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Smith Hits Ground Running!

New Senator's Office Opens Monday

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Malcolm Smith (center), an aide to former Congressman Floyd Flake and real estate developer in Far Rockaway, was elected to the state senate in a special election on Tuesday, March 20. Senator Smith, who replaced Alton Waldon, jr., is surrounded by family, friends and supporters at a celebration after his landslide victory.

Less than a week after winning 90 percent of the vote in his quest for election to the state senate, Malcolm Smith officially took his seat in the Senate Chamber in Albany and began reaching out to his new constituents.

"Although I've already been serving the people of the 10th Senatorial District for a long time in a variety of capacities, it is an extraordinary honor for me to begin my service today as their state senate advocate in Albany," Senator Smith said.

The newly-elected senator added that his district office will be "up, running and ready for business" by Monday, April 3, and will be housed in the same location as that of his predecessor, Alton Waldon, jr. The address is 172-12 Linden boulevard in St. Albans.

"I am truly grateful for the overwhelming, broad-based support I have received from my new constituents, and I will do everything in my power to both earn and deepen the tremendous trust they have placed in me," Senator Smith said. "It is my goal to develop our community economically, improve health care for working families and seniors, and focus on our children's education through better schools and technology. To accomplish this, I look forward to continuing the many positive working relationships I have already forged here in Queens, and to building many more new partnerships with others in our community."

Senator Smith urged all constituents to contact his office whenever in need of assistance. "Together, we will forge a bright new future for southeastern Queens and all of New York State."

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