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Malcolm A. Smith


Member of the New York Senate
from the 10th district
In office
2000–2002
Preceded by Alton R. Waldon, Jr.
Succeeded by Ada Smith

Member of the New York Senate
from the 14th district
Incumbent
Assumed office 
2003
Preceded by George Onorato

Majority Leader of the New York State Senate
In office
January 7, 2009 – June 8, 2009
Preceded by Dean Skelos
Succeeded by Dean Skelos

In office
January 7, 2009 – June 8, 2009
Governor David Paterson
Preceded by Dean Skelos
Succeeded by Pedro Espada Jr.

Incumbent
Assumed office 
July 9, 2009
Preceded by Pedro Espada Jr.

Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Michele Lisby
Alma mater Fordham University, Adelphi University
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Malcolm A. Smith is an American politician, and a member of the New York State Senate representing the 14th Senate district in Southeast Queens, a district that includes Hollis, St. Albans, Cambria Heights, Queens Village, Rosedale and the entirety of the Rockaway Peninsula. Smith is the Temporary President of the New York State Senate and is the first African-American to hold that position. He is a Democrat.

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Early life

Malcolm Smith received a BSc from Fordham University, majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics. He received an MBA from Adelphi University, with a concentration in Finance and Operations Management.

Political career

From 1986 to 1991, Malcolm Smith served as a senior aide to then-congressman Floyd H. Flake.

Malcolm Smith was first elected to the New York State Senate in 2000.

In February 2006 he was sued for paternity by a former staffer.[1]

Smith was elected Minority Leader in January 2007.

In August 2008, Smith held a golf-outing fundraiser for a group of 75 lobbyists, who each paid up to $75,000 to attend. One lobbyist who attended told the New York Post that Smith told the assembled group that giving him campaign contributions was akin to an IPO, in that they "should get in early because then it doesn't cost as much. The longer you wait to get in... the more it will cost you and if you don't get in at all, then it will be painful." The lobbyist said that, after these remarks, "people were looking around the room in disbelief."[2]

After the 2008 elections, when Democrats gained a majority of senate seats, Smith was poised to become New York's first African American Senate Majority Leader; however, three Democratic senators indicated that they would not vote for him due to his support for a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, leaving the outcome in dispute.[3] In early December, the leadership question seemed to have been resolved and Smith would become the Senate President pro tempore[4] and the third acting lieutenant governor (following Joe Bruno and Dean Skelos) since Governor David Paterson's ascension upon the resignation of Eliot Spitzer. The deal collapsed a few days later due to Smith's refusal to "subject civil rights issues to negotiation."[5][6] In the end all 32 Democrats voted for Smith on January 7.

Smith was chosen Majority Leader and Temporary President in January 2009, but was removed from power on June 8, which triggered the 2009 New York State Senate leadership crisis. He returned to the temporary presidency on July 9 in an arrangement with Pedro Espada Jr. as Majority Leader, and John L. Sampson as Leader of the Democratic Caucus.

Personal life

Smith is a Roman Catholic. He is married to Michele Lisby-Smith. They have two children, Julian and Amanda.

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New York State Senate
Preceded by
Alton R. Waldon, Jr.
New York State Senate, 10th District
2000–2002
Succeeded by
Ada Smith
Preceded by
George Onorato
New York State Senate, 14th District
2003–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
David Paterson
Minority Leader of the New York State Senate
2007 - 2008
Succeeded by
Dean Skelos
Preceded by
Dean Skelos
Majority Leader of the New York State Senate
2009
Succeeded by
2009 New York State Senate leadership crisis[1]
Preceded by
Dean Skelos
Acting
Lieutenant Governor of New York
Acting

2009
Succeeded by
Pedro Espada, Jr.
Acting
Preceded by
Pedro Espada Jr.
Temporary President of the State Senate
Acting

2009–present
Incumbent
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Richard Ravitch
Lieutenant Governor of New York
Governor of New York
2nd in line

Senate President
Succeeded by
Sheldon Silver
Speaker of the New York State Assembly

Note

  1. ^ Both Smith and Skelos claimed to be Majority Leader.
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