Press Releases

Assemblyman Doug Smith Appointed Top Minority Member on Education

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Assemblyman Doug Smith (R,C,I-Holbrook) today was appointed as the Minority Ranking Member on the New York State Assembly’s prestigious Education Committee which is responsible for overseeing educational policies and programs affecting prekindergarten,...

Smith Thanks Volkswagen Atlas for Donation to Suffolk County Community College

Assemblyman Doug Smith attended a celebratory event signifying the donation of several modern Volkswagen automobiles to Suffolk County Community College’s Technicians Department for practical instruction on the most modern of cars. As a staunch...

“Local Control Now”: Long Island Elected Officials and Business Leaders Call on Governor to Restore Local Control

Press Conference Video: https://youtu.be/1dRREafn3W4 Holbrook, NY — On Monday, New York State Assemblyman Doug Smith and his COVID-19 Emergency Small Business Task Force comprised of area Chamber of Commerce Presidents and local businesses...

A New App for Exploring State Parks is Available

Smith A New App for Exploring State Parks is Available
Assemblyman Doug Smith (5th District) is spreading the word that the New York State Parks Department recently developed and launched a free “NY State Parks Explorer” App, useful for visitors to plan outdoor adventures while staying connected...

Reminder: July 15 Is Tax Deadline Day

Assemblyman Doug Smith (5th District) today reminded citizens that despite the toll COVID-19 has continued to take on our daily lives, per a decision made by the Treasury Department, state and federal taxes are to be filed no later than July 15. The original...

The State Continues to Punish Business Owners

I’m sure many of you were as perplexed as I was that the governor has unilaterally decided to once again push us around with his executive power and delay more businesses from reopening with Phase 4 on the horizon. If you missed the news, per an...

Smith Signs on For Legislative Hearings Investigating Covid-19 State Nursing Home Deaths

Smith Signs on For Legislative Hearings Investigating Covid-19 State Nursing Home Deaths
Assemblyman Doug Smith (5th Assembly District) has signed on with his fellow Assembly Minority members in a letter to the chairman of the New York State Committee on Aging, of which Smith is a sitting member, requesting he convene hearings to review and...

Assemblyman Smith Appoints Emergency Business Task Force

Chart: New COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline as New York plans regional restart.
As New York moves forward with a regional restart initiative to reopen business across the state, Assemblyman Doug Smith (5th Assembly District) today announced a newly appointed Emergency Small Business Task Force comprised of local business leaders...

State Assemblymen Smith & Garbarino Applaud Cotgreave Family for Mask Donation to Deputy Sheriffs

Yesterday New York State Assemblymen Doug Smith (R-Holbrook) and Andrew Garbarino (R-Sayville) joined Suffolk County Deputy Sheriffs PBA President John Becker and Vice President Artie Sanchez to accept a generous donation of 500 KN95 masks made by Jim Cot
Yesterday New York State Assemblymen Doug Smith (R-Holbrook) and Andrew Garbarino (R-Sayville) joined Suffolk County Deputy Sheriffs PBA President John Becker and Vice President Artie Sanchez to accept a generous donation of 500 KN95 masks made by Jim...

Assemblyman Doug Smith Announces “Kids ID” Event

Assemblyman Doug Smith Announces “Kids ID” Event
Assemblyman Doug Smith (5th District) is pleased to announce his upcoming Operation Safe Child “Kids ID” event. This event is scheduled for Friday, February 21 at the Sachem Library in Holbrook. “I am grateful to partner with the Suffolk...

Smith Announces Petition to Repeal Bail Reform Law

Smith Announces Petition to Repeal Bail Reform Law
Assemblyman Doug Smith (5th District) is encouraging New Yorkers to add their names to his repeal bail reform petition. Public pressure has grown in recent days amid numerous tragedies throughout the state due to the new bail reform law that took effect...

Smith: Ditch Cuomo’s Tax-And-Spend Policies and adopt The ‘Penny Plan’ To Fix Our Budget Woes

“It is time that common sense be introduced to the halls of our state Capitol in Albany. It is no surprise that after decades of skyrocketing taxes and crushing regulations- our state faces a $6 billion budget shortfall. “Luckily, there is light...

Smith Proud to Attend Assembly Minority Press Conference to Lead Call For Bail Reform Repeal

Pictured: Assemblyman Doug Smith (5th District) calling for the repeal of the new Bail Reform law
Assemblyman Doug Smith (5th District) continued his effort to repeal the dangerous bail reform laws that took effect January 1 of this year. Smith attended a press conference with his Minority colleagues, law enforcement officials and the victims of this...

Smith Attends Lakeland Fire Department Installation Dinner

Pictured: Assemblyman Doug Smith (5th Assembly District) second from left with the Lakeland Fire Department at their annual installation dinner
Assemblyman Doug Smith (5th Assembly District) attended the Lakeland Fire Department’s annual installation dinner over the weekend.“It was fantastic to be a part of this great event recognizing the selflessness, service and sacrifice made by...

Smith: “Put Law-Abiding New Yorkers First and Repeal Bail Reform”

It is time for New York to put law-abiding citizens first and protect our communities by repealing the dangerous bail reform law. Despite only being enacted on January 1, 2020, this law is already creating chaos throughout New York. Here are the highlights:Saratoga...

Smith Honored to Welcome George & Debbie Stondell as His Guests for State of the State

pictured: Assemblyman Doug Smith (5th District) with George and Debbie Stondell
Assemblyman Doug Smith (5th District) was honored to welcome George and Debbie Stondell to the Capitol as his guests for the State of the State address.“I am thrilled that George and Debbie made the trip up to Albany to join me today,” Smith...

Smith Meets With Stony Brook University President Ahead Of 2020 Legislative Session

pictured: Assemblyman Doug Smith (5th District) left and Stony Brook University Interim President Dr. Michael Bernstein right
Assemblyman Doug Smith (5th District) was pleased to meet with Stony Brook University Interim President Dr. Michael Bernstein on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. Smith, who serves as the Ranking Member on the Assembly Committee on Higher Education, is appreciative...

Smith Participates In Brookhaven’s Tenth Annual Polar Plunge

Pictured from left to right: Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino, Assemblyman Joe DeStefano, Town of Brookhaven Councilwoman Jane Bonner, Sen. Monica Martinez, Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo and Assemblyman Doug Smith
Recently, Assemblyman Doug Smith (5th District) was privileged to take part in the Tenth Annual “Polar Plunge: Freezin’ for a Reason,” hosted by the Special Olympics of New York in Brookhaven to raise money for the organization. Smith’s...

Assemblyman Smith Blasts Unconstitutional “Bill Of Attainder” That Uses Legislature as a Political Weapon

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The New York Legislature voted on a bill that would allow the release of President Trump’s state tax returns, potentially opening the door for Congress to obtain tax records for any New York resident that lawmakers may want to investigate. Assemblyman...

Smith Disappointed the Assembly Majority Blocked Bill To Give Tuition to Families of Deceased Military Hero’s

During Tuesday’s Higher Education Committee meeting, the Assembly Majority blocked bill A02991 from moving to the Assembly floor for a full vote. The bill, presented by the Assembly Minority, would have provided free tuition expenses at a SUNY or...