New York State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) was joined by Senator Jose Peralta (D- East Elmhurst) Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Bayside)
and dozens of religious leaders from across the city to announce a new program to reduce crime and gun violence in the City of New York. Churches, mosques and other religious institutions will act as policing centers for the local community.
Statement From Senator Malcolm A. Smith RE: Teacher Evaluations I have attached the Teacher Evaluation Bill for your review which provides for public disclosure of the final quality ratings composite and effectiveness scores of teachers and building principals. This bill affords complete transparency to parents and allows for them to get information by phone or in person from their child’s principal. “ It was imperative that we get this matter on the floor before the close of session. It will afford parents more transparency with regard to the quality of educators in their children’s classrooms, while protecting the precious rights to privacy that all citizens deserve.
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.