12 Reasons to NOT VOTE for ADA SMITH
could be back in hot water over hot coffee.The latest episode of anger mismanagement for Smith
, whom the Daily News
dubbed "the Wild Woman of Albany" in 2003, had the Queens Democrat allegedly splashing hot coffee on a staffer who questioned her
allegedly tossed her
cup of coffee at Jackson and grabbed her
by the hair, sources familiar with the probe said.Smith
denied the accusation."The claims that have been made by a disgruntled former employee are completely and utterly false," Smith
said yesterday.Jackson had worked for Smith
for only about a month, making her one of more than 200 staffers who have cycled through the lawmaker's office in 17 years.
...Smith's hot temper has made headlines before: . In 2003, troopers cited her for gunning her car through a security checkpoint at an Albany garage, nearly mowing down a trooper who had asked for ID. . In 1998, city cops subdued Smith with Mace after she allegedly bit a police officer following a traffic incident on a Bushwick, Brooklyn, street. . Two years before that, she was accused of menacing an aide with a meat cleaver.
LOAD-DATE: March 23, 2006 SHE'S
HOME!POL CLEARED OF ETHICS RAP Daily News
(New York) March 8, 2005 Tuesday Copyright 2005 Daily News, L.P. Daily News (New York) March 8, 2005 Tuesday SPORTS FINAL EDITION SECTION: NEWS; Pg.16 LENGTH: 285 words HEADLINE: SHE'S
HOME!POL CLEARED OF ETHICS RAP BYLINE: BY JOE MAHONEY DAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU CHIEF BODY: ALBANY - Sen.Ada Smith
(D-Queens) was cleared yesterday by the Legislative Ethics Committee
of a charge that she
lives outside her
district.A former aide to Smith
had accused her
of living in the Lindsay Park homes in Williamsburg, Brooklyn - out of her
district and out of her
can't get a job, so he
sits at home and dreams this stuff up," Smith
told the Daily News
was convicted yesterday of blowing past a security checkpoint after cursing the state police officer who dared to try to stop her
innocence and said she
would appeal."I believe in the criminal justice system," she
said after the two-hour trial."The judge made a decision and I can't argue with him."
Kavarovic said Smith
defied his order to stop her state-owned 2001 Crown Victoria in the state-owned garage and show identification.
The lawmaker presented a novel defense: Her
lawyer argued that Smith
was not actually in traffic, so the trooper had no jurisdiction to halt her
.Duncan lectured Smith
about her defiance, noting that after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack, "There are more stringent controls being used, and I realize that as a senator you are very busy, but the fact remains that a trooper had asked for ID." Smith's past antics have included being accused of biting a cop in Brooklyn after a traffic altercation.
was found guilty on Wednesday of failing to obey a direct order from a police officer last spring when she
refused to hand over her
government ID and drove through a security checkpoint at an Empire State Plaza parking garage.
...On the day of the incident, Smith and Butt argued, attracting the attention of State Police Trooper Michael Kovarovic, who was standing nearby.
Kovarovic said Smith
also refused to take her ID out and give it to him, then spewed profanities, put her car in drive and "sped" into the restricted lot, refusing his order to stop.
did not speed and proceeded forward because traffic was backing up behind her
told the trooper she
would continue their conversation at her
parking space, but he
never showed up.
questioned the veracity of the tape, saying it was "spliced" and wasn't clear enough to offer a good view of the driver's side door.
In both cases, Smith
denied the charges.
Article 4: CAPITOL'S CHECKERED CHARACTERS; Odd and unsavory in Albany Newsday (New York) May 31, 2004 Monday Copyright 2004 Newsday, Inc.
Newsday (New York) May 31, 2004 Monday ALL EDITIONS SECTION: NEWS; Pg.
The extraordinary spate also includes a female senator, Ada Smith
a Democrat from Queens, who is under investigation for allegedly harassing a gay aide - she
denies it - as well as ongoing alarms about the extent to which Gov.
Article 5: Nickname possible overkill The Times Union
(Albany, NY) May 10, 2004 Monday Copyright 2004 The Hearst Corporation The Times Union
(Albany, NY) May 10, 2004 Monday ONE STAR EDITION SECTION: CAPITAL REGION, Pg.
The call for Democratic state senators to attend an anger management class Tuesday came from one of the minority conference's most serenity-challenged members: Ada Smith
, who issued the memo as conference chairwoman, was found guilty in March of failing to obey a direct order from a police officer when she
refused to show ID and sped past a security checkpoint at an Empire State Plaza parking garage in 2003.The officer said Smith
shouted obscenities and almost drove over his
feet.In 1998, Smith
was accused but never charged with biting a New York City police officer's hand during a traffic dispute.In 1996, a former legislative staffer said Smith
with a knife.In both cases, Smith
denied the allegation and no charges were filed.The lawmakers' ensemble known as The Budget Blues Boys plays again today for charity.
, a Queens Democrat sometimes called the "Wild Woman of Albany," faced a criminal investigation for the second time in two years yesterday after an aide accused her
of assault with a hot cup of coffee, officials said.
Swoboda said no warrant had been issued to arrest Smith
, who, a top Senate aide said, had fled Albany in the face of the allegations.
...Senate sources said Smith, 61, had what one called an "explosive confrontation" with a low-level, recently hired aide, Jennifer Jackson of Albany, a few days ago.
Another Senate official said the aide had claimed Smith
with bodily harm if she
told anyone about the incident.Smith
strongly denied the allegations."Nothing like that happened," Smith
told The Post.Smith
said Jackson resigned Tuesday, but she
insisted the aide's departure had nothing to do with a confrontation.Smith
has had repeated run-ins with the law.She
was convicted in 2004 of disobeying a state trooper after she
failed to stop at a security checkpoint at a parking garage near the Capitol.She was once subdued with Mace after allegedly biting a cop following a traffic altercation in Brooklyn, and she was also accused of threatening an aide with a meat cleaver.
While presiding over weddings as a deputy
city clerk, she
was accused of assaulting a female witness with a garbage can lid and refusing to allow photos of ceremonies.
in December after he
told the Democrat he
was fedup with her
denied the allegations and said she
sacked Mahlke from the $50,000-a-year post because he
was disorganized, unproductive and annoyed other staffers."I wouldn't care if he
was green, as long as he
could do the job," said Smith
, who also denied Mahlke's claim that she
denounced him as "white trash.""I'm half white, so how am I going to call somebody white trash?"asked Smith
.Mahlke, the openly gay vice president of the Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens, claims Smith fired him because of his sexual orientation.
, 59, has had a number of brushes with the law, most recently this year, when she
was convicted of disobeying a state trooper after she
blew past a security checkpoint set up in an Albany garage after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.Smith
was subdued with Mace after she
allegedly bit a cop following a traffic altercation in Brooklyn in 1998.In 1996, she
was accused of threatening an aide with a meat cleaver.Over the past 16 years, Smith
has had more than 200 aides come and go from her
office.LOAD-DATE: May 17, 2004
Article 8: PROBERS SNIFFING AROUND STATE SENATOR'S DIGS Daily News
(New York) January 4, 2005 Tuesday Copyright 2005 Daily News, L.P. Daily News (New York) January 4, 2005 Tuesday SPORTS FINAL EDITION SECTION: NEWS; Pg.30 LENGTH: 279 words HEADLINE: PROBERS SNIFFING AROUND STATE SENATOR'S DIGS BYLINE: BY JOE MAHONEY DAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU CHIEF BODY: ALBANY - The state Board of Elections
is looking into a charge that Sen.Ada Smith
(D-Queens) lives outside the district she