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G.E., Paterson, Smith, Others Announce Plans for New Plant Upstate

PolitickerBy Jimmy Vielkind

NISKAYUNA—Flanked by government officials, including David Paterson, General Electric C.E.O. Jeff Immelt announced plans to build a $100 million battery manufacturing plant in the Capital Region.

May 13, 2009
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ARRA You There?

Almost every day, stimulus funds are being put directly to work on behalf of all New Yorkers. One of the best ways to ensure transparency in funding is to tell you exactly how we are investing these taxpayer dollars.  

Yesterday, I was proud to take part in the announcement of an exciting $15 Million public-private partnership between our Empire State Development (ESD), New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and General Electric (GE’s).  

May 13, 2009
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Senate Elections Committee to Hold Final Hearing this Month Introducing Proposals to Update and Reform the State's Poll Site Accessibility and Absentee Ballot Laws, and Poll Site Operations

WHEN: Thursday May 14th, 10 AM – 1 PM WHERE: Syracuse Common Council Chambers, 233 East Washington Street, City Hall 4th Floor, Syracuse, New York 

May 13, 2009
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May 13, 2009
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Statement from Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith re: Marriage Equality Legislation

“The momentum is shifting- marriage equality will be a reality in New York and I welcome that day. Today, it will be passed by the Assembly, and I congratulate Speaker Silver, Assemblyman O’Donnell and their colleagues for a noteworthy achievement. It is my goal to realize that same accomplishment in the Senate and as a strong supporter of marriage equality legislation, I will continue to work until we have sufficient votes to pass it. 

May 12, 2009
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Senate Announces Economic Development Task Force, Partners With Business To Initiate New Program That Will Create Jobs

(Albany, NY)-The New York State Senate on Monday will announce the formation of an economic development task force made up of 29 business and community leaders from across the state charged with developing a new incentivization program that will better attract companies to New York State and encourage businesses to generate jobs.  

May 11, 2009
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Statement From Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Regarding Incident Involving Senator Kevin Parker

“After learning of the incident involving Senator Kevin Parker, I have decided to strip the senator of his leadership position as Majority Whip, and Chairman of the Energy Committee, effective immediately.

Furthermore, payment of the stipend for his leadership position has been suspended.

These are serious charges which demand the attention of the proper authorities, and my decision today will stand until resolution of the proceedings that Senator Parker faces.”

May 9, 2009
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Senate Passes MTA Bailout And Reform Package

Albany, NY) Today, The New York State Senate passed the Senate’s MTA bailout and reform package (S.5451) that will save straphangers from costly fare hikes, crippling service cuts and finally enact much-needed oversight and accountability to an agency that has demonstrated poor fiscal management and dubious accounting practices for decades.   At the Senate’s demands, a forensic audit will be conducted by an outside body, which will clean up the mess and fraud within the MTA, something the previous Majority refused to do during 43 years in control.

May 7, 2009
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My 'Bridge To Somewhere': NYSenate.gov

Some Majority Leaders built roads and some built baseball stadiums.

My goal as the new Leader in the Senate is to build a different type of infrastructure: one that is more immediate, more meaningful, and takes us into a new era of direct democracy.

Today, we roll out an entirely new New York State Senate website: NYSenate.gov.

May 7, 2009
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Senate Votes on MTA Bailout and Reform Package

Legislation will fundamentally change the way the MTA operates and prevent devastating fare hikes and services cuts

(Albany, NY) The New York State Senate today will vote on the Senate’s MTA bailout and reform package that will save straphangers from costly fare hikes and crippling service cuts, while also finally enacting much-needed oversight and accountability to an agency that has demonstrated poor fiscal management and dubious accounting practices. At the Senate’s demands, a forensic audit will be conducted by an outside body.

May 6, 2009
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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