On Friday, March 12, 2010 in Brooklyn’s Boro Hall, Senator Velmanette Montgomery met with child care advocates, parents, educators, and elected officials to develop a response to Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to slash funding for child care and head start programs.
The proposed cuts fall disproportionately on Brooklyn.
New York State Senator Diane Savino, New York State Assembly Member Carl Heastie, and the Coalition to Prevent Wage Theft & Protect Responsible Businesses stood in front of the SOHO location of Scoop NYC, a business that illegally withheld half a million dollars in overtime pay from workers to announce the introduction of comprehensive state legislation to reform the New York State Labor Law (S.7050/A.10163). The coalition is comprised of low-income workers, not-for-profit organizations, civic legal organizations, organized labor, and small businesses.
Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, in partnership with the Kinship Caregiver Program, is working to inform residents about financial assistance available to grandparents and other relatives raising children. The individuals currently enrolled in the program receive an average of $400 per month to care for a child and $150 for any additional children. However, due to limited awareness about this program, it is estimated that only 10% of New Yorkers who qualify for assistance apply to the program.
On Saturday, March 6, 2010, State Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) was joined by small business owners and activists in rallying against the governor’s proposal to sell wine in grocery stores. The measure, which is proposed as part of the governor’s budget, will costs thousands of jobs at small wine and liquor stores across the state and increase access to alcohol for underage drinkers.
In a press conference outside the Senate Chamber today, Senator William T. Stachowski (D-C, Lake View), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business, voiced his strong opposition to the devastating cuts to State Parks in Governor David A. Paterson's Executive Budget proposal.
The New York State Senate passed an important bill sponsored by Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) that allows victims of domestic violence to have their addresses sealed. Sen. Foley’s bill (S. 5945) addresses a flaw in the election law that mandates boards of elections to disclose a voter’s address to anyone requesting that information.
Nearly 300 park goers from local communities joined State Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) at a rally to support Long Island’s parks. The rally came in response to Gov. Paterson’s proposed cuts targeting state parks in order to fix the budget deficit.
Please join me next Friday, April 30th, 2010, as we celebrate Black History Month at the College of Staten Island, from 5:30 to 7:30pm.
The event was postponed from February, due to a snowstorm, however the show must go on! We will have music, dance, spoken word, and theater performances and will honor our everyday heroes in the community. Council member Debi Rose will be the keynote speaker. Food and refreshments will be served.
Senator Montgomery talks about the delivery of comprehensive school-based primary care and mental health services in the 18th Senate District with (from l-r) Iona Thomas, RN, MACNE, Board Member, Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center; Jessica Perez, Board Member, Lutheran Family Health Centers; Bettie Mays, School-Based Health Center Administrator, Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center, and standing rear (l-r), Kaitlin Viera, SBHC patient and Ivette Davila-Richards, mother of Kaitlin and Board Member, Lutheran Family Health Centers.