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Statement By Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Regarding Governor's Agreement With Civil Service Employees Association And Public Employees Federation

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.

June 5, 2009
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Senate Facilitates Small “Food” Business Growth

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. 

June 4, 2009
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Senate Passes "UB2020" Economic Development & Academic Growth Plan

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.  

June 3, 2009
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Senate Passes Landmark Government Reform Bill

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.” 

June 3, 2009
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Senate Approves Members To SUNY, HESC Boards

(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.  

June 3, 2009
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Senate Elections Committee Holds Albany Hearing On Campaign Finance Reform

(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. 

June 3, 2009
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A More Democratic New York Through Ethics Reform

When I became Senate Majority Leader, one of my priorities was fostering a more effective government for the people of New York through reform. That reform has come on a variety of fronts, and ranges from using new technologies to holding public hearings to changing the Senate’s longstanding rules.

June 2, 2009
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Senate Elections Committee Holds Albany Hearing On Campaign Finance Reform

WHEN: Wednesday, June 3rd, 10 AM – 1 PM WHERE: Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room B, Albany, New York, 12247  

June 2, 2009
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Senate Passes Property Tax Breaks For Cold War Veterans

Measure puts Cold War vets on par with others & also extends to co-ops (Albany, NY) The New York State Senate today recognized the service and sacrifice of Cold War veterans by voting to allow for local municipalities to increase the level of property tax breaks available to these veterans. Under the current law, Cold War vets are not offered the same breaks as other “combat” veterans. 

June 1, 2009
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Senate Passes Legislation To Protect Newborns From Flu

Bill requires flu vaccine access in hospitals with neonatal intensive care units (Albany, NY)- Today, the New York State Senate passed legislation (S3911A) that would require any hospital with a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to offer flu vaccine to the parents and anticipated caregivers of newborns currently in the NICU. 

June 1, 2009
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Joint Hearing On Property Tax Assessment

The Senate Standing Committee on Local Government and the Assembly Standing Committee on Real Property Taxation will be holding a public hearing on Monday, June 1, 2009 to evaluate the effectiveness of current real property assessment practices.  The public, local officials and academic experts will discuss the effectiveness of current real property assessment practices in producing fair and equitable assessments across New York State.  

June 1, 2009
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Coming Clean: Gov. Paterson and State Senate Raise Hopes of Ethics Reform in Albany

The Daily News

Could it be that corrupt, dysfunctional Albany is on the verge of cleaning up its act? There are signs that reform is making headway in a state government steeped in muck.

June 1, 2009
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Senate Ethics Committee Launches Statewide Hearings on Ethics Reform Proposals

Four Bills on Hearing Agenda: Commission on Governmental Ethics; Increased Disclosure; “Pay-to-Play” Contribution Limits; and Campaign Funds Personal-Use Restrictions

(Albany, NY) The New York State Senate Ethics Committee today began a series of three public hearings throughout the state to listen to comments and ideas from the public about several ethics reform proposals. The basis of the hearings are four bills, two each from Senator Liz Krueger and Senator Daniel Squadron.

May 28, 2009
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MAS Reports: A Brief History

In 2003, I began to publish a monthly MAS Report. It began as a simple flier that I handed out in the community and put in the office for people to pick up and read about all the work we had been doing on behalf of our constituents in the 14th District.

Sometimes, we would even go down to the local subway station and hand them out--just to make sure that people knew that we were here to help them.

May 27, 2009
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Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Passes Senate; Brings Redevelopment To Distressed Communities

(Albany, NY) The New York State Senate unanimously passed today a vitally important economic stimulus and community revitalization program: the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (HRTC) (S2960-B/Valesky).  

May 27, 2009
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Bipartisan Senate Cosponsorship of Cuomo Bill

Capitol Confidential, Albany Times UnionBy Irene Jay Liu

The legislature is moving quickly to act on the local government consolidation legislation promoted by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

Bill A8501/S5661 is being cosponsored by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb. It is on today’s calendars for the Local Governments and Ways and Means Committees and is expected to reach the floor for a vote this week.

May 27, 2009
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Statement From Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Regarding The Ethics Reform Legislation

“I have long recognized that it is imperative that the Legislature meets the standards the people of New York deserve from their elected representatives by enacting real ethics reform. The Legislature needs to take the lead to restore the public’s trust in the institutions charged with serving the people. 

May 26, 2009
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Statement From Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Regarding The Nomination Of Judge Sonia Sotomayor To U.S. Supreme Court

“President Obama has made an exceptional choice in his nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Sotomayor is a principled and dedicated jurist who has earned an extraordinary reputation throughout her distinguished career which includes serving as a federal judge for the past 10 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Once confirmed, Judge Sotomayor will become the first Hispanic in history elevated to the Court.  

May 26, 2009
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Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a special holiday--a day during which we honor the spirit of all those who died in service to our nation and whom we continue to remember and honor in our hearts.

May 22, 2009
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Senate Honors Our Military This Memorial Day by Advancing Voting Rights Bill for Those Serving Abroad

In recognition of the outstanding service of our military personnel this Memorial Day, the New York State Senate will be working in the weeks ahead to pass legislation which would make it significantly easier for military and other overseas voters to apply for and obtain an absentee ballot, and to expand the time frame for returning these ballots.  

May 22, 2009
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