one of the All Stars of the 9th Annual Jump and Ball Tournament - Aaron Walker, who is a graduate of the Allen Christian School and is attending Archbishop Malloy High School. In addition to his first place trophy, he also recieved a special award for good sportsmanship and character. Also in the photo is Shaun Bell, one of the event's organizers.
(Hollis, NY) - State Sen. Malcolm A. Smith announced today that he will be kicking off the 9th Annual Jump and Ball summer tournament next month at the Daniel O'Connell Park in St. Albans, Queens. Participation is FREE and there will also be a DJ and plenty of complimentary food and drink.
The event, a basket ball and double-dutch tournament co-sponsored by hip-hop artist and renowned actor LL Cool J and Taurus Associates, will take place every weekend from Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 through Sunday, Sept 1, 2013.
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.