(St. Albans, NY)- Senator Malcolm A. Smith held his first Operation Safe Southeast Queens (OSSEQ) meeting for 2011. The meeting consisted of representatives from the offices of Southeast Queens elected officials, local police precincts, the Queens District Attorney’s office, community and civic leaders, clergy and concerned citizens. Through the communication and relationships established at the monthly meeting, Senator Smith and his staff have been effective at targeting traditional “hot spots” and increasing police surveillance thereby curtailing drug activity, prostitution and other issues brought to their attention at the meeting. “Preventing crime and keeping my constituents safe is always my first priority.
“As a nation, we have the moral responsibility to care for the brave 9/11 rescue workers who so tirelessly participated in the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero and as a result have suffered illness or injury. “I am pleased that Congress was able to work together to pass this vital legislation to provide much needed funding for medical treatment for these brave men and women. “I applaud Presided Obama and our Senators, Chuck Schumer and Kristin Gillibrand, and Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler, for their commitment to the passage of this critical bill."
Senate President Malcolm A. Smith joined senior citizens from the Jamaica Service Program For Older Adults (JSPOA) to urge the NYC Department of Mental Health & Hygiene not to eliminate funding to seniors who are mentally and physically ill.
Senate President Malcolm A. Smith distributed more then 200 turkeys during his annual turkey distribution drive. Turkeys were donated by Arverne By The Sea, Farmbria, Food Town, Food World Supermarket, Fresh Direct, Royal Waste Services and Western Beef.
“ Parks are an economic engine and promote tourism throughout the state. 55 Million people visit our state’s parks every year resulting in 1.9 billion in revenue. With the unemployment rate at an all-time high New Yorkers can take relief in knowing that over 20,000 jobs will now be created. With Memorial Day approaching I am certain that the residents of my district as well as New Yorkers throughout the state are eager to utilize our state’s great Parks. ”
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.