Malcolm Smith

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Malcolm Smith
Malcolm Smith.jpg
New York Senate District 14
In office
2000 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 15
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$171/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedMarch 2000 (special election)
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sFordham University
Master'sAdelphi University
OtherUniversity of Pennsylvania
Date of birthAugust 9, 1956
ReligionQueens, NY
Office website
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 2000 after winning a special election. He is currently serving as President Pro Tempore. He briefly served as Minority Leader in 2009, then became Temporary President.


Smith earned his BS 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. He was also 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


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

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


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


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



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. [1][2]

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


Smith ran unopposed in the September 14 primary. He defeated Samuel Benoit (R) in the general election.[3] 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


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

Smith raised $1,730,793 for his campaign.[4]

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

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Listed below are the largest contributors to Smith's 2010 campaign.[5]


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



In 2012, Smith’s endorsements included the following:


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


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.[7]

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.[8] There is no date set yet for any court hearings.

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