Malcolm A. Smith

Top News

Senate Launches New Initiative to Cut Illegal Guns

Operation SNUG to Launch in Eight Communities Across State

(Albany, NY) – In an effort to cut down on illegal guns and gang violence that plagues communities across the State of New York, the State Senate has announced a new initiative, Operation SNUG, that will help local law enforcement and anti-violence community groups engage innovative tactics to steer at-risk New Yorkers away from the culture of gangs and illegal guns.

April 29, 2009
Read more...

I'll Second That (E)motion

For decades, the way the Senate operates has stifled good legislation from getting off the ground. Under the new Senate Majority, we are  empowering every single member of our chamber—Democrat and Republican—to do the work of the people of New York.

Some of these occurences are not flashy or newsworthy--but their obscurity does not change their significance. Take today, for example. Today, the Senate made history, putting partisan rancor aside and rising as a collective body to move two bills towards passage in an especially unique and democratic way.

April 21, 2009
Read more...

Senate Unveils Historic Rules Reform Report

Takes first significant steps toward reversing 40 years of dysfunction

(Albany, NY)- Over the last 40 years, the previous Majority created a mess in Albany that robbed New Yorkers of their government. Under their reign, the Senate was left with a legislative process that stifled debate, eliminated accountability and denied participation. The chaos was so far reaching that the Brennan Center for Justice accurately labeled our Legislature the most dysfunctional in the nation.

April 21, 2009
Read more...

Senate Passes Bill to Bring Farmers Markets Featuring New York Produce to Urban Areas

(Albany, NY) The New York State Senate today unanimously passed legislation (S1676) that will create a program to provide for the planning and development of regional and urban farmers market facilities that will give consumers access to fresh, locally grown New York produce and other goods. This initiative will aid farmers and rural producers by opening up new agriculture markets, while also providing healthier goods at lower costs to communities, particularly urban areas across the state.

April 20, 2009
Read more...

Senate moves IDA Reform Bill

(Albany, NY) The New York State Senate Committee on Local Government today moved path-breaking legislation (S1241) which would reform Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs), to the Senate Finance Committee. The bill, sponsored by Senator Antoine M. Thompson (D-parts of Erie and Niagara Counties), is designed to ensure increased accountability, transparency, and meaningful results from a tax incentives program meant to attract new businesses and help existing ones grow.

April 7, 2009
Read more...

Senate Moves IDA Reform Bill

(Albany, NY) The New York State Senate Committee on Local Government today moved path-breaking legislation (S1241) which would reform Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs), to the Senate Finance Committee. The bill, sponsored by Senator Antoine M. Thompson (D-parts of Erie and Niagara Counties), is designed to ensure increased accountability, transparency, and meaningful results from a tax incentives program meant to attract new businesses and help existing ones grow.

April 7, 2009
Read more...

Pre-Session Press Briefing to Discuss Weekly Agenda

Austin Shafran, Press Secretary for State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith, will hold a pre-session press briefing today to discuss priority issues facing members this week, including committee and legislative agendas.

WHEN: Monday, April 6, 2009 @ 2 P.M.

WHERE: Capitol, Room 328

April 6, 2009
Read more...

Senate Passes Fair Share Tax Reform That Protects 96% of New Yorkers While Raising $4 Billion to Avoid Devastating Cuts to Social Services

Temporary increase on wealthiest 4% will maintain education, healthcare and law enforcement funding for all New Yorkers

(Albany, NY) Today, the Senate, passed the most progressive reform of the tax system in more than three decades. The temporary increase used to prevent dramatic cuts to education for our children, healthcare for seniors, and other services is vital to getting our economy back on track and will protect 96 percent of taxpayers statewide from having any tax increase.

April 3, 2009
Read more...

Statement by Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith on the Tragedy in Binghamton

“Today, a terrible tragedy occurred in the city of Binghamton, in which a dozen people, possibly more, have lost their lives. A truly beautiful community is shaken to its core tonight.   The people of Binghamton have always welcomed me with open arms, and on behalf of the State Senate, I am so very sorry for the pain that they are enduring. But I also know how strong this community is, and have no doubt they will overcome.  

April 3, 2009
Read more...

Senate Majority Preserves Education Funding

Senate holds the line on funding for every region of the state; for the first time in modern history SUNY and CUNY keep returns on tuition increases

April 2, 2009
Read more...

Senate Majority Passes Budget to Create Over 86,000 New Jobs

Senate’s Green Initiatives Institute Will Target Federal Money for New “Green” Jobs

 (Albany, NY) A plan to establish a “green” jobs development institute, put federal money to work creating tens of thousands of new infrastructure jobs and getting more than 1,300 new cops on the street are just some of the job creation efforts included in this year’s budget passed today.

In all, more than 86,000 new jobs statewide are expected through key Senate-led proposals, including:

April 2, 2009
Read more...

Senate Secures Bottle Bill, Green Jobs Initiatives and Environmental Protections in State Budget

(Albany, NY) The FY 2009-10 Environmental Conservation State Budget which passed the State Senate today includes a number of sensible environmentally and economically sound policies that will remove recyclable goods from the waste stream, create additional revenue for the State, and help create thousands of new “green” jobs in a targeted way to maximize results.

April 2, 2009
Read more...

Senate Passes Budget That Invests in Agriculture and New Upstate Economic Opportunity

ALBANY —The enacted 2009-10 State Budget approved today by the New York State Senate will fund agriculture programs at levels close to 43 percent higher than the Executive Budget had proposed, restoring critical programs and investing in the future of our farmers and producers.

April 2, 2009
Read more...

Senate Passes Rockefeller Drug Law Reforms and Invests in Community Safety

(Albany, NY) – The State Senate passed the FY2009-10 public protection budget today that includes many important reforms that will help our state and its public safety officers meet 21st Century needs. Most significant among these changes  is the historic reform of the archaic, costly and ineffective Rockefeller Drug Laws. Among the reforms are a new commitment to drug treatment and the strengthening of penalties for drug kingpins and those who prey on children. 

April 2, 2009
Read more...

Senate, Governor and Assembly Announce Three-Way Agreement to Reform Rockefeller Drug Laws

(Albany, NY)- Today, Governor David A. Paterson, Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver and members of the Senate and the Assembly announced an historic three-way agreement calling for sweeping reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws. The agreement eliminates the ineffective and outdated sentencing law and focuses on treatment rather than punishment to end the deadly cycle of drug addiction.  

March 27, 2009
Read more...

One New York Newscast -- Debut Edition

One New York News One New York News is an exclusive production of the NYS Senate developed to inform you about what is happening in the legislature. The 15 minute newscast will take you across the state and through the Senate Chamber allowing you to have an inside look on legislation and initiatives.

The newscast is scheduled for release every two weeks by the One New York News team.

February 17, 2009
Read more...