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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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Bowling For Bone Marrow

There is no time to spare… 

In the crusade to promote awareness about marrow donation and the crucial need for new registrants to join the marrow registry. 

May 21, 2009
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Statement From Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Regarding the Attempted Bombing of Riverdale Jewish Center

“Late last night I was informed that the FBI, NYPD and Homeland Security foiled a plot to detonate a bomb at the Riverdale Jewish Center. I wish to extend my sincere appreciation for their extraordinary work in preventing what would have been a devastating attack.   Freedom to worship is a fundamental right that should never be put in jeopardy. Any threat to that basic right is a threat to us all and must never be tolerated. Our commitment to ensuring the safety for all houses of worship is absolute.  

May 21, 2009
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Legislators and Human Rights Activists Hail the Passage of Legislation to end Barbaric Practice of Shackling Incarcerated Pregnant Women

Albany, NY (May 20, 2009) Human rights advocates and champions of criminal justice reform joined today with sponsors of the “Anti Shackling Bill” (S.1290-A/A.3373-A) to hail the Senate and Assembly’s passage of legislation that prohibits the inhumane practice of shackling pregnant inmates who are in labor.  The “Anti-Shackling Bill” is sponsored by Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblyman Nick Perry  (D-Brooklyn). 

May 20, 2009
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Senate Passes Critical Legislation to Protect Unemployed New Yorkers

Senate Passes Legislation to Aid Unemployed As Tens of Thousands Face Loss of Benefits   Today, the Senate passed critical legislation (S.4110-A) that will provide an additional 13 weeks of extended benefits to nearly 120,000 currently unemployed New Yorkers. This legislation comes at a time when our economy is struggling, as Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and his colleagues are working to turn the economy around and help people find new, fair paying jobs.

May 19, 2009
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Marking Up--In Public

Democracy is coming… 

At around 9:30 this morning in a conference room on the 9th Floor of the Legislative Office Building, something truly historic happened.   

May 19, 2009
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Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Passes Finance Committee

Program will bring unprecedented redevelopment to distressed areas; Legislation Expected to Pass Senate Next Week (Albany, NY) The New York State Senate Finance Committee today passed the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (HRTC) (S2960-A/Valesky), sending this important economic stimulus and community revitalization legislation to the full Senate.  The Senate is expected to pass the measure next week. 

May 19, 2009
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Post-Session Press Availability Regarding Mayoral Control

At the conclusion of session today, the Senate Majority Conference will meet to discuss the Majority Leader’s draft proposal outlining the framework for mayoral control legislation.  Immediately following the discussion, State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith will hold a brief press availability. WHEN: Monday, May 18, 2009 @ approximately 5 PM WHERE: Capitol, Room 328    

May 18, 2009
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Statement from Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Regarding Additional NYC School Closings Due to H1N1

“Today, I was informed by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg that New York City has made the decision to close three more schools in response to increased influenza-like symptoms related to H1N1. I would like to express my deep concern with the evolving situation and applaud the Mayor, Governor and city and state health agencies for their immediate and decisive response.  

May 17, 2009
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Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith & Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer join Queens Elected Officials to Announce the saving of The Cross Bay Bridge Rockaway/Broadchannel Resident Rebate Program

(New York, NY)- Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer, joined by other Queens elected officials, civic associations and community leaders will announce their successful efforts to save the Cross Bay Bridge Rockaway/Broadchannel Resident Rebate Program, preventing nearly 100,000 local residents from facing the only intra-borough toll in the state. 

May 14, 2009
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