Malcolm A. Smith
This was the official website for Malcolm A. Smith.
Malcolm A. Smith was a Democratic member of the New York State Senate for the 14th district, a portion of southeast Queens that includes Hollis, St. Albans, Cambria Heights, Queens Village, Springfield Gardens and parts of Jamaica. From 2009 to 2010, Smith was Temporary President of the New York State Senate, the first African American to hold that position.
On April 2, 2013, Smith was arrested by the FBI on federal corruption and other charges. The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the New York FBI alleged that Smith attempted to secure a spot on the Republican ballot in the 2013 New York City mayoral election through bribery of New York City Councilman Dan Halloran and two other Republican officials who were also arrested.
In September 2014 primary voters in Queens rejected Smith, mainly due to his indictment on corruption charges of bribery and extortion. His opponent Leroy Comrie, a former city councilman, won in a landslide. The following year Malcolm A. Smith was convicted of all charges against him, and sentenced to 7 years in federal prison.
The content below is from this site's 2005-2008 archived pages.
STATEMENT FROM STATE SENATOR MALCOLM A. SMITH circa 2008
"Today, as an Elector for the people of New York, I will have the honor of casting a vote for Barack Obama to become the next President of the United States. 145 years since Abraham Lincoln declared all people, regardless of race, to be free citizens and just 50 years since our country recognized that separate is never equal and segregation can never be tolerated, I am deeply humbled to have the privilege of being part of the process to formally elect the first African American President.
The voters of New York have spoken, asking for change and a new approach to governing and government. With our new president in Washington and a new day in Albany, I look forward to bringing the voters the change we need."
In the News 2008
Sean Bell Verdict
Monday, April 28, 2008
On Friday, April 25 I sent a letter to the United States Attorney General after the verdict in the Sean Bell case was announced seeking an investigation of the facts of this case under federal criminal civil rights laws. As you may know, on Friday afternoon, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and the FBI, New York Field Division, announced that they are undertaking an investigation of the facts and circumstances of this case.
Capitol Visits Our Capitol Building is the focal point of an impressive complex of Government buildings which make a rewarding and educational visitor experience. That is why I am pleased to offer my assistance in arranging Tours of the State Capitol, the State Museum and the Empire State Plaza. If you are planning a visit, contact my officeto assist in your planning -- we will answer questions regarding trips and advise you when the Legislature is in session.
Thursday, March 8, 2007
Statement from Senator Malcolm A. Smith on the Anniversary of the March on Selma
Being in Selma to commemorate the historic events of 42 years ago was a highly emotional experience for me. It filled me with a sense of great humility and gratitude for the generation of leaders that came before me, who literally risked life and limb so that future generations would enjoy greater freedom and greater opportunities.
President Bill Clinton's offer to travel with him to be part of the March, witness his induction to the Voting Rights Hall of Fame and the 4 hours of conversation was an experience I will never forget. He is one of the most charming and brilliant individuals I have ever had the pleasure to meet.
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Statement from Senator Malcolm A. Smith on the Worker's comp agreement
State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith said "Reform of the State's Workers' Compensation system has been one of the most contentious issues facing our State Government. The fact that both the Business Council of New York and the AFL-CIO are supportive of the Governor's proposal speaks volumes about the merits of the agreement. Once again message delivered, message received, action taken."
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
The Senate Minority Applaud Bonacic Measure to Equalize Resources Among Legislators
Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith today applauded Senator John Bonacic (R-New Paltz) for introducing a measure requiring that all Legislators receive equal allocations to run their offices and serve their constituents.
Smith noted the measure is one long supported by Senate Minority, most recently during the adoption of Senate Rules.
"This is a true reform measure," Smith said. "It would ensure that all New Yorkers receive adequate and equal representation, as guaranteed by our Constitution."
Bonacic’s measure would provide "reasonable additional assistance for Committee Chairs and Ranking Members," who have additional responsibilities.
Smith said he is pleased "members of the Majority conference are adopting the reform measures that Senate Minority has long advocated. Real changes and real reform are finally coming to Albany and to the State Senate."
Friday, March 2, 2007
THE ETHICS REFORM BILL PASSED BY THE STATE SENATE TODAY
Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith said the ethics reform bill passed by the State Senate today "contains many of the provisions Senate Minority have been trying for years to enact."
Smith noted that the Senate Minority Conference attempted in January to reform the rules of the Senate to make it more accountable and responsive to the people of New York. The proposals were rejected by the Majority.
In the three most recent Senate elections, The Senate Minority voiced a strong reform message and emerged victorious in districts that had been represented by the Majortiy.
Newly-elected State Senator Craig Johnson (D-Port Washington) who won a February 6 special election, said "One reason health care and property taxes have soared over the last decade is that our Legislature has been too dysfunctional to appropriately address the issue. This measure brings us closer to our goal of a properly functioning State government, which for the people of New York will be a less expensive State government."
Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) who defeated a 20 year Senante Majority incumbent in 2006, said the ethics reform bill "brings us closer to fulfilling the promise we made to voters to bring real change to Albany. Senate Democrats will continue the fight to make our State Government accountable and responsive to the people."
Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) a vocal proponent of reform who first came to Albany in 2004, said "this measure is a positive step towards a State Government that has the full faith and confidence of the people it represents." Valesky credited Governor Spitzer for "using his mandate to smash the status quo," and noted that the Governor set the tone for ethics reform shortly after taking office when he initiated changes in the regulations governing the Executive’s office.
The bill passed by the Senate includes anti-nepotism provisions, today:
· Prohibits gifts from lobbyists and their clients of more than nominal value, including travel, lodging and other expenses, and broaden the types of lobbying activities that lobbyists must disclose;
· Prohibits elected government officials and candidates for elected local, state or federal office from appearing in taxpayer-funded advertisements;
· Closes the "revolving door" loophole by prohibiting former legislative employees from directly lobbying the Legislature for two years, and expands the revolving door restrictions for Executive Chamber employees to preclude appearances before any state agency;
· Prohibits non-legislative employees from using their authority or influence to "compel or induce" any other employee to make political contributions;
· Prohibits state employees from participating in any personnel decision or contracting matter concerning a relative.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Senator Smith Speaking at NYS Inter-Agency Black History Month Celebration
Good Morning! I wanted to let everyone on my team know that I will be speaking today at the New York State Inter-Agency Black History Month Celebration, an event celebrating the story of Africans in the Americas. The program, which begins at noon, will be held in ESP Meeting Room 6.
I hope that many of you will be able to attend and lend your support for Black History Month, an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices of the past, and in our dreams for the future. I look forward to seeing you later today.