Malcolm Smith

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Malcolm Smith
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New York Senate District 14
Incumbent
In office
2000 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 14
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$172/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedMarch 2000 (special election)
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sFordham University
Master'sAdelphi University
OtherUniversity of Pennsylvania
Personal
BirthdayAugust 9, 1956
Place of birthQueens, NY
ProfessionBusinessman
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Malcolm A. Smith (b. August 9, 1956) is a Democratic member of the New York State Senate, representing District 14. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election in March 2000. He previously served as President Pro Tempore, and as Minority Leader in 2009, then became temporary President.

Biography

Smith earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Fordham University in 1978 and his MBA in Finance/Operations Management from Adelphi University. He also earned his Negotiations Certificate from Harvard Law School and his "Strategies for Governing in an Economic Crisis" Certificate from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

His professional experience includes working as a City Hall Assistant for former Mayor Edward I. Koch, as Chief Aide for former City Council Member Archie Spigner, as a member of the National Advance Staff for Former Vice-Presidential Candidate Geraldine Ferraro, and developer for the Challenge to Minority Banks Program. Smith then worked as Procurement Manager for the New York City Office of Economic Development from 1985 to 1986 and as District Manager for Congressman Floyd H. Flake from 1986 to 1991. In 1991, he founded the Smith Development Corporation. He served as President of the Smith Darmon Group-Developers from 1991 to 1999.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Smith served on the following committees:

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Codes
Education
Environmental Conservation
Housing, Construction and Community Development
Judiciary
Social Services, Chair
Transportation

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Smith served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Smith served on these committees:

Elections

2014

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New York State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place September 9, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Leroy Comrie defeated incumbent Malcolm Smith and Munir Avery in the Democratic primary. Comrie is also running on the Working Families Party ticket. Comrie is unchallenged in the general election.[1]

2012

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

Smith ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 14. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. Smith was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

New York State Senate, District 14, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMalcolm Smith Incumbent 100% 86,417
Total Votes 86,417

2010

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2010

Smith ran unopposed in the September 14 primary. He defeated Samuel Benoit (R) in the general election.[5][6] Smith ran as a member of the Democratic and Independence parties.

New York State Senate, General Election Results, District 14 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Malcolm Smith (D) 43,356
Samuel Benoit (R) 7,798
Everly Brown (Conservative) 2,033

2008

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Malcolm Smith ran unopposed and won the election for New York State Senate, District 14 with 72,885 votes.[7][8]

Smith raised $1,730,793 for his campaign.[9]

New York State Senate, District 14 2008
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Malcolm Smith (D) 72,885

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Malcolm Smith is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Malcolm Smith raised a total of $3,633,656 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 20, 2013.[10]

Malcolm Smith's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Senate, District 14 Won $279,574
2010 New York State Senate, District 14 Won $1,065,764
2008 New York State Senate, District 14 Won $1,730,793
2006 New York State Senate, District 14 Won $236,070
2004 New York State Senate, District 14 Won $128,304
2002 New York State Senate, District 14 Won $127,460
2000 New York State Senate, District 10 Won $65,691
Grand Total Raised $3,633,656

2012

Malcolm Smith won re-election to the New York State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Malcolm Smith raised a total of $279,574.
New York State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Malcolm Smith's campaign in 2012
Markowitz, Joseph$10,000
Correction Officers Benevolent Association$9,500
Obrien, Thomas$8,000
Mack, Sondra$7,500
Liberty Masonry$7,000
Total Raised in 2012$279,574
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Listed below are the largest contributors to Smith's 2010 campaign.[11]

New York State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Malcolm Smith's campaign in 2010
Uniformed Fire Fighters Association$10,500
Parkside Group$10,000
New York State court Clerks Association$9,850
Michael Capasso$9,750
Sondra Mack$9,500
Total Raised in 2010 $1,065,764

2008

Listed below are the five largest contributors to Malcolm Smith's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
New York State Trial Lawyers $11,000
Network Infrastructure $10,500
Mark B. Fisher $10,000
Parkway Hospital $10,000
John Petry $9,500

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 200th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 9 to December 31. In 2014, the 200th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 8 to June 19, 2014. The legislature will be in recess from June 22 to January 6, 2015.[12]

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2011-2012

In 2011, the 199th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 5 to June 20, 2011. In 2012, the 199th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 4 to June 22, 2012.

  • Legislators are scored on their voting records concerning library funding.
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  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes of bills that benefit or harm the environment.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes of bills that benefit or harm the environment.

Endorsements

2012

In 2012, Smith’s endorsements included the following:[13]

  • 32BJ/SEIU

Personal

Smith and his wife, Michele Lisby, have two children.

Controversies

Subpoenaed records

During the first week of February 2010, federal prosecutors served a subpoena to Smith which broadly sought information dealing with grants to organizations in his district. They are specifically interested in Smith's ties to the group New Direction. New Direction, set up in 2000, works to encourage development in southeast Queens.

New Direction has requested a total of $111,500 from Smith's office since 2000, and has received $56,000 over that time period. Prosecutors are looking into ties Smith has with several of the group's board members. Smith declined to comment.[14]

April 2, 2013, Arrest

Smith, a Republican city council member from Queens and four others were arrested by the FBI on April 2, 2013, in an alleged plot to bribe Smith onto the New York City mayoral ballot. The charges against Smith include conspiracy to bribe, wire fraud and extortion. Smith expressed interest in running in the Republican primary for mayor, but as a registered Democrat, he would require three of the five Republican county commissioners' approval. Two of those county commissioners were among the other four arrested with Smith.[15] On June 17, 2014, Judge Kenneth M. Karas of United States District Court granted Smith and one of his two co-defendants a mistrial. The judge granted the mistrial because "federal prosecutors had failed to turn over promptly to the defense more than 70 hours of wiretapped conversations, about a third of them in Yiddish, and translating and digesting them would require jurors to serve longer than some could manage." A new trial has been scheduled for January 2015, which will allow Smith to run for re-election.[16]

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References

  1. New York Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List," accessed August 8, 2014
  2. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Candidate List for the September 13, 2012, State Primary Election," accessed July 31, 2014
  3. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official September 13, 2012, Primary Results," accessed July 31, 2014
  4. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official Senate Election Returns Nov. 6, 2012," accessed July 31, 2014
  5. New York Times, "NY state legislative election results," accessed February 11, 2014
  6. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 14, 2010," accessed July 31, 2014
  7. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 9, 2008," accessed July 31, 2014
  8. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Senate Election Returns November 4, 2008," accessed July 31, 2014
  9. Follow the Money, "Report on Malcolm's 2008 campaign contributions," accessed July 31, 2014
  10. followthemoney.org, "Smith, Malcolm," accessed September 20, 2013
  11. Follow the Money, "Smith's 2010 Campaign contributions," accessed July 31, 2014
  12. State Scape, "Session Schedules," accessed July 16, 2014
  13. New York Daily News, "32BJ/SEIU Endorses For State Senate, Assembly," August 1, 2012
  14. New York Times, "Subpoena Seeks Senator’s Records on Funds He Directed to Community Groups," February 11, 2010
  15. nbcnewyork.com, "State Senator, City Councilman Arrested in Alleged Mayoral Ballot Bribery Scheme," April 2, 2013
  16. NY Times, "Mistrial Is Declared in Malcolm Smith Corruption Trial," accessed August 18, 2014
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New York State Senate District 14
2000–present
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