“Unlike the Senate Republicans today, Senate Democrats will fulfill their constitutional duty and attend the extraordinary session tomorrow at 3 PM despite concerns our Conference has raised about the constitutionality of the special session,” said Austin Shafran, spokesman for Senate President Malcolm A. Smith.
Immediately following today’s extraordinary session, Senate President and Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith, Democratic Conference Leader John L. Sampson and members of the Senate Majority Conference will hold a press availability. WHERE: Majority Conference Room 332, 3rd Floor, Capitol WHEN: Wednesday, June 24th, Immediately following session
(Albany, NY)- Today, Senate President and Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and Senate Democratic Conference Leader John L. Sampson sent a letter to Governor David A. Paterson addressing legal concerns the Conference has with the extraordinary session called for by the Governor.
(Albany, NY) – Yesterday, the New York State Senate, led by President and Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and Democratic Conference Leader John L. Sampson, passed legislation extending the Power for Jobs program which provides low cost power to businesses and non-profits across the state. If the program was not extended, New York faced the potential loss of over 250,000 jobs.
Senate President and Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith, Democratic Conference Leader John L. Sampson and members of the Senate Majority Conference will hold a press availability at 8 PM today. WHERE: Majority Conference Room 332, 3rd Floor, Capitol WHEN: 8 PM, June 23rd, 2009 COORDINATES (8 – 8:15 PM):
"Today, the Senate Republicans again brought disgrace and shame to the Senate when they attempted to conduct another sham legislative session. Governor Paterson called a special session so the Senate could act on legislation critical to millions of New Yorkers, but once again, the Senate Republicans showed they are so desperate for power, they tried to prevent real work from getting done. We are governing.
(New York, NY)- Today, the Senate Democratic Conference renewed their call for a fair, reasonable and bipartisan solution to ensure that the extraordinary session Governor David A. Paterson has indicated he will call for will result in the passage of critical and time sensitive legislation.
(Albany, NY)- Today, the Albany County Supreme Court ruled that the issue of control over the State Senate was for the Senate to decide and not the court. The court also recognized only the validity of the January 7, 2009 election of Senator Malcolm A. Smith as Temporary President of the New York State Senate.
Attached please find a letter from Senators Smith and Sampson and a revised proposal for a Bipartisan Operating Agreement for the New York State Senate, effective until 11:59pm on Monday, June 22, unless otherwise extended by the parties.
Statement from Temporary President of the Senate Malcolm A. Smith andMajority Conference Leader John L. Sampson
“Cooperation is necessary to do the basic business of the Senate, since neither conference can convene a quorum without the cooperation of the other.
Today the Democratic Senate Conference offered a bi-partisan agreement to resume the people’s business in a fair manner – this offer was rejected by the Senate Republican Conference and Senator Espada.
“The Temporary President and Majority Leader, Senator Malcolm A. Smith, was elected to a two year term pursuant to a resolution passed by a majority of Senators in January 2009. The purported coup was an unlawful violation of New York State law and the Senate rules and we do not accept it. The Senate Majority is fully prepared to go back to the people’s work, but will not enter the chamber to be governed by unlawful rules.
On today’s Fred Dicker Show, Austin Shafran, Press Secretary for Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith discussed Pedro Espada and the Senate Republicans’ illegal attempt to overturn the vote of the people and hijack the New York State Senate. Audio of the interview is available at: https://rcpt.yousendit.com/698559946/b60bda3732b334f071c545ff64a6a89e
“This was an illegal and unlawful attempt to gain control of the Senate and reverse the will of the people who voted for a Democratic Majority. Nothing has changed, Senator Malcolm A. Smith remains the duly elected Temporary President and Majority Leader. The real Senate Majority is anxious to get back to governing, and will take immediate steps to get us back to work.”
During times of economic distress, we must remain committed to the principle of shared sacrifice. The public sector, private enterprise and our government must find ways to cut costs and do more with less. I applaud Governor Paterson and the public employee unions for finding a compromise that reduces the size of government in a responsible way while maintaining our commitment to protect the hundreds of thousands of hard-working employees who make up our state workforce.
Passes grants program for small-scale food processing facilities putting people to work, utilizing NYS products in recipes. (Albany, NY)-The New York State Senate has passed S3594, legislation that promotes the development of small businesses, particularly those in distressed communities, by enabling small-scale food processors to apply for funding from the Empire State Economic Development Fund.
Tens of Thousands of Jobs & Hundreds of Millions in New Investments Expected (Albany, NY) The New York State Senate late today passed “UB2020”, major economic development legislation sponsored by Senator William Stachowski (D-Lake View) that will create a groundbreaking pilot program for the University of Buffalo to advance the university’s growth as an academic and research center, and revitalize Western New York’s economy.
Legislation Empowers Communities to Reduce Tax Burden (Albany, NY) – Today, the New York State Senate passed landmark government reform and consolidation legislation (S5661) that empowers local communities across the state to reduce the tax burden facing New Yorkers by establishing a process to eliminate unneeded and costly “special districts.”
(Albany, NY) Today, the New York State Senate announced the appointment of four individuals to critical positions on the boards of the State University of New York (SUNY) and the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC). In successfully filling these positions, the Senate continues to demonstrate its commitment to a quality, efficient and well-run educational system for all New Yorkers.
(Albany, NY)- Wednesday, the Senate Elections Committee, Chaired by Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), held a public hearing in Albany to solicit public comment on proposed campaign finance reforms to reinvigorate participatory democracy. Along with last week’s hearing in Rochester this concludes the third set in a series of five hearings that will continue in September and November.
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.