2004-03-19 / Community

Senator Malcolm Smith Receives Award

Senator Malcolm Smith Receives Award

Senator Malcolm Smith was honored at the Association of Minority Enterprises of New York (AMENY) at their 28th Annual Legislative Business Conference. Senator Smith received the 2004 State Senator Joseph Galiber Award for his work in community revitalization and economic development.

"There is no greater tool which bring about positive changes in our communities than community empowerment," said Senator Smith. "I am so grateful to AMENY for their recognition and support. This is only the beginning of what is sure to become a community of shared economic opportunities."

Throughout his extensive career in public service, Senator Smith has been able to foster outstanding economic development opportunities for the City of New York, the borough of Queens, and their residents. Within his two years as a State Senator, Smith has been able to secure $22 million for his district, build over 100 units of housing in southeastern Queens, Far Rockaway, and Brooklyn, and develop two citywide loan programs.

In addition to his interests in community revitalization and housing issues, Smith considers the environment, health care, education, economic development and technology to be equally important issues.

"I am sponsoring a bill along with Assemblyman Darryl Towns, that proposes a ‘Five Point Plan,’ which will essentially become the blueprint to successful revitalization in our communities and our cities," said Senator Smith.

The ‘Five Point Plan’ is an Economic Opportunity Initiative that targets local participation and input by small businesses, local contractors, tradesmen, and minority and women owned firms that have a vested interest in economic development in a given area. The emphasis is placed on local involvement, where the end product will reflect the shared values and hard work of the community. Enactment of the ‘Five Point Plan’ would bring an influx of revenue to local businesses.

"Though the proposal is new, when the five points are adhered to, our citizens, our communities, and our cities will thrive," Smith concluded.

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